“a great door for effective work has opened to me” —1 Corinthians 16:9
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.
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
Reid Hettich, Pastor
Mosaic Church of Aurora
1797 Geneva Street
Aurora, CO 80010
Sometimes 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.
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.
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
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.
I 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.
Churches 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.
At the US – Mexico boarder with Abraham & Samuel
I was privileged to spend a few days in Juarez, Mexico. I was able to learn about a couple of incredible ministries and be a part of a graduation ceremony of five Worldwide Christian Chaplains.
I could talk for hours about the experience, but let me just share a few of my observations:
- The people and the church in Mexico seems to be less effected by the materialism and consumerism that is so pervasive in the US Church. In many cases they had very few resources, but without complaining or lamenting they simply leveraged everything that they have to do more ministry.
- There was a deep joy in the hearts of the people that I met. Even though I had very little to offer them, they seemed genuinely excited and happy that I had come to see them. Every place that I went there was contagious laughter… even though I didn’t understand, I found myself laughing with them.
- It gets really hot in Juarez.
- The church leaders that I spent time with have a passion for ministry that far exceeds much of what I observe in the US. The big time obstacles that our south of the border friends experience (poverty, spiritual opposition, violence, threats) seem to empower their passion even more to go more places and do more in the name of Jesus.
- Showing up is a big deal. Similar to my experience in Myanmar last September, the leaders seemed so pleased that I would take time, money and energy to come and spend time with them.
It was an honor to hang out with my new Mexican friends. I’m sure that I learned more from them that they did from me. I’m hoping that by showing up on their turf, by seeing and affirming their significant ministry that I was an encouragement to them.
Our neighbors in Aurora come from all over the globe. Please pray for us at Mosaic as we continue to understand and explore the ways that God is giving us natural opportunities to partner with Him all around the world.
God is at work all around the world. That shouldn’t be a surprise to any of us… yet (as the saying goes) God works in mysterious ways.
In September I went o Myanmar to train pastors and to see the church and children’s home that had asked to “affiliate” with us. Based on a brief phone call (in which I apparently didn’t say “no”) the church changed their name to Mosaic Church of Myanmar. At Mosaic we had always talked about being a multiplying church, but this really came out of left field – way, way out of left field. It was inspiring to see those committed followers of Jesus doing what they sensed God was leading them to do in spite of all sorts of obstacles and with little or no infrastructure or funding.
So, I came home pretty excited about the fact that in a distant land, a dedicated group of believers in some way “affiliated” with us. I was surprised to get a message from Pastor James Mana Hung on January 20th saying that they had started another “Mosaic Church” about 15 miles away. The new church was/is lead by Pastor Myant Tun. But we are not done, yet. On February 16th in another message from Pastor James, I was informed that a third Mosaic Church had been launched in a remote area far away from the city of Yangoon. Pastor Nay Tun is the pastor of that group. So, right now I am counting three new Mosaic Churches in Myanmar since September, but that number could be inaccurate, I haven’t checked my messages for a few minutes.
I have to admit to being a bit embarrassed and really excited. I have been claiming to be a church planter… two church plants in 30 years. Pastor James and his team have three church plants in about five months! I have to “up my game” if I continue to hang out with these guys (imagine my embarrassment if I go back to see them next year with zero new church plants).
I am excited about the ways that God is at work around the world! I am excited and a bit challenged in seeing the ways that God is blessing those who step out in faith and follow Him in spite of hardships and obstacles. I’m excited to see clearly that God blesses commitment and obedience as much as or more than well put together business plans and funding strategies. I am excited and humbled to be on the same team as Pastor James, Pastor Myant & Pastor Nay.
Would you please pray for us? As you prayer, thank God for His amazing work around the world. Pray, too that God would bless and provide for the work in Myanmar and in Aurora and in every corner of this often dark world.