AGAPE HOUSE – PHILIPPINES
Ministry Leader Rowena Cabrizos reports:
I arrived to the Philippines from Japan on August 31 with Zoe and stayed in Manila for two days. September 2 was my flight back to Davao. Praise God for his protection and sustaining grace. Below are some highlights of events in the past two months.
DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO
Bertin N. Mwanya reports:
Baby Dedication at El Shaddai Advent Christian Church
This past Sunday, November 12, 2017, Bertin Mwanya, pastor at El Shaddai Advent Christian Church, dedicated baby Marie José Bunda, daughter of Stephane Bunda and Tantine Mbuyu. The baby, Josephine Bunda, was born on October 4, 2017. Their doctor ordered that the baby be kept within the house for one month before she is carried out of the home. This is why the dedication service was somewhat late. Bertin read and expanded the scriptures on Psalms 139:16 and Luke 18:15-18. The emphasis was made on the fact that the child is a gift from God, who sees the child as an important being on equal footing as the adult. Additionally, the existence of any being is determined by God well before it is in the womb of the mother. Babies are dedicated to the Lord with prayer that the child will actively seek the face of God by being a servant committed to him, and to one day be a leader in the church. It is also the duty of the parents to be involved in the welfare of the child to create a bright future for the child. Hence, the church, the family and the school are all agents in upbringing the child in the good way, though the primary duty comes to the church and the family. Some presents have been given by the congregation, including laundry soaps, baby clothes and perfume. The dedication ended up in a big celebration with singing and dancing.
Pastor Juan with the Baseball Team
In a recent “Whatsapp” chat with Pastor Juan Murua in La Paz, he excitedly reported that they are now serving full-time and living on the church property purchased a few years ago. This has allowed him and his wife, Eva, to minister more effectively in the community. Currently, they are giving guitar lessons and teaching baseball as methods of outreach. They have ministered effectively in the community for many years, but have been unable to live close to the community. Thanks to a trailer purchase, they are able to live on the property that now doubles as a home church and a home for the pastor and his wife.
Rev. McIntyre, Dr. and Mrs. Barton
On Sunday, October 29, former pastor Rev. Floyd McIntyre shared with the North Springfield, Vt. AC Church the award previously presented to Dr. Freeman Barton at the recently-held Eastern Regional Convention. Members and friends of the church are blessed to have Dr. and Mrs. Barton as members of the congregation.
FLORIDA – HOPE CHRISTIAN CHURCH
Pastor David Van Huisen writes:
Our Agape Cafe, a weekly community meal, has provided a tremendous opportunity for Hope Christian Church to help our neighbors. We never know who is going to come, but here is what the Cafe often looks like.