Calvary Commission will celebrate 42 years at its annual Breakthrough Prayer and Missions Conference, Thursday through Sunday at the World Commission Center on the Lindale Campus.

All sessions are open to the public. There is no cost for registration or attendance, according to information from Joe Fauss, president and international director. The conference theme is “Hope For The Future.” It will focus on missionary testimonies, times of projected prayer, training and equipping for missions, and musical and dramatic productions.

The conference will open at 10 a.m. Thursday with Dr. Colin Hurt, missionary to the nations. Classes of missions and ministry training is set for 2 to 4 p.m. A 7 p.m. celebration will continue each evening. The special Kids Konference led by Hannah Fauss, Jody Fauss, and Patsy Milam is titled “Jesus in the Jungle.”

The nightly worship rally will be led by Rebeccah Miller, musician, songwriter and worship leader.

Dr. Eduardo Gonzalez, director of Calvary Commission of Cuba/Hope For Your Future, will share a report on life in Cuba at the Friday morning session. His son, Waldy Gonzalez, pastor of Column of Truth (Columna de la Verdad) in Cojimar, Havana, Cuba, will share at the 2 p.m. Friday session.

Other speakers include Nathan and Laura Cole, serving in Leon, Guanjuato, Mexico; Joab Lohara, director of AIM ASIA and Calvary Commission India; Stephen Wilson, pastor and founder of Restauracion Familiar Cristiana, A.R.; Chuck Warnock, pastor and church leadership director; and Andy and Luke Fauss, Tyler Vineyard.

The Sunday morning service will join Church of Living Hope in Tyler with Dr. Eduardo Gonzalez and Leo Miller sharing. At 6 p.m. Sunday, graduation of the Calvary Bible Institute will be observed. Joe Fauss will deliver the commencement address.

All of the public is invited to come and enjoy the conference. For registration information, call 903-882-5501 or visit

Beginning at 2 p.m. Sept. 2, there will be a special “Labor Day Bar-B-Q Blast” for a day of holiday family fun. Activities include games, musical and drama presentations, bounce houses, petting zoo, pony rides, fishing tournament, limousine rides, and a 4 p.m. barbecue. The event is $5 per person or $15 per family.

Singing Boholano Priests

The Jeduthun: Singing Boholano Priests are scheduled to perform 7:30 p.m. Sunday at First Christian Church, 4202 S. Broadway Ave. in Tyler. The five priests are from the Archdiocese of Talibon, Philippines.

The concert is a fundraiser for the Balay sa Kabos Foundation of the Diocese of Talibon, which aims to build houses for the poor and deserving parishioners of the diocese, and construction of a new diocesan pastoral center of Talibon.

For more information, call Theresa Guck at 903-240-7786.

Ladies Self-Defense

A ladies self-defense class is set for 6 p.m. Friday at Calvary Assembly of God Church, 1723 E. Front St., Tyler.

The instructor will be Dometrius Hill, dean of academic success at Tyler Junior College and owner of a martial arts studio.

The event is free for women of all ages and an offering will be collected.

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