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Less Under Our Tree, More for the World

This Christmas season, what if we spent less on ourselves and gave more away?

Global Christmas Offering:
Sunday, December 23

And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come. Matthew 24:14

Think about it

Every Christmas season, our culture makes it easy to focus on ourselves, to feel pressure to keep up with the culture, and think it’s all about us.

At The Ascent Church, this Christmas season is different.  Global Christmas reminds us that we can choose to live beyond ourselves each day.

This December, we’re inviting you to take part in what God is doing around the world and live out our value of generosity by sharing your resources with a hurting world in need, all to benefit the kingdom of God through our global partnerships.

In… Zimbabwe, Ethiopia and Germany.

Together, through our strategic partnerships, we can extend the reach of the gospel in incredible ways for the kingdom all around the globe!

Less under our tree means more for the world —more to plant churches and train pastors, more to help refugees in challenging situations, more to feed children and bring clean drinking water, more to equip teachers and build schools — more HOPE for the world.

Your Giving Makes a
Difference

Bulowayo, Zimbabwe

Rev. P.F. Moyo - One Challenge (OC) and ZIMNET

The Ascent Church partners with a network of pastors and churches in Zimbabwe called ZIMNET, which stands for Zimbabwe National Evangelistic Task, under the leadership of Rev. P.F. Moyo. Ascent's Dean Carlson, President of OC, oversees this partnership which has seen over 10,000 churches planted in the last 20 years. We are currently supporting the work of a number of church movements, including training within a remote tribal Zionist movement.

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What our gift will do in Zimbabwe & Uganda

Leadership training - $2300

Hold two one day trainings in Zimbabwe with  leaders and elders. Focus on biblical qualifications/expectations of elders as well as increasing skills/capacity of African Independent Church leaders.

20K LEVEL

Promote next generation leadership - $2500

Create simple research tool to use at consultations to gather information on current training needs to guide year 2 and 3 focus.

30K LEVEL

Introduce Pastoral care for pastoral leaders. 2-day workshop (Uganda) - $3000

Introduce pastoral/leadership peer care model to indigenous CLIDE organization and Soroti pastoral fraternal, practice peer mutual pastoral care (give and receive), train facilitators, train master trainers.

40K LEVEL

Debre Zeit, Ethiopia

Asrat Godisso - Mehale Ketema Church, Compassion Int'l & ROTOM

A number of years ago, The Ascent Church helped bring together a partnership in Debre Zeit, Ethiopia of two organizations - ROTOM (Reach One Touch One Ministries) and Compassion International. ROTOM focuses on providing care in the name of Christ for homeless seniors in rural Ethiopia while Compassion provides gospel-centered programming and care for sponsored kids - all through the ministry of the local church called Mehale Ketema Kale Hiwot Church (which means Central Town Kale Hiwot Church) and the leadership of Asrat Godisso.

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What our gift will do in Ethiopia

Salary for four evangelists - $4,354

Shortage of full-time evangelists is existing especially in the outreach churches and no pastor for youth group ministry in the center town church

Build and/or renovate church and church plant offices - $9,071

Many of the outreach churches are in tents and in individuals' homes, making corporate worship difficult. Also, with the increase in membership, there is not only a shortage of worship space, but also office space and learning space for Sunday schools, children's ministry and youth ministry.

20K LEVEL

Training for 1 full time evangelist or youth pastor - $1,814

Shortage of full-time evangelists is existing especially in the outreach churches and no pastor for youth group ministry in the center town church

Building expansion (used for training) - $1,270

In the central town church there is shortage of office space for youth ministry, women ministry/group, children committee and bible school.

30K LEVEL

Salary for 1 full time evangelist or youth pastor - $1,524

Shortage of full-time evangelists is existing especially in the outreach churches and no pastor for youth group ministry in the center town church

40K LEVEL

Potsdam, Germany

Pastor Steffen Weil - "mittendrin" Church Plant

In 2009, Pastor Steffen Weil moved from West Germany to Postdam in East Germany, just outside of Berlin, to plant an evangelical church in the heart of the athiestic, post-communism culture. He and his leadership team named the church mittendrin, which means "in the thick of it" because they wanted to impact this post-Christian East-German culture with the hope of the Gospel of Christ. Today, mittendrin has over 200 attending weekly services, half of them athiestic "not-yet-believers" and has planted two other churches.

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What our gift will do in Germany

Multifunctional ministry space rent assistance - $6,000

Real estate is currently too costly in Potsdam to purchase facilities or land, so renting available space is the best option at this point. This would help offset the monthly cost of renting multifunctional space for both the church plant as well as outreach activities.

20K LEVEL

Second campus rent assistance - $2,000

mittendrin is planting another church in nearby Babelsberg to reach a different segment of the Potsdam population and this would help defray some of the monthly cost to rent a facility.

Outreach event (Marktlücke, Christmas concert, or similar) - $1500

City-wide outreach event in downtown Potsdam

30K LEVEL

Church Plant assistance - $2000

The Babelsberg church plant has many needs including office space, outreach efforts, intern assistance, etc

Second campus technical equipment assistance - $2000

The Babelsberg church plant has various technical equipment needs such as musical equipment, audio/visual equipment, monitors and screens and recording equipment.

40K LEVEL

Together, we can make an impact.

This year, we’ve divided our budget into three giving levels.

If our Global Christmas giving reaches $20,000, we can resource the essential projects we have committed to our global partners.  Reaching $30,000 or even $40,000 will allow us to dream even bigger and explore even further, with direction from our partners.

20K LEVEL

  • Zimbabwe & Uganda
    Leadership training - $2,300/div>
  • Ethiopia
    Build and/or renovate church and church plant offices - $9,071
    Salary for four evangelists - $4,354
  • Germany
    Multifunctional ministry space rent assistance - $6,000

30K LEVEL

  • 20K LEVEL PLUS...
  • Zimbabwe & Uganda
    Create simple research tool - $2500
  • Ethiopia
    Building expansion (used for training) - $1,270
    Training for 1 full time evangelist or youth pastor - $1,814
  • Germany
    Second campus rent assistance - $2,000
    Outreach event (Marktlücke, Christmas concert, or similar) - $1500

40K LEVEL

  • 20K & 30K LEVELS PLUS...
  • Zimbabwe & Uganda
    2 Day Pastoral Care Workshop $3,000
  • Ethiopia
    Salary for 1 full time evangelist or youth pastor - $1,524
  • Germany
    Church Plant assistance - $2000
    Second campus technical equipment assistance - $2000

Your gift will make a difference

Global Christmas Offering:
Sunday, December 23

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