World Outreach – April 19, 2017

        Takanini Community Church

News from our Asia/Pacific Area Directors Jefferson and Penny Vann


The sign posted within the Takanini Community Church’s fellowship hall (and posted on the website) says:

“After 66 years of joyful ministry to the Takanini community,
Takanini Community Church (formerly Takanini Church of Christ –
Life & Advent) will be officially disbanding as a congregation.
A final celebration service will be held on Sunday, April 23, 2017.”

World Outreach – April 12, 2017

          Bryce Whiting

News from our Africa/Europe Area Director Bryce Whiting

It is that time of year for Northerners when we cannot help but notice what has been fairly absent for a few, frozen months. I am speaking of running water. With running water, activities of the animal and vegetable kingdoms return to life. As the snow-capped mountains send new tributaries down their slopes to stretch the river banks, the salmon start running, the greenery begins to stretch for air above the patches of snow, and maple trees draw moisture from the earth to produce a nearly indescribable, sweet sap. Babies are born, flowers blossom and the seasonal miracles of nature continue to amaze us.

This is not so in many parts of Africa. Drought continues to prohibit farming, as crops which were formerly green turn brown. In Kenya, the severe drought has forced farmers to migrate with their flocks to better feeding grounds. Since those grounds do not belong to them, there is now an increase in armed hostilities, which raise the red flags of travel advisories.

World Outreach – April 5, 2017

News from our Latin America Area Director John Gilbert

           Mexican Pastors’ planning meeting


Every month the pastors of our Mexican Conference get together for prayer and planning for events. This time is also used to unify the purpose and direction of the conference. It is another example of the growing abilities of the conference’s leadership and the pastors that make up the conference.

Volunteers have come alongside the pastors of the La Hermosa Church to start a feeding program for the children of the community. Currently, they are feeding 25-30 children several times per week and have plans to feed daily when resources are available. Thanks to the many hands and their resources that have made this program possible.

World Outreach – March 29, 2017

       Takanini Community Church

News from our Asia/Pacific Area Directors Jefferson and Penny Vann

Movie Nights and Baptisms are the Happenings of a Small Church in New Zealand.

Jefferson and I attended the monthly movie night that Takanini Community Church holds. The church has been having monthly movie nights for more than seven years. Each month, Cliff and Leonie Ireland arrange a faith-based movie for the church to preview for free. Previewing the movies helps Cliff and Leonie know whether they want to send the movies over to several of the islands in Oceania. The Irelands have started many Christian video libraries in churches and prisons in places like Fiji and Vanuatu. The movie night helps in previewing the movies and also gives the Takanini people another way to fellowship, have fun and bring neighbors to the church.

World Outreach – March 22, 2017

Pastor Dennis Ortega and Lee Welkley (Lincoln Heights, Los Angeles, Calif.)

News from our Urban Consultants Lee and Caroline Welkley

Let us make healthier churches! Let us plan to plant new churches! Let us plant new urban churches in areas of population concentrations!

In Galatians 6:7b-10 CEV, we read, “You will harvest what you plant. … if you follow the Spirit, you will harvest eternal life. Don’t get tired of helping others. … don’t give up. We should help people whenever we can … ” This teaching highlights the importance of great thought and care being given to what is planted. The New Testament also teaches that Jesus is the head and builder of his church. Will you help?