Witnesses to the Ends of the Earth
Dayton United Methodist Church seeks to be an Acts 1:8 church.
"But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” (Acts 1:8 NIV)
Believing in and receiving the power of God's Holy Spirit, we seek to be witnesses for Jesus Christ in Jerusalem (locally), in all Judea (beyond our local community) and Samaria (nearby and across culture) and to the ends of the earth (internationally).
Our model for mission work is deep relationship and support with a few mission partners, rather than a little support for many partners. We want to go an inch wide and a mile deep, rather than an inch deep and a mile wide in our mission partnerships. And so we limit the number of partners in order to share significantly with each one.
This week, on Wednesday, September 11, we kick off our annual Global Impact Celebration, which is a combination of a family reunion with our mission partners and a traditional Missions Conference. At 6:00 pm on Wednesday we will share in a congregational dinner provided by the Church (not a carry-in), followed by a worship service in which our speaker will be Les Peters, founder and director of Impact Ministries in Guatemala. Impact Ministries is our newest mission partner, and many in our congregation will meet Les for the first time on Wednesday.
On Thursday, September 12, we will have a worship service at 7:00 pm, with Joseph Otsin as our speaker. Joseph is a church planter with the Methodist Church of Ghana. Dayton UMC has partnered with Joseph in planting 23 churches in villages in Ghana, West Africa (so far!) and in providing 30 water wells to provide clean drinking water in villages without it.
On Friday, September 13, we will host a dessert at 6:30 pm, followed by a Q&A Session with all our Mission Partners. This will be an opportunity to get to know our partners up close and personally. We are expecting a sweet time in the Lord on Friday evening! (Pun intended!)
On Saturday, September 14, we will celebrate with a Tailgate Dinner (again, provided by the church and not a carry-in) at 5:30 pm, followed by a worship service at 7:00 with Testimonies by two of our Narrow Gate guys. Narrow Gate is the discipling ministry of Bill and Stacy Spencer for young men, which seeks to help them discover their God-given purpose and launch them into the world for transformation.
Finally, next Sunday, September 15, Pastor Kyle Phillips, US Director for International Leadership Institute (ILI) will speak at all three worship services. ILI was founded and is directed by Wes and Joy Griffin, and takes the unique approach of accelerating the spread of the Gospel around the world through leadership training. The eight core values of ILI's leadership training are Biblical principles of leadership.
On Sunday, we will receive Faith Commitments for financial support of our Global Impact Celebration mission work, and Life Commitments to become personally involved in God's mission to reach His world, either through participation in a short-term mission trip, or perhaps by affirming a call from God to missions as a vocation.
It's going to be an awesome week here at Dayton UMC. I am beyond excited to reconnect with our mission partners, to hear what God is doing in their ministry and to recommit to our partnership with them as an Acts 1:8 church. If you live nearby, I hope to see you this week at our Global Impact Celebration!