Missionary Tommy Smith, regional superintendent Southern Pacific, sent the following report to World Missions:
“Xaris Villa, is a single, female Filipino Exhorter who pastors the Cornerstone Church of God in Hong Kong and is also an elementary school teacher at a prestigious school in the city. She desires to take the Licensed Ordained exam soon.
“Pastor Villa is excited that finally the Cornerstone church is debt-free and the congregation should be able to remain in their small rented location for worship for two more years. Although they still face some challenges, she related with joy and exuberance of the Pentecostal outpouring recently in both the English and the Chinese language congregations of Cornerstone.
“Five years ago, former pastor and founder, Daniel Villa (Xaris’s father now retired in the Philippines), began an outreach to poor, elderly Chinese. Their first convert of this outreach received the Holy Spirit baptism on Pentecost Sunday. Lam Kam Wing, who experienced the infilling, is a great example that one is never too old to receive the Holy Spirit baptism, as she is “86 years young!”
“The Gospel cannot be stopped by barriers of culture or language.”