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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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EF2 Tornado Damages AG Church, TV Towers and Station; AG Responding to Community Needs

Wed, 15 Oct 2014 - 8:58 PM CST

TV Towers
Just a pile of twisted steel and cables are all that remain of The Assembly's TV towers. (Photo courtesy of The Cross radio station, Facebook)

Pastor Shane Warren and his staff at The Assembly in West Monroe, Louisiana, feel blessed even though Warren estimates the church and student housing for its School of Urban Missions experienced as much as $200,000 (estimated) in damages and its television station suffered millions of dollars of damage when an EF2 tornado ripped through the city on Monday.

"We dodged a bullet," Warren says in obvious relief and thankfulness. "The tornado was right above us, we had 60 or 70 people in the church at that time - they easily could all have been killed. You look at all the damage [in the city], and it seems a lot of people should have been killed."

According to Gene Brown, the regional executive presbyter, the towers were completely torn down by the powerful winds that struck the area, twisting them around and dropping them to the ground. The tornado also tore the roof off of the station building located next to the towers.

"We had two towers, side by side; one 700 feet, the other 500 feet," Warren says. "It will cost about $1.5 million to replace the towers and another $1.5 million to replace the transmitter. We haven't been inside of the station yet — the roof was tore off and rain flooded the interior — and the equipment inside is pretty sensitive."

"The church had just finished quite a bit of repair work to the station due to some earlier flooding," Brown says. "Now, the two Christian stations they were managing, KWMS and KMCT, are off the air."

According to a Facebook report by the The Cross, a Christian radio station in neighboring Monroe, Louisiana, thousands of homes and downtown businesses in West Monroe are still without power, with numerous schools in the area being closed due to damage and power outages.

Brown observed many traffic lights down and trees uprooted in the area. But what's remarkable, he says, is that just last week international compassion ministry, Convoy of Hope, and its ministry, Rural Compassion, had stocked supplies and held a "first responders" training session at nearby Point Assembly of God, only a 20-mile drive northwest of West Monroe.

"Curtis Wilson, head of Rural Compassion in our area, has his men out right now going through the city," Brown says. "He's out there with his team, cleaning things up."

Warren says that the church's Wednesday evening services are cancelled, but if they can get a gas leak repaired, he hopes to have services on Sunday — even if only by candlelight.

Keywords: AG churches
Authors: Dan Van Veen

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