Around the World, April 2012
Members of the Jimalud Church of Christ in the Philippines were conducting a funeral when an earthquake shook the foundation of their building. The falling debris killed an 11-year-old girl. The preacher conducting the funeral, Warmild Daleos, suffered a broken spine, and his daughter also was injured.
The 6.9-magnitude quake damaged church buildings across the province, said native missionary Salvador Cariaga. “Negros has one of the largest concentrations of Churches of Christ in the country,” he said. “They have produced leaders and preachers now serving on other islands. This calamity is unique because many of our brethren are affected.”
For a list of ministries accepting donations for relief, see The Christian Chronicle’s blog.
SVAY RIENG — A medical mission team treated 11,430 people in impoverished villages of this Southeast Asian nation. Sokhom Hun, a Cambodian Christian, arranged for 20-plus Cambodian doctors to treat the patients. American church members assisted in medical, dental and vision clinics. The mission team also conducted Bible classes, and 60 Cambodians were baptized. Newly-planted churches in eastern Cambodia will do follow-up studies with the new converts. The Walnut Hill Church of Christ in Dallas sponsors the work.
CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC
BANGUI — An African missionary pleads for “the sound teachings of Christ” in this country of 4.5 million souls, one of the least-developed nations in the world. Worlanyo Bor, a native of Ghana, works with churches and a ministry training school in this landlocked country’s capital.
Though the Gospel has spread rapidly in West Africa, Bor said that church members should focus evangelism on nations in Africa’s interior, including the Central African Republic, Chad and the Congo.These countries need trained evangelists to “communicate the true news of Jesus,” Bor said.
CATACAMAS — Honduran minister Jose Pagoada and his family endured 15 hours of horror after one of their 19-year-old twin daughters was abducted.
The girl was walking with her mother near the family’s home at 3:30 p.m. on a Sunday when two hooded men took her by force, said Dwight Tomkins, a missionary in Catacamas.
The abductors released her several hours later and she spent most of the night trying to find her way home. She called her parents at 6:30 a.m. Monday from a phone 10 miles outside of town. Police interviewed her extensively about the incident and took her to a hospital.
Tomkins asked for prayers for the Pagoada family.
PAPUA NEW GUINEA
LAE — The headmaster of the Melanesian Bible College asks for prayers for victims of a recent ferry accident in this South Pacific nation.
The ferry was shuttling people between two of the nation’s islands when it sank, said Jab Mesa. Some members of the headmaster’s extended family, who were onboard the ferry, are missing.
“There are families of members of the Lord’s church that also are missing,” he added. “Please pray for the families who lost their loved ones.”
DONETSK — Three Christian women — Darlene Wiley and GayLynne Wiley Schob of Belton, Texas, and Laura Huff of Maryville, Tenn., made a chilly, wintertime visit to this Eastern European nation.
The ladies made crafts alongside children at three Ukrainian orphanages and gave gifts and Bibles provided by Eastern European Mission. They hosted tea parties for the staffers who take care of the children.
The visitors spent time with widows from a Ukrainian Church of Christ. One of the widows make regular visits to children’s hospitals and orphanages. The visitors gave her nearly four dozen quilts — made by church members in Oklahoma, Texas and West Virginia — to give to the children. Each quilt has a pocket for a children’s Bible, Huff said.