‘Church of Christ goats’ for Africa
Igarra, Nigeria —“I am a rural-born Nigerian and have lived…
FEATURED IMAGE (above): Church members from Nepal and India share a prayer of thanksgiving as they dedicate a new church building in the eastern Nepalese town of Ilum. It’s the fifth church building in the region of Nepal near the Siliguri Corridor (or “Chicken’s Neck”) of India that connects the country to its northeastern states. Paul Renganathan, a preacher and ministry trainer in Chennai, India, works with churches in the region and in northeast India. During a recent visit, he reported that local Christians have planted 16 congregations in the Indian state of West Bengal, which includes the corridor. Renganathan traveled through a hailstorm and rivers of mud to reach Ilum for the building dedication. Five other churches in the region need church buildings, he said.
CANCÚN, Mexico — This city on the Yucatan Peninsula — known for its sandy beaches, expansive resorts and raucous nightlife — needs Christian servant leaders, said Bayron Alonzo.
“The Church of Christ in the city of Cancún has had a great need for serious, formal and effective leaders to serve God in front of the church,” Alonzo said, “but at the same time (they) must be spiritual and genuine, attached to God’s will.”
That’s why the Iglesia de Cristo Cancún eagerly welcomed Javier León, a minister in Dallas and director of the International Center for Christian Leadership, who conducted a three-day leadership equipping seminar.
The seminar was part of a whirlwind trip for León, who also visited and spoke to congregations in Mérida, Oaxaca and the Mexico City suburbs of Santa Úrsula and Valle de Chalco.
The trip revealed “many emergent leaders with good hearts,” León said, adding that he felt blessed to “(help) our churches to create better leadership processes.”
VIENNA — Churches of Christ in this European capital, including the one that meets on Pohlgasse Street, continually report baptisms among refugees from the Middle East.
Reggy Hiller, who works with the church, and evangelist Gerhard Krassnig recently accompanied Amir, a convert who has brought many Farsi-speakers to Christ, to his asylum hearing.
“The judge was belittling him for choosing to become a follower of Christ,” Hiller said, “but Amir stood his ground and also gave wonderful testimony as to why he became a Christian.”
BAWKU — A motorbike accident in northern Ghana claimed the life of Kofi Tawiah, minister for the Osu Church of Christ in the West African nation’s capital, Accra.
The minister, who is survived by his wife and three young children, was working with the Gospel Chariot ministry, evangelizing in Ghana’s predominantly Muslim north.
Tawiah and a crew member were traveling to a village for a “night street preaching” program when the motorbike skidded off the road, said minister Evans Lartey.
“Shadrach (the crew member) got wounded, but brother Tawiah died on the spot,” Lartey said. “They had to be transported on a three-hour rugged road to the hospital.
“We are all devastated. The rest of the crew are doing well. We need your prayers.”
NAKREKAL — The Faith Vila Church of Christ in this central Indian city recently celebrated the 25th anniversary of the inauguration of its meeting place. The church, however, traces its roots back more than a century, to the pioneering evangelist Kothapally Venkaiah (1851-1934).
Edward Rouse, a minister in Hyderabad, India, was the keynote speaker. Nakrekal evangelist K. John Philips and members of the Faith Vila church hosted the event.
GARCIA-HERNANDEZ — Church members on the island of Bohol in the Philippines Central Visayas region treated more than 400 patients with free medical, dental and vision care, said missionaries Michael Stock and Dr. Deborah Stock.
The church members also provided spiritual counseling and received multiple requests for Bible studies.
The Garcia-Hernandez Church of Christ Medical and Dental Mission was “a great example of what the local congregations can do when they unite together for the Lord’s service,” Michael Stock said. “With the exception of the doctors and a few volunteers, the local church was able to provide the majority of the volunteers. Never let the excuse that your congregation is too small stand in your way of fulfilling God’s plan to seek and save the lost.”
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KIRYANDONGO — The Sudan Project recently published a list of congregations and ministers working in refugee camps in Uganda as South Sudanese people wait for peace to return to their homeland after years of ethnically-charged conflict.
The report lists 31 congregations spread across five camps with a total membership of 2,200. Nearly 400 baptisms were reported last year.
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