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Three women prisoners find freedom in Christ

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DECATUR, Ala(BNc) — Three prisoners were recently baptized into Christ at the Beltline church of Christ in Decatur, Alabama.  Lisa, Ashley, and Cassandra were given permission by authorities to leave the jail for baptism.

Danny Truitt’s wife, Deborah, a WBS teacher, had studied with the three young women. He recaps the occasion: “Two deputies brought them to the building in handcuffs and shackles. The handcuffs and shackles were removed to allow them to put on baptismal garments, and then the handcuffs were placed on them again. The ankle shackles were left off to allow them to better negotiate the steps into the baptistery.” Truitt added, “Needless to say, she is pumped beyond measure,” referring to his wife’s excitement over the baptisms.

Despite the physical chains, these women have found freedom in Christ. What a joy it is to share in this triumph with the Beltline congregation.

Photo of Ashley’s baptism taken by Esco Olinger. Article submitted to BNc. It was originally written by Jonathan Towell.

Churches evangelize at Tennessee festival

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SMITHVILLE, Tenn (BNc) – Christians in the Smithville, Tennessee area set up booths at the Smithville Fiddler’s Jamboree Craft Festival, July 4-5, in downtown Smithville for the second year in a row.

Workers from the Keltonburg, the Smithville, and the Northside congregations in Smithville quadrupled the accomplishments of last year’s efforts at the festival. When the tally was completed, those working the booths had given out over 1700 free bottles of water, 1500 blue and white scripture reference cards by John Hurt, 250 House to House Bible tracts and several copies of Michael Shank’s “Muscle and a Shovel” books. Approximately 40 signed up for free Bible correspondence courses. Read more

Tennessee I-40 accident victims funeral time set

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HICKMAN COUNTY, Tenn (BNc) – Laura, age 50, Claire, 19, and Will Shelburne, 22,  were killed in an accident on Tennessee I-40, Friday, June 27. Funeral services will be held Monday, July 7, at 2:00 p.m. at Walnut Street Church of Christ, Dickson, TN.  Visitation will be from 11:00 – 2:00. Burial will follow in Dickson Memorial Gardens.

To be updated on the conditions of Terry and Abel Shelburne, father and son, also injured in the accident, visit http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/shelburne. A Terry Shelburne Family Benefit Fund to help this family has been set up at Regions Bank. Donations may be given at any Regions Bank in the name of Terry Shelburne.

Ruth Robinson, 87, travels with son everywhere.

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BRANTLEY, Ala(BNc)  –  Ruth Robinson, mother of Garland M. Robinson, is visiting in south Alabama this week. Garland is preaching in a gospel meeting at the Sasser Church of Christ near Brantley, Ala.

“Oh, I go with him everywhere he goes. If he flies, he gets me a ticket, and I go with him wherever he preaches. I enjoy it,” the small 87-year-old mother said about traveling with her son. Read more

Panama Missions 30-Year Anniversary Banquet Held

by Glenda Williams, (BNc) correspondent

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MONTGOMERY, Ala (BNC)  – The 30-year anniversary of Panama Missions banquet was held Saturday, April 12, at the University Church of Christ, Montgomery, AL. The four-hour affair was attended by approximately 160 people who came from as far away as Maryland, Colorado, Mississippi, and other surrounding states. Displays, videos, updates, an auction and a delicious meal were enjoyed by all present. Read more

Guyana Christian University Graduation Held

SUMMERDALE, Ala (BNc) — Graduation services were held at Lethem, Guyana Church of Christ building, Sunday, March 2, 2014. After completing the two-year intense Bible training, six men graduated. They had come from all over southern Guyana.Graduates (2) edited

Graduates pictured above and where they will be preaching from left to right are: Clarence Alfred, Paramakatoi Village; Archer Moses, Katoka Village; Luke Lucas, Aisalton Village; Clifton Laurindo, Yupukari Village; Graham Williams, Kopinang Village; Derrick Winter, Kraudar Village; and Thomas George, Director of Guyana Christian University.

Prospective students are now being interviewed for the next two-year session which will begin September 2014.

Amerindians Hungry to Hear Gospel

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SUMMERDALE, Ala (BNC) — “A group of 35 people (adults and children) traveled over three hours on an uncovered trailer pulled behind a tractor on roads that many would consider impassable just to hear the Gospel preached. They came knowing there were no beds to sleep in. Some slept in tents, others slept in the church building on the floor, and some slept under the trailer on the ground, eager to hear the Word the next day,” states Terri Robertson of Northport, AL. Read more