Short Takes

October 24, 2018

Brief reports from our churches worldwide.

New South Africa District Superintendent Installed

The retirement of Reverend Edie Sadike as South Africa District Superintendent was announced on Sunday, October 28, during the South Africa camp meeting in Bapsfontein. Appreciation was expressed to Reverend Sadike and his wife, Ruth, for twenty-three years of service in this office, beginning on December 7, 1995. Under his leadership, the work has grown and remained stable even in times of adversity.  

His successor was named as Reverend Confidence Nemaungani, whose father, Gerson, had held the same office until his death in 1995. Reverend Nemaungani was raised in this Gospel, received salvation as a young man, and has served the Lord in many capacities since then, including as a Sunday school teacher, interpreter, finance chairman, and board member. He and his wife, Monica, have three teenage children.

The support from the congregation for Reverend Nemaungani was overwhelmingly positive; a spontaneous roar of approval went up and reverberated throughout the tabernacle for some minutes. The formal installation then took place with the ministers gathering to lay hands and pray for him.  

 

2018 Australia Camp Meeting

The 2018 Australia camp meeting, held annually in Sydney since 2015, ran from September 30 to October 7, and was marked by fervent prayer. One visitor prayed through to salvation on the opening day, and later in the week received sanctification.

This year’s theme was “Fortified,” and the morning teachings reflected this with such messages as “Fortified by the Blood of Jesus” and “Fortified by Love.” The afternoons were reserved for special services and activities including a children’s meeting, youth service, and barbeque. The evening meetings included evangelistic services, the annual concert, and a slideshow of photos from last year’s camp meeting and special events.

The weekend following the camp meeting, special meetings were held in Melbourne, and the atmosphere of prayer continued. Reverend Sam Ajayi, Director of Australia Work was there and reported, “The Sunday morning devotional service began with a prelude which included the song ‘I Made a Covenant with My Lord.’ As the congregational singing followed with ‘Revive Us Again’ and ‘We’re Marching to Zion,’ the Spirit began to move, and when the saints sang ‘The Old Rugged Cross,’ tears flowed. Then the person who was asked to lead the opening prayer was also overcome, and the service was halted for a time while everyone went to their knees. What a wonderful time of revival in prayer followed!”

The work in Australia began in 2003 and now includes a church in both Sydney and Melbourne, as well as a newer group in Perth. 

 

A New Senior Pastor for Portland Congregation

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On May 27, Reverend Darrel Lee announced to the Portland congregation that the Board of Trustees had approved his recommendation to appoint a Portland senior pastor, a position separate from that of superintendent general which Rev. Lee will continue to hold.

He explained the decision saying, “As the work has expanded over the years, demands for the superintendent general’s time and attention have grown, at the expense of devoting attention to the Portland church. It is challenging to adequately oversee the worldwide work and simultaneously give this congregation the attention it deserves from its pastor. This dilemma will only grow and further press future superintendent generals. Of even greater concern is that it will also adversely affect the next generation of Portland congregants. Therefore, after patient and prayerful consideration, I have concluded that now is the appropriate time to appoint a senior pastor.”

Reverend David Lambert and his wife, Rosie, were asked to move their family from Woodlake, California, where he was serving as pastor, to fill the vacancy in Portland, and they agreed. The Lamberts moved with their two daughters and Rosie’s mother, and the official transition took place on September 23, 2018.