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Around the World: New life and big crowds in central Africa


FEATURE PHOTO (above): In the central African town of Dona Manga, Chad, villagers witness one of 26 baptisms during a recent, two-day gospel meeting. Steve Worley, director of development for the School of Biblical Studies in Jos, Nigeria, preached during the meeting and visited with local Christians. The Petersville Church of Christ in Florence, Ala., sent Worley to Chad to see the work, which the congregation supports. More than 320 people, representing 11 churches in a 50-mile radius, attended the meeting. “Words do little to describe the effect each trip to Chad has on me, both physically and spiritually,” Worley said. “To live and work among the brethren in Chad who have so little yet accomplish so much is truly inspiring.”


ALBANIA

DURRES — More than 100 women gathered with the Church of Christ in this seaside city of central Europe to celebrate International Women’s Day. A visiting chorus from the Marseille Church of Christ in France sang Christian songs in French, Albanian and English. Christian women delivered inspirational messages. 

“We use these events to evangelize in our community and reach them with the Gospel of Jesus,” said Durres minister Shkelqim Kafexhiu.


BRAZIL

SÃo paulo — More than 400 ministers and church leaders discussed “The Church of the Future” at ENOC 2018, an annual men’s retreat for Brazilian Christians hosted at a campsite outside São Paulo.

“It was an important reminder to look forward and realize that what we do today will impact where we will be tomorrow,” said Larry Zinck, a missionary in Rio de Janeiro.


BURUNDI

Akembe Ahumbwe Amou holds Bibles in French and Kirundi for new converts.

Mwumba — A recent door-to-door evangelism campaign resulted in 17 baptisms in this small East African nation, said evangelist Akembe Ahumbwe Amou. The new Christians received Bibles in French and Kirundi, a native tongue in Burundi.

Amou was converted through a Bible correspondence course, said Doyle Kee, a U.S.-based missionary who serves the French-speaking world. The Burundian believer “has never received any outside, regular support,” Kee said, “but has worked tirelessly to develop the church in Burundi.”

Amou has worked as a taxi motorcycle driver and as a driving instructor to support himself as he plants churches. He is “one of the unsung heroes of the church in French Africa,” Kee said.


CROATIA

Crikvenica — Christians from Croatia, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and the U.S. participated in the 23rd Spiritual Retreat in this coastal town on the Adriatic Sea. The believers enjoyed times of fellowship and Bible study, said Croatian minister Mislav Ilic.


THAILAND

Kanchanaburi — Christians from the Asian metropolis of Bangkok explored God’s intricate creation — with tweezers and flashlights — as they participated in a gemstone identification class in Kanchanaburi.

The city in western Thailand is famous for the vivid blue sapphires that come from its mines and its gem market.

The field trip was an outreach activity of the Somprasong 4 Church of Christ in Bangkok.

Filed under: Around the World Chad International News

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