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Congratulations Sola Church on public launch  

Sola Church, Bothell, Washington, held its public launch October 4; Scott and Corrin Molvar, church planters. Congrats!

Transform begins tonight

If you’re within driving distance, there’s still time to make it to Transform 2016, January 11-14, in Jacksonville, Florida. Onsite registration is open 2-7 p.m.

Don't miss out on:
  • Inspiring messages from Luis Palau, Michael Henderson and Scott Ridout
  • NAE president Leith Anderson discussion of responding to racism, immigration, LGBT and world poverty
  • Six other helpful workshops
  • Peer-learning tracks for 25 different ministry groups
  • Powerful catalyst for your ministry growth
  • Opportunity to make friends who share your ministry challenges and victories
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Vonette Bright with the Lord

Vonette Bright, who with her husband Bill founded Campus Crusade for Christ (now Cru), died December 23. Through the Brights’ generous property donation, Converge built its Orlando, Florida, office in 2010. Converge president Scott Ridout came to Christ through their ministry.
Vonette helped form America’s National Prayer Committee and served as co-chairman of the National Day of Prayer Task Force. She also authored more than a dozen books. Converge thanks the Brights for their service to Christ’s church.

Karen church of 750+ joins Converge North Central

Trinity Baptist Church, Saint Paul, Minnesota, has hosted a congregation made up of more than 750 Karen (Kah Ren) people from Burma (Myanmar). On December 6, five-year-old Trinity Karen Baptist Church voted unanimously on a constitution, choosing to affiliate with Converge North Central district and the Karen Baptist Convention of USA. Trinity’s pastors: Thera William Dwe, Thera Daniel Htoo and Thera Do GayNay Hser.
Thousands of Karen fled Burma to refugee camps along the Thailand border, later immigrating to the United States. About 9000 have settled in Minnesota, now the largest Karen community in the U.S.

Eagle Brook Church hosts 48,620 at Christmas

Eagle Brook Church hosted 48,620 attendees in 49 Christmas services held across its six Twin Cities campuses. Of these, 794 children, students and adults made first-time decisions to follow Christ. Dale Peterson, Eagle Brook executive director of ministry multiplication, said this response is 10 percent higher than Christmas 2014.

Converge meets Urbana students

Converge staff and friends manned the Converge booth at Urbana 15, December 27-31, in St. Louis, Missouri. More than 5500 students committed to serve in short-term missions during the conference, 421 stopping at the Converge booth to talk.
Representing Converge at Urbana 15: president Scott Ridout and his daughter Ashlyn; Glenn and Susan Herschberger, director of mobilization and missions associate, respectively; Kathi Orton of Bethany Baptist Church, Harwood Heights, Illinois, and Deby Chung and Diana De Leon of Panama. Learn more about Converge missions.
Converge Church News
Correction: Erik and Kristin Lindeen are planting Mosaic Church, Maple Grove, Minnesota.
Dominic Amatangelo, father of Tony Amatangelo, lead pastor of Life Spring Community Church, Moorpark, California, suffered a stroke just before Christmas.
Nopaluck Cable, Converge missionary to Bangkok, Thailand, with her husband Steve, is recovering from December 14 ear surgery.
Kinsey Capaldo, daughter of Converge Heartland executive minister Jim and his wife Kari, undergoing inpatient rehabilitation, to be followed by outpatient rehab. She was able to attend church service January 3, the first time since her sickness began in mid-October. Pray for healing of surgical wounds in her right leg and for her family’s energy, discernment and alleviation of fatigue.
Don Dye, retired BGC pastor and Florida district executive minister, grieving the December 21 death of his wife Nadine.
Chuck Forbes, husband of former Retirement Plan specialist Jackie (Shimmin) Forbes, undergoing treatment for a rare case of Myasthenia Gravis. Hospitalized, he is receiving speech and physical therapy and being weaned from a ventilator.
Eric Johnson, Converge missionary in Monterrey, Mexico, grieving the December 19 death of his mother Katie Johnson.
Dana Olson, pastor of Faith Baptist Fellowship, Sioux Falls, South Dakota, finished his third round of chemotherapy December 23 and returned to preaching the following Sunday.
Drew and Sarah R., Converge global partners in a high-security nation, are grieving the December 26 death of their third-trimester unborn son.
Jerry Sheveland, former Converge president, discharged from inpatient rehabilitation December 16 and continuing outpatient therapy.
Betty Stimers, wife of retired pastor Doug Stimers, recovering from serious medical issues experienced in 2015. Doug thanks the many who have been praying for Betty. She is now home and doing much better.
Leon and Lori Wald, parents of Susan Veldhuizen (wife of Ivan, International Ministries executive director), recovering from a December 24 auto accident. Leon suffered a concussion, broken clavicle, sternum and ribs. Lori suffered two breaks in her spine, a broken hand and foot and chipped pelvic bone.