Do you remember where you were on September 11, 2001? Our lives can change so quickly by an act of terror or a dangerous situation. I remember how churches opened their doors for special prayer meetings and people began to turn to God when faced with an uncertain future. These past few weeks I have heard many acknowledging their dependence on God even when we don’t know what may be going to happen. Psalm 46, my favorite psalm, is my reminder that this world can change, but my God is faithful and I need to stop to acknowledge that truth!
Bread of Life Program
Last Tuesday, the menu was lentil soup with hot dogs and pineapple-flavored drinks at the daily community kitchen ran by the “Torre de Salvacion” church in Zorillo (Ensenada). The program is one of the locations supported by the “Bread of Life” program. The happy faces of the children in school uniforms are a sure way of saying thanks to everyone that makes this, and others programs, possible.
MISSION CELEBRATION BANQUET
We are excited to share that Dr. Cynthia Lee from Dunn, N.C. will be our mission speaker for our Mission Celebration Banquet that will be held at Blake’s Chapel, Hampstead, N.C. on Saturday, September 23, 2017 from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Cynthia has recently visited our outreaches in Malawi and Mozambique where she shared God’s love through medical clinics for members in our AC congregations.
We want to welcome your congregation to attend this banquet to hear Cynthia’s experience, an update of our mission work presented by Jeff Walsh and ask questions about our mission work. A FREE MEAL will be served. Please share the attached flyer with your congregation. (Click here for the banquet flyer)
So meal preparations can be made for those attending, please contact Trena in the outreach office at email@example.com or 704-545-6161, ext. 211 with the number of members from your congregation that wish to attend by September 11.
Oro Bible College
News from Jefferson and Penny Vann
Most of us would not associate Downeast or coastal Maine with immigrant populations. Yet, there are migrant workers who come to work the blueberry harvest and the lobster catch, as well as the tourist industry. Jeff and I had the privilege to preach at a church in this area of Maine last month. During church we sat in front of three Filipino migrant workers. Imagine our surprise when two of them came from Cagayan de Oro, our home for 13 years and home to Oro Bible College (OBC). It was fun for us and a surprise to them for us to speak in Visaya. Before church, we talked about the current situation in the Philippines, their lives and what brings them to coastal Maine.
It is hard to believe that the summer is almost over and September is here! It is even harder to believe that we are already looking at locations for Leadership Conference and the next Triennial Convention. We made a trip last week to look at a facility to consider for one or both of those gatherings. We are also working on a retreat for our senior staff to evaluate our roles as ACGC directors and coordinators and to focus on strategic planning for the next three years. Please be in prayer for this time of purposeful discussion with our staff, that God would direct our time and give us a vision to support our churches and to glorify him as a denomination.