Wichita, KS - East // S23    Spring 2023
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Date: Monday, January 9, 2023

Time: 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Location: Countryside Christian Church 1919 S Rock Rd Wichita KS 67207

Contact: Josh Abel

(316) 249-6541

 
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    • Lesson 1

      The Living God is a Missionary God

      God's purpose is three-fold: against evil—kingdom victory; for the nations—redemption and blessing; and for God—global glory in worship. God's purpose revealed in promise to Abraham. Exploring God's purpose for the nations: Blessing to the nations described.

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      Pete Finfrock

      Launch Global, Graham TX

      From 2014-2021, Pete and his family (his wife, Emily, and 3 kids) lived in the Middle East where he helped to lead and oversee a small network of church planting teams. Their aim was to reach Arab Muslims with the gospel. Pete also started and led a regional hub in the Middle East that trained and equipped Westerners in how to make disciples and reach Muslims. Before moving overseas, Pete worked as a pastor in Austin, TX and Northwest Arkansas.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, January 9, 2023

      Time: 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

    • Lesson 2

      The Story of His Glory

      Exploring God's purpose for Himself: How God has been steadily unfolding a plan throughout all nations and generations to bring about His greater glory, ultimately drawing to Himself the worship of all the peoples. Passion and prayer for God's glory.

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      Jeff Isaacs

      Valley Center KS

      Jeff Isaacs has been the Lead Pastor at Riverlawn Christian Church in Wichita, Kansas, for the past 14 years. Jeff is married to Jennifer and they have 4 amazing boys. Jeff has always had a heart for missions and strives to help share that heart with the church.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, January 16, 2023

      Time: 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

    • Lesson 3

      Your Kingdom Come

      Exploring God's purpose regarding evil: How God has accomplished a defeat of evil powers in order to open a season of history in which the nations can freely follow Christ. The kingdom of God as the destiny of all history. Christ's mission seeks a hindering of evil to bring about a sign of the coming peace of the kingdom of God. Our prayers contend with evil in order to bring about the transformation of society with Christ's kingdom in view.

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      Tim Fritson

      Liberty Christian Fellowship, Liberty MO

      Tim Fritson currently serves as the Lead Pastor of Liberty Christian Fellowship in Liberty, MO. He and his wife, Melody, share a passion for the Lord, His word, and mobilizing the proclamation of the gospel through the lives of believers. In 10 years of ministry, Tim has had the opportunity to see the work that God is doing in places around the world, including Thailand, Cambodia, Bali, Haiti, and numerous cities in the United States. He is humbled to lead a church that is invested in missions and church-planting endeavors among some of the least reach people in the world in countries in Eastern Asia, Western Asia, Africa, and Europe.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, January 23, 2023

      Time: 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

    • Lesson 4

      Mandate for the Nations

      Jesus shows great strategic interest in Gentiles; wise strategic focus by initiating a global mission on a few disciples among the Hebrew people. The Great Commission and the ways of God's sending in relational power. Dealing with the ideas of pluralism (all religions the same) and universalism (all persons saved).

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      Matt

      Partner 135, Eureka KS

      I am a family man, a business man, and a Kingdom man. As a missional leader, it is my aim to see the Gospel advance to where it is not currently being proclaimed, by whatever means God provides.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, January 30, 2023

      Time: 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

    • Lesson 5

      Unleashing the Gospel

      The first followers of Jesus: obedient in costly, foundational ways. The climactic act of the book of Acts is the freeing of the gospel to be followed by Gentiles without Jewish traditions as a requirement. A foundational act of God which speaks to the situations where the gospel is hindered today. Strategic suffering and apostolic passion.

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      AJ P.

      INIM Inc., Forest VA

      AJ is the Director & General Secretary for INIM established 1964. The sole focus of this indigenous Mission remains Evangelism, Discipleship & Church Planting. AJ, who was born & raised in New Delhi India is an alumnus of Liberty University. AJ shares responsibility for INIM's church planting & field evangelism efforts in South Asia. In addition to all his Missional responsibilities, he also serves as the Men's Pastor at his home church. AJ & his wife have been married for 27 years and blessed with five children ranging from 19 years old to 9 yrs old.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, February 6, 2023

      Time: 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

    • Lesson 6

      The Expansion of the Christian Movement

      The story of God's purpose continues relentlessly from Abraham's day until the present moment. An overview of the largest and the longest-running movement ever in history—the world Christian movement. How the gospel surged through the peoples and places of the world. Important insights for our own day.

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      David Taylor

      Christian Aid Mission, Charlottesville VA

      David served for ten years as a missionary in the Philippines with the Frontier Mission Fellowship. He is the author of Eternal Vision and senior editor of the Global Mission Database. He serves as president of Christian Aid Mission and chairman of COSIM (Coalition on the Support of Indigenous Ministries)

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, February 13, 2023

      Time: 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

    • Lesson 7

      Eras of Mission History

      The greatest explosion of growth ever has taken place in last 200 years in three "bursts" of activity. Why we could be in the final era of missions. The global harvest force comprised increasingly of non-Western missionaries.

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      Katelyn Lambing

      Pioneer Bible Translators, Springfield MO

      I am Katelyn Lambing. I hail from Springfield, MO and I work with Pioneer Bible Translators as a recruiter. I help people learn to hear from God and discover their gifts, passions, and sense of calling, in order to be obedient to Jesus. I am passionate about equipping the Body for lifestyles of prayer and intercession. I am a history nerd and my favorite thing about history is to look at how God and people interact and what this means for the fulfillment of God’s desires. I don’t have tons of overseas field experience except for short term trips in Panama and in a closed country in Asia, but I do have a background in anthropology and history (people and culture), and a passion to live out the part of God’s story He has revealed to me, right here where I am at and I desire to help others do the same.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, February 20, 2023

      Time: 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

    • Lesson 8

      Pioneers of the World Christian Movement

      Today we anchor the race by continuing what others have begun. It's a day of finishing. All the more reason to learn the wisdom and the heart of ordinary people who did extraordinary things in earlier generations. Reading the writings of William Carey and other leaders to discern what these people have left to us. Exploring the contribution of women in missions throughout the centuries.

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      Brittany Woods

      SIM USA, Washington DC

      Brittany is a North Carolina native living in Washington, DC with her partner in life and ministry, Alex, a Campus Ministry Director at Howard University. Brittany serves as an Educator and Recruiter with SIM USA, an international mission organization existing to respond to need, proclaim the Gospel and equip local churches in communities where Jesus is least known. After living in South America for a season, Brittany has spent the past five years recruiting and equipping African American believers for God’s global Gospel work, training candidates of all backgrounds as they prepare for overseas service, and journeying with church and organization leaders desiring to send well. Brittany has led short-term teams to West, South and North Africa, South and Southeast Asia, and throughout Europe, serving in nearly 20 countries and she remains in awe of how God is moving among His people.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, February 27, 2023

      Time: 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

    • Lesson 9

      The Task Remaining

      God's pressed His purpose forward until the present hour of amazing opportunity. Understanding the concept of "unreached peoples" to assess the remaining task. Recognizing the imbalance of mission resources shapes strategic priorities. The basic minimal missiological achievement in every people group opens the way for working with God against every kind of evil so that the gospel of the kingdom is declared and displayed with clarity and power. The need and opportunity of urban mission.

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      Mark Gray

      International Students, Inc., Bel Aire KS

      BIO. SKETCH—MARK GRAY When I graduated from High School, if there had been a contest for the kid least likely to ever be a Christian, I would have been a high contender. Furthermore, I would have laughed at anyone suggesting that I would invest my life in Christian ministry. However, just as I was promised when I first decided to become a follower of Jesus, God has given me abundant life—life that includes a diverse, challenging and unexpected career path. I was born and reared in the Southeastern Kansas community of Chanute. Growing up in an Episcopalian background, I had exposure to a rather liberal perspective of the Christian life. As a teenager I chose to leave the religious life of an Episcopalian for a rowdy and reckless lifestyle that brought pain and problems to me and to my family. It was one year before graduating from the University of Kansas that a Cru staff member succeeded in introducing me to Jesus. This Cru staff guy showed me Jesus’ promise in Jn. 10:10--God would give me an "abundant life" if I chose to trust in Jesus as the Savior who died to save me from sin and the Lord who rose from the dead to give me new life. I have found that promise to be true. After acquiring a degree in Chemistry, I began to work for my father in his dynamic hodgepodge of businesses that included laundry, dry cleaning, real estate and mini-storage. During the next two years I grew spiritually through the encouragement of Christian friends, my local Baptist church and sporadic involvement with the Cru ministry. I made the decision to join the Cru staff while attending "Explo '72" in Dallas. I quickly discovered the satisfaction of vocational Christian work and have continued in a 45-year (to the present) career of Christian service that has included 4 different ministries: Cru, Pathway Church, World Team and International Students, Inc. The Lord has led me to a wonderful Christian wife and blessed our marriage with 9 children. Subsequently we have been further blessed with three sons-in-law, four daughters-in-law and eighteen grandchildren. We have struggled and grown in our ability to conform more to Scripture and less to expectations of a society that is spiritually adrift. The Lord has proven Himself more than adequate as we have embraced His guidance and provision. I am so thankful that Jesus has revealed Himself to me, taught me to be a witness for Him and expanded that privilege and responsibility to cross-cultural dimensions. I have every intention of continuing to live out the rest of my life in faithful service to the Lord and the people of His world through International Students Inc. Mark Gray Mar. 29, 2018

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, March 6, 2023

      Time: 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

    • Lesson 10

      How Shall They Hear?

      Culture and intercultural communication of the gospel. Communicating the gospel with relevance at the worldview level helps avoid syncretism (blending of cultural error with God?s truth) and also enables powerful movements of the gospel. Sensitive missionaries will look for ways that God has preserved or prepared people to hear the gospel, often finding redemptive analogies for God's truth.

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      Dave Percy

      Ethnos 360, Roach MO

      I Served on the field of Thailand for 14 years. God allowed me to be involved in many facets of ministry. I see myself as an ORDINARY MAN SERVING AN EXTRAORDINARY GOD! I am a firsthand witness of a God who moves in incredible ways. God has given me a passion for his people, a love for his word and a desire to encourage and strengthen the church in this task of seeing a church birthed and matured among the unreached people of this world. My wife and I are presently located at the Missionary Training Center (MTC) located in central MO. I serve as a Teacher/ Trainer and Speaker for the MTC and we also serve together as advisors to students as they train for serving overseas.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, March 20, 2023

      Time: 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

    • Lesson 11

      Building Bridges of Love

      The incarnation as a model of missionary humility. How missionaries can enter appropriate roles in order to form relationships of trust and respect to develop a sense of belonging, and thus to communicate with credibility for understanding. Explore the intricacy of identification in another culture. Explore the even greater complexity of presenting identity with integrity in a globalized, terrorized, pluralized world. Recognizing the dynamics of social structure in order to initiate growing movements of ongoing communication throughout the society.

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      Marsha Relyea Miles

      Pioneer Bible Translators, Duncanville TX

      Marsha Relyea Miles is a missionary with Pioneer Bible Translators. Together with her late husband John Relyea, she has served as a Bible translator for the Aruamu people group in Papua New Guinea for 23 years. The Relyeas lived in an Aruamu village, analyzed and created an alphabet for this previously unwritten language, and worked together with local leaders to develop an extensive literacy and scripture-use program, and completed the translation of the New Testament into the Aruamu language. After John's death in PNG, Marsha has continued working as translation advisor to the Aruamu Old Testament team. The full Aruamu Bible was completed and published in 2021. The Bible dedication is being planned in PNG for August 2022. Marsha currently serves as an international translation consultant During 2007 Marsha served as President of the National Missionary Convention. She served as Director of Church Mobilization and Development with PBT for 5 years. Marsha is married to Nathan Miles of the United Bible Societies. She holds a Bachelor of Theology from Ozark Christian College and an MA in Linguistics from the University of Texas at Arlington. God has given Marsha a passionate heart for world missions, and a very compelling story to tell, drawn from front-line mission experience, sitting in the dirt in steamy jungles sharing with people about the Lord and translating the scriptures for them. Her inspiring challenge to mission involvement comes through with bold eloquence.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, March 27, 2023

      Time: 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

    • Lesson 12

      Christian Community Development

      A survey of world need. Dynamic balance of evangelism and social action. Hope for significant transformation as a sign of Christ's Lordship by Christian community development. Exploring the charge that missionaries destroy instead of serve cultures. Healing the wounds of the world between the peoples.

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      David Cupery

      Manhattan Christian College, Manhattan KS

      Currently, I teach intercultural studies at Manhattan Christian College. My family and I served as missionaries in the country of Estonia, I was a part of developing a national organization that trains and equips workers for the local church. For my PhD, I am researching the barriers that North American leaders face when they engage in leading in second culture situations.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, April 3, 2023

      Time: 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

    • Lesson 13

      The Spontaneous Multiplication of Churches

      Look beyond institutional features of churches to understand churches as dynamic movements of Christ Himself being followed. Such a view of churches as organic, living things opens up the practicality of seeing them multiply rapidly as movements and also flourish in society bearing the fruit of social transformation. Churches as counter-communities, acting as salt and light, bringing change to their cultures. How movements multiply by connecting with entire families and larger social structures.

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      Gene Daniels

      Fruitful Practice Research, Jacksonville AR

      Gene Daniels has a passion to spread the fame of Jesus in the Muslim world, something he and his family have been involved in since 1997, first as church planters in Central Asia and now as Director of Fruitful Practice Research, studying effective church planting across the Muslim world. Daniels has his doctorate in Religious Studies from the University of South Africa. He is also the author of several articles and books on missiolog, including Searching for the Indigenous Church, Margins of Islam, and Fruit to Harvest. (Gene Daniels is a pseudonym)

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, April 17, 2023

      Time: 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

    • Lesson 14

      Pioneer Church Planting

      The hope of planting churches among unreached peoples. How the breakthrough of the gospel in an unreached people requires that the gospel be "de-Westernized". The difference of contextualizing the message, the messenger and the movement. Distinguish and appreciate people movements, church planting movements and insider movements.

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      Randy

      Common Ground Consultants, Minnetonka MN

      We've had the privilege of working and living among unreached peoples since 1989. Today we train many people in how to bring the good news of Jesus to the unreached and begin disciple-making movements among them. We opened and later directed the work for our organization in Central Asia.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, April 24, 2023

      Time: 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

    • Lesson 15

      World Christian Discipleship

      What it means to integrate life for Christ's global purpose as a "'World Christian". Into the great story for His glory: a Person-driven life as a way of. pursuing a purpose-driven life. The basic practices of world Christians: going, sending, welcoming and mobilizing. The essential disciplines of World Christian discipleship: community, giving, praying and learning. Simplifying your lifestyle as if in "war-time". Exploring the practical ways of pursuing God's purpose. Business and mission. Short-term mission. Welcoming international visitors. Wisdom in working with local churches and in partnership with Christians in different parts of the world.

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      Andrew Broeckelman

      Christar, Garland TX

      Andrew grew up on a farm in Kansas and graduated from Kansas State University with a degree in Biological Systems Engineering in 2013. Upon graduation, Andrew joined staff with The Traveling Team, a mobilization ministry that recruits students from all major universities to God's global purposes. During a five year span, Andrew spoke to over 25,000 students at 150 different universities across the country about God's heart for the world. In 2018, Andrew and his wife joined Christar and moved to Spain for one year to work on a mobilization project hosting college students for short term trips and internships while working with Muslim immigrants and refugees. Andrew has firsthand experience in 12 different countries where Christar workers serve among least reached peoples and now serves with his wife as the directors of mobilization for Christar in the US.

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      Date: Monday, May 1, 2023

      Time: 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

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