Winter 2006 Volume 52 No.1 USPS 165-700
THE Dan Hubbell GUEST CONTRIBUTOR Director Gettysburg Master’s Commission
IT WAS AUGUST 29 , while I was watching the 11:00 news that I realized the
impact of timing. I had been watching coverage of Hurricane Katrina when I saw a local news reporter’s chance interview with Hardy Jackson, the now famous man who had lost his wife in the floodwaters of Biloxi, MS. What struck me was the reporter never intended to get that interview. She just happened to be in the right place at the right time. And it was that impromptu encounter that created a groundswell of support for the Hurricane victims. And then I realized that I was in the wrong place at the right time—at home in my safe neighborhood, instead of where I could impact a community. About 5 days later, I left with 20 of my students from the Gettysburg Master’s Commission. We provided disaster relief to the city of Biloxi for a total of 17 days. While there, we distributed over 400 truckloads of food, water, ice, cleaning supplies, and clothing from our FEMA disaster recovery sites. Half our team ran the site while the rest delivered supplies to those who had no means of transportation. We cut so many trees off of homes that we lost track. We assisted countless residents in cleaning out their homes. As I write this, we are working with the City Council of Biloxi to bring finances and teams for reconstruction and renovation. During one of our many trips into the neighborhoods of Biloxi, a man asked me, “What organization are you from?” Since we were working with so many different organizations, I really wasn’t sure what to say. So my answer was fairly simple: “I’m from a church in Pennsylvania.” His response floored me: “You know, I’ve gotten nothing from FEMA, nothing from the Federal Government, and nothing from the Red Cross. But I’ve gotten more than enough from these churches. If it wasn’t for the Church, we’d be in a whole lot of trouble.” His statement defines what Church should be. The Church should be in the right place at the right time in our communities and elsewhere. Near the end of his life, Winston Churchill remarked, “There comes a special moment in everyone’s life, a moment for which that person was born. That special opportunity, when he seizes it, will fulfill his mission—a mission for which he is uniquely qualified. In that moment, he finds greatness. It is his finest hour.” My prayer is that we would find our finest hour in our community. To all of you who supported our efforts, thank you. Without your partnership, this would have been impossible.
WINTER 2006 Pennsylvania-Delaware District ConneXions 4651 Westport Drive Mechanicsburg, PA 17055 Editor: Stephen R. Tourville Managing Editor: David Crosby Sr. Associate Editor: Carole Bongiorno Phone (717) 795-5921 Fax (717) 795-5928 E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org WebSite: www.penndel.org
EXECUTIVE PRESBYTERY Stephen R. Tourville, Superintendent Paul Grabill, Assistant Superintendent David Crosby Sr., Secretary-Treasurer HONORARY GENERAL PRESBYTERS Philip Bongiorno James E. Morris PRESBYTERS James Rugg, NE Section Jonathan Baker, NC Section Kenneth Martin, NW Section David Selleck, NCW Section Jeffrey Kettering, SC Section James Balzano, SCW Section Randall Rhoads, SCE Section Larry Weed, SE Section Bryan Koch, EC Section Mike Hampton, SWS Section William Ellis, SWM Section Timothy Satryan, DEL Section Contributions of articles are accepted. Please include a self-addressed, stamped envelope for return. We reserve the right to reject articles not consistent with the magazine’s objectives.
ConneXions ConneXions (USPS 165-700) is the official periodical published quarterly by the Pennsylvania-Delaware District Council of the Assemblies of God. Periodical postage paid at Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania.
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MASTER’S COMMISSION Cover photographs by Jeff Book, Northern Asia 2
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Pastor Stephen R. Tourville SUPERINTENDENT email@example.com
experience of a
re you considering being a part of a mission’s team that will reach out to another culture? Congratulations! You are about to embark on an experience of a lifetime. My first time abroad opened my eyes to the diversity and splendor of God’s creation and the challenge of reaching others with the love of Christ. A classic passage to assist in understanding differences in cultures is Genesis, chapter 23. Read through this chapter and note all the ways Abraham negotiated for Sarah’s burial plot with “the sons of Heth” (verse 3) that do not make sense to those of us from an American culture. Here are a couple of examples:
Marjie and I want to thank everyone for your kindness and generosity this past year. We are blessed beyond measure to have
1. He negotiated with the entire group, not the individual who owned the land (v 4).
the opportunity of serving
2. The group was asked to talk with the owner in order to make the deal (v 8). We take personal responsibility for our business transactions.
you and our Lord through
3. The meeting took place at the city gate (v 18). We need a lawyer to take care of these issues.
the ministries of this
4. The owner of the property said he would give the property to Abraham (v 11). Most of us would have said thanks and assumed the transaction was over. 5. Abraham insisted on the full payment (v 15-16). We are looking for a discount bargain. 6. The deed was signed over to Abraham and he buried his wife (v 17). We pay someone else to take care of the actual burial. Many lessons can be learned from this narrative. My point is simply that cultures differ and effective ministry in another culture must be approached with grace and humility if effective ministry is to be accomplished. Sensitivities range from varying views of time, individualism verses community mindset, appropriate expression of emotions, relationships verses task orientation, and privacy verses public issues which relates to the principle of saving face. Unlike many societies around the world, the American mindset is often interpreted by those of other cultures as ethnocentric, arrogant, and self-serving. Missionary trips abroad can be an opportunity to learn more about God’s creation as well as proclaiming the gospel of Jesus Christ to those who have never heard. Whatever God calls you to accomplish, remember that Jesus is our pattern. When he came to save us, “The Word became flesh and dwelt among us” ( John 1:14). Incarnational ministry is His pattern for us and still the most effective means to communicate the love of God to others.
wonderful district. Your thoughtfulness, love, and prayers mean more to us than words can express.
We love you all.
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On the Front Lines of Kingdom Expansion ... Paul E. Grabill ASSISTANT SUPERINTENDENT
Have you partnered with those who are pushing back the darkness?
“Jet-setters,” she said. Growing up in a small town in Central Pennsylvania and with our family living on less than a meager income, I remember my mother once referring to our more economically advantaged neighbors as “jet-setters.” They traveled places that we only read about—like Florida. Well, now I “are” one. I love to travel, but I especially love to go to where God is doing great things and see the world through “Kingdom eyes.” Yes, I enjoy seeing more of the natural beauty that God has created on this privileged planet. Yes, I enjoy being in a warm place when at home I can barely get to my mailbox because of the snow. Yes, I eat the pretzels that are handed to me on the plane (what happened to the sandwiches?). However, there is nothing more beautiful than to see and experience what God is doing in the world—today.
Missiologists tell us that there has never been a day like today, when Christianity is exploding throughout the world. The size and rate of Kingdom expansion is greater than at any time in, at least, the last 1700 years. Many in our congregation have begun to experience the life-changing impact of shortterm missions trips. The trips have been diverse, including multiple construction team trips to Mexico, teen outreaches in Jamaica, Katrina relief in Louisiana, among others. But the result seems to always be the same. Our people come back transformed. They have tasted the sweet privilege of being on the front lines of Kingdom expansion. Have you been there? Have you seen it with your own eyes? Have you partnered with those who are pushing back the darkness? I encourage you to. It sure beats a bus ride to Atlantic City.
▲ State College A/G Katrina Relief, New Orleans ▲ State College A/G; Mazatlan, Mexico – Nick Pino, Missionary
▲ State College A/G Katrina Relief, New Orleans 4
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▲ State College A/G Katrina Relief, New Orleans
Ministers Transferring In:
David Crosby Sr.
JONES JR, Richard C. (Ordained): Returns to PennDel from Michigan where he served as Youth Pastor at Lakeside A/G. He resides in Trafford PA with Jodi, his wife, and Jolyn, his daughter.
Ryan David Korman is the first born son of David and Amy. Ryan was born on September 21, 2005 and he joins his two sisters, Rachael and Erin. David is pastor of Emmanuel Assembly of God, Renova, PA.
SECRETARY AND TREASURER
ENGLE, Benjamin R. (Ordained): Coming from Southern MO to reside in Eagleville PA. Benjamin is married to Lisa and they are the parents of Olivia. TOURVILLE, Jason (Ordained): Transfers from NJ as lead pastor of Cornerstone Christian Fellowship, Abington PA. Rene is Jason’s wife and they have three children: Josiah, Daniel and Lydia. WEAD, Janie L. (Ordained): Serves as a US Missionary and is transferring from Peninsular FL to reside at Valley Forge Christian College, Phoenixville, PA. WRIGHT, Colon L. (Ordained): Transfers from the NY District to reside at Teen Challenge, Rehrersburg PA and is Director of Logos Leadership Institute. Colon is married to Bernadine and they have two children: Jeanette and Jason. BANCROFT, J. Courtney (Certified): Coming from the Potomac District as a Chi Alpha missionary to Villanova University.
Ministers Transferring Out: ROUSH, Brian K. (Ordained): Transfers to Northern MO to reside in Excelsior Springs. Brian was a staff pastor at Christian Life Center, Bensalem, PA. RENNINGER, David (Certified): Resigned as pastor of Shickshinny Assembly of God and has transferred to Fayetteville, NC. BOYD, Wilson and Peggy (Ordained): Resigned as pastors Fair Ridge Assembly of God, Shade Gap, PA to become pastor of Cornerstone Assembly of God, Windham, ME. ROTH JR, Rickey K. (Licensed): Going to New Bedford, CT and the Southern NE District. Rickey and Alicia resigned from the Dover Assembly of God, Dover, PA. KJOS JR, N. Jamie (Ordained): Resigned as Senior Associate of Christian Life Assembly, Camp Hill, PA to become lead pastor of Brightmoor Christian Church in Michigan. Jamie is married to Kimberly and they have two children: Marissa and Harrison. AUSTIE, Ryan (Ordained): Going to Southern New England District to reside in Lynnfield, MA.
Carter Michael Mastellar is the new born son of Sam and Michele. Carter was born on November 2, 2005, was 21.5 inches in length and he weighed in at 9 pounds 8 ounces. Sam is pastor of Freedom Life Christian Center, Christiana, PA. David Phil Crosby III is the first born son of David and Rebekah. David was born on November 3, 2005 and weighed in at 8 pounds 14 ounces. Kathryn is David’s big sister and his father and mother, David and Rebekah, pastor Pocono Community Church, Pocono Summit, PA. Dave and Betty are his proud grandparents.
In Memoriam Walter R. Wilhelm passed away Saturday, Oct. 29, 2005, at his home after a lengthy illness. He was 78. The Rev. Wilhelm was a U.S. Army veteran, serving during World War II in the Philippines. He is survived by Dorothy, his wife of 55 years; two sons and a daughter; seven grandchildren; 2 step grandchildren; and a great grandchild. He pastored churches in Missouri, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Delaware and Florida. The Rev. Wilhelm was a member of the Calvary Assembly of God in Dover. Pastor Roland Coon conducted his service on Wednesday, Nov. 2nd from the church. He was laid to rest in the Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery. LaVerna V. Powell, age 52, joined the church triumphant on Thursday morning, November 3, 2005 after a long battle with cancer. She was born in Cincinnati, OH and was the wife of Rev James Powell, pastor of the Family Worship Center in New Kingston, PA. Funeral services were held on November 6th at the Family Worship Center with Rev Robert Ketner officiating. Burial was in Bush Cemetery, Magala, OH. She is survived by her sons, Lawrence and Joshua, and a granddaughter, Hannah.
NEW AND UPGRADE CREDENTIALS Licensed Minister Jeffrey Dean Brian Lyman Matthew Gardner Daniel Haas Jeffrey Higgins Gregory Lloyd William Miller Jr Darrin Mitchley Eric Ruppert Carlo Strazzullo James Whited Sr
Certified Minister Brian Bolt Ella Kerstetter Ordained Minister Mark Clark Marty Critchfield Christopher Foster Jeffrey Marshall Eric Miller Robert Morgan
Celebrating Twenty Years of Missions Construction Ecuador, Peru, Colombia, Greece, Spain, Israel and in more than ten other countries, PennDel District missions construction teams have made their mark for Christ. Men and women, master craftsmen and laborers, young and old from our churches have donated their labor to build schools and churches around the world. I heard a very wise man say one day, “Any fool can count the seeds in an apple. Only God can count the apples in a seed!” I could easily review the construction projects our district teams have worked on and estimate the number of blocks laid, steel tied, or how many yards of concrete were mixed by hand. On the other hand, it is impossible to count the number of people whose lives are touched. Only God knows the number of souls that are being saved, children who are being rescued from a life of poverty, and the young men and women that are being called into ministry in the schools and churches PennDel teams helped build. Only time and eternity will tell! We are celebrating 20 years of missions construction. Thank God for more than 200 volunteers! They aren’t content counting apple seeds. They find significance in hands-on building and letting God count the apples in a seed! CONNEXIONS WINTER 2006
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TOGETHER FOREVER _____________ Making Marriages Last
FEBRUARY 3–5 At the Bongiorno Conference Center ■
Pastors Paul Eschbach and Mike Hammer, along with their wives, will help us build marriages that last.
We will enjoy a Saturday evening fireside dinner concert.
Optional Saturday afternoon workshops.
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encouraging? The Children’s Ministries Leadership Summit
MARCH 27–28 at the Philip Bongiorno Conference Center An equipping event for children’s pastors and that Key Lay Leader who makes children’s ministry happen in the local church. Enjoy networking with people of like vision. YOU NAME IT – WE TALK ABOUT IT: VBS • Musicals • Camps • Staffing • Equipping • Resources 6
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Need help to begin a children’s mission program? Call us at 717-795-5921 or e-mail email@example.com
Young Adult Thanksgiving Compassion Weekend We can hear it, we can see it, but nothing transforms us like experiencing it. Being a part of a ministry experience will leave a lasting impression on everyone involved. For the past 4 years we have taken over 200 young adults and singles to experience a weekend of ministry to the less fortunate in New York City.
Life Transformation Through Experience We have ministered to the homeless, the poor, and the forgotten. We have seen God use ordinary people to touch live in extraordinary ways. Several young adult groups returned home and began ministering to the homeless. We have seen children’s groups host a trip and give a home missions church a children’s facility makeover. Develop the passion to serve in your church with a life transforming experience.
Kids Breakaway . . .
“Through the Wardrobe and into the World” ■
We will help kids develop a heart for missions as we experience the “Chronicles of Narnia.”
This is a missions building retreat for grades 2–6
Pastor K R Mele and his team from Penn’s Valley will take us on the journey to narnia
This will be a weekend filled with life transforming services, profitable workshops, fun and adventure.
We have 3 great weekends: February 24–26 March 3–5 March 10–12
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You don’t want to miss out on this awesome opportunity to be encouraged in your faith to better reach your community, campus, and world for Christ! THE DATES : THE SPEAKER : THE WORSHIP : THE PLACE : THE THEME :
April 13–15, 2006 TBA Tim Bach Band The GIANT CENTER, Hershey, PA One Life, One Chance
CONVENTION SCHOLARSHIP : FINE ARTS 2006 ALL YOUTH IN GRADES 7–12 are encouraged to see their pastor now for a Fine Arts Festival Entry form or they can be downloaded off the website, www.penndelyouth.com. College scholarships are being offered to National participants. If you are planning to participate, please hurry and register! Information regarding the 2006 Sectional Fine Arts Festival has been sent to the churches. It is also posted on www.penndelyouth.com. Here are some important dates to remember.
FEBRUARY 18 SECTIONAL FINE ARTS FESTIVALS Forms postmarked by January 13, 2006: Entry fee $15/person +$3 for each additional category. All creative writing, art, video, and websites must be “sent” or ready to be viewed by January 13, 2006. Forms postmarked by January 27, 2006: Entry fee $20/person +$3 for each additional category. No entries will be accepted after the January 27, 2006 postmarked date.
APRIL 12–14 DISTRICT FINE ARTS FESTIVAL Philip Bongiorno Conference Center, Carlisle, PA
AUGUST 7–11 NATIONAL FINE ARTS FESTIVAL Orlando, FL 8
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In response to the determination of students to see their friends come to know Christ, we are making scholarships available for them to the One Life, One Chance Youth Convention. Here’s how it works: ■ The “New Student Friend” must be in grades 7–12. ■ They must be new to your church – meaning they haven’t attended more
than 3 times prior to registration. ■ They must be pre-registered with your group.
Please note: Scholarships are intended for the unsaved.
WINTER RETREAT 2006 Send in your registration now, as we expect all three weekends to sell out! We are looking forward to an awesome time at the Philip Bongiorno Conference Center. Our speakers have a message on their hearts that is specifically for you!
Total Cost: $72 ($32 deposit, $40 final balance) Speakers:
Jan. 13-15, Tim Bach Jan. 20–22, Chad Varga Jan. 27–29, Eran Holt
Scholarships District Youth, J. Robert Ashcroft A P P L I C AT I O N S A R E now available through the District Youth Ministries website, www.penndelyouth.com, for the 2006 District and J. Robert Ashcroft National Youth Scholarship Program. Applicants must currently be in their senior year of high school, attend an Assemblies of God church with plans to attend an Assemblies of God college. Applications must be returned to the District Office by March 31, 2006. District recipients are awarded scholarships as follows to the Assemblies of God college of their choice: first place $1,000; second place $750; third place $500. All three district recipients will become nominees for the J. Robert Ashcroft National Youth Scholarship. National recipients will receive $5,000 for first place, $3,000 for second place, and $1,000 for third place. Scholarship awarded the first year only. One half of the total award is given each semester. Recipients are selected on the basis of academic achievement, Christian character, church and community leadership, and need.
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Pastor Andrew Columbia Jamison, New Life Katrina, Gretna LA
Christian Life Assembly Camp Hill, Katrina Relief
—Missionary Hudson Taylor
“The Great Commission is not an option to be considered, it is a command to be obeyed!”
▼ Praise A/G, N. Versailles, PA, Tijuana, Mexico
Don Immel Faith A/G, Uniontown Book of Hope Ghana
▼ Milltown Community Church, Katrina Relief Team
Living Waters Chapel, Lebanon Tijuana, Mexico
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Megan and Andrew Randel (Bethel Chapel, York) with President Bush Camp Hope, Gulfport, MS
Nakuru, Kenya First A/G, Lancaster
John and George, Resurrection Life Church, Phila.
First A/G, Wilkes Barre Santo Domingo, Ecuador
South Hills A/G, Bethel Park Seminary Construction, Warsaw, Poland Morningstar Fellowship, Bechtelsville Katrina Relief Team
Kristian, Shannon and Aria Walker Pastor David, Judith, Alex Zelaya Nicaragua
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Ministers’ Wives Retreat
Dining Hall Addition Dedication/Ribbon Cutting Philip Bongiorno Conference Center
First A/G—Lancaster 90th Anniversary Pastor Kris Newman
Ministers’ Wives Retreat Earl Creps 2005 Ministries Summit 12
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has been developed by Pastor Joseph Fuiten and his team in Cedar Park, Washington. He says that “the Cathedral Model is not about architecture or the size of the building . . . it is about building a ministry. Simply put, a Cathedral Church is a local church functioning in an inspirational and leadership capacity through a variety of ministries. All these ministries serve the broader church and community.” Church planting and community ministries help define the Cathedral Church. Cedar Park sees itself as more than just a church in one location. The distinguishing characteristic of each of these ministries, the thing that helps them define the Cathedral Church, is the fact that they serve the wider Christian community and act as an outreach to non-Christians as well. Cedar Park is reaching out through:
Tom Rees ASSISTANT TO THE SUPERINTENDENT Honor Bound Church Planting and Development
N INTERESTING MINISTRY APPROACH
Park Christian Schools with Campuses in Bellevue, Bothell, Totem • Cedar Lake and Everett of the Resurrection Funeral Home and Cemetery • Chapel Nozomi Japanese Ministries including worship services and schools. • Gennesaret Spanish Church • Centro de Entrenamiento Ministerial (Ministerial Training Center) • Cedar Park Fijian Church (District Home Missions Church) • The Chapel at Cedar Park • Cedar Park Eastside in Totem Lake • Cedar Park Family Church in Lake Stevens • Cedar Park Northshore • Cedar Park Counseling Network • Mechanics Ministry • Chapel of the Resurrection Wedding Ministry • School of the Arts • Summer Day Camp • Cedar Park Community Services • Cedar Park Athletic Association •Pastor Fuiten states, “People often ask me about the size of Cedar Park. I always
FUNDING MINISTRY Incidentally, with the exception of the branch churches, each of these ministries is a fee-forservice ministry. That is, the greatest part of the budget comes from the fees paid by those using the service. The fee-for-service financial approach offers considerable possibilities for further development and expansion. Fuiten believes one of the most dynamic elements of their future, and the part that will provide much of our growth, will be the development of new ministries using this approach. In the current fiscal year more than two-thirds of their total budget will be in the area of fee-for-service.
answer, ‘It depends on when you count them.’ I know what they mean. Because they don’t know who we are, they tend to think of us as a local church so they want to know how many are in the Bothell Sanctuary on Sunday morning. I think of us as a Cathedral Church so I think about the people we minister to every week. If we counted all of those, we are over 5,000 strong. I refer to that as our ministry circle. Those in our ministry circle are those who participate in our ministries on a regular basis.”
For more information go to www.cedarpark.org. CONNEXIONS WINTER 2006
Paul Kirschbaum YOUTH ALIVE firstname.lastname@example.org
We have had an unbelievable start to this year’s Seven Project season.
Two teachers from Albert Galatin High School duke it out providing a lighter moment in the assembly.
October 10th–12th was our first Seven Project in Uniontown, PA. Under the leadership of youth pastor Jason Lamer we were able to get into Albert Galatin Sr. High School, Ben Franklin Middle School, and Laurel Highlands Sr. High School. This was the first time using former Harlem Globe Trotter Seth Franco, and the whole Seven Project team gelled together incredibly well. Several administrators referred to the assemblies as the best they have ever had! There were around 1,000 students who came out to Uniontown High School for the Seven @ Night rally. When it came time for the altar call, well over 600 students came forward to respond. Amazing! Below are the cities we will be going to before the end of the 2005–2006 school year:
Dover, DE • Lancaster, PA • Beaver Falls, PA • Boynton, PA P L E A S E B E I N P R AY E R T H A T:
Top right: Pro skater Zack Wenrich gets big air and amazes the crowd at the seven @ night rally. This demo has become a crowd favorite.
1. Doors will continue to open in the schools. 2. God will prepare the students hearts for the challenging message we bring. 3. We will continue to see the massive responses that we have been seeing. 4. That these students will continue to walk with God after the Seven Project leaves.
CAMPUS MISSIONARIES WANTED! We are looking for campus missionaries. Young people who are willing to take a stand for God on their campuses. We have an automated system that will help campus missionaries to report what God is doing on a monthly basis on their campus. After they report, their report will come to me so that I will be able to respond to them via e-mail. I have enjoyed getting reports like the one below from Erin Rodriguez from Carlisle Bethel A/G: School: Carlisle Area HS Report Month: September Commitment To Pray: Yes Commitment To Live: Yes Commitment To Tell: Yes Commitment To Serve: Yes Commitment To Give: Yes Summary of Month: Its been a really great start this year. As a freshman in high school, the experience has been unfamiliar but comforting to know that God is with me. I want to make a mark this year, especially since I am a freshman my slate has been wiped clean. I can set the record straight for the rest of my high school years . . . that I am a Christian and I will stand for God. I am taking my school back from Satan. I’ve been doing my 30sec. locker prayers and carry my bible every where and everyday. People are starting to notice and ask questions. Wed. is “See You At The Pole” and I am extremely excited to stand for God at my flag pole. I will be a leader there and I am just so happy that I have so much opportunity to witness in various ways. I can’t wait to do more and more. I love God with all my heart! 14
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You can have your students sign up to be a campus missionary and report on a monthly basis by following the steps below: Step 1: Go to www.yausa.com, click Campus Missions. Step 2: About half way down on right hand side you will see a kid with a backpack on that says, CM reporting. Click on that. (Your almost there!) Step 3: Click on report now. Go through all of the “I agree” stuff and fill out and submit all of the needed info. When you complete a report it will come straight to me!
Spring Celebrations 2006 Region Name: Date: Place: Time:
North West March 24 & 25, 2006 First Assembly of God, Hermitage Friday 7:00 p.m. & Saturday 9:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m. Speaker: Dr. JoAnn Butrin Meal: Catered Luncheon Price: Friday only—$10; Friday & Saturday—$30 Contact: Kathy Barnes ________________________________________________ Region Name: North Central West Date: March 25, 2005 Place: Glad Tidings Assembly of God, Clearfield Time: 9:30 a.m. Speaker: Rev. Dottie Schmitt Meal: Spaghetti Dinner Price: $20 Contact: Sandy Lanza ________________________________________________ Region Name: North Central Date: March 19 & 20, 2006 Place: River of Life Assembly, Sunbury Time: Friday 7;00 p.m. & Saturday 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. Speaker: Rev. Gwen Mouliert Meal: Continental Breakfast & Catered Luncheon Price: $25 Contact: Belinda Seidel ________________________________________________ Region Name: North East Date: April 29, 2006 Place: Clarks Green Assembly of God Time: 9:30 a.m.–4:00 p.m. Speaker: Vicky Olsen Meal: Catered Luncheon Price: $20 Contact: Michelle Stoecker ________________________________________________ Region Name: East Central Date: March 17 & 18, 2006 Place: Glad Tidings, Reading Time: Friday, 7:00 p.m. and Saturday, 9:00 a.m. Speakers: Maria Durso—Women Melanie Holland—Girls Only Meal: Catered Luncheon Price: Friday only—$10 Friday & Saturday—$30 Contact: Cindy McKinley ________________________________________________ Region Name: South East Date: March 18, 2006 Place: The Power Place Time: 10:00 a.m. Speaker: Marjie Tourville Meal: Catered Luncheon Price: $25 Contact: Kristie Hollis ________________________________________________
Region Name: Date: Place: Time: Speaker: Meal:
Delmarva March 11, 2006 Calvary Assembly of God, Dover 9:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m. Muriel Sandbo Catered Luncheon with a Chocolate Fountain Price: $25 Contact: Angela Coon ________________________________________________ Region Name: South Central East Date: March 10 & 11, 2006 Place: First Assembly of God, Harrisburg Time: Friday, 7:00 p.m. and Saturday, 9:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m. Speakers: Susan Lanza—Friday night (General Session) & Saturday (Girls Only) Marigold Cheshier—Saturday (Ladies) Meal: Catered Luncheon Price: $25 (pre-registered) Contact: Gloria Budzowski ________________________________________________ Region Name: South Central Date: April 7 & 8, 2006 Place: Bethel Assembly of God, Chambersburg Time: Friday, 7:00 p.m. & Saturday, 9:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m. Speaker: Jeanne Wyns Meal: Catered Luncheon and snack Price: Friday—$10, Saturday—$20, Both—$25 Contact: Kelly Kipe ________________________________________________ Region Name: South Central West Date: April 29, 2006 Place: The Casino Restaurant Time: 10:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m. Speaker: Rev. Martha Tennison Meal: Brunch Price: $20 Contact: Karen Maher ________________________________________________ Region Name: South West Metro Date: May 6, 2006 Place: Evangel Heights Assembly of God, Sarver Time: 10:00 a.m.–3:30 p.m. Speaker: Christine Gatabazi, Gen. Supt.’s wife, Rwanda Meal: Grilled Chicken Salad Price: $20 with a $6 optional lunch Contact: Patti Carver ________________________________________________ Region Name: South West Suburban Date: May 6, 2006 Place: Evangel Heights Assembly of God, Sarver Time: 10:00 a.m.–3:30 p.m. Speaker: Christine Gatabazi, Gen. Supt.’s wife, Rwanda Meal: Grilled Chicken Salad Price: $20 with a $6 optional lunch Contact: Jennifer O’Brien
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Home Missions Project Offering 2006 Resurrection Life Church in Nicetown (Philadelphia) Jesus said, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die.” —John 11: 25-26
The home missions project offering for 2006 will help provide a new kitchen, to feed children from the neighborhood, and restrooms.
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HANDS-ON ADVENTURES in Missions
Sharon Poole MISSIONNETTES firstname.lastname@example.org
In Acts 1:8 Jesus said that the empowerment of the Holy Spirit will equip us to be witnesses in Jerusalem, in Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth. What I find profound is that Jesus said that we WILL be witnesses. He didn’t say maybe, or if we wanted to be we could. He said we will. It is not an option. THE NATIONAL MISSIONETTES DEPARTMENT
Savannah and Searci, sisters, in the “Princess Room”
Participants in the Hillcrest Missions Trip
organized a Missions Trip to the Hillcrest Children’s Home in Hot Springs, Arkansas this past October. I had the privilege of representing our District and participating in this event. The purpose of this trip was to show the love of Christ to the girls in residence by doing “extreme makeovers” on their bedrooms. In the week spent at Hillcrest the twentyeight participants were given the chance to meet and get to know the girls. We did everything from light carpentry to painting to sewing. The Pennsylvania-Delaware District sponsored two rooms: the “Princess Room” and the “Green Room.” The Princess Room was for two young sisters. All week they slept in sleeping bags in the family room, trying to find out what was happening in their room. The excitement on their faces was unbelievable! The Green Room was for a Erika in the “Green Room” 15 year old girl who did not want anything frilly. With lime green paint and bright orange accents, Erika was thrilled at her “reveal.” In a very practical way, the love of Christ was shown to each of the female residents at Hillcrest. It was one of the most rewarding experiences that I have had the privilege to experience. Wanting to provide an opportunity for Missionettes to be a part of a Missions experience, the Pennsylvania-Delaware District Missionettes will be sponsoring a Missions Trip to Castillo del Rey in El Salvador in July of this year. The trip will be open to Girls Only (grades 9-12), Sponsors, and Coordinators. We will be working with Missionary Don Triplett doing ministry programs to children on the streets and in schools. Because of the time frame, it is important that you register through me as soon as possible. Each church has received a mailing with applications and more extensive information. For answers to questions, please contact me at: email@example.com. As I have sought the Lord concerning this ministry opportunity, I know that God is going to do some amazing things as each person avails herself to the empowerment of the Holy Spirit. Remember—WE WILL BE WITNESSES!!!
2006 OPPORTUNITIES April 21–23: Missionettes Magnified
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for PA-DE Missionettes
Training and encouragement for Missionettes Sponsors, Helpers and Coordinators PBCC, Carlisle
June 15–17: Stars Powette
June 9–11: Friends and Girls Only Retreat
July (Exact date in mailer):
Ministry to the Friends and Girls Only Clubs PBCC, Carlisle
MISSIONETTES MISSIONS TRIP TO EL SALVADOR
Ministry to the Stars Clubs PBCC, Carlisle
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Greg Scott from Camden, DE assumed the office of Penn Del District Royal Rangers Commander on January 1, 2006. Commander Scott was selected by district leadership to replace retiring Commander Joe Finan. He has served in various district Royal Ranger leadership positions such as Senior Commander of his outpost, Delmarva Sectional Commander, East Division Commander, Junior Training Camps and National Training Camps staff. Greg is admired and respected by his peers for his abilities to reach, teach and keep boys for Christ and over the test of time has proven repeatedly to be a leader you can count on. Here is contact information on Cmdr. Scott: Commander Greg Scott 400 Eagle Nest Drive Camden DE 19934 Tel (302) 697.2313 Email: email@example.com
Outgoing District Commander: Joe Finan
When this issue comes out I will have completed my 40th year in the Royal Rangers ministry. Elected to the post in 1981 at District Council Houston PA and what seems like a flash of 25 years, I now look forward to returning to where I started, “a Royal Ranger helper.” I expect to continue to serve my outpost #56, my home section the Northeast Section and hold some position on the Honey Grove Royal Rangers Camp Council; that is where my heart is. If the truth be known, the RR Campout is the location where the greatest impact on a boy’s life can take place. The Honey Grove camp, located in a beautiful rural setting, has so much to offer a boy in his formative years. If you’re not a RR camp supporter, that’s because you have not been there. We have a long way to go as far a camp development projects go, so in light of HIS return, we will press on to make the camp a pleasant, enjoyable experience for our boys. I expect to be a voice for the Penn Del Royal Rangers as long as the Lord gives me breath and strength. Psalm 44, Jesus leads us to victory, as our Supreme Commander. Thanks for the opportunity to serve this district as the Penn Del Royal Rangers Commander.
2006 NATIONAL CAMPORAMA July 17–21, 2006 to be held at Eagle Rock Campground, Missouri; outposts must submit applications through their respective districts postmarked by April 3, 2006. Cmdr. Mike Garland will be processing all applications with fees. The Penn Del delegations will receive a cost free supply of trade items, pins, patches, etc upon arrival. SIGN UP NOW!
Northeast Region Commanders Conference
• January 20–22, 2006 to be held at Potomac Park Conference Center, Falling Waters WV. • Regional ROTY testing Jan. 20 • Guest speaker Rev Randy Ruiz of Springfield, Cmdr Fred Deaver past National FCF President. • Offering seminars, classes of instruction, updates, great fellowship and the Penn Del Royal Ranger General Store offering the best selection of Royal Ranger apparel anywhere. A must attend 2006 event, don’t miss it. CONNEXIONS WINTER 2006
Harold Crosby WORLD MISSIONS
EARL AND ARLENE STUBBS pastor a large church in Hyderabad, India with attendance of 4,000. However, because they cannot leave the church to come home and itinerate for a year, their budget is in serious trouble. If your church can sacrifice, please make a monthly pledge to their account number 2190189, Springfield, MO. STEVE AND LORI POTUTSCHNIG are expanding their ministry in Bolivia. Included are a new church plant construction, a school for Latin America Child Care, and now an expansion into the jungles of the Amazon. For this they need a boat. DOUG AND CAROL BALDWIN have secured
housing and between the responsibilities of ministry, they are obtaining the necessary furniture piece by piece. They will be planting a new church in Machala, Ecuador. DAVID AND MARYANN VESPA are back in their beloved Kumasi, Ghana after David’s recent medical checkup stateside. The church there is growing rapidly and they hope to soon establish a Bible School there for the training of workers.
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All missionaries are assigned a budget and have to raise it before they can depart for the field to labor for our Lord. Have you ever wondered how long it takes and how much does it cost? Here are some interesting totals from one of our missionaries that has just recently completed his deputation. ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■
Spent 15 months on the road visiting our churches Traveled 31,838 miles Ministered in 198 services Completed cash budget of $41,000 Completed pledge budget of $6,000 per month Required 121 pledges to reach this budget Pledges averaged $51.00 each Eighty-five pledges came from churches Thirty-six pledges came from individuals Required 2.3 services for each church pledge Total offerings received in all services—$63,257.37 Traveling expenses incurred—$24,156.95
When you consider these numbers, please know that this is one of the smallest budgets assigned and the missionary raised it in record time. Congratulations to the excellent work of this missionary, and to all the churches and people who responded to his ministry. 18
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JOSEPH AND ELLEN ANONBY report a cost
of living increase of 39% in the Dominican Republic. They continue to reach out to the people with Bible Studies and classes at the Bible School. THERON AND ALDONNA ROUSH have just a few weeks remaining stateside, then they will resume their church planting activities in Colombia. Their target is the eastern section of Antioquia where 5 new churches are planned. GARY AND CINDY HIGGINS have been to Paraguay, Jamaica and Thailand with Convoy of Hope, distributing much needed food to the poorest of the poor. They report sharing the gospel, with many hundreds accepting Christ. JACK AND GEORIGA BELIN have been with Convoy of Hope responding to an urgent need in Niger, Africa. That country has experienced the worst invasion of locusts in 15 years with much of their farm crops destroyed. Many are starving and need help. JOHN AND FAITH HIGGINS work among the millions of Calcutta, India with multiple responsibilities. They report an active summer with 500 children in their VBS and 300 of their young people attending a youth conference. Work continues on a new boys home.
SOUTH OF THE BORDER A few interesting facts from our Latin neighbors:
• Every country in Latin America is now a sending country. That is, they have caught the urgency of the Great Commission and are sending their own people to other countries to reach the lost with the gospel. For example: El Salvador now supports 75 missionaries. • Buenos Aries, Argentina had 700 believers 10 years ago. Today there are over 20,000 believers in that city. • Brazil has nearly half of the world’s Assemblies of God believers. The Fellowship there has a publishing house that mails 24 million Sunday School quarterlies every quarter.
Benefits of Sending a Missions Team AS A LOCAL CHURCH BODY we look for ways to come under obedience to the Great
Commission. With the command of Jesus in mind, our missions vision and outreach is two-fold: a local vision and a world vision. Our commitment to a world vision is comprised of several components. First, the increase of our mission’s budget significantly each year; and second, sending a missions team to assist our supported missionaries. Fulfilling our world vision takes allowing our ministry to go beyond the borders of our country. Sending missions teams has reaped rich dividends not only to the spiritual health of our church, but also to the increase and excitement of our total missions program. ■ ■
Tony Baker GUEST CONTRIBUTOR PASTOR Faith Assembly of God Roaring Spring, PA
It has increased our understanding of the issues and difficulties missionaries face; We have been awakened to the priority of providing sustained prayer and financial support; The “mission mindedness” or our entire church body is reflected through increased faith promises each year; Missions trips have made us more knowledgeable of the needs, sacrifices and hardships of third-world countries; It has multiplied our own church’s disciple-making efforts; Participating in missions teams has been instrumental in team members volunteering for local ministry opportunities; Team members have become instruments in winning the lost, assisting and equipping missionaries as well as developing cross-cultural relationships.
Sending missions teams has assisted me in modeling to our congregation the manner in Roaring Spring MAPS Team, which we fulfill our mission vision and look at Cochabamba, Bolivia the world. It has been said that 80% of today’s Christian workers and missionaries have been a part of a short-term ministry team experience. Our missions teams are sent out with the knowledge that what they are doing is the very heart of God. It has brought wonderful excitement and growth to our church. CONNEXIONS WINTER 2006
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encourage our youths to invite any non-believing friends into a non-threatening
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