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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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Violence pushes missionaries out of South Sudan

JUBA, South Sudan (BNC) by Don Humphrey — Dennis Cady has been working in Bor, about 100 miles north of Juba, and has been affected by the violence.

The violence seems to be isolated to the capitol city of Juba and the main highway from Juba to Nimule, which is the border crossing into Uganda.

Tim Brumfield, who works with us, was in Pajok (where our work is centered) but when rumors started, he was able to leave through some of the back roads into Uganda. Continue reading “Violence pushes missionaries out of South Sudan”

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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Preacher evacuated from Mongolia due to measles outbreak, others ‘very sick’

ULAANBAATAR, Mongolia (BNC) — One preacher has been evacuated from Mongolia because of a measles outbreak and two others are very sick, Tom Langley of World English Institute said today.

Bill Stewart is “deathly sick,” Tom said. “He has seen a doctor and been given medication for the flu, but I don’t think he’ll be up for a couple of days.” Continue reading “Preacher evacuated from Mongolia due to measles outbreak, others ‘very sick’”

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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150 Attend Four Seas Lectureship

 

SINGAPORE (BNc) — From 25 to 28 November 2015 more than 150 attended the 8th annual Four Seas Lectureship of the Four Seas College of Bible and Missions. Those present on the last day are pictured above.

Lectures were held daily from 9 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. on “Living Soberly and Righteously.” The afternoon schedule included a separate lecture for men and women.

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Twenty-two lessons were presented by these speakers from America, Australia, China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore.

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Four Seas College owns and operates the third floor of the building of the Jurong church of Christ.

Concurrently with the lectureship, gospel meetings were held in the evenings at the Jurong and the Lim Ah Pin Road congregations. The themes of these meetings respectively were “World in crisis” and “Answers to life’s greatest questions.” Preaching was done by Billy Bland, Tim Burroughs, Dennis Johnson, Larry Keele and Glen Tattersall.

The school was founded in 1965 as Malaysia Christian College. It was renamed Four Seas College of Bible and Missions in 1967. For 50 years the school has been training men to be preachers and women to be workers in the Lord’s kingdom.

The school has about 20 full-time students each year, enrolled in a two-year course covering every book of the Bible and including other related subjects. In recent years students have attended from Australia, China, India, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore and Vietnam.

Peter Chin is President, Patrick Swayne is Dean of Academics, Eddie Ee is Dean of Students and Pooi Fun Chin is secretary and librarian.

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Singapore is a hypermodern city-state located at the southern tip of the Malay peninsula.

 

 

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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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.
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Bible in English effort leads to 5th Belém baptism for 2015

BELÉM DO PARÁ, Brazil (BNC) by Nicholas Fowler — Last week, Larissa, the sister of Ramon and Lucas, gave herself to Jesus and had her sins washed away. Continue reading “Bible in English effort leads to 5th Belém baptism for 2015”

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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New Nepali constitution may mean jail for evangelistic efforts

KATHMANDU, Nepal (BNC) — Lawmakers appear to be nearing completion of Nepal’s new constitution after seven years of wrangling. Protests and deaths have occurred in the past days because of proposed divisions of the country into six provinces.

But another provision in the constitution has observers worried. Attempts toward religious conversion are already illegal, but a new amendment would call for fines and imprisonment for anything considered evangelistic. Continue reading “New Nepali constitution may mean jail for evangelistic efforts”

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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Mission Mongolia 2015 sees first baptism in pioneer effort

ULAAN BAATAR, Mongolia (BNC) — The Mission Mongolia 2015 effort registered its first baptism Monday, 9.45 a.m., local time. A young man named Munkhtur was baptized in the bathtub of the hotel room, according to one report. Continue reading “Mission Mongolia 2015 sees first baptism in pioneer effort”

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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‘Pray for us too:’ Few churches organize prayer for missions

(BNC) — If the work of the church is the global proclamation of the gospel, and if the power for its mission is in the Word and prayer, congregations must make an intentional effort in its intercessions for the spread of the Good News. Continue reading “‘Pray for us too:’ Few churches organize prayer for missions”

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 horrible condition of mankind:’ Why missionaries ask for money

(BNC) by George Hall — I have been watching ads on TV by ASPCA. They represent a noble cause to prevent cruel treatment of animals. The soft music plays as a video of caged, sad-looking dogs appears. A soothing voice tells us of the tormented history of the animals.

They touch our hearts. Perhaps we shed a tear. They ask for money to reach their goal. Continue reading “‘The horrible condition of mankind:’ Why missionaries ask for money”

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

‘Good people have serious problems.’ Lessons learned in Guyana’s Region 9

ANNAI, Guyana (BNc) by Charles Box — Annai is located in the interior of Guyana. It is in a section of Guyana known as Region 9. The people who live in Annai are called Amerindians. Annai is made up of five villages: Annai, Rupertee, Kwatamang, Wowetta, and Surama.

The total population for these five villages is around 3000 people. The leading political official in Annai is called the Toshao. Each village also has a council that works with the Toshao to govern each village. Continue reading “‘Good people have serious problems.’ Lessons learned in Guyana’s Region 9”

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

Namibia campaign baptizes 11, establishes new congregation

IMG_2798_tonemapped-Edit-1-1-1ONDANGWA, Namibia (BNc) by Bob Mathews — A seven-member team recently returned from northern Namibia (Africa), where their goal was to start a congregation of the Lord’s body where none existed.

On Sunday, May 4, three members from Arkansas and one from Texas met up at the Eros airport in Windhoek, Namibia, for the one-hour flight north to Ondangwa. Continue reading “Namibia campaign baptizes 11, establishes new congregation”

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

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. Continue reading “Panama Missions 30-Year Anniversary Banquet Held”

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. Continue reading “Amerindians Hungry to Hear Gospel”

Ukraine work has already been negatively impacted by events

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Preacher David Deffenbaugh

UKRAINE (BNc) by David Deffenbaugh — Ukraine endures continued unrest and tension. Political protests have led to the ouster of her previous president and now to the very real threat of war with Russia. Naturally, caring Christians around the world are concerned for the impact of these events on the Lord’s church in this former Soviet-block nation.

Some of the earliest impact of the events on the work of the church in Ukraine likely originated in the US. As plans were being made by numerous congregations for short-term mission trips—dozens of these take place each year, especially in the summer—reports of the violent and frequently bloody clashes between protestors and police/troops in Kiev dominated international news stories. Many of these planned trips were put on hold, postponed, and then cancelled. Continue reading “Ukraine work has already been negatively impacted by events”

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

“Jim, will you teach me about God?”

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HAARLEM, Netherlands (BNc) – Missionaries to Holland, Jim and Ruth Krumrei, have lived in a modest house on a canal in Haarlem since 1969.

Their next-door neighbor, Theo Van De Gevel, defined himself as an atheist for most of his life. But when he passed away at the age of 79, he had been a dedicated and active Christian for eleven years.

Jim describes their relationship and recounts how Theo became a Christian.

“Theo and his extended family were our next-door neighbors, and great ones too, for 42 years. Theo was shy and reserved, but industrious, kind and understanding. We always got along well.

“But for 30 years no conversations about God and faith were allowed. His in-laws had a Roman Catholic background, but faith was not a subject to be talked about.

“Their household consisted of Theo, his wife Coby, their two sons, Coby’s mother and a sister. They exemplified a genuine caring way of living and sharing.

“Theo, like me, was fond of gardening. He was a vegetarian and truly enjoyed his home-grown vegetables and fruits.

“Theo grew up not knowing God except – as he later came to regret – for the occasional abuse of the word. Not that I ever heard him swear or saw him lose his temper, but he didn’t know God.

“His wife, Coby, had a bad accident on her bicycle in the ’90s. She was run over by a large truck, which crushed one of her legs above the knee. Although she survived, she was left with a disability. Several years later she had to be hospitalized due to an unusual ailment from which she died in May of 1999. Unfortunately she never became open to God’s word.

“She was, however, exceptionally hospitable and respectful. Whenever Ruth was away for an extended time, I was always welcome at their dinner table, but I had to be there at 5 p.m. sharp. No one ever prayed out loud, but all were asked to be quiet in respect for anyone who wanted to silently express their thanks.

“Theo’s sons left home, and his in-laws who had shared life in the home, also passed away.

“Then one day in 2001 – when I was in my front yard and he in his – Theo overcame his timidity and approached me with a request: “Jim, will you teach me about God?”

“This was the first and only time in my 64 years as an evangelist that anyone asked this of me. What a question from this humble searcher! What an honor and privilege after all those years of hoping and praying for an opening to reach him.

“We began studying the Bible together and he also enrolled in a Bible course that I assisted him with. After a while he told me, ‘Jim, now I can study the Bible on my own to learn about God!’

“Then one day he announced that he wanted to be baptized, but he set a date rather far in the future. I advised him that if he understood that baptism is for the forgiveness of his sins, he should not postpone this important step of faith unnecessarily. He then chose to obey as soon as possible and was baptized into Christ on August 4, 2002.

“For the rest of his life, Theo was a great student of the Bible and an active member of the Lord’s church. Praise God for Theo! He was a humble and faithful servant of God.

“He prayed that his sons, Ed and Marcel, might come to believe in God. He bore the burden of not having taught them about God when they were young, but back then he regrettably didn’t know God himself.”

After suffering a stroke on May 14, Theo went to be with the Lord he loved on May 23, 2013.

Jim commented, “The house next door seems so empty and still now. But we look foreward to meeting him again in heaven.”

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).

The Power of the Gospel in Print

 ARUSHA, Tanzania (BNc) — Boma Ng´ombe [“Village of Cows”] is the hometown of Ahser Mbasha. It is located at the foot of beautiful Mt Kilmanjaro in Tanzania on the road between Arusha and Moshi. Continue reading “The Power of the Gospel in Print”

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).