The pastors were joined by bus captains, Sunday school teachers and youth workers in attending the 2013 Interchurch Holiness Outreach and Bus Convention in Camby, Indiana on March 5-7. Rev. Chris Cravens was the scheduled evening speaker. Various sessions addressed issues important to our people. Our workers came home encouraged and challenged.
Pastor James Plank ministered in Papua New Guinea, January 6-15, 2013. Preaching at Lae, Port Moresby and at the National Holiness Camp in Pabarabuk. He was accompanied by his daughter, Jennifer and the Dr. Tim Slavens Family, former medical missionaries to PNG. Revival is on in Papua New Guinea. Nightly, crowds of people filled the large tabernacle with 12-15,000 people present by the weekend. A moving of God in the Saturday evening service resulted in thousands of seekers. To God be the Glory! A special thanks to those who supported this trip and prayed! God answered prayer. The Papua New Guinea Bible Church is now the largest Protestant group in the country. Holiness is on the rise as over six hundred churches are making a difference in each community. Pacific Bible College and Tambul Bible School are doing an excellent job of preparing young people for the harvest. The leadership, pastors and laypeople are committed to the holiness way and have stood under immense pressure from even former missionaries who have departed from the faith. On the very first night of the camp, those in opposition to the holiness way, cut tree’s down on the electric wires leading to the mission compound. When the repairmen came the next day to fix the problem, they were paid money NOT to fix the lines. Despite the opposition of the enemy, God is giving revival throughout the land. Pray for a continued moving of His Spirit on the PNG Bible Church.
The children enjoy sitting on the tabernacle posts during service.
Church bus “truck” with camp attendees.
Youann Tainapel (President of Pacific Bible College) Wane Ninjipa (National Church Chairman) James Plank and a pastor.
James Plank, with daughter, Jennifer.
A welcome service at a local church.
A youth group bringing a special number in song.
The Port Moresby congregations gave an exceptional welcome. Tobias Nangunduo is president of the Institute of Christian Academy, a Christian school affiliated with PNG Bible Church. It is the largest A.C.E. school in the world with nearly 1300 students. Tobias was our guide and helper for the entire trip- but we started on his campus with a pig roast.
A church bus arriving with excited church folks for camp meeting.
Heavy flooding and roadblocks made for interesting travels…
James Plank with two faithful friends, Tobias & Joe.
The people in Lae are so very special. District Chairman John Nau and wife with Dr. & Mrs. Tim Slavens.
Clarence Nolt passed away this afternoon, December 30, 2012. Clarence and Naomi were married over sixty years and loved each other and the Lord very much. He will be missed by our congregation- but a better day is waiting! Our sincere sympathy to the Nolt family.
Tabitha Cooley presented an update on her work as an educator in South Africa on Sunday evening, December 30th, in the 6:30 service. Visiting with her was one of her former students who will be attending Penn View Bible Institute.
The Christmas Candlelight Service was organized by Wanda Knapp. The children and youth did a great job telling The Story one more time!
Included in the Morning Worship today was a bell choir from The Gospel Station and a choir selection from Crossroads Youth. Great times!
In loving memory of Doug Sunday, a Memorial Service will be held at the Beavertown God’s Missionary Church on Thursday, December 20, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. The family will receive guests from 6-7 p.m. at the church. ”Memory is one gift of life that death cannot destroy.”
Many of the men who helped with the Barn Raising were recognized Sunday- Richard Parthemer of Parthemer Farms presented Pastor Plank a check towards the principle of the building loan for $31,500.00!
Pictured above from left to right:
Front Row: Jamison Plank, Zach Rine, Jeffrey Anderson, Paul Zechman, Richard Yoder, Doug Shaffer, Nathan Zechman, Zach Herrick, Mark Zechman, Colton Parthemer, Jordan Snook, Dolan Anderson, Colton Walter, Hunter Anderson, Darvin Anderson
Second Row: Gary Beachel, Harry Plank, Nick Rine, Thomas Musser, Sam Lantz, Wayne Anderson, Kevin Forney, Jerry Yoder, Todd Sprenkel, Levi Musser, Doug Hoffman, Keith Rine, Roger Shambach, Chad Sprenkel, Fred Bittner, Isaac Bittner
Third Row: Larry Kratz, Jason Snook, Craig Davis, Wes Knapp, Doug Rine, Chris Hommel, Dwight Rine, Terry Yoder, Jeff Stratton, Richard Parthemer, James Plank, Tim Robertson, Rodney Brought, Justin Stanton, Sam Kuhns, John Stanton, Terry Walter, Dan Walter, John Snook, David Walter, Michael Maloyed
Not Pictured: Derrick Parthemer, Bill Woodling, Donald Hallenbeck, Ron Hallenbeck, Tim Schultz, Roy Hoffman, Matt Maloyed, Matt Espenshade, Charles Leitzel, John Zechman
Included in our Morning Worship, the Pre-Teen Class presented the story of the Christmas tree and how it relates to Christ’s birth.