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LST’s association with instrumental churches

Let's Start TalkingHURST, Texas (BNC)  – “Let’s Start Talking” was begun as a ministry by Mark and Sherrylee Woodward in 1981. The idea was to make contacts and give Bible instruction by offering people in other countries the opportunity to learn English by reading the Bible with American students.

Recently, I was surprised when someone mentioned that not all workers sent by LST are members of the church of Christ. For verification I sent this question: “Are all those sent on LST campaigns active members of the church of Christ?” Continue reading “LST’s association with instrumental churches”

Roy Davison devotes himself to the gospel in Belgium, as well as being a part-time translator. He is the creator of the Old Paths websites (http://oldpaths.com).
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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.
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Baptism in a barrel: Where there’s a will …

TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (BNC) — Natanael Santos, Dominican student at the Baxter Institute, preached at the Diamante church plant. His wife Lea taught the kids’ class under a shade tree. Then at the end of the services three men and one woman asked to be baptized.

In the Diamante area there is no running water, but that did not stop Timoteo, a campus worker who initiated this work. He drove down the mountain to find water, filled up a barrel with water in the back of his pickup, and Natanael baptized the four.

This reminds us of those ancient words in Acts 8.36, “Look, here is water. What can stand in the way of my being baptized?”

This story, part of a Baxter Institute report, was shared by Jan Towell in her email to World English Institute teachers.

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
Evangelist Miro teaches members of denomination with DVD course.

Evangelist teaches Bible course to denominational members

SALVADOR, Brazil (BNC) by Miroel Dias Franco — We met a student in the course I taught in the Pernambués School of the Bible. He is a member of the Assembly of God in Itinga and he presented me to their pastor, Arakem.

I offered to teach them a free course in the School of the Bible, called “The Eternal Purpose,” in DVD, and he was very interested. Continue reading “Evangelist teaches Bible course to denominational members”

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
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Friend Day in northeastern Brazil pulls in 30 non-Christian visitors

JOÃO PESSOA, Brazil (BNC) by Joseph McKinney —Last month, four couples in the Luna congregation started Bring a Friend Day. They bought and cooked food for the church and told everybody to bring friends and stay for lunch. It was a trial run, and there were six visitors, and a couple who couldn’t find our building (they finally arrived for lunch). Continue reading “Friend Day in northeastern Brazil pulls in 30 non-Christian visitors”

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
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4 baptized after preacher appeals ‘not to go with emotions of the moment’

LIBERTY, Mo. (BNC) by Stephen Lord — I’ve been preaching an evidence-based series on Jesus — as a real person, gospels are trustworthy, resurrection an historical fact, why he came, etc.

I wrapped up the series with an old-fashioned presentation on how to respond to and accept the gospel . . . with a twist. Continue reading “4 baptized after preacher appeals ‘not to go with emotions of the moment’”

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
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Not prepared to teach? God answers prayer same day

DENTON, Tex. (BNC) by Cheri Deaver — God’s astounding power never fails. With Bibles open before us, and my crude illustrations of the beauty of Romans 6:3-5, we had come down to our fourth study together. Continue reading “Not prepared to teach? God answers prayer same day”

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
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Amsterdam hosts ‘Effective Evangelism’ exchange

AMSTERDAM, Netherlands (BNC) by Roy Davison — Fifteen brethren from Holland and Flanders gathered at the building of the congregation in Amsterdam to exchange ideas on evangelism on Saturday, Sept. 5. Continue reading “Amsterdam hosts ‘Effective Evangelism’ exchange”

Roy Davison devotes himself to the gospel in Belgium, as well as being a part-time translator. He is the creator of the Old Paths websites (http://oldpaths.com).
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Alabama: Six respond in ‘moving’ gospel meeting

ANDALUSIA, Ala. (BNC) by Curtis Thomasson — A 97-year-old man, a man who had been unfaithful for some 20 years, a faithful Christian lady, a husband and wife, and a man who had seen the advertisement out front as he passed the building and returned that evening responded to the invitation in the Cedar Grove congregation’s gospel meeting July 19-23. Continue reading “Alabama: Six respond in ‘moving’ gospel meeting”

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
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Evangelists use holiday to teach, baptize couple in reservoir

ALFENAS, Brazil (BNC) — Two brothers from São Paulo state took advantage of a holiday Jun. 4 to teach a couple over the state line. Continue reading “Evangelists use holiday to teach, baptize couple in reservoir”

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
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Where to baptize people? It doesn’t matter, but …

CUZCO, Peru (BNC) — Missionary Barton Kizer posted on Facebook today that the work there witnessed “another river baptism.” Apparently, they have several locations for doing their immersions. This young lady, Coritza (photo), was baptized today, Barton said. Continue reading “Where to baptize people? It doesn’t matter, but …”

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
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The fellowship of evangelism: teamwork brings Brazilian to the gospel

PORTO ALEGRE, Brazil (BNC) — Daniel Araujo (photo, above, with family) in southern Brazil watched some videos posted on YouTube by World Video Bible School, based in Maxwell, Tex. A video about premillenialism convinced him. He contacted WVBS for information about the church in his city. He wrote,

“Since watching your videos on youtube and studying in other sources I’ve been bothered. That’s the ‘problem’ with the truth, it sets you free. Where I live, state and city, all churches preach premillennialism and the rapture, so I need your help! For some time now the whole subject has been troublesome as I couldn’t understand what would happen to those left behind. Now that I’m free from that mistake, I can no longer admit participating in those churches’ services. But I also don’t want to be without a house of prayer. So what does one need to open a church of Christ? What do I have to know or do? Please, help. I want to do God’s work and I want to do it right.”

WVBS’s Al Washington asked brethren at the Sherman Drive congregation in Denton, Tex., about a contact in Brazil. They’re one of our supporting churches. Al emailed me March 24, and the same day I emailed Daniel for a first contact.

He quickly replied to my email.

“I was actually going the wrong way about the understanding of the gospel. Believing in things that are not biblical at all. I can’t do that. I won’t do that.

“So, please, lead me in the direction of some church who preaches the pure and true gospel. Or please teach me how to open a branch of the Church of Christ here where I live. Anything so I can get closer to Jesus. I only know I have to talk to my current pastor and say I have to leave as my heart is changed (God only knows how that conversation will go, but I intend to make it peaceful).

“I just want to do the right thing. Be my brothers and help me. Please.”

I then emailed several brethren in or near the city of Porto Alegre, state capital of Rio Grande do Sul. (We are located near São Paulo, some distance from the city.)

On March 26 Almir Barbosa emailed me from Porto Alegre.

“I’m already in contact with Daniel and helping him with his doubts and questions. We pray he may learn God’s will and be a faithful Christian.”

I saw Almir Apr. 4 at the National Christian Workers Encounter near São Paulo, and he told me that Daniel and his wife were meeting with them in their congregation. We look forward to more news about them in the gospel.

After only two days since Al’s initial contact, Almir had done follow-up on the ground with Daniel. Everyone was kept in the loop as the emails flew back and forth. Al wrote that he was sure that Daniel was impressed with the prompt replies and follow-up.

On April 7 Daniel wrote to everyone involved.

“The Lord not only revealed His truth clear as crystal, but also indicated me where to go. For that I praise the Lord and here I thank each and every one of you for the support and love. I follow steady our Lord Jesus Christ and now I’m attending the Church of Christ.”

In a lengthy Facebook chat, Daniel commented, “God opened my eyes because I was searching for the truth. This serves [as an example] for everyone.”

UPDATE: On Sunday, April 12, Daniel and his wife were immersed for the remission of sins, after a study with several of the brothers of the congregation where they were attending.

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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
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Evangelism continues in wartorn Ukraine

DNEPROPETROVSK, Ukraine (BNC) — What does a church do when war comes to the country? Why, they keep on preaching the gospel, that’s what! Continue reading “Evangelism continues in wartorn Ukraine”

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

Man tries to kill Christian wife, converts through church’s love

After his baptism, Gopala asks his wife's forgiveness.
After baptism, Gopala asks wife’s forgiveness.

SECUNDERABAD, India (BNC) by Jim Waldron — About 10 months ago brother Mani (pronounced Muny) Anand, who lives in south India asked if we could help with the medical care of a sister in Christ who was near death because of an attack by family members. Shortly after responding to the request for help I visited Mani. He took me to a home where other Christians were hiding her from her family. Continue reading “Man tries to kill Christian wife, converts through church’s love”

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
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Brazilian ‘pastor’ converts to Christ, gives up title

RECIFE, Brazil (BNC) — A fourth evangelical pastor has converted through classes in the School of the Bible and renounced his religious title, missionary Randy Short said today. Continue reading “Brazilian ‘pastor’ converts to Christ, gives up title”

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

Memphis School of Preaching Conducts Milton, FL Campaign

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Front Row L-R: Preston Silcox, local preacher, Sao Joseph, Barry Grider, T. J. Skelton, Trent Sherwin.

Back Row L-R: Josh Holloway, Efrain Aranda, Theo Scullard, Brandon Myers, Daniel Manning.

MILTON, FL (BNc) — The Margaret Street Church of Christ, Milton, FL is hosting a Campaign for Christ this week, October 26-30. Continue reading “Memphis School of Preaching Conducts Milton, FL Campaign”

Three women prisoners find freedom in Christ

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.

Ohio church knocks doors for four days, baptizes 14 in campaign

HILLSBORO, Oh. (BNc) by Dale Schraw — The Sunnyside congregation worked alongside fellow brothers and sisters in Christ to evangelize on a campaign July 19-31. In the opening of the campaign, the Sunnyside church had 22 active members.

Our planning efforts commenced in July, 2013. Continue reading “Ohio church knocks doors for four days, baptizes 14 in campaign”

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

‘My strength returned with every step she took!’ God blesses preacher’s bad day

DARIEN, Ga. (BNc) — In his newsletter to supporters mailed July 30, evangelist Marty Broome wrote the following story from the South Georgia coast. Thanks to Richard Mansel for sharing it online.

“I am weak, but Thou are strong;
Jesus, keep me from all wrong;
I’ll be satisfied as long,
As I walk, let me walk close to Thee.”

Just the words to a favorite hymn, but sometimes a song can say more than we can ever verbalize. Everyone who knows me, knows that I’m a positive person, or at least I try to be.

But if I’m honest, working in the mission field can be a little discouraging from time to time. I was going through one of those times just a couple of weeks ago when Sunday morning rolled around. Continue reading “‘My strength returned with every step she took!’ God blesses preacher’s bad day”

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