We've seen God moving in a number of ways this past winter and wanted to give everyone an update of where we're at and what's going on in the life of Missio Dei.
First, I have been working as a church planting apprentice with the North American Mission Board (NAMB) and the Illinois Baptist State Association (IBSA). Both organizations operate under the umbrella of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC). Lots of abbreviations that stand for lots of partners all across the United States partnering to see a new church planted in Galena. My apprenticeship ends at the end of this month. NAMB and IBSA are currently working toward approving my application to become a full-fledged church planter. This is an exciting development and signals NAMB and IBSA's support of our continuing work in Galena.
Second, we will be hosting some really exciting community outreach events this Spring. The first will be an Easter Children's Carnival on Saturday, April 15 from 1-3pm at the Galena Middle School Gym. We have lots of great fun planned for the kids, who come. We're hoping to get lots of families invited to our small groups.
Third, we have two small groups meeting. One meets on Monday evenings at 7pm. The other group meets every-other Wednesday evening at 6pm. We've seen both groups growing slowly over the winter months. We're excited to have the chance to develop relationships with more and more people in our community through this small group ministry.
We're looking forward to a great Spring. If you haven't already joined us and our mission in Galena, we invite you to do so today. Contact me through the contact page on this website.