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The Gelatt Family - ministering to refugees in Kansas City
The Gelatt Family - ministering to refugees in Kansas City
The Gelatt Family - ministering to refugees in Kansas City Our new ministry is off to

Our new ministry is off to a great start! We stepped down from Campus Crusade staff in November, and boy oh boy have we been busy! We sat down with several of the Burmese leaders in the refugee community. We opened up our home to them, including Pastor Run Tho and his family (pictured above), and he (and the other leaders) have helped us to learn a lot about the Burmese people. Through these meetings with the Burmese pastors and community leaders, we have been able to better determine not only their needs, but how we can begin to minister to those needs.

The first ministry effort for 2014 is to teach English to the refugees. Only a small few know English well, as most speak only a few English words or none at all. Learning English will allow them to assimilate into America better, to get a better paying job to provide for their families, and to allow them to better communicate with doctors, teachers, etc. Also, we desire to teach them English so that we can build deeper friendships, and to ultimately share the truths of the Bible with them. Thanks to the efforts of the Burmese pastors, some know Christ. But many others do not. And some that know Him, do not walk in His ways. May God use us to encourage the pastors, and to impact the refugees!

Instead of teaching English in a formal classroom, we have a different idea. Our plan is to meet family to family, taking all 8 Gelatts into several refugee homes each week, and teaching informal conversational English as we get to know them, and they get to know us. Basically, our desire is to be in their lives and homes as much as we can to be more effective in ministering to them. Also, we plan to recruit other spiritually mature K.C. families to do the same, and we will match each volunteer family with one Burmese family and then set up a time for their weekly gathering. It’s a unique bold idea but we feel it is necessary in order to really build relationships, and to demonstrate the love of Christ. This plan is launching now, so please pray for us. We have other projects planned: helping renovate an old church building for the Burmese, teaching U.S. Citizenship classes, and leading Bible based marriage and parenting workshops

Micah and Johanna Gela. 3127 N. 59th St. Kansas City, KS 66104 Micah - 785.231.9478
Micah and Johanna Gela.
3127 N. 59th St.
Kansas City, KS 66104
Micah - 785.231.9478
Johanna - 785.817.3997
gelaAs@gmail.com
opendoorkansascity.com
Please send all financial giJs to:
Central Missionary Clearinghouse
P.O. Box 219228
Houston, TX 77218-9228

SNAPSHOTS

SNAPSHOTS Over 50 Burmese carolers crashed our house during Christmas. They knocked on the door, all

Over 50 Burmese carolers crashed our house during Christmas. They knocked on the door, all 50 streamed in 1 x 1, they sang 4 songs in Burmese, then they smiled and left. COOL!

sang 4 songs in Burmese, then they smiled and left. COOL! Here we are at a
sang 4 songs in Burmese, then they smiled and left. COOL! Here we are at a

Here we are at a Burmese birthday party. It is their custom to bring out lots of food and drink for their guests. It is delicious food but very spicy. Pray that our stomachs learn to adapt soon!

but very spicy. Pray that our stomachs learn to adapt soon! Celebrating New Years with our

Celebrating New Years with our refugee friends at the Burmese church. At the end of the service, Micah was asked to give the prayer of blessing for the church and families for the coming year.

Our Emma turned 7 in November, and just lost a tooth. She is growing fast!
Our Emma turned 7
in November, and just
lost a tooth. She is
growing fast!

Josiah has been raising and selling his hens to our Burmese friends. They LOVE to buy his live chickens, and are always asking him for more. That boy is going to be a Godly businessman someday.

Some friends helped us bring needed Christmas gifts to some refugee families. Our church here in K.C. bought many needed items, and our dear friends all the way up in Kalkaska, MI hauled down a BUNCH of gifts a couple thousand miles in a semi-truck. What a joy!

WANT TO HELP? In the K.C. area: Become a volunteer family to teach English OR
WANT TO HELP?
In the K.C. area:
Become a volunteer
family to teach English
OR join our church
renovation project.
Contact us to sign up!
Out of the K.C. area:
Would you commit to
praying for us in 2014?
We NEED your prayer!

PRAYER NEEDS

01 english class

As we begin meeting with families in their homes to teach English, pray that we will relate well with them, and that God will use us.

02 church project

One of the Burmese churches has asked us to help them renovate their older building. It needs much work, and we are putting together a team if volunteers to donate their labor. The project will begin in January. Pray for wisdom and resources.

03 children

Pray that our children continue to understand and adjust to this new ministry. Pray that they feel a part of it.