Serving the Least of These, Sing! The Concert & Ryan Koher Remains in Custody
Amos Crews, senior pastor of Pillar of Hope Church near Birmingham, Alabama, says the church feels called to a new neighborhood in nearby Tarrant. Keith and Kristyn Getty performed Christ-centered Christmas music and traditional carols of the season for almost 1,700 people through “Sing! An Irish Christmas” Dec. 7 in the MacGorman Chapel and Performing Arts Center on the campus of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. And, Pilot David Koher remains in jail in Mozambique, with no end to his imprisonment in sight. Government officials have yet to charge the 31-year-old Koher, a pilot for Ambassador Aviation Limited, which partners with MAF, and two South African nationals who were arrested with him.
Amos Crews, senior pastor of Pillar of Hope Church near Birmingham, Alabama, says the church feels called to a new neighborhood in nearby Tarrant.
God is at working bring Pillar of Hope together with Robinwood Baptist Church, a church that is closing its doors after dwindling to about seven active members. Robinwood is deeding its building to the Birmingham Metro Baptist Association (BMBA), which will in turn sell it to Pillar of Hope at a deep discount and establish a fund for the building’s repair and upkeep.
John Roland, a Samford University advancement officer serving as Robinwood’s interim pastor, said the church realized it could no longer meet the community’s needs.
Josh Cook, BMBA church revitalization specialist, has worked with the churches to smooth the transition. He said the need for revitalization is becoming more common, especially after the slowdowns suffered during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Keith and Kristyn Getty performed Christ-centered Christmas music and traditional carols of the season for almost 1,700 people through “Sing! An Irish Christmas” Dec. 7 in the MacGorman Chapel and Performing Arts Center on the campus of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.
Christian hip-hop artist Trip Lee and worship leaders Matt Papa and Matt Boswell joined the concert in Fort Worth, the fifth stop of the 17-city tour for the internationally known artists.
Interim President David S. Dockery said it was “a genuine delight” to welcome the Gettys to campus.
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Pilot David Koher remains in jail in Mozambique, with no end to his imprisonment in sight.
Government officials have yet to charge the 31-year-old Koher, a pilot for Ambassador Aviation Limited, which partners with MAF, and two South African nationals who were arrested with him. Those officials, say MAF leaders, suspect the three were supporting an Islamic insurgent group in the northern part of the country.
Koher had flown to Inhambane in early November to pick up a load of over-the-counter medications, vitamins and other supplies. The plan was to fly those supplies to orphanages near Montepuez, Mozambique. During a routine security screening, airport officials became suspicious and arrested the three men on Nov. 4, before the cargo could be loaded on the chartered flight.
The supplies and the plane Koher was piloting were seized.
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