Around the World, October 2016
Emmanuel Antwi TAMALE — Some Churches of Christ in predominantly Muslim northern Ghana are struggling and dying, said Emmanuel Antwi, president of Ghana Bible College in Kumasi.
Recently, Antwi and two elders and a deacon of the Bomso Church of Christ in Kumasi traveled to northern cities, including Tamale, Yendi and Kpassa, on a week-long fact-finding trip. The church members provided leadership-training workshops for preachers and church leaders in the cities and plan to use the information they gathered to develop strategies to help revive churches in the north. The college also hosted similar workshops in the Kumasi area for 110 preachers and leaders from 26 Churches of Christ.
ATHENS — Christians in this European capital — who watch as people from the Middle east flood into their nation, making dangerous crossings from Turkey — want to help Churches of Christ across their continent serve and share Jesus with refugees.
Partners in Progress, a nonprofit supported by Churches of Christ, will host a workshop in Athens for serving refugees Nov. 10-15. Representatives of ministries and relief groups will speak, and participants will meet and serve refugees. For more information, contact Bill McDonough at [email protected].
Bhilai — Four years ago, when Prabhu Kumar visited the Indian state of Chhattisgarh, militant Hindus attacked and bloodied the minister’s face for teaching the Gospel.
A church building in Chhattisgarh, India.
Nonetheless, Kumar returned to the state in east-central India recently to check on the progress of small Churches of Christ there. Kumar visited and spoke to congregations and conducted classes for a ministry training program with 15 students. One of the churches has a large meeting place but few members, Kumar said.
The Christians “expressed some hope that our course will be helpful to increase the membership of the local church,” said Kumar, who completed his visit without incident.
SEOUL — Matt Vega, a vice president at Freed-Hardeman University in Henderson, Tenn., traveled to South Korea recently to speak at a lectureship attended by Church of Christ members across the city. Vega also spoke at Sunday assemblies of the Kangnam and Yongsan congregations before flying to the island of Jeju to conduct Bible lectures for Christians there.
“We are so appreciative to Freed-Hardeman for sharing him with us here in the mission field,” said Malcolm Parsley, a longtime missionary in Seoul.