“Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil” ( 1 Corinthians 13:4, 5). Troubles exist between brethren in the church because they fail to understand what constitutes true Christian charity, brotherly affection, and Christlike love. Self-love and self-esteem lead professed Christians to measure themselves by themselves. They take for granted that all their surmisings and suspicions of others are correct.
Mabinay, Negros Oriental—On November 2, 2019, twelve souls in Mabinay, Negros Oriental, publicly announced their decision to serve the Lord through baptism at Mabinay Spring Resort, in Mabinay, Negros Oriental, the Philippines. This baptism ceremony was officiated by Brother Carlos Estrera, Sr. assisted by Brother Alfred Briones.
The Southeast United States Field held its 15th Delegation Session from November 3-5, 2019 at Locust Springs Christian Retreat Center in Greeneville, Tennessee. The SEUSF is comprised of ten states: Virginia, West Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, and Florida. A total of 46 delegates were invited to attend, representing the various offices, departments, and churches of the Field.
Effective mission is based on effective preparation. By God’s grace, the SDARM provides missionary training in various locations around the world and in various languages. Each of these programs seeks to fulfill the opening steps of the Gospel Commission to “Go … and teach all nations ... Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you.” In order to fulfill this commission we must “rightly train” those who will enter into the mission work.
On the evening of 12 November 2019, Sydney, Australia time, the bushfires raging in New South Wales, Australia, passed through our Elim Heights Youth Camp, nestled in the surrounds of the Yengo National Park.
The fire has destroyed the main meeting hall, the main machinery shed, the roof of the small toilet block, and a cottage that was housing the NSW Conference President, Nathan Tyler and his family. While personal effects have been destroyed, we are grateful to the Lord that no life was lost.