Members of the Moulmein church in Singapore and friends work together to create “Lo Hei,” a raw fish salad, during the church’s Chinese New Year celebration. For Singaporeans, making and eating the fish dish is a sort of “secular prayer” for financial prosperity, missionary Dave Hogan said. “We use it as a prayer for spiritual prosperity — a prayer for growing in the fruit of the Spirit and in kingdom service in the coming year.”
To celebrate the Year of the Rat, church members broke into teams and created rat costumes using 12 balloons. Marcus Goh, left, and his team won the contest.
About 230 people attended the celebration, including more than 40 visitors, Hogan said. New zeal for missions
AUCKLAND, New Zealand — The first American church-planting team to New Zealand in nearly three decades arrived in Auckland recently.
Justin and Jennifer Cherry and daughter Rylee, Skylar and Morgan Ely and Elijah and Kristen Peters met at Sunset International Bible Institute in Lubbock, Texas, and formed the team.
Bedford, Texas-based Missions Resource Network worked with Sunset to train and assist the team.
The team plans to build relationships with existing churches in Auckland, connect with the community and eventually launch an evangelistic work in the city’s western suburbs, said Missions Resource Network’s Alan Phillips, who served as one of the team’s coaches.
“Since the genesis of the dream, this has been a God-led, collaborative effort,” Phillips said.
The team’s Web site is imaginenewzealand.org
MOUNDOU — Working with Chadian church members, World Radio Gospel Broadcasts began sending inspirational messages across the airwaves of this central African nation recently. The West Monroe, La.-based ministry launched a program on Radio Kar Uba (“Sun Radio”) in Moundou using French Bible programs, director Ken Bolden said.
Minister Djonga Feltoing will produce programs in the indigenous language of the Ngambaye people of southern Chad. GAMBIA
BAKAU — Twenty-four women in this coastal West African city learned to grow crops using minimal water during a recent drip irrigation seminar. Nashville, Tenn.-based Healing Hands International organized the three-day event in conjunction with Gambian churches. Church members hope to expand the program across the region, minister Isaac K. Daye told Gambian newspaper The Daily Observer
KUSEL —Walking through the ruins of a castle, Christian women from across Europe read Scriptures scattered around the site by members of the Kaiserslautern church. The inspirational walk was part of a women’s retreat attended by 110 church members, said Ruth Krumrei, a missionary in Haarlem, Netherlands.
Christian women, especially those who moved to Europe from countries with large Churches of Christ, “greatly need these opportunities to share their trials and joys with other sisters,” Krumrei said. MEXICO
TORREON — Sixty-seven church members attended the 21st Glenn Owen Seminar in Torreon recently. One minister who lives in far south Mexico traveled 64 hours by bus to attend, said Lou Seckler of Harvest Ministries, sponsored by the University church in Abilene, Texas. MOZAMBIQUE
MOCUBA — About 600 church members from five provinces in this southern African nation attended a recent meeting in Mocuba. The members discussed sending Mozambican missionaries into unreached parts of the country, missionary Alan Howell said.
Congregations in Mozambique have raised the equivalent of $1,000 to support new missionaries.
Church members in Mocuba plan to launch a missions training school later this year to assist the effort, Howell said. NICARAGUA
JINOTEPE — Church members from Nicaragua and the United States celebrated the creation of a ministry training school recently.
The Nicaragua Institute, an affiliate of Biblical Institute of Central America, launched its first term with 22 students, said George Hall, the institute’s director.
The McDermott Road church in Plano, Texas, and the Northside church in Temple, Texas, sponsor the Jinotepe school. Dr. Erick Garcia is the school’s director. ST. KITTS AND NEVIS
BASSETERRE — Randolph Prentice ministers for the Basseterre church in this Caribbean nation of about 43,000 souls. Church members baptized three people recently. One former church member also asked to be rebaptized, the minister said. Prentice hosts a radio program sponsored by World Radio Gospel Broadcasts. TANZANIA
MAHONGO MSWISWI —Workers with Chimala Mission Hospital worshiped with church members in this village, about an hour north of Chimala, and discussed health care needs. Kyle Vath asked village leaders to submit the names of trustworthy people who could be trained in basic health care. Vath and his wife, Melissa, are medical missionaries with Chimala Mission.
As a student at Harding University in Searcy, Ark., Kyle Vath took a course in health care missions. “Never did I think this ‘book learning’ would be put to use in such a real-life situation,” he said.
Read the Vaths’ blog at www.chimalahospital.org