Red Bank United Methodist Church will be hosting a free community performance by the nationally known Zambian Vocal Group on Sunday, Nov. 18, as part of a month-long series focusing on missions. There will also be other programs leading up to this performance:
David Hall will be speaking about the Chattanooga District Covenant with the churches of Ligitolo in South Sudan this Sunday at 6 p.
m.. He is the Associate Pastor at Christ UMC. He goes to South Sudan in the summer to teach and train local pastors. The pastors in the Yei District of South Sudan need our help. The nearly 20 pastors receive little to no support. While they feel a strong calling to be in ministry, they are struggling to meet the obligations of the ministry and basic needs of their families. Most work other jobs to earn a living. Adding stress, the cultural expectation is for the pastors is to take responsibility for the orphans and widows of the village. Several pastors have taken in numerous children when family members could no longer care for them.
Samuel Dzobo will be speaking at the 8:40 and 11 a.m. services on Sunday, Nov. 11. Samuel was the pastor of Hilltop UMC in Zimbabwe. There were no pews in his church because they wanted to get as many people as they could into the sanctuary. Since there was not enough room, many stood outside during the services. Samuel baptized hundreds of people every year. He is currently at Asbury Theological Seminary where he is working on his Doctorate in Ministry. When he completes his degree in May of 2014, he will be returning to Zimbabwe where we expect him to continue baptizing hundreds of people every year.