MAUMELLE, Ark. (BNc) — Five hundred children are back in school. Their parents had removed them from school and put them to work in the fields and sweatshop factories.
Pictured above is a group of elementary kids with Marie-Claire McDonough, who runs this program in Cambodia, with their new book bags.
Bill McDonough’s Parters in Progress ministry sponsors the Back to School Program (B2S) that seeks donations of $25 a year to put a child back in school and provide new opportunities.
Back To School Program (B2S)
Partners In Progress
P.O. Box 13989
Maumelle, AR 72113, USA
Ted Knight (l.) and Joe Spaulding (r.) with their wives
SEARCY, Ark. (BNc) by Ted Knight — Many years ago I enrolled as a student at Harding College. At that time every student was assigned a counselor to assist them in making decisions or asking for help. My counselor was Dr. Joe Spaulding.
Of course, at 17 years of age, I didn’t need him then, but I would never have known that just a few years later, he would become not only a counselor but very dear friend who has lifted me up in more ways that I can count. Continue reading
NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (BNc) — Get out of the building and do something for Christ! That’s the sentiment of the Somers Avenue congregation’s “Light’s Out” program announced for Dec. 30.
In the church’s bulletin, “The Observer,” for Dec. 2, came this announcement:
The building will be dark at 5 o’clock, Sunday evening, December 30th. Pews will be empty and the lights will be out. The electric lights will be off, but our lights will be “out” shining in the community. We anticipate another faith-building, enriching afternoon which will involve more than 150 members singing at nursing homes, baking cookies, writing cards, delivering cookies and cards to fire and police stations and hospitals, visiting other members, and prayer warriors intensely praying for this good work. Mark you calendars and make your plans for “Lights Out!” on the 30th.
Sean Ashberry, who works in preaching and member involvement with the congregation, kindly replied to BNc to explain further the Lights-Out approach. He tells in his words. Continue reading
Arkansans meet beside the river
ENOLA, Ark. (BNc) by Robert Swain — I was asked to be the speaker for an annual creek-side service for a small congregation where my friend Dickie Harris preaches. Continue reading
SEARCY, Ark (BNc) — Vice President of Spiritual Life Bruce McLarty has been named as the fifth Harding University president.
The announcement was made on Twitter and Facebook.
“I enthusiastically embrace the mission of Harding University,” McLarty said at the press conference in Cone Chapel at 1:30 p.m., CST.
He will replace David B. Burks when Burks retires from the position in June. Continue reading
Truth DVD cover
NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (BNc) — The Somers Ave. church distributed over 400 Searching for Truth DVDs at the Arkansas State Fair, “400 souls who may be learning the Gospel today,” according to the congregation’s bulletin, “The Observer,” on Oct. 28.
The fair was held Oct. 12-21. The Somers Ave. church maintains a stand in the fair each year.
The Searching for Truth DVDs, produced by World Video Bible School and narrated by John Moore, contain six lessons that teach an introduction to the gospel. The lessons are also available online. Continue reading
NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (BNc) — The Levy church made its annual special contribution for missions yesterday, offering $275,921, missionary Ted Knight said.
With this special offering in hand, the missions committee considers every request made by missions efforts.
The annual event, called Harvest Sunday, featured guest speakers and an all-church luncheon. Continue reading
JONESBORO, Ark. (BNc) – E. Winston Burton, 88, of Jonesboro died Thursday afternoon, Sept. 19, at his home. He had lived in Jonesboro since 1967, moving here from Dickson, Tennessee.
Burton was a member of the Southwest congregation. He graduated from Paragould High School in 1942; then received an AA degree from the Free-Hardeman College in 1944; received a BS degree from the Auburn University; graduate of Harding University 1961 with a master’s degree; Winston did graduate work at Auburn University, Harding University and Arkansas State University.
Burton ministered to churches in Alabama, Tennesse, Texas and Arkansas, working with the Southwest congregation in Jonesboro until his death. Continue reading
PARAGOULD, Ark. (BNc) — A fire damaged one of the cottage houses on the campus of Children’s Homes of Paragould Thursday afternoon, according to the KAIT-8 website and BNc sources.
Firefighters got the call at 4:15 p.m., and on arrival smoke could be seen coming from the structure, which sustained damage to a bathroom, attic, and bedroom. No one was injured. Continue reading
NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (BNc) – The Somers Avenue congregation is spending its time on Sunday evenings reading the Bible, one New Testament letter at a sitting. The following article, written to the congregation, from the upcoming May 22 issue of the church bulletin, “The Observer,” details some of their experience.
by Oran Burt, preaching minister :: Can you imagine a gathering of the early Christians in the first century who were listening to the oral reading of a letter written to the churches? It would be the first time anyone had heard it. It would be from an apostle inspired by God to write concerning things of importance to the church and to the world.
These individual Christians would not have their own personal copies of the completed Old and New Testaments to read along in the assembly. As these letters were copied and distributed, more and more of the New Testament would be available. But, at first, there was the in-person, oral presentation to accompany the written word. Continue reading
Editor’s Note: The following is from a special website set up by the Vilonia church of Christ about their relief efforts.
by Marty Knight
VILONIA, Ark., (BNc) — Another day has drawn to a close and we were blessed with good weather in which to work. Let me begin by thanking the volunteers who poured in from ALL over the state of Arkansas. I won’t even begin to attempt to mention everyone for fear of leaving out some names. Suffice to say that churches of Christ from as far away as 200 miles were here early this morning and worked until they were ready to drop. The number of volunteers jumped significantly now that we have reached the weekend and that was expected. But, it was still overwhelming to see how much people care. THANKS!!! Continue reading
VILONIA, Ark. (BNc) – A tornado destroyed part of this Central Arkansas town last night, as a dozen twisters left their mark on the state.
Evangelist Ted Knight noted that his sponsoring church, the Levy congregation in North Little Rock, has already sent supplies and is organizing help for the town residents.
In an email today, Ted wrote, “Our phone has been ringing off the wall, and we are thankful for that, because it shows the interest and concerns of so many for the people in our State who have suffered from the tornados last night. I have been to Vilonia today, and it is just heart-breaking to see what has happened. However, it is a time of opportunity for us as God’s people to once again let the beauty of Jesus to be shown in us.” Continue reading