An Interesting Lunch

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It was an interesting lunch.

After our worship service a couple of weeks ago, Joy took me (and our friend Devin) out for lunch. She is a big spender so we ended up at McDonalds. At McDonalds we met “Alvin”, we shared lunch with him and heard much of his life’s story.

Alvin grew up in Compton, California and was a gang member. He told us that he had just gotten out of prison four days earlier after serving 22 years for murder. Devin asked him if he “did it” (I wasn’t going to ask… it didn’t seem like polite lunch conversation). He said that he did. He also told us that while in prison he became a follower of Jesus – his sins were forgiven and he was determined to live like a follower of Jesus now that he was out. He was excited to hear about our church, took down all of my information and said that we would see him soon.

I know that people will say most anything that they think you might want to hear (especially when there is the potential of a free Big Mac), but I believed Alvin. I believed that he “did it”…that he repented of his sin and received God’s unconditional and complete forgiveness. I also know that life is going to be hard for Alvin. It’s going to be hard for him to find a job and a place to live. It’s going to be hard for Alvin to make good friends and to make consistently good choices. Will you join me in praying for Alvin?

What a strange little lunch bunch we were at McDonalds! Eating french fries and talking about life, murder, prison and forgiveness. We met after church, but it kind of seems like there was a lot of church going on at McDonalds. We were four people with substantially different backgrounds and experiences, but four people who had experienced God’s unconditional love and forgiveness. We were four people struggling to make good choices, but were just a bit stronger when we left because together we had spent time with our Savior and Guide.

Your prayers and financial support make it possible for us to be the church.

Thanks.

Reid Hettich

1797 Geneva Street — Aurora, CO 80010 — 303-870-6055

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the last couple of months…

Friends,

It’s been a busy last couple of months… I’ve traveled to Orlando (Wesleyan Pastors Gathering), Myanmar (USA-Myanmar Wesleyan Partnership Training), Orlando (Exponential Conference) and Gillette, WY (Rio De Dios) since the first of the year. I am glad to be home for a while.  

img_2083.jpegKaley, Mynamar: I got to participate in the training of about 200 Wesleyan pastors and church leaders. It was great to build relationships and to encourage that great bunch of leaders. While in the country, I also spent time with our Mosaic pastors and leaders. I met our latest church planter, Pastor Yow San (I love it that they don’t ask for permission, they just introduce me to their  latest Missionary Pastor). That is Mosaic’s seventh church plant in Mynamar in the

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Mosaic Church of Myanmar Pastors

past 2.5 years. It’s pretty incredible what God is doing in that country with a rag-tag bunch of followers of Jesus that have little training or resources but an abundance of passion and commitment (kind of reminds me of the accounts in the book of Acts). Please join me in   praying for all of those church leaders in Mynamar.

Gillette, WY: A couple of months ago Pastor Carlos (a member of our pastoral team at Mosaic) told me that a Spanish language church in Gillette wanted to

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Pastors Reid, Uriel, & Carlos

become a “Mosaic Church”. I have to admit, I tried to talk them out of it. Being 5.5 hours away, I wasn’t sure that we  could really help them in any meaningful way. But after consulting with a number of people smarter than me (not hard to find a group of those) and spending a good chunk of time in prayer, we made the trip to Gillette on March 17th and formed a partnership with them. Please pray that God will continue to bless and use this church in that community

Aurora, CO: In January we officially launched  “Burmese Mosaic Church of Aurora”. So

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Pastor Moses Thang Hung’s Commissioning

after two years of starting Burmese language churches in Myanmar, we finally launched one in Aurora (I have been a bit embarrassed when they look to us for leadership and they have been so much more effective than we have). Please be praying for  Pastor Moses Thang Hung as he leads this important effort.

This journey certainly has been different than I expected when God interrupted my plans and directed me to Mosaic Church of Aurora six years ago. I thought that we would be establishing one congregation in Aurora, CO. I did not expect to have seven churches in Myanmar, one church in Wyoming, a Korean congregation launched in Highlands Ranch and English, Spanish and Burmese congregations in Aurora. We are rejoicing in what God has done but realize that we have so much more to do to help all of these congregations achieve their full God-given potential. Please pray for us.

As you’d assume, all of this takes a lot of time, energy, prayer and money. There is no way that we could have done any of this without faithful prayer and financial partners. I am so grateful for the prayers and gifts from hundreds of people over the years. I am asking again for your continued support. Please pray for us. Would you also please consider supporting us financially? It costs Mosaic to work with these churches in Myanmar and Wyoming. Our congregations in Colorado are not completely self sustaining financially. In order for us to continue this ministry we need to partner with generous people like you all around the country. Thank you for praying. Thank you for giving. 

You can mail checks to Mosaic Church 1797 Geneva Street Aurora, CO 80010 or give online at www.MosaicofAurora.com.

Thanks!!

Reid Hettich

1797 Geneva Street

Aurora, CO 80010

303-870-6055

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a great door for effective work

“a great door for effective work has opened to me”  —1 Corinthians 16:9 

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Mosaic Church Leaders

My first trip to Myanmar in 2016 was in response to an invitation to teach about 20 pastors at Gospel Baptist Seminary after I had expressed a prompting from God to support/encourage/train local pastors. I was a bit surprised because I expected that  to take place in Colorado not in Myanmar. My second trip was to support/encourage/train local about 15 pastors that had or were about to  identify with Mosaic Church of Myanmar… within two years six churches had been started and several more were being planned. 

During that last trip, I had the chance to meet with the key leader of The Wesleyan Churches in Myanmar. In the course of our conversation, Dr Morris Liana expressed the need for a Pastors and Church Leaders Conference that would support/encourage/train their 200 pastors and church leaders. We talked about incorporating the Mosaic Pastors into their Conference making a gathering of about 250. 

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Dr Morris Liana

So, I will be going to Myanmar at the end of February to help lead this Conference that will support/encourage/train pastors and church leaders and will hopefully bring together a couple groups that really need each other. The Wesleyans could really use the passion and determination of the Mosaic Pastors and the Mosaic folks could really benefit from some the structure and organization of the Wesleyans. Bringing those groups together would also bring some people groups together that have been separated by language, culture and conflict for years. What a beautiful thing it could be to see groups that have sometimes fought each other to unite to bring the love of God to their country. Wouldn’t it be amazing to have the Church of Jesus Christ lead the way for reconciliation and unity in this long war torn Buddhist country?!

A couple of requests. First, would you pray that God would guide and bless this  effort? This really could be a big deal… a huge win for the country of Myanmar and for the Kingdom of God. Pray that the pastors and leaders would leave the conference refreshed and recommitted to their calling. Pray, too that miraculous healing and reconciliation would take place – something that only God could orchestrate.    

Second, would you pray and consider supporting this effort financially (you knew this was coming, didn’t you)? I committed to raise money for some of the expenses of the Conference, some travel money for Mosaic Pastors and my personal expenses. So in addition to the money we raise to regularly support the churches and orphanage in Myanmar, I will need to come up with about $5000 more in the next couple of months for the Conference. It would be great to have you a part of the response team as God has opened “a great door for effective work”.

You can mail contributions to me: Reid Hettich 1797 Geneva Street  Aurora, CO 80010 or make contributions online on the “give” tab on the Mosaic website: www.MosaicofAurora.com

Thank you!

Reid Hettich, Pastor

 

Mosaic Church of Aurora

1797 Geneva Street

Aurora, CO 80010

303-870-6055

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Car Wash

car-wash-fundraiser1Sometimes God has to be a bit creative to get my attention.

I walked by car wash fundraiser taking place in the parking lot next to our building the Opportunity Center. I stopped and asked who they were and why they were raising money (yes, I am THAT neighbor). I spoke to a young woman named Africa (her real name) who told me they were raising money for poor kids in Chihuahua, Mexico where they had family connections. I was excited to tell her that I went to that same area a few months ago and that our church had a partnership with a local group that serves poor kids in that very same place. 

After exchanging information and expressing a desire to get together and see if there were ways that we could collaborate, I was struck by the irony of the situation. A Latina named Africa, raising money next door to us in Aurora, Colorado for kids that we have been supporting and praying for in Mexico.

When we just started this adventure, I felt compelled to name our church “Mosaic” reflecting our desire to work with and for all sorts of people and organizations so that God could put all of the pieces together making the broken become beautiful. God used Africa to remind me to stay on course.

Reid

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God is at work

God is at work in Aurora, Colorado!

At Mosaic, we have always had relationships with neighbors that are homeless. I have learned a bunch about life and God from folks who have very limited financial resources. There has been a number of times that I have challenged some of these friends to be a positive spiritual influence on their friends – I have gotten some good verbal responses, but not much more than that. Last week a Bible Study especially designed for the most economically challenged among us was launched! I am especially excited about the fact that I am not leading the study, it’s being led by a couple who really identifies with that culture. It’s another moment when we see God answering our prayers right before our eyes and in even more effective ways that we were smart enough to pray  for.

There are a couple more things going on that I am really excited about… things that should give us new and improved ministry opportunities.

I have always understood that our ideas and plans for ministry exceeded our local church’s financial resources. Living in a community with huge needs and small incomes makes it necessary for us to find additional revenue streams. We have a number of very generous supporters without which we would not be able to function as a church or serve in our community. For years we have been investigating and praying for ways to connect with Private Foundations and Government Grant agencies. Recently we have been connected with the right people and have three grants in the works. We don’t know yet if we will receive anything… please pray that God will “grant” us favor with the decision makers.

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2. We are so grateful to God for providing us with a building. Very few new churches have a building and even fewer churches in communities plagued with poverty have buildings. One of the ways that God provided for us was to bring us into relationship with The Fields Foundation a non-profit group that we’ve partnered with in order to get the building. Recently they have approached us with a great opportunity… to buy more “shares” in the building partnership. Owning a greater percentage would put us fully in charge of the building (scheduling, usage, etc). We are so excited about the ways that our ministry would be enhanced and could be expanded. Please, please pray that God lead us in the process. 

As you would expect the great opportunity to buy a greater share of the building comes with a price tag. We are working with Wesleyan Investment Foundation to borrow the money we need for the purchase, but there are some additional costs that are really stretching us… there are appraisals, attorney fees and a couple of building maintenance issues that will cost us about $5000. And any additional that we could raise would help us with temporary cash flow or even reduce the amount that we will need to borrow (about $200,000).

Would you please pray about a special gift to Mosaic in the next couple of weeks? Thank you for your faithfulness and willingness to partner with us.

Reid Hettich, Pastor
Mosaic Church of Aurora
P.O. Box 6225
Aurora, CO 80045
303-870-6055
http://www.MosaicofAurora.com

 

 

 

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Mt Carmel Style Prayer

It was an odd prayer time. “Frank” asked if I would unite my heart with him in prayer… silently. He wanted my prayer to somehow intersect with his self described “Native American prayer”. I asked him if there was something specific for which we’d be praying. In between his labored, oxygen aided breathing, his one word response was ”dying”. 

With tears beginning to form in his eyes, Frank grabbed my hands and we prayed. I don’t know what words or in what language or to what God/god Frank prayed. I prayed that my all powerful, always loving God that Frank had in some way chosen to encounter, would be present in that moment. I prayed that the one true God would penetrate our hearts, our souls, our minds and bring forgiveness, peace and hope. I prayed that because life or death could not separate us from the love of God, we’d choose to accept and follow Him and the realize the peace that only He brings. 

the_test_on_mount_carmel_elijah_1I don’t know if we were having a Mt Carmel (1 Kings 18) style prayer competition. But in that moment, I was completely confident that our God was able to more than handle the simultaneous, maybe even contrasting prayers. I don’t know when, where or if I will see Frank again. I do know that although there wasn’t any taunting of any lesser gods and I didn’t see any fire falling from heaven, just like on Mt Carmel the powerful Creator of the universe was at work and continues to be at work in all of our lives. I do know that my God loves Frank and will continue to be at work in his life.

Please join me in praying for Frank. Please pray for us at Mosaic as we strive to be the feet , hands and voice of Jesus in Original Aurora.

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Global vs Local

global-local-300x300-1Churches face the often difficult decision of how much time, money and energy to devote to global missions vs local mission. That is always an interesting and important conversation, one that is and should be unique to each congregation.

At Mosaic that conversation takes a bit of a different twist. All of our global ministry opportunities have come from our local relationships. As I got know Moses Thang Hung, we became acquainted with his brother James’ ministry in Myanmar — there are now four “Mosaic Churches” in Myanmar that we encourage and support. Pastor Carlos is from Juarez, Mexico and has a relationship with Samuel Cordova who leads a dynamic network of churches and ministries in that region, I had the privilege of spending a few days with them in June. We are committed to stay connected and involved in that ministry. A couple of months ago I met Pastor Jemimah Ngatia a native of Kenya who has a ministry in our local community. We are exploring ways of working together (for the moment we’ll be working together with African refugees living in Aurora… but I know how things often evolve to a global scale).

There is an incredible amount of ministry that is needed in our local community, but here it is hard to keep that from expanding globally (and I have to admit, I’m not trying too hard to geographically limit our impact).

One of the interesting outcomes for us is that whenever we’ve had opportunities outside of our region, it seems to provide us with connections back to great ministry locally. We are praying for the right moment to launch a Burmese congregation in our community. Our Spanish language ministry and community influence is remarkable. We are developing quite a reputation in our local community for connections with ministry  that impact refugees from Africa and Asia.

I don’t have a clear picture of all of our future ministry involvements. I do know that we will continue to prayerfully engage with God as He leads us and give us opportunities to expand His Kingdom.

Please pray for us.

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