The Church of God Assembly had miracles, worship and more

The Church of God, with Alexander Jackson Sr. as general overseer, has concluded its historical 110th General Assembly.

The Pre-Assembly rally, moderated by Cleveland Pastor Cary W. Ryan, was held Sept. 1. Esteban Rivas Zamora, national overseer of Nicaragua, spoke about the importance of receiving the promise written in God’s Word during his spirit-filled message.

On Wednesday morning the Assembly Tabernacle was dedicated.

Jackson noted this was the third tabernacle in the history of the church, which meant the church was walking in accordance to prophecy.

Cleveland Mayor Tom Rowland, Bradley County Mayor D. Gary Davis and Sheriff Eric Watson greeted the delegates.

During the message given by Gerardo Monroy of Tennessee, the Holy Ghost moved with a message and interpretation focusing on the work of the church and that God would help it grow.

With the sounding of the gavel, the 110th Assembly opened at 10:22 a.m., with Jackson presenting the assembly theme — “Receive the Promise.”

Wednesday afternoon’s session began with worship in song by Jocelyn Jackson and a special time of remembrance for those ministers who received their reward this past year. The message “But Let Patience Have Her Perfect Work” was brought by Ralph L. Lester.

At 3:05 p.m., the trumpet sounded a call to the nations for the annual reports from around the world.

Benigo Torrez, national overseer of Bolivia, reported growth and more than 400 at their National Convention.

Jose L. Castellanos, regional overseer from the West Region, noted they had grown strong in California. The region presented a plaque in honor of the new Assembly Tabernacle.

Cary W. Ryan, national overseer of Canada’s National Convention, said “brethren there were faithful in the work of the church.”

Reports also were given of the church growth in the Democratic Republic of the congo under National Overseer Shamba Mbambi and of the potential in the Dominican Republic by national overseer Vicente Vilorio.

Wednesday night service began with the annual world Language Department program, directed by general coordinator Jose L. Castellanos from California. Testimonies of healing and other miracles were presented.

Thursday morning began with more progress reports from Kenya, Dubai UAE, and Tanzania by National Overseer Justol Ngurukire of Kenya. Ngurukire spoke of the dangers the church faces in Africa due to terrorism and of a church member who was lost in a recent massacre in Kenya.

Reports were also given from Mexico, and the Northeast Region of the United States.

Thursday afternoon began with the annual financial Report given by the general accountant, Jessie Vee Cordeau.

More reports were given for the countries of Nicaragua, El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras as well as Peru and Chile.

A report was sent by Fred Kavuma concerning the orphanage in Uganda and the work of the church in Burundi and Rwanda.

Reports were given by the Southeast and North Central Regions of the United States.

Thursday night began with the public relations program directed by H.L. and Sue Cannon of Cleveland. Time was to recognize those who had been members of the church for 30 plus years.

Ralph L. Lester has been a member of the Church for more than 70 years.

Following was the Evangelism Program, directed by Joel E. Stewart, general coordinator.

Friday morning the Annual Women’s Missionary Band breakfast and fellowship was held, under direction of Shilia T. Hale, Women’s Missionary Band general coordinator.

Friday’s morning session began with the annual address given by General Overseer Jackson.

He spoke of the growth of the church and of reaching new areas for the gospel.

He said the church was walking in accordance to the will of God and this was evident in the giving of the new tabernacle.

Jackson also noted, “It was now time for the Church and its membership to do all that they can, and see how God will fulfill his promise.”

He challenged The Church of God to stop crying, “come, but to go. He will not come until we go! Church of God, we can, receive the Promise, but not until after ye have done the will of God. For us to receive every promise in the blessed old Book, we must have unwavering faith.”

Friday afternoon Brandon Hale and Juan Bonilla spoke briefly about the new design of the General Church websites in both English and Spanish. Plans were presented to have a multi-language platform for all nations to see the progress of the Church online.

Following was the report of the Church of Prophecy Marker Association by general coordinator Donald L. Brown of II.

Brown spoke about the new tabernacle and donated the original flags which flew over the second tabernacle of the church on Keith Street.

James E. O’Quinn spoke about the tabernacle in the history of Israel and of the church; pointing to the first tabernacle of the church on Central Avenue in Cleveland under General Overseer M.A. Tomlinson and now of the third tabernacle on Runway Drive.

This was followed by a message by Marshall Lackey.

During the Friday night session, the call was made as the Parade of Nations began with 20 countries being represented.

Cary W. Ryan of Tennessee, general world missions coordinator, gave a welcome to the country of Nigeria which was organized this past year.

Saturday morning began with the Assembly Band Movement program by Mandy Slack, general coordinator.

This was followed by the Annual Praise Service directed by Edna Wamsley from Tennessee, during which many testified of healings, salvation and restoration.

Saturday afternoon was followed by an ordination service and the annual Bible Training Institute program by O’Quinn.

Saturday night began with the Victory Leaders Band program directed by Jill Ryan, general coordinator.

The last day of the Assembly began Sunday morning with the Sunday School Department program directed by Juan N. Bonilla general coordinator.

This was followed by a report from Eva Jackson, General Sunday School Literature editor. She noted the Sunday School literature was printed and translated in various languages. This session ended with a program by the Children’s Assembly directed by Jessie Vee Cordeau of Tennessee.

The last session of the Assembly took place at 1:30 p.m. with a program lead by Shilia T. Hale of Tennessee, general women’s Missionary Band coordinator.

Reports from the assembly committees were presented. Jackson made new Assembly appointments. As the gavel sounded, the 110th General Assembly of The Church of God came to a close.

Information in this article was provided by Juan N. Bonilla.

Originally Published by: Cleveland Daily Banner

9/18/15