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SEND Detroit update

DETROIT – God is on the move in the Motor City. If you are looking to involve a mission team this summer with gospel efforts and church planting please reply and let me know. I would love to help you connect and serve with a church planting missionary in our city! Wayne Parker Send Detroit Missionary


Gospel Advance in the Motor City

In the first few months of 2023 we have witnessed the church planters of Send Detroit diligently laboring for the gospel. Following the 10 new launches that we had in 2022, these new churches are seeking creative (especially given the cold winter months) and relevant ways to reach people in their communities (Game nights, Bingo night, Valentines parties) and connect for deepening faith (life groups and Bible study). We are also seeing churches that have developed leadership residencies being successful to equip men who will lead out in the planting of new churches. As our network grows in Detroit and Michigan, relationships and partnerships are growing deeper between church plants, so that there is a deeper spirit of cooperation and unity.


ESL Ministry Reaching Different Language Groups

Hikari City Church (Maki Umakoshi) and Mile City Espanol (Oscar Luna) are partnering to reach the Japanese and Spanish speaking communities from Plymouth/Livonia through an English as Second Language ministry hosted at Mile City Church (Travis Whittaker). They just started this outreach in March with about 20 participants and are preparing well for growth in this ministry.


Churches Planted and Putting Down Roots

Treasuring Christ Church (Michael Guyer) was able to move into a new location in Ypsilanti (pictured above) and Commonwealth of Faith (Torion Bridges) was able to purchase the building and property that they are meeting in Redford.


New Life Celebrations!

We are seeing new believers follow the Lord in baptism. Churches that held baptism services in the early months of 2023 included Transformation Church, Waterford (Pastor Seth Springs), Reformation Church, Detroit (Pastor Malcolm Griswold), Lanters Church, Wayne (Pastor Ryan Cabildo) and Crossover Church (Pastor Ken Nether).


Network Gatherings

During January we hosted a guys night at Little Caesars Arena with about 12 guys who came out to enjoy fellowship and a night out to watch the Detroit Red Wings from the gondola seats! It was a fun time together! Each month this year we have also gathered intentionally at local churches to huddle with church planters for prayer and encouragement. In January, we met at The Church at Clawson (Bob Morrissey), In February we met at the Commonwealth of Faith, Redford (Torion Bridges) and in March we met at Transformation Church, Waterford (Seth Springs). Each time we gathered with 10-12 men. These gatherings provide us with opportunity for a deeper fellowship in our Send Detroit Network.


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