This week in our staff meeting we read 1 Corinthians 1:4-9. Paul was expressing his personal thanks to God in this letter to the Christ-followers at Corinth. We took a deeper look at verse 5 which says “God has enriched your church in every way”. I want to broaden this verse as a phrase over EVERY church in Central Region – God has enriched our churches in every way!

The word enriched is the Greek word ploutizo and where we get our English word plutocrat, which is someone who is so wealthy that they cannot give a definitive number on their wealth because it is accruing so rapidly. Paul is saying that your church is enriched! And let me share some examples:

  • We have access to the blood of Jesus for complete cleansing from sin!
  • We have access as believers to the throne room of heaven for intercession!
  • We have access to our Father’s provision since he owns the silver and gold!

The list goes on and on. Who can actually calculate the marvelous riches we have in Christ Jesus? Don’t let your current challenges cause you to forget.  You are richer than you know! You are ENRICHED in Christ!

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours,

Bruce A. Pfadenhauer

Regional Executive Director

Marketplace Chaplains

Reminder that Marketplace Chaplains have openings in Central Region. These are paid opportunities for pastors and leaders to enhance their income. To check on the requirements and to connect with Terry Meek, Open Bible’s Chaplain Director, please click here.


Jerry Kintzle, brother of Rev. Jan (Steve) Mathews- Urbandale, IA, passed away on October 17, 2023. Services will be in Denver, Colorado on Monday, November 6, 2023. Here is the link to the obituary and services.


Convoy of Hope

As we continue to pray for the Nation of Israel and the innocent people impacted by this tragedy, we have the opportunity to help make a difference through our partnership with Convoy of Hope.

The devastation is widespread. Convoy is committed to helping as much as possible, distributing vital relief supplies and ensuring people’s basic needs are met as quickly as possible.

Convoy of Hope is responding to the conflict in the Middle East, working with multiple partners in the region to ensure devastated families receive vital relief supplies. Containers of diapers, clothing, and other supplies are en route to the region while hundreds of food kits are already being distributed.

Please prayerfully consider partnering with Open Bible and Convoy of Hope in sending relief to this devastated region.  Here is the link to help support their efforts.