November 2017

2nd Acts 2 Collective Night 

We are so excited to invite you to our 2nd Acts 2 Collective Night. This is a great opportunity to gather everyone together and share the vision for Acts 2 Collective in 2018. We will celebrate what the Lord has done in 2017 and you will chance to hear from each country director. Register here and bring a friend! Contact Ashley at (786)303-0081 if you have any questions.

Date: December 3rd
Location: The Fletcher – Ankeny
Cost: $35


Jonathan’s Child Care Ministries – October Fellowship

“But if we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His son cleanses us from all sins” – 1 John 1:7
Our home children and staff recently had a fellowship lunch. This is something our National Director thought of with the goal of fostering unity at JCCM. The children and staff all had an opportunity to share what they were thankful the Lord had done. Answers from the children included being thankful for Mr. Davis, our National Director, being able to see this day, and of course the food. Our staff were thankful for their jobs and many teachers shared their joy in the increased unity between the school and orphanage. We hope to do a fellowship lunch once a month. What a beautiful way to celebrate what the Lord has done. 
Visit our facebook page to view more photos and videos of the kids dancing: JCCM

Ministry in Chad

My very first trip to Africa was in February of 2009.  There were many things I could share that continued to draw me back, but one of the most influential aspects of my trips and the ministry is that the bible began to come alive to me.  We read stories in the bible about a shepherd that came out of nowhere and defeated a giant and then became the king of Israel. I read other stories about seas parting and prison doors flying open.  In the back of my mind when I became a Christian I tried to believe the stories.  A part of me thought that they were just outdated stories of something that did happen, but doesn’t necessarily happen like that anymore.  Some of the stories seem so out there that you wonder if they are true at all.  However, when you get to experience the power of God and the miraculous things that He does on a first-hand basis it does something to one’s faith that you can’t explain.  I hope as I share a few of these stories of what God is doing in a land that seems far off to us it will help to strengthen your faith or maybe even draw you out to the uncomfortable places.
The first couple of days in Chad, Africa was not overly exciting; even a little monotonous.  Each day I was training about 40 athletes and coaches at 6am and again at 3:30pm.  On day three it seemed no different than the two days prior.  Then out of nowhere news cameras began to show up at the court.  My first thought was, “So much for keeping a low profile while being in Chad.”  My second thought was, “What in the world are they doing here?”  After the evening session of day 3 was completed the TV cameras began interviewing various coaches and athletes that were taking part in the training.  
As we left the court our leader Marc Toingar looked at me and said, “Can you believe that the main TV channels in Chad will be attending our gospel presentation tomorrow with the coaches and athletes?”  We would be sharing the gospel on national television in Chad, Africa.  A country that has a Muslim majority.  A country with a Muslim president and predominately a Muslim government.  We would be on TV presenting the gospel not just to our 40 or so coaches and athletes, but to the entire country!  Only our God who is beyond measure that is still working as actively in the world today as He was thousands of years go could orchestrate something like this.  There was nothing special about me.  There was nothing special about the players we are training.  There was nothing special about our leaders in Chad, Africa.  However, there is something special about the God we serve!






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Ashley Caycedo

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