Serving People through Appropriate Development Evangel
9077 Steinsville Road
Kempton, PA 19529
Now we look forward to the Lancaster
International Conference at Thanksgiving.
Internationals can expect a first-hand exposure to
the Amish and Mennonite faith and way of life.
We share these past and future ministries as prayer
requests. May lasting friendships be formed that
will result in many coming to know Christ as their
Lord and Savior. By being involved in so many
activities we just don’t have time to grow old.
Perhaps our international friends don’t allow us to
Tim, Steve and Howard enjoying fellowship
with special guests from Congo
222 South 25th Street
Allentown, PA 18104
SUMMER INTERNATIONAL OUTREACH
In June, World Harvest Missions held their Intern
Deployment retreat here. About 20 interns plus
missionary staff came to pray and prepare to go to
different countries for short-term mission work in
the summer. It was a rainy time while they were
here and one girl said it was preparing her for
Ireland. Another girl was headed for Spain. One
of the missionary staff leaders and his wife were
planning to go to Tunisia (not short term).
World Harvest Missions Interns
Dr. Alan Pense and his wife Muriel coordinated a
picnic here for international students from Lehigh
University one Saturday in July. After a day of
hiking, 25 students enjoyed the Inn and fellowship.
Some Board members helped prepare the meal.
What a joy it was to have these students here.
We began the month of August hosting the 31st
Annual International Student World Weekend
Retreat. This was SPADE’S 2nd year hosting this
conference. What a joy to cook and enjoy
fellowship with this group. Dr. Alan Pense and his
wife Muriel were speakers for the conference
World Weekend Group
Youth Pastor, Greg Walker, from Cornerstone
Baptist Church, Lakeland, Florida brought a work
group to SPADE . Many projects were completed
here and they also did a variety of mission
outreaches in the Allentown/Kutztown/New
Tripoli areas. What a blessing they were to many.
Taking a break from our work with the
Walker group from Florida
The Chinese Angels performing during the service
“Oh give thanks to the LORD, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever.” Psalm 107:1
We survived Hurricane Sandy! We are so grateful to our Heavenly Father for His protection. SPADE only
experienced two days without power. Many branches and limbs came down and only one tree uprooted, but no major damage. Thank you Lord! The weekend leading into the storm, we enjoyed a group of university students here from Philadelphia. Tara Atchison, Director of Campus Ministry, Temple
University shared the following:
“As usual, our group of 52 staff and students from Temple and Philadelphia
University CCO campus ministries thoroughly enjoyed our weekend retreat at SPADE at the end of October. The timing was perfect. It was just past most students’ midterm exams, so the weekend of learning, bonding and resting in a very scenic and cozy location proved to be wonderfully
restorative to many. Our time consisted of large group teaching and worship times, student-facilitated break-out
sessions, cooking assignments, unstructured free time and a great bonfire Saturday night, all of which provided ample opportunities for students to grow both in their relationship with the Lord, and also in their relationships with one another. SPADE has become a much-anticipated destination for our annual fall retreat, and returning students are always excited to go back.” How blessed we were to see young adults on fire for the Lord.
Over 150 guests came to celebrate SPADE’S 25Th ANNIVERSARY with us on Saturday, August 25th
What a glorious day it was! Special brass music by Tim Bowden and friends heralded the people as they entered the chapel. The program brought honor and glory to the Lord through a message by our Board Chairman, Arasu Rajaratnam, along with special
testimonies and music. The program closed with an awesome performance by “The Living Hope Angels”, precious orphans from China. Everyone
enjoyed an “Old Fashioned Picnic” in our picnic grove following the program. We thank the Lord for a beautiful day, all His provisions and sweet fellowship!
Enjoy the pictures in this letter.
It’s a joy to share another “new beginning” for SPADE. Every Tuesday morning since September 18th the chapel is used to host a community ladies’ Bible study called S.H.I.F.T (Seeking Him in Faith Together). The Word of God is taught and we are
getting an excellent turnout. Thanks.
We featured Tom Davis in our spring newsletter. Tom’s position as our assistant will be ending and since we have no groups in December, Tom will be leaving the end of November. Tom used his gifts in a multitude of ways this year and he will be missed.
THANK YOU TOM FOR BEING A SPECIAL BLESSING TO US AND SPADE.
Ladies Bible Study Group
meeting in Chapel
Bill, Joan, Charlotte and Howard
welcoming guests at anniversary
SUMMER INTERNATIONAL OUTREACH
We are thankful to the Lord for bringing groups from near and far to SPADE. This ministry would not be possible without your prayers and support. Our present needs include replacing some worn blankets. Thank you to all who give of their time and financial resources to help in this work. We are so blessed and grateful for each one.
25th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION HIGHLIGHTS
Picnic in the Grove
Mark Bickel giving testimony of over 20 years coming to SPADE with a variety of groups
giving the anniversary message
Guests enjoying the picnic
The brass quartet led by Tim Bowden provided music before the service
Master of Ceremonies
Bonnie Rinehart from Vermont interacting with board member Collins Alaribe’s family