From the Executive Director · June 6, 2021

Greetings 4th Dayers

I am praying the Lords blessings be showered upon you as you continue on your spiritual journey.

Over the past several months, we have been working to implement our new resource strategy around Communications, Technology, and Spiritual Support.

Today I want to focus on Communications and the progress that we have made there. As you know Hollie Jennings was our newsletter editor for some time, and she did a great job with it. However, she felt God calling in another direction and was no longer able to serve. We definitely want to thank Hollie again for her efforts in this area.

When we went to fill this position, we actually changed it to be a committee, vs just an individual position. The leader of our Communications Committee is Amanda Hunter from the Indiana Kentucky Secretariat. She majored in organizational communication at the University of Indianapolis, where we held the 2019 National Gathering. She led the communications effort for the host committee, and was a driving force in moving us to a more digital format. We are so blessed to have her as part of our team.

Social media is one of our two big communications staples today. Facebook is one of the most interactive ways we live out our 4th day. Given it’s importance, we felt that having someone dedicated to that strategy was critical to the growth of our ministry. Eric Needle from our Indian River secretariat in Florida volunteered to bring his gifts of the Spirit in marketing and advertising to help us. You may have noticed a different look and feel to the graphics and style we are using in our Facebook communications… Eric has helped us define and design that. He has also designed a new masthead for our Conexiones newsletter that will come once a quarter! Eric, thank you so much for your strong contributions already and looking forward to seeing more of your spiritual gifts on display!

The other communication staple is our long standing and far reaching is our newsletter, Conexiones. Steve Kipp from Colorado VdC just joined us as our newsletter coordinator and bringing a wealth of real world experience in this area. His first newsletter will be in Q3, and we look forward to where the Lord leads him with this important tool that links us all.

Please join me in welcoming Amanda, Eric, and Steve to service in our National Secretariat and thanking them for their work in support the Via de Cristo ministry that is so important to us all.

Brian Schwarz
Executive Director

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Eric is our current Webmaster and works on the NLS Communications Team. Raised in Judaism, he found Christ and the New Testament at age 16 in a Southern Baptist Church. He searched many denominations for the real church, only to find the Holy Spirit is present in all of them. He's worked for One for Israel, a group of native Israeli believers who are sharing the gospel in the holy land in Hebrew and is part of the only Hebrew speaking seminary in Israel.