The Pocahontas Conference of the Appalachian Region met on Saturday, March 16, 2013, at the Adria Community Church in N. Tazewell, Va. With more than 20 in attendance, and five of the six churches of the conference represented, President Nathan Thomas led the meetings for the day, which included celebration and vision-casting for the ministry of Camp Pocahontas. Regional Superintendent Marshall Tidwell was present to report as well as ACGC representative Pam Buchanan as Coordinator of Women’s Ministries. One of the highlights of the meeting was the prayer of blessing by Marshall Tidwell for our conference pastors. Pictured from L to R: Front Row – Nate Thomas, Rob Buchanan, Freida Meade, Marshall Tidwell; Back Row – Danny Cyphers (newly licensed), Jim Smith, Craig Spooner and Paul Bricker (welcomed by transfer). Missing was Orville Harvey, Doyle Wray, Eddie Aliff and David Terry. The ladies of the church provided a delicious lunch for our noontime meal. (Submitted by Pam Buchanan)
Conference President Desire Ahola is back at the rehabilitation center for a 14-day program. On March 3, Desire’s blood pressure suddenly dropped, which put him in a coma. Fortunately, he is no longer in a coma and is recovery well.
Bihar – Outreach of the India Conference
Annual Convention 2013 (March 8 - March 11)
God’s grace helped us to conduct the Annual Convention 2013 in a peaceful way. Our beloved Rev. Magimai Doss (Area Pastor of Sembakkam, Advent Christian Church) and his media ministry team joined with us in the event. Along with him, Pastor Ramesh Jha from VarnasiUtter Pradesh also shared the word of God.
Rev. Magimai Doss and his team members presented skits, dance, testimony and message to the congregation. It was such a blessing for all the believers, pastors and missionaries. On the first day of the Convention 2013, the church choir sang songs (pictured above, left), brother Raja shared his testimony, and Pastor Ramesh Jha and Rev. Magimai Doss shared the Word of God.
Thirty-five people were baptized by Rev Magimai Doss. After the baptisms, the right hand of fellowship was given by Head Missionary Paul Sundar Raj and Rev. Magimai Doss, we shared in the Lord’s Supper together (pictured above, left), and five New Testaments were presented to all of the believers to spread the gospel in their villages.
Afterwards, all enjoyed the Love Feast (meal - pictured above, right) that was served in the School. (Submitted by Pastor Denny Moses)
Yesuway Jeevan Mission
Yesuway Jeevan Mission has partnered with a new ministry led by Pastor B. Balu Nayak. It is a ministry to tribal communities based in a village called Baluthanda in the northeast of the State of Andhara Pradesh.
(This Conference is made up of four ministries. Below is news from the four leaders.)
In answer to a recent prayer need, Pastor D reports the following concerning his young son, Judson, who was diagnosed some months ago with TB:
“By the grace of God Judson’s health is becoming good and strong now. But not yet finished with checking and drug treatment. The end of this month we will check it again for him. We are praying that he will recover fully from TB. Thanks for praying for our family and ministry. Thanks and God bless you, Pastor D.”
Pastor K will hold a Salvation Camp in Yangon from April 12 – 20. The camp will include workers and members from three of his branch mission fields outside of Yangon. Pastor K is hoping that 100 people will gather together for the Salvation Camp and that lost souls will be won for Christ.
In January, Pastor T, who together with his wife, cares for 19 orphans as well his own five children, informed Asia Team Leader Ernie Schache that he was seeking permission from the government to build a building to house the orphans. He was praying that he would be able to start the building before the end of February.
Below are recent reports from his progress:
February 12 - “We will start orphan house building next week and will finish the end of May – two floors.”
March 4 - “I am sending children’s house building pictures. Bigger than my first plan – 20 ft. wide, 45 ft. long, 20 ft. high. We plan to finish the house before the end of May, which is the rainy season.”
March 13 - “We will start the wall today. It is great blessing from God for our AC Church in Myanmar.”
Mission Project makes a difference
Pastor J is thankful for a recent mission project of solar panels that has made a difference in many lives as children can now study the Bible and their lessons at night, and his ministry can now share the Jesus’ film to unbelievers as people from the village who had never seen the film before in their lives can now watch for the first time. On his recent trip, Pastor J was able to conduct Bible studies at night to the unreached people in the Rakhine State.
PHILIPPPINES – Agape House
Do you remember Pablo? Here in Davao Oriental, Philippines, he's talked about daily. Not because he's a hero; in fact, Pablo was anything but a hero. He was the devastating, destructive and deadly storm that came rushing to land here in December, 2012.
Last week, Christian Academy in Davao Oriental Technological College, Inc. (CANDOR) and Agape House Ministries in Mati sent a group of more than 20 people to Baganga, one of the communities hit hardest by the storm. Baganga residents rely on the harvest of bananas and cocoa nuts for their livelihood. Reports say that at least 90% of the mature trees were destroyed and scattered "like matchsticks.”
The CANDOR faculty, staff, students and Agape House representatives (three are pictured) who made the trip helped to replant trees, as well as to clear and clean up from the destruction. The newly planted trees will take five years to mature, and few people can wait that long for income. Many have left the area because of this and for other reasons as well. There is no running water and electricity. The many teams who met there last week were sheltered in the empty school.
Pablo made the news in December, but the majority of the world is not thinking about him anymore. However, those who were left without work or homes, those who were injured or who lost a loved one, still live each day with the terrible reality of the storm’s power and try to deal with the new reality it left for them. (Submitted by Jan Hendrickson, former missionary to the Philippines)
Oro Bible College (OBC)
On March 14, the fourth year class took their comprehensive exams. Graduation for college students at OBC will be on March 26. Preschool graduation will be held on the morning of March 25.