Wrapping up 2021

Happy New Year! As we wrap up 2021 it’s encouraging to look back and see how God has been leading us and where He has been working. One of our prayer requests in our last newsletter was for small group Bible studies to get off the ground. We now have a consistent group of high schoolers that meet on Monday nights to study God’s Word. What a praise! Please continue to pray with us that this group will grow deeper in their desire to know God and apply His Word to their lives. We are also praying for more transparency in the group and deeper sharing as the kids get to know each other and the leaders better.

Club / Outreaches

We had a great turnout of kids for our November outreach. Kate, one of our college student leaders, gave a powerful message about trusting God during discouraging times. She used a combination of recent stories from her own life as well as scripture from the book of Job. All eyes were focused on Kate as she shared some of her own hardships, discouragement with health issues, setbacks in her athletic career, as well as relationship struggles. This led to some deep discussions and prayers during the small group time. Our motto for our outreaches is: ” A party with a purpose!” We want the kids to bring their friends, have fun AND hear about how much God loves them and wants to free them from their sin. Below is a picture of Kate giving her talk at Club.
We continue to see new faces at our monthly outreaches and pray that these students want to keep coming back to hear more. God has also blessed us with two potential new leaders from another small college nearby, St Mary’s of the Woods (SMW). One of our current leaders spoke at a local high school FCA group last year & connected with Ava, who was a high school senior and president of FCA at the time. Ava is now a freshman at SMW college and one of the college students who is now coming to help with our events! So amazing to see how God works through connections!

Ready for 2022!

Shannon is starting the new year off by taking several of our college leaders on a leaders retreat to the Passion Conference in Atlanta! It is an amazing conference geared towards 18 to 25-year-olds and encouraging them to make their lives count for Christ. The worship is fantastic and the lineup of speakers includes Louie Giglio & wife Shelley ( hosts of the conference ) as well as Tim Tebow, Sadie Robertson, and several others. Please pray that God keeps us safe on our travels and uses this time to fill & refresh us as well as guide and direct us. If you would like to make a financial donation towards our trip you can do that here:https://www.disciplebuilding.org/give/greg-hammond/

Thank you so much for partnering with us in this ministry! May the Lord bless you with His peace and His joy in 2022!

Much love,

Greg and Shannon

 

Dear WDA family,

We’d like to warmly welcome Prijana Gunawan from Indonesia to our WDA Associate Staff team! Prijana is a pastor, entrepreneur, coach, and Restoring Your Heart leader living on the island of Sumatra. After several years of working with WDA under Ellen Patricia, we have asked him to officially join our team. He went to school in Canada and later received a DMin in Counseling from STT IKAT in Jakarta. He has taken on the international expansion of RYH from Indonesia and is now working to introduce RYH to leaders in Singapore, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, and India.

Prijana is married to Gunawan and they have 4 children. Please welcome Prijana to our family!

 

WDA is excited to welcome Fred Chilongo from Serenje, Zambia to our Associate Staff team. We have known Fred since our first seminar in Serenje in 2010. He has a background as a school teacher and is working as a pastor in a local Baptist church. He is a graduate of WDA’s leadership institute and loves Restoring Your Heart.
Our WDA Zambia director, Emmanuel Chibuye did a great job interviewing him along with us this morning.
We believe he will be a tremendous asset in organizing the work of WDA throughout Northern Zambia. 

 

Friends, exciting news! We have two new associate staff!

Mark Nyirenda has been pastoring at Agape Baptist Church in Kitwe Zambia for the last several years. He has a missionary heart and served for a year alongside Jules Wazeng in the Congo. His wife is a teacher and he has 3 children. He is a WDA trainer and RYH leader. He will be an excellent addition to our team both within Zambia and I believe throughout Africa. We have been friends since 2010 and him joining staff is a dream come true! He is also a gifted writer and the brilliant mind behind our “Mr. Kasongo” case study.

Jeanine Nzikobanyanka is the wife of George Solo, though now we may have to start saying George is the husband of Jeanine. She is a gifted teacher and pastor in Burundi where she lives with her 4 children. She oversees 4 churches and has a degree in early childhood development. She has a wonderful sense of humor and a passion to train up believers, She will be a huge gift to WDA!

Please join me in welcoming Mark and Jeanine!