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In Reaching The World

The Roma People

SPRING 2017 | USPS 165-700


DISTRICT CALENDAR

Sectional Council

Feb. 28........SWM – Houston/Central AG – 9:30 am

SCW – Breezewood/Lighthouse – 2:30 pm

MARCH

2..................SCE – Enola/River of God – 9:30 am

SC – Chambersburg/Bethel – 2 pm

6..................NC – Milesburg/Freedom Life – 9:30 am

NCW – Clearfield/Glad Tidings – 2 pm

7..................EC – Hamburg/The Bridge Church – 9:30 am

NE – Hazleton/Faith – 2 pm

9..................GPA – West Chester/Trinity – 9:30 am

DEL – Wilmington/First – 2 pm

MARCH

3-5...............Kids’ Breakaway #2 – BCC

9-11.............National RR Council

12................Daylight Savings Time

18................District Teen Bible Quiz Finals

20................Presbyter Meeting – BCC

21................Credential Interviews – BCC

31-Apr 1......District RR Leaders’ Conference

APRIL

7-8...............Acts 2 Journey #2 – 2017 – BCC

8..................RR Camp Work Day @ Camp Berry

9..................Palm Sunday

12-14...........District Fine Arts Festival – CLA/Camp Hill

13-15...........District Youth Convention – Giant Center, Hershey

16................Easter

20................World Missions Rep’s Meeting – BCC

21-22...........Girls Ministries Impact! Leadership Training – BCC

23................National Youth Day

28................Fasting & Prayer Day

28-30...........RR George Washington FCF Spring Trace

Pennsylvania-Delaware

Ministry Network

4651 Westport Drive

Mechanicsburg, PA 17055

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Editor:

Managing Editor:

Executive Presbytery

Superintendent

Assistant Superintendent

Secretary/Treasurer

Stephen R. Tourville

Bryan Koch

Donald J. Immel

Timothy Bunney Southwest Suburban - SWS

Christopher Clark North Central West - NCW

Roland Coon Delaware - DEL

Steven DeFrain East Central - EC

Jeffrey Kettering South Central - SC

Jeff Marshall Southwest Metro - SWM

Robert Novak Greater Philadelphia Area - GPA

James Pentz North Central - NC

Randall Rhoads South Central East - SCE

Walter Smith South Central West - SCW

Allan Thorpe Northwest - NW

David Twiss Northeast - NE

General Presbyters

Stephen R. Tourville

Donald J. Immel

Bryan Koch

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Honorary General Presbyter

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PennDel Superintendent Emeritus

MAY

1-3...............MinistrieSummit – Monroeville AG

4..................Youth Committee Meeting

5-6...............NE Regional Teen Bible Quiz Finals

13................Kids’ Fun Arts: Harrisburg First AG, Monroeville AG,

Resurrection Life Church/Philadelphia

14................Mother’s Day

18................PennDel Charities Golf Tournament

29................Memorial Day – Ministries Center Closed


In Reaching The World

In Reaching The World

SUPERINTENDENT

Pastor Stephen Tourville, D. Min.

717.795.5921

supt@penndel.org

The Roma People

The Great Commission mandates that we “go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing

them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit” (Matthew 28:19).

That task has been at the point of the spear for the Assemblies of God (AG) since its very beginning and was a

major reason the AG was founded. Those early founding fathers understood that to fulfill Jesus’ command it would

require a joint effort. No individual or local church could accomplish the evangelization of the world by themselves.

It was necessary that individuals and churches across the nation and around the world would partner together to

achieve what Jesus had in mind.

We in the PennDel Ministry Network have embraced the phrase “We’re Better Together.” In our consumer society

it would be easy to limit that concept to our personal advantage of being a part of this movement of the Spirit. The

fact is, we are “Better Together” because of the necessity of fulfilling the reason for our being. Our district mission

statement says we “exist to assist in the development of Spirit-filled leaders and ministries to their fullest potential

for the kingdom of God.” This partnership includes our mandate to reach the nations for Christ.

As a result, opportunities are provided to impact not only our own district through Home Missions and Church

Planting but also people in other global locations. This year we, as a district, are targeting a part of Eastern Europe

where the Spirit of God is working in powerful ways among the Roma people. As an ethnic minority group who are

looked down upon the majority population, these folks, whom Jesus loves and died to save, have little economic

advantages or resources. By partnering with them we can provide needed funds that will greatly add to their

already effective witness for this unreached people group.

Being “Better Together” means we can

make a difference in their part of the world.

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ASSISTANT SUPERINTENDENT

Bryan Koch

610.678.0266 ext. 224

bryankoch@gtaog.org

BEING

Missional

When we seek God and find His

purpose for our life and then begin

to live that out, we are now living

a MISSIONAL lifestyle. This not only

honors God, but it also helps to build

and expand His kingdom. Jesus’

reason for coming is and must be our

reason for being.

Jesus was missional!

Luke 19:10, “For the Son of Man came to seek and save that

which was lost.”

John 10:10, “The thief comes to steal and kill and destroy; I have

come that they may have life, and have it to the full.”

Matthew 20:28, “Just as the Son of Man did not come to be served,

but to give his life as a ransom for many.”

John 3:17, “For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn

the world, but to save the world through Him.”

It is important to remember that BEING MUST COME BEFORE DOING. As Jesus defeated Satan as he was tempting Him, He had the

experience of having God affirm who He actually was. He was now clear about His mission as the Messiah. Then it was time to

determine His strategy.

He was called to redeem and reconcile a fallen world. HIS REASON FOR COMING WAS CLEAR! The whole focus of the temptations

demonstrated the “how” of life. In the mind of God, BEING must always precede DOING!

BEING INVOLVES BEING A

PERSON OF THE WORD.

Christ modeled this for us in His life

and ministry.

We are involved in a personal, local and

global struggle with the forces of light and

darkness. IF JESUS WAS TEMPTED TO LOSE

FOCUS ON HIS REASON FOR BEING:

How much more should we be on guard?

How much more must we be grounded

in His Word?

JESUS’ REASON FOR COMING IS

OUR REASON FOR BEING.

Luke 4:14-30 gives us great insight into

the mission of Jesus. In these verses Luke

gives us amazing insight, through the

Holy Spirit, into the launching of Jesus’

ministry. The Lord had anointed Jesus

for missions!

DOING MUST COME AFTER BEING.

In Luke 4:31-32 we read, “Then he

went down to Capernaum, a town in

Galilee, and on the Sabbath he taught

the people. They were amazed at

his teaching, because his words had

authority.”

Many times in the church our focus is

strictly on “being,” which, of course, is

important. But we must never forget the

importance of finding our purpose so we

can be “doing” God’s will!

In 2017, let’s focus on living a missional lifestyle so we can all “Do Missions Better Together!”

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About People:

Ministers Transferring In:

Dominguez, Shirrie (Ordained)

Dominguez, David (Ordained)

Gordon, Merenda (Licensed)

Gregory, Tiffany (Certified)

Mascaro, Brian A (Licensed)

Ministers Transferring Out:

Crum, Benjamin P (Licensed)

DeLeon, Lydia I (Licensed)

Engle, Joseph (Certified)

Hammer, Tori (Licensed)

Odell, Sean (Ordained)

Twigg, Thomas (Ordained)

from PenFlorida

from PenFlorida

from Potomac

from N California/Nevada

from Southern New England

to Ohio

to Ohio

to Michigan

to PenFlorida

to Oregon

to Arizona

About Churches:

General Council Affiliated:

SkyPoint Church – Wilmington, DE

Lead Pastor – Daniel R Day

The Link Boston – Boston, MA

Lead Pastor – Dave McNaughton

District Affiliated:

Journey Life Church – Philadelphia, PA

Lead Pastor – David Dominguez

CHANGE Community Church – Oxford, PA

Lead Pastor – Elijah Hollis

Parent Affiliated:

Freedom Valley – Spring Grove, PA

Parent Church Lead Pastor – Gerry Stoltzfoos

PAC Leader – Luke Stoltzfoos

Thrive Church – Cambridge, MD

Parent Church Lead Pastor – Gerry Stoltzfoos

PAC Leader – Roger Reynolds

Transferred Churches:

Transformation AG – Oakdale, CT

Lead Pastor – Shirley B Ellis

The Link Boston

Lead Pastor – Dave McNaughton

Pastoral Transitions:

Stephen Fulkes – Trinity AG, Montoursville

SECRETARY/TREASURER

Donald J. Immel

717.795.5921

don@penndel.org

New and Upgraded Credentials:

Certified Minister

Boll, Daniel J

Cox, Brian A

Engle, Joseph B

Goodling, Duane M

Hollis, Isaiah T

Powell, James C W

Strano, Paul M

Verkerk, Landon C

Wilson, (Zachary) Davis

Credentials Reinstated

O’Brien, Timothy (Licensed)

With The Lord:

Licensed Minister

Andreola, Anthony J

Ashton, Diane M

Carse, Jon-Gregory W

DeLeon, Lydia I

Galade, Donald J

Ginther, James D

Hammer, Victoria M

Harris, Jason B

Housman, Paul F

Kane, Beth A

Manning, Thomas R

Miller, William A

Morales, Chayanne M

Munley, Timothy

Pala, David J

Pala, Elizabeth L

Pine, Nicholas A

Profetti III, Steven A

Susan B. Snyder, 87 of Red Bluff, CA, passed away Sept. 10, 2016. Susan was born

in Ansonia, PA and was a graduate of Wellsboro Area High School, Wellsboro, and

Zion Bible Institute, located in East Providence, RI. Susan married James L. Snyder

and together they served as missionaries to the Colorado River Indian Reservation

in Poston, AZ. Susan and her husband James served as lead pastors of Glad Tidings

AG, Clearfield.

David W. Olshevski, 80, of Greenville, PA went home to be with the Lord on

November 29, 2016. He was born in Quakertown and attended Eastern Bible

Institute/University of Valley Forge where he met Janis Lucik. They were married

in 1956, and served our PennDel District as “The Evangelizers” (music ministry),

lead pastor of Spring Glen and Penn Hills, evangelists, and serving our churches and

ministers for over 23 years as a representative for Brotherhood Mutual Insurance

Agency. He is survived by his wife of over 60 years, Janis.

Lillian A. Halvorsen, 86, wife of the late Carl Halvorsen, went to meet her Lord and

Savior on December 5, 2016. Lillian was born in Scranton and graduated from Valley

Forge University in 1954 and was a certified minister with the General Council of the

Assemblies of God. Lillian accompanied Carl in marriage and ministry for over 53 years

serving the following PennDel churches: Bangor, Columbia and Calvary Temple, York.

Walter A. Stuart, 91, went to his Heavenly Home on January 6, 2017. He and his

first wife, the late Lois Mary (Wheatly) Stuart, were married in 1946 in Pennsville,

NJ. Mrs. Stuart died in 2006. He married his second wife, Marian Elizabeth (Sheaffer)

Douglas Stuart, on April 14, 2007. Following his graduation from Eastern Bible Institute/University

of Valley Forge, he served in various churches. Prior to retiring in 1994,

Walt served as the lead pastor of Calvary AG, Waynesboro, for 22 years. Following his

retirement, he continued to serve the church as a visitation pastor. He was an active

ordained minister for over 50 years. He is survived by his wife, Marian.

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Better Together In Missions:

Developing Intercultural

Partnerships

MISSIONS TRIPS are by nature exciting — foreign

countries, different cultures, unfamiliar languages, new food

experiences, not to mention travel. Other than the jet lag,

missions trips are invigorating! Missions trips are also, by

nature, heart wrenching. The lostness of the lost, no matter

where they are found, tugs at the deepest recesses of our

spirit. Additionally, the physical and economic conditions

that we sometimes see elicit feelings of empathy, and we

want to show compassion as a result. This is the setting of

missions. Last fall, a small group from our Network went to

Slovakia to explore what the Lord is doing among the Roma

people, and what partnerships might be developed. Here are

a few thoughts from our team:

“Today we spent the day visiting several villages with the Roma. The first two

villages are likely the most impoverished areas I’ve ever seen. We were invited

into one family’s home, where we were served refreshments and heard their

testimonies of coming to Christ, and the difference that has made. One man

confessed that he was a gambler, drinker, and cheated on his wife. But all that

has changed since coming to the Lord.

The third village we visited (Kendice pronounced “Cendetza”) is the proposed

site for a satellite church. It is located just outside of a Roma village. The mayor

has been helpful to the church (very unusual for a Slovak to treat a Roma well)

because of the observable difference in the people who are coming to faith

in Christ. In fact, we had an afternoon service in the city hall – loaned by the

mayor for that purpose. We prayed on the site before the afternoon meeting.

After a celebration in worship, the Roma people fed us with meat platters

and desserts. Once again, it is difficult to receive such kindness which costs so

much to people of humble means.”

Don Immel

“On one hand, there is a heart

wrenching aspect of poverty

where kids barely have

clothing to wear during the

cold winter months, where

bathing in a trash infested

stream is commonality, and

where starvation is a very

severe reality. Yet the Roma

people are some of the most

generous people I have ever

met in my life.”

Pastor Josh Koss,

Crossroads AG,

Carmichaels, PA

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WORLD MISSIONS

Donald J. Immel

717.795.5921

don@penndel.org

2017 Missions Theme: The annual missions theme for

2017 is “BEYOND BORDERS.” Missions materials may be

ordered at www.agwm.com/resources.

Current Itineration: Our PennDel website has a full,

up-to-date itineration list for our PennDel missionaries during 2017.

New Missionaries Itinerating:

Ben & Jessica Bock (Europe) benjabock@gmail.com

Mike & Jess Brown (Latin America) mikendjessb@gmail.com

Tom & Brooke Harshberger (Europe) tomharshberger@gmail.com

“Something that made an impression in my life from this trip was the

hearts of the local pastors and our US appointed missionaries who are

serving there. They understand the needs that the people have and they

are working together to raise up believers and empower them to serve as

leaders. Our missionaries are working alongside of these pastors, equipping

them to do the job that God has called them to do.”

Pastor John Knudson, LifeSpring Fellowship, Lititz, PA

“The opportunity to see what God is

doing in a very different part of the world,

in a very different culture with such great

need and with such great opportunity

enlarged my vision. I was able to see the

love of God raise people up in the midst

of situations of great challenge.”

Pastor Rick Ritenour,

Bethel AG, Littlestown, PA

“Although we hear

of and see racism in

America, I have never

seen a racial divide so

severely drawn as the

one our team experienced

with the Roma

people in Slovakia.”

Christa Fowler,

Faith AG,

New Cumberland, PA

It is amazing to see firsthand what the

Lord is doing among the Roma (sometimes

referred to as “Gypsies”) in this part of

Europe. It was an honor to minister to them

and join them in worship. Our team was

truly impressed by their pastor and his

leadership gifts and pastoral heart. With the

mentoring and vision provided by Pastor

Marien, and with the obvious move of

the Holy Spirit upon the Roma people, our

team concluded that a partnership would

be appropriate and fruitful in advancing

the full gospel in Slovakia. The community

of Kendice is the focal point for the Roma

church’s next step in presenting the gospel

and growing followers of Jesus. Will you

partner with us? Plans are presently being

developed with a fabrication company that

produces “shipping container” buildings.

The pastoral leadership is in place, with a

vibrant group of believers already formed.

The land has miraculously been purchased.

Now financial resources are needed, with

construction teams forming to complete the

building once it is delivered and assembled.

Will you help us help our Roma family?

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COULD THIS BE

EUROPE?


I wouldn’t believe it if I didn’t

see it with my own eyes!

GUEST CONTRIBUTOR

Jim and Sherry Sabella

We were in the eastern part of Slovakia, driving in the

mountains on some very narrow and winding roads. I told

the missionary who was driving the car that the scenery

and the winding roads reminded me of my home in

Pennsylvania. He said, “this may remind you of your home,

but I’m sure you’ve never seen what you are about to see.”

We pulled off the winding narrow road onto a smaller dirt road and then into a small

village. When we got out of the car near a small wooden bridge, we quickly found

ourselves surrounded by dozens of children holding out their hands waving and asking

for candy. The village elder walked down a narrow path to meet us and welcome us

into the village. When I looked around, I knew that my missionary colleague was right.

I can only describe what I saw by saying that the living conditions were more than

below the poverty level; they were at a level that I had never seen or experienced

before. Could this be Europe?

The village was built on a hill, next to a small stream. The side of the hill facing us was

filled with garbage and trash. The stream was also filled with trash, garbage, and pieces

of metal and grocery carts. I could see that on one side of the wooden bridge women

were washing clothes, close to the bridge, children were playing among the grocery

carts and the trash that filled the stream. Just below the bridge men were dipping

five-gallon plastic buckets into the stream to get drinking water. Could this be Europe?

When we entered the village, we were met by a group of adults. One gentleman, in

particular, was missing most of his teeth and was covered with open sores. I remember

asking the village leader about the gentleman. He said that the water in the village

was polluted and it was making people ill. I met another man who told me of the night

when it rained so hard that the creek rose and poured into the village. As the water

rushed through the village, it swept his youngest daughter away. His voice cracked as

he told me the story. They never saw her again. Could this be Europe?

One person invited us into their home. Even though the walls were made of mud and

the floors dirt, the small hut was tidy and clean. A hand drawn picture hung on the

wall in the dimly lighted room. I remember the little stove sitting in the corner. I later

found out that the Roma don’t have money for wood and so they burn old furniture

that people leave along the side of the road. Most of the wood was particle board

which contains formaldehyde. When burned, the formaldehyde fumes fill the houses

and hangs in the air around the village causing people to lose their teeth and their

hair. How is this possible? One person answered, “We are Gypsies, no one cares

about us.” The village elder responded, “Jesus does.” The man smiled and shook

his head in agreement. Could this be Europe?

We stayed in that village for about 30 minutes. I prayed for people and families in their

homes. I told them that Jesus loves them, and so do we. But to be honest, it seemed

like my words about my love for them were empty and hollow. Without a doubt,

Jesus loved them; but for me to say “I love you” sounded more like a blaring gong or

clanging cymbal.

Jim and Sherry Sabella and their sons,

Philip and Jonathan, were appointed

as AGWM missionaries from the

PennDel District to Prague, Czech

Republic in 1994. Before that time

they pastored in Pennsylvania.

In 2004 they were appointed as

Assemblies of God World Missions

Area Directors for the countries

of Central Europe. Jim and Sherry

now serve as Area Director for

Southeastern Europe. The countries

in the Southeast area include Bosnia

and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia,

Hungary, Macedonia, Montenegro,

Romania, Serbia and Slovenia.

Along with their duties as area

director, Jim & Sherry are also the

founding directors of Europe’s Heart.

Their ministry focuses on those who

live on the margins of society. For

the last 6 years, Europe’s Heart has

been reaching out to and caring for

the needs of the Roma peoples of

the eastern part of Slovakia. Europe’s

Heart was highlighted in the October

6, 2013 issue of the Pentecostal

Evangel. Recently Europe’s Heart has

focused on helping to build regional

churches and centers for the Roma

people in Slovakia.

For more information you may

contact Jim directly at jim.sabella@

agmd.org. Also, you may visit the

Europe’s Heart website at:

www.europesheart.org.

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On the way back to the car, the village elder told

me that a few months ago no one was a Christian in

this village, but today the whole village is filled with

believers. As we left the children waved and said in

broken English “God bless you!” We waved and said,

“God bless you!” On the ride, back to town, no one

spoke. I didn’t know what to say. I thought to myself,

could this be Europe?

Europe is filled with castles, chateaus, beautiful gardens,

lakes, and streams. Attractive cities where coffee

houses, excellent restaurants, chocolate fountains and

umbrella covered terraces abound. Tree lined streets,

snowcapped mountains, rolling hills, and quaint villages

dot the landscape. However, there is a Europe that most

people never see. A view that doesn’t make the travel

channel. There is a Europe filled with millions of people

who live on the margins of society; people without food,

clothing, adequate medical care, water or shelter. These

are the Roma people.

And yet among this darkness and despair, God is moving

in a powerful way. Thousands are coming to Christ. In

fact, there are so many Roma coming to Christ, that we

cannot keep up with what God is doing. As we pray

and seek God for His divine wisdom, we sense the Holy

Spirit speaking to us to build regional centers that will

serve as churches, compassion ministry centers, centers

for justice and training for the Roma people. We have

already completed one in Sabinov, Slovakia and now one

is desperately needed in Kandice, Slovakia.

Right now, there is an empty field in Kandice where

there will soon be a church and regional center. We have

stood in that empty field where we believe God would

want the next regional center. We have held hands in

a circle and prayed together in that field, and we are

believing for a miracle—another regional center that

would impact the whole region and beyond.

We are honored to be the mission’s

project this year because we know

that from Pennsylvania and Delaware

to the remote Roma villages

in Slovakia we are better together!

Together we can make a huge

difference in the lives of people

who have been forgotten by the

world but not forgotten by God.

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In Reaching The World

In Reaching The World

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CONNECTINGAround the Network

Pastoral

Commissioning

Pastor Stephen & Michele Fulkes

Trinity AG, Montoursville, PA

Celebration

Mrs. Hazel Williams,

wife of the late Rev. Russell Williams,

PennDel Superintendent (1959-1978)

Sister Williams celebrated her

100th birthday Nov. 3, 2016.

For more information visit:

www.pendelcharities.org

Online or On-Campus

The University of Valley Forge

For more information visit valleyforge.edu. Contact our Office of Admissions at 800.432.8322 or admissions@valleyforge.edu.

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U.S. MISSIONS

MEN’S MINISTRIES

Tom Rees

717.795.5921

tom@penndel.org

In Planting Churches

Thank you for helping plant

406 new churches in 2016, bringing

the total number of U.S. churches to

13,023 - exceeding the 13,000 mark

for the first time. Since record keeping

officially began in the AG in 1965, the

only year to reach 400 new churches

was 1982. By comparison, 326

churches were opened in 2015.

If you have any church plants in the

pipeline for this year, please email

tom@penndel.org for a New Church

Opening form.

CMN LAUNCH

Washington, DC

March 22-24, 2017

LAUNCH is a three-day event led by

current church planters and on-site mentors

blending proven principles and practical

how-to’s such as:

• Shaping vision & values

• Recruiting a team

• Raising funds

• Building awareness

• Establishing systems

Launch is for those who are planning to plant

or have recently planted a church. Spouses

are required to attend.

CMN START

UNIVERSITY OF

VALLEY FORGE

March 21-23, 2017

START encourages college students to get

involved with a church planting team.

“Not everyone is called to be a senior

pastor or lead planter, but we can help you

to find a way to use your individual gifts

to serve a new church – regardless of your

major.”

Details for these events can be found at

www.churchmultiplication.net

SPEAKERS

Friday: Joey Cullen

Philadelphia Masters

Commission

Saturday: Tom Rees

PennDel Ministry Network

Sunday: Robert Bennett

Jakes Run Assembly

WORSHIP

Saturday: Latin worship by

Front Street Community

Sunday: Redemption’s Promise

AdventureFest is a multi-church annual men’s ministry camping (tailgate

style) weekend at Agape Farm near Raystown Lake - offering us 285 secluded acres to

get our man on! It’s not a retreat, it’s not a conference, it’s more like a weekend away

with the guys spent outside with good food, big campfires, awesome music, excellent

speakers, lots of fun and adrenaline, or rest if thats what you need the most - the choice

is yours. We give you all day to do whatever you want, then when you’re whooped and

ready to settle down for the evening we eat, sing praise, and hear stories from ordinary

dudes doing extraordinary things. We have a church service on Sunday morning with

water baptisms in the lake Adventure Man-Style. We have lots of fun, but most importantly

we draw closer to God and come home better men. Prepare to experience Christ

through adventure!

Registration and

information can

be found at

www.adventuremen.org

Questions?

Call 412.515.0916, or info@

adventuremen.org

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YOUTH MINISTRIES

Doug Sayers

717.795.5921

dyd@penndel.org

YOUTH ALIVE MISSIONARY

Lee Rogers

717.795.9780

lee@reachtheschool.com

reachtheschool.com • twitter.com/reachtheschool • facebook.com/reachtheschool

Spreading the “Good News”

By Lee Rogers

I was fifteen years old the first time I participated in an overseas

missions trip. I feel like I need to make a personal confession about this:

although I went on the missions trip, my own faith in God was less than

exemplary. Despite growing up in church and being involved in church

activities as a child, my own faith in God was weak and possibly nonexistent.

Yet, somehow I found myself traveling to a different country

to spread the Gospel, and I’m glad I did. Something happened to me

on that trip, something I can only describe as a deep work of the Holy

Spirit. I came back changed. The Gospel I went to spread to others also

began to grow deeper inside of me. That’s because there is something

inherently good about participating in missions trips.

Here are three ways missions trips help us:

It’s Good for Our

RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD

A 2009 study found that teenagers who

participate in missions trips have two lasting

positive personal results. 1 First, students involved

in missions trips are even more involved in

practicing their faith when they return. In other

words, they pray, read their Bible, attend church,

and share their faith with others even more after

the missions trip than before the missions trip.

This is good news! It confirms through research

what many of us have personally experienced—

being involved in God’s work around the world

increases the work of God’s Spirit in our hearts.

It is beneficial to us, and it is beneficial to our

youth ministries.

It’s Good for Our

BELIEF IN GOD

Secondly, researchers found that

teenagers who participate in

missions trips move forward in life

with solidified religious beliefs.

The real-world application of faith

through missions trips strengthens

a student’s belief in God. Students

participating in missions trips found

God to be closer, more personal than

students who did not participate.

This multiplies the good news! In a

generation characterized by moralistic

therapeutic deism, participating

in missions trips can be a key to

firmly cementing faith in God.

It’s Good for Our

COMMUNITY

It might seem somewhat paradoxical, but when a

student participates in a short-term missions trip it

is also beneficial to the local community. Another

study conducted in 2011 found that teenagers who

become involved in missions trips are far more likely

to volunteer and become involved in their local

communities. 2 It’s not simply that these students

like to help others in general; researchers concluded

“there is something special about the mission trip

experience itself that generates differences…” This

maximizes the good news! God cares about our local

communities as much as He cares for distant and

far away communities. If involvement in a missions

trip increases a Christian’s involvement in the local

community, that’s all the more reason to go on one.

Join us July 10-18 in Banesea, Romania for a trip that will change your relationship with God, your belief in God,

and your local community. We will join Ana and Mike Dascalescu in reaching their local community, and we would love

to have you be a part of this trip. For more details and to download an application, visit www.penndelyouth.com/aim.

1

Jenny Trinitapoli and Stephen Vaisey, “The Transformative Role of Religious Experience: The Case of Short-Term Missions,” in Social Forces 88 (January 17, 2009).

2

Kraig Beyerlein, Jenny Trinitapoli, and Gary J Adler, “The Effect of Religious Short-Term Mission Trips on Youth Civic Engagement,” Journal for the Scientific Study of

Religion 50, no. 4 (December 2011).

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CHRISTIAN EDUCATION

BONGIORNO CONFERENCE CENTER

George Krebs

717.795.5921

george@penndel.org

BGMC

Changing Lives

Boys and Girls

Missionary Challenge

This past October I was privileged to spend 12

days in South Africa with the National BGMC

team. While there we were able to minister in

schools, churches and a children’s camp called

Jackson’s Ridge. The highlight of the trip was

kids’ camp ministry, African style. Jackson’s

Ridge offers African children an experience

they cannot find anywhere else in their world.

Children receive a confidence course experience,

arrow and rifle range, boating, bonfire,

crafts, tremendous services, hot showers and

three meals a day. The final service, a praise

party, gives children a worship experience

and a life changing encounter with the Holy

Spirit. It cost $60 US per child and every child is

sponsored; these are the poorest of the poor.

Jackson’s Ridge is also a training center for

the training of children’s workers in Africa.

Jackson’s Ridge was started by Missionary Ed

Corbin and is now owned by the South African

Assemblies of God. This is a worthwhile investment

and will be our BGMC project for 2017.

Please consider Jackson’s Ridge for your BGMC giving this year.

2017

Saturday, May 13 th

3 Locations:

Harrisbur First AG

Harrisburg, PA

Monroeville AG

Monroeville, PA

Resurrection Life Church

Philadelphia, PA

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No Doubt,

We Are Better Together for Missions

A year ago I wrote an article for this publication on what Christian missions was all about and

asked if it applied to Christians today. As I said back then, and I say now, absolutely! The need

to support the missionaries that go into the home and foreign fields to reach the lost cannot be

emphasized enough. To be effective they need our prayers, financial support, and yes, even our

service. The commitment of these three resources and the impact they have may never be known

by us, but the missionaries understand their value and see the results.

ROYAL RANGERS

Greg Scott

302.697.2313

gscott@pdrangers.org

www.pdrangers.org

As Royal Rangers we have come to learn that we accomplish more as a whole than as individuals.

We have found that we are better together. When we work together, we can accomplish much

more. No one will argue that the missionaries need our prayers and service, but they need to keep

their financial engines going as well.

Royal Rangers have always been missions minded and have financially supported missionaries.

In 2008, the Royal Rangers partnered with BGMC to raise money for missionaries and special

needs projects through a program called Master’s Toolbox. We’re better together right? The

missionaries around the world need many different kinds of “tools” to spread the gospel. Through

Master’s Toolbox, Royal Rangers have helped to meet those needs. Hard-working Royal Ranger

boys and men earn and donate money and bring it to Pow Wows, campouts, events, and other

district functions. Offerings are then sent to the national department and disbursed to missionaries. The Master’s

Toolbox has purchased generators, dug water wells, supplied pastors’ libraries, repaired churches, translated literature,

trained leaders, and held outreaches in Latin America, Africa, Europe, and Eurasia.

Since 2008, the PennDel District Royal Rangers have raised $35,427 for the Master’s Toolbox. This is in addition to the

$22,500 they have raised and contributed directly to missionaries through the Frontiersmen Camping Fellowship arm

of Royal Rangers. In the last several years funding has been raised for special needs projects:

2008-PRESENT Royal Rangers

International: RRI endeavors to

implement the Rangers ministry

across the globe and to support

each international Royal Rangers

ministry with training and

resources.

2013 National Rangers Camp

in Kitengela, Kenya: This

camp brings in dozens of boys

to provide spiritual and physical

activities and is the training

center for leaders throughout

Kenya. The project was

implemented so funds could be

raised to build new facilities and

to improve on existing facilities.

2014 Sustain Hope: This

ministry provides training to

nationals in key areas around

the world (particularly in Africa)

that teach them how to become

self-sustaining. MTB funds

provided training and resources.

2015 HealthCare Ministries:

For each MTB offering box a boy

could fill with $18 could provide

dental and medical assistance to

two other kids around the world.

2017-18 MTB Project: Doug

Marsh, Director for Royal

Rangers International, says, “We

hope to accomplish three goals

in the near future: (1) provide

Royal Rangers training and

resources in Swahili, (2) equip

and build new structures at the

national Rangers training center

outside of Nairobi, Kenya, and

(3) establish the Royal Rangers

ministry in seven new nations,

we are presently in 97 nations:

Our challenge for Africa is that

you will help us plant 700 or

more African outposts.”

Jesus said, “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the

Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to

the end of the age”(Matthew 28:19-20). Perhaps you can’t go yourself, but you can support the Master’s Toolbox

and help send others to go. Talk to a Royal Ranger today to find out how you can make a difference or go to BGMC.

ag.org/toolbox/ for more information. Become a part of our togetherness.

Coming

Events

in 2017:

District Leaders

Conference

Newport Assembly of God

Thompsontown Campus

Thompsontown, PA

March 31- April 1

PennDel RR

Camp Workday

Honey Grove, PA

April 8

George Washington

Chapter

FCF Spring Trace

PennDel RR Camp

Honey Grove, PA

April 28-30

PennDel RR

Camp Workday

Honey Grove, PA

June 3

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WOMEN OF PURPOSE

Ruth Puleo

717.795.5921

ruth@penndelwomenofpurpose.org

penndelwomenofpurpose.org

Many Hands

One Heart

Who would imagine that in the Dominican Republic,

a popular vacation enterprise, abuse is the fourth leading cause of death

among women. They are listed as the #1 nation for “femicide” (the

killing of women) in the southern hemisphere. In a land where women

are treated as a commodity to be purchased, God has brought together

two powerful leadership teams to plan the first National Women’s

Conference featuring ministry from the US. The National Women’s

Ministry leadership of the Dominican Republic has invited the PennDel

Women of Purpose missions team to provide teaching at this conference

for women that will inspire them to believe God for great things, to

minister spiritual and emotional healing and to bring freedom to those

in bondage and fear.

As we shared the gifts and callings of our Women of Purpose team with

PennDel Missionary, Chad Nelson, it brought tears to his eyes, seeing

God’s provision for the women of the Dominican Republic. He explained

the tremendous need for leadership training in how to minister to

women who have suffered from abuse. Therefore, A Time to Heal

Beyond Survival training and materials will be donated and taught by

author, Sue Willis. Many of their women are single mothers living with

rejection and raising children in poverty. Jennie Puleo will be sharing her

story as a single mom who has experienced God’s divine provision and

protection. Missionary Chad confirmed that each of our team members

have a powerful ministry focus that fits perfectly with the needs of

Dominican women.

Without a doubt God is taking the spiritual leaders from both nations, bringing us together with one heart

and purpose to see a mighty outpouring and impartation upon the women of the Dominican Republic.

penndelwomenofpurpose.org

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Missions and

GIRLS MINISTRIES

Sharon Poole

penndeldmc@yahoo.com

penndel.org/girls

Macaroni Salad

When I get together with my sisters, we enjoy creating and eating the foods that

our mother made for us as children. She was an excellent cook and our meals were

usually delicious and well loved (except for the occasional liver and peas). Now, as

adults, we like to re-create those dishes. One of my favorites is Mom’s macaroni

salad. I watched Mom make it many times. I asked questions often. And when I

finally attempted it on my own, I would phone her to make sure I was getting it

right. She was eager to help me to do it!

God is all about cultivating a taste for missions in the lives of our children. God

seldom “sends” someone into full-time MISSIONS without first allowing them to

be introduced to, encouraged in and taught MISSIONS. I translate that to mean,

God is all about introducing our children to MISSIONS.

Everyday I am to be showing, teaching, and encouraging MISSIONS to those with

whom I have influence. Everyday life is all about MISSIONS. A trip to Target is

about me seeing those around me who need Jesus. It is about creating and taking

advantage of opportunities to speak and live Jesus. It is about me sharing with

others that I value Jesus’ mission more than I do my own needs and wants.

Yes, MISSIONS is about taking Jesus to the uttermost parts of the

earth. But MISSIONS starts at home….making macaroni salad.

LOIS’S FAMOUS

MACARONI SALAD

1 pound elbow macaroni cooked

Miracle Whip

1 cup chopped celery

½ medium onion chopped

1 bell pepper chopped

½ cup sliced green olives

6 hard boiled eggs chopped

4-6 T. apple cider vinegar

salt to taste

Once the macaroni has been cooked

and cooled, add the Miracle Whip until

all macaroni is very moist. Add all other

ingredients and mix well. Cover and

chill. Only serve with LARGE plates…

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