With deep sadness we communicate the death of our brother President of the General Executive Council in Mexico, Min. Raúl López Espinoza.
Faithful soldier of Jesus Christ, his unexpected death occurred on June 19, 2018, in the City of Cuauhtémoc, Chihuahua, Mexico.
Our brother leaves a legacy of love, dedication, joy and passion for the Ministry. He was Pastor in different congregations, Overseer, member of the General Executive Council and the Board of Directors, National Director of Christian Education, Writer, Director and Professor of the SEM.
We join in prayer, asking that our God will comfort and strengthen his wife, Sister Elizabeth Esparza Plata and children, Adriel and Mariel.
"The righteous perishes, and no man takes it to heart; merciful men are taken away, while no one considers that the righteous is taken away from evil. He shall enter into peace; they shall rest in their beds, each one walking in his uprightness." (Isaiah 57:1-2, NKJV).
Raúl López Espinoza 1963 - 2018
Warm greetings from brothers and sisters in the faith of Jesus in the Church of God (Seventh Day) in Lisbon, Portugal.
Photographed in June 2018 during the visit of Sister Arely Echeveria from Western Australia.
Thank God for His faithful people, around the corner and around the world.
Pictured here in IMC President Ramon Ruiz during his visit to one of the churches in Uruguay. May 2018.
The Global Church Administration Committee has been meeting regularly, discussing the work God has been doing among us, and working to be able to better serve our brothers and sisters in Christ throughout the world. The committee consists of Whaid Rose (Chair, USA), Ramon Ruiz (Mexico), Bryan Cleeton (USA), Paulo Coelho (Portugal), Robert Crawford (UK), John Klassek (Australia) and Tluang Kung (Myanmar).
The General Conference in Guatemala met in June 2018. This was an occasion for teaching, fellowship, worship, as well as the commissioning of Walter Apen as Zone 2 Representative.
May 2018. Ramon Ruiz and Jorge Gilling visited several churches and missions in Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay and Peru, reporting the blessings as well as some challenges experienced during their trip.
Thank God for His good work among us! Recently, after several days of preaching and outreach, 53 new members were baptised in Burundi. November 2017. We pray that the Lord of the harvest will continue to mentor and send more labourers into the mission field..
The General Conference in Australia, in January 2018, held in Adelaide, South Australia was a resounding success. Bringing brethren together from across Australia, the conference was by far the "best yet" with excellent worship music hosted by the "Joint Heirs Band", great opportunities for fellowship, as well as a series of sermons featuring the theme of "Christ Centred, Spirit Formed". Guest speakers were Tluang Kung from Myanmar and David Kidd from New Zealand.
December 2017. The International Ministerial Congress recently held its first Global Church Administration subcommittee meeting. Connected via video conference, committee members discussed the mandate and sought clarity for the resolution taken at the Congress in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in 2016. A general timeline for their work was also discussed.
Recently seven people were baptized into Jesus Christ by our COG7 pastor in Punjab, India.
Follow our Facebook pages for more information, often sharing photos of baptisms from around the world.
The Annual IMC Sabbath this year was a great success, with testimonies, photos, videos and reports - all reflecting a great joy and unity of spirit in Jesus Christ.
Thank you for your generosity. Thank you for your prayers and petitions. Thank you for your work and shared walk of faith.
With two hurricanes hitting the Caribbean and the southern states of the US, and a major earthquake in Mexico, we thank God for the protection he provided.
No lives were lost among our fellowship. While the area in St Martin was affected by the worst of the storm, their church building remained largely unaffected. Several church buildings, however, were damaged in the Mexico earthquake.
Thanks to all who so generously contributed to the Disaster Relief Fund, as well as other donations designed to assist those in greatest need.
The Shine Medical and Dental mission in Lima, Peru, has now concluded, with doctors, nurses and volunteers giving of their time and skills to provide essential medical help to 3045 people for free. The entirety of the mission involving outreach and evangelism is planned to minister there over the next three months.
We thank God for the work and planning in bringing these services to Peru, and for all those dedicated to helping. (See more photos in our Facebook feed below).
The church in Mizoram, northern India, celebrated it 50th anniversary in February 2017. Many travelled throughout the mountainous region to be at the celebration, featuring a variety of speakers, music and dance, various presentations, the tolling of an anniversary bell, amidst a vibrant optimism for the ongoing work in the ministry of reconciliation throughout the region and the world.
From Yangon in Myanmar, nine students graduated from the Asian Theological Seminary in February 2017. Pictured above just prior to the graduation, the students upon completing their three year course, were deployed into ministry throughout Myanmar. Seven baptisms were also celebrated during the graduation weekend.
The Church of God (Seventh Day) in the USA met for their biennial Convention in Springfield, Illinois in July 2017. Members enjoyed fellowship meals together, inspiring evening services with the theme "Worthy is the Lamb", and progressively worked through the General Conference business agenda. Pictured above: the children's choir which featured numerous songs flavoured with an Egyptian theme.
The International Ministerial Congress of the Church of God (Seventh Day), represented by over 100 delegates from 44 countries, met in Buenos Aries, Argentina, on 10-16 October 2016.
The Congress’ purpose is to promote doctrinal unity, to help coordinate world evangelism, and to provide theological training, literature and assistance to missionaries. Business concluded with a mandate of work to be completed by the next Congress in 2020.
The work of the IMC continues every week, with our elected officers meeting reguarly via video conference, and communicating daily via email. Pictured above is brother Daniel Flores translating between English and Spanish.
Now with various sub-committees underway, the congress activites are working to be on schedule for the next Congress meeting in 2020
A complex continent, Europe presents big challenges for the Church in proclaiming the good news: post-modern thinking, lack of religious commitment, slowing economies, and more.
Delegates from eight countries (Germany, Ireland, Italy, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Ukraine, and the UK) convened in Gloucester, England, September 19-20, 2016. Representatives from Mexico, Nigeria, and the US were also present. The purpose of this gathering was to strengthen relationships among brethren in Zone 7, learn from one another, and seek solutions for greater collaboration. This memorable event combined worship and fellowship to improve carrying out evangelism, discipleship, and service for the glory of God.
Sabbath, March 21, 2016, a meeting with the prominent churches of the country was celebrated at the Cementos Progreso Stadium in Guatemala City, with the theme “One Lord, One Faith.” More than ten thousand attendees participated in this historical event. Elders Ramon Ruíz and Carlos Ceron preached the Word of God: “The Unity of the Church: Origin and Purpose” and “The Church: One Nation With a Mission.” This great worship event, focusing on the communion and unity of God’s people, was covered by a local newspaper and published the following day.
In this stricken nation last year, our CoG7 brethren in Sierra Leone fought the Ebola epidemic (with the help of $60,000+ from the G. C. Disaster Relief Fund), planted and harvested their second annual rice crop, and maintained a thriving Orphans and Widows ministry.
Other West African nations in which the Church is established or has done mission work: Benin, Cameroon, Ghana, and Nigeria Southern Africa. In Angola CoG7 efforts began here in December, with Daniel Santos as leader. In Botswana,Robert Crawford and brothers from Zimbabwe conducted evangelistic efforts in Francistown in mid-2014. In Zambia: Robert Crawford and Tom Benzen visited here midyear; Orphans and Widows ministry sponsored seven young adult trainees to operate heavy equipment and various agricultural projects to help the church sustain itself. CoG7 is also active in Malawi, Zimbabwe, and South Africa East Africa. InEthiopia, Makuey Gai and Kun Bijany partner on a church plant in Gambella, where John Njogu of Kenya visits and baptizes seven. In Rwanda, John Njogu and Alexandre Masumbuko of Burundi travel here to resolve church leadership issues.
South Sudan Disaster Relief support was sent and government registration for the church was secured in 2014. And, Tanzania bore fruitful evangelistic crusades from when they were held last year.
In the city of Faisalabad. Pakistan, CoG7 has constructed and opened a Bible seminary. Classes began August 10, with more than 70 ministry students expected. Shamas Pervaiz leads the church here with support from G. C. Missions.
In India, Orphans and Widows ministry is also active here. Pastor Jacob Rao, who serves as general secretary of India’s 250 CoG7 congregations.
In Myanmar, the Asian Christian Theological Seminary is in its second year, with eleven students under the tutelage of Tluang Kung (M.Th.). Trained leaders increase CoG7’s ability to reach this Buddhist nation with the good news.
The Muslim and Buddhist countries of Malaysia and Thailand, respectively, the CoG7 is beginning work among refugees from Pakistan and Myanmar.
Under Pastor Billy Abugan’s leadership, the Church in the Philippines reports 79 churches in this mostly Catholic nation. Bible Training Institute equips pastors and leaders here, and translation of This We Believe is underway. Outreach opportunities also exist in Nepal, Bhutan, U.A.E., Qatar, Oman, and Saudi Arabia. Pray for more workers!