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May 2018

Meet Andy King

Church Planter

Andy and his wife Amy started out their ministry careers as campus missionaries. When they knew God was calling them to plant a church, they trained at our Every Nation church in Orlando, Florida. After six years there, God painted the picture for them to impact Georgia with their own church plant in Kennesaw. That training prepared them to work with diligence and faith as they started their church from the ground up. What started as church meetings in their living room flourished into a church that regularly draws new people from diverse walks of life.

Watch Andy’s “I Am Every Nation” video to hear how God moved through their ministry and raised up a new campus missionary that got reached in their church!

Promising Growth in Providence

Justin and Jessica Chapman are Every Nation leaders planting a church in Providence, Rhode Island, walking distance of Brown University. Brown is consistently recognized as one of the most liberal colleges in the Ivy League—not a small challenge for evangelicals intent on establishing a church-based campus ministry. But the Chapmans could not have been better prepared for the task.

Justin and Jessica did a year-long internship with an Every Nation pastor, Adam Mabry, who in 2013 planted Aletheia Church in Boston, Massachusetts—less than a mile from Harvard University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Aletheia (the Greek word for “truth revealed”) Boston has made deep inroads into the Cambridge academic community.

The Chapmans are in the early stages of planting those same kinds of seeds in the Brown University community. 

Justin and Jessica Chapman
Senior Pastors, Aletheia Providence

 

Aletheia Providence is just over a year old, with Easter Sunday marking the anniversary of our launch date. This past year has gone by quickly and with many victories—people who were far away from God have walked through the doors, found community, and committed their lives to Jesus. Now, they’re being discipled, sharing their faith on campus, and are on the way to becoming leaders in the church.

It’s amazing to have front-row seats, watching the gospel so radically transform lives. But these are usually not the cheap seats, and they don’t come without their own challenges. One of the most pressing needs when planting a new church is, of course, finding a place to meet. We launched Aletheia Providence in the yoga room in the YMCA, quickly outgrew that space, and moved to a bigger classroom. However, it wasn’t that much bigger. We needed a space we could grow into.

I spent a lot of time driving around, making calls, and hearing “no” after “no” from people regarding potential meeting facilities. One day, I took a different route to church and noticed a building with huge windows on one side. Typically big windows mean a big space on the other side. I did a little research and found out it was the Groden Center, a school for children with autism.

Since it’s harder to say “no” to someone face-to-face, I decided to pay them a visit. I was able to set up a meeting with the program director, Robin, and although the meeting was amiable, she didn’t seem very motivated to move forward.

A couple weeks later on a Sunday morning, a man stood outside our meeting asking to speak with me. He was interviewing different nonprofits around town and just happened to be the property manager for the Groden Center. He asked if I was the pastor who had spoken to Robin a couple weeks before and wanted to hear more about what we were doing in Providence and at Brown University. He caught the vision for how we could help each other, and we moved into the new venue a few weeks later. It’s been an incredible blessing to our church, and we’ll have plenty of room as we continue to grow.

Please continue to pray for the city of Providence and particularly for the students at Brown University. I also want to thank all the North American Initiative partners for the initial funding that has enabled Aletheia Providence and other Every Nation churches to get firmly planted on their respective campuses and in the communities.

ENC at the University of Louisville

Every Nation’s goal is to bring the gospel to and make disciples in every country in the world. In the United States, we hope to also impact every state in the country. One initiative started in our central region to help our campus ministries to grow beyond their campuses to reach more students, more communities, more cities, and more of the nation for Christ.

Since starting what we call 24:HRS trips—day-long mission trips evangelizing and making connections on universities where there is not yet an Every Nation Campus chapter—our campus missionaries have been able to reach and raise up student leaders at the University of Missouri, University of Indianapolis, and most recently the University of Louisville.

This school year, our teams switched up the strategy and made continuous trips to the same campus throughout a semester in the hopes of better developing and establishing student leaders and small groups. The University of Louisville was that target school. Louisville is most widely known for the Kentucky Derby (and Kentucky Fried Chicken), but it is also an important touchpoint for students around the state and the United States central region.

It was actually a student in his senior year of college who reached out to Every Nation Cofounder, Dr. Rice Broocks, to host a God’s Not Dead event on the campus. Connor had a big heart for his campus and community, and he lamented the need for more ministry and more godly influences on his campus. The school had also recently been steeped in scandals involving their sports teams. Connor was eager to change the future of his campus. He helped set up and publicize the God’s Not Dead event which brought in 117 students, fifty of which wanted to connect again with the ENC group, and nine who wanted to learn more about following Jesus.

While Connor was graduating and would no longer be on campus to continue reaching students there, another key student happened to attend that God’s Not Dead event. Zariyah was involved in an Every Nation church and discipled by an ENC missionary before she came to Louisville. She knew she wanted to be at that school but she had never been sure why. When she came to the event, and then started getting involved with the 24:HRS teams that came almost every Thursday, she said, “I think this is why.”

Now she’s mentoring weekly on skype with one of the 24:HRS team members and leading discipleship groups across the campus. She’s started to see herself as a leader who can make a difference and see the gospel advance at the University of Louisville. She continues to be an open door for what God might have next at the school.

We’re excited to see students like Connor and Zariyah responding to the call and being empowered to transform their world.

Your partnership changes lives.

Thank you for being a world changer and helping Every Nation establish Christ-centered, Spirit-empowered, socially responsible churches and campus ministries in every nation.

Phone 1-877-877-5585

Email partner.care@everynation.org

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