Sunday, April 6, 2008

Praise Reports

Charles Robinette (Austria) reports:
“We just finished in Norway. We had the altar workers training on Friday and then Saturday and Sunday morning service. God filled 26 with the Holy Spirit and about 10 were baptized in Jesus’ name.

Three got the Holy Spirit during the altar workers seminar.”

From Tremayne and Vicki Simoneaux (Zimbabwe/Malawi/Mozambique/Africa’s Children):
Friday the 21st of March 2008 was really a Good Friday in Zimbabwe. Ministers came to the UPC Zimbabwe conference from all over the country, despite rising transport cost, shortage of fuel and an environment that can be intimidating to move around the country.

For sometime the church in Zimbabwe has been plagued with problems. In February 2008, the ministers voted for a restructure of the work. On Good Friday all licensed ministers licenses became void and reapplication for licenses was needed. Forty-nine ministers were approved for licenses on this day. It was a great show of unity and a mandate for a New Day within the church. It was estimated that only about 150 would be able to attend the conference due to the hardship of the country. What a joy it was to see over 450 in attendance. It was a challenge getting the extra food on such short notice but with help of some of the ministers no one went hungry. There was such a feeling of excitement in every service and even in the fellowship time.

We were all challenged to go forward and not look to the past. The time for mourning is over and a great time of rejoicing was had! During the Sunday service there was a children's church held out under the trees. It was great seeing one of our pastors’ wives leading the children through the great Easter story. At the end of the lesson 10 children received the wonderful Gift of the Holy Sppirit. To God be the glory! We are not really trying to 'change' our world, we are just trying to 'reach' our world one child at a time.We would ask that you continue to pray for the work of God in Zimbabwe

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