WALLACE, NORTH CAROLINA
News from United Christian Fellowship Church
Pastor “Buddy” Dowd reports:
“To God be the glory. This small church consisting of approximately 25 active members raised $5,225.80 for Penny Crusade 2018. The competition between the men and women was tight, but the women came out on top by raising $77.80 more than the men. The men will be planning a supper for the ladies in the future. No church is small when Christ is the head.”
Rev. Paul Selvin is the pastor of the thriving Fellowship of Blessed Hope Church in the Chennai suburb of Nandanam. They have a small church with no room to expand, and difficult neighbors constantly veto the possibility of building a parsonage and other facilities on the flat roof of the building. The building is always full and overflowing for their services. God is blessing the ministry of the team led by Brother Paul Selvin.
One of their regular ministries is “prayer walking.” Groups of their congregation – young and old, men and women, pastor and lay people – take time to walk and pray through the streets of their community. They spend time in prayer before they walk, they stop and pray as they travel around the streets and they pray for God’s answers when they have finished their walks. Their church and its various activities are always very well-attended, and their congregation continues to grow as members of their community commit their lives to Jesus Christ!
The greatest need for the Nandanam church is more room – more room for their congregation to worship, learn and fellowship in, and in particular, a home in the community for their pastor and his family to live in. They currently rent a home elsewhere at significant cost. As this is an older suburb of Chennai, there is literally no land available and existing houses are very, very expensive.
Rev. Solomonrajan is the pastor of another thriving Fellowship of Blessed Hope Church – in the Chennai suburb of Ramapuram. He wrote earlier in the year as follows:
“Greetings to you in the matchless name of Jesus Christ. Happy New Year 2018. God blessed the year of 2017, especially the ministry. Christmas and New Year celebrations were joyful and blessed by the Lord.
Ten members were baptized this year.
OUR GOALS FOR 2018:
• Five new prayer cell groups;
• To take the Word of the Lord among the people who do not know about the love of God into two villages;
• To preach the Word of God throughout the streets of Ramapuram;
• To develop youth and children’s ministry;
• To create young leaders for Christ.”
The ladies of the Women’s Home and Foreign Missions Society groups in the Advent Christian churches in North America continue to raise funds for feeding the poor in many countries through their “Bread of Life” program. Jesuway Jeevan Mission receives these funds each quarter and they are in turn distributed to our ministry partners in Bihar, Odisha, Andhra Pradesh and Telengana States and in Chennai, Tamil Nadu. Our ministry partners in turn bless the poor and homeless and hungry in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. The ability to feed the poor is greatly appreciated both by our ministry partners and, of course, by those who receive the nutritious meals provided!
John Gilbert reports:
“It is with a ‘lumpy throat’ and a broken heart that I ask for prayer for the family of Pastora Lore Padilla. She was killed this morning in a car-pedestrian accident near her home in Ensenada.”
Pastora Lore was the pastor of the “Pena de Horeb” Church. Penny Crusade material was filmed there.
MYANMAR (Pastor Timothy)
Pastor Timothy recently sent some pictures of their service and celebrations at their home on “Resurrection Sunday” (April 1), as he called it. Timothy and his wife, Hoi Van, and his own children care for 56 orphans and underprivileged children, most of them in a very nice building that he has built beside his home.