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Improvements Made at Rwanda Orphanage

Improvements Made at Rwanda Orphanage

Image 10Much has been achieved in the efforts to enhance the kingdom of God here in Rwanda. And by your generous giving, the work was made easier for us. Together, we were able to achieve many tangible and effective results with the support of prayers and funds you send to us here in Rwanda, Africa. And, we sincerely thank you.

After the great success and completion of the Rwanda Orphanage building construction, the free primary school started their 2015 academic
year and also managed to close the term successfully. Much work was done on the renovation of the school—with repairs of furniture, window glasses, and new paint. We are pleased to announce that we received 85% points from the local Education Authority of Rwanda. May God be glorified for all He has helped us to accomplish.

New Kindergarten Playground Equipment
New Kindergarten Playground Equipment

Also, one of the 2 merry-go-rounds and swing equipments at the kindergarten were old and worn out after serving for 10 years. These items were renovated, painted, and now they look good and are working perfectly. The other merry-go-round was beyond repair and needs replacement.

At the beginning of the school term, through your support, our children were able to have a good breakfast, school materials, shoes and clothes, and also had Christmas festivals and gifts. The school children also were able to finish well—with their teachers giving reports on their good performances during this past year. We are very thankful for these great reports.

At the orphanage, we have been feeding the children soybeans mixed with maize meal, and this has been good nutrition for them, especially when we are able to mix it with some milk. We are very grateful for those who have given funds to help us provide nutritious meals for the children. However, since the number of children has increased, we still need your support to help us supply proper nutrition and milk for the children. Thank you for giving to help us provide these necessities.

The photo above shows some of our children being entertained with refreshments the closing day of school.
The photo above shows some of our children being entertained with refreshments the closing day of school.

We also want to give special thanks to the people who donated clothes for the Clothes Closet at the International Assembly. I was able to get many clothes for the orphans during this event. Some items fit them very well and those which were too big, we were able to resize them with the sewing machine which we bought from funds received from our Sister Mama Beasley in North Carolina. She provided these funds on her last visit made to the orphanage. What a wonderful gift of love and blessing this sewing machine has already been!

We cannot fail to mention the blessing of being visited by some of our Harvest Partners from Alabama and North Carolina (Sister Denise and her 2 granddaughters) who came to visit and stay for a short time with the children; and also a team which came with Evangelist John Douglas, who came to serve the Lord with us here in Rwanda.

The children at the orphanage were also reached with the love of God shown by these visitors; and, many young people and grownups have been touched by Evangelist John Douglas and his team as they visited our churches and villages.

Image 30More good news for our Harvest Partners to rejoice with us is about the wedding of one of our children, who was among the children in the orphanage. She finished her education under the One Child Fund of the Church of God of Prophecy, and recently got married after completing her university studies. Sister Micheline was brought to the orphanage years ago by my sister, Emerithe, when she found her attempting to commit suicide, so Emerithe brought her home to my mother. She was then given a safe home within our orphanage, and as time has progressed, Emerithe has become the Mother figure in Micheline’s life. We rejoice with her and all that God has accomplished, and for what He has planned for her future.

Sadly, we report that heavy rains and winds have destroyed our church in Bicumbi. The local authorities have banned our people from repairing the building, and instead, has ruled that they must build a safer place of worship. Our members have temporarily transferred into a rented building until God does a miracle for them. Please pray for our brothers and sisters of the Bicumbi congregation as they try to overcome this huge challenge. Any gifts of love to assist them in rebuilding can be given through Project Giving by designating your offering as: Rwanda—Bicumbi Church Project.

In addition to the above mentioned Bicumbi Church project, there are two other pressing needs for which we desire your prayerful support—one is the necessary legal fees needed for the official government registration of our church; and the other is for repairs to the faithful serving vehicle of the National Overseer. It has been grounded again over a badly needed engine overhaul in order to serve us for the next 3 years as we travel across and minister throughout Rwanda and Burundi.

May the Lord bless all of you with a blessed year and spirit filled life as we endeavor to serve the Lord and His Church. You are in our prayers always.

Reported by: Redias Nkundabera National Overseer Rwanda and Burundi

Image 45Prayer Need and Appeal

The effects of political unrest in Burundi have caused our Field Secretary, Pastor Subire Jean Bosco, his family, and 24 of our church members to flee to Rwanda for safety and refuge. The Field Secretary and his family are being hosted in Kigali, and the rest of our members are being cared for by our Bugesera Church near the border of Burundi. The brethren in Bugesera are in need of many relief supplies like food and blankets for cover. They hope to return home when the situation calms down after the election. We request prayer for these problems in Burundi, for the protection of our ministry and property, and for any possible relief to assist those who are here with us in Rwanda.

Thank you, Harvest Partners, for your faithful prayers, encouragements, and loving support to our brothers and sisters in Rwanda and Burundi.

As you have read in this newsletter, there are a number of specific needs for designated Project Giving to assist within both of these nations. As Holy Spirit inspires and directs your heart, local churches can contribute to any of these needs through Harvest Partners Project Giving; and individuals can give to these projects through Helping Hand.

Please be sure to designate your gift for the specific project you desire to assist, for example, Rwanda—Bucumbi Building; or, Rwanda—Legal Fees for Registration; or, Rwanda—Vehicle Repairs; or, Burundi—Crisis Relief; etc.

Any contributions for the milk and food needs at our orphanage should be given through One Child Fund Ministry and designated as: Rwanda Orphanage—Milk and Food.

All gifts are tax deductible and 100% of your gift is applied to the need you specify.

Pastoral Counseling Course in the Pacific Northwest

Pastoral Counseling Course in the Pacific Northwest

Pastoral-Counseling-Course1We were privileged to have 19 students in attendance at the Pastoral Counseling Course in the Pacific Northwest.  We were also thankful that all three of the Regional Overseers for this Pacific Northwest Region could be there in the course.

Dr. Knoblich did a wonderful job of teaching and interacting with the students.  As the pictures demonstrate, we have a great cultural and ethnic background in our regions.  The weather was very nice allowing us to take beautiful walks each day during our breaks to enjoy the rich outdoors in the sun.

The hosts, Walter and Claudia Doroshuk did an exceptional job making everyone feel welcome.

The region is now expecting a necessary attendance at our next Kirkland course this coming month.  Already the students are planning to be in Boise, Idaho for Dr. Tommy Casarez and the Systematic Theology II course.

Finally, we are excited to be hosting Dr. Hector Ortiz at the World Harvest Church in Portland, Oregon on June 19, 2015 for a GCTS Rally to promote the seminary to new students and to honor our present students and new graduates.  The GCTS Consortium in the Pacific Northwest has an exciting future!

Reported by Wallace Pratt, Regional Overseer

SOPAS Goes to Ethiopia

SOPAS Goes to Ethiopia

53 studentsBishop David Bryan and Bishop Adrian Varlack brought great instruction and inspiration during our first-ever School of Practical and Advanced Studies in Addis Ababa Bishop Bryan’s teaching on Theology and training in Administration will prove very helpful for our churches throughout the country. I cannot tell you how the   ministers responded to Bishop Varlack’s presentation of the Church of God of Prophecy. He chronologically walked us through the Church’s history and his wonderful perspective was truly stirring. I will not soon forget the time we all spent weeping together in the presence of the Lord. The ministers left with a connection to our movement like they have never hadbefore.

answering questions during classOf course, it was not without its’ challenges. Bishop Masilela was turned away at the airport due to visa issues and could not join us. We rented our conference space from the Presbyterian Church in Addis Ababa. The space was comfortable and adequate except for trouble with the loss of power and water. These frustrations did not deter the Lord’s strengthening of our leaders. We have initiated a plan to carry the training we       received into the districts throughout the country. I   appointed a small committee which I call the EFA (Entrusting Faithful Ambassadors) to spearhead the preparation and fulfillment of this vision.

Beyond this, we are prayerfully considering what the next step will be for our School of Theology. Our desire for a more permanent and structured school remains. Thank you for your prayers on this point.

class timeWe are so thankful to all those who contributed in some way in making this event a reality. Certainly, much thanks goes to the team at CBL, but many other people served as our advocates along the way. A number of individuals and churches contributed to the costs, as well. You know who you are and you know we appreciate you.

Reported by Bishop Fekadu Ayele, National Overseer, Ethiopia

CBL Presents Preaching Class in Delaware

CBL Presents Preaching Class in Delaware

 

05-25-15-Delaware“…And how can they hear without someone preaching to them?” (Romans 10: 14c). The Center for Biblical Leadership is pleased to announce the completion of the Preaching Seminar class this last weekend in the city of Georgetown, DE. We had an attendance of 114 students who spent three wonderful, challenging, intensive days of hard work, studying and practicing Expository Preaching. The students were exposed to the knowledge on how to study a given passage of Scripture, to develop an interesting, relevant sermon from it.

This class not only offered the students helpful tools for their preaching practice, but it also provided time to encounter the Author and Inspirer of the Book. Some of the testimonies from the students are: “This seminar has transformed the way I see the Scriptures.” “I am a youth leader and this information was Super! I will share this information with my youth.” “I feel that God has confronted me with this class to improve 100% my way of preaching.” “I liked everything, but as a woman, I liked a lot that the teacher, even though is a man, has a high concept for the role of women in ministry.” “The Word of God has power. Listening to the professor teach, I felt an anointing breaking my heart. I wanted to leap for joy, but didn’t do it out of respect for the class…”

05-25-15-Delaware-3To close the event, I was invited to preach on the Sunday evening service at the local church. At the altar call three people responded giving their hearts to the Lord.

I praise God for the privilege and opportunity to serve my people, trusting in Jesus’ ability and power to take this material, applying it to every student according to her/his needs.

Reported by Bishop Elias Rodriguez, CBL Instructor

First SOPAS Held in Northeast English Region

First SOPAS Held in Northeast English Region

An 05-18-15,-NE-Regionenthusiastic and surprising 80 students took part in the first SOPAS in the NE Region May 18-22, 2015. Initial expectations were for 35-40 attendees but as the date neared more and more persons responded to the good promotional work of the Regional Office led by Overseer Leroy Greenaway and his wife Christine. District Overseer, Pastor Carlton Chambers, and his fine staff at the Hempstead church where he serves, hosted the event at their beautiful, new, state of the art church facility recently dedicated. The local staff made snacks available for the students during breaks.

The CBL faculty was impressed by the determination and commitment of all the attendees including about eight pastors and several of their local directors and leaders. The closing moments of the school were enthusiastically moderated as participants (including older Church of God stalwarts like Bishop James Hoskins and Minister Eulalie Hall) received their certificates and were congratulated by the instructors. District Overseer Bishop Carlton Chambers ably represented Bishop and Sister Greenaway who got the school started and was with us for several days. They had to attend a District convention upstate in Buffalo, NY. Bishop Chambers was excited that SOPAS came to his area, and on behalf of the Regional Overseer and students, expressed a great desire for its soon return.

Reported by Bishop 05-18-15,-NE-RegionAdrian Varlack, CBL Instructor

East Asia Leadership Conference

East Asia Leadership Conference

East Asia2In April 2015, our Asia General Presbyter, along with our oversight National Overseer of East Asia, made a planned trip for the purpose of leadership training among an anticipated 30 leaders within this newly organized region. However, upon arrival, they were greeted by not 30, but 77 leaders who had come hungry for ministry training in the Church of God of Prophecy. We praise God for what He is accomplishing in this very challenging area of East Asia.

Each day of the conference was ignited by Spirit-filled, lively worship led by two of our sisters from a nearby village. Afterwards, our General Presbyter began teaching about the history and core values of the Church of God of Prophecy to these 77 pastors, lay leaders, and church staff who were present and representing 22 churches in the various provinces of this area. By the end of the day, many pastors responded in an open discussion and were all amazed with our long history and core values of our church.

East Asia4The second day of the conference began with vibrant worship once again, resulting in a great time of praying in the Holy Ghost. Our General Presbyter shared on the “Biblical Principles, Beliefs, and Practices of Church of God of Prophecy.” Many of the pastors asked questions; especially on “Tithing and Giving” and “Marriage, Divorce, and Remarriage” that our church believes. Afterwards, our visiting National Overseer took the last section of the day and preached on “Unity in the Spirit.” He challenged the 77 attending leaders to be united as “one” and to take “their nation for Jesus.” There was a wonderful time following the message of praying in the Spirit, a word of prophecy, and even visions were received by some of these leaders. Our pastor and mission coordinator for this region began to share about the vision of Ezekiel 37. He said that the “dry bones” speak of churches within this nation of East Asia who need the breath of the Holy Spirit to unite the people to become an army who will take this nation for Jesus.

East Asia3After praise and worship on the third morning, our General Presbyter took the first section sharing more in-depth on the two subjects discussed previously, “Tithing and Offerings” and “Marriage, Divorce, and Remarriage.” Pastors and leaders who were facing and experiencing similar problems in their own churches raised more questions on these two subjects. Our General Presbyter did marvelously by biblically answering every one of their questions posed.

Our visiting National Overseer took the second section and shared on the subjects of “The Power of Vision” and “Don’t Let Your Dream and Vision Die.” He gave the vision for the ministry within this oppressed nation, sharing the importance of our three core values—prayer, evangelism, and leader- ship development training—by encouraging the church to adopt these core values to fulfill the vision of reaching this nation for Jesus.

  • Touching all provinces, major populated cities, and regions within this nation with the message of God’s ever- lasting love and salvation.
  • Reaching the harvest of billions of souls by conducting revival meetings and biblical services.
  • To build biblical training institutions that will equip, empower, and train leaders to preach the Gospel.

East Asia6In the afternoon, he continued sharing on “Humility and Servant-Heart Leadership,” afterwards sharing on “Washing the Saints’ Feet Ministry.” Our General Presbyter and visiting National Overseer began to wash the feet of these attending pastors and workers. The Spirit of God was moving powerfully in this meeting, and many started weeping because it was their first experience of having their feet washed. The female pastors and lay leaders were crying and being blessed as they were washing each others’ feet as well.

After this time of washing feet, the key pastor spoke in their native East Asian language encouraging all of them to officially join the Church of God of Prophecy. All of them received fellow- ship as members by repeating the Church Membership Covenant. May God be praised through each one of these brothers and sisters as they continue reaching their specific areas of this nation with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Among the 22 churches represented in this leadership conference, four senior pastors were chosen to form a counsel leadership group for overseeing all of the churches in this vast nation. A time of prayer was given at the altar, as our General Presbyter and visiting National Overseer prayed over these selected leaders. The service ended with joy and many others came forward for prayer as well.

East Asia8Even though the following day was a holiday, we had our first “Council Leadership Group Meeting.” Many things were discussed during this time together— with one pastor offering property to be used as our Central Church Office, and another pastor accepting the responsibility to assist the appointed Ministry Coordinator for this nation—who is the visiting National Overseer serving with our General Presbyter in this conference.

The next day we all took a day of rest enjoying some site-seeing of popular and famous places which were nearby. On our last day of conference together, the General Presbyter preached at one of our local churches.

During this special service, he ordained 4 deacons, 6 souls accepted Christ as their Savior, and 7 born- again believers decided to be water baptized while we were together. The general manager of the hotel where we were meeting graciously accommodated us for the water baptismal service. It was an amazing sight to witness many of these attendees also being baptized in the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in tongues.

Truly our hearts were filled to overflowing as we witnessed all that God was doing among us. It was indeed a difficult task for the General Presbyter and visiting National Overseer to depart this group and return to their homes in other areas of the world. Please do remember these new leaders in your daily prayers as they continue boldly and courageously penetrating this nation with the Gospel of Jesus. These brothers and sisters not only will need your sustaining prayers for their ministry to continue going forward and being salt and light in this dark place, but they will also need God’s divine protection and provision as well. Your prayers will truly make a marvelous difference throughout the nation of East Asia, and we deeply appreciate and thank you for continued prayers on
their behalf. We serve a mighty God Who is doing great things in these Last Days. He is worthy of all the glory, honor, and praise.

Just as Peter and John spoke boldly in the account of Acts, may our great God grant the same holy boldness and courage for our brothers and sisters who are sacrificing their lives in this nation to reach souls for the Kingdom. Act 4:18-31 (NIV), “Then they called them in again and commanded them not to speak or teach at all in the name of Jesus. But Peter and John replied, “Judge for yourselves whether it is right in God’s sight to obey you rather than God. For we cannot help speaking about what we have seen and heard.” After further threats they let them go. They could not decide how to punish them, because all the people were praising God for what had happened. For the man who was miraculously healed was over forty years old. On their release, Peter and John went back to their own people and reported all that the chief priests and elders had said to them. When they heard this, they raised their voices together in prayer to God. “Sovereign Lord,” they said, “you made the heaven and the earth and the sea, and everything in them. You spoke by the Holy Spirit through the mouth of your servant, our father David:” ‘Why do the nations rage and the peoples plot in vain? The kings of the earth take their stand and the rulers gather together against the Lord and against his Anointed One.Indeed Herod and Pontius Pilate met together with the Gentiles and the peopleof Israel in this city to conspire against your holy servant Jesus, whom you anointed. They did what your power and will had decided beforehand should happen. Now, Lord, consider their threats and enable your servants to speak your word with great boldness. Stretch out your hand to heal and perform miraculous signs and wonders through the name of your holy servant Jesus.” After they prayed, the place where they were meeting was shaken. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God boldly.”

This is your opportunity to invest in the seed planting taking place within this nation.
As with any new nation, there are great needs in getting the ministry established. Your prayers are vital, and gifts of love are certainly appreciated to impact East Asia. Won’t you join us in prayers and giving to promote the Gospel thrust going forward within this nation? Individuals can contribute through Helping Hand, and local churches through Harvest Partners Project Giving.

Please designate your financial gifts as:
East Asia—Ministry Support
Harvest Partners Ministry

If you are interested in financially contributing to the ministry in this nation, you may do so through Harvest Partners Ministry. All gifts are tax deductible and 100% of your gift is applied to the need you so specify. Gifts may be given online or by mailing:

Harvest Partners Ministry
Church of God of Prophecy International Offices
PO Box 2910
Cleveland, TN 37320-2910
harvestpartners@cogop.org

Swaziland : A Season of Open Heaven

Swaziland : A Season of Open Heaven

“News from Swaziland” by National Overseer Bishop ST Masilela
Season of Open Heavens – Deut. 28:12.
Swaziland-2015Over 3500 delegates and friends of the Church of God of Prophecy in Swaziland descended at Mavuso Trade Centre for this years’ National Convention. The theme for this year is “Season of Open Heavens” taken from Deuteronomy 28:12. The church was challenged to recommit to seeking God and fully obey His commandments. God promises to open heavens and all the blessings will come upon His people. A total of 134 members sponsored this national gathering each contributing $100 towards the cost to host such a huge meeting.

Our report shows that the church is growing in all regions with 3215 souls that accepted Christ this year, with 3370 receiving the baptism of the Holy Spirit, 230 baptized in water and added to the church. The Church membership now stands at 6975. We have set a national target to reach the 10,000 membership mark and 100 churches by 2020. Three local churches have been organized this year, at Ekulindeni with 49 members, Emalangeni with 27 members and Bhadzeni with 25 members.

The church has also embarked in building projects to set up worship structures at different locations. Eight new local church structures are under construction in three regions of the Kingdom. These local church buildings are being funded by the church members and should be completed in the coming year. The church is continuing with the drive to build national headquarters at the 12 hectare farm that has been purchased
along the highway to the current headquarters. The fundraising committee is working very hard to raise funds towards the project for the building which will house camps and national conventions.

Swaziland 2015Feminine Dignity Africa Report by Sister Sigongile Masilela
I am so excited to report the good fruits that Africa is reaping courtesy of our Harvest Partners and our beloved friends, Kentucky Women. We have successfully launched “Africa Will Never Be the Same” in Swaziland in providing assistance to women through the Feminine Dignity for Africa project. In March 2015, we received a donation from the Kentucky Women which helped us to buy morning shoes and dignity kits for our 100 ministers’ wives who attended the Morning Prayer Breakfast Meeting during our National Convention.

Part of the funds from this kind gesture was used for the purchase of 40 chairs, sanitary and toiletry items for young, middle aged women at Emalangeni Mission. old women also benefitted especially in the prevention of cancer related diseases through dignity kits issued to them.

We give God the glory for Sister Brenda Gillum, Joyce Wood and Judy who initiated the donations for the project. I give God thanks for our Harvest Partners and the women from Kentucky who assisted us with this project. Surely Africa will never be the same as God is opening doors wide for preaching the gospel, with the destitute greatly benefitting.

Hawane Project Reportby Project Committee
The Hawane Project Committee had a platform to report on the Hawane drive. The report was mainly on the contributions from members of the church towards the great work ahead of us.
The committee alluded to the fact that with the membership of the church ever increasing, there is every sign that something must happen as far as the project is concerned. As a sign of commitment, the
committee presented the National Overseer with an inscription board that asserts that the church is coming to Hawane.

The committee praised and rewarded members who have shown high level of commitment towards the project. It also earnestly implored the church to put up the funds through the respective project account numbers in South Africa and Swaziland so the project comes to fruition.

New Mission Organized at Malangeni
Swaziland 2015.05-20A new mission has been organized right at the onset of the year in the Shiselweni Region. Bishop Masilela has officiated the organization of this new place.

On 1st February 2015, the Bishop participated in the cutting of soil at the acquired land for the mission. The cutting of soil marks the onset of the great work ahead in terms of putting up a worship
structure.

During the organizing of this mission, women were blessed courtesy of the kind gesture from the Kentucky Women. The women received sanitary and toiletry items. The ladies were so grateful to have received such items and were thankful for a helping hand from afar.

“Relevant Worship that Opened Heavens” by Praise & Worship Team
Swaziland 2015.05-22It would not be a convention to remember without the ever excellent ministers in song. The Praise and Worship team always excels in this ministry of ushering the church into praise, worship and prayer. This year has been different in that the praise team showed more excellence and one to remember.

The melody of the song “Open the flood gates” will resound in eyes and hearts as the song of this convention till we substitute it with next year’s power song, the Lord willing.

One would not miss the mark by not appraising how presentable this wonderful team looked. It goes without saying that preparedness takes them far away. The team looked good, prepared and excellent. They also blended well their worship with old and new songs taking into account the variability in generations that exist. Well done Brethren.

“It’s the Work Done at Calvary” by Eastern Cape Delegation
Swaziland 2015.05-23Our brethren have always responded well to call to the national convention. As usual, a delegation from Mtata graced the great gathering of the church. On Saturday mid-morning, the delegates reminded the congregants that there at Golgotha, a highway was opened and a home was made for us. It was once again sweet to taste the native Xhosa way of praising and worshiping.

Special Thanks to Kentucky Women by New Missions Pastor
I am Alfred Tsikati, the pastor of Malangeni Church of God of Prophecy in Swaziland, Africa. This local church was organized on the 1st of February 2015. Therefore, the church is still at its infant stage and needs support. On behalf of the local church I wish to thank Kentucky Women for the kind donation of 40 chairs to the value of E1760.00 (app. $150.00). I also wish to thank the organization for the donation of a box of sanitary items distributed to the teenagers in the church. Finally, our wish is to appreciate Bishop Masilela and his wife, Mrs Masilela, for identifying our church as a beneficiary of this endeavor. This kind gesture will go a long way in advancing the work of God in the community. Thank you, May God bless you as you continue to positively affect more communities.

If you are interested in financially contributing to the ministry in this nation, you may do so through Harvest Partners Ministry. All gifts are tax deductible and 100% of your gift is applied to the need you so specify. Gifts may be given online or by mailing:

Harvest Partners Ministry
Church of God of Prophecy International Offices
PO Box 2910
Cleveland, TN 37320-2910
harvestpartners@cogop.org

Ministry Updates from Ethiopia

Ministry Updates from Ethiopia

53 ministers completed SOPAS Term 1.
53 ministers completed SOPAS Term 1.

SOPAS IN ETHIOPIA!
Bishop David Bryan and Bishop Adrian Varlack brought great instruction and inspiration during our first-ever School of Practical and Advanced Studies in Addis Ababa. Bishop Bryan’s teaching on Theology and training in Administration will prove very helpful for our churches throughout the country. I cannot tell you how the ministers responded to Bishop Varlack’s presentation of the Church of God of Prophecy. He chronologically walked us through the Church’s history and his wonderful perspective was truly stirring. I will not soon forget the time we all spent weeping together in the presence of the Lord. The ministers left with a connection to our movement like they have never had before.

Answering questions during class.
Answering questions during class.

Of course, it was not without its’ challenges. Bishop Masilela was turned away at the airport due to visa issues and could not join us. We rented our conference space from the Presbyterian Church in Addis Ababa. The space was comfortable and adequate except for trouble with the loss of power and water. These frustrations did not deter the Lord’s strengthening of our leaders.

We have initiated a plan to carry the training we received into the districts throughout the country. I appointed a small committee which I call the EFA (Entrusting Faithful Ambassadors) to spearhead the preparation and fulfillment of this vision.

Beyond this, we are prayerfully considering what the next step will be for our School of Theology. Our desire for a more permanent and structured school remains. Thank you for your prayers on this point.

We are so thankful to all those who contributed in some way in making this event a reality. Certainly, much thanks goes to the team at CBL, but many other people served as our advocates along the way. A number of individuals and churches contributed to the costs, as well. You know who you are and you know we appreciate you.

Pastor Kasahun and family at dedication.
Pastor Kasahun and family at dedication.

NEW PASTOR IN GANJI AREA
Kasahun Fekadu was installed as a pastor in the West Wollega area of Ganji. Previously he worked as an evangelist and he has personally planted five churches in this area. In our country, pastors oversee a number of churches. This was not simply an appointment I made. The ceremony was attended by many churches in the area and included a covenant of sorts between the Pastor and the congregations to faithfully serve and follow one another. We are excited to see the work of the Lord advance as His people respond in faith to him. Kasahun is just one example of this.

Construction project in Bareda.
Construction project in Bareda.

IRON SHEETS FOR FIVE CHURCHES
Our list of 15 churches in need of iron sheets is now down to 10 as we were able to provide funds to five churches for their roofing. Although we were only able to contribute $500 of the estimated $1000US to each congregation, we are confident this will help meet the need. Two Harvest Partner churches made this gift possible. Thank you for continuing to pray and work with us to provide for our brothers and sisters.

MINISTERING TO OUR CHILDREN
In addition to our traditional ministries, we are supporting 80 children with school materials and clothing across 7 of our districts. As an example, the two children in the photo have no father and their mother is sick with Elephantitis. The older one is now developing symptoms. Supplying them with materials for schooling is wonderful, but we are longing to do more. We are currently looking into possibilities to provide treatment.

Image 06Thank you, Harvest Partners, for your faithful support to Ethiopia through your prayers, encouragements, and financial support. You are truly impacting this nation with the Gospel of Christ, and we appreciate you so very much. Sincerely, Fekadu Ayele, Overseer Ethiopia

HARVEST PARTNERS MINISTRY
If you are interested in financially contributing to the ministry in this nation, you may do so through Harvest Partners Ministry. All gifts are tax deductible and 100% of your gift is applied to the need you so specify. Gifts may be given online or by mailing:

Harvest Partners Ministry
Church of God of Prophecy International Offices
PO Box 2910
Cleveland, TN 37320-2910
harvestpartners@cogop.org

Ecuador Conducts Ladies Retreat, Children’s Camp, Ministry Retreat

Ecuador Conducts Ladies Retreat, Children’s Camp, Ministry Retreat

NATIONAL LADIES RETREAT
The National Ladies Retreat Ecuador Connection 2015 05-2was held April 3-4, and it was directed by Sister Juddy Aldana, with a main theme of “Woman, Go Forward.”

The special guest was our Coordinator of Global Missions, Sister Cathy Payne. Before the retreat began, on April 2nd, Sister Cathy met with only the wives of our pastors — encouraging them to continue the work of the Lord.

Ecuador Connection 2015 05-4The attendance of 300 women were ministered to and broken by the Holy Spirit as the Lord greatly blessed each one. Sister Cathy also encouraged our women about the ministry of Global Missions. There are current situations where our brothers and sisters are living in different countries because of their call that Jesus taught, and she also spoke about visiting several of these works.

We praise God for a wonderful time together as we fellowshipped with one another and, most especially, the time we were able to spend together worshipping our Lord.

Ecuador Connection 2015 05-7REGIONAL CHILDREN’S CAMP
Our National Director of Children, Sister Theri Santos, held a camp for children on the theme of “Building My Life,” with an attendance of 50 children. Each child was instructed in the Word of God, teaching them to learn more about God, and they were ministered to by our Lord Jesus. We give God glory for all He is doing among our younger generation.

MINISTERIAL RETREAT
Our recent Ministerial Retreat had an attendance of 70 people. It was mainly a pastoral and ministerial retreat that convened where the pastors, local treasurers, and leaders of pastoral care were present.

Pastoral Care Leaders were given an orientation about the work of this ministry. The treasurers were given advice on how to take care of the finances and records of the Church. The pastor shepherds were ministered to about harmonization and how we must become Church planters.

Ecuador Connection 2015 05-10Please continue to pray for the ministry in Ecuador. We want to hear from God and move forward in the power and authority of His Holy Spirit to reach our nation for Christ.

Your Friend and Brother,
Benjamin Aldana
National Overseer, Ecuador

National Overseer, Benjamin Aldana and Family
National Overseer, Benjamin Aldana and Family

Harvest Partners Ministry
If you are interested in financially contributing to the ministry in this nation, you may do so through Harvest Partners Ministry. All gifts are tax deductible and 100% of your gift is applied to the need you so specify. Gifts may be given online or by mailing:

Harvest Partners Ministry
Church of God of Prophecy International Offices
PO Box 2910
Cleveland, TN 37320-2910
harvestpartners@cogop.org


Declaración del supervisor general sobre la decisión de la suprema corte del EE.UU. tocante a los matrimonios entre personas del mismo sexo

Declaración del supervisor general sobre la decisión de la suprema corte del EE.UU. tocante a los matrimonios entre personas del mismo sexo

clements_sam-270x300En respuesta al fallo judicial emitido por el Tribunal Supremo de los Estados Unidos con respecto al matrimonio entre personas del mismo sexo, el supervisor general de la Iglesia de Dios de la Profecía —Sam N. Clements— ha emitido la siguiente declaración:

La Iglesia de Dios de la Profecía cree que el matrimonio es una institución de por vida, establecida por Dios, que consta de un hombre y una mujer unidos como marido y mujer. Por naturaleza, el matrimonio existe para el amor mutuo y apoyo de los cónyuges, para la procreación y crianza de los hijos, y para ser el fundamento de la comunidad. Como institución, el matrimonio es importante para la continuación de la raza humana y la dignidad, estabilidad y prosperidad de la familia y la sociedad.

Por cuanto la relación matrimonial ofrece estos beneficios, y muchos otros, para el individuo, la sociedad y la Iglesia, hemos declarado llanamente nuestra postura sobre la santidad de la institución del matrimonio. Creemos que dicha institución debe ser preservada, protegida y promovida.

La Asamblea General de 2006 aceptó el documento titulado “La Institución Bíblica del Matrimonio”. En dicho documento, nuestra Iglesia definió lo que creemos ser un matrimonio bíblicamente válido. En la Sección II, Artículo C-4, el documento lee de la manera siguiente:

Los Tipos de Matrimonios

Casi todas las sociedades conocidas operan un sistema complejo, el cual envuelve la coexistencia de diferentes regímenes dentro del mismo sistema legal nacional, tales como las leyes tradicionales y las leyes comunes. En varias partes del mundo, es común encontrar que las leyes basadas en las costumbres indígenas existen a la par de las leyes tradicionales, basadas en el antiguo poder colonial. De acuerdo a la [ley] romana, habían dos tipos de matrimonios: el matrimonio manus, el cual significaba que la esposa estaba en “las manos” de su esposo (en su control legal); un matrimonio libre era cuando la esposa no estaba sujeta a tal control; la esposa era legalmente independiente (el esposo no tenía poder legal sobre ella). La iglesia cristiana reconoce estas diferentes variaciones del matrimonio, con la excepción de la poligamia, matrimonios libres (ley común), matrimonios del mismo sexo, o donde otros elementos de matrimonios bíblicamente legítimos han sido violados (Actas de Negocios Importantes de la 94ta Asamblea Internacional, página 26).

Debido a que la sociedad se ha apartado de los valores judeo-cristianos, la iglesia debe renunciar a todas las uniones ilegítimas, tales como la homosexualidad, incesto, matrimonios polígamos, aun si son legales ante los ojos de los gobiernos a nivel local, estatal o nacional (Actas de Negocios Importantes de la 94ta Asamblea Internacional, página 26).

Por lo tanto, como renunciamos a las uniones bíblicamente ilegítimas que describimos anteriormente —lo cual incluye a los matrimonios entre personas del mismo sexo—, no se permite que los ministros oficien ceremonia alguna para los mismos ni tampoco se permite que las iglesias sean anfitrionas de dichas ceremonias.

El documento llamado «La Institución Bíblica del Matrimonio» es un recurso excelente para comprender mejor la postura de la Iglesia de Dios de la Profecía sobre la mayoría de los temas que conciernen al matrimonio y la familia. Para leerlo, descargue una copia digital accediendo a la página web de la IDP, la cual se encuentra en aquí.

Debemos recordar que la Escritura nos manda a mostrar el amor y la compasión de Cristo a todas las personas. Este mandamiento no pone en peligro, de ninguna manera, nuestra postura bíblica contra la homosexualidad y contra el matrimonio entre personas del mismo sexo. Tenemos que amar a todas las personas y decirles —con amor, humildad, compasión y civilidad— la verdad de la Palabra transformadora de Dios.

Por último, condenamos cualquier acto de violencia o de abuso, ya sea verbal o física, contra cualquier persona por motivo de su orientación sexual. Dichas acciones violan el mandamiento del cristiano de amar a su prójimo como a sí mismo.

Al orar por nuestra nación, debido a la mente la promesa de 2 Crónicas 7:14, el cual dice: “si se humillare mi pueblo, sobre el cual mi nombre es invocado, y oraren, y se convirtieren de sus malos caminos; entonces yo oiré de los cielos, y perdonaré sus pecados, y sanaré su tierra”. Pese a lo que digan las noticias de nuestro tiempo, aún tenemos la esperanza de que nuestras oraciones toquen el corazón de nuestro Padre; pero también tenemos una responsabilidad como pueblo Suyo. Humillémonos y oremos al Padre por nuestra nación.

—Obispo Sam N. Clements, Supervisor General, Iglesia de Dios de la Profecía