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SEND Detroit Update - June 2020

by Wayne Parker

We praise the Lord for His faithfulness during this pandemic in Detroit. God has continued to work to reach people with the gospel as church planters innovate and continue to find contextual ways to do ministry in their churches and communities. Read on to hear some stories of different ways that churches are ministering to their communities during these challenging times!


Creative COVID Ministry among Missionaries!

Most Send Detroit church plants have adapted very quickly to online ministry and are doing a phenomenal job broadcasting to church and community over the internet. Pastor Roland Caldwell of The House Church, Detroit is one of those church planters that we thank God for!


Pastor Bob Morrissey started drive up worship services on Sundays for the Church at Clawson.


Pastor Ken Nether of Crossover Church, Southfield has been able to connect with people following services via a live Q&A time with participants to dialogue about the message, the church or getting to know Pastor Ken and Crossover Church.


Life-Giver Church, Windsor, ON has been hosting outdoor drive up services lately. As a result, Pastor Alin Patularu says that more people are taking notice of the message from God's word!


Sameer Kabul* continues to minister to the Bangladeshi community of Hamtramck. He has been helping to feed the community with regular food distributions by partnering with others in the community. Sameer and his family have an international ministry that is changing lives for Christ in Detroit, Canada and Bangladesh.

(* name changed)


Night of worship with Kevin & Lynette Ezell

Send Detroit church planters and wives enjoyed a special evening with NAMB President Kevin & Lynette Ezell. 40 minutes of fun and encouragement including praise and worship, time in the a Word, an observance of the Lord's Supper and quarantine BINGO! We are grateful for the support of our missionaries and personal encouragement that they receive!


Growing Families

Church planter families in Send Detroit are welcoming new babies. Celebrate these new lives with them!

Jacob Jonathan Hackett, born 7:39am on May 6, 2020

Proud parents Jon & Chelsea Hackett 

Church planting family of Missio Dei Church, Ann Arbor, MI.


Grace Elizabeth Patularu, born 9:02am on May 27, 2020

Proud parents Alin & Shelly Patularu 

Church planting family of Life-Giver Church, Windsor, ON.


Welcome New Church Planters!

Welcome to Maki Umakoshi, his wife and Sunny Son and daughter Reika! This church planting family came to Detroit all the way from Seoul Korea in February to help start a Japanese church in the Novi area! Maki is working together with Mile City Church, Plymouth, as a church planting apprentice.


Welcome also to Joshua & Emily Bowers! Joshua is the Lead Pastor of Cross & Anchor Church, in Detroit. Just this Spring their church joined the Send Network of church planters. Josh and his wife Emily came to Detroit and led in starting this new church in early 2019.


Please continue to pray for support and provide for these church planting missionaries of the Send Network.  Please reach out to me at if I can help you connect!

Wayne Parker Send Detroit Missionary



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