Explore S.E.N.D. Newsletter — August 2016

Read the August 2016 edition of the EXPLORE SEND newsletter.

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  • SEND leader, Kenzie Ritchie, shares her excitement for the coming SEND year!
  • Jon Hunter shares how you can invest in SEND North America.
  • What are the finishing touches for the Nehemiah House?
  • And more…

Read the full newsletter here.

 

EXPLORE S.E.N.D. Newsletter — July 2016

SEND-NewsJuly2016Read the July 2016 edition of the EXPLORE SEND newsletter.

  • SEND leader, Kenzie Ritchie, shares what she learned from SEND.
  • See the year in pictures.
  • See Jon’s video story of taking a discipleship challenge.
  • Learn about more exciting news for the Nehemiah House!
  • And more…

Read the full newsletter here.

More Exciting News for the Nehemiah House!

The Nehemiah Missionary House, next to Church Doctor Ministries’ office, was donated by a number of generous support partners several years ago. We are excited to use this space to house the growing number of female young adults who will participate in SEND this fall! However, our Missionary House is in need of serious repairs before August 15, 2016. Including cost of appliances, the total cost of repairs NEhamiah houseis $33,000.

Destiny Family of Faith, our partner church and SEND training center, has designated SEND’s Nehemiah Missionary House as their local mission outreach for the summer. With Destiny’s provision of labor, other financial contributions totaling $4,800, and a family’s challenge gift of $19,000 for this project, the Nehemiah Missionary House is coming along  —- but we still need your help!

 

Now is your chance to get involved and help us finish this project! Here’s how YOU can make an impact today:

  • Pray that God will provide everything needed for repairs to be completed by August 15.
  • Serve with Destiny Family of Faith’s mission team in repairs and renovations to the house. To coordinate, please contact Melissa at 260-599-0254 or destfamfaith@gmail.com.
  • Invest in the future of young adults by financially giving to the renovation of the Nehemiah Missionary House. Use the donate button below.

Donate in-kind items such as appliances or furniture.

E-mail kenzie@churchdoctor.org or call 1-800-626-8515 to learn more.



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What I Learned From S.E.N.D.

When I look back to last September when this team’s session of SEND began, I really had no idea what was in store. Yes, I had a calendar (I don’t do anything without that thing!) and an idea of where God would take us geographically, but I had no clue where God would take us spiritually over the course of 10 months. As this team’s final week of SEND training just passed, I want to share an invaluable lesson that God touched my heart with through the journey of SEND North America. I pray that the stories of these SEND young adults inspire you as much as they have me.

When you open yourself up to God, He reveals Himself to you.
ExploreJune14When I met Quinn, Sarah, and Ze for the first time, it was like the idea of SEND instantly “clicked” with them. They shared with me the desire to know God deeper, see where He is leading them, and make some new friends. Basically, they were open to an adventure, even one where the destination was unclear! Because of this willingness to go where God led them, they were able, maybe for the first time in their lives, to hear what God was saying — to listen to His voice. I watched countless times as all three of them encountered God, in different, yet powerful ways.

As Christians, we know that God is speaking into our lives, always communicating with us, but the question I learned to ask is: Am I listening to what He has to say? Am I willing to open my life up to the Creator of the universe and give Him the reins to do whatever He wants? When I put it like that, it sounds absurd that I might even consider saying no! Yet, isn’t that what we do? We keep our lives as just that, our lives, and forget that they really aren’t ours to begin with!

I am totally inspired by these SEND young adults who chose to give 10 months to discovering God’s purpose and plan for their lives. I watched God unfold plans that none of them could have imagined! When Quinn applied to SEND, he thought he might be called to military chaplaincy. After watching him engage with teens and kids throughout the last year, it is more obvious than any calling I’ve ever seen that he is meant for youth ministry! Sarah, who originally thought she may become a Christian counselor, will be training as a SEND leader next year as she explores her calling to inspire young adults to take the same leap of faith she did. Ze, also known as Elisee Jean, will be discipling others through pastoral ministry in Belize and discerning next steps to start SEND Central America. Patrick, a young adult who recently reconnected with SEND, feels called to young adult ministry and wants to see revival in his generation.

What beautiful horizons lay ahead for these young adults! The future is truly limitless for them, not because we believe in some cliché, but because our God is the author of all and is bigger than any dream you or I could come up with. The journey for this team of young adults began with them opening their hearts to God’s plans and being willing to take the adventure God laid out for them. They taught me that when we are willing to let God take His rightful place in the driver’s seat, He will take us down roads we didn’t even know existed. There will still be bumps (and maybe even some moments of carsickness along the way!), but God is truly the best navigator. He knows the right path, every time. Willingness to hand over the keys — and accept that we are just the copilot — is a life lesson worth learning early on.

It was my honor and privilege to watch as this team of SEND young adults lived out this lesson, and it is one I will never forget. I am forever grateful for the journey that God sent three young adults on over the last 10 months, and I am thankful to have been part of this journey with them, as their leader, mentor, confidant, and friend. As I said, the SEND young adults on this team were open to an adventure. And because of this, I watched them experience the adventure of a lifetime. And, it’s only just beginning.

God’s Blessings,
Mackenzie (Kenzie) Ritchie
Leader, S.E.N.D. North America

Remodeling in Process at Nehemiah Missionary House

Destiny Family of Faith, our partner church and SEND training center, designated SEND’s Nehemiah Missionary House as their local mission outreach for the summer. We are so excited and blessed by the renovation they did to the house June 16-18, 2016. See the pictures!

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SEND Leader, Kenzie Ritchie, shared this message with Destiny Family Faith:

“Destiny Family, I cannot express in words how grateful I am for the work you have done to help us remodel our Nehemiah Missionary House. I’m praying you get this message before church tomorrow morning so that you can publicly share this post with your congregation. You may never know the full extent that your generosity and hard work have blessed future generations of young adults, but know that God has done an amazing thing through this tangible expression of your service and love. Young adults will be using this Missionary House as a place of spiritual growth, learning, laughter, and friendship for years to come and I cannot personally thank you enough, or express enough gratitude from our entire staff, board of directors, and SEND young adults. We are so grateful to have friends in mission and ministry like your church, and we pray that you have been as blessed by this project as we have. We love you guys. P.S. The house looks AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ~Kenzie & the SEND North America – Servants Equipping New Disciples Family.”

Church Doctor Ministries Leader, Tracee Swank, shared this message on Facebook:

“Friends, you need to see this! We have been blessed beyond anything I could have possibly imagined. This house has been on my “Please God, help me figure out how to fix this,” list for a while. Thanks to Destiny Family of Faith for their work and this great blessing to SEND North America – Servants Equipping New Disciples! We still have a bit to go — please pray about supporting this important project.”

The cost of repairs is $26,800. We have been blessed by Destiny’s provision of labor and expertise and with other financial contributions totaling $4,600. Now is your chance to get involved, and help us finish this project! Here’s how YOU can make an impact today:

  • Pray that God will provide everything needed for repairs to be completed by August 15.
  • Consider serving at the Nehemiah House to add to the work begun by Destiny Family of Faith
  • Invest in the future of young adults by financially giving to the renovation of the Nehemiah Missionary House. Use the donate button below.
  • Donate in-kind items such as paint supplies, appliances, or furniture. E-mail kenzie@churchdoctor.org or call 1-800-626-8515 to learn more.



Thank you in advance!

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You better BELIZE it!

  • ExploreJune198% DEET bug spray
  • Cave tubing in the jungle
  • Gracious and kind people
  • Rice, beans, and stew chicken
  • Humidity like never before….107 degrees and counting
  • Selfies on the Mayan ruins
  • Horses running wild through streets
  • ExploreJune7Village so remote, no electricity
  • GOD’S PRESENCE

What do all these things have in common? These are just a few things that the young adults in SEND North America, the 10-month discipleship training experience, experienced while in Belize, Central America, last month on our international mission excursion. With a partner ministry, CALMS, God revealed Himself in many ways and put countless ExploreJune6people in our path to change our lives and hearts forever during our time in Belize!

The population of the country of Belize is about 300,000 — which is about the population of Fort Wayne, Indiana! Because of the compact size of the country, we were able to travel to nearly every region during our time there! We spent most of our days meeting with pastors and leaders in villages learning ExploreJune4about their communities, resources, needs, and how God is working there. I watched as the young adults in SEND were able to apply the skills they’ve been learning over the last nine months in a different country while engaging with people of all different walks of life. Some trip highlights included:

  • Sarah leading a sports camp for kids! We had about 30 children come to play volleyball, ExploreJune5softball, and soccer (aka futbal!). The kids absolutely loved the afternoon and were really good at the sports, too! Sarah led a powerful lesson about God and discipleship that she tied into sports.
  • Ze translating a pastors’ meeting from English to Spanish. Ze is skilled in five languages, and it was incredible to see how God uses willing people to serve in challenging, yet fruitful ways! Without Ze, the purpose of the meeting could ExploreJune3have been lost, and it was a largely important topic in that community — men becoming more engaged in their faith and in the church!
  • Quinn leading a teaching time, complete with reenactments of the story of Jonah, with a group of teenagers. This group of young people was particularly difficult to engage, yet Quinn used his speaking skills and incredible sense of humor and was able to share with them the valuable lesson of obedience to God’s plan for our life, and what a beautiful plan that is!
  • Our newest addition to this year’s SEND team, Patrick, building relationships with members of ExploreJune2villages we visited. Sometimes it can be difficult in a cross-cultural setting to know what types of conversations to start, as our lives differ in extreme ways. However, Patrick jumped at every opportunity to build relationships and strike up meaningful conversations, and God used that to share with our team many insights into the Belizean way of life and how to better serve their communities.

It was a blessed trip, and we can’t thank CALMS enough for continuing to partner with our ministry and equip us in strategic and effective cross-cultural missions. A huge thank you to all who supported us in prayer and financially on this trip; your efforts were a blessing to us and to those we served! It’s not a surprise, but the importance of relationship was highlighted again and again on this trip and over the past nine months. As this season of SEND comes to a close very soon, we thank God for our many relationships made, lessons learned, and lives changed.

Blessings,
Mackenzie “Kenzie” Ritchie
Leader, S.E.N.D. North America

 

P.S. Our new favorite phrases include… “You better BELIZE it!” and “That’s unBELIZEable!”

 

Explore S.E.N.D. Newsletter – June 2016

SEND-NewsJun2016Read the June 2016 edition of the EXPLORE SEND newsletter.

  • God revealed Himself during the SEND Team’s mission excursion to Belize.
  • Attend the Open Day on June 14.
  • July 15 is the application deadline for the 2016-2017 SEND Team.
  • Exciting news for the Nehemiah House!
  • And more…

Read the full newsletter here.

Get a Taste of SEND

Are you a young adult, parent, or pastor? Come and experience a day (June 14) in SEND. You will experience worship, expert teachings from the leader of Church Doctor Ministries, Tracee Swank, and ministry founder, Dr. Kent R. Hunter, and a time for questions and answers about SEND.  RSVP to jonhunter@churchdoctor.org.
Open Day Invite 6-14-16