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Around the World, July 2014


QUITO — Christians gathered in this South American capital to celebrate a young congregation’s inaugural worship service in its new building. 
Members of the East Hill Church of Christ in York, Neb., helped lay the foundation for the building of the Pisuli Church of Christ, which meets in the Pisuli neighborhood on the north side of Quito. 
The U.S. church members also participated in the worship service. 
“There were nearly 120 in attendance, including representatives from eight other Ecuadoran churches, offering their encouragement and blessings to this new work,”said Rusty Campbell, a missionary with Operation Ecuador
Alexander Castellanos
AGUA ESCONDIDA  — A four-year-old Church of Christ in this Central American nation hosted a gospel campaign, attended by 78 people. 

The congregation had 27 members when it was planted and has since grown to 51, minister Santos Ayala said. 

Church members from Quezaltepeque, Zaragoza and San Juan Opico assisted in the campaign, said minister Alexander Castellanos. 

The attendees “were very edified to be united in this evangelistic activity,” he said. “The Word has been seeded, and the fruit will come.”


ATEIKU — A team of 20 students and five sponsors from the Ateiku International Church of Christ School’s sister institution, Dallas Christian School, made an annual visit to the campus. The team commissioned two water wells, poured concrete at the Christina Adcock and Sons Christian Hospital, volunteered during a night shift at the hospital, hosted a sports camp and distributed shoes

Sylvester Imogoh

IKOM — An annual, three-day gathering called The Great Workshop drew 468 preachers and church leaders to this town near Nigeria’s border with Cameroon. The workshop featured “rich fellowship, Bible lectures, inspirational songs and devotionals,” said Sylvester Imogoh, minister for the Ugbogbo Church of Christ in Igarra, Nigeria.

Eleven people were baptized. In addition, 2,496 Bibles were purchased and 135,000 gospel tracts were distributed to attendees.

“Several reasons make these workshops ‘great,’ Imogoh said, “and these gospel materials that the preachers get to go home with is not the least of such reasons.”


Bryan Hixon

KIGALI — Kwibuka means ‘remember’ in Kinyarwanda, Rwanda’s language.

Recently, Christians in Rwanda and around the globe remembered the genocide that claimed 800,000 lives in this East African nation, proclaiming that their nation “would not be defined by the horror perpetrated by hate,” said Bryan Hixon, who lives in Kigali with his family and serves as part of Rwanda Outreach and Community Partners. 

“I kwibuka with you, Rwanda, because remembering motivates me toward a brighter future,” Hixon said.

The church-supported effort works with Rwandans in education, community development and faith-based initiatives. See www.rocpartners.org and www.kwibuka.rw .

SEOUL — Church leaders in this Asian nation are preparing for a July lectureship — a follow-up to a lectureship in January attended by 11 Korean evangelists and one church elder. Workers with the Bible Correspondence Center hosted the event and prepared the schedule.

“To my knowledge, this lectureship was virtually the first attempt by the Korean preachers to prepare a long-term, scheduled, fixed lectureship series,” said Malcolm Parsley, a longtime missionary in South Korea. “Watching the mature attitude of my Korean brothers, I feel extremely pleased.”
KHON KAEN — The Khon Kaen Bible Institute hosted a recent family camp in Thailand’s northeastern Chaiyaphum Province. 
More than 450 people, representing 42 churches from across the country, attended. Four people were baptized.

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