World Outreach – July 19, 2017


CIT Debrief Retreat

This week, Penny and I have travelled to Union Mills, North Carolina, and are participating in a Debrief Retreat at the Center for Intercultural Training. The Center usually prepares missionaries for entry into new cultures, but the Debrief Retreat has a different purpose. The Debrief Retreat is for missionaries who are coming back “home.” I (Jefferson Vann) put “home” in quotation marks because the return from the field is a traumatic, anxiety-ridden experience for many of us. It often feels like anything but coming home. We face the pain of loss and grief over the friends and ministries we are leaving. We face uncertainty about the future. We have to deal with anger, disappointment and resentment. We need help unpacking all the emotional baggage.

World Outreach – July 12, 2017

News from our Africa Europe Area Director Bryce Whiting

(April 11, 1979 – July 6, 2017)

Our mission office received news on July 6 that our dear friend and Malawi Conference President Rev. Samuel Sosono went to the hospital with reported high blood pressure and diabetes. We learned later that day that he had died. This is a tragic blow to Samuel’s very young family and to the family of God in Malawi. He was a much loved servant-leader, known especially for exhibiting gentleness as a fruit of the Spirit.

World Outreach – July 5, 2017

News from our Urban Ministry

Camp Sonshine 2017

                                     Camp Sonshine 2017

“Let your light so shine before men,
that they may see your good works,
and glorify your Father which is in heaven.”

Appalachian Advent Christian Camp
157 Pocahontas Drive
Blowing Rock, NC 28605
(828) 295-3525

Living Water Community AC Church’s annual trip to Camp Sonshine changed from leaving at 5:00 a.m. on a Sunday morning in July, to a Sunday evening on June 11, 2017. Gathering at Living Water Community Church, Memphis, Tenn., we waited for everyone to arrive, so we could get on the road. Traveling day or night, it is an amazing opportunity to travel a familiar road with friends and love ones to fellowship with our friends at Camp Sonshine!

World Outreach – June 21, 2017

The Vanns with Members of the Jesus Is Alive Community

News from our Asia/Pacific Area Directors Jeff & Penny Vann

Wars and Rumors of Wars

On May 23, a Muslim terrorist group connected to ISIS took over part of Marawi City, Philippines. The group burned part of a Christian school, the jail, a church and other places. They took people captive as they closed off the city. The Philippine military has been battling them ever since then, and have taken back a large part of the city. Marawi is located 90 minutes from Cagayan de Oro where Jeff and I were staying. Cagayan de Oro is also the home of Oro Bible College (OBC) and other churches. The churches in Illigan are closer, being only about 30 minutes from there. On May 24, the president of the Philippines declared Martial Law for the whole island of Mindanao. Check points are scattered on all major roads making a 45 minute trip become two hours. In Illigan and other cities curfews are in place. All the while refugees from the conflict area stream into Illigan, Cagayan de Oro and other close cities.

World Outreach – June 14, 2017

           Bryce Whiting

News from our Africa/Europe Area Director Bryce Whiting


A conversation with Pastor Johnson Odoyo:

(Pastor Odoyo) “What do you say to a pastor who still seeks traditional medicine for his ailments?”

(Area Director Whiting) “Tell me about traditional medicine, Brother Johnson.”