ASI Southwest Chapter Newsletter
October 3, 2016

Greetings ASI members and friends,
 
I pray that this letter finds you well and in God's keeping and care. Much has happened since our last communication, and there are many good things ahead to share with you.

Jumpstart Report

By God's grace and provision, our chapter successfully launched Jumpstart Free Health Clinic in July of this year. The event, a mobile multi-specialty clinic modeled after the Your Best Pathway to Health mega clinic, provided free medical, dental, vision, and other services to approximately 2,000 individuals in the city of Killeen. This was accomplished with the help of over 600 volunteers and in collaboration with the Southwestern Union, the Texas and Southwest Region conferences, Metroplex Hospital, and many other businesses and individuals. 

Ongoing post event follow-up activities include health education and lifestyle classes, cooking classes, Bible studies, and facilitation of access to medical and dental care. The program was a blessing to patients and volunteers alike.  

The Jumpstart team has plans to hold another event next year and is considering a larger event in the future. Through this effort we were able to see firsthand, the impact of the medical missionary work and the importance of striving to reach people using Christ's methods.

ASI National Report
Called, Chosen, Committed 2016

The ASI National Convention in August was a tremendous blessing to all who attended.  The Phoenix Convention Center was buzzing with attendees from all over the world. The messages were absolutely inspiring, and challenged listeners to remember for what reason we are called and to stand firm and committed to the calling we all have in Christ.  

More than 200 ministries were able to receive funding of $1,822,687 (exceeding the goal of $1,637,000) raised in offerings and pledges to support the work in the mission field.  The 2017 ASI National Convention will be held in Houston, Texas. Please include that in your plans for next year!

New Chapter Officers

We've recently had some changes to our board that you should be aware of. As some of you may know, Pat Humphrey, who served as our chapter's ASI Executive Secretary, has retired from her positions as Communication Director and Health Ministries Director at the Southwestern Union. Mike Furr, Southwestern Union Director of Secondary Education, is our new ASI Executive Secretary. Mike is passionate about ministry and is a pleasure to work with. We are truly blessed to have him on board. 

We are also pleased to announce that although Pat Humphrey has retired, she will continue to serve on the board in her new position as Vice-President of Public Relations. Pat and her husband, Art, owners of Heart Paths Distributors, LLC, have been organizational members of ASI since 1996.  Dr. Jose Rosado has joined us as the Vice-President of Logistics. Dr. Rosado maintains a busy internal medicine practice in Burleson, Texas, and has been active in ministry and outreach for many years. He is a wonderful addition to our board. We wholeheartedly welcome Mike, Pat, and Dr. Rosado as they join us in serving the SW chapter.
    

Membership and Mission

ASI members are committed to the ASI mission of "Sharing Christ in the Marketplace." Members demonstrate this commitment through intentional and innovative witnessing and outreach in their places of business and spheres of influence, and through their support of various ministries that share the vision of reaching the world for Christ.

Our current membership is at 90-plus members. We would like to greatly increase this number and enlarge our scope of influence for Jesus throughout the Southwestern Union. We ask that you consider recruiting friends and associates who qualify for membership to join our chapter.  We are undoubtedly in earth's closing moments and there is still much work to do in building up the kingdom of God. 

Prospective members may submit their applications by accessing the membership link on the national website: http://www.asiministries.org or from our chapter website: http://www.asisw.org.

Donation Appeal

The recent flooding in Louisiana has devastated many families and individuals in the region.  It has come to our attention that one family in particular, whose lives have been dedicated to serving others through ministry, has lost nearly everything due to the floods. Their home was utterly destroyed and they lost almost all of their possessions. They are temporarily staying with relatives and need assistance in rebuilding their lives and their ministry.  We would like to raise $5,000 to assist this family and we are asking for your support. Please prayerfully consider donating $50.00 or more to help this unfortunate family.  Your tax-deductible donations can be made online at our chapter website http://www.asisw.org or by mail to the Southwestern Union (P.O. Box 4000, Burleson, TX 76097). Please be sure to designate all funds for  Louisiana Flood Victim Assistance.   

Spring Retreat 

Our Spring Retreat will be held March 16-19, 2017 at the Hoblitzelle Conference Center in Midlothian, Texas. More information will be provided in our next newsletter.

GYC

Please note that GYC 2016 will be held in Houston, Texas, December 28, 2016-January 1, 2017. The annual conference, designed by and for youth and young adults, seeks to inspire and equip youth and young adults for active ministry and is open to all who wish to attend. Youth and young adult attendees and chaperones of minors will pay the listed registration prices.  Adults ages 36 and over without minors will be charged a surcharge of $149.00. No childcare is available   This year's theme is "When All Has Been Heard."  More information is available on the GYC website at www.gycweb.org.

Prayer Requests

Please remember to pray for the family in need of assistance along with all those affected by the floods and other tragedies in the news. Pray for our board and chapter as we forge ahead. 

I hope this communication has been informative. I pray that the Lord will continue to bless each of you richly and empower you for ministry.  Please submit any questions or concerns to asisouthwest@swuc.org or to my personal e-mail, dlewis 1090@gmail.com.

By His grace,
Dawn A. Lewis,
President, ASI Southwest Chapter