Who are the Apostolic Christian Church? When I first went to Morris, I was fascinated about a group called the "Shwitzers" (spelling?), which I slowly grew to knew as I lived here. Today (Wednesday, Sept 22nd of 2004), I decided to take the time and start learning more about them. Why? I've lived in this community for 9+ years and I feel I haven't really gotten to know who they are.
I read this book (referenced down below) that a local librarian found after I asked her about the archives in the West Central Minnesota Historical Research room in the lower level outside of UMM'S Briggs Library. I found out that the ACC was founded in the early 1900's by two families from Rock Rapids, Iowa that was looking for quality farming land. They found a farm 2 milies north of Morris and would later find a better one 7 miles south of Morris-Hancock (see locator map)! In 1903 these 2 particular families attracted 5 others-including a minister from Lester, IA. More and more families within the church's denomination would grow in this particular area. By the Spring of 1966, a new large church was constructed and the congregation gathered here for the first time in June 25, 1967.
Where are its' roots? I read in the beginning of the book and learned some German-"Aller Anfang ist schwer" (All beginning is difficult). This quote is pertaining to the work of incorporating the history of this church since it began with Sammuel Froehilich in nineteenth-century Switzerland. Also, I found an answer to one of my questions-regarding to head covering (ACC's Beliefs). They have churches located throughout the country and internationally (Mexico and Japan).
"Female members of the Apostolic Christian Church wear headcoverings while in prayer. These are made of a lace netting material. This is in accordance with the directive in 1st Corinthians that requires this of women in the church."
SCHMIDGALL, FLOYD, MR. AND MRS.
Interview, 22 May 1975; 1 reel
Discusses the Apostolic Christian Church and its policies and guidelines. A transcript is available.  "Marching to Zion: A History of the Apostolic Christian Church of America 1847-1982 Klopfenstein, Perry A. @1984 Sekan Printing Company, Fort Scott, KS
Found in UMM's Briggs Library: BX 6194 .A6 k58 1984 (pp. 319-322)
"SS Geneva is the second most populous city in Switzerland, situated where Lake Geneva (French Lac Léman) flows into the Rhône River.The population within the city limits is 185,526 (2004) and that of the metropolitan area — which extends into France and Vaud — is about 700,000. Geneva is widely regarded as a global city, mainly due to the presence of numerous international organisations, including the European headquarters of the United Nations Geneva is the seat of many international organisations, including the European headquarters of the United Nations and several other international bodies, such as the World Health Organization, the International Labour Organization, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, the World Intellectual Property Organization, the International Telecommunication Union, the World Meteorological Organization, the World Trade Organization and the Inter-Parliamentary Union."
*see GoodnewsEverybody.com Life: Peace, Quietness, Reconciliation, Rest, etc...
"..I carried the cross from Basel and on to the capital Bern. From there I walkedÂ to Lausanne then along Lake Geneva to Geneva. My son Jerusalem Blessitt was with me on part of the crosswalk...
One day as I was carrying the cross, I shared Christ with an importer/exporter businessman.
Arthur Blessitt and the cross"Jesus loves you," I said.
"I hope so," was the man's reply.
I said, "We have good news for you," and proceeded to share the gospel with him. I'll never forget saying to him, "Jesus wants to come into your heart."
"Oh, no," the man replied. "If He looked into my heart, what He'd see would be so bad He would not dare to enter nor would He want to enter."
Tears filled my eyes as I invited him to the house where I was spending the night. He came and received a clean heart and Christ came to live within him.
I carried the cross on to Zurich and then to the border at Liechtenstein.
I have met many wonderful people in Switzerland and it is one of my favorite places in the world. I have prayed with many Swiss people to receive Jesus as their personal Savior and Lord.
Many times I have preached in Basel. At one time, I lived for nearly a year in Switzerland with my family.
God bless Switzerland.
A pilgrim follower of Jesus,
"TIMBUKTU, MALI (ANS) -- Compass Direct News (CDN) is reporting that separatist Islamist rebels released a Swiss Christian woman kidnapped by a private militia on April 15 amid political turmoil in Timbuktu, Mali, according to a Swiss foreign ministry statement.
Swiss hostage Beatrice Stockly looks on upon her arrival at Ouagadougou airbase on April 24, 2012
CDN said that armed members of the militant Islamic group Ansar Dine handed Beatrice Stockly to Swiss diplomats on Tuesday (April 24), Reuters reported. Before rebels captured Timbuktu on April 1, most Westerners had reportedly left due to fears of being kidnapped and passed on to Al-Qaeda cells.
“The terrorist group’s North African branch, Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), has been holding Westerners for millions of dollars in ransom payments from previous kidnappings in recent years,” said the CDN story.
“Stockly, a Christian social worker in her 40s, had refused to leave Timbuktu, 705 kilometers (439 miles) northeast of the capital, when it fell to Tuareg rebels and Islamist extremists.
“She was in good health ‘considering the circumstances,’ according to the Swiss foreign ministry statement. Ansar Dine militants took custody of Stockly after a shootout with an unidentified private militia that had seized her and wanted to sell her to AQIM.’
Ansar Dine, which has imposed sharia (Islamic law) in areas under its control in the north, then handed Stockly to the Swiss government without demanding a ransom, according to Agence France-Presse. Stockly is reportedly safe in Burkina Faso.
For more information, please go to: www.compassdirect.org"
GRANDPA -1st Prize EUD Short FIlm Festivald
"EUD Short Film Festival - 1st Prize - Best Short Film - Gland, Switzerland Synopsis: Sitting on a bench, Andrew remembers the moments he used to share with his grand-father. As a child, every day was special because his grandpa was teaching him a new lesson about life. In this way, Andrew discovered the secret of having a good communication with God...."