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"The Church of Prophecy" Presented During BTI

"The Church of Prophecy" drawing by the late renowned artist Jim Branscum was presented to The Church of God during the Bible Training Institute celebration of Heritage Day on June 10.

Presented by Church of Prophecy Markers Association director James Horne, it was received by General Overseer Oscar Pimentel and dedicated with prayer by the school.

Branscum was born in 1945 to Thurman and Georgia Branscum. His father was a licensed evangelist in the Church of God of Prophecy and served as pastor in Oklahoma and Arizona before appointment as provincial overseer in British Columbia, Canada. His experiences as a minister's son eventually moved him to complete the drawing "The Church of Prophecy."

Branscum was a nationally renowned, award-winning artist whose works have been commissioned by a multitude of notables within entertainment, business and government communities. His powerfully rendered bust of Waylon Jennings is pictured on the cover of the singers New Classic Waylon album. His dramatic life-size bro...

BTI Closes Saturday with Thirteen Graduating

Heritage Day and commencement will bring The Church of God 2017 Bible Training Institute to a close Saturday. The service and ceremony begin at 2:00 PM. The Heritage Day message, "The Old Paths Still Lead Into His Presence," will be presented by Dustin Hays.

On Wednesday, the school observed communion and practiced the ordinance of feet washing. Some one hundred participated, including students, staff, and visitors. Speakers were Austin Garcia and Butch Booth.

The Leadership & Pastoral Development class will be in charge of tonight's service. Allene Cox of South Carolina will speak on "A Presumed Presence."

On Saturday morning, the students will complete their final exams for the term. They will receive certificates in the afternoon, along with the students graduating from third term.

BTI sponsors and operates schools in several countries. Offerings received during the Cleveland school provide training for those in other countries, who otherwise, would not have the opportunity to attend a Bible training...

BTI Opens with Nineteen States Represented

Bible Training Institute, a teaching and training school for The Church of God, opened Sunday with seventy-four students attending from nineteen states.

The school opened with a service on Sunday evening featuring Dustins Hays as speaker. Music director Deborah Perkins of North Carolina coordinated the music portion of the evening program. Flag and Bible pledges were led by Kryss Barick, and Bishop Oscar Pimentel, General Overseer, welcomed students.

Director Ray Dupre moderated the program and introduced staff members and teachers for the 2017 term. Harvey Anders, State Overseer of The Church of God in Tennessee, is serving as principal of the school, and James Cox, State Overseer of the South Carolina churches, and his wife, Allene, are deans.

Other staff members include teachers Betty Bishop, Connie Wilson, Paul Horton, Michael Jernigan, Bettie Marlowe, Robert F. Strong, Sr., E. Roger Ammons, Robert J. Hawkins, Jr., and Brian O'Dell. Guest speakers for the evening services on Friday (third term in charg...

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.