East Hills Baptizes 18 at Worship Service
When East Hills (Kelso, Washington) brought their three services (spread across two separate campuses) together at Rister Stadium in late August, they knew it would be a special time of corporate worship. What they got was something they're calling "Bapstravaganza."
Lead Pastor Steve Diehl writes, "Our three services at two campuses all met together at Rister Stadium and celebrated together as 18 people confessed their faith in Jesus Christ and were baptized. There were some powerful testimonies shared. God is good."
Two Young Adults from Mosaic and Salem Alliance Go to the Nations
We're celebrating the work that God is doing with young people in our Field, as they are called into ministry within their neighborhoods or to the nations.
A young adult attending Mosaic North in Portland took a step in faith and has left to join the Long Beach team, which is the global partner of the Southern Oregon Network within a closed-access country (CAC). He doesn't know exactly what his role will be, but is eager to serve Jesus in the midst of the least and the lost. He has received a lot of support from the Southern Oregon Network; the churches gave him money to head out and hosted him in their churches during Sunday gatherings.
Trevor Morgan, a student at Reach Training Institute (RTI) in Salem, is headed abroad for a practicum year as part of his studies. He will spend his time in Uruguay, and is one of the first RTI students to have a year abroad like this. Very exciting!
New Faces (and Familiar Faces in New Places) around the Field
David & Kati Prantner moved from Alaska to take the Lead Pastor position at the Christian & Missionary Alliance Church in Bly, Oregon.
Dr. Stephen & Esther Chien accepted the call to the pastorate at Tri-Cities Chinese C&MA Church this summer and Stephen has jumped into the developing Columbia River Network with vigor.
Pastor Endre Norem and New Hope Church in Lebanon, Oregon became affiliated with Alliance Northwest over the summer.
Joe & Susan Donohue transitioned from East Hills in Kelso, Washington to Lead Pastor at Alliance Bible Church in Anchorage, Alaska.
Welcome to Bob & Sharon Setzer, new pastors at Sojourn Church in Lacey, Washington. Bob was formerly Worship Pastor at Arbor Heights in Seattle.
Steve & Malana Ganz are the new interims at Clover Pass Community Church in Ketchikan, Alaska.
Sylvester Jones (Bubba) has now become the new pastor at Naknek Community Bible Chapel in Alaska. Bubba was mentored by former Naknek pastor Hugh Griffiths in a very cool transition story.
Nine Church Workers Receive Ordination/Consecration Status
Congratulations to pastors and planters across the Northwest for their hard work in completing their ordination/consecration requirements:
Otis Brown (8/21 Ordained)
Ryan Doughty (8/21 Ordained (Sustained))
Isabel Miller (June Consecrated)
Cary Wood (June Consecrated)
Yuriy Murashko (June Ordained)
Evan Fowler (June Ordained)
Duane Guisinger (June Ordained)
John Blosser (June Ordained)
Colby Holloway (June Ordained)
Christ our Healer in the Northwest
Some amazing stories coming out of Alliance Northwest churches about the healing power of Christ. These concrete examples of God working in our midst are always so fun to celebrate:
Dale Tanis, an elder at Christ's Community Church in Granite Falls, Washington, experienced healing this summer when, after multiple car accidents and surgeries, he had been basically bed-ridden from pain. When his doctors decided not to go forward with a surgery that promised to relieve some of that pain, Dale paradoxically felt a deep contentment from the Lord. Days later, he was fully healed and working out at the gym!
Salem Alliance Church has seen a significant number of healings since December of last year. Every Sunday, many of those in attendance stand for healing prayer (physical, emotional, etc.), and every week they have a story or two to share. Praise God!