Another year of ministry and new season is unfolding before us and we are once again left in humble awe of all the Lord has done. We believe true discipleship is a long obedience in the same direction to know Jesus and make Him known, and we are beyond grateful to be given this privilege through Choose to Invest.
We are excited to share with you all that we’ve been up to since the end of summer, and the continued plans God has for us this fall as we are heading into 2017! Thank you for choosing to Invest Together, we are only able to continue through God’s sufficient grace and provision of your faithful generosity.
This past August and September, we were able to host a Rejoice Project Family Retreat in Kenya and a CTI Board Retreat in the States. Each of these retreats provided the opportunity to see God do an amazing work in building our team unity while also strengthening families!
The Rejoice Project Family Retreat brought together the families of our primary Rejoice Project leaders in Kenya - Johannes, Paul, Peter and Harun (a total of 15 folks!) - to the CTI compound in Nairobi. Together, we spent four full days of fellowship, treasuring the Word and serving these precious families we’ve come to know and love. It was truly a time that reflected what our team has been studying together in Acts 2:
“All the believers were together and had everything in common… Every day they continued to meet together… They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.” v.44, 46-47
Our purpose in building up these leaders and displaying the love of Christ to their families is being fulfilled even now by God’s grace. This retreat was only made possible because of YOU, our faithful and generous ministry partners who gave in 2016 and are committed to see God work through Choose to Invest. We know that this time was significant in choosing to invest in the wives and children of these dedicated Rejoice Project servant hearted leaders. Through the retreat, they were able to see and know that what their husbands and fathers are doing to disciple more people in their community IS truly transforming lives and empowering generations. Our prayer is that their time of retreat continues to fan into flame the gift of God - that is His Spirit, working in and through these leaders and their communities!
[1 Timothy 1:6]
The CTI Board Retreat was another time of being refreshed as we gathered together with our Board and new team members to plan for 2017. We are grateful to have spent several days in beautiful Colorado praying and preparing for all that is ahead! During this time, we also officially welcomed new team members Jay & Sumter Brantley and Cory Anna Jones who are coming on board to serve in full time missionary roles. Jay and Sumter will oversee our Internships for Spring + Journey, and Cory Anna is overseeing content and communications, so that you can now be even more connected to the story God is telling through Choose to Invest. We are excited and grateful to have them! You can learn more about each of them on Our Team web page.
Recently, Jay and Sumter headed out on the road to visit many of our Spring and Journey interns while also recruiting interns for 2017. This is always a wonderful time of fellowship with students to encourage and see what God is doing in their lives. Look for the #CTIRoadTrip updates on our Instagram and Facebook social media channels to see where they are and join us in praying for them to continue building strong relationships! Also, please share and help us spread the word if you know a potential student interested in applying - the deadline is November 15!
This fall we are also hosting Invest Gatherings in host homes and can't wait to share more with you about the dates and places - stay tuned for an open invitation to gather around the table with us and hear stories of God's faithfulness!
MOVING INTO 2017
You may have seen our recent announcement about our upcoming ministry plans for 2017. As we have seen God lead us through 2016, we believe He is calling us to continue to Invest Together and now BUILD Together - to partner with Him and continue to BUILD His people, BUILD His Church and BUILD His Kingdom.
Our team is leaning in specifically to the Word from Ephesians 2:22, and ask that you join us:
“And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling
in which God lives by his Spirit.”
Because you have been a part of this story in transforming lives, empowering generations, and restoring communities back to God, we are hopeful that you will continue choosing to invest in the areas of ministry and people God has entrusted to us. There are so many stories we can’t wait to share and pray that you too can see how your influence and generosity is contributing to more people knowing Jesus and coming to life in Him.
You can review our Build Together site at choosetoinvest.org/buildtogether to learn more, and also see the clear needs through our Year End Giving Initiative below:
We invite you to pray, share stories and INVEST as we walk through this season of giving together and trust God for His all sufficient provision - you too are part of the story that God is faithfully telling!
THANK YOU and know that you are considered and prayed for. Throughout this fall, we look forward to sharing the impact being made across Kenya, Haiti and the U.S. - there is so much more to come!