The 34th anniversary celebration for APNTS, held on Tuesday, Nov. 14th was a great success! The chapel service served as a kick-off to the annual Spiritual Deepening Week, featuring the second President of APNTS, Dr. LeBron Fairbanks as speaker. The theme for the week was, “Whatever Happens, Walk Worthy.”
The celebration service began with the APNTS choir performing, “I Call You to Praise,” under the direction of Professor Becky Davis. Current President, Dr. Bruce Oldham, gave a warm welcome and provided a brief history of APNTS. This was followed by Dr. Oldham reading the greetings received from dignitaries to honor the event, Dr. Filimao Chambo, General Superintendent of the Church of the Nazarene, Dr. Daniel Copp, Education Commissioner, Dr. Mark Louw, Asia-Pacific Regional Director, Dr. John Moore, Regional Education Coordinator, Dr. Don Owens, Founding President of APNTS, Dr. John Nielson, third President of APNTS, Dr. Hitoshi Fukue, fourth President of APNTS, Dr. Floyd Cunningham, fifth President of APNTS, and Dr. Brent Cobb, former A-P Regional Director.
An inspiring time of praise and worship was led by the World Mission Communications worship team, followed by the testimony of a distinguished APNTS alum, Dr. Jackson Natividad, who is making a significant contribution to God’s kingdom.
Dr. Fairbanks brought a message titled, “Whatever Happens: Keep the Faith.” Using scriptures Phil. 1:27, Acts 27:25, and Acts 23:11, Dr. Fairbanks shared about the faithfulness of God to His vision and direction for us. Key thoughts were: delays may occur, suffering and hardship may result, push ahead…don’t look back, and believe Him regardless of the cost!
The Spiritual Deepening Week continued on Nov. 15 and Nov. 16, with messages by Dr. Fairbanks titled, “Whatever Happens, Embrace the Tensions,” and “Whatever Happens, Watch our Words.” The final service closed with several going forward for prayer, signifying a desire for a deeper relationship with God.
Plans are already in progress for the 35th Anniversary Celebration which is scheduled to be a week-end event starting Thursday, November 14, 2018. Save this date as you will want to be a part of the reunions, workshops, fellowship, and other great events that are being planned. More details will become available in future days.