August 9-15: Belize, the installation service for Rev. Aaron Gillett was the highlight of the week. There were 95 in attendance from 7 different churches. The boy next door grows up, gets saved, goes to PVBI, gets married to Mary, and comes home to be the Pastor.
Travel notes from conference president Jacob Martin.
"As Christians, we honor and commission men and women to give their best, yes to give all to advance the kingdom of Jesus Christ!" (Dr. Timothy L. Cooley, Academic Dean)
"The Bible is our manual for life and ministry." (Dr. Timothy L. Cooley)
“Whatever happens, do right.” (John Zechman, President Emeritus)
“Mediocre work never propels people to greatness.” (Brent Lenhart, Principal, PVCA)
“God Himself must be the ultimate goal of your life.” (Leonard Sankey, Commencement Speaker)
April 9: Lewisburg. Dr. Mark Smith did an excellent job talking to the supporters of PVBI. The Founders Banquet is put on to say thank you to supporters. It is also a time to inform them of present needs. We praise God for over $89,000. raised this night.
by Ryleigh Stratton
The following letter was recently published in Focus on the Family's Clubhouse Magazine. Ryleigh Stratton, age 11, is the daughter of Jeff Stratton, a Home Missions pastor at the Chambersburg God's Missionary Church.
My family moved to Chambersburg so my dad could pastor a church. The first year we prayed for 65 people to attend our Christmas program. That night, we got 70. (You have to understand, this is a small church.) While my family looked for a personage, we lived in a double-wide trailer for almost a year. At first it was fun, but then it got boring.
In January of last year, my dad preached a sermon. He called 2017 "The Year of the Impossible." April was outreach month. Our goal was 50 visitors. After two Sundays, we already had 49 visitors. We raised our goal to 100, then 125. Then we stopped setting goals and waited for the final number. We got 140 visitors!
Around that time, our friends' grandma died. She lived right across the road from our church. On a hot, sticky day in June, we won the auction for her house. After some remodeling, we moved in on August 31.
I am so thankful to God for doing the impossible.
Dec. 27-30: Administrative Work (Sermon prep for Sunday and Haiti Ministerial. Helped Rhoda with ministerial mailing, etc.).
Dec. 31: Shamokin: We enjoyed the New Year’s Eve service. Rev. McKenzie let each person pick a verse to a Christmas chorus and read a Christmas story. We then transitioned by preaching a message about taking Christmas with us into the New Year.
Because of Christ, we have a message of Hope, Help and Healing.
An Interview with Keith Bunch
1. What ministry roles do you currently serve in?
I am currently the senior pastor of the Sunbury God’s Missionary Church. I serve as the Treasurer of our Home Missions Department, a position I have held for the last five years, and also I am an advisory member on the God’s Missionary Youth Camp board.
Dec. 4: Administrative work.
Dec. 7-10: Lakeland, FL to visit Bro. Handfield. His wife passed away unexpectedly. Please keep him in your prayers. Sis Handfield will be greatly missed. We appreciated her faithfulness to God and love for her church family.
Nov. 22: Administrative work
Nov. 23-25: It was wonderful to have family drive from Ohio to visit for Thanksgiving.
Nov. 6: Penn’s Creek, General Board meeting. We were excited to grant licenses to Bro. Billy Simmons, Bro. Matt Kilgore, and Sis Becky Clark.
by John Peabody, Terry Newman, and Eric Samborski
Our newest God's Missionary Church will be launching on November 12 in Rome, New York. We have been honored to work in cooperation with the New York Pilgrim Holiness Church on this exciting venture. It is our mutual conviction that our resources are God's resources and we are privileged to join in this beautiful partnership for the furtherance of God's one Kingdom. We, being many, are one body (1 Cor. 12:12).
Below is a word from Conference President Peabody, Church Extension Coordinator Terry Newman, and Senior Pastor Eric Samborski. As Bro. Peabody notes, "May God use this article to clarify the vision and leadership of the Holy Spirit in our minds as we have traveled the road to Rome."
Oct. 3-5: I attended four PVBI revival service. Rev. Keith Ledford did an outstanding job preaching God’s word. God moved in the revival services during the singing and the altar was lined with seekers. It is wonderful when seekers become finders!
by Paul Ryan
What is the Nashville Statement? Every major news outlet is answering this very same question.
USA Today writes: "NASHVILLE —A coalition of conservative evangelical leaders laid out their beliefs on human sexuality, including opposition to same-sex marriage and fluid gender identity, in a new doctrinal statement.
by Jeremy Fuller, Director of Home Missions
In the early spring of 2016 I was planning to preach a Revival Meeting in Colorado Springs, Colorado. I received a phone call invitation to preach in a Camp Meeting in North Florida. Accepting the invitation to the Camp Meeting would mean that I would need to be released from my commitment to the Revival Meeting. After much prayer and consideration, I made the necessary phone calls – secured the release from the Colorado Revival and purchased a plane ticket instead to the North Florida Camp Meeting.
At the 2015 Annual Conference, Jacob Martin was elected as Conference President. Today, we wish him a very happy birthday! You can follow Jacob Martin on Twitter @JacobMartinGMC where he regularly posts sermon thoughts and travel notes.
Here are a few birthday wishes from several of his friends, family, and colleagues:
"I appreciate Jacob's love for God, His people and the enthusiasm he has for the future of our conference. He has been a loyal contributor for the last 32 years. Thank you for your love for the GMC conference. Happy Birthday, Sweetheart." (Rhoda Martin)
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