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Around the World, mid-December 2014

TIRANA — Christians in this European nation are seeing the fruits of their labor — many years of labor, in fact. 

Sadete Hoxha, Albania secretary for the World English Institute, reported 16 recent baptisms. At least two of the new Christians have studied the Bible through the church-supported correspondence ministry since 2008, the ministry’s leaders said.
CARUARU — A three-day acampa de jovens (youth camp) gave Micah Barnes and his fellow missionary apprentices the chance to meet new friends and brush up on their Portuguese. 
The apprentices are serving in Brazil through the Adventures in Missions program, a ministry of Sunset International Bible Institute in Lubbock, Texas. 
After the camp, Barnes said he felt more confident in his language skills.
“And now I have 100-plus new friends and brothers and sisters that I look forward to seeing once again,” he added.
Micah Barnes, second from left, AIM team members and friends in Brazil. (PHOTO PROVIDED)
MONTEPUEZ — About 50 pairs of reading glasses — donated by a church in Germantown, Tenn. — have blessed the Makua-Meetto people of northern Mozambique, missionary Rachel Howell said. 
Howell and her mission team distributed the glasses quickly — and strangers continue to stop by her house, asking if more have been delivered. 
They haven’t — but the team would gladly accept more donations, Howell said. For more information, see www.makuateam.org
VYATSKIYE POLYANY — About 25 ministers — from near and quite far — attended the 10th Preachers’ Seminar, hosted by a Church of Christ in this small town, about 600 miles east of Moscow. 
Igor Egirev, president of the Christian Resource Center in St. Petersburg, Russia, said he was especially glad to see two ministers at the event who traveled 1,127 miles from Ukraine for the three-day event. 
Because many participants attended seminars and retreats in the past, “we could rest from any organization type work and only teach classes and enjoy fellowship,” Egirev said. 
Each evening, local church members joined the group for Bible classes, singing and fellowship.
CAMBRIDGE — Despite a few setbacks along the way, a two-day leadership seminar hosted by the Cambridge Church of Christ was a jolly good success, organizers said. 
Participants came from Scotland, Ireland, Wales and the U.S. Some experienced flight delays, and the meeting place was double-booked by the Cambridge City Council, minister Cyril Weinman said. 
“However, we managed to sort it out with the Lord’s help,” Weinman said. At the seminar’s conclusion, “we also had a short devotional at the Travelodge at Heathrow Airport … prior to the U.S.A. brethren  flying to India … to continue with their work with the church there.”

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