Linda and Paul Dean with Steve Lawson
This weekend, I had the privilege of attending Potters Hill AC Church for the celebration of Rev. Paul and Linda Dean’s 30th anniversary of pastoral ministry. It was truly a celebration of the glory of God not only by the church, but also the community. Local school board members, volunteer fire department leaders, sister church leadership, ENC conference president and former pastors all gathered to praise God for what he has done through this family and in the church. SACA superintendent, Rev. Joe Pritchett, shared the morning message. He recognized how God had used Paul and Linda to minister to the whole community. Former pastor Ed Neal and his extended family shared special music and memories. The church presented the Deans with a local artist’s painting of the church, and we enjoyed a wonderful meal following the service.
CLIFTON FORGE, VIRGINIA
On August 3, Rev. Gene Ayers and a group of 26 consisting of youth w/ adult chaperones from Central Advent Christian Church, traveled to Kings Dominion Amusement Park and Water Park for a fun day before going back to school! Everyone had a blast!
PASTOR NEEDED – DUNNTOWN AC CHURCH
The Dunntown Advent Christian Church of Wade, Maine is currently seeking a full-time pastor to lead their church family. Located 20 miles outside of Presque Isle in beautiful Aroostook County, this community of believers enjoys a long history of faithful ministry to the people and families of the town. With the recent resignation of a long-serving and beloved pastor, the church is seeking the Lord for direction during this new season of ministry. If interested in learning more about this opportunity, please contact either the chairman of the Pastoral Search Committee, Gary Blackstone (firstname.lastname@example.org) or the Regional Vice President, John Tate (email@example.com). Thank you!
News from our International Missions Director Jeffrey Walsh
Ministry continues in Kluang, Malaysia
In Kluang, Malaysia, Ruth Devairakkam and her husband Wilfred continue to disciple with one-on-one witnessing through friendship, practical assistance and counsel to friends, neighbors and other contacts. They hold home prayer groups and also provide visitation and gifts to the elderly while sharing the Word of God and praying with them.
Together with their children, Ruth and Wilfred encourage Christians and non-Christians to come to their home with their various needs. They encourage and pray with them to have a personal encounter with Jesus, so their faith will be strengthened to trust him and they can experience the manifestation of God’s miracles in their lives.
Last week, Karen and I traveled up to Alton Bay for their annual members’ meeting. It was a great trip and I had the opportunity to visit and meet with a number of members along with the Alton Bay board. I enjoy making this trip to ABCCC since so many of the cottage owners are around and I get to see the facility being used in so many different ways. This year, Soul Fest (a contemporary Christian music festival) was going on and most of the hotel rooms were filled, so we were able to stay in one of the area cottages. It was great to experience the coziness of the cottage and be a part of the community up close and personal. Even though the weather was rainy part of the time, the beauty and climate of the Alton Bay community was a welcome change from the humidity and heat of North Carolina.