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Midwest Rocky Mountain Region Hosts Built to Last a Lifetime

On Saturday, November 3, 2018, International Children’s Ministries and the Midwest Rocky Mountain Region conducted the “Built to Last a Lifetime” one-day training intensive in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Over 60 participants from 12 churches attended the instruction which was presented in English and simultaneously translated via headset in Spanish and Swahili. Most notably, a group of 20 from the local Congolese church attended with the intentions of receiving foundational training to begin a ministry with their children.

The training was well received by participants, as application activities helped to asses if concepts were processed correctly. Most churches represented were small in weekly attendance, reported not utilizing curriculum in their local ministries, and only two stated knowledge of and compliance with the church’s Child, Youth, and Worker Protection Policy. The training helped provide the necessary information and tools for meeting these challenges.

On the following morning, International Children’ Ministries Director Shaun McKinley ministered at the Westdale Community Church during their Sunday morning worship service. Although a smaller congregation, the church is doing extraordinary outreach under the leadership of Pastor Jeff Bell. That morning, the church launched an outreach ministry to the homeless. They have partnered with a local shelter and will be providing a warm breakfast to residents each Sunday morning followed by a worship service. Additionally, the church serves 60 families through their food pantry and clothing bank ministry. On Sunday afternoons, a group of Congolese gathers in their building for a worship service in Swahili. They have also started a Spanish-language Bible study that meets simultaneously with their Wednesday evening service.