Around the World, October 2011
In Mexico, plagued by border violence, four souls gave their lives to Christ during the recent La Sierra Christian Camp. Members of the Edmond Church of Christ in Oklahoma helped organize the camp, now in its third year but could not attend due to gang-related violence in northern Mexico. The camp was limited to one session but resulted in four baptisms. Resendez Alfaro, minister for the Church of Christ in Victoria, Mexico, is the camp’s Mexico director.
SYDNEY — More than 170 Christians from 16 Australian churches and the U.S. attended the five-day Macquarie School of Biblical Studies lectureship, hosted by the Macquarie Church of Christ. “The Fingerprints of God!” was the theme. Twenty-one men and women presented lessons.
MARSEILLES — The Pitman Church of Christ in Sewell, N.J., sent a work crew of 40 Christians to southern France.
Along with 15 French and Swiss church members, the team refurbished and made improvements to Centre Bonnefoi, a 37-acre camp and retreat facility purchased in 2002 by five Churches of Christ in France with assistance from U.S. Christians.
The work group focused much of its efforts on an unfinished annex at the camp that will serve as a dormitory for campers and staff, Pitman minister Dan Cooper said. The team roofed, painted, mopped, built walls and fences and hosted daily devotionals.
NEW DELHI — Minister R. Sanga received two awards recently from the Friendship Forum of India, an organization that recognizes efforts to foster cooperation and understanding among the people of India.
Sanga oversees Angels’ Place, a children’s home in the eastern Indian city of Imphal. He also preaches for the Imphal Central Church of Christ and operates a school of preaching.
SANSON — A team of Christian doctors, dentists, nurses and medical professionals from the Southwest Church of Christ in Jonesboro, Ark., traveled to this remote city in eastern Panama to work at the Clinic of Hope. The medical facility shares its property with the Sanson Church of Christ. Alabama-based Panama Missions coordinated the trip.
The team traveled by boat to serve the Embera indigenous people in the community of Las Blancas. They also worked in the Kuna Indian village of Ipeti Kuna, where they treated a two-month old baby suffering from a high fever.
“Everyone on the team dropped what they were doing to focus on saving the life of this child,” said Panama Missions director Larry Brady.
Once stabilized, the child was transported to a hospital in Panama City and received treatment there for eight days.
ST. PETERSBURG — Why do people with equal levels of education and intellectual abilities respond to the Gospel in different ways? Why do some become believers and others remain atheists?
Those questions were the topic of discussion at “Search,” a series of informal discussions hosted by the Neva Church of Christ. Sixteen people — many of them first-time visitors, participated in the discussion, church leaders said.