Around the World, November 2016
PUERTO GAITAN — A new church is born in this small South American town about seven hours east of Colombia’s capital, Bogota, said Bob Young, an Oklahoma-based evangelist and missionary to Spanish-speaking nations.
A member of the Los Angeles Church of Christ in Bogota shared the Gospel with members of his family, who then shared it with others in Puerto Gaitán, Young said. The Los Angeles church sends ministry teams to preach for and nuture the new church. Young helps support the effort and seeks additional partners for the work.
MALACCA CITY — About 250 Christians from across Southeast Asia, plus Australia and New Zealand, gathered for the 55th Asian Mission Forum. Days earlier, more than 120 leaders from Churches of Christ participated in an Asia Pacific Elders and Deacons Conference.
Evertt Huffard, professor of leadership and missiology at Harding School of Theology in Memphis, Tenn., spoke at both events, hosted by the Pasir Panjang Church of Christ in Singapore. For the church leaders, Huffard highlighted “spiritual transformation and finishing well,” said Benny Tabalujan of the Belmore Road Church of Christ in Melbourne, Australia.
During the mission forum, Huffard “stressed the importance of mentoring a new generation of spiritual leaders,” Tabalujan added.
KPALIME — Ministry students in this West African nation took a break from their Bible studies recently to learn how to take care of God’s creation — namely, pigs, chickens, rabbits and even snails and bees.
Bear Valley Bible Institute International hosted an agricultural workshop for preaching students at the Center for Biblical Studies in Kpalime, which is one of the institute’s extension schools, and for members of Churches of Christ.
“The goal is for participants to use the knowledge acquired to make money and have enough to feed their families,” said Willie Gley, an evangelist and ministry trainer who works with churches in Togo and Ghana.
Gley plans to add animal and crop science to the curriculum at the ministry school in Kpalime and to raise funds to purchase facilities and livestock to launch the project.
EAST KILBRIDE — “The Christian Woman in the Workplace” was one topic of discussion at an annual Ladies’ Day in this Scottish town.
About 70 Christian women from 14 Churches of Christ listened to speakers Funmi Glover, Barbara Starrs and Chrissy Vick present lessons on the theme “Faith in Action,” said church member Arlene Galloway.