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Spotlight on AG Ethnic/Language Fellowships: National Fijian Fellowship and Filipino-American Christian Fellowship

Wed, 03 Sep 2008 - 2:32 PM CST

This is part one in an ongoing series highlighting the Assemblies of God Ethnic/Language Fellowships and their ministry to the culturally distinct people in the United States. The following information is intended to help individuals and churches connect with these fellowships and increase awareness about what each fellowship is doing and where God is leading them.

National Fijian Fellowship
President: Reverend Isikeli V. Tuirabe
Address: 7899 Albion Way, Sacramento CA 95832
E-mail: tuirabe@sbcglobal.net
Phone: (916) 427-7884
Office hours: Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Year established: 1990
Number of churches: 16
Number of people in fellowship: 1,000
Number of states represented: 5

Currently, Tuirabe reports that there is a sense of revival, excitement and healing among the Fijian Fellowship, with great expectation in God for breakthroughs.

Tuirabe also says the fellowship would love to extend their borders in planting multiethnic and multicultural churches to reach other ethnic groups.

Downtown Community Celebration Fellowship of the Assemblies of God is the church Tuirabe pastors in Sacramento. Planted two years ago, they are reaching out not only to fellow Fijians, but also to "every class of people from every walk of life."

In the past year six of the church's board members were equipped, blessed and released to other ministries.

"We are excited to see that God the Holy Spirit is transforming lives as we connect with people everywhere," says Tuirabe. "Souls are saved, discipled, nurtured and challenged to be excited about their faith as they become a living witness for God daily."

Filipino-American Christian Fellowship
President: Reverend Nilo Jaren M. Lapasaran, Jr.

Lapasaran

Address: Heights Worship Center InterNATIONal Ministries, 2531 Vallecito Drive, Hacienda Heights, CA 91745
E-mail: jarenlapasaran@gmail.com
Phone: (909) 709-1725
Web site: www.filamfel.org
Year established: 1976
Number of churches: 75
Number of people in fellowship: 10,000
Number of states represented: 11

The Filipino-American Christian Fellowship is currently emphasizing aggressive church multiplication, discipleship, children's ministry and worship and prayer mobilization.

Alan Misael is a Filipino ordained minister, trained and educated in the Philippines. He is currently pastoring Findlay (Ohio) First Assembly of God, a church that recently celebrated its 100th anniversary. Lapasaran says, "This story is an amazing reality that Filipino immigrant pastors are ready and capable to serve our AG churches here in America."

Lapasaran believes God is leading the fellowship towards a house church movement, parenting churches in other states and sending out 20-somethings to serve in ministry.

Looking ahead, the Filipino-American Christian Fellowship has set a goal to have 100 churches by 2014, the 100-year anniversary of the Assemblies of God.


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This is part one in an ongoing series highlighting the Assemblies of God Ethnic/Language Fellowships and their ministry to the culturally distinct people in the United States. The following information is intended to help individuals and churches connect with these fellowships and increase awareness about what each fellowship is doing and where God is leading them.

National Fijian Fellowship
President: Reverend Isikeli V. Tuirabe
Address: 7899 Albion Way, Sacramento CA 95832
E-mail: tuirabe@sbcglobal.net
Phone: (916) 427-7884
Office hours: Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Year established: 1990
Number of churches: 16
Number of people in fellowship: 1,000
Number of states represented: 5

Currently, Tuirabe reports that there is a sense of revival, excitement and healing among the Fijian Fellowship, with great expectation in God for breakthroughs.

Tuirabe also says the fellowship would love to extend their borders in planting multiethnic and multicultural churches to reach other ethnic groups.

Downtown Community Celebration Fellowship of the Assemblies of God is the church Tuirabe pastors in Sacramento. Planted two years ago, they are reaching out not only to fellow Fijians, but also to "every class of people from every walk of life."

In the past year six of the church's board members were equipped, blessed and released to other ministries.

"We are excited to see that God the Holy Spirit is transforming lives as we connect with people everywhere," says Tuirabe. "Souls are saved, discipled, nurtured and challenged to be excited about their faith as they become a living witness for God daily."

Filipino-American Christian Fellowship
President: Reverend Nilo Jaren M. Lapasaran, Jr.

Lapasaran

Address: Heights Worship Center InterNATIONal Ministries, 2531 Vallecito Drive, Hacienda Heights, CA 91745
E-mail: jarenlapasaran@gmail.com
Phone: (909) 709-1725
Web site: www.filamfel.org
Year established: 1976
Number of churches: 75
Number of people in fellowship: 10,000
Number of states represented: 11

The Filipino-American Christian Fellowship is currently emphasizing aggressive church multiplication, discipleship, children's ministry and worship and prayer mobilization.

Alan Misael is a Filipino ordained minister, trained and educated in the Philippines. He is currently pastoring Findlay (Ohio) First Assembly of God, a church that recently celebrated its 100th anniversary. Lapasaran says, "This story is an amazing reality that Filipino immigrant pastors are ready and capable to serve our AG churches here in America."

Lapasaran believes God is leading the fellowship towards a house church movement, parenting churches in other states and sending out 20-somethings to serve in ministry.

Looking ahead, the Filipino-American Christian Fellowship has set a goal to have 100 churches by 2014, the 100-year anniversary of the Assemblies of God.


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SAGU Adds Online Extension Sites Coast to Coast

Wed, 29 Oct 2014 - 2:26 PM CST

Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) now has 13 active online extension sites offering classes across the nation.

Eddie Davis, vice president of enrollment and retention, said, "SAGU has aggressively embraced the strategy of extension sites in order to provide an accessible education to potential students who do not fit the mold of a traditional on-campus or online student."

SAGU extension sites present the unique ability to partner with churches around the country that value accredited college level training as well as practical hands-on ministry experience. In many cases, SAGU's online extension sites allow students to remain close to home and attend college at a reduced cost.

Currently, SAGU is operating 13 online extension sites across the country including: Bethesda Community Church in Ft. Worth, Texas; Christ Church in Ft. Worth, Texas; Griffin First Assembly in Griffin, GA; Impact Now, Cornerstone Church in San Antonio, Texas; Life Church in Germantown, WI; Visalia First Assembly in Visalia, CA; Life Church in Roscoe, IL; as well as six additional locations in Kansas, Pennsylvania, Missouri, California, and Texas. New sites are planned to open in the Spring and Fall of 2015.

Davis continued, "Students are trained not only by highly esteemed, academically qualified SAGU faculty, but also by local church leaders and influencers in the field. The dynamic of extension sites creates an active and exciting learning experience for our students."

Extension sites currently offer an AA in Bible degree or a BA in Church Leadership. For more information about SAGU extension sites, email som@sagu.edu.

To learn more about SAGU, located in Waxahachie, Texas, see its website.

Authors: William Elliot

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