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Wall of Honor Unveiled at General Headquarters

During morning office devotions on April 25, 2017, a new wall of honor was unveiled at General Headquarters featuring portraits of the previous General Overseers. Recently appointed CPMA Coordinator James R. Horne issued the following statement:

"On behalf of the CPMA Department, I would like to thank Sister Allene Cox for initiating and bringing to completion the new General Overseer's Wall of Honor at Headquarters in a special unveiling on April 25th. Special thanks to artist Mark Branscum, who completed his drawing of Stephen E. Smith to accompany those of A. J. Tomlinson, M. A. Tomlinson, and Robert J. Pruitt. The first three were previously displayed in the General Overseer's office, but with the addition of the fourth, they have been placed in matching frames and moved to the lobby of General Headquarters. This is no doubt a special collection of artwork and a marker to all who enter the General Offices. The Church of God appreciates the labors and biblical direction of her former leadership as it continu...

We're Going to Jamaica!

"Wah Gwaan? Whap'am?"

Translated from Jamaican Patois – "What's going on? What's up?" The Church of God World Mission Department is headed to Jamaica! The Jamaica Mission Team Trip will occur July 12-19, 2017.

Hosted by Bishop George C. Forbes (National Overseer) and Carlton Brown (Pastor), the main activities will consist of several days of open-air street services in various communities in and surrounding the city of Mandeville. There will be street witnessing, singing, music, testimonies, preaching, and praying for souls! Bring your instruments and a heart filled with the love and power of the Holy Ghost.

The approximate cost for the Jamaica Mission Team Trip is $1,250. This covers air transportation from Atlanta and food, hotel, and ground transportation while in Jamaica. A deposit of $650 is due by June 1, 2017 to cover the purchase of plane tickets.

Applicants must be saved, sanctified, filled with the Holy Ghost, and faithful members of The Church of God. A passport valid at least six months beyo...

Jonathan R. Smith Receives Eternal Reward

Bishop Jonathan Smith was born March 28, 1975 and went to be with the Lord on April 9, 2017.

Jonathan Smith received Jesus Christ as his Savior and Lord in 1985. In the same year he received the experience of sanctification and was baptized with the Holy Ghost. Brother Smith joined the Church of God of Prophecy in 1987. He renewed his covenant at the Solemn Assembly in 1993.

Brother Smith was licensed into the ministry in 1995, and he served as pastor for a number of years. He was ordained as a bishop at the General Assembly in 2011 and served as Regional Overseer of Colorado, Arizona, New Mexico, and West Texas for three years. At the time of his promotion to heaven, Brother Smith was serving as the State Overseer of Texas and as a committeeman on the Questions & Subjects Committee. He also served on the Church Literature Review Committee.

He and his wife, Emilee, have eight children: Nathan, Caleb, Luke, Abigail, Ezekiel, Lydia, Linus and Seth.

Prayers are requested for Brother Smith's wife, children,...

Brother Byers Receives Eternal Reward

It is with deep sadness that we report the passing of Bishop Melvin C. Byers, Jr., General Church of Prophecy Marker Association Coordinator and former State Overseer of North Carolina.

He departed this life to his eternal reward April 2, 2017. He faithfully served Christ and the Church for many years and is now in the presence of his Savior.

Brother Byers was born on November 29, 1941 and accepted God's salvation in April 1972. He was sanctified the following month and was baptized with the Holy Ghost in December of the same year.

He joined the Church in April 1972 and became a licensed minister in 1975. After many years of faithful service in various capacities of ministry, Brother Byers was set forth as a bishop in 1997.

Prayers are appreciated for his children, family members, and friends that God will grant them special grace and comfort during this difficult time.

Funeral services for Brother Byers will be handled by Nelson Funeral Home located at 1021 E. Washington Street, Rockingham, NC...

Civil Unrest Affects Saints in Africa

Brother Patrice Kalamba, one of our National Overseers in Africa, has requested prayer for the saints in the Kasai province of Democratic Republic of Congo.

Global news agencies have reported a growing crisis of violence between the army and local militia. Our churches in the area are in serious trouble, and the members are forced to stay home and are unable to go to work.

The area in turmoil is also the home of Brother Patrice's parents, and he reports that the church members and his relatives are in deep despair as the number of people killed in the area is increasing daily.

Please keep the saints and Brother Patrice's family in your prayers. Additional updates will be added to this report as they become available.

Update (April 11, 2017): Brother Patrice has reported that the approximately two hundred members in the region are struggling to live day-to-day. He states that any assistance, even small, would go a long way to help ease the suffering of these brothers and sisters...

Assistance Requested for the Saints in Peru

Sudden and abnormal warming of the waters of the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Peru has unleashed torrential downpours leading to landslides and massive flooding. These weather conditions, caused by El Niño, has brought strong rains, electrical storms, and hurricane-like winds. Local news outlets have reported numerous deaths and destruction of highways and crops due to the flood waters. As many as 70,000 Peruvians have become homeless as a result of the relentless rainfall.

Much of Peru is in a state of emergency, and local authorities believe the flooding could continue for another month.

Julio Velasquez, National Overseer of Peru, has contacted General Headquarters regarding the status of the Church in Peru. The two church buildings in Casma have flooded, and both buildings' clay walls have been soaked and fallen. In Trujillo, the pastor's clay home has suffered much damage and is practically uninhabitable. The buildings in Piura have also been damaged by the rain.

The World Mission Department is askin...

Nigeria Completes National Church Building

In the February 2017 issue of The Evening Light, a report was published regarding the progress on the building of the national church in Nigeria. It was stated that $1,250 was needed in order to complete the work on the building.

Bishop Matthew Ogunmola, National Overseer of Nigeria, is excited to report that through the work of the saints in Nigeria in addition to the generous financial gifts from the brothers and sisters around the world, the ceiling in the national church auditorium has been completed.

Please continue to pray for the work of the Church in Nigeria.

Sunday School Department Announces New Outreach

Since my appointment as General Sunday School Coordinator, I have sought the Lord for ways to fulfill my duties in a way that will be a blessing to our Sunday schools.

I do not want to be only a United States coordinator – there must be a way for our international Sunday schools to be bound together in love, in purpose, and service.

It's a fact we are in different nations and cultures, and methods of organization and operation will be different, also. Each has to work within their own capabilities and opportunities – some with greater challenges than others. But one thing is certain – we are workers together to ensure the Word is being taught.

That is our ultimate purpose, and I want to focus on that. I believe we all have this in common, and we share the desire to "Embrace the Vision."

What do you think of the Sunday Schools in the United States and the Sunday Schools in other localities joining together as sister Sunday Schools. The Sunday schools could inspire one another in exchange of inspiration, ...

Prayers Requested for State Overseer of Texas

Brother Jonathan Smith, State Overseer of Texas, is seriously ill and needs divine intervention. He has put his trust in the Lord for his healing. The family would be grateful for the prayers of the saints of The Church of God.

Brother Smith is very weak and respectfully requests that contact be made via text with his mother, Vicki Smith, or his sister, Rebekah Horne, in lieu of direct contact with him and his wife. They will do their best to answer when possible. Thank you to all for your understanding.

Let us all join together in fervent prayer for Brother Smith and trust in the promise of the Word of God: "If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land" (2 Chronicles 7:14).

Prayer Requested for Refugees from Burundi

In November 2015, the World Mission Department reported on the growing violence and genocide affecting our church members and their families in Burundi. Robert J. Hawkins, Jr, World Mission Coordinator, published a follow-up report in March 2016 revealing the violence had escalated in this country. Due to the unsafe conditions, great numbers of people fled from their homes into neighboring Rwanda seeking safety from the trouble.

Many of our brothers and sister sought asylum at refugee camps in Rwanda. Our report from March 2016 revealed the terrible conditions of these camps. Most of the brethren abandoned the camps due to the circumstances; however, some had no other option but to remain.

Today, we received a sad report from Brother Leonidas. He stated that two of the remaining refugees in the camps had lost their lives this week due to sickness and disease in the camp. He also revealed that three others are currently battling sickness and struggling to survive.

Our brothers and sisters from Burundi conti...