Pastora Loli and Pastor Corea
HONDURAS | Cristo Salva
Post from Cristo Salva’s Facebook on August 12:
“Our hearts are broken as we learned of the loss of Pastora Loli, the wife of Pastor Corea. She was in a little shop in Copan getting something for her mom today and was in the line of gunfire of men who ambushed another man in the store. She was in the wrong place at the wrong time. Please pray for Pastor Corea and their three daughters along with their family and church family. Pastora Loli had an incredible heart for all people but especially the children. Her heart’s desire was to start a feeding program for the children to feed them physically and spiritually. It was with great joy that we started working on this program together just a few short months ago.”
There will be a Men’s Retreat at Lakeside Advent Christian Campground Friday and Saturday, October 4 and 5 from 5 p.m. – 5 p.m. The theme will be Living in Christian Community: Exploring the Impact of the Biblical One Anothers. This will be a time of worship, prayer and biblical application to daily Christian living. Mr. Micah Bickford, Rev. Russell Carle, Rev. David W. Davis, Mr. Ben Redman and Mr. Greg Walton will be the featured speakers and worship will be led by Mr. Dean Neal. There is no charge for this event, but a love offering will be taken to defray any costs. View the flyer here. Please RSVP with Rev. David W. Davis at firstname.lastname@example.org.
NEWS FROM MINISTRIES IN AFRICA
GOD DOESN’T TAKE VACATIONS
An occasional vacation often brings a reality check, reminding me that turning off the internet and the telephone does not mean that God has stopped working.
A phone call to Tanzania full of background noise:
“Sorry, Brother Bryce! We are doing an open-air crusade! People are coming to Jesus! Please call me again in two hours!” (Johnson Odoyo)
This past week I had the opportunity to attend “Grow Conference” at the Church of the Highlands in Birmingham Ala. My sister and her husband attend this church and have been telling me about this conference for the last few years. It is designed to come alongside pastors and help them grow their churches. Church of the Highlands is a mega-church in central Alabama and has 26 campuses and broadcasts into many of the local prisons. During this conference the church staff members are encouraged to share with pastors and literally give material, supplies, and tools that are not critical to worship the next Sunday.
SACA Superintendent, Rev. Joe Pritchett, joined me for the conference and we both truly enjoyed the fellowship and worship with about 800 pastors and leaders at our campus along with about 25,000 at other campuses.
Another year of Lakeside Junior Camp has come to an end and we are so grateful for the work God continues to do in the hearts of the kids during our time together. This year we had roughly 50 campers, ages 8 to 12. In addition to our campers, we had 13 counselors, four of which were made up of the Advent Christian General Conference summer ministry team. We cannot say enough about the staff we had this year and are so fortunate to work alongside such a strong group of individuals who genuinely immerse themselves in the week from day one and reflect the love God has for them. Each morning we participated in a few friendly competitions among each other, requiring teamwork and creative thinking. Our afternoons were filled with electives such as swimming, crafts, lawn games and woodworking. Before we started our activities for the day and as we were winding down we were blessed with Bible studies led by Jeremy York. Our theme for this encampment was BEloved. Ephesians 2:4-5 says, “But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ — by grace you have been saved.” The campers were given a verse each day to memorize, focusing on the love God has for us. Erica, Laura and I began our friendship as junior campers at Lakeside 22 years ago and feel so blessed to be able to now direct at a place that has meant so much to us. We covet your prayers and are so thankful we serve a God whose steadfast love endures forever.
Submitted by Jennifer Sturtevant.