New life and Good Hope: South Africa campaign yields souls - With a heavenly dose of enthusiasm, minister Sizwe Gqotile leads singing and invites people forward to be baptized during a two-week gospel campaign near the Cape of Good Hope in South Africa.
Eleven people were baptized during a two-week campaign in South Africa's Cape of Good Hope region, said Chris du Preez, a minister and lecturer at the Eastern Cape Bible College in East London, South Africa. Gqotile is a student at the college and minister for a church that meets in his father’s home.
An ex-offender who was baptized after being paroled, Gqotile “has diligently applied himself and has done very well,” du Preez said. “Sizwe is an exciting gospel preacher and evangelist and often gets invited to speak in the border-area congregations.”
Crikvenica — More than 90 youths from the Australian states of Queensland, Victoria, New South Wales and the island of Tasmania attended the annual Cataract Camp, hosted by the Southwest Church of Christ in Ambarvale, Australia.
“You are God’s field” was the theme, and participants were challenged to share their faith and serve their churches. Speakers included Graham Wall, Roberto Quintanilla, Tristan Grant and Joel Gough.
Candeias — Adriano Freire and his wife, Karol, have planted a Church of Christ in Candeias, a community south of Recife. Freire, 25, is a graduate of a ministry training school in Recife overseen by missionary Randy Short.
The church plant uses a “School of the Bible” method, Short said. Members of the community are invited to take free courses on the Bible and are invited to worship with the congregation.
Short preached for the church recently and found that “the little building they are using is filled to standing room only,” he said.
Kolkata — Christians in this northeastern Indian city are carrying on the work of Daniel Singh, who died earlier this year. Singh, a school principal, became a Christian after completing World Bible School correspondence lessons. He helped establish 16 congregations in northeastern India and several more in Nepal.
“One congregation is at the border of Bhutan,” which does not allow evangelism, said Paul Renganathan, a minister in Chennai, India, who has worked with Singh. “So converts from Bhutan come to this border congregation every Sunday for worship.”
Singh’s son, James, has coordinated work in northeastern India since his father’s death.
Tauranga — LTC is coming to NZ. The Tauranga Church of Christ will host its first Leadership Training for Christ convention on Oct. 13.
The church-sponsored training program, which features drama skits, Bible quizzes and song leading, draws thousands of youths to 10 venues in the U.S. each year.
“New Zealand Leadership Training for Christ is progressing right along as we get more and more wanting to participate,” church members said in a recent bulletin.
KIEV — New Christians in this Eastern European nation are going from prison to the pulpit.
Ukrainian Mission Work, a ministry of the Westworth Church of Christ in Fort Worth, Texas, recently announced plans to partner with the Obolon Church of Christ in Kiev and Jeremiah’s Hope, a church-supported ministry, to plant congregations in rural Ukraine.
The new work primarily uses Christians who were converted through prison ministries.
“We believe we are standing on the brink of opening the eyes of many people who have not previously had the opportunity to hear the Gospel,” said Timothy Johnson, a former missionary to Ukraine.
MARANDURE — Three years ago a Church of Christ in this southern African town launched its inaugural service with an attendance of 18.
“Now we are more than 225, thanks to World Bible School,” said minister Godwin Tawanda. The minister praised the Texas-based Bible correspondence ministry, which has assisted in thousands of conversions in sub-Saharan Africa.
To celebrate its third anniversary, the church spent a day in prayer, fasting, singing and Bible lessons, the minister said.
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