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February 2017 Update

::From the Executive Director

2017 Greetings To All! 
Those of us living in America have just endured the messianic fervor of the 2016 campaigns of American politics, seemingly everywhere and along partisan lines.  And is it any wonder that we are now greeted in 2017 with equal post-election elation and despair along partisan lines?  No worry, I’m not going there.  But I do confess my envy.  

I envy the messianic fervor and dreams so readily directed toward American politics in lieu of the true Messiah and His messianic “body-politic,” the apostolic church. By Christ’s own words, I know for certain that His church alone is the epi-center of that messianic kingdom that is really empowered to bind and loose on earth that which can only come from heaven (Matthew 16).  I am therefore assured that Christ only, acting as head of state with respect to his body-politic not of this world, can match the messianism that is all too often displayed in our American politics that dreams of a “new heaven and earth” kind of reality (Ephesians 1:22-23).  And I am therefore confident that whatever messianic dreams and efforts we direct toward planting Christ-centered apostolic churches are dreams and efforts not misplaced!

With that, thank you for joining in our “2017 campaign.”   It stands to be a momentous year for Mission Anabaino.   Already, we are excited about two new church plants that are even now becoming a reality in greater Toronto and greater New Haven (you can read about Toronto and meet church planter Kyle Hackmann in this issue below).  Moreover, we are excited about the many new “anchor churches” that we anticipate joining us by God’s grace as by the efforts of our new “Coordinator of Church Planting Development and Empowerment,” Jeff Hutchinson (you will hear more about Jeff and this vision in a future Update).  And we anticipate a radically new kind of missionally minded, urban focused, Christian “Therapy Center” envisioned to mediate the church to a post-secular and post-Christendom constituency that is common to the kinds of unreached places Mission Anabaino is targeting (stay tuned for a future Update with an introduction to Jeff White, the newly hired “Director of (TBA) Christian Counseling Center").  

Please do forward this MA Update to friends and associates that you think might find all this interesting.   And of course, you may donate online or read more about our church planting efforts in this brochure.

Affectionately and Enthusiastically, 

  Rev. Dr. Preston Graham Jr.
  Executive Director, Mission Anabaino
  Sr. Pastor, Christ Presbyterian Church New Haven

MA Welcomes New Global Church Plant

::Mission East End in Toronto, Canada
Mission East End Intro Video
Watch an introduction to the Mission East End project that MA supports!

Hello MA Family, 

My name is Kyle Hackmann, and it is my joy to join your community. It is also a privilege to be planting the newest mission site of Mission Anabaino in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. 

Over six years ago, my wife and I loaded all our belongings on a moving truck and moved from Chicago to Toronto. My wife had never visited the city! We had a two month old daughter and a one-month old MDiv diploma and we were ready for an adventure! We intended to serve two years in Toronto in hopes of learning about ministry and church planting in a secular-urban context and then do missions work in Europe. Six years later, we now have four daughters (Eden, Cora, Eliza, and Catherine) and have decided to commit long term to planting in Toronto. 

I am planting in the East End of Toronto (the neighborhood in which I have resided in since we moved here). Toronto’s East End consists of about a quarter of a million people. It is the last refuge of the family that wants to raise children in Toronto. Over 100,000 homes in the East End of Toronto have sold in the past 10 years. And yet, there is not a single English speaking church that meets in the East End that was started before World War II begin! There are only four churches in this area that would not perform a same sex marriage, and their combined average attendance would be under 600 people. There is clearly a need for a new work, especially a missionally engaged high gospel, high church congregation! 

I do not think I would have had the courage to plant this church without being introduced to the MA community. A couple of years ago some of my favorite congregants moved from Toronto to New Haven. They introduced me to the MA movement. I devoured the articles and resources online. I couldn’t get enough. For the first time in my life, I felt like my academic interests in high church ecclesiology and passion for church planting in secular regions were both encouraged at the same time. Right now, I am finalizing fund raising, putting together a launch team, beginning launch team training, and aiming to launch a Total Christ church in Toronto in October of 2017 (the 500 year anniversary of the Reformation)! If you are ever in Toronto, please don’t hesitate to reach out!

Visit Mission East End online here.

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