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Around the World: Successful Vacation Bible School in India

FEATURE PHOTO (above): About 120 children — from religious backgrounds including Hinduism, Islam and various Christian denominations — learned about Jesus together during a Vacation Bible School hosted by the Kilpauk YMCA Church of Christ in Chennai, India. Church members hosted the five-day event, titled “Journey with Jesus, Sower of the Seed.” In addition to Bible classes, the event featured classes in origami paper folding and visual art, said minister David Martin. The children also got plenty of snacks, the minister added, and were sent home with packed lunches. On Sunday the children gathered again to perform skits and show off skills they learned during the Vacation Bible School. “Hindu parents came to see the children take part in the program,” Martin said. On Sunday we had the skits, praising songs and their talents were put on.  


Puerto Gaitan — A Church of Christ planted about two years ago in this South American town is growing, said Bob Young, a longtime missionary to Spanish-speaking nations. Recently, women from a congregation in Colombia’s capital, Bogota, traveled to Puerto Gaitán to host a Vacation Bible School for children during their school break.

The VBS was funded by a memorial gift in honor of Young’s cousin, Carol Alredge, who died in December.

Puerto Gaitán has a population of only about 20,000,” Young said, “but

will provide a foothold in a department with 750,000 people.”


Zapresic — Following his 70th birthday, longtime minister Ivan Tesic retired from full-time ministry after more than 37 years of service to his native Croatia.

Croatian ministers Nikola and Ivan Tesic.

Tesic helped launch the Zagreb Church of Christ in the Central European nation’s capital in the 1980s and, in the next decade, established the Zapresic Church of Christ and the Christian Family Center. The Zapresic church appointed Tesic’s brother, Nikola, as its new preacher and legal representative. The Stillwater Church of Christ in Oklahoma supports the work. 


Port-au-Prince — Yann Opsitch, professor of French at Abilene Christian University in Texas and preacher for the Jim Ned Valley Church of Christ in Tuscola, Texas, and his wife, Rita, have dedicated their lives to evangelism in the French-speaking world.

The couple works with Danicien Dossous, a minister for a Church of Christ in Port-au-Prince, and his wife, Felix Mariene. The Opsitches recently helped the Haitian couple and other Christians establish a nonprofit to serve orphans in Haiti.

The impoverished nation has as many as 1 million orphans, according to estimates by humanitarian aid groups. The nonprofit’s founders also plan to launch a primary and secondary school.



Geneva — Although it was written thousands of years ago, the book of Exodus seems almost contemporary for many Christians in Europe, as they witness a flood of refugees from the Middle East across the continent. Many of them, fleeing violence and persecution in their homelands, are hungry for God’s truth.

Philippe Dauner, a minister for the Church of Christ in Marseille, France, recently taught a six-hour seminar on the book to church members in Geneva. Participants in the Marseille church’s internship program also traveled to Albania and Athens, Greece, to work with refugees.

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