Camp Amerikraine celebrates 14 years of success

UKRAINE, (BNC) by Jamie Suiter – Camp Amerikraine recently met in the Ukraine for their 14th year this July!

According to director Jeff Abrams, Camp Amerikraine had approximately 300 campers. The camp has grown over the years and is the largest gathering of churches of Christ in the country.

The camp started out focusing mostly on young people, but has evolved into serving more adult Christians and being a tool for uniting churches and strengthening Christian relationships. Twenty-five of the campers were from the occupied territory and fifty were from what we would call a war zone. Continue reading “Camp Amerikraine celebrates 14 years of success”

Barbara has been involved in missions for over 25 years, both in the field and in publishing.

Beautiful day for the graduating class at Freed Hardeman University

HENDERSON, TENN., (BNC) by Jamie Suiter — In spite of a cold snap and what we call in West Tennessee a “Blackberry Winter” Freed Hardeman University (FHU) in Henderson had a beautiful sunny day for their graduating class of approximately 250 students.

Three of these students were from the new Dixon, Tenn., facilities. Nineteen states were represented and three different countries. Two students were from Canada, one from Uganda and one was an American living in Singapore who completed his Master of Ministry with the online program.

Jay Lockheart , pulpit minister and an elder for the Whitehouse church in Whitehouse, Tex., spoke at the commencement in the Loyd Auditorium. Jay and his wife Arlene Carter Lockheart met while attending Freed Hardeman College. Brother Lockheart has done work with Truth For Today in Searcy, Ark., and was host of the popular television broadcast “The Search” in Tyler, Tex., from 1985-2007.

One of his outstanding quotes given to the class was, “As you prepare to leave these sacred halls of a university that we love so much and you go to make your mark on the world, you will go as those who have learned to make a living, but you’ll also go as those who have learned how to live. No greater life could we live than the life of a servant. Wherever you go, go as a great servant.” (From the Jackson Sun, Jackson Tenn.)

I asked one of the graduates, Drew Crews of Samburg, Tenn., to give us his assessment of the four years he spent at FHU and he gave this heart-stirring statement.

“The money I spent to attend Freed-Hardeman University was well worth it. My teachers, whether they taught Bible or biology, were top-notch, and helped me to think critically about the world around me and also how to think and live as Christ would. That pertains to every teacher I had at Freed, didn’t matter what subject they taught. More than anything, the growth I experienced while at Freed is what really means the most to me.

“The friends I made during my time there are amazing. I know I can talk to them about anything and know they will be there for me. I think back to all of the crazy, fun things we did late at night in the dorm when we should have been asleep or studying that we still talk and laugh about to this day. I also recall the deep, meaningful talks I had with them, as well. One time, my friends and I stayed up until 3 am talking about faith, and it was awesome. While at Freed, I found a desire to want to know more about God, and love him and others the way he loves me and you. I found a desire to serve others for his glory.

“My worldview has expanded, and my thirst for knowledge of God and his word has grown. I wouldn’t change a thing about my time at Freed. I think if you are serious about challenging your faith, growing spiritually, and learning how to live as Christ would in any occupation you choose, then going to Freed-Hardeman University. Don’t let the cost scare you. You are going to be so glad you invested your money into a Freed-Hardeman education.”

Barbara has been involved in missions for over 25 years, both in the field and in publishing.

Children’s home grieving after murder of director

Port-au-Prince, Haiti (BNC) The SonLight Children’s home in Haiti is still recovering from the murder of Roberta Edwards, 55, missionary and director of the orphanage.

Edwards was shot and killed in her car Oct. 10, and one of three children who were with her was kidnapped. The child has not been recovered. Police are still investigating.

The Estes church, Henderson, Tenn., who has oversight of the work in Port-au-Prince, has sent a team which includes a mental health professional to help the children deal with the tragedy.

Edwards is survived by her parents, Bob and Laura Edwards, PO Box 1568, Burgaw, NC, 28425. Her memorial service will be held in Henderson, Tenn. Details will be posted on the Estes congregation’s website.

Photo credit: Estes church

Barbara has been involved in missions for over 25 years, both in the field and in publishing.

Filipino Christians safe despite destruction

The deadby Ron Halbrook

PHILIPPINES (BNc) — Much news about the devastation caused by typhoon Haiyan (named Yolanda in the Philippines) is appearing in the media, but concrete information from our brethren is only dribbling out because lines of communication were damaged and destroyed.

The storm surge 15-20 feet high sent tsunami-like waves 45 feet high crashing to shore in some places. Ships were left sitting in city streets!

Especially hard hit areas include the island of Samar, Tacloban City on Leyte, and northern Cebu island. Surrounding islands in the central Visayas such as Panay and Bohol were heavily damaged, and also Oriental Mindoro and northern Palawan to the west as the storm headed back out to sea toward Vietnam.

The number of dead bodies located keeps climbing as it passes 2,200 with many areas still inaccessible. In places like Tacloban City mass burials have been necessary because of the health risk with bodies decaying in the rubble and standing water. The airport there served as a makeshift morgue.

Homes, crops, and trees were leveled by winds of 150-200 mph and the land was inundated with torrential rainfall. Nearly ten million people were affected and 600,000 displaced.

Pictures of the devastation can be seen at the DailyMail website.

The Philippine government, U.S. military, other governmental bodies around the world, and international relief agencies are trying to get supplies to the devastated areas, but much of the infrastructure is destroyed. Supply trucks have been waylaid.

In some cases, people foraging for food, water, and medicine are looting markets, grocery stores, and pharmacies in desperation. Mobs in Tacloban City attacked a rice warehouse and the walls collapsed killing and injuring more people. The Philippine military is trying to restore order.

Saints are scattered all through the regions hit by the storm. We are getting some news from saints on the island of Cebu. Jonathan Carino and other Filipino brethren in company with Harry Osborne were able to survey the damage at Bogo City in northern Cebu. Gil Suico who preaches there sent me a message that homes, fruit trees, and crops were severely damaged, which means the suffering will extend for weeks and months to come. A large percentage of the buildings in Bogo City were flattened and nearly all structures were damaged.

I received a report from brethren in Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental, that they suffered no major damage. There is word from Jack Jaco in the western part of the island, Negros Occidental, that brethren suffered damage there.

Jonathan and Harry have been trying to get to Tacloban City but cancelled their plans because of the breakdown of security. The New Peoples Army (Filipino communists) are flexing their muscle with raids because the government can hardly function.

Brother Nilo Zabala fled the city after NPA’s invaded his home and threatened him with death if he did not provide them with supplies. His family is camped in a damaged bus terminal.

Jonathan and Harry will take a ferry boat from Cebu City on Cebu Island to Ormoc City on Leyte. They hope to establish contact with brethren and assess their needs.

In view of the destruction of the infrastructure and communication, it is very hard to get a concrete assessment of our brethren’s needs, and also very hard to deliver funds and supplies when assessments can be made. We know immediate needs are the most basic items such as food, water, and medicines. Homes are destroyed. Church buildings collapsed and blew away. Bibles and song books were ruined and swept away.

Let us fervently pray for these dear saints, send whatever financial help we can, and commit ourselves not to forget their needs in the weeks and months ahead.

Individuals who might like to donate can send donations to Ron Halbrook, 3505 Horse Run Ct., Shepherdsville, KY 40165-6954.

Barbara has been involved in missions for over 25 years, both in the field and in publishing.

Philippine relief efforts hampered by destruction

Philippine typoon - free image 2TACLOBAN, Philippines (BNc) — An estimated 10,000 people may have died as a result of the super typhoon that came through Central Philippines on Nov. 9, reaching speeds of approximately 200 miles per hour.

Tacloban was hit by 36 feet of water from the typhoon surge, destroying everything in its path. Although there were preparation efforts, they failed in the wake of such strength.

Reports indicate that although some homes were partially destroyed, the missionaries, local Filipino preachers and Christians are all safe.

Relief efforts are hampered by the destruction of roads and bridges and lack of electricity. Groups wishing to help are put on waiting lists because of the few flights going into Cebu and Tacloban.

In spite of this, groups of workers from US churches are preparing to travel to the Philippines to help begin reconstruction.

Some relief effort avenues at present are: World Evangelism, P. O. Box 72, Winona, MS 38967, mark for “Philippines typhoon aid” or Saturn Rd. Church of Christ, 3030 Saturn Rd., Garland, TX 75041, Attn: Robbie, mark for “MARCH for Christ” (Philippine mission work). Also, you can email the Boiling Springs congregation in South Carolina for information on their relief effort.

We will update other relief options as they become available.

Barbara has been involved in missions for over 25 years, both in the field and in publishing.

New discipleship class in Samar Philippines

Edwin showing the truth DVDUNION CITY, Tenn. (BNc) by James D. Suiter — The Bishop St. church in Union City, Tenn., raised funds for a very special project for brother Edwin Inso.

Brother Inso works with five churches in Samar, Philippines. Bishop St. helped brother Inso and several college students at a nearby college, Eastern Samar State University (ESSU), to get a 32-inch TV for use in their discipleship class.

The church is very excited about this work since the class now will be able to view World Video Bible School (WVBS) DVDs and other materials such as “The Gospel Of Christ.”

The TV will also be used as a power point screen to display lessons and songs for the group.

Brother Inso asks for prayers for this work. His goal is to teach and equip the students to teach people in the providence of Samar the gospel of Christ. Inso uses his motorcycle-powered “Gospel Chariot” to bring students to class.

Inso is a graduate of the Philippine Institute of Biblical Studies in Cebu and has worked with Jeremy Barrier of Heritage Christian University.

The Bishop St. church plans to equip each student with a set of WVBS DVDs to use in evangelism.

Barbara has been involved in missions for over 25 years, both in the field and in publishing.

Hidden Treasures Christian School celebrates sixth year

student1PORT HARCOURT, Nigeria, (BNc) by Amadi Jude It all began as a dream in the year 2007 when the Lord led the heart of Brother UChenna F. Bekee to begin a work that has resulted in six years of graduating students from the Hidden Treasures Christian School.

July 27 was another memorable day for the teachers, staff and pupils who had wended their way through rough roads, hard times, and oppositions from the government to arrive at a day of graduation and prizes.

The pupils who graduated showed by their performance that they were taught well and worthy of their promotions and prizes. The teachers, on their part, deserved to be congratulated for the devotion to duty which brought these kids this far in life.

That the students are moving to new classes in the next academic section, which began on September 16, is something that Hidden Treasures is thankful for. We know that the parents of the children were happy to see the great impact that the school has had on their children. The focus to build a Christian education can be boldly seen in these young graduates.

The Hidden Treasures Christian School had 56 children graduating to different classes. We also had the honor of giving several prizes to students and pupils who had proven themselves in various categories.

Hidden Treasures will continue to do its best in reaching out to the poor and helping kids grow in the knowledge and admonition of the Lord. This past academic session, two orphans in the Junior High school and three in Senior High were baptized into Christ.

For more information, please visit our website .

Barbara has been involved in missions for over 25 years, both in the field and in publishing.

Early missionary to Bangladesh and Nepal passes

Hasha adjustedby Michael E. Brooks

MUSCLE SHOALS, Ala. (BNc) — Harvey Hasha of Muscle Shoals, Alabama died quietly Monday night, Sept. 16, in his home. His health had declined quickly after suffering a fall several weeks prior.  Harvey was a former contractor and owner of Triple H Bricks in Muscle Shoals.  He was a member and former deacon of the Highland Park Church of Christ in the city. Continue reading “Early missionary to Bangladesh and Nepal passes”

Barbara has been involved in missions for over 25 years, both in the field and in publishing.

Wake up with KnowTheTruthRadio.org

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by James D. Suiter

SULPHUR SPRINGS, Tex. (BNc) — Have you ever wished that we had a morning wake-up radio program in churches of Christ and encouraging programming on radio to listen to from the brotherhood throughout the day? I know I have.

Brother Luis Camacho, gospel preacher and producer at UnaSolaFe.org Radio and Managing Director at Radio40.org, has started KnowTheTruthRadio.org to fill this void!

KnowTheTruthRadio.org has a morning program, with Robert Stapleton at 6 and with Luis and Mike Long at 7-9 and other speakers through the day and evening.

There is a chat box in which listeners on the net can engage the speakers, and even have a request for folks to call in on some programming with comments or questions and prayer requests.

It was such a breath of fresh air when GBN came along. Now we have a radio station to listen to 24/7 with great a capella singing in between the lessons!

Check it out and tell others about KnowTheTruthRadio.org. This is one of five brotherhood stations all streaming on the net on radio40.org.

Luis is a graduate of the Bear Valley Institute of Denver and these stations are working in cooperation with the Brown Trail School of Preaching in Texas.

Barbara has been involved in missions for over 25 years, both in the field and in publishing.

Spanish congregation studies New Testament Greek

by Willie Alvarenga

Willie AlvarengaBEDFORD, Tex. (BNc) — On August 24, the Spanish congregation at Brown Trail Church of Christ in Bedford, Tx., conducted a Greek Workshop in order to teach the Spanish-speaking church how to study the New Testament using Koine Greek.

Brother Willie A. Alvarenga, director and instructor for the Brown Trail School of Preaching Spanish department taught the 6-hour course. Basic principles of Greek grammar, vocabulary, and exegesis were presented.

There were 50 Bible students in attendance and more than 120 visiting the live broadcasting. Thankfully, we now have the six videos posted on Youtube for those who speak Spanish and would like to learn more about the language in which the New Testament was written. We were able to hear great comments from those who attended the Greek Workshop.

Any Spanish-speaking congregation who would like to study Greek or would like to have a Greek Workshop conducted at their local congregation may contact brother Willie Alvarenga for more information.

For study material in Spanish, please visit Willie’s website.

Barbara has been involved in missions for over 25 years, both in the field and in publishing.

Retired professor, Dr. Jim Edmonds, was an inspiration

by Kevin Moore

newsHENDERSON, Tenn. (BNc) — On Wednesday morning April 24, 2013, after an extensive battle with cancer, Dr. Jim Edmonds went to be with the Lord whom he loved and faithfully served throughout his life.

Jim was a Professor of Business Law at Freed-Hardeman University (FHU) for 31 years before his deteriorating health forced him to retire last year. He had also served as Assistant Vice President for Institutional Effectiveness at FHU, and Secretary/Treasurer and Board Member of Henderson Chester County Chamber of Commerce. Continue reading “Retired professor, Dr. Jim Edmonds, was an inspiration”

Barbara has been involved in missions for over 25 years, both in the field and in publishing.

Evangelist Jerry Yost dies at age 70

yost__jerry_1363113231NEW MARTINSVILLE, Ohio (BNc) — Jerry Yost of Hannibal, Ohio, died Monday, Mar. 11, at the Marietta Memorial Hospital in Marietta, Ohio.

Yost was born Nov. 28, 1942 in Farmington, WVa., the son of the late Denzil and Bethel Cole Yost. He served as minister of the church in Duffy, Ohio for 38 years and was actively involved in the family business Sounds Incredible. He also was a director and loved working for the WVa. Christian Youth Camp for over 40 years.

Rick Tincher, from the Mt. Vernon congregation said of Yost, “Jerry was a true friend to me. At many of the most difficult times in my life he was there by my side. He was a true soldier of the cross.” Continue reading “Evangelist Jerry Yost dies at age 70”

Barbara has been involved in missions for over 25 years, both in the field and in publishing.

Jane McWhorter Dies

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Jane McWhorter’s last ladies day speech
Photo: Celine Sparks

by Kathy Kendall

FAYETTE, Ala. (BNc) — Jane McWhorter was born Nov. 14, 1935 in Nashville, Tenn. She lived in Fayette, Ala., for the past 39 years, where her husband Don served as minister for the Fayette congregation and Jane taught first grade. She was Alabama’s Merit Mother of the Year in 1994. Jane was a best selling author of nine books and was a popular speaker at conferences and ladies’ events across the U.S.

Jane was known and loved by others, however, not for her achievements, but for the love she showed to them. Jane loved, accepted and saw the good in each person exactly the way they were. She was regularly seen taking balloons and birthday presents to all the residents of the nursing home, bringing food to the sick and those grieving, teaching adults who had never learned to read, visiting and taking food to those in prison, remembering hundreds of people each year with a hand-written note and gift on their birthday and anniversary.

After a brief battle with leukemia, Jane passed away Feb. 26, 2013 with family by her side. She was preceded in death by her parents, Richard Shannon and Elma Delk Shannon; and by her husband Don, to whom she was married for 52 years. She is survived by her two children, daughter Kathy Kendall (Tony), and son Greg McWhorter (Shannon), and her six grandchildren, Shannon and Emily Kendall, Jack, Sam, Kate and Claire McWhorter.

The funeral will be held at 1:00 p.m., Friday, Mar. 1 at the Fayette Church of Christ. Visitation will be held Thursday, Feb. 28 from 5:00-8:00 at Nelson Funeral Home in Fayette and also immediately following the funeral service at the Fayette Church of Christ.

Barbara has been involved in missions for over 25 years, both in the field and in publishing.

Memphis TV news attacks church newspaper ad on homosexuality

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“The Whole Truth About Homosexuality” newspaper ad

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (BNc) — WMC-TV’s Action News 5 reported last night on a full-page ad attacking homosexuality printed in the Commercial Appeal. The ad appeared in the Sunday and Tuesday editions of that newspaper.

Although it appeared to be a news column, it was a paid advertisement, one reporter said. She seemed to imply that the ad was being deceptive, although many ads take this format and are so designated. Continue reading “Memphis TV news attacks church newspaper ad on homosexuality”

Barbara has been involved in missions for over 25 years, both in the field and in publishing.

Flat Rock preacher found safe

FLAT ROCK, Mich. (BNc) — A Michigan newspaper reported Friday that police had ended their search for preacher Terry Dow, who had gone missing on Tuesday.

They believed that he “willingly left the state,” the news site said.

The family had some form of indirect communication with him after his disappearance but had no idea where he was. Continue reading “Flat Rock preacher found safe”

Barbara has been involved in missions for over 25 years, both in the field and in publishing.

Retired Freed-Hardeman teacher passes away

HENDERSON, Tenn.(BNc) — Eugene Hibbett, 80, retired longtime science teacher at Freed-Hardeman (FHC) died Saturday, Oct. 6.

Hibbett leaves behind his wife Jacqueline, daughter and son-in-law Lynne and Kevin Moore, and son and daughter-in-law Lee and Sarah Hibbett, and four grandchildren, Loren and Kaitlyn Moore, and Elizabeth and Rachel Grace Hibbett. He is also survived by three brothers, George Hibbett of Florence, Ala., Ike Hibbett of Montgomery, Ala., and James Hibbett of Riverton, Ill.

Hibbett, professor emeritus of physical science had been diagnosed with meningitis as a result of West Nile virus. He died at Select Specialty Hospital at St. Frances in Memphis. Continue reading “Retired Freed-Hardeman teacher passes away”

Barbara has been involved in missions for over 25 years, both in the field and in publishing.

Mrs. Hazel Marie Curlee dies at 99

GREENVILLE, Alabama (BNc) –– Mrs. Hazel Marie Stone Curlee, a resident of Greenville, Ala., formerly of Titus, Ala., went to be with her Lord on Sept. 29. She died quietly, at home, surrounded by her family.

Mrs. Curlee was born July 31, 1913. She was preceded in death by her parents Dave and Elsler Church Stone, her husband Charlie H. Curlee, her infant daughter Dorothy Jean Curlee, two brothers Thomas and Raymond Stone, three infant brothers, a nephew Ray Stone, and by several sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law. Continue reading “Mrs. Hazel Marie Curlee dies at 99”

Barbara has been involved in missions for over 25 years, both in the field and in publishing.

Funeral services for oldest WWII surviving POW veteran

MONTGOMERY, Ala., (BNc) — Leon Bozeman, one of the oldest surviving POWs from World War II, has died. A lifetime resident of Montgomery, Bozeman was captured during the Battle of the Bulge in 1945.

Bozeman served as a rifleman in Charlie Company 134th Infantry Regiment. He and his troop, unaware that there was a German spy in their midst, were captured by the Germans in Bastogne, Belgium. He was held for four months until the Russians liberated the camp. Continue reading “Funeral services for oldest WWII surviving POW veteran”

Barbara has been involved in missions for over 25 years, both in the field and in publishing.

Pikes Peak congregation hosts American Indian Missions Seminar

by Grady Miller

COLORADO  SPRINGS, Col., (BNc) — Leaders in American Indian evangelism and mission work traveled to Colorado Springs for the 29th Annual American Indian Missions Seminar on Aug. 3-4, and compared notes regarding their rewards and challenges.

Speakers included evangelists Ben Begay, Phillip James, and Dr. Bruce Terry. Brother Begay is a Native American of the Navajo Tribe and has preached at the Many Farms congregation since 1991. Phillip James is also of the Navajo Tribe and currently preaches at the Hogback church, but has served at Kinlichee, Ariz., Many Farms, Ariz., Fort Defiance, Ariz., and Crown Point, Ariz., as a Navajo evangelist since 1987. Dr. Terry served as a missionary among the Navajos at Montezuma Creek, Utah, from 1979 to 1985. He was missionary–in–residence at Abilene Christian University from 1994 to 1998, and now serves on the faculty of Ohio Valley University. Continue reading “Pikes Peak congregation hosts American Indian Missions Seminar”

Barbara has been involved in missions for over 25 years, both in the field and in publishing.

Gospel preacher Winston Burton dies

JONESBORO, Ark. (BNc) — E. Winston Burton, 88, of Jonesboro died Thursday afternoon, Sept. 19, at his home. He had lived in Jonesboro since 1967, moving here from Dickson, Tennessee.

Burton was a member of the Southwest congregation. He graduated from Paragould High School in 1942; then received an AA degree from the Free-Hardeman College in 1944; received a BS degree from the Auburn University; graduate of Harding University 1961 with a master’s degree; Winston did graduate work at Auburn University, Harding University and Arkansas State University.

Burton ministered to churches in Alabama, Tennesse, Texas and Arkansas, working with the Southwest congregation in Jonesboro until his death. Continue reading “Gospel preacher Winston Burton dies”

Barbara has been involved in missions for over 25 years, both in the field and in publishing.