Midwest Review

The Midwest District Newsletter

"Come Apart"

In Mark 6:30, Jesus' disciples returned from a time of ministry and reported all they had done and taught. There was likely a sense of excitement as they shared, but the weight of ministry was also evident. Because Jesus and his disciples were always giving out and meeting the needs of others, their spiritual tanks were running on empty. Jesus recognized the problem and offered a solution - "Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest," or as one Bible teacher said, "Come apart with me or you'll come apart!"

As God's people seek to be faithful in ministry and service, investing themselves in the lives of others; the need is great to have some times of spiritual refreshing where we can get away from our routines, meet with God, and allow Him to refresh our souls. Our district camps provide just such an opportunity as you will see in the following articles.

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Youth Camp 2018 was held in Bedford, IA and provided campers from Kansas, Nebraska, and Iowa an opportunity to worship the Lord through song and teaching. Using Matthew 20:28 as a focus, teens were challenged with the importance of living a life of service and modeling the attitude of Jesus who came to earth to serve rather than to be served. There were fun times of interaction with one another, but significant opportunity was given to put into practice the principles being learned. The campers worked together to build a bridge that would serve the Bedford community and in the process they discovered that they do not have to wait to be the Body of Christ because they can actively engage in building God's kingdom now! It is so encouraging to see a generation willing to take the baton and run with the Gospel wherever the King of Kings might lead.


The 2018 district Children's Camp was a wonderful week of digging into God's Word and learning how to be lifelong Seekers of God and His truth. Along with the normal camp activities like swimming, cabin devotions, recreation, crafts, Bible memorization, and scavenger hunts; the children who attended enjoyed a Mystery Dinner, the opportunity to reproduce art masterpieces using finger paints applied with their feet to large plastic "canvasses," and many other surprises which focused on the idea of seeking. The highlight of the week of camp was that many of our campers expressed a desire to establish a personal relationship with Jesus! God certainly proved that His promise in Deuteronomy 4:29 is still true!


On July 24-29 people from across the Midwest District will gather at our district camp to enjoy the 2018 Family Camp. The camp speaker is Rev. Allen Sudmann from Davison, MI. Our district Superintendent will lead the morning Bible studies. Jimmy Barnes, from Gretna, NE will once again be leading our worship and the morning sessions with the youth. Add all that to the family devotional times, wonderful meals, afternoons to relax, and refreshing fellowship, and you have the formula for a week of rich spiritual blessing! Rooms are still available, so it's not too late to make plans to attend. Call Pastor Dave Miller (402-853-2515) for more information.

On September 25-27, the district Pastors' and Wives' Retreat will be held in Branson, MO. This event gives opportunity for physical refreshing and is an important time to strengthen relationships with co-workers in the district. A highlight of this retreat will be the opportunity to attend a presentation of "SAMSON" at the Sight and Sound Theater. Registration deadline is August 6th. Contact Pastor Brian Conrad (Milford) for details.


On November 25-28 a Prayer Retreat will be held at Timber Lakes Camp and Retreat Center. It will provide pastors with plenty of time for quiet reflection, prayer and seeking the Lord. There will also be opportunity to minister to one another as the Lord leads. Pastors are encouraged to take advantage of this time of personal refreshing and renewal. Contact Brian Bontrager (Clarinda) for more details.

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Andy Petro gives leadership to our district and seeks to encourage and challenge our district pastors and churches.