NEWS FROM TANZANIA
When there was no church in a village, Pastor Johnson Odoyo went and began preaching in the middle of the marketplace. There were both great results and great opposition. When people professed their new faith in Jesus Christ, the village elders threatened Johnson: “You will not make it out of here alive.”
Then they saw people being healed, their own hearts were changed and they made a new declaration: “You must come and hear this man.” Witchdoctors brought their own powers against this man of God and failed. One of them is a pastor today. Another is a member of Johnson’s flock learning more and more about Jesus the Lord.
As we approach Passion Week for the celebration of our Lord’s Resurrection, it is always humbling to remember the sacrifice and love that drove Jesus to endure the cross for us. Since I have become Executive Director of ACGC and no longer serve as a pastor of a church, my focus and mindfulness of Easter has taken on a different level of intent. As a pastor, I was always looking for ways to plug people into the real meaning behind the Easter celebration and all that was fulfilled by the trials, crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ in Old Testament prophesies. In my current role, my focus has shifted more to my own mind as I come to the Easter season – staying focused on the deep meaning of what Christ accomplished on the cross for us. As each of us come to the upcoming holiday season, we need to overcome the world’s influence to make this just another empty holiday of time off and instead remember the plan of salvation and the sacrifice of Christ.
AGAPE HOUSE WORLDWIDE
Erwin and Rowena Cabrizos and their family (two daughters and one son) have arrived safely in Charlotte, N.C. They will be housed for a few weeks at the ACGC executive house before attending the upcoming AC Leadership Conference in Waymart, Pa. on April 30.
During the weeks prior to the AC Leadership Conference, the Cabrizoses will be mission representatives at two Missions Celebrations in North Carolina, one hosted by Central AC Church in Lenoir (April 14) and the other hosted by Banner Chapel AC Church in Benson (April 27). They will also speak in several local churches in the area. Pray for Erwin and Rowena as they have opportunities to share what is happening in their mission fields. Pray that many will have an opportunity to join the Cabrizoses and hear how the Lord is at work through their ministry.
If you would like to have the Cabrizoses’ speaking schedule while they are in Charlotte, please contact Trena at firstname.lastname@example.org.
MISSIONS CELEBRATION – SUNDAY, APRIL 14, 2019
A Missions Celebration will be held on Sunday, April 14, 2019 at the Central AC Church in Lenoir, N.C. All surrounding churches are invited to join Missionaries Erwin and Rowena Cabrizos (Philippines) as they share about the Agape House Ministry Worldwide. The service will begin at 6:00 p.m. and will include a FREE DINNER (parmesan crusted chicken, green beans, potatoes and dessert). Please RSVP through Trena in the International Missions Office – email@example.com or (704) 545-6161, ext. 211.
Women’s conference poster with Gloria Sanchez – conference president and pastor of the Iglesia Nueva Esperanza (New Hope)
News from Outreach Ministries in Latin America
Pastora Gloria Sanchez is the guest preacher for a women’s conference to be held on April 13 in Ensenada. Pastora Gloria was elected in December to lead the Mexican Conference. Her gifts as an evangelist and speaker are well-known in the Ensenada area. She represents us and our Lord well!