“What is your life?”

Roy1963-2013

ALKEN, Belgium (BNc) – “What is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away” (James 4:14).

Jacob’s prayer expresses my feelings as I look back over the last fifty years: “I am not worthy of the least of all the mercies and of all the truth which You have shown Your servant” (Genesis 32:10).

On September the 12th, 2013 it was fifty years since I immigrated to Europe to preach the unsearchable riches of Christ.

I was planning to be a missionary when I entered college, but had not chosen a field. During two weeks before school started, I had a job chopping weeds on the ACC campus and met a Dutchman, Cor van Ewijk, who was doing the same. A friendship developed, he invited me to come to Holland, and I took private Dutch lessons from him for one year.

After graduation in 61, with a major in oral interpretation and minors in Bible and Greek, I helped with evangelistic campaigns in Salmon Arm, British Columbia and Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

That fall I started preaching for the church in Sarnia, Ontario with the understanding that I would be going to Europe after a year. I wanted to have some preaching experience in English before going overseas. At Sarnia I took private Dutch lessons from a school teacher from Holland.

The first part of 63, after holding meetings at Beamsville, Ontario and Weyburn, Saskatchewan, I travelled to raise support. Before going to Holland I studied Dutch full-time for a month with the Berlitz language school in Houston, and took two summer courses in mission methods at the Harding Graduate School in Memphis.

My first year in Holland I averaged 20 hours per week studying Dutch, including instruction from two speech therapists. I took regular private lessons in Dutch for the first five years.

After working for a year and a half with Dan Boyd in Utrecht and one summer in Amsterdam, I accepted an invitation in the fall of 65 to work with the church in Ostend, Belgium. They were the only Flemish congregation at the time.

During my two years in Ostend, literature was distributed to every door in the city three times and an evangelistic campaign was conducted with the help of five brethren from Holland.

In spite of these efforts, I was not able to arrange a single home Bible study in Ostend!

The summer before I moved to Belgium, however, while at Aylesbury Bible School to teach a class on preaching, Phil Slate gave me a Herald of Truth contact from Roeselare, which is near Ostend. After some correspondence, I began regular studies with the Denys family in Roeselare.

When the first two were baptized in November of 66, I taught them how to conduct worship in their home, continued regular Bible studies, and at their invitation moved to Roeselare the summer of 67.

The fall of 67 I started teaching two days a week at the School of the Bible in Verviers, Belgium and continued this until the school closed in 70 upon the Don Taylors’ return to the States.

The summer of 68 Rita and I were married. We both had attended high school for four years at Radville Christian College in Saskatchewan. She had been a widow for 7 years, so I also gained an eight-year old son, Stuart! In due time our two daughters were born, Tonia and Connie. We now have ten grandchildren, the icing on the cake of life!

In Roeselare I was able to arrange home Bible studies and soon was averaging three per week. These resulted in baptisms and by 69 there were seven men in the congregation, most of whom had learned to teach and preach. In each congregation I make it my aim to “declare the whole counsel of God” (Acts 20:29) and to teach the men to serve according to their ability. I emphasize that we must carefully follow God’s word in all that we do in His name! On January 11, 1970, two men were appointed as elders and my work at Roeselare was then under their oversight.

To heed the great commission, we decided we should preach to all of Flanders. Since local newspaper ads had been effective, in 1970 the congregation (at their own expense) started placing want ads once a month in one and a half million homes throughout Flanders to advertise a Bible correspondence course. It was agreed that the other brethren would follow up local contacts and that I would study with those who were farther away.

As a result of home Bible studies from these ads, couples were baptized in Kortrijk and Kessel-Lo, whom I taught to worship in their homes and visited regularly for study. Unfortunately both fell away. In Kessel-Lo they were afraid they would lose Catholic social services. In Kortrijk they decided it was a burden to worship every Lord’s day, and that they could worship God just as well by going for a walk in the woods!

There was good response from the Antwerp area and the first part of 71 I studied with several families there, but none became Christians.

On November 21st of 71 Richard Amssoms Sr. who lived in Merksem (a suburb of Antwerp) was baptized, and two weeks later his wife, Gilda, was baptized. In time, others they knew were also baptized. Each Thursday evening I went from Roeselare for a Bible study, and they conducted their own worship on Sundays. This was a three or four hour trip each way because there was not yet a freeway between Gent and Antwerp. It took an hour just to get through Gent.

At the invitation of the Merksem brethren, we moved to the Antwerp area (Beveren-Waas) in August of 72.

This was also more central for home Bible studies. I usually had eight studies in progress in a two-week cycle throughout Flanders, often driving between one and two hours each way for the studies.

In January of 72 we started having a student evangelist come for one year. Mark Brazle was the first. Blair Roberts came in June of 73. Eight came in all, the others were Wendell Bailey, Kerk Roberts, Lyn Meter, Brian Olson, John Smith and Dave Pennington. These young men were chosen and sent by the elders of the church in Weyburn, Saskatchewan.

In May of 73 Mark came back with a group of six students for a month’s campaign. 176,000 enrolment cards for a Bible course were distributed in all major cities of Flanders. Similar groups came each summer for three more years. The last year two groups came for one month each. It was extremely hot and only 73,000 cards were distributed that summer. Larry Good and Paul Brazle were among those who came for summer campaigns.

In 72 and 73 I studied with, and baptized a family in Oudenaarde, and taught them to worship in their home. I studied with a man in Gent and baptized him (he had been my neighbor in Ostend), and he worshiped with the Oudenaarde brethren.

After several years, the church in Oudenaarde disbanded when they decided to join the local Protestant Church, supposedly to help them learn the truth from the inside. That of course never works. How can you encourage people to abandon a bad tree while nesting in it?

On February 26 of 75 I baptized a man in Boortmeerbeek. For some months he drove to Merksem for worship. When another man I was studying with in that area was baptized, they started meeting together in Boortmeerbeek. In June of 76 both of their wives were baptized.

In 76 we moved to the Hasselt area and started worshiping with a couple who had been contacted by card distribution. The student evangelist that year, distributed 43,000 enrolment cards in Maaseik, Maastricht en Tongeren.

After studies with Hans and Ans van Erp in Asten, Holland near Eindhoven, they were baptized in November of 76 and started meeting in their home. They taught and baptized their neighbor and formed the core of the church in Eindhoven.

On November 11th, 77 Mark and Jill Brazle, and Larry and Gale Good arrived in Leuven to begin a team effort. Blair and Susan Roberts joined them in January of 78.

In 79 and 80 I studied with a couple in Gent who were baptized. We met with them for a while and tried to help them form a congregation, but because of addiction to alcohol and sleeping pills, they fell away.

Rita deserves much credit for keeping the home fires burning for many years while I was away three or four nights a week conducting home Bible studies. The student evangelists also ate five meals a week in our home.

By 1980 there were congregations throughout Flanders, so I decided to concentrate my efforts closer to home and to pass distant contacts on to others. The baptism of Willy De Groot and his family resulted from such a “passed on” contact.

In 93 I started serving as a visiting speaker for various congregations in Belgium and Holland. At present I preach once a month in Eindhoven and Den Dolder, Holland and in Brussels, Belgium, in addition to working with the church in Burcht, which meets in the afternoon.

In 97 I launched the Old Paths Archive on the Internet (oldpaths.com) which now has about a thousand visitors each day. I also publish 20 other web sites with teaching material in Dutch, French, German, Russian and Chinese. All of these sites combined get about a million visitors per year.

The sermons I preach each month to 100 people in Holland and Belgium are published on the Internet in text and audio. I prepare them with the same care I would if I were preaching to 20,000 people, the number who consult my lessons each year.

In 2001 we were invited to start working with a house church in Burcht, which in the meantime meets in a rented hall and has mutated into an English language congregation. On June 13, 2010 we had a foretaste of heaven. The sixteen present around the Lord’s table (including visitors from two other congregations) could communicate in nineteen languages! (Aramaic, Bassar, Chinese, Dutch, English, Ewe, Gallego, German, Fanti, French, Italian, Nzema, Papiamento, Polish, Portugese, Sign language for the deaf, Spanish, Turkish and Twi).

The Strathmore congregation in Toronto mails out Video DVD’s of five lectures I gave there in 2006 entitled: “Can we be the church of the New Testament?” So far they have been sent to 430 addresses in 44 countries. An African brother told me that he shows the five lessons from village to village using a laptop and a portable power supply to encourage people to be Christians only.

I am thankful that the Lord has enabled me to serve Him in the Dutch-speaking part of Europe these 50 years. I am also thankful for our supporters (many of whom have gone to be with the Lord), for faithful fellow workers, and for dedicated Flemish and Dutch Christians among whom we have been privileged to serve.

Roy Davison (December 2013)

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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).

On ‘Black Friday,’ missionary to Africa makes ‘Chimala Friday’ appeal

chimala-fridayCHIMALA, Tanzania (BNc) — While much of America is rushing to catch the discounts and spend money, one missionary stands against the tide and makes an appeal for support. Continue reading “On ‘Black Friday,’ missionary to Africa makes ‘Chimala Friday’ appeal”

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

Missionary sees powerful spiritual lesson in sick little chick

One of Jim Waldron's 51 chicks
One of Jim Waldron’s 51 chicks

MIRZA, India (BNc) by Jim E. Waldron — We purchased another batch of chicks for the Northeast Bible Institute Nov. 19.  There were 51 of them, two days old and expected to grow off in six weeks. Continue reading “Missionary sees powerful spiritual lesson in sick little chick”

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

Preacher recommits to evangelism, takes ‘risks in relationships’

Willow Ave. preacher Jeremiah Tatum
Willow Ave. preacher Jeremiah Tatum

COOKEVILLE, Tenn. (BNc) by Jeremiah Tatum — Please do not think I believe that I know more than other people just because I have been out of the country. Please do not think I am prejudiced against any person in this part of the country. Please understand that this is being written out of a pure heart and sincere love for God and his people. With these things in mind, I would like to address some problems that exist in the minds and hearts of many Christians.

1. Unfortunately, many Christians do not have a global view of the church. They may not even have a respect for the needs to establish the church on a national level. Sometimes we limit our focus to the local congregation. Although God has organized the local church and has commanded us to be a part of it, we are supposed to have the best interest of the souls of all people in every country in the world in our hearts. Continue reading “Preacher recommits to evangelism, takes ‘risks in relationships’”

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

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.

South Sudanese ‘Lost Boy’ baptized in Tennessee

santinoMT. JULIET, Tenn. (BNc) by Ken Thomas — Santino Anuer Haar is a member of the group of Sudanese refugees who came to the USA under the “Lost Boys” program, an effort to give a new start to young men who had been displaced by the on-going strife in his native country.

Just two years ago, those in the South voted (by a 98+% majority) to become a sovereign nation separate from the nation to the north which is dominated by Muslim forces. It declared itself committed to be governed as a free country where the English language would help unify the many tribes that call the land home.

Santino came to Tennessee and eventually ended up in Ken Thomas’ math class. Eventually, Ken asked about his background and then told Santino about the Sudan Project which the Mt. Juliet church is leading in. They also began a Bible study.

Don Humphrey, from the Mt. Juliet congregation, and Ken traveled to Gallatin to meet Santino in his apartment.

Santino for the past two years has been president of the Panaroo Community, a network of several hundred Sudanese refugees from Unity State, on the border of South Sudan and Sudan (North). They had already developed a plan to raise money to build a clinic to help relieve the health problems of malaria, oil-polluted water, and other maladies.

This community also had groups in Canada, Australia, and England, and Santino has spent many sleepless nights trying to unify this group behind the project.

After Santino saw the presentation Don gave to the Mt. Juliet church a few months ago, he wanted his community to see what the church had done in East Equatoria and invited “Dr. Don” to share that with a convention in Omaha in May.

Don and Richard Stevens traveled to Omaha where the presentation was received by the group and two members of the South Sudanese parliament, with great interest. Santino urged the assembled group to find a church of Christ when they went home.

A member of Parliament made the statement that the church of Christ is welcome in Sudan.

Of more immediate importance is that Santino has asked members of the church to make contact with his family (now living in Nairobi, Kenya) and teach them what he has learned. With his work in Gallatin he supports a wife, a daughter who is in medical school, a son in high school, and two younger children, besides a brother and a nephew who is a war orphan. At the same time he is working on a degree from Vol State.

Before his home was burned down and he was separated from his parents his family was in what he calls “traditional” religion. Later he was converted to the Anglican faith, and then received his name “Santino” from a priest who converted him to Catholicism. He was active as a Catholic, teaching catechism to new or prospective Catholics.

As he studied with Ken he reflected, “When I taught catechism, I didn’t know anything about the Bible, and neither did the people I taught.”

Santino was impressed with the people in the Lord’s church who carried and knew their Bibles.

He wears in his forehead the scars of Dinka tradition which designate him as a trustworthy brave man, but since his baptism into Christ this past Sunday, he will bear the marks of Christ whose own body was scarred and maimed for our sins.

May God bless him as a warrior for Christ in the war against Satan’s power, and may his example of courage inspire many to follow Jesus. He is an American citizen now, but more importantly he is a part of the Kingdom of God under King Jesus.

His spiritual progress has been advanced by the Mt. Juliet church, Hartsville Pike congregation in Gallatin, and Beech Grove, near Murfreesboro, as he has visited them. Please pray for him and his family.

Article published originally on the Mt. Juliet congregation’s website. Ken is a member of the body of Christ in Beech Grove.

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

Denominations influenced by gospel teaching change practice of Lord’s supper

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CUBATI, Brazil (BNc) by Jeremy Newlin — In Cubati, there are four members of the church. During a trip there a couple of weeks ago, I talked to them about vision, the mission of the church, and had prayer with the couple, Afonso and Vânia, who live here.

The other two members of the church were weak in their faith. I say “were” because I talked with them and I think they were strengthened with my visit, but it seems to be a recurring theme for them.

Afonso and Vânia pray for their city, but it seems that no one listens to the Gospel. There are many denominations, and the Catholic Church is also present, but these are not the greatest problem for this city of 6,000 inhabitants.

This is a city full of immorality. Perhaps it is more evident because of the small population or maybe it is just really immoral.

Afonso told me how they are talking to people in the city about Jesus, but no one has come to meet with them.

Afonso also said that most of the denominations in Cubati now eat the Lord Supper every Sunday because “Afonso’s church,” as they call it, is doing so. They don’t say that out loud, but the reason is so that they do not lose any members.

The denominations also started doing some other things because Afonso teaches it. So with that insight I encouraged both Afonso and Vânia to continue teaching and not to be discouraged by numbers, because God is working.

Who knows, maybe the denominations in Cubati as a whole will begin to obey the Gospel truth. They may not see immediate results in numbers at their church meetings, but God’s Word will be working to transform the lives of many and an entire city, wallowing in immorality.

If you have any thoughts on this article, I would love to hear them.

I ask for your prayers for the city of Cubati and the spreading of God’s Word.

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

Retired saints, Christian college teachers ignore appeal to share the gospel online

A WEI baptism in Albania
A WEI baptism in Albania

GRESHAM, Ore. (BNc) by Bob Towell — A World English Institute teacher sent the following comments: “I’m having a wonderful experience: 81 and spreading the Word without having to put my coat on and walk out my door.

“At a Wednesday night home Bible study several weeks ago, before everyone got their coffee, I took some time to promote Internet teaching. I told how easy and rewarding the experience is and about the need for more teachers. Would you believe everyone got their treats, headed for the dining room and talked ball scores and golf, without a word ever said about the open door to the world that lay open before them?!

“To this day, NOT A WORD! The group included five or six retired Christian college professors and the prayer regularly includes, ‘Lord, help us …’ — you know the prayer.

“God never commanded Bible study on Wednesday night, but He did have something to say about carrying the message of redemption to the ends of the earth. We have clearly defined faithfulness as ‘attendance’ on Sunday morning, evening, and Wednesday night. ‘Old Brother So-in-So is a faithful soul, he’s here every time the door is open!’ These are nice people and do good things, but we have institutionalized evangelism and feel we’ve participated in the process when we drop our offering into the collection plate!”

The number of teachers using WEI‘s teaching website increased to 284 during the first quarter of 2013. However, current teachers cannot always add new students, so the number of new students dropped from an average of 750 per month last year to fewer than 500 per month.

Please help us continue recruiting new teachers! Souls are waiting to hear the good news of Jesus. When new students wait as much as 48 hours for a teacher, we must decrease Google advertising. Reaching more souls means more advertising, which means more new teachers will always be needed.

What will we say to the Lord when we stand before him if we have failed to carry out his commission?

Read Matthew 9:37, 38.

Bob and Jan Towell are coordinators of WEI. This text excerpted from the Jan-Mar, 2013, WEI report, Dick Ady, editor.

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

‘What if something happens while we’re gone?’ asked this preacher’s wife never

Carolyn Gilbert speaking to women
Carolyn Gilbert speaking to women

COOKEVILLE, Tenn. (BNc) by Ronald D. Gilbert — My wife Carolyn and I started our long journey to Malaysia Apr. 1. We arrived early Wednesday morning Apr. 3.

We were scheduled to conduct several gospel meetings, teacher workshops, seminars, and a youth day. We were to work with four different congregations. At the end of our trip, we planned to go to Singapore to conduct a meeting at the Jurong congregation and visit with the brethren at Four Seas Bible College.

Carolyn’s mother had been in the nursing home for about three years. She was not in good health, but was doing OK when we departed for this trip.

We had been there for only two days when we got word that her mother had taken a turn for the worse. The third day there we were told that her kidneys and liver had stopped functioning.

After preaching on Sunday morning at Subang Jaya, I turned on my cell phone and had a text to call home. When we called, we discovered her mother had passed away.

On Monday, Apr. 8, we started our journey home. We were fortunate to get on flights and return home on such short notice. Some of the flights we were on every seat was taken.

We arrived home on Tuesday, Apr. 9, and drove to Pikeville, Tenn, for visitation at the funeral home. On Wednesday, Apr. 10, Carolyn’s mom, Mary Ann Seals, was buried.

Three years ago, while we were in Malaysia, we received word that Carolyn’s father had passed away due to an accident.

I am thankful for my good wife and her love for the Lord and her willingness to travel around the world helping take the precious gospel of Christ “into all the world.”

Our thanks for the many cards and calls and prayers and words of encouragement given to our family. We plan to go back next year and continue our work and efforts there.

Ronald is the Director of International Bible Teaching Ministries. This story appeared in the May, 2013, issue of The Seeker.

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

New Zealand missionary evangelizes, teaches personal evangelism to church

Lance and Kristen Mosher
Lance and Kristen Mosher

PORIRUA, New Zealand (BNc) by Lance Mosher — In the middle of February, I began a personal evangelism course for the local brethren.

We are studying the attitude, tact, and tools of personal evangelism.

I hope this class can give its students the confidence and ability needed for them to reproduce their faith in the Lord Jesus Christ in their friends and family. Continue reading “New Zealand missionary evangelizes, teaches personal evangelism to church”

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 of Christ country’: The gospel spreads in South Sudan (audio)

MT. JULIET, Tenn. (BNc) — Don Humphries gave a report on the progress of the work in South Sudan Sunday night, Mar. 3, at the Mt. Juliet congregation. Churches are being established, a new Bible training program has had three sessions of preacher training, and a medical clinic cares for needs for many.

Don is a member of the Mt. Juliet missions committee. He has been instrumental in working with the effort in South Sudan. Continue reading “‘Church of Christ country’: The gospel spreads in South Sudan (audio)”

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

Ten thousand Bibles ordered for Guyana

by Glenda Williams, BNc correspondent

SUMMERDALE, Ala (BNc) — Jerry O. Davidson, missionary to the Amerindians in Guyana, reports placing an order for 10,000 Award Bibles from P & D Bookstore, Rock Hill, S.C. at cost with free shipping. In addition, he ordered 500 giant print Bibles which will be given to new converts.

Davidson said while in Guyana on a mission trip, Lloyd Beard gave a 66 year-old man a Bible. The man said, “This is the first time I have ever held a Bible in my hands.” The motto of the Amerindian Mission effort is, “The  Lord’s church in every village, and a Bible in every hut.”

When the Bibles arrive at the Summerdale church of Christ, Summerdale, AL, the plan of salvation will be inserted inside the cover along with contact information for the churches of Christ. They will then be shipped to Guyana, to be used as mass distribution Bibles each time the mission team goes to Guyana. A Bible will be given to everyone who wants one.

Anyone desiring to help give Bibles to these remote areas may contact Jerry Davidson at 251-510-9350 or davidsonjo@aol.com. For more information, please visit  www.amerindianmissions.com.

20 Brazilians commit to mission call during leadership event

RECIFE, Brazil (BNc) by Randy Joseph Short — Twenty Brazilian Christians responded to a call to commit to adopting one of the municipalities in the Northeast in a leadership encounter held last weekend.

The Brazilians accepted the responsibility to encourage their congregations to do what they can to preach the gospel of Jesus there. What a great culmination to our time together this was! Continue reading “20 Brazilians commit to mission call during leadership event”

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

Hindu convert: ‘I know we have our eternal spirit’

DIPHU, India (BNc) — Missionary Jim Waldron included a report from Joy Sing Enghi, a graduate of the Northeast Bible Institute (NBI), in his newsletter published today.

We came to our hometown, Diphu, where we have been doing the work of ministry. On Aug. 24-25 we were in the town of Hidipi where Adamson, another school graduate, Probin and I preached in the home of a Hindu family. The lady of the house, Promila Tero, confessed Christ and said, “I want to become Christ’s disciple because I know now that we have our eternal spirit and for that reason I want to follow Him for He is the one who can give me life after death;” so she was baptized. She is 30 years old. Continue reading “Hindu convert: ‘I know we have our eternal spirit’”

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

Catholic Priest obeys gospel

by Glenda Williams, BNc correspondent

GENEVA, Ala (BNc) — A former Catholic priest and his wife obeyed the gospel when Jerry Davidson took a team into the Amerindian Village of Moruca, June 18-July 9, 2012. The group  taught and baptized 21, saw two restored and one wedding. Team members were: Mike and Melissa Barnes, Jay Mikel, Opp, AL; Jerry Davidson, Hazel Rands, Summerdale, AL; Gene Johnson, Decatur, AL; David and Philena Paher, Flint, MI.

Aubrey Vincent LaCurz, former Roman Catholic Priest, wrote the following letter expressing his appreciation for being taught the truth of the gospel.

Dear Brother Jerry,

It is with gratitude and heartfelt thanksgiving to God that I pen these few words to you. Fifty four years ago I was born a Catholic. I was schooled in the best Catholic schools in Guyana. I attended the Catholic seminary and the best university in the West Indies. I was ordained a Roman Catholic priest on June 24, 1984. Among my former colleagues are Catholic bishops in the West Indies. Among them the bishop of Georgetown, Guyana, who was at Santa Rosa, Moruca the day I was baptized in the waters of the Moruca river. Continue reading “Catholic Priest obeys gospel”

Hartford, AL church is rebuilding after fire destroyed building

by Glenda Williams, BNc correspondent

HARTFORD, Ala (BNc) — The Hartford, Alabama church is rebuilding after being destroyed by a late night fire earlier this year. Recently we stopped to see the new metal structure and were met by Terry Whaley, member of the church, and David Creel, member of the church from Dothan, Ala. who is donating his work on the building.

The church wants to begin meeting in the new building the middle of August. There is much work to be done and it is being delayed by a lack of funds. When asked what their immediate needs were, Whaley replied, “We need money for the heating and cooling system and carpet.”

The Hartford congregation is small in number, but is located close to a nice subdivision. The members worship in a mobile home on the church property at the present time.

Terry Whaley may be reached at 334-701-9690. Jim Simmons, local preacher, may be reached at 334-886-3202. Whaley said contributions may be mailed to the Hartford Church of Christ, 801 Commerce Street, Hartford, AL 36344. Any amount would be appreciated.

Let’s help get this building finished so they can get on with the Father’s business.

Weekend retreat ponders missions priorities

Maywood missions retreatHAMILTON, Ala. (BNc) — Over a hundred people interested in world missions gathered May 10-12 to consider the theme “Priorities in Missions Today.”

Maywood Missionary Retreat featured six speakers from several locations around the world, such as the Pacific Islands and Brazil, as well as a number of stateside ministries, such as an Alabama alcohol recovery center for men. Continue reading “Weekend retreat ponders missions priorities”

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

Eindhoven hosts lectures on ‘The Way’

 

EINDHOVEN, Holland (BNc) – On April 13th and 14th, 50 brethren from 7 congregations in Holland and Flanders gathered in Eindhoven for a series of 7 lectures on ‘The Way’ presented by Daniel Napier. Continue reading “Eindhoven hosts lectures on ‘The Way’”

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).