“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” – Acts 1:8
For years, our sister church, Candlewood-Omaha, has been praying about how and when they could implement their Acts 1:8 strategy, to reach all the nations. Omaha believes now is the time. With an established international student ministry at Candlewood-Lincoln, the pastors believe that God’s plan is for Omaha to accomplish their Acts 1:8 goals.
Joining in that effort will be Jim and Diane Wiebelhaus, who will be moving this fall to help our Omaha church. Jim will become the Missions Director and will be part of a team focused on bringing people on staff for high school, campus, international student ministry, cross-cultural city ministries and overseas missions.
For over 30 years, Jim and Diane have been involved with international student ministry. Three of their children have served in Asia, and two will continue living in Asia. Jim and Diane also help other churches start and grow ministries that make disciples among international student and immigrant populations.
With over one million international students and scholars studying in the U.S. each year, who will be tomorrow’s leaders in many countries, and 50 million first-generation immigrants in the U.S, many of whom have little or zero Christian witness in their lives, Jim and Diane continue to be passionate about ministering to these people groups.
This, of course, is not an easy decision for Jim and Diane. They have long-time friendships in the Candlewood-Lincoln family. Just as it is not easy for them to see two of their children living half-way across the world, it will not be easy to not be in weekly fellowship in Lincoln. Yet, our ultimate hope is in Jesus to bring us all together someday.
The pastors have asked that we join them in praying for growing faith as we trust God to guide each of our steps into His perfect plan. Pray for the many transitions that will take place as people and ministries shift into new positions.
If anyone has any questions, don’t hesitate to call/email and make an appointment with any of our Lincoln pastors.