Dr. Jo Anne Lyon
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In a town with a population of only 36 people, how is it possible for a church to have a regular Sunday attendance of 250? That is what is happening in the small town of Lamont, Kansas, at Lamont Wesleyan Church. I happen to have been in Lamont, Kansas several times in my life. My parents were old friends with H. K. Busby, the longtime District Superintendent of Kansas who, after retiring, pastored the church and the entire community. I tend to think the seeds planted there for years are still producing fruit. As Lamont Wesleyan's attendance indicates, this church reaches out to many surrounding counties. The people that come from other counties to celebrate on Sunday, form the small groups that minister in their own communities. Rev. Steve McVey is the pastor who is preaching the word that feeds the people to be the ministers in their communities and be "the church" in action.
Passionate for The Wesleyan Church to be missional in Olathe, Kansas, Jim Wood and Genetta Herrera have joined forces. In a short time, they have already planted a Hispanic Church.
Manhattan, Kansas is the center of Kansas State University's intellectual, sports, and social life. However, in the center of all this is Westview Community Church (Wesleyan) ministering in all of these areas, as well as the world beyond. This link gives more info: http:/westviewcommunity.com/index.php?nid=70595S&s=gl. A few years ago, Westview planted Real Life which has flourished and, in turn, has started another service named The Well, which meets in a theater and specifically targets Kansas State University students.
I was encouraged by an e-mail from Mark Wilson, senior pastor of Hayward Wesleyan Church in Hayward, Wisconsin. Again, here is a small town with a large church. Yet, when you read his blog, you will see the greater power God wants to do in and through the people in the Northwoods of Northern Wisconsin. http://haywardablaze.blogspot.com.
Last Sunday night, I had the distinct privilege to participate in the ordination service of West Michigan District, which was held at Kentwood Community Church. As the choir, soloist and artist sang and portrayed "The Lamb of God," the congregation came out of their seats in praise to God. As we were ordaining 13 people to the ministry of the gospel of Jesus Christ, to be expressed through The Wesleyan Church, I had new hope and praise that God's Math was in action—the impossible becoming possible by His Holy Spirit.
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