This is Megan Lotz, and I’m stoked to share about where God is leading and what God is doing in my life! For this school year, I’ve been blessed with an invitation to join the C&MA team in Amman, Jordan! I’ll be heading to Alliance Academy, a bilingual grade school in the capital that seeks to expand the Kingdom by building up kids and their families, especially those with special learning needs. While doing some language and culture learning, I’ll be working with the pre through K ages as a native English teacher and bilingual education consultant. I’m excited to join in ministry with my Arab brothers and sisters in Christ, as well as use my linguistics training to learn more about bilingual education and how we can use it to expand our students’ opportunities. Praise God, I am flying out on October 24, and will finish out this school year.
While I will be working under the Christian and Missionary Alliance, my particular sending department is Envision, our short-term branch, which requires its workers to raise support for their time overseas. Thank you to all who have already joined my praying and sending team. How can you be praying? Please pray that I will be a humble and servant-hearted team member. Pray for breakthroughs in learning and hearts in love with Jesus for the precious, unique kids in my classroom. Pray that the Lord will continue to raise up monthly financial partners, so I can continue in the field once my one-time gifts are exhausted. And please pray for strong relationships, peace with all I meet, and the energy and wisdom to work hard and well.
To become a monthly financial partner or send a one-time gift to my ministry account, go to give.cmalliance.org, scroll down to Special Projects, and type in “ENV - Megan Lotz.” The next screen will give you the option of “one time” or “recurring” gift. You may also write a check to MAC or the C&MA, placing “ENV - Megan Lotz” in the memo line.
Jim & Denise Manchester
This November, Jim and Denise Manchester will be heading to Cleveland, Ohio to work with Envision Cleveland. Jim will be the new director of Community Impact as part of the non-profit organization, Urban Bridges, and the greater C&MA Envision team, which comes alongside local churches to reach the marginalized and poor in the urban environment.
Right now, hundreds of refugee families arrive in Cleveland each year. This has created a unique opportunity to reach people from all over the world who are struggling to adapt to a new language and culture. Jim and Denise will be working to establish strategic partnerships with churches, other ministries, individuals and other agencies to meet tangible needs, and build relationships with refugee families and other marginalized people groups in Cleveland.
Throughout their time in ministry, Jim and Denise have always had a strong desire to be a part of missions work, serving for a year in Mongolia and taking part in several short term missions trips over the years. As they considered what God was leading them to do to fulfill their desire to be involved missionally, they specifically sensed a strong call to be a part of community development work. God was faithful in providing just such an opportunity, that fulfilled the desires of their heart, with this new ministry opportunity with Envision in Cleveland!
“Delight yourself in the Lord; and He will give you the desires of your heart” ~Psalm 37:4
As part of taking on this role, they are responsible for raising 100% of their support for living and ministry expenses. Speciﬁcally, they are seeking partners who are willing to come alongside of them ﬁnancially on an ongoing monthly basis to help us to minister to the marginalized, poor, and hurting in Cleveland’s urban environment.
To receive their periodic newsletter for updates on how they are working to impact Cleveland’s urban neighborhoods for Christ, send them an email at firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and e-mail address, and they’ll add you to their list!
To donate online or setup a recurring monthly pledge:
Simply go to http://www.urbanbridges.net/manchester and click on the “Donate” button
Go to https://secure.cmalliance.org/give/ and enter the code: Jim and Denise Manchester when giving to international workers and special projects.
To make a donation by check, you can either send your donations to:
Urban Bridges, 2503 Broadview Road Cleveland, Ohio 44109 and put UB-104 in the Memo.
The Christian and Missionary Alliance, Alliance Ofﬁce of Donor Accounting, P.O. Box 35000 Colorado Springs, CO 80935 and put Jim and Denise Manchester in the Memo.