News From Our Churches – October 18, 2017

HONDURAS – Cristo Salva

Latin America Area Director John Gilbert has joined with the Cristo Salva ministry team this week to, once again, serve the needy in Honduras. Ministry Leader Ray Marco has a busy scheduled planned for the team. They will be:

  • Holding two days of clinics at their clinic in Macuelizo and a mobile clinic in the mountain village of Laguna Verde
  • Visiting several villages with food, clothing, meds and prayer
  • Holding an evangelistic outreach with all the high school students in Macuelizo
  • Visiting several schools including the school at Green Wells
  • Sharing at six different churches

If you would like to be a part of a mission trip to Honduras, you may be interested in talking with Pastor Ray Marco or Carol Kline. Cristo Salva’s teams go into Honduras four times a year. If you and your church members are interested in being a part of the team, please contact them at: or

Announcements & Upcoming Events – October 18, 2017


The annual delegate meeting of the Advent Christian Village, Inc., will be held Friday, November 17, 2017, at 1:00 p.m., in the Bixler Memorial Chapel, Dowling Park, Florida. Each conference that is a member of the Advent Christian General Conference is a member of the corporation and entitled to one delegate for each one hundred members or major fractional part.

Conferences are invited to send delegates to this meeting. Each delegate should present duly authorized credentials from the appointing conference.

World Outreach – October 18, 2017

News from Asia/Pacific Area Directors Jefferson & Penny Vann

Opening Hungry Hearts

Proverbs 22:9 says, “A generous person will be blessed, for he shares his food with the poor.”

Penny and I saw some examples of that kind of generosity when we visited Illinois recently. Chaplain Mark Woolfington (pastor at the Church of the Highlands, LaGrange, Ill.) gave us a tour of Aurora University and a peek at “Libby’s Place,” a food pantry that helps needy students. Pastor Steve Epting (Hope Community Advent Christian Church, Chicago, Ill.) invited me to participate in Hope Community’s regular food distribution in the church parking lot. Church members unloaded a huge truck and spent hours packing and giving away donated food items to the community. It was hard work, but the privilege to give to the needy is part of the blessing described in Proverbs 22.

Student & Family Ministries – October 18, 2017

Hobby Lobby is ready for Christmas, Are You?

It’s only mid-October and Hobby Lobby, Costco and Kohl’s are already decked out in their Christmas retail spread. I encourage you to take these decorations as a cue to start thinking about how you will teach the kids in your life about Jesus this year. It takes a heap of intention to fight back materialism and make room for the gospel.

This four-week family devotional guide can stand alone or accompany the corresponding four-week Advent Sunday school curriculum.

From ACGC – October 11, 2017

 ACGC Senior Staff with Charlie Merrill (Third from Left)

This past weekend, I had the joy of celebrating my mother’s 80th birthday with my family (I don’t think she will mind my telling since it is all over Facebook). It was a great time to share memories about our time growing up in Savannah, Ga. and being close with aunts, uncles and cousins. I thank the Lord for both my family and our church family who were so important to who we are today and for my parents who were great examples of what it means to live a Christian life in the world. Parents and families, remember the great privilege of being examples to your family members, children in the community and your church family. You might not realize they are watching, but believe me – I, for one, remember the lessons I learned from those key family members and friends.