Takoma Park, Md. (PRWEB) December 12, 2014
The Washington Adventist University (WAU) Department of Religion will soon be offering courses in field evangelism to students interested in urban ministry who are also participating in the REACH Columbia Union Evangelism School (RCUUES) in Philadelphia, Pa. The two schools and the Columbia Union Conference of the Seventh-day Adventist Church signed a memorandum of understanding recently that will guide the joint training effort.
“We are pleased to work with the REACH Columbia Union Urban Evangelism School to help train students who are interested in urban ministry,” said WAU President Weymouth Spence, Ed.D., R.T. “Washington Adventist University has long been a gateway to service, offering encouragement to faculty, students and staff who participate in mission trips locally and abroad. This agreement offers students yet another opportunity to learn how to better serve others in our North American cities and urban areas.”
“Engaging young adults is a priority for the Seventh-day Adventist Church and the Columbia Union Conference,” said Dave Weigley, president of the Columbia Union Conference. “This partnership will provide a great opportunity for us to help our young people experience the mission of our church firsthand. We’re pleased that one of our own young adults, Dr. Tara VinCross, will serve as director and help prepare young leaders for service.”
As part of the signed agreement, faculty from the WAU Department of Religion will provide leadership training in discipleship, community development, urban agriculture and various aspects of evangelism. The joint effort will provide students with the opportunity to gain a unique experience in metropolitan/urban ministry through a selection of courses that will enrich their experience in urban ministry. The REACH Urban Evangelism School’s hands-on curriculum is offered as a 12-month training and experiential program that prepares students for ministry in cities and urban areas throughout North America.
Students interested in urban ministry and participating in the Urban Evangelism School program will be able to earn up to 15 credits that will be transferrable to any college, and can be counted toward a degree. The WAU courses that will be offered include such topics as Jesus and the Gospels; Ellen G. White and the Gift of Prophecy; Knowing and Sharing Christ; Ministry in the City; The Theory and Practice of Urban Ministry; and Church Growth in the Urban Setting.
As part of the memorandum of understanding, students in the evangelism school program who take the WAU-provided courses will be required to maintain at least a 2.8 grade point average and must be recommended for the courses by their instructors and the advisory committee of REACH Columbia Union, based on classroom and field evaluation.
The REACH Columbia Union Urban Evangelism School is required under the agreement to maintain a high standard of student personal integrity and academic rigor throughout the experiential learning process. The agreement also requires the evangelism school to offer its Urban Mission Year experience to WAU Theology students and those with other majors. As part of the agreement, the Urban Evangelism School will provide appropriate housing for participating WAU students at a location that is close to the school’s Ministry Center in Philadelphia.
For more information about REACH Columbia Union Urban Evangelism School, go to http://reachcolumbiaunion.squarespace.com. For more information about Washington Adventist University, go to http://www.wau.edu
Supporting and working for the under-privileged people, is one of the ways you can serve socially. A Charitable Organization is a type of non-profit organization. There are many Charitable Organizations that work for the poorest of the poor people so as to make their life meaningful and worthy. The volunteers of these organizations travel to many countries across the globe so that the problems of the people could be understood who live in the remotest of villages.
Similarly, there are charities collected for poor children too. The Charity Child aids in providing the basic amenities of life to the children across the globe, or wherever needed, i.e. in the times of natural disasters. In different countries, there are many NPOs (Non-Profit Organizations) that work for various needs of small and young children. From food to clothing, shelter, education, etc are the requirements of the children that these charitable organizations work for.
The NGOs or NPOs work on different sectors of improvement in Health, Better Employment Opportunities for Women and Provision of Working from home, Care of Old Age People, Orphans, Families badly affected due to Natural Calamities, Shelter and Support to Neglected Old Age Parents, Provision of Educational Facilities to the poor and the needy children and Youngsters.
The international charityTrusts are like a blessing to the poorest of the poor. It works hard at every step so as to provide better living conditions to the underprivileged classes. All its resources are poured into the service of the poor strata in various countries and for the most deprived areas of the countries such as Africa, India, and China. The organizations support missionaries, ministers, other charities, churches, and other Mission oriented activities. These trusts provide international charity for the deprived areas in many parts of the world.Many charitable trust works on a 100% charitable basis and it doesn’t employ any paid staff.
Working for charity means there should be a clear vision, i.e. the vision for the poor and their benefit. The Holy Book Bible too teaches us about justice and mercy. The donations collected for the well being and care of the poor, are honestly and purely utilized for a particular cause only. Since many years lot many Charitable organizations are there, who are working for the World Countries. Donations from the general people, and donation collected from institutions are a great support for the betterment of the needy ones. There are many Projects undertaken by the organizations that comprises of various areas of improvement and betterment of the underprivileged population. The Volunteers who join these charitable organizations, time-to-time visit various places for social service looking after the people in urgent need.The honest and punctual functioning of the Charitable Organizations or Trusts helps at a large scale to erase poverty in many parts of the world and other neglected small size countries.
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Grants, NM (PRWEB) December 12, 2014
Within the pages of Dawn Bohl and Lynette Schmitt’s new book, The Bible Ladies of Mountain, Missouri: The Ministry of Marjorie Barnhart and Virginia Boucher, ($ 14.99, paperback, 9781498417327; $ 7.99, e-book, 9781498417334) readers will discover a real life, God-focused adventure set in the Ozarks. The co-authors share authentic experiences alongside a pair of women with wonderful hearts for God—appropriately tagged “the Bible Ladies.” This book certainly serves its purpose to celebrate the trials and victories of these dedicated Christians, who walk humbly by faith.
“We hope that the stories of the ladies’ lives will encourage other believers to serve wherever He has placed them,” state the authors. “Each believer has a specific place in God’s perfect plan.”
Both Dawn Bohl and Lynette Schmitt have benefited from over forty years of being mentored (by Barnhart and Boucher) in their personal lives, and in their chosen profession of teaching. Not only were they students under these ladies’ teachings, but they grew into maturity by assisting them in service. As the authors witnessed the semi-retirement of the two ladies, they both came to the realization that God was leading them to record the memories of His incredible workings.
Xulon Press, a division of Salem Communications, is the world’s largest Christian self-publisher, with more than 12,000 titles published to date. Retailers may order The Bible Ladies of Mountain, Missouri: The Ministry of Marjorie Barnhart and Virginia Boucher through Ingram Book Company and/or Spring Arbor Book Distributors. The book is available online through xulonpress.com/bookstore, amazon.com, and barnesandnoble.com.
Media Contact: Lynette Schmitt, linnynm(at)gmail(dot)com
Atlanta, Ga (PRWEB) December 03, 2014
What: AMTC’s 64th biannual Winter SHINE 2015
When: Dec. 30, 2014 – Jan. 4, 2015
Where: Gaylord Palms Resort, 6000 W Osceola Parkway, Kissimmee, FL 34746
Why: In the entertainment industry bad is bold. From shocking content to scandalous celebrities, it would appear that controversy and immorality reign. The entertainment industry is the most powerful influence on culture today, especially among young people. Which is why more talented Christians are being called.
How: AMTC is a place where industry polish meets the hands of God. SHINE elevates, equips and encourages amateur and professional performers, ages four and up, to be missionaries in the face of the media. On Tuesday, Dec. 30, excited AMTC performers will meet at the Gaylord Palms Resort in Orlando FL. for the six-day conference
Christian talent development ministry Actors, Models and Talent for Christ announces its 64th biannual SHINE Conference in Orlando, FL. Over 60 of the entertainment industry’s top agents, managers, casting directors and record label producers will attend SHINE in search of new talent. Actors, models, singers, dancers and comedians from AMTC training facilities and regional affiliates have been busy preparing for the conference by attending workshops, rehearsals and photo shoots.
Actors, Models and Talent for Christ is a ministry dedicated to “making good bolder” on the stages of film, fashion, music and theater. Founded in 1982 by New York supermodel Millie Lewis and her daughter Carey Lewis, AMTC’s vision is to see the Great Commission of Jesus Christ fulfilled in all areas of entertainment.
SHINE has been the starting point for many successful entertainment careers like that of LaRecia Hines, who is signed with Major Models. LaRecia has walked for top designers in New York Fashion Weeks. Recently, LaRecia was a featured model in the Mercedes Benz Cape Town Fashion Week.
For more information about AMTC and the biannual SHINE conference, visit http://www.amtcworld.org. To keep up with the movement of Actors, Models and Talent for Christ, follow them on Facebook and Twitter.
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(PRWEB) September 28, 2014
In a tradition-filled Syro Malabar liturgy that was a solemn spiritual feast, in the presence of thousands of devout faithful, over 200 priests and sisters, and 15 bishops from the US and India, His Beatitude Cardinal George Alencherry consecrated Rev. Fr. Joy Alappat as the first auxiliary bishop of St. Thomas Syro Malabar diocese in Chicago. Mar Jacob Angadiath, the Bishop of the diocese and Bishop Mar Pauly Kannookadan of Irinjalakuda, India were the co-consecrators. This was a triple celebration of gratitude for God’s blessings on the diocese, a prayerful celebration of blessings for the new bishop, and a communal celebration of solidarity and appreciation for the many ways in which the 33 year ministry of this exemplary priest has touched thousands of lives on two continents.
In July Pope Francis named Rev. Fr. Joy Alappat, the Vicar of Mar Thoma Sleeha Cathedral in Bellwood, IL as the auxiliary bishop of the Syro-Malabar diocese of Chicago in recognition of the growth of the diocese from 2 parishes and 7 missions in 2001 to 36 parishes and 34 missions now, with over 100,000 faithful in the vast geography of North America, under the spiritual leadership of the current and first bishop of the diocese, Mar Jacob Angadiath.
The newly consecrated bishop was ordained a priest on December 31, 1981 for the diocese of Irinjalakuda. Over the past 33 years, he has been a tireless laborer for the Lord, in the states of Kerala and Tamil Nadu in India, in New Jersey, at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. and at the Cathedral in Bellwood, IL. He has endeared himself to the people he was called to serve, through his piety, spiritual leadership and very affable nature. He is a people’s priest, in every way, and derives a lot of happiness and energy from his dedicated service to God’s people.
The Universal Catholic Church is made up of Latin rite Catholics and 22 Eastern rite Catholic Churches, of which, India based Syro-Malabar Catholic Church is the 2nd largest with over 4 million faithful worldwide. The leader and Major Archbishop of this Church, His Eminence George Cardinal Alancherry remarked that Bishop Alappat will be a “Good shepherd, preacher, administrator of sacraments and sanctifier for the diocese.”
New bishop’s brother, sisters and other family members traveled from India, Italy and parts of US to witness one of their own elevated to the Episcopal ranks. The worldwide Syro Malabar Church rejoices with them for the gift of bishop Mar Joy Alappat to the Church and Her people.
Bishop Mar Joy Alappat has chosen as his Episcopal motto: “Joyfully for your Souls.” The Coat of arms of Bishop Mar Joy Alappatt comprises various elements of personal and spiritual life experiences and his faith journey.
Motto: “Joyfully for your Souls”: A bishops’ personal motto has always been intended to represent his personal spirituality and theologically based philosophy of life and is most frequently grounded in Sacred Scripture or in a prominent Christian tradition.
Bishop Joy’s Motto is a beautiful quote from the second letter of St Paul to the Corinthians chapter 12:15. It is an abbreviated form of Paul’s life and vision. By selecting this quote Bishop Joy confirms his own commitment to work for the Salvation of Souls entrusted to him by God Almighty in a spirit of joy and satisfaction.
Cross: On the top of his emblem stands a cross which symbolizes the cross of Christ that has been raised on Calvary for the sake of remission of sins. The Cross is the power of God for those who are being saved.
Shape of Shield: God always protects us and as a Bishop Mar Joy has to defend the church. It also symbolizes the shield of faith of which St Paul reminds us.
Twelve Stars: It is mentioned in the book of Revelation that Mary represents twelve stars. As Jesus was grown through the hands of Mary, the Church as the continuation of body of Christ would be brought up in the hands of a Bishop.
Holy Spirit: It is the Holy Spirit that sustains the church. Holy Spirit enables us to be full Christians. A Bishop has special responsibility to empower Christians with Holy Spirit.
Letter J: Letter “J” stands for the name of Jesus. ‘No name has been given to us except the name of Jesus for the salvation of human race’.
“O” Holy Eucharist: Holy Eucharist is the source and summit of Christian life. Bishop presiding the Eucharistic celebrations and imparts much strength from the Sacrament of Eucharist. The round shape of Eucharist gives us the message of unity too.
Letter Y: The letter “Y” is depicted in the form of praise and worship community. The church is always a worshipping community and participates in the heavenly liturgy.
Joy: Theme of joy has been projected through these three letters JOY as his name designates. Joy is the echo of God’s life in us. “These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full.” Jn 15:11
Nativity Scene: There is a Nativity scene at the bottom which shares the message of God’s incarnation which was a kind of migration of God to humanity. It represents the Holy Family too.
Bishop Mar Joy Alappat was born in Parappukara as the second son of Mr. and Mrs. Varghese Alappat, in the Indian state of Kerala, in 1956. He studied at St. Mary Minor Seminary in Thrissur and St. Thomas Apostolic Seminary in Kottayam and was ordained a priest of the Syro-Malabarese Diocese of Irinjalakuda by Most Rev. James Pazhayattil in 1981. Fr. Alappat undertook graduate studies at St. Joseph’s Pontifical Institute in Aluva and at Adheva University in Wattair. He then did pastoral work in Chalkudy, Mala and at the Irinjalakuda cathedral. He served in Chennai, India from 1987 as a missionary for the pastoral care of the Syro Malabar immigrant community there. During this time, he also completed his Masters degree in Sociology from Andhra University.
Fr. Joy came to the United States in 1994 and served as Associate Pastor in Staten Island, New York and New Milford, New Jersey. He completed his Clinical Pastoral Education Program and worked at Georgetown University, Washington, DC, as a certified Chaplain. He was invited by Mar Jacob Angadiath in 2001 to serve in the St. Thomas Syro-Malabar Catholic Diocese of Chicago and he was appointed as the Director of Syro-Malabar Mission of Garfield, Newark and Administrator of Our Lady of Sorrows Church, Garfield. He was the Convener of Syro-Malabar Convention 2003, New Jersey. He has been serving as the Pastor (Vicar) of the Mar Thoma Sleeha SyroMalabar Catholic Cathedral, Chicago, Illinois since August 2011. He has written lyrics for several Christian devotional songs and published a few music albums. He is a known retreat preacher, an effective pastor with efficient administrative skills.
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JAMAICA, N.Y. –
(PRWEB) September 11, 2014 — When author Michael Francis England accepted Jesus Christ into his heart, he embarked on a new walk of faith. His new book “Jewels Found along the Path of Life” (published by WestBow Press) shares the joy, pain and wonder England experienced during the first 25 years of his saved life.
“Jewels Found along the Path of Life” features short stories chronicling England’s varied encounters with God. After being born again at the age of 34, England vowed to free himself of sin and open his heart to God’s love. His stories reveal how he was able to get to know God and begin his journey of spiritual growth.
England recounts the many blessings and wonders he experienced at God’s hand as well as the obstacles he overcame. Though he was diagnosed with Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease, which caused atrophy in his limbs and forced him to wear leg braces so he could walk, England spent two years in India and Pakistan spreading God’s word.
Through his new book, England aims to spread God’s message and encourage readers, be they saints or sinners, to turn away from sin and embrace God.
“God chose the weak things of the world to confound the wise, so God can use you, whoever you are and whatever your condition or limitations may be,” England says. “I am crippled physically and require braces on my legs to walk, but God sent me to the uttermost parts of the earth to share his love. All you need is an obedient, willing heart and he will use you.”
“Jewels Found along the Path of Life”
By Michael Francis England
Hardcover | 5.5 x 8.5 in | 168 pages | ISBN 9781490837536
Softcover | 5.5 x 8.5 in | 168 pages | ISBN 9781490837529
E-Book | 168 pages | ISBN 9781490837512
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About the Author
Michael Francis England is an evangelist who has shared the gospel worldwide and spent two years as a missionary in India and Pakistan. He has a Master of Arts in religion, with majors in evangelism and church planting from Liberty University. He resides with his wife Dominique in Jamaica, New York.