Around the World, July 2011
Church members on Haiti’s northern coast attended a seminar featuring speakers Charlie McGee, minister for the St. Joseph Church of Christ in MIchigan, and David May, a Christian author from St. Paul, Minn. The Church of Christ in Port-de-Paix, Haiti, hosted the event. Fatton Dieumeme preaches for the Port-de-Paix church.
DURRES — Members of 11 congregations in this southeastern European nation attended a recent retreat. Guest speakers were William Wharton, John Massie and Dino Roussos.
“We considered the meeting a historical event in the life and work of the Lord’s church in Albania,” said Alfred Zike, a minister in Durres. “I confess to you that it helped us to grow in God’s word and in loving one another.”
RECIFE — About 55 church leaders in the Recife area attended a seminar on church growth, said missionary Josh Pruitt. “We discussed the many aspects of a healthy church, such as leadership training, equipping members, discovering God’s mission and vision for the congregation,” Pruitt said.
KHATITHOK — Stan and Janis Hurd, members of the Gooding County Church of Christ in Wendell, Idaho, traveled to Nepal’s mid-hills region to teach and fellowship with Christians there. The couple worked with Alabama minister Mike Brooks, a longtime missionary to Nepal and Bangladesh.
“The church in this rural area has a strong, faithful group of more than 150,” Stan Hurd said. “The results of the Lord’s power at these meetings were nine new souls giving their lives to Christ. This brought the total for new converts at Khatithok in 2011 to 38.”
Additional baptisms followed the couple’s visit, he added.
THANGEN — More than 200 church members gathered to strike, steal and sing during the eighth annual Church of Christ soccer tournament, organized by congregations in the Swiss cities of Schaffhausen and Zurich.
“Two days of intense competition was the focus of brotherly fellowship, highlighted by devotions and the Sunday morning sharing of the Lord’s Table in three languages,” said Doyle Kee, a minister in Geneva.
Sixteen teams competed. The Lausanne, Switzerland, team won the amateur competition, and the team from Geneva won the “pro” cup, Kee said.
INONGE — A gospel meeting — attended by more than 800 people from 20 congregations — turned tragic when an improvised log bench collapsed, killing a 9-month-old baby, said minister Kennedy Mukuka.
The next day, Saturday, organizers canceled a door-to-door evangelism program to attend the infant’s funeral.
The program resumed Sunday, resulting in seven baptisms.
Mukuka and other representatives of Mapepe Bible College attended to help with Bible classes and evangelism.
HARARE — African Christians prayed, sang and baptized new believers during the opening service of the Harare Central Church of Christ, a new congregation in Zimbabwe’s capital.
Leonard Magayo, a graduate of Southern Africa Bible College in Benoni, South Africa, ministers for the church.
“When he was a student at SABC back in 2003, he was teaching and bringing people for baptism about every week,” missionary Jerry Hogg said of Magayo. “In Harare, he conducts Bible studies with individuals and converts many.