News From Our Churches – July 12, 2017

(L to R) Jefferson Vann, Jeffrey Hamilton, Penny Vann, Elena Hamilton, Elizabeth Vann Hamilton, Nathan Hamilton.

JEFFERSON AND PENNY VANN

On Sunday, July 2, Jefferson and Penny Vann spoke at the Lone Star Advent Christian Church, Clifton Forge, Va., while staying at Camp ACCOVAC. The Vanns had a great time of worship and fellowship with the congregation and send their thanks to the church and the campground staff for their hospitality and for making their week in Virginia amazing.

AGAPE HOUSE WORLDWIDE

Rowena Cabrizos reports:

Trip to Indonesia

I was so blessed for a very productive and encouraging trip. My travel date was changed from June 14 to June 15 due to aircraft changes. Praise God for ordering our steps, for the safe trip, provision, and allowing to meet up with people as the Lord has led us. Most of all God orchestrated our meeting up with Riris (AH Indonesia focal person) where she traveled all the way from Scotland. I arrived early morning on June 16 in Jakarta and was met by Riris at the airport. I stayed with her at her brother’s residence. After taking ample rest, we travelled to Bandung area to meet some of her Christian friends, who are potential partners in our future plans in their country. We stayed for two nights there and then returned back to Jakarta. Riris and I went to the airport in the afternoon of June 19. We were just 30 minutes from our respective departure time (mine to the Philippines and hers for Scotland). While there, I was able to meet and plan with Riris for the biennial Worldwide Agape House Reunion. It was decided that Brother Enos will chair the upcoming reunion to be held in Kalimantan Island where he lives. We are scheduling it on October 12 (arrival), October 13 – 14 (reunion) and October 15, 2018 (homeward bound).

Fellowship and Planning in Indonesia

Communities for harvesting are there, but there is a great need of workers. We are in need of a missionary or a spiritual person to take care and focus on church planting, discipleship and spiritual growth of the people. One of the communities is in Riris’ hometown in Medan.

Another ministry opportunity is linking with the school system in Indonesia. I met with one of the leaders of a school who would like our help in enhancing their school curriculum and to add godly values based on the Bible.

I hope to return to Indonesia early April of next year to meet up with Enos and Dianne for more reunion planning and at the same time immerse for few days in the school to see how we can be agents to the restoration of God’s creation.

Sunday School Extension (SSE)

June is the month where school begins for young children up to high school. The Agape House Mati, Philippines (AHMPI) staff began to gather and prepare school supplies to distribute to the kids in our eight SSE sites. We were able to gather some bags, pencils and notebooks from Japan. After the inventory, we purchased additional supplies needed as we had to prepare for around 600 kids. Each pack provided had some notebooks, pencils, pad papers (according to their grade levels), ink pens (for higher grade level kids), sharpeners and erasers. Toothbrushes and toothpastes were also distributed. The Agape House Angels did a feeding as well as the supplies distribution on June 25 and July 2. Ninety Japanese bags were distributed in Maitum area.

 Distribution of School Bags in Maitum Area  SSE Supply Distribution


Relief Operations for Marawi City Victims

Praise God for the opportunity to be one of the volunteers for the relief operations to the victims of Marawi City terror attack. We were working with Quota International from June 23 – 30. Agape House ministries was able to contribute pencils, medicine and detergent powders through this operation. We partnered with two of our AC churches in Iligan City in the packing of goods, distribution and feeding programs. We overcame fear by the grace of God and we arrived safely back home. Thank you New Life Fellowship and In Christ Glory Church for your labor of love. More or less, 1,600 families were reached and 200 school children received school supplies. Thanks to my dear friend, Fatima Indirah, for spearheading this operation, bringing back all the glory to Christ alone.

While Quota Int’l was instrumental for the relief operations to some victims, we were able to link up with some Christian organizations that are planning for long-term programs of these evacuees. We look forward to be involved in much more sustainable programs such as possible livelihood projects and monitoring some of the displaced school children.

BIHAR – OUTREACH OF THE INDIA AC CONFERENCE

Pastor Denny Moses sent the following report:

Bihar Report from March to June 2017Greetings to you in the name of Jesus Christ. We are blessed and doing well in our Bihar field. We hope the same for you, all through the grace of our Heavenly Father. We thank you for your valuable prayer and concern for our ministry in Bihar. By the grace of God and your prayer support our ministry is progressing day by day.

God was so good to us in past months, we could conduct the spiritual meetings and other ministry work to extend the kingdom of God.

In the month of January, Rajakpur church’s compound wall construction was completed.

We conducted a worship seminar in our school and there was a students’ meeting. Most of our school students participated and heard the Word of God by Pastor Jacob from Trichy, Tamil Nadu.

In our school God enabled us to complete the 2016-17 session and we have started the new session. The grace of God was with school activities. The level of student education has grown gradually.

Every year we conduct the Annual Convention in our school campus. This year instead of a particular place we have conducted it in three different areas, so that more people could come and participated in that spiritually. The meetings were held respectively at Bala Bazar, Mahesh Kutt and Rampur. The area pastors organized all the activities of the meeting. The speakers came from different places and through their sharing God’s Word the people were blessed. On the last day, the area pastor gave baptism to new believers and the Head Missionary Pastor M. Paul Sundar Raj delivered God’s Word with right hand of fellowship and Holy Communion.

Pastor Santosh and Missionary Samuvel Templar Giving Baptism to Believers

Brother Ramesh, a handicapped person, has completed one year of Bible training at GEMS [Gospel Echoing Missionary Society] and has dedicated his life to serve the Lord.

Brother Ramesh