International Missions – June 13, 2018

News from Africa/Europe Area Director Bryce Whiting

Prayers in Africa

In Africa, regular communication with God is taken very seriously. In a few countries, the weekly church service is commonly referred to as “prayers.” Instead of asking, “Are you coming to church this week?” They may say, “Are you coming for prayers?”

We received a recent e-mail from the Nigeria AC Conference: “Do you have some prayer topics for us to pray about for you and ACGC? Please send them to us. We will be having a two-day fasting and prayer conference from Wednesday to Thursday this week.” It is not often we receive a request like this. To answer was a refreshing pleasure.

International Missions – June 6, 2018

News from Latin America Area Director John Gilbert

Mexican Advent Christian Conference

Congratulations to Alejandro and Rocio Becerra, who had their third child earlier this month! They pastor the church in Colonia on the outskirts of Ensenada. Their church has been an active member of the Mexican AC Conference for many years, and Alejandro was the treasurer for the Conference for three years. Felicidades a la familia! (Congratulations to the family!)

                                                 Alex & Rocio, Baby Becerra

International Missions – May 30, 2018

News from Africa/Europe Area Director Bryce Whiting

FINDING MORE FAMILY MEMBERS

Pastors from Kenya and Tanzania met together near the border in Tanzania on May 21-25 for an outstanding five-day conference of fellowship and pastoral training. It was an event the devil wanted dearly to stop, as seen when the Kenyan brothers tried to cross into Tanzania. There they were met with:

  • New regulations that required costly yellow fever inoculations.
  • An entrance fee of twice the amount they should have to pay.

Different responses to these obstacles came to mind, including a call of protest to the embassy and reaching for a credit card, but anyone who has traveled to Africa understands that these are not viable options.

International Missions – May 23, 2018

             Jeff Walsh

News from Director of International Missions Jeff Walsh

Charlotte Prayer Group

“And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers” (Acts 2:42).

Last year, I began sensing the need to meet in person with a group to pray over the issues and opportunities God has given us in relation to international missions. So I invited three leaders from local Advent Christian churches in the Charlotte area to form a prayer group. On Monday of this week, we met for the second time this year to pray. I deeply appreciate those who have come together to form this prayer group: Travis Hutcheson (Shiloh AC Church), Melanie Jarvis (Hope Community Fellowship) and Debbie Shuford (Dulin’s Grove Church). They each took an entire morning out of their busy schedules to come to the ACGC office and meet with me for prayer. We experienced some of what Acts 2:42 describes. We discussed God’s Word. We shared in rich fellowship. We ate together a delicious lunch prepared by Trena Efird. And we prayed together about many things. One theme that surfaced often in our discussions and prayers was the recognition that we are unable to meet every need and walk through every door of ministry opportunity that seems to present itself. Rather than seeing this as a discouragement, the Lord helped us recognize this as one of his many ways of shepherding us continually into his will. I thank the Lord for the richness of being able to pray together, and I’m looking forward to our next meeting!

International Missions – May 16, 2018

News from International Missions Director Jeff Walsh

Three Things to Keep in Mind

1. This Sunday, May 20, 2018 is Pentecost Sunday and the International Day for the Unreached. Did you know there are more than 7,000 unreached people groups in the world? The website for the International Day for the Unreached (www.dayfortheunreached.org) offers lots of free resources, including The Great Commission Action Guide. You and your church can also participate in the International Day for the Unreached 90-minute broadcast live on Facebook on Sunday, May 20 at 8 p.m. ET.

2. In an effort to serve you better, our Missions Facebook page is moving. Please like @ACGCUS to keep up to date with AC International Missions! #missionsmonday

3. Penny Crusade (www.pennycrusade.com) is our annual general missions fundraising campaign. Penny Crusade funds support our mission of establishing reproducing churches among the unreached people groups of the world. This year’s program zeros in on life and ministry through the lens of our brothers and sisters in Malawi. If we can help you with questions or ideas for participation in Penny Crusade, please let us know.