Dear Partners in PA Church-Planting,
It has been sometime since our last communication. The reason for our silence is that we suffered a major set-back in our plans to place the evangelist we had selected in Valley Cities.
Now, we are regrouping. Clarence McDowell (former PA church planter, preacher), Jimmy Davis (Elmore elder with extensive experience in foreign missions, church planting and prison ministry), Andrew Bowens (Major USAF & D.Min. with expertise in short term missions, church planting and foreign and domestic missions); Keith Blackburn (an elder of Pikeville, KY with extensive experience in a mission-based congregation) and I (Don Myers) (preacher of Elmore congregation with experience in planting congregations, world missions, preaching, teaching preachers in university setting) will travel to PA & NY July 21 - 30th seeking to enlist the cooperation and partnership of congregations within practical distance of our church plant site of Valley Cities. We will go to Kittanning, PA to meet with that leadership concerning plans for the aggressive search for an evangelist for Valley Cities. Clarence McDowell and Don Myers will make trips to a select group of brotherhood schools to personally interview candidates. If a man, say , is six months away from graduation, we will be able to inform him (seeing the glass half-full and not half-empty) that we have been blessed to have raised 40 - 50% of his support needs and stand ready to fund his travels to raise his remaining support needs. It is only logical and reasonable to think that a man (to whom we would have committed by that time) would be most effective in circulating among those who know, trust and love him to raise the remainder of his support and working fund.
As soon as the right kind of man can be placed in Valley Cities, we will coordinate the campaign plans accordingly. There is little need to launch a campaign before the evangelist is in place, since he will need to be in the field to do the follow-up work. Steven Connors (preacher in Horseheads, NY for 25 years) will be sought to assist in the mentoring, orienting and mutual encouragement on the evangelist placed in Valley Cities. The Antioch Initiative Team will continue to seek out partners who can give us their wisdom of leadership, expertise in missions and fellowship in giving to see this first church planted in Bradford County, PA become a reality.
Your prayers and continued support are needed. We are in this for the long haul and we need partners with the same commitment. We believe you are such partners.
We ask that you visit the Antioch Initiative website from time to time to get current updates and to see new features being added.
With our love and respects,
on behalf of the Antioch Initiative Team