July 24, 2017
Century Camp Meeting Begins!
From the Superintendent's DESK
The Century, Florida, camp meeting began on Sunday, July 23, with a good turnout from the Apostolic Faith churches in the southern and eastern United States. Bob Downey, Director of North America Work, and his wife, Cheryl, are there representing Portland, and have written that they enjoyed a great time with the saints on the first day of the camp meeting. They sent the following report:
The Sunday morning service opened with the choir singing “Think About His Love.” During the service Eugene Segres, District Superintendent of Eastern and Southern United States Work, acknowledged Doris Dicks who, in spite of age and physical limitations, made the effort to be at camp meeting again. Sister Doris is the widow of Leon Dicks, one of the late founders of the Apostolic Faith work on the East Coast. The choir sang another number, “In the Beauty of Holiness,” and then greetings were extended on behalf of Darrel and Debbie Lee and the Portland congregation.
As the service continued, Lessie Dixon, from Columbus, Georgia, sang “Where Could I Go?” and Josephine McElveen, the pastor in Washington, D.C., read Acts 16:1-10 for the Scripture reading. Before the sermon, Lisa Pressley, from Birmingham, Alabama, sang “O I Want to See Him.” Brother Eugene took his text from Acts 16:9, and titled his sermon “When Things Go Wrong.” He brought out that even though Paul and Silas knew they were doing God’s will by going to Macedonia, they still ended up being beaten and thrown into prison. Brother Eugene encouraged the congregation to keep on living right and doing right even when hard times come, because God will be faithful to those who put their trust in Him.
Duane Ross, from Richmond, Virginia, led the afternoon youth service, and Woodrena Segres, from Florence, South Carolina, led the congregational singing. Paul Olaogun, from Orlando, Florida, played a medley of hymns on the violin. During the testimony portion of the service, Brother Duane asked six of the youth ministers to share how they lived before they were saved, and the difference God has made in their lives. Some were raised in the Gospel and some were not, but they all testified that God turned them about face when He saved them, and put them on a path of victory! For the last special, Blessing Mbang, from Washington, D.C., sang “He Is Able.” Cory Bell, from Jackson, Alabama, took his text from Mark 5:25-29, and theme of his sermon was “Jesus Is the Answer.” He encouraged the young people to press on in the Gospel, and to get any obstacles out of the way that would hinder them from getting to Jesus.
The Sunday evening service opened with the choir singing “I Will Bless Thee, O Lord” and “There’s Just Something about that Name.” Before testimonies were given, Brother Paul played a number on the violin. For the last special, Carmen Thomas, from Orlando, sang “Jesus Paid It All.” Before Mark Garroway, from our Reed Road church in Houston, Texas, brought the message, he shared how he had a serious speech impediment, making it difficult for him to speak in public. However, after God saved him and he was called to preach, God completely healed him. Taking his text from Acts 1:6-11, he powerfully brought out that “this same Jesus” is coming back again, and we need to be ready! A good prayer meeting followed as people sought the Lord.
Debbie and I are currently in the United Kingdom for the annual camp meeting in Wales, which began on July 22 and continues through July 30. There are several other camp meetings and youth camps scheduled to take place in the near future. Let’s remember all of these in our prayers, and as the Lord tarries, we will expect reports of blessings outpoured around the world.
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