Sunday, December 2, 2007

Focal Point 11/07

Malagasy National Conference Breaks Records
The UPC of Madagascar’s National Conference finished with record-breaking numbers in every way. Attendance soared to well over 16,000 people. Each division’s offering goal was reached with the largest being the National Ladies offering of over $21,000. We were blessed by the
ministry of Regional Director Jerry Richardson, Pastor Eugene Grace (Oak Ridge, Tennessee), and many national leaders.

At the end of the week, a total of 1,432 people had been filled with the Holy Ghost!

We praise the Lord for His goodness and blessing! We are also excited to report on our Bible school. During this conference, we had 31 graduates. For the last four months, these students have been in a work program where they each go out and pastor a church. Praise the
Lord for a total of 305 people being baptized in Jesus’ name and 195 being filled with the Holy Ghost as a result of their work.—Chris and Paula Richardson

Belize Spared the Wrath of Hurricane Dean
As Hurricane Dean approached Belize, we requested prayer. We are thankful to the Lord for His keeping power. Although this was a record-setting category 5 storm, Belize received minimal damage. There were no lives lost at all. The major part of the property loss was roofs and
windows being damaged or destroyed. There was little rainfall in most areas. In Belize City we hardly received any rain. The amazing thing is that just a few years ago a smaller and weaker storm hit in exactly the same area. At that time we received much more rain and damage! We
are thankful for the mercy of God that spared Belize from Hurricane Dean.—Jerry and Brenda Sawyer

Tenneys Bless Vanuatu’s General Conference
We have just completed our General Conference. T. F. and Thetus Tenney were great. They were such a blessing to our country. There were 15 people filled with the Spirit and seven were baptized. Following the conference, we had a two-day seminar for leaders. There were about
50 in attendance. It was a mighty success.—Lee and Becky Sherry, Vanuatu/New Caledonia

Central America Breaks Barriers at Conference
The Breaking Barriers Conference in Tegucigalpa, Honduras truly broke barriers! Over 900 ministers and their wives attended this conference. Kenneth Haney, UPCI’s general superintendent, and Bruce Howell, UPCI’s general director of Foreign Missions, greatly blessed the conference with their anointed ministries. For the first time ever, we had a preachers’ kids camp meeting, with 60 in attendance, going on simultaneously as the conference. What a blessing for Central America! —John and Aurelia Hopkins, Regional Director, Central America/Caribbean Region

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