Fire causes damage at Paragould Children’s Homes

PARAGOULD, Ark. (BNc) — A fire damaged one of the cottage houses on the campus of Children’s Homes of Paragould Thursday afternoon, according to the KAIT-8 website and BNc sources.

Firefighters got the call at 4:15 p.m., and on arrival smoke could be seen coming from the structure, which sustained damage to a bathroom, attic, and bedroom. No one was injured. Continue reading “Fire causes damage at Paragould Children’s Homes”

Randal and his wife Vicki have lived and worked in Brazil since Nov. 1984. They have three children, two daughters-in-law, and four grandchildren. He likes to read novels in his back-porch hammock. http://randal.us

Elba Church Feeds the Hungry

by Glenda Williams, BNc correspondent

ELBA, Ala (BNc) — For years, the church in Elba, Alabama had a small pantry housed in a closet, but they were never able to feed the hungry as they do now.

Recently the church built a family-life annex complete with a spacious kitchen and dining area, classrooms, restrooms, and a large pantry. Located right behind the church building, the annex is convenient to the offices of the church’s minister and secretary. Although the new construction allowed them to continue dispensing food from the pantry to the hungry who came seeking, it didn’t take long for the church members to see the need to step up their efforts in feeding the hungry. Continue reading “Elba Church Feeds the Hungry”

Children take initiative to help Japan

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (BNc) — Two children’s letters arrived with donations for Japan at the Park Avenue church. The letters speak for themselves. To borrow a biblical phrase, “a little child shall lead them.”

Click on the graphics to enlarge them, for better reading. Continue reading “Children take initiative to help Japan”

Randal and his wife Vicki have lived and worked in Brazil since Nov. 1984. They have three children, two daughters-in-law, and four grandchildren. He likes to read novels in his back-porch hammock. http://randal.us

Alabama storm relief efforts continue

BIRMINGHAM, Ala., (BNc) — The churches in the Birmingham, Ala., area have been using Facebook to help tornado victims.

Communicating together via a group called The Church Connection, they have been able to help with specific needs for tornado victims. They have also promoted their desire to help through the Pleasant Grove tornado Facebook group and the Concord tornado group. Continue reading “Alabama storm relief efforts continue”

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

Donations fall for Japan relief

japan church of ChristMEMPHIS, Tenn. (BNc) — The Park Avenue church has received close to $600 thousand in donations for the Japan relief fund, according to Dwight Albright, missions worker with the congregation, in emails sent to BNc today.

These donations have come from 41 states, 4 foreign countries, and 1 territory.

From April to May, contributions fell almost by two-thirds, according to figures Dwight furnished to BNc. He assumed a gradual decrease in donations, but was hesitant to attribute it to needs arising from the destruction that occurred in the U.S., from tornadoes and flooding. Continue reading “Donations fall for Japan relief”

Randal and his wife Vicki have lived and worked in Brazil since Nov. 1984. They have three children, two daughters-in-law, and four grandchildren. He likes to read novels in his back-porch hammock. http://randal.us

Have we forgotten Japan?

Japan relief aidSENDAI, Japan (BNc) — Teams continue clean-up work in the aftermath of the earthquake and tsunami that struck eastern Japan Mar. 11, and funds still arrive for people to put their lives together, but the question bears asking if many have forgotten the enormity of the disaster in Japan in the weeks following the tragedy.

Hundreds have died in recent weeks from tornadoes and floods in the U.S., but in Japan the toll runs to over 15,000 confirmed dead and 8,600 missing. The total number of dead may top 20,000. Destroyed buildings number 125,000. Continue reading “Have we forgotten Japan?”

Randal and his wife Vicki have lived and worked in Brazil since Nov. 1984. They have three children, two daughters-in-law, and four grandchildren. He likes to read novels in his back-porch hammock. http://randal.us

Vilonia church of Christ Disaster Relief

Editor’s Note: The following is from a special website set up by the Vilonia church of Christ about their relief efforts.

by Marty Knight

VILONIA, Ark., (BNc) — Another day has drawn to a close and we were blessed with good weather in which to work. Let me begin by thanking the volunteers who poured in from ALL over the state of Arkansas. I won’t even begin to attempt to mention everyone for fear of leaving out some names. Suffice to say that churches of Christ from as far away as 200 miles were here early this morning and worked until they were ready to drop. The number of volunteers jumped significantly now that we have reached the weekend and that was expected. But, it was still overwhelming to see how much people care. THANKS!!! Continue reading “Vilonia church of Christ Disaster Relief”

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

American churches, Christians suffer from tornados

churches destroyed by tornadosSOUTHERN U.S. (BNc) — Christians and churches across the U.S. suffered from the tornados that left a wake of destruction in the past days.

Ricky Glass noted on Facebook that the Hackelburg Ala., church building is gone; the preacher and wife lost all they had, the town itself, demolished. Amy Hester wrote that Betty Lane, the preacher’s wife, is in the hospital at Hamilton.

The Bethel church in Athens, Ala., got hit as well, the church building is gone (photo, left), many members have lost their homes, according to one report. Continue reading “American churches, Christians suffer from tornados”

Randal and his wife Vicki have lived and worked in Brazil since Nov. 1984. They have three children, two daughters-in-law, and four grandchildren. He likes to read novels in his back-porch hammock. http://randal.us

Churches aid Arkansas town hit by tornado

Vilonia AR aidVILONIA, Ark. (BNc) — A tornado destroyed part of this Central Arkansas town last night, as a dozen twisters left their mark on the state.

Evangelist Ted Knight noted that his sponsoring church, the Levy congregation in North Little Rock, has already sent supplies and is organizing help for the town residents.

In an email today, Ted wrote, “Our phone has been ringing off the wall, and we are thankful for that, because it shows the interest and concerns of so many for the people in our State who have suffered from the tornados last night. I have been to Vilonia today, and it is just heart-breaking to see what has happened. However, it is a time of opportunity for us as God’s people to once again let the beauty of Jesus to be shown in us.” Continue reading “Churches aid Arkansas town hit by tornado”

Randal and his wife Vicki have lived and worked in Brazil since Nov. 1984. They have three children, two daughters-in-law, and four grandchildren. He likes to read novels in his back-porch hammock. http://randal.us

JAPAN: ‘Ongoing desperate need for funds’

IBARAKI, Japan (BNc) — After a visit to the most affected areas in Japan, Joel Osburne, missionary with the Mito congregation, reports an “ongoing desperate need for funds” in the country.

Dwight Albright reported yesterday that the Park Avenue church in Memphis, Tenn., had “received contributions from 35 states. Alaska and North Carolina were added to the list yesterday [Apr. 13]. Contributions are approaching $300,000.”

That amount pales, however, compared to the crushing need that continues in Japan. Continue reading “JAPAN: ‘Ongoing desperate need for funds’”

Randal and his wife Vicki have lived and worked in Brazil since Nov. 1984. They have three children, two daughters-in-law, and four grandchildren. He likes to read novels in his back-porch hammock. http://randal.us

Park Ave. church collects $240k for Japan

MEMPHIS, Tenn (BNc) — The Park Avenue church has collected $240,000 for disaster relief in Japan, as of Mar. 18, wrote elder Paul Goddard.

“We have received contributions from 33 states and the territory of American Samoa,” Paul said.

Paul also shared information sent by Dwight Albright, long-time worker involved in the Japan and supported by Park Avenue.

“I received three calls yesterday from elders in as many congregations wanting information about us receiving funds and where they will be sent. I anticipate more contributions and am astonished at how the word has gotten out about our involvement,” he said. Continue reading “Park Ave. church collects $240k for Japan”

Randal and his wife Vicki have lived and worked in Brazil since Nov. 1984. They have three children, two daughters-in-law, and four grandchildren. He likes to read novels in his back-porch hammock. http://randal.us

JAPAN: Preacher plans visit to disaster center in Sendai

by Masa Nonogaki, Yokota church

YOKOTA, Japan (BNc) — Thank you for your prayers and support. It has been known Japan is a land of earthquake.

At least once a week we have a earthquake we can actually feel. This is beyond what we have expected. Things are slowly moving forward.

I plan to do the following things if the Lord wills. Continue reading “JAPAN: Preacher plans visit to disaster center in Sendai”

Randal and his wife Vicki have lived and worked in Brazil since Nov. 1984. They have three children, two daughters-in-law, and four grandchildren. He likes to read novels in his back-porch hammock. http://randal.us

JAPAN: Mito tallies emotional, spiritual damage

by Atsushi Tsuneki, Mito, Japan, church of Christ, in email sent Mar. 29

MITO, Japan (BNc) — Two weeks after the earthquake have passed. We now start to realize not only the physical damages, but also how much our own members are damaged and affected emotionally, spiritually, and in their life. For example:

* Richardson family had to make a very difficult decision of moving back to the States after spending their 13.5 years in Japan. They just left Japan March 28. They were very busy last week, packing, closing their business, and cleaning their house. Many of our members helped the Richardson family and volunteered to clean their house and English school last Thursday through Sunday evening. Not enough time to mourn and say good-bye. We need to move on, but this is very sad. Continue reading “JAPAN: Mito tallies emotional, spiritual damage”

Randal and his wife Vicki have lived and worked in Brazil since Nov. 1984. They have three children, two daughters-in-law, and four grandchildren. He likes to read novels in his back-porch hammock. http://randal.us

JAPAN: Missionary plans trip to worst area

Editor’s note: The earthquake and tsunami damage to Japan was so great, that we are sharing a series of stories, emails, and reports. All can be localized under the tag Japan. Following is an email from Marlin Ray, at Ibaraki, sent this morning.

IBARAKI, Japan (BNc) — We are doing well. It is clear and cold in Ibaraki with temperatures near freezing or lower at night and about 45 during the day. We still get aftershocks all the time, probably eight or 10 big ones everyday. I am getting used to them at night so that I usually sleep through most of them. Continue reading “JAPAN: Missionary plans trip to worst area”

Randal and his wife Vicki have lived and worked in Brazil since Nov. 1984. They have three children, two daughters-in-law, and four grandchildren. He likes to read novels in his back-porch hammock. http://randal.us

Park Ave. church sends $90k to Japan

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (BNc) — Elder Paul Goddard of the Park Avenue congregation reported today that they have now collected over US$90 thousand for the churches in Japan.

“We will be wiring it to Mito [the Japanese congregation] this week. Regions Bank has waved our fees for the transaction,” Paul said. Continue reading “Park Ave. church sends $90k to Japan”

Randal and his wife Vicki have lived and worked in Brazil since Nov. 1984. They have three children, two daughters-in-law, and four grandchildren. He likes to read novels in his back-porch hammock. http://randal.us

JAPAN: Unstable situation poses ‘dilemma’

JAPAN (BNc) — The preacher’s wife at Ochanomizu sent this unedited email to Dwight Albright Sat., Mar. 26.

Good morning. I will share with you some of the conditions here. It is still quite unpredictable. Yesterday as was told, citizens are fearful because of the nuclear accident, especially from reports that they cannot deliver goods to those living in Fukushima. In the midst of this we are all trying to encourage each other to keep a level head. The stress in children is beginning to be seen. They are writing about this condition with children. Continue reading “JAPAN: Unstable situation poses ‘dilemma’”

Randal and his wife Vicki have lived and worked in Brazil since Nov. 1984. They have three children, two daughters-in-law, and four grandchildren. He likes to read novels in his back-porch hammock. http://randal.us

Church provides aid to flood victims in Panama

by Lisa Carter

PANAMA CITY, Panama (BNc) — Panama had extreme flooding during the month of December and many Christian families of indigenous people living in remote villages were affected.

There are many Panamanian families, four American families living in Panama and Larry Brady’s organization in Alabama, helping. Between us, we have raised approximately $25,000 in flood relief aid. We’ve already delivered food, water, and building supplies. We’re making plans to re-lay pipes bringing fresh, spring water to one village. Water purification chemicals are on their way from the U.S. and should arrive any day. Continue reading “Church provides aid to flood victims in Panama”

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

2010 Operation Christmas Joy

by Glenda Wiliams, BNc correspondent

GENEVA, AL (BNc) — Joy Galloway, Kellee Jackson, Maggie Moyer and Wanda Cannon worked all year buying items to be packed and shipped to Panama for the 2010 Operation Christmas Joy project. This year’s backpacks were filled for the school in Santa Fe Darien as well as collected teaching supplies for teachers. 206 backpacks, 71 teacher bags, shoeboxes filled with gifts, medical supplies and other items were packed and shipped from the Geneva church building. Continue reading “2010 Operation Christmas Joy”

New Cookie Ministry is hit

by Glenda Williams, BNc correspondent

GENEVA, Alabama (BNc) — This author began a cookie ministry last week.  Let me explain.

“Old-Timey Tea Cakes” was the recipe that caught my attention and I made a batch. With four cups of flour, one and three-fourths cups of sugar, two sticks of butter and a few more ingredients, in a little over an hour I had 96 tea cakes that didn’t need to stay in our house. I decided out the door they would go as we visited different people on our Tuesday day of visiting.

My friend suggested a dozen would be a nice number of cookies to give each family.

The packaging was simple. I recycled my small gift bags with the colorful tissue paper. The cookies were placed in a new zip-lock bag and dropped gently into the bags. They were well received. Continue reading “New Cookie Ministry is hit”

Spring Meadows helps ‘Stamp Out Hunger’

by Dale Jenkins, Spring Meadows evangelist

SPRING HILL, Tenn (BNc) — The Spring Meadows congregation participated in the annual Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive with our local post office.

Members Kelly Estabrooks and Teri Moore led in the effort.  Over 125 joyful members were a part of the huge effort visiting every house in the Spring Hill postal area, sorting and helping to put up the food. Continue reading “Spring Meadows helps ‘Stamp Out Hunger’”

Randal and his wife Vicki have lived and worked in Brazil since Nov. 1984. They have three children, two daughters-in-law, and four grandchildren. He likes to read novels in his back-porch hammock. http://randal.us