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Around the World, June 2010

Let’s shake on it: Growing church in Sudan has a new home
Paul Otto, the chief of the Sudanese town of Opari, has offered nearly 142 acres of land to the young Church of Christ there. Members of The Sudan Project visited Opari recently as they scouted locations for a preaching school and kindergarten. For more information, see www.sudan-project.org.
KHULNA — A small group of Christians has reestablished the Kalishpur Church of Christ, said Mike Brooks, an Alabama minister who works with Christians in Bangladesh.
“A congregation of the Lord’s church has met in the Khulna suburb of Kalishpur for more than a decade,” said Brooks, minister for the Highland Park church in Muscle Shoals, Ala. “A few years ago, however, problems arose which led to its disbanding.”
Barnard Biswas, who works with the Bangladesh Bible Correspondence School in Khulna, helped relaunch the church in a rented facility near his home. One year later, the church has several new members, including two couples who recently were baptized, Brooks said.
AZOVE — Missionary George Akpabli and students from the Benin Bible Training Center work with congregations in the Azove area of western Benin. U.S. missionaries helped plant the congregations, Akpabli said.
“Several have ceased meeting,” he said, “so the need (is) to revive them and also to strengthen those that are still active. Several of them are very strong and have good leadership.”
Akpabli and the students hosted a gospel meeting in the village of Eglime, attended by 127 people.
SAINT JOHN — A small congregation in the province of New Brunswick, northeast of Maine, sent 1,366 invitations to people who live near the community center where the church meets. The mail-out drew one visitor to the church for a fellowship meal. Members of the Moncton church in New Brunswick also attended.
CHANDIGARH — “India continues to be the ripest field in the world for harvesting souls,” said Russel G. Bell, an evangelist from Topeka, Kan., who makes regular trips to India. But evangelism is slower in northern India than in the country’s south.
Nonetheless, about 70 preachers from a dozen Indian states attended a recent lectureship and graduation at the North India Bible College, an extension program of Bear Valley Bible Institute of Denver, Bell said. The McEwan, Tenn., church supports the work in Chandigarh.
BANGKOK — Anti-government protests have claimed at least 21 lives, stalled traffic, and closed schools in this Southeast Asian capital, said Kathryn Miller, who serves on a mission team with her husband, Andy.
The team ministers to Bangkok’s massive student population.
Ramkhamhaeng University in Bangkok has an estimated student body of 600,000. But many students have left the city for their homes due to the protests, Kathryn Miller said.
The team has talked with Thai Christians “about (how) our faith is not dependent on government, but on God,” she said. “Also, with non-Christians, we have been able to share our peace that only God can give.”
SIMALUNDU — This community in southern Africa was created in the late 1950s when the government moved the Tonga people from their native lands to construct a dam.
“They were torn from the fertile areas of the Gwembe Valley they had farmed for centuries and dropped into the barren, desolate area that is now called Simalundu,” said missionary Linda Gregersen. Without government assistance programs, they struggled to survive. Today they have a medical clinic building but no people to staff it, Gregersen said.
Gregersen, Eleanor Hamby and Elizabeth Halale of Namwianga Mission traveled to Simalundu recently to help train teachers. Members of five Churches of Christ in the area attended. The workers plan to return with a medical mission team in July.

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