International Missions – December 5, 2018

                                 The Laurels before (R) and after (L)

E-News from Latin America Area Director John Gilbert

Honduras – Cristo Salva

We have been visiting the families at the Laurels for many years. I (Carol Kline) remember vividly our visit with them the first time I went to Honduras almost 12 years ago. We learned during July’s trip that the government would be bulldozing homes in preparation for the road expansion. I have to say, it was very hard to round the corner and see the land where houses once stood. However, when we saw the plans for where they would be relocated, we became very excited for the Hondurans. The government has purchased a couple plots of land and will construct a simple one-room home for each of the families. They will have power, water and a baño (bathroom) – things they have never had.

From ACGC – November 28, 2018

                              Steve Lawson

It was good to get back into the office after a tour of the Southeast over the last two weeks. Karen and I are still recovering from a great time with our grandchildren and daughter in Houston, Texas over the holidays. This week, I am catching up on office work and preparing for another trip with Jeff Walsh next week. I continue to be excited about our work with the strategic plan in all four key areas. It stretches our staff, as we are working with fewer directors, coordinators and support staff, but the desire to reach out and share Christ with the underserved and unreached peoples of the world drives us forward. As we move toward Christmas, it is important to remember the reason for the season and the many opportunities we have of sharing that message in our day-to-day lives. For many people, the message of Christmas is all about gifts and parties, but for those of us who know about and have received the greatest gift ever given, it is about sharing that gift. I enjoy the gatherings and the decorations, but I have to admit I get overwhelmed with the materialism to the point of having a very humbug attitude. However, when I start focusing on the sharing about Jesus even in the smallest ways, my Christmas spirit returns and it is a joyous time.

News From Our Churches – November 28, 2018

INDIA

Chennai: After making landfall along the coast of Tamil Nadu early Friday, November 15, Cyclone Gaja has weakened to a cyclonic storm. Cyclone Gaja lay centered over Tamil Nadu, west of Atirampattinam and 110 km northeast of Kodaikanal. Winds speed of 45 mph gusting up to 55 mph uprooted trees, snapped electric cables and blew roofing-sheets off.

The cyclone struck the church in Kodaikanal. The folk there have told Mission Manager Immanuel that a huge amount of damage has been done to the town, which is very high up in the mountains (approximately 1.5 miles above sea level) and on the east side of the mountains, directly in the path of the cyclone.