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Mon, 15 Mar 1999 - 12:00 AM CST

Illinois: District Superintendent Paul Martin and his wife, Ann, recently returned from a ministry trip to Sri Lanka and India. The Martins visited New Life Assembly of God in Chennai, (formerly Madras) India. New Life Assembly is now one of the largest churches in Asia. Three Sunday morning services at 6 a.m., 8:30 a.m., and 11 a.m. have a combined attendance of about 14,000. "I had the privilege of preaching in both the 6 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. services," Martin said. "I know what you're thinking-the same thing I thought-6 a.m.! The chickens aren't even up. The 5,000-seat auditorium was full!" Pastor David Mohan and New Life Assembly have started 120 churches in this city of 8 million people.

New Mexico: The district-sponsored "Church Explosion '99" seminar will be held April 30 and May 1 at First Family Church in Albuquerque. "Strategizing for church growth in the 21st century can be a real challenge," says the Rev. Darrell Kelly, district youth and Christian education director. "Yet God is presenting us with unprecedented opportunities to reach our communities, our nation and our world." The Rev. Alton Garrison, pastor of First Assembly of God in North Little Rock, Ark., will be the featured guest for general and workshop sessions.

Ohio: In the aftermath of Hurricane Mitch, devastated Central American communities will need assistance for years to come. District Foreign Missions Secretary Hugh Rosenberg visited Nicaragua and El Salvador with three other district pastors. He was so moved by the tragedy that he called District Superintendent Robert Crabtree. "I said we have got to help," Rosenberg recalls. He also sent an appeals letter to district churches. "The response was outstanding," he reports. Nearly $63,000 was donated initially. While these funds were used to send shipments of medicine, food and clothing, additional medicines valued at nearly $280,000 were collected. "We are in the process of sending three more containers of food," Rosenberg says. "We hope, for months to come, to continue sending clothing. God has opened doors in marvelous ways."

Southern California: The Rev. Gordon Houston, pastor of the Assembly of God church in San Jacinto, was recently give the "Home Town Hero" award. He and two other local men (both teachers) were chosen by the Valley Merchants Bank as the first three recipients to set the standard for award winners for the years to come. "Gordon wondered what it was all about when the town leaders made the appointment to tell him," says Assistant District Superintendent David Gable. "'We have watched you and your church for years,' they told him, 'trying to figure out what was your ulterior motive for all the things you've done to help here in town. Finally, we decided you didn't have one.'" Gable and District Superintendent Ray Rachels were among the hundreds present at the awards presentation.


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Illinois: District Superintendent Paul Martin and his wife, Ann, recently returned from a ministry trip to Sri Lanka and India. The Martins visited New Life Assembly of God in Chennai, (formerly Madras) India. New Life Assembly is now one of the largest churches in Asia. Three Sunday morning services at 6 a.m., 8:30 a.m., and 11 a.m. have a combined attendance of about 14,000. "I had the privilege of preaching in both the 6 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. services," Martin said. "I know what you're thinking-the same thing I thought-6 a.m.! The chickens aren't even up. The 5,000-seat auditorium was full!" Pastor David Mohan and New Life Assembly have started 120 churches in this city of 8 million people.

New Mexico: The district-sponsored "Church Explosion '99" seminar will be held April 30 and May 1 at First Family Church in Albuquerque. "Strategizing for church growth in the 21st century can be a real challenge," says the Rev. Darrell Kelly, district youth and Christian education director. "Yet God is presenting us with unprecedented opportunities to reach our communities, our nation and our world." The Rev. Alton Garrison, pastor of First Assembly of God in North Little Rock, Ark., will be the featured guest for general and workshop sessions.

Ohio: In the aftermath of Hurricane Mitch, devastated Central American communities will need assistance for years to come. District Foreign Missions Secretary Hugh Rosenberg visited Nicaragua and El Salvador with three other district pastors. He was so moved by the tragedy that he called District Superintendent Robert Crabtree. "I said we have got to help," Rosenberg recalls. He also sent an appeals letter to district churches. "The response was outstanding," he reports. Nearly $63,000 was donated initially. While these funds were used to send shipments of medicine, food and clothing, additional medicines valued at nearly $280,000 were collected. "We are in the process of sending three more containers of food," Rosenberg says. "We hope, for months to come, to continue sending clothing. God has opened doors in marvelous ways."

Southern California: The Rev. Gordon Houston, pastor of the Assembly of God church in San Jacinto, was recently give the "Home Town Hero" award. He and two other local men (both teachers) were chosen by the Valley Merchants Bank as the first three recipients to set the standard for award winners for the years to come. "Gordon wondered what it was all about when the town leaders made the appointment to tell him," says Assistant District Superintendent David Gable. "'We have watched you and your church for years,' they told him, 'trying to figure out what was your ulterior motive for all the things you've done to help here in town. Finally, we decided you didn't have one.'" Gable and District Superintendent Ray Rachels were among the hundreds present at the awards presentation.


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