Benin Ministry Report
Following the problems related to Yang Yuh-Minh, for several years the Church of Benin was left to its own. The members were able to unmask the false prophet except for about ten people.
During this period, guided by the Holy Spirit, the Church of Cotonou was able to organize itself for its survival with local offerings by renting a classroom in a school on Saturdays in order to keep the Sabbath and the unity of the Assembly.
The adversary tried to bring them back under his influence, going so far as to offer them money. Despite their poverty, understanding the real issue, the brothers and sisters were able to resist.
In the conflict with Mr. Yang, they had to leave the church building and enter a court trial. This has led to discouragement and dispersion of members. After numerous postponements of the trial, the court ruled in favor of the church; but the adversary appealed, preventing the brothers and sisters from recuperating their building.
At the same time, by the grace of God, spiritual and material help from a brother from Nigeria not only allowed the brothers and sisters to have a place to keep the Sabbath and preach, it also enabled them to progress in their spiritual practice.
In 2016, the FAMC (French AMC) was established to help the church of Cotonou. Since then, regular missions have been carried out twice a year with the goal to strengthen the Church, carry out sacraments, and also correct the heresies brought by YM, such as the dualism that had affected the members of Cotonou.
Regular follow-ups are also done by the missionaries and the brother of Nigeria through phone calls, internet and instant messaging.
Members are invited to a one-hour morning prayer service that continues today.
Evangelism in Pahou, a village near Cotonou, has established a new point of worship and a brother from Cotonou has built a church in his house so that there is a meeting point in the village.
In 2018, a leaflet containing all the verses of our foundations was printed and given to the church. A specimen of the hymns in French were also left in places of worship.
The more detailed booklets on the foundations are also ready for printing.
This year, the missions aim to establish religious education and teach more church hymns and then pass on the relay of regular follow-up work to pastors from neighboring countries: Nigeria and Ghana, in order to space visits and continue to spread the Gospel to other francophone countries.
2 new leaflets are to be printed before the next mission, namely:
- One on the Holy Spirit
- One on the Sabbath
The next one in progress concerns baptism.
A document for religious education teachers with the basis of our belief has been translated from “Just for me”. It must be formatted and also printed.
The handover from neighboring countries is not yet established and is part of the year’s objectives.
In conclusion, the hard trials that the church of Cotonou has been able to go through have made it possible to highlight the fidelity and perseverance of the members for God and His church.
Continuing to rely on His faith, strengthened by His experience, knowledge and perseverance in daily prayer, the church must continue to move forward with confidence.
For this to happen, members must progress in offering and preaching in order to allow God to continue to bless and grow the church in Benin, with the help of future pastors from English-speaking churches and the follow-up of the FAMC.
2019 Summer Student Spiritual Convocation in Central Region
Please be informed of 2019 Summer E2/J1/J2 Student Spiritual Convocations (SSC) in the Central Region. Details are as follows:
Theme: A Life of Prayer
Dates: 6/23/2019 (5:30 pm) – 6/28/2019 (7:30 pm)
Sunday, 6/23 at 5:30 pm, Dinner at 6:00 pm
Opening Ceremony at 7:00 pm
Dallas Church, TX
Airport: Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) or Dallas Love Field Airport (DAL)
Attendees: Students in grades 4 to 12 (as of September 2019)
Deadline: May 19, 2019
Please note that a completed registration form is required from each attendee. If the attendee is under age 18, be sure to have the parent/guardian sign it before handing it to the RE coordinator.
Attached are the registration form (for participants) and general information sheet (for lead teachers and parents). During the convocation, attendees will lodge on church premises and will be expected to maintain a high level of discipline.
If you have any questions regarding SSC, please contact the following SSC Coordinators:
General Coordinator: Pastor Vuthy Nol-Mantia (Vuthy.Nolmantia@TJC.org)
Counseling Coordinator: Sister Priscilla Lo (Priscilla.Lo@TJC.org)
Curriculum Coordinator: Sister Evelyn Chew (email@example.com)
Logistics Coordinator: Sister Janet Kuo (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Please encourage your local area students to attend the SSC and to remember it in your prayers!
Flushing Church Dedication Ceremony
Hallelujah! Greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. We praise and give thanks to our Lord Jesus Christ for His abundant blessing and guidance. Flushing Church is very joyful to inform that on July 14th, 2019, we will be having our Church Dedication Ceremony. Our Dedication Ceremony will be held on Sunday, July 14th, 2019 at 10:30 AM and we would like to extend our warmest welcome to our brothers and sisters to participate. The closest airport is LaGuardia Airport (LGA). Those who will need assistance with transportation and lodging or would like to know further information should contact us at email@example.com. Please keep the growth and ministry of the Flushing Church in your prayers. We look forward to worshiping together for the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Driving directions to True Jesus Church in Flushing
Address: 146-19 Beech Ave, Flushing NY 11355
Phone: 646-284-3811 (Bro. Chad Liu)
Directions: Take the I-495 East to Exit 24 and turn left onto Kissena Blvd. Turn right onto Rose Ave, then turn left onto Parsons Blvd, and then right onto Beech Ave. Church is on the left.