Wednesday, July 30, 2008

District Missions--Kent, OH

Wooster Grace values reaching out not only in our community but also in our district. The Northeast Ohio District of Grace Brethren Churches has a new church plant emerging in Kent, OH. The church plant pastor is Jonathan Herron. The name of the Grace Brethren Church is Catalyst.

On July 31, 2008, Catalyst will be officially recognized at National Conference as a Grace Brethren Church. Catalyst's was born from people sensing the need for a church that reached people far from God. Discovering that Portage County is the least-churched county in all of Ohio, its largest city-Kent-was quickly chosen as ground zero for this new movement. Catalyst is a start-from-stratch church plant. Wooster Grace is partnering with Catalyst through our NEO District to advance God's reach to those in the least-churched county in Ohio.

Presently, here is some encouraging news about the work God has called him to do--In His Own Words:
I just wanted to send a quick update from your friends in Kent! As of this past weekend, we have seen 10 baptisms via trine immersion in 2008. God is changing lives through our Grace Brethren church plant!

"I need to pray to receive Christ!"~taken from Jon's blog, posted Mon July 28.

An hour before Catalyst this morning (Sun July 27), 17-yr-old Shelby of Kent walked into The Kent Stage lobby and uttered those words to me.
We prayed together.
During worship, she stood up and was baptized as a brand new believer.
And she just started coming to Catalyst 2 weeks ago.

Only God.
Listen to her testimony here. (You will need to fast-forward the podcast to 20:00-24:00. You can hear her getting triune-baptized in the background!).

May God continue to build His Church through new church planting efforts in our district and around the world! You can check out the renovations being completed for next week in the Nursery/Toddler area here.
"(Jesus) told them, "The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field (Luke 10:2)."

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