I want to follow-up from my first post to share about the three ministries that we worked with. We enjoyed the opportunity to invest in the lives of these front-line ministers and ministries.
Pastor Wayne Trimmell is a bi-vocational pastor at Prairie Trail Baptist Church, a young cowboy church reaching out to the western culture that surrounds his church in the community of Haysville just south of Wichita. The church is the product of a merger of two churches who caught Wayne’s vision for reaching this community. The church facilities consist of two buildings sitting on a large plot of land. They eventually want to build a pavilion and an arena where they can host their own cowboy outreach events. In fact, we initially were going to help this ministry organize and put on a family oriented cowboy event. After trying to find a place for the event and considering the logistics, Wayne determined that they were not quite ready to host such an event and would be better served by our team working on their church grounds. So, that’s what we did. We enjoyed the opportunity to meet the good folks at Prairie Trail and look forward to seeing their vision come to fruition in the years ahead. Hopefully, we’ll have the opportunity to be a part of it as well. Pastor Wayne works full-time in the aeronautics field and has had to take mandatory time off from work because of the economy. We invite you to pray for Wayne, his church family, and the community they seek to reach.
During the mornings, we worked with Pastor Daniel Diaz and his church, Iglesia Bautista Nuevas Buenas or Good News Baptist Church. This church is a new church plant started in January of this year. Pastor Daniel and his wife Jasmine were just married last month and are beginning their ministry together this summer. Daniel is from Nicaragua and Jasmine is from MacAllen, TX. The church is located in a community of Wichita called Plainview, which has a significant Hispanic population (80%). Daniel’s church has about five families in regular attendance on Sunday mornings for worship. One of the ways he is building relationships and trust within the community is by having groups like ours lead soccer camps and backyard Bible clubs. The needs are great in this area so join with us in praying for the Diaz family as they bring the Good News to children and families.
Our third ministry was unexpected. As I mentioned previously, we were planning on working with a new church planter, but it fell through. At the last minute, we were introduced to the ministry of John Stockstill. He is a math teacher at Goddard High School in a growing suburb on the west side of Wichita. He has a passion to reach students with the Gospel. He has acquired an abandoned church building and is in the process of renovating it into a community youth center. He wants to create a place for youth to “hang out” and discover the joys of knowing Christ. The church building has been empty for over five years and is in need of much repair. Before closing down, the church went through several splits and was well-known in the community for its struggles. By putting on a community block party and participating in some door-to-door survey work, we helped to show new life rising from the ashes. Several more churches would be following our visit to hopefully build upon what looks to be a great outreach ministry. Pray for John as he builds relationships with students and builds a core of young leaders to bring the Gospel to the schools of Goddard.
Written by John Mueller