DALTON, Ga. (BNC) — Jon Pursley tells his story of how he discovered the truth about salvation. It all started with a question by his son. Continue reading “Community church drummer finds salvation: Watch ‘Why Jon Left’”
(BNC) by an anonymous saint — Sometimes the cruelty and mistreatment that people receive in life make them doubt the love and care of our God. They wonder why he does not deliver them from their trials, and sometimes they get so distraught that they attempt self-destruction. Even when they have studied the Word, they miss the fact that it is Satan who has brought anguish and distress to the world. Continue reading “Oregon college shooting spurs immigrant to be baptized”
GREENSBORO, Ga. (BNC) — Eric Ramseur was an atheist who discovered his need for God. He went to the closest church to his home in Clarksville, Tenn., and attended faithfully. But the denomination’s use of a creed book disturbed him.
As he asked a pastor at that church questions about the Bible, he kept getting directed to the creed book.
Then, when he went to a Christian college, he was warned not to let that group of Christians change him. But there was a problem, Eric wrote. Continue reading “Former atheist and denominationalist finds answers that ‘made sense,’ launches appeal to friends”
“I was blessed last Tuesday to meet Paul Sipiczsky, a 77-year-old refugee who moved here from Hungary in the 1950s. He had gone through many trials and was searching for the truth and the true church,” Phil said. Continue reading “TV speaker meets Hungarian-refugee convert”
ROGERSVILLE, Ala. (BNc) — Oliver church minister David O’Connell called the local volunteer fire department to help with the baptism of a wheel-chair bound woman with terminal cancer.
With a diagnosis of stage four pancreatic cancer, 74-year-old Doris Chandler decided to obey the Lord. But she needed help.
WHNT television station reported on it.
Thanks to Sandra Moore for the tip.
FEIRA DE SANTANA, Brazil (BNc) — During a visit to her daughter, Dona Raimunda found herself in the right place and time to witness a person being immersed into Christ. Since she had been attending the congregation in her hometown of Serra Talhada and had studied the Bible with them, she decided this was her moment as well.
Before she was immersed, however, she removed a religious image from her necklace. Continue reading “Before baptism, Raimunda removes image from necklace”
HIGHLANDS, Tex. (BNc) by Andy Chavarrilla — This past weekend, I held a seminar on Rebuilding Faith with my good friend and colleague Brad Harrub. As we informed the congregation and visitors about what was going on in our society and how the church, if convicted, could be the solution, we had a tremendous response.
When we offered the invitation, 14 people responded.
However, something happened that I would have never expected. My parents walked down the aisle, too! Continue reading “‘Tremendous response’: Preacher baptizes stepfather in seminar”
ARAPAL, Philippines (BNc) — Filipino worker Salvador Cariaga posted a number of baptism photos Jan. 8, some of which appear to be results of contacts through disaster relief. Continue reading “Beautiful photo of Filipino baptism reflects the beauty of conversion”
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.”
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”
CLEVELAND, Tenn. (BNc) — Getting kicked out of the house of a woman he met over the Internet was the best thing that had ever happened to Tom Leffler.
From there he went to the Cleveland Emergency Shelter.
While at the shelter, he received food and an invitation from a local congregation’s ministry.
“This one gentleman named Sam Carico invited me to East Side Church of Christ,” Tom said. “I started attending and felt this was where I needed to be and on July 17, I was baptized. It has been going great ever since.”
Every other Monday night, the East Side congregation prepares supper for the residents of the shelter, located just down the street from the church building.
The Cleveland Daily Banner ran Tom’s story Sept. 15 and highlighted the work of the shelter.
BNc asked Jeff Archey, preacher with the East Side congregation, about Tom.
“I met Tom the first time at our mid-week Bible Study,” Jeff said. “He was very gracious and friendly and began attending faithfully. After his obedience to the gospel, he has always been a willing servant.”
“He refreshed our tract racks and keeps them refilled. His vision of helping others less fortunate is exceptional. When he was staying at the Economy Inn, he would share food with others and invite them to worship. He used our House to House/Heart to Heart publication by leaving them in the lobby and at the laundromat where he washed his clothes. This Laundromat is in a Hispanic area which prompted Tom to ask about the House to House Hispanic version. He seeks out good works and is willing to help any way possible. He is well loved, appreciated and is a blessing to our work and family at East Side,” Jeff said.
The newspaper article noted that Tom now works as a custodian at the local high school and lives in a nice apartment.
RECIFE, Brazil (BNc) by Randy Short — He was unusual, in our circle and in yours as well, I’m sure. He came to us, the son of a denominational pastor, but had chosen not to follow his father or his father’s religion. He wanted to study the Bible.
He had gone to several local seminaries but because of his looks had been rejected by all. He was tattooed all over, and had long dreadlocks, a huge gaping hole with a “gauge” in one ear, and a huge piece of wood hanging from the other. He had studied philosophy and read about religion. Continue reading “‘Rejected by all, we embraced him, and love touched his heart’”
JUNDIAI, Brazil (BNc) — A couple who attended a retreat on how to relate better in marriage decided they had better relate to Christ.
Marco Aurelio e Adriana requested baptism after a class by evangelist Marcelo Gonçalves at the retreat held at the Grinbergs Village Hotel in the nearby city of Socorro. Continue reading “Couple put on Christ in baptism at marriage retreat”
JOÃO PESSOA, Brazil (BNc) — by Joseph McKinney, Jr.
Flávia sought out Adriana McKinney for therapy, for help in dealing with years of an unhealthy marital situation. In addition to therapy, she started coming to our Wednesday prayer meeting and immediately felt welcomed and at home in the midst of God’s family.
Missionary David McKinney invited her to study the Bible. Even though she had gone through a denomination’s conversion process, when she asked about baptism, she accepted unconditionally everything the Bible teaches about it: the forgiveness, the burial with Christ, the rebirth to new life, the receiving of the Holy Spirit, and she wanted it all, right then. Continue reading “‘I don’t want to be a bench-warming Christian’”