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Pennsylvania-Delaware Ministry Network

4651 Westport Drive

Mechanicsburg, PA 17055

Read online: penndel.org/connexions

Editor:

Managing Editor:

Donald J. Immel

Carole Bongiorno

Executive Presbytery

Superintendent

Donald J. Immel

Assistant Superintendent Bryan Koch

Secretary/Treasurer Jeff Marshall

Timothy Bunney Southwest Suburban - SWS

Christopher Clark North Central West - NCW

Roland Coon Delaware - DEL

Steven DeFrain East Central - EC

Wayne Jackson Southwest Metro - SWM

Dwan Newsome South Central - SC

Robert Novak Greater Philadelphia Area - GPA

James Pentz North Central - NC

Randall Rhoads South Central East - SCE

Walter Smith South Central West - SCW

Allan Thorpe Northwest - NW

David Twiss Northeast - NE

General Presbyters

Donald J. Immel

Jeff Marshall

Bryan Koch

Honorary General Presbyter

Philip Bongiorno

PennDel Superintendent Emeritus

Volume 65 Number 1 - (USPS 165-700) is the official periodical

published quarterly by the Pennsylvaina-Delaware District

Council of the Assemblies of God. Periodical postage paid at

Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania. Circulation Stands at Approximately

7,500. POSTMASTER, Send address changes to: Pennsylvania-

Delaware District Council, 4651 Westport Drive, Mechanicsburg,

PA 17055-4887

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SUPERINTENDENT Donald J. Immel | 717.795.5921 | don@penndel.org

DREAM WITH US

HONDURAS TRANSFORMATION PROJECT

As I write this article, I am with a

missions team leaving Honduras. Of

course, Hondurans have been much

in the news as of late. Caravans are making

the long trek through Central America,

Mexico and ultimately to the border of the

United States. Many conversations are

being articulated about borders, immigration

and security. The Hondurans in convoys are

part of that conversation. There is debate

and, unfortunately, the issues are not fully

processed. What we often hear via the

news media are animated sound bites. The

news media depends on controversy to

keep the listener’s attention, so it seems

that it is undesirable to present a fair,

balanced dialogue. As a result, that which is

presented is highly prejudicial – some outlets

catering to a liberal point of view (POV),

others catering to a conservative audience.

Regardless of the POV, the Hondurans are

marginalized, serving as pawns on someone

else’s agenda. This is despicable. May

God’s people be faithful to the scriptures in

avoiding the hate-filled spirit of the day. “Do

not oppress the widow or the fatherless, the

alien or the poor…” (Zechariah 7:10)

As we visited missionaries Mike & Jessica

Brown, we were introduced to Hondurans.

Our trip took us to very remote jungle

communities where the population seemed

to be less then forty people per square

mile. It took us twelve hours; by car (seven

hours); canoe (three hours); horseback and

hiking (two hours) to reach them (a whole

new view of “rural”!) What we experienced

was amazing! We met a generous, grateful,

hospitable and kind culture group. Believers

– filled with a love for Jesus and passion for

the Spirit – gathered in homes to worship

with us. On one pastor’s farm, about eighty

believers came for a Wednesday afternoon

service. It was the relative equivalent of a

megachurch! Some walked for two-hours

across the steep mountainous terrain,

worshiped for two hours, then made the

two-hour trip home with children in tow.

They, too, have a passion to see their

neighbors come to faith in Christ and be

introduced to the joy of salvation.

Although the larger cities in Honduras have

their challenges (gangs), and rural areas face

both drug and human trafficking, it would be

a tragic mistake to allow these impressions

to stigmatize the whole population.

In this issue you will see a dream unfold for

partnering with the church in Honduras,

training pastoral students who sacrifice

greatly to attend the bible institute in order

to serve their people. A wonderful vision is

emerging that may very well provide a hope

that will result in people coming to Christ,

being filled with the Holy Spirit and being

given hope that would redeem not only the

spirit, but also the souls of these wonderful

people. Redeem not only the inner man, but

also his outward existence. Perhaps…just

perhaps…this redemption would give birth

to a hope that would result in a Honduras

that Hondurans would want to flee to

instead of flee from. It’s an ambitious dream.

But we serve a God who demonstrates an

amazing capacity to transform individuals,

groups, peoples and even nations. It

could happen through your ministry in

your community. It can happen through a

missions effort in Honduras.

Dream with us, and read on…

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TRANSFORMATION PROJECT

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Walk with me. I would like us to

take a journey together. It will

be one that is challenging and

at times will even seem impossible. We are

headed straight into the murder capital of the

world: Honduras, Central America. A country

that places no value on human life – where

spiritual darkness ensues. Now, I want to

introduce you to those not of the gangs, but

bible school students who will be a light in

Mike Brown

the darkness. These students will be the future pastors and missionaries

of the Asambleas de Dios.

Imagine you are a student of a bible institute located far from your home

in Olancho, Honduras. You have heard that your area has minimal

evangelical presence which motivates you to begin your six-hour trek to

the bible institute. The journey is too long and arduous to make every day

or even weekly. The majority of students have families with children, so

you kiss your wife and kids goodbye with the realization that you will not

be seeing them for one to two weeks. You embark without food or money;

you only carry with you faith, hope and love.

After three hours of walking you hitch a ride down river in a canoe. You

pause and realize you will be making this journey for the next three

years – but love compels you. After a half-day of traveling, you arrive at

the bible institute tired and sore, but your passion is strong. You have

received word that classes for today will be held in a 6x12 foot backyard.

Last week it was in a hallway of a building and the week before the front

porch of the local pastor’s house. Classes have ended so you pray and

study before going to sleep. Unfortunately, you will have to sleep on the

floor of a friend’s house. Last week you had to sleep in the backyard

where scorpions and snakes were your bunkmates – doesn’t seem too

appealing. Morning comes, you wash in the stream and prepare to look

your best for today’s classes.

This is the reality for all students attending the current bible institute.

There is no building, no classrooms or sleeping quarters. They are

not guaranteed food, a bed or hot shower. What compels them is the

opportunity to serve in the Kingdom of God.

God has given us a vision to see a bible institute building become a

reality for these students. They will then have a safe place to study, learn

and train for the calling that He has placed on their lives. What we, as

missionaries, have seen here are people dedicated to preaching the word

of God to their own. We have seen a people receptive and bearing fruit in

their own communities. Honduras has the potential to touch the nations

and it starts with faith, continues with hope and perseveres with love.

Walk with me. I would like us to take a journey together that will transform

the country of Honduras.

THE HONDURAS TRANSFORMATION

PROJECT

Mike and Jess Brown

Missionaries to Honduras


HONDURAS TRANSFORMATION PROJECT

BUILDING SITE FOR AG BIBLE INSTITUTE

IT’S ALL

ACC

Jeff Marshall

World Missions Director

On a sun-filled day we stood at the foot of the mountains of Juticalpa, Honduras facing a

wide-open field that is waiting to reap a harvest. As we stood in this open field, we dreamt

of the day this plot of land would be beaming with new life. This field will be home to more

than a bible institute. It will be a multi-functional building serving four main purposes that will offer

Honduran students better lives. We are excited to develop a partnership between PennDel, our

missionaries Mike and Jess Brown and AG believers in Honduras to see this dream become a reality!

Assemblies of God Bible

Institute of Honduras

• Bible Institute

for minister training

• Vocational Training

for bi-vocational pastors

• Church Plant

providing permanent church

location

• Mentoring Center

for spiritual and vocational

training for laity

How to Give:

Mail to:

PennDel Ministry Network

4651 Westport Drive

Mechanicsburg, PA 17055

Or give online:

penndel.org

Your gift will give ACCESS to

Hondurans for transformational

ministry and vocational mentoring.

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ABOUT

ESS

Phil Baker

GT Church, Reading, PA

WHAT IF we could help provide central access

to the Bible Institute?

WHAT IF we would express the generosity of

God through this opportunity?

WHAT IF God was calling us to help transform

Honduras?

The excitement and comradery we sensed with our

missionaries, Mike and Jess Brown were infectious! These

great missionaries of God are setting something in motion in

collaboration with our Honduran brothers and sisters that will

truly accelerate the transformational work of the gospel for

generations... in Honduras!

Over the next two years, PennDel Ministry Network will be

coming alongside hundreds of young men and women who are

willing to go ALL IN to serve the Lord in reaching Hondurans

and pastoring churches throughout Olancho, the biggest district

in Honduras. Out of this vision trip erupted three solid goals that

we as the PennDel Ministry Network will pursue:

PRAY: That every congregation would intensify with intentional,

informed and focused prayer for Honduras!

GIVE: That together we would raise $500,000 to fund the

Honduras Transformation Project

GO: That teams from individual and collaborating churches

across our Network would respond to the call to GO in

obedience to the great commission and in response to the

visionary leadership of the PennDel Ministry Network.

Partner with us to help make their dreams become a reality!

The Honduras Transformation Project will provide a home to a

church, a facility for ministry training, and a resource to mentor

believers in discipleship and vocational trades. This project

will literally transform the lives and futures of thousands of

Hondurans!

HONDURAS TRANSFORMATION

PROJECT... it’s all about access!

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ASSISTANT SUPERINTENDENT Bryan Koch | 610.678.0266 ext. 224 | bryankoch@gtaog.org

REACH

Connect, Serve, Follow, Lead

GT Church has identified five strategic purposes: Reach, Connect, Serve,

Follow, and Lead. While all five are important, without Reach, the other

four couldn’t happen. We need to reach people outside the church walls in

order for them to be able to connect to the church, serve in the church and

community, follow Jesus and become a leader. So how do we reach people?

There are many different strategies out there, but I’d like to share some

practical ways that GT has worked to fulfill this purpose in our ministry.

52 WEEKEND SERVICES

We, along with every other church, have

52 outreach opportunities every year in our

weekend services. We strive to make our

services engaging, relevant and applicable

to people’s everyday lives so that those

who attend want to invite their friends and

neighbors to join them for church. We

call this an “Invest and Invite” culture. By

expanding our physical location to a second

site and also to an online audience through

GT Live, we have naturally expanded the

number of people who have the opportunity

to attend.

SOCIAL MEDIA

It’s possible for people who have never

attended your church to be reached

through your online presence. Having a

dynamic and engaging plan for social media

is an important component including some

targeted ads that are specifically for those

who live in your area but don’t follow you.

GIVING TO MISSIONS

GT Church supports 100+ missionaries

every year and takes multiple teams on

global trips to provide support to those in

the field. We have prayer walks throughout

our city and county as well. In this way,

we are able to make an impact in reaching

people both across the street and around

the world.

PARTNERSHIPS WITH LOCAL

ORGANIZATIONS

One way to reach out to the community

is to partner with organizations that are

doing good work that the church may not

be equipped to do on our own but that

we can support through financial giving,

prayer and volunteering. We have Local

Go Groups, volunteer groups that go

and serve at places that we also support

financially such as Hope Rescue Mission

and Baseballtown Dream League. We also

have a program called Crossroads XP with

a team that partners with several local

elementary schools on a monthly basis to

present character education assemblies

using curriculum from Core Essential

Values. Some of these opportunities allow

us to present the gospel to people, others

just allow us to be a positive presence in

our local neighborhoods. Either way, we

are able to reach people who may not even

know about our church and may one day

decide to check us out based on how we

present ourselves in the community.

SPECIAL EVENTS

Throughout the year we also hold special

events that target different audiences. In the

spring, we have a First Responders Sunday

where we invite local first responders to

our services, and we honor and appreciate

them that day. In the fall, we celebrate

veterans on Veterans Day and do a churchwide

collection of groceries and other items

for several of our local partners in a Give

Hope project. Every Christmas, we do a

family outreach called Jingle Jam that is

designed for people to invite their neighbors

and friends with kids to an upbeat, fun

Christmas show.

What works for us may not work for you, but hopefully these ideas can spur conversation in your own ministries and

lead to ideas that make sense for your communities. If you have any questions or would like to discuss anything that

we do at GT further, please feel free to reach out to me at 610-678-0266.

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SECRETARY/TREASURER Jeff Marshall | 717.795 .5921 | jeff@penndel.org

2019 SECTIONAL

COUNCIL LOCATIONS

Monday, March 4

SWS | Monroeville AG | 9:30 am

4561 Old William Penn Hwy

Monroeville, PA

NW | New Castle 1 st AG | 2:00 pm

2021 Polaski Rd

New Castle, PA

Tuesday, March 5

SWM | Riverside Community Church

9:30 am

800 3 rd St

Oakmont, PA

SCW | Real Life Church | 2:00 pm

621 W. Pitt St

Bedford, PA

Thursday, March 7

SCE | River of God | 9:30 am

747 Wertzville Rd

Enola, PA

SC | Bethel AG | 2:00 pm

400 Miller St

Chambersburg, PA

Monday, March 11

NC | Freedom Life | 9:30 am

113 Sunset Acres

Milesburg, PA

NCW | Glad Tidings | 2:00 pm

6449 Clearfield Woodland Highway

Clearfield, PA

A note from the Secretary/Treasurer...

I first want to say that it is my joy and privilege to serve you here in the PennDel family

of credential holders. Over the past few months, since my election in May, it has been

a whirlwind, of which I have enjoyed, by the way. I grew up and lived my whole life in

the Pittsburgh area (I think I actually bleed black and gold), but we are adjusting to life

in Central PA. Learning the position of Secretary/Treasurer has been taxing at times

but with my predecessor right down the hall as Superintendent and the assistance of

a wonderful group of support staff, we are moving right along. But one of my greatest

joys is meeting and supporting those who serve this Network. I loved traveling on the

Listening Tour with Pastor Don and Tom Rees; getting to know so many of you was so

awesome! And now it is Sectional Council Tour time, and I get to see you again. I love

my job, and you all are amazing! Please check the dates on this page and set aside

some time to come and join us. See you soon!

WITH THE LORD:

DALLAS G. SILVIS, JR, 72, passed away on December 4, 2018. Dallas served our

PennDel District at New Hope AG in Numine as the men’s ministry leader, prayer team

leader, and sectional men’s ministries representative. Dallas is survived by his loving

wife of 50 years, Janice C. (Gray) Silvis.

MIRIAM TROTTA, 90, passed away on December 9, 2018 after a brief illness. Miriam

is the mother of our previous PennDel ‘First Lady,’ Marjorie Tourville. Miriam served

our PennDel District with great distinction with her strong faith and devoted service

to her Lord. Miriam’s earlier ministry in PennDel: NE sectional women’s ministries

representative for thirteen years, serving alongside her late husband, Rev. John Trotta,

as the wife of an evangelist and pastor’s wife at Shickshinny and Moosic. In recent

years, Miriam served alongside Marjie at our district women in ministry retreats.

DOMER L. SNYDER, 73, of Scottdale, passed away Friday, Jan. 4, 2019. Domer was

a retired minister in our PennDel District after serving as the lead pastor of First AG,

Scottdale. He also served as an evangelist and lead pastor of Calvary AG, Brownsville.

Domer is survived by his wife, Betty.

ELAINE CUNARD, 74, passed away on January 10, 2019 after a recent illness.

Elaine is survived by her husband, Rev. George Cunard. They pastored the following

churches: Dickson City, Green Lane and The Worship Center/HighPointe, Philadelphia.

Tuesday, March 12

EC | The Bridge Church | 9:30 am

3561 Old Route 22

Hamburg, PA

NE | Faith AG | 2:00 pm

34 Fox Manor Rd

Hazle Township, PA

Thursday, March 14

GPA | Victory Christian Fellowship

9:30 am

2650 Audubon Rd

Norristown, PA

DEL | Trinity Community Church

2:00 pm

6949 Lancaster Pike

Hockessin, DE

FALL/SPRING 2018-2019

Locations & Offerings

Bethlehem: 1st Saturday

Central AG • (Certified)

Monroeville: 2nd Saturday

Monroeville AG • (Certified, Licensed, Ordained)

Camp Hill: 3rd Saturday

Christian Life Assembly • (Certified, Licensed)

CLASSES MEET AT:

Central AG

1300 Eaton Ave

Bethlehem, PA 18018

Monroeville AG

4561 Old Wm Penn Hwy

Monroeville, PA 15146

Christian Life Assembly

2645 Lisburn Rd

Camp Hill, PA 17011

CONTACT:

724-212-7975 (Bob Lecocq)

PDSOM website: penndelsom.org

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CHURCHES REA

SERVING OUR

Many of our churches across PennDel have committed to reaching out to their communities by

connecting with service departments, shelters, and schools. Here are a few testimonies of how several

churches are serving the local schools in their communities.

AT RURAL COMPASSION, we where

inspired to build on the relationships with

stakeholders in our community. While we

already had somewhat of a relationship with our

schools, we wanted to commit to taking it to a

higher level.

Since then, we have continuously taken “gifts”

to different areas of the school, including snacks

to the elementary school, health items to the school nurse, sports drinks to

the athletic directors, cleaning goods to the Life Skills classrooms and more.

We further partner with the Life Skills program by having students come to

the church once a week to clean. This assists them in gaining job skills for

outside work when they are ready to leave school, and it is a blessing to us

as well. We, in turn, provide a Christmas dinner party for them as well as an

Easter egg hunt.

The social worker for the school district reached out to us and asked if we

would be willing to host a summer reading program. We happily agreed and

they provided books to use, including several VeggieTales and Max Lucado

books. What an amazing opportunity!

Bridges are definitely being built in Windsor, PA as a result of saying “we are

going to be the stakeholder in our community that we are meant to be!” To

God be the glory!

Chris & Cheryl Golembiowski

Windsor Assembly of God

LEROY AND I

have been blessed to

serve in God’s beautiful

community of Galeton,

PA for two years. In this

short period of time,

God has expanded our

influence and multiplied

His ministry for His glory.

One area of influence we have had in our community

is within the local school. We continue to build and

add relationships through blessing departmental

staff with gifts of love and other things they need.

We frequently stop by to offer encouragement and

a listening ear. This allows us to get to know their

needs and desires. We can then act and provide for

them. We also intentionally partner with the school

principal by supporting, encouraging and cheering

for him. We don’t come in with our ideas or our

agendas, but rather with the heart of a servant. Our

desire is to be a blessing to the school.

As we continue to love the Lord and the community

He has placed us in, we are excited about the

upcoming opportunities that God has in store.

LeRoy & Wanda Bunker

Lighthouse Community Church

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HOME MISSIONS

Tom Rees

717.795.5921

tom@penndel.org

CHING OUT

SCHOOLS

HOLLENTOWN IS A SMALL, rural village. Becky and have pastored here for over ten years, and it

has been great to reconnect with my home area in many ways.

One of the main ways we connect with the community is the relationship we have made with our school

nurse. We have given supplies (band aids, ointment cream, thermometers, etc.), for which she is very

appreciative. In one conversation, we asked her to let us know of anything else we could help with. From

that meeting, Becky took on, as a personal project, supplying feminine hygiene products and boy’s

deodorant.

We have also been able to develop a relationship with the music department at the school. The products we received through Rural

Compassion allowed us to send boxes of snacks for over a hundred music students on a trip to Florida. The teachers and chaperones

were so appreciative of the contribution.

Another outcome of this relationship was being asked to come as a chaplain to minister to the drama students when a tragedy occurred

among the group. We are blessed to have progressing relationships with many throughout our school district!

Joe & Becky Hollen

Hollentown Assembly of God

For more information

and to register for

Rural Compassion,

visit www.penndel.org

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XA MINISTRY

CENTER @ EDINBORO

JOEL & NICHOLE

SCHREIBER & FAMILY

XA STUDENTS @ EDINBORO

JOEL AND NICHOLE SCHREIBER started the Edinboro Chi Alpha in the mid-

2000’s after they decided to follow the call to take the impact Chi Alpha had in their

lives from Missouri to students in Erie County. Now the ministry thrives, and they are

blessed to have a groundbreaking (literally) new opportunity ahead! Through God’s

provision and the contribution of several Chi Alpha partners, a plot of land has been

obtained directly across from the Edinboro University campus.

The vision of Chi Alpha is to have a ministry house with living space where students

and staff can live, as well as enough meeting space for Chi Alpha to host events. This

looks specifically like:

• Six 3-bedroom apartments with a full kitchen, full bathroom

and common living area in each (2 with full ADA access)

• Large meeting area

• Kitchen

• Smaller study rooms

• Prayer room

• Bathrooms

These ministry spaces can be used for students to connect through game nights,

worship services and small group bible studies, just to name a few. It will also be a

space that staff can utilize for regular meetings, outreach planning and more. Chi

Alpha is breaking ground for the new ministry house this spring as funds are being

raised and goals are met.

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P E N N D E L

HOME MISSIONS PROJECT 2019

HOME IS WHERE THE HEART IS

Two houses that will lead to students being reconciled to Christ along with the transformation

of their Universities, the marketplace and the world!

A home is a special place; a place of love, safety, relationship building, learning and fun. It is a place deeply rooted

within the heart and where a heart can make the most impact. Just as it is with many homes, so it will be for the Chi

Alpha Ministry Houses in Philly and Edinboro.

Chi Alpha has seen a large amount of growth through the years and has a heart to continue growing, but they need

our help! I invite you to partner with these two amazing Chi Alpha Ministries.

PRAY

GIVE

Please pray for the XA House @ Temple as they locate, purchase and renovate.

Please pray for the approvals of the building plans for the Ministry Center @ Edinboro.

Please pray as both Chi Alpha ministries raise funds for their Capital Campaigns.

Joel and Phil are taking enormous steps of faith and are believing God for miraculous provision

to fund these homes. Let’s partner with them! A special offering will be received on Wednesday

morning, May 8, at MinistrieSummit. You can also send an offering to the project of your choice.

Giving can be one time or monthly.

XA MINISTRY HOUSE @ TEMPLE

THE GREATER PHILADELPHIA

AREA is home to 80 colleges

and universities with approximately

500,000 students. The desire of Chi

Alpha Philly is to establish ministries

at four major schools in Center

City Philadelphia. The University

of Pennsylvania, Drexel University,

Temple University and the Community

College of Philadelphia are all

together home to 120,000 students.

For many years, Phil and Val

McLeod have done well in forming a PHIL and VALERIE MCLEOD

foundation for ministry on campuses

around the Philly area. Their vision

now is to expand outward into the

community and to provide more training and growth to a staff full of dynamic leaders.

A Chi Alpha ministry house in the Philly area will help provide living space for these

leaders who can be close to the students and campuses they aim to reach. It will also

provide a great space where ministry and connection can thrive.

ONE OF THOSE STUDENTS WHO

HAS A HEART FOR CHI ALPHA

AND FOR THIS HOUSE IS DJ.

DJ is a senior

at Temple

University

majoring in

Kinesiology.

Through his

leadership,

Chi Alpha was

established as a university recognized

student organization. He is a talented

musician who is deeply committed to

Christ and His church. DJ has expressed

a desire to “give a year” of his life after

graduation to serve as a Missionary

Associate for Chi Alpha in Philadelphia.

The Chi Alpha house will be an important

part of his next chapter in life.

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YOUTH MINISTRIES

Doug Sayers | 717.795.5921 | dyd@penndel.org

YOUTH ALIVE MISSIONARY

Lee Rogers | 717.795.9780 | lee@reachtheschool.com

Hope

Now

Every generation of believers faces the same challenge: how do we share the hope of Jesus

in our time, to our friends, in our way? The Gospel is always best received person-to-person,

friend-to-friend. Generation Z is highly connected, socially minded and deeply visual. So how

can we spread the hope of Jesus now? That was a question we began discussing over two

years ago. The answer came in the development of a new method for sharing the Gospel

called We Are Alive in Five. It’s simple, visual, and meaningful.

God is love.

He loves us without limit or condition. God loves every person from every culture and religion.

How have you experienced God’s love? Tell your friends about it.

Our sin divides us from God.

Sin is a problem we all share. It creates division between our friends and us, and between God

and us. How has sin affected you? Share some examples to make it real.

Jesus died for our sin, then came back to life.

God sent Jesus to live a sinless life and die a sacrificial death for us. He paid the price for our

sin—and then He came back to life. What does Jesus’ death and resurrection mean to you? Be

sure to communicate it as you tell the story.

We need to decide to put our faith in God.

Jesus paid the price for our sin, and all that is required of us is faith—to believe in God, that Jesus

is Lord and that God raised Him from the dead. God’s love gives us the choice—to have faith in

God or not. How did you make your decision to have faith in God? Talk about it.

The Holy Spirit will help us live for God.

It’s hard to live unselfishly—but the Holy Spirit will help us! The Holy Spirit teaches us, gives us

passion for God, and gives us power to be who God wants us to be and to do what God wants

us to do. In what way has the Holy Spirit helped you? Share it with your friend.

We launched this last year at youth convention, and this year we will advance this hope even further through the

launch of a devotional reading plan and journal. This will help our students internalize the hope of Jesus so they

can more confidently externalize the message of hope at school and beyond!

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KIDS

WILL DO IT

I

have met countless adults who can

trace their introduction to Christianity to

a childhood experience. As a child, they

were invited to a church event by a friend or

family member. It seems so easy to lead a

child to Christ and also so easy to reach out

to kids. Children will readily accept Jesus

as their Savior and will pursue a relationship

with God on their level.

Some things to remember: most parents

are very protective of those who influence

their children – use caution and wisdom.

Children are not intimidated to invite their

classmates, friends and cousins to outreach

events that are kid-friendly. Children are

easily motivated (bribed) to invite other

children to an event that is fun, exciting and

free. Consider valuable (kid value) prizes

as incentives for kids to invite their friends.

One mother told me her son wanted his

sisters to stay home from church because

he wanted to fill the mini-van with his

friends. It works.

Remember, kids usually will bring their

parents/families after visiting a few times. It

might start as parental concern, but if you

build a relationship with the family, you can

win them to Christ as well. Make parents a

priority, too. Many of the events we do at

church can become kid magnets. Consider

the following events most churches

currently offer; these can be great outreach

events by making a few changes.

• EASTER EGG HUNTS

• VBS (and/or Mega-sports camps)

• FALL HARVEST FESTIVALS (Halloween

alternative)

• BACK TO SCHOOL INDOOR PICNIC

(Free hotdogs, popcorn, cotton candy,

carnival games. We also created a jail

where kids could arrest their parents for

$1 per minute!)

• CHRISTMAS PROGRAM (featuring

children or children’s activities)

CHRISTIAN EDUCATION

George Krebs

717.795.5921

george@penndel.org

Below are a few fun events to

add to the calendar where kids

could invite friends:

• SUPER SUNDAYS: 2-3 a year, megafun

games, prizes, Salvation emphasis

• GAME NIGHTS: fun, outrageous and

free

• MOVIE NIGHTS: indoor or outdoor,

popcorn and candy

• CHILDCARE NIGHTS: Bless church

parents to double-date with unbelieving

parents. Reach their kids with super fun

activities.

• SUMMER FUN: water games, slip and

slide or pool fun

• PICNIC IN THE PARK: a great summer

outreach

• COLOR RUN GAMES: multi-color

dusting of children while wet is a blast…

keep the garden hose handy!

• MINIATURE GOLF: make it free to child

guests

• SUPER SLIME NIGHT: games involving

slime or whipped cream are a win

• SNOW DAYS: Snow-fun, snow-balls,

snow-men and snow-tubing

– Don’t forget the hot chocolate and

cookies!

– Be prepared and schedule for the

next real snow day!

Whatever you do, keep it child friendly.

Run your ideas by a few 5 th and 6 th

graders and ask for their input (lame

or cool). Make up invite cards with

date, place, time and description. Most

outreach evangelism ideas for kids are

relatively inexpensive, so do the event with

excellence and fun. When evangelizing

kids, don’t forget to make parents a

priority. If we can help you in any way or

share ideas, please contact us at george@

penndel.org.

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ROYAL RANGERS Greg Scott | 302.697.2313 | gscott@pdrangers.org | www.pdrangers.org

ROYAL RANGERS INTERNATIONAL

REACHING OUT TO MEN AND BOYS AROUND THE WORLD

Royal Rangers International exists to

establish, strengthen and serve the

growing number of nations seeking

to impact the next generation through the

Royal Rangers Ministry. Royal Rangers is

the premier, most sought after Christian

activity-based mentoring program for kids

and young people in the world. Currently,

Royal Rangers exists in 97 different

countries around the world and the mission

of Royal Rangers is to evangelize, equip

and empower the next generation of

Christ-followers and lifelong servant leaders

in every country possible. Over 200,000

Royal Rangers in more than 97 nations are

inspired each week as they participate in our

highly relational and fun meetings.

Royal Rangers can be found in:

AFRICA

ASIA

EURASIA

LATIN AMERICA CARIBBEAN

EUROPE

USA AND CANADA

The members of the RRI Council,

representing the worldwide regions, meet

every year. It’s customary to rotate the

council to a different region each time we

come together. This year it fell to Africa to

host and they chose to do so in Nairobi,

where they enjoyed outstanding Kenyan

hospitality. The meeting is always an

important time for members to network

with each other, exchange ideas, have fun

together, pray for one another and for the

needs of the world, to receive reports, make

future plans and so much more.

These are the men and women who work

diligently to reach more children and adults

with the gospel around the world; they along

with all the volunteers in the ninety-seven

plus countries are making a difference in

people’s lives. Please, won’t you pray for the

teams working around the globe?

The PennDel District Royal Rangers have

been very instrumental in supporting RRI

and have contributed to the starting of

twenty three outposts in Africa alone over

the last two years. They also contributed

over $6,000 last year to missionaries to

support their endeavors around the world

helping to purchase generators, dig water

wells, repair churches, translate literature,

supply pastors, train leaders and hold

outreaches. Hard working Royal Ranger

boys earn money throughout the year and

bring it to powwows, campouts, and other

district functions. Offerings are then sent

to the national department and disbursed

to missionaries and special projects. Our

recent challenge has been to establish

the Royal Rangers ministry in seven new

nations in Africa and to plant 700 or more

African outposts through the continent.

Although we all cannot go into the entire

world to preach the gospel, we can be

very instrumental and effective through RRI

to support that endeavor financially. The

PennDel District has done just that.

COMING EVENTS IN 2019:

District BB Gun Competition

Journey Christian Church

Thompsontown, PA

March 9

District Leaders Conference

Bethel Assembly of God

Carlisle, PA

March 29-30

PennDel RR Camp Workday

Honey Grove, PA

April 13

George Washington Chapter

FCF Spring Trace

PennDel RR Camp

Honey Grove, PA

April 26-28

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WOMEN OF PURPOSE Ruth Puleo | 717.795.5921 | ruth@penndelwomenofpurpose.org | penndelwomenofpurpose.org

CHANGING LIVES

BY REACHING HEARTS

“People don’t care what you know until they know how much you care”

– John Maxwell

At the heart of the Dream Centers is their desire to rescue those who have been enslaved by hunger,

homelessness, poverty, human trafficking and other life controlling issues. They do this by providing hope,

empowerment and the love of Christ – both in word and deed.

Two amazing couples, Gary and Amanda Brougher of the Pittsburgh

Dream Center and David and Shirrie Dominquez of the Philly Dream

Center, have been called of God to reach the hurting people in their cities

using unique and practical outreach ministries. Women of Purpose often

raises funds to reach those in need from countries around the world, but

this year we decided to make the Dream Centers in the PennDel Network

our 2019 Project Offering for the Spring Tour because we also believe in

reaching the lost in our own backyard.

PITTSBURGH DREAM CENTER

GARY & AMANDA BROUGHER

PHILLY DREAM CENTER

DAVID & SHIRRIE DOMINGUEZ

We salute the practical and creative approach the Dream Centers are

using to reach those who may never walk inside a church building to hear the gospel. The ideas and ministry opportunities they have

developed are ones that any church can use for their own community outreach. Prayerfully consider raising up volunteers whom God calls

to embrace one or more of the ministries listed below to reach the people of your community with love and a Jesus style compassion.

Adopt-A-Block: Volunteers select a block

in a neighborhood they adopt as their own.

Each week the group goes door-to-door

meeting the most basic needs residents may

have. Acts of service may include picking

up trash, mowing a lawn, planting flowers,

washing windows, painting a house exterior,

shoveling snow and so much more.

Mobile Food Bank: In desiring to continue

to make a greater and consistent impact to

those who are not able to receive sufficient

assistance or have barriers in getting aid

because of physical and transportation

issues, we launched a Mobile Food Bank

program where we take food to

neighborhoods on a weekly and monthly

basis.

Community Outreaches: Several

times a year we host a one-day

community or holiday outreach in various

neighborhoods partnering with other local

churches and organizations. We offer free

services and goods during this outreach.

Backpack of Hope: We fill backpacks

full of simple food to ensure children have

enough to eat over the weekend. We drop

off the backpacks Friday morning at a local

school, where the issue of hunger is great.

Chosen: A group of female volunteers

reach out to women in local strip clubs.

Our passion is to let these ladies know

they have purpose and value.

Midnight Call: We go downtown on

Sunday evening and minister to the

homeless, drug addicts and prostitutes by

taking food, blankets and other items.

Discipleship Program: A community

discipleship program should offer spiritual,

social and practical disciplines to help

wounded and hurting individuals get back

on their feet, and be restored to their

God-given potential.

Mobile Kids: A customized delivery

truck was converted into a portable

Kids’ Church. The truck is taken into

neighborhoods sharing fun, enriching

and exciting VBS type programming for

children.

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GIRLS MINISTRIES Sharon Poole | sharonp@pdgirlsministries.com | penndel.org/girls

PREPARING FOR YOUR

OUTREACH

Over the years I have had the privilege of participating in and/

or leading a number of missions journeys. I cannot even

explain the anticipation and excitement when my feet “hit

the ground” and I am ready to go!

However, before I ever pack a suitcase for the journey, there is a

lot of provision and preparation that must take place. I have always

enjoyed a good yard sale to help fund a trip. But to raise thousands

of dollars, it requires mountains of “stuff”! Where do you get all that

junk, you ask? Well, first off, I ask EVERYONE if they can donate

some SALABLE stuff. Then, I get in my car (with my grandson in

tow) and drive through neighborhoods – the day before trash pickup.

I am amazed at the treasures I have found!

To hold a successful yard sale, you MUST be preparing all year.

Quite often, Paul and I will be driving down a road when I see a

large item waiting with someone’s trash. My thoughts immediately

turn to a yard sale. “I know I could sell that!” Sadly, usually we leave

the item behind…

A successful yard sale requires a yard sale mindset. I need to be

planning, preparing and scavenging all the time. I look at all things

through the eyes of the yard sale: Can I sell it? What do I need to

do to make it better?

An outreach or a missions event is the same thing. It requires me

to look at life and those around me through the eyes of the Savior. I

must see the souls that God allows in my path. Can I reach that one

for Christ? How can I present Jesus to that person? What do I need

to do to allow them to see the Savior?

During this time, I must be preparing spiritually. I need to be reading,

praying, seeking God for direction and “collecting” all the inspiration,

anointing, words of Jesus that I will need to fulfill the journey to

which He has called me.

We each have been called, positioned and prepared to reach those

around us for Christ. Ask the Holy Spirit to put into your spirit the

mind of Christ to see others as souls ready for the harvest.

Prepare to be ...Amazed

June 13-15, 2019

Prims & Stars Retreat

(Grades 1-5)

Speaker: David Brock

Friends & Girls Only

Retreat (Grades 6-12)

Speaker: Heather Glogau

Bongiorno Conference Center • Carlisle, PA

sharonp@pdgirlsministries.com

AROUND THE NETWORK

Nick & Heidi Poole

Calvary Church • Irwin, PA

Dedication of new foyer

Josh & Anne Koss

Crosspoint AG • Carmichaels, PA

Dedication of new children’s area,

café and foyer

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