Light of the World Christian Ministries International
The Light of the World Christian Ministries International is an Evangelistic Ministry with Pentecostal emphasis. This simply means that we believe the entire Bible, both Old and New Testament, as the Infallible Word of God, and all our programs and activities are based on biblical world view.
Dutchess Assembly Story
The Dutchess Assembly (formerly called Fishkill Assembly) of the Light of the World Ministry is a branch of The Light of the World Christian Ministries International, with its headquarters in the City of New York. The Church began after the Holy Spirit had inspired the Rev. Dr. Arku to plant a branch of the church at the Hudson Valley.
In obedience to and the directions of the Holy Spirit and also being convinced of the impact that the church will have on the lives of those who are residing in the Hudson Valley, the Church began as a home cell, meeting with the families of Mr Joseph Agyemang and Rev. Dr. Isaac Arku. Later on the families of Mr Patrick Boatey and Ms. Helen Kumaga joined the fellowship. The families met from house to house for the teaching of the Word, Fellowshipping, breaking of bread, and to pray as was the pattern of the early Church, (Acts 2:41-47).
Looking for a place of Worship
Since it was the desire of Rev. Arku to house the church in a permanent place, the church began meeting at the Church of the Nazarene on New York Route 52. After a few months, the church moved to the Holiday Inn hotel on New York Route 9, Fishkill. During our stay at the Hotel there were moments where it looked as if the church was not going to grow but we believed that any thing that is born of God has the ability to overcome and we surely overcame those moments. Much as we loved fellowshipping at the Hotel it became very burdensome as we had to carry our instruments and other fixtures for worship every Sunday morning, set up for service, and then dismantled after Church.
In light of that, the Reverend and his wife started looking for a place where we could meet permanently. It was during one of these moments when they were on the lookout for a place for the church to meet that the Lord made them come in contact with the couple James and Cyndi Mullen.
Rev. Arku shared his burning vision for the Hudson Valley with the Mullen family, who was also seeking God’s direction for a permanent Church home where they could use their God given gift of music to bless God and His people. It is amazing how God works! Rev. Dr. Arku declared that we would resume our services in April 2007, and surely it was April 2007 when God brought Brother Jim and his wife Cyndi into the ministry. The couple was instrumental of helping us secure a place of worship. Bro Jim then introduced Rev. Arku to Pastor Mike Valencia and wife Loyda, who were also looking for a place to start worshiping, They were willing to come and help build the Kingdom of God here in the Hudson Valley. And indeed they have been faithful in their service.