Dominica, where Capt. Jack Sparrow fled from angry islanders in the latest Pirates of the Caribbean movie, was the setting for the 36th Caribbean Lectureship. Church members from 20 nations participated, and a crowd of about 750 gathered for the opening-night worship, including the island nation’s president. Carlton and Joslyn Ramsubhag, missionaries to Dominica supported by the church in St. Thomas, helped organize the event.
More than 40 teens attended Llogara Christian Camp recently, said missionary Ray Wheeler. Church members from Llogara, Durres and the Avanti Italia program in Florence, Italy, helped set up the camp. Teachers and counselors came from Adventures in Missions of Lubbock, Texas, and World English Institute’s office in Durres. Members of the Tirana church developed lesson plans, Wheeler said.
Missionary David Ingram Jr. and Josemar Lima were named the first elders of the 25-year-old Central church in Fortaleza recently.
The installation took place during the 11th mission trip to Fortaleza by members of the Northside church in San Antonio, Texas, said elder Joe Shaver.
In September 45 members of the Edmonton church will plant a new congregation in the southern part of this city in the province of Alberta, said minister Tim Johnson. The new congregation will meet in a rented community center.
“People also are being trained to take over roles that will be left when the new congregation starts,” Johnson said.
The Stationview church grew from 16 members to 38 in its first year, said minister Ebeneser Korsah. The church recently celebrated the opening of its new building, with 252 people in attendance.
“We strive to have very efficient ushering and welcoming programs,” Korsah said. “We see the need for expanding our follow-up efforts and increasing the number of souls won, both in this town and the surrounding villages.”
Ministers E.T. Kwaning and Eric Tieku also have assisted the young church.
Members of the Mira Road church “packed their meeting place for prayer and fasting” after bomb blasts on commuter trains in Mumbai killed more than 180 people recently, said missionaries. Church members donated blood and counseled victims’ families.
“One frail sister, Gomati, tried to give blood but instead was told by the hospital that she was in need of blood,” one worker said. “Still, she was willing to give.”
Members of the G.S.A. Road church are rejoicing after a judge settled a land dispute in favor of the congregation, said minister Alfred Z. Beyan.
The church has built a temporary meeting place on the property and is seeking funds to build a permanent structure.
In late August the church was scheduled to host about 200 youths for its first gospel campaign, Beyan said. The theme: “God will hold us responsible if we do not blow the trumpet.”
Members of the Hispanic ministry at the Saturn Road church in Garland, Texas, gave haircuts and played soccer with children in an orphanage during a recent mission trip to Guadalajara. Team members also fed 450 people at a hospital and distributed 125 pillows. The team worked with missionaries Tim and Kim Rush.
Team members were Joe and Evelia Hernandez, Byron and Sofia Linares, Brenda Ikerd, Zulema Chamberlin, Byron Linares Jr. and Christabel Linares.
Church members in this Himalayan country have met recent changes in their government with “great joy and praise toward God,” said missionary Michael E. Brooks. Nepal’s parliament has revoked the nation’s status as a Hindu monarchy.
“This step erodes the status of the king as a ‘living god’ among the Hindu pantheon and grants freedom of religion to all Nepalis,” Brooks said.
Brooks is working with churches in Nepal and Bangladesh through November. The Highland Park church, Muscle Shoals, Ala., supports the work.
Tommy Gore, minister for the Fellowship church in Orange, Texas, spoke on “Reasons to Believe” recently at the Morningside church in Auckland.
More than 70 people attended the seminar and one was baptized, said organizer Viv Smythe. Gore also lectured at the South Pacific Bible College in Auckland.
Fellowship and baptisms resulted from a series of summer camps coordinated by members of the Petrovsky congregation, said elder Leonid Kruzhanovsky. Twenty-five members of the North Atlanta church traveled to eastern Ukraine to assist in one of the camps. Eighteen people attended a camp in the resort city of Alushta on the Black Sea, Kruzhanovsky said.
More than 500 church members from 96 congregations gathered at Namwianga Mission recently for the 20th annual lectureship, said missionary Linda Gregersen. Some walked for two days to attend. The theme, “In Remembrance of Me” explored aspects of the Lord’s Supper and the life of Christ.
Thomas Siafwiyo, head of Namwianga’s church development program, said the lectureship was designed to address issues related to communion that have caused division among Zambian churches.
“Every time a speaker stopped, the audience wished that he would continue because it was so sweet to the ear and the heart,” Siafwiyo said.
Sept. 1, 2006