Chili Cook-Off Results

Recently the Youth Ministry hosted their Annual Chili Cook-Off and Pie/Cheesecake Auction. A fun time was had by everyone and over $600 was raised for youth for next summer’s trip.

Here are the results from the cook-off:

Hottest: Justin Leighty

Best Classic: James Wadkins

Best Tasting: Rick Gensch

Most Creative: Ken Stenstrom

People’s Choice: Candy Wolkins


Here are some of the recipes from the big day.




by Rick Nier

Greetings are important. What we say and how we say it will determine where the conversation goes. For example;
If I say:
“Hey!” very largely and with a smile, you might assume I’m very excited to see you.
“Hi”, mumbling and very softly, you might ask what’s wrong.
“Oh, it’s you guys…again”, you might assume I don’t like you.
“Sup?” while coolly nodding my head, you might assume I’m cooler than I actually am.
Greetings are important. Which is why I think Paul was purposeful when he began his letter to Tim. In the very first verse, we learn who Paul is and what he is about.


When Love Visits

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by Bishop David Kendall

“God is love” (1 John 4:8)!

John declares it on the strength of God’s own gift-of-Self in Jesus (1 John 4:9–10). John describes it in terms of practical responses of care offered to whomever needs it around us (1 John 3:16–17; 4:11). In fact, John insists boldly: One who does not love with concrete acts of care does not know God, love God or belong to God (1 John 4:8, 19–20).


FM Caregiving Pioneers

by Jennifer Barrett

“I’m old, I’m helpless and feeble, and the days of my youth have gone by and it’s over the hill to the poor house, I must wander alone there to die” is the chorus to an 1874 song based on the poem “Over the Hill to the Poor House” written two years earlier by Will Carleton.

The song and poem reflect what many older adults faced, often because of loss of ability, depleted wealth and the dispersion of many families from the East and Midwest as the Western Movement progressed during the mid-to-late 1800s. During the latter part of the 19th and the early 20th centuries, employer-based and government pensions were virtually nonexistent with the exception of Civil War veterans and their widows.


Honoring Aging Parents

by Martha Evans Sparks

When aging parents need help, remember to “honor your father and your mother, as the Lord your God has commanded you” (Deuteronomy 5:16).

But be warned: Caregiving is emotionally and physically wearing.


Preparing For Life’s Earthly End

by Diane Muñoz

Once upon a time in a faraway land, one man’s vision of dignity in end-of-life care became a reality.

Chancellor Nicolas Rolin opened the Hotel-Dieu (Hotel of God) in 1443 in Beaune, France, after seven years of construction. Moved by the deplorable conditions of the average citizen, Rolin created “the palace for the poor,” a prestigious foundation that exponentially raised the standard of care for the dying. The halls were emblazoned with Flemish tapestries, original religious paintings — some as high as 20 feet tall — and a hand-carved altarpiece that rivaled any other in Europe.


From Bruised Ego to Widespread Destruction to Full Recovery

One does not need to look hard or long in the Scripture or history to see the damage done to those whose egos have been offended.   Let me be clear.  These people are not in ultimate danger.  I am not speaking of people who have been physically injured, received life threat or have been tangibly injured by others.  I speak of people who have simply been passed over or have lost face or perceived esteem in their community or in their own eyes.  Joseph’s brothers, Moses’ siblings, Micaiah’s detractors, Haman, Saul after hearing David’s praise are among them, Herod.  The apostles as they began their competitive conversation on comparative greatness would be included as well. The nameless folks who were leveraging the Corinthians against Paul would certainly qualify.  The greatest example would be many of the teachers of the law in their gross offense at Jesus, simply by his posture in their presence and the perceived stolen popularity among the masses- nothing more than that.


Kiddie Kollege

Kiddie Kollege Korner


We learned a lot about fire safety during the month of October.  We took a field trip to the Winona Lake Fire Department, where we were taught how to “stop, drop and roll” and even got a turn sitting in the big fire truck!


Activities for the month of November:

Grandparent’s Day/Usborne Book Fair-7th

Horrible Hair Day-13th

Crazy Hat Day-14th

Thanksgiving Feast-21st


Thank you for your continued prayer support and for those that attended McTeachers night. We appreciate you.

Jennifer Nier– Kiddie Kollege Administrator

Mission News

Cote d’Ivoire Mission News


Old and new team hanging out in the dorm


Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior. This month has flown by quickly. It was full of encouraging and discouraging times, but as always God has seen me through. He will see you through your difficult times as well. Hang on to him. (1 Corinthians 15:58)


New Team

This month we had a new team come to go through the program for a year or two years. There are 5 Americans and 5 Germans. I went down to Bouake for a week to greet them and be a part of their first week of orientation. We get to share with them experiences here and encourage them. Sadly some of the girls had a rough start. They got sick within their first couple of days which was discouraging for them.

The guys on the team ended up going to a village close by to put a new roof on a church. They got the full Ivorian experience including sleeping in classrooms and taking bucket bathes. They came back to Bouake tired but excited about the whole experience. We girls stayed together on the campus and spent time getting to know each other.  It was fun seeing their reactions to everything and answering their questions. Things here have become normal for us, but new people see things through new eyes.



My health hasn’t been very good this month. I was sick with something for about 3 straight weeks. Once one illness ended another started. It started with malaria for a week. I had to go to the dispensary one night and get an IV, but I was so thankful this round of malaria was nothing like my first time. I went down to the orientation in Bouake at the end of my illness and was exhausted the first couple of days.  Then, I had a cold the rest of the week. My last few days in Bouake I started getting stomach cramps that followed me back to Korhogo.  I found out it was due to an intestinal infection. I have actually been lucky, because almost everyone on my team has had this infection at least once and this was my first time.

It was strange that during my time in Bouake I was greatly discouraged while everyone around me was saying my experiences encouraged them.  All the projects and relationships I have built with Ivorians have been going fairly well and yet I felt overwhelming discouraged. I was mainly discouraged about the dried fruit business I want to start this year. I have been so excited about it, but that week I had no desire to start it. I felt so incompetent. I prayed a lot about it.  I discovered that this is a project God wants me to start and he will be the one in control of it, not me. I don’t need to worry if I can start and run this business well, but instead trust that God can.


Candice’s daughter







Reaching Out in Love

Most every Saturday I visit a woman my age named Candice. Our relationship was God’s doing. She says she is a Christian, but her life doesn’t show it. Above is a picture of her little girl. Isn’t she cute?

I have been trying just to love this woman right where she is as Christ has loved me. I’m not judging her and she knows it. One Saturday evening she invited me to eat at her house. She wanted to prepare food that her people eat. She isn’t Senoufo like my family.  I accepted her offer and had a wonderful meal. But, when I arrived back home I found that my action was not acceptable to my host family. I have to explain that from the very beginning my host mom has been against me accepting food from anyone. She never really explained why, but I found out this time that she is worried what someone might put in my food (mainly casting spells). They told me that in this culture you don’t eat at other people’s houses, but that is completely not true. I was upset about the whole situation and ended up asking advice from my pastor here. He said it sounded like my host mom has a spiritual problem. She is distrustful of others and it all comes down to a lack of trust in God that he is more powerful than Satan. Magic spells have no power over believers in Christ. He also told me that the Senoufos have a prejudice that all young women from Candice’s people are prostitutes. It doesn’t help the situation that Candice doesn’t have a husband, but has a child. The pastor told me it is very cultural to eat at another person’s house. That Candice was showing me great love by inviting me and I was showing her great love by accepting.


Evangelization through Teaching

I have been teaching English for several weeks now and have really been enjoying it. In one of my classes I have a few non-Christians. At the end of each class I do a small Bible study. I teach them how to apply God’s word to their lives here. One class I explained to them that the only way we could be made prefect was through a perfect sacrifice (sacrifices are common here so it’s something they understand well) and since God alone is perfect only he could have done it. I could tell all of them were paying very close attention. The non-Christians are considering becoming Christians. I was full of joy after that class.

                                                                                                                             Kelly Bolt-Grace College Graduate


by Pastor Rick

This is what we think we say.

 This is what others often hear.

It is quite ironic when we bemoan the declining number of people in church while at the same time not making it any easier for them to join us.

Even with our best intentions, sometimes the sign people see is this one.

There is no lack of people holding up this sign.


Perhaps we forget too easily there is only one sign we should be showing. It can be called antiquated and irrelevant, but it’s the solution we found. And it’s the only solution that’s ever been given.

Jesus is still the Way, the Truth and the Life.