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Rio members learn to trust as they move towards a Brazilian-led church

Church members work on their direction-giving skills – and their ability to trust others – at a youth retreat in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. About 200 youths attended the retreat during Brazil’s carnival holiday, said missionary Daniel Baird, who brought 20 youths form the Victory church in Rio de Janeiro.
The Victory congregation recently began to transition “from a missionary-based leadership to a Brazilian one,” Baird said. Church members created a “spiritual shepherding” group  ?  men who will take care of the church’s spiritual needs and develop the church’s vision. “We are using this model as a training ground for future Brazilian leaders and elders,” Baird said.
The church also launched a coordination team of men and women to assist in communication and day-to-day operation of the church. More than 40 current and future ministry leaders attended the team’s first meeting recently.
“It was a huge success,” Baird said, “and very encouraging to witness many members ready to step up to the plate in the name of reaching the lost of Rio.
Now all they need is a few loaves.
A recent fishing expedition by the young men of the Alotan church netted only three fish, missionary Loopie Williams said.
Theteenagers chose the right time, just after the new moon: the rightlocation, off Doine Island; and made sure that no bananas or femaleswere aboard the boat — supposedly, bad things to take along if youwant lots of fish,” Williams said. Nonetheless, the fish weren’t biting.
“Fun may not be the word to describe the night, but it was still good fellowship,” Williams said.


More than 90 members representing 12 churches congratulated outgoingstudents and welcomed incoming ones at the Macquarie School of BiblicalStudies’ Opening Day festivities, Dwight Whitsett said. For 30 yearsthe school, overseen by the Macquarie church, has trained men and womenfor ministry in Australia.
In January, Lubbock, Texas-based Sunset International bible Instituteassumed amnagement of the school, said Whitsett, Sunsets dean ofinternational training for Oceania. Ted Paull serves as the school’sacademic dean. Two Sunset graduates, Craig Peters and JeremyDesjarlais, are moving to Sydney to serve as the school’sadministrative dean and dean of students, Whitsett said.

Workers with the Rural Evangelism Development Project hosted aweek-long campaign and baptized 16 people in Wawase, a town in centralGhana, said project director Lawrence Oduro. The campaign resulted in anew congregation in Wawase. The Saturn Road church, Garland, Texas,support Oduro.

The six daughters of minister Paul Subhan recently bought 50 saris,traditional garments worn by Indian women, to give to the poor andwidows at the Nandavaram church, their father said.
Subhan, who oversees the Gospel for Muslims ministry, recently touredfive districts where the ministry supports churches. Seventeen peoplewere baptized during the tour, he said.

Church members on the island of Sumatra recently celebrated the launchof a new congregation in Srigunting, a community in the western part ofthe city of Medan, missionary Andrew Banjarnahor said. About 200 people?  including members of Medan’s four other congregations ?  attendedthe inaugural service in the young church’s new building.
The service included “words of encouragement, singing, fervent praying and a big meal together,” Banjarnahor said.

Sixty-five ministers attended the 20th Glenn Owen Seminar in Torreonrecently. “One preacher, named esteban, rode the bus for 36 hours to bewith us,” said Lou seckler, director of Harvest Ministries at theUniversity church in Abilene, Texas. Seckler and five other U.S. churchmembers taught classes at the seminar.
Albert Acosta, the University church’s minister of adult spiritualformation, taught the ministers how to study biblical epistles withouta commentary. “Good commentaries are hard to find and are very costlyin Mexico,” Seckler said, “so this method of Bible study was verywelcome by all our brothers.”

A medical mission team treated 959 patients during a two-day clinic inthis Central American village. The team, coordinated by Birmingham,Ala.-based Health Talents International, also set up a clinic at theRene Polanco church, where doctors treated an additional 431 patients.

Ministers, wardens and inmates prayed together at a ceremonycommissioning a new baptistery at the prison in the southern Nigeriancity of Aba, minister Friday Adima said. Church members study materialsfrom Texas-based New Life Behavior Ministries with inmates, Adima said.
Church members Cliff Jarrel, Jacob Achinefu and Br. Robert Whittakerparticipated in the recent ceremony ?  followed by 13 baptisms. Acongregation of 20 members meets in the prison, Adima said.

Chris and Gill du Preez moved to east London recently to plant churches along the Eastern Cape of South Arica.
“We are not only planning to work in the East London area … but as faras Grahamstown, Wueenstown, Umtata and wherever the Lord opens up untous a door to proclaim the gospel,” Chris du Preez said. The coupleplaced membership at the Keam Road church. Chris du Preez is teachingclasses at eastern Cape Bible College, operated by the church.

Zambia Christian Institute, a ministry training school in Kabwe islocated near a police station used by the anti-robbery squad,missionary Kennedy Mukuka said.
“These are the men who shoot to kill,” he added.
A police official recently asked the school to conduct occasional biblestudies with the officesrs. “We look at this as a God-givenopportunity,” Mukuka said.

Filed under: International Staff Reports

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