Meet Our Elders: Conrad Hilario

Have you ever wondered who Xenos’ elders are? In starting off the Meet Our Elders series, we were able to learn more about Senior Sphere Leader and Elder, James Rochford. This week, we’re taking a closer look at Conrad Hilario

Conrad Hilario is a Senior Sphere Leader and Elder at Xenos whose life has been entirely transformed by God’s renewing grace and mercy. Conrad first started coming out to Xenos Central Teaching in January 1999 through a Youth for Christ staff member. That same week, he was also invited out to home church and men’s cell group, and has been a part of the community ever since.

The road to Christ was not without hardship. When he was 17 years old, Conrad was arrested, spending 1.5 years in jail. While there, however, God brought him together with the YFC staff member who would soon become a close friend and help lead him into a life-altering relationship with Christ.

Haiti: Finding God in Hard Circumstances

by Terri DiPietro

"Haiti is hard." -- Everyone

Haiti is hard. Even Haitians will tell you that. Unpredictable travel and communication, poor infrastructure, lack of access to clean water, food insecurity, unemployment, natural disasters, material poverty and political instability are just some of the overwhelming obstacles. Many desire to have a lasting impact, but it often feels like putting a bandaid on a mortal wound. Is there any real hope?

Yes! Just ask any of the more than 100 people who put their faith in Jesus during Xenos’ ministry trip in January. There were 70 salvations at the first clinic on the first day! At the third clinic, Caitlin Kleinpaste and Holly Stewart gathered a group of children in the back of an open bus to color pictures and tell Bible stories. When they shared the story of Jesus calming the storm, the busload of children were eager to ask Jesus into their hearts, to calm the storms they were facing in their own lives. Yes, there is hope. Jesus is our hope.

Meet Our Elders: James Rochford

Have you ever wondered who Xenos’ elders are? In a large church, you may not have gotten the opportunity to meet them all. Featured this week is James Rochford.

James Rochford is a Senior Sphere Leader at Xenos, and one of ten Elders leading the church. A former skeptic of Christianity, James met Christ through a friend at Xenos at the age of 20. He fell in love with the authentic community and the relevance of the Bible for his life, as well as the meaning and purpose God gives to us when we live for Him and eternity.

High School Retreats: An Opportunity for Fellowship

by Paige Winfree

The high school ministry is looking forward to hosting their biennial CT retreats this March. These retreats are an awesome opportunity for high school students to spend the weekend sitting under awesome bible teachings, engaging in deep fellowship with their friends, and building unity in their high school home churches.

Kelly McCallum, a student from South CT, was greatly impacted with the depth of fellowship she experienced at the last CT retreat: "The retreat allowed me to have the ability to grow in my friendships inside of my group and with those outside of my group!" The CT retreats are one of two trips that high school students can attend, alongside Epic (a weeklong summer camp).

Access Ministry Opens Doors to the Gospel

by Jackie Storer

Xenos Access ministry is a group that is focused on leading people with disabilities to Christ and providing them with the help needed to understand the Bible and God’s role in their lives.

Greg Roth, who leads Xenos Access ministry and oversees all of the branches of the ministry, says his burden for reaching people with disabilities came after a retreat with families with disabilities. He felt the need for a ministry to help Xenos members reach out to families affected by disability and support them.

“It came together as a result of many like-minded individuals who converged and thought it would be a good thing to get started. God brought us together,” Roth said.

Legal Advice made Easy

By Gwendolyn Herrick
 
The vast majority of people who qualify as having low-income cannot afford to hire an attorney to get legal advice; but now they can!  The Xenos Free Legal Clinic provides free advice to low-income clients and shares the gospel message of Christ with them. In January of 2014, the Xenos Free Legal Clinic opened its doors in Reynoldsburg.
 

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