Fire causes damage at Paragould Children’s Homes

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 “Fire causes damage at Paragould Children’s Homes”

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

No sermon, just reading the Bible

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.

Bible readingby 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 “No sermon, just reading the Bible”

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

Vilonia church of Christ Disaster Relief

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 church of Christ Disaster Relief”

Barbara has been involved in missions for over 25 years, both in the field and in publishing.

Churches aid Arkansas town hit by tornado

Vilonia AR aidVILONIA, 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 “Churches aid Arkansas town hit by tornado”

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

Arkansas church holds 5 1/2 hr prayer chain

PARAGOULD, Ark. (BNc) — The 7th and Mueller church came together from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 27, to offer up to God prayer, according to minister Michael Cox.

A total of 84 members each prayed for 15 minutes over 127 submitted prayer requests.

Members commented on the success of the 5 1/2 hour long prayer chain, he said.

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

Kenneth Robertson dies in helicopter crash

SEARCY, Ark. (BNc) — Kenneth Robertson died at approximately 4 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 31 when the air medical helicopter he was piloting crashed near Clinton, Ark. Robertson and two other crew members, Kenneth Meyer, Jr., and Gayla Gregory, were killed.

The cause of the crash has not been released. Officials with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the National Transportation Safety Board have created a three-nautical-mile restricted fly zone around the site to begin their formal investigation.

Robertson, a graduate from Texas A&M University, was a U.S. Marine Corps pilot for 10 years, serving in Kuwait and the Middle East. He retired as a Navy aircraft mechanic. Continue reading “Kenneth Robertson dies in helicopter crash”

Barbara has been involved in missions for over 25 years, both in the field and in publishing.

Haiti relief continues with good results

by John L. Kachelman. Jr.

JUDSONIA, Ark. (BNc) — Our early planning is paying off exceptionally well. Every container has arrived smoothly and food has been distributed without problems. Thanks to the cooperation and planning of Rang Hee, Erin Long and Counterpart International and thanks to the efforts of USAID and others involved in the government, we have had no problems with Haitian Customs.

It is the careful planning, immediate cooperation and close organization that has allowed us to see the the Lord’s Church glorified. We received this note from Pacius: “Erin Long (Counterpart) was great by helping me to get the paper quickly. People in the Customs office were so helpful to us last week. They told us what to do to get the Container out.”

Within the last seven days we have loaded and shipped seven containers with 291,500 pounds of food and relief supplies for distribution in Haiti.

We are receiving a number of reports that are providing us the means to communicate to the government how effective our distribution system is in Haiti. It is significant to point out that we are getting food delivered and distributed to areas where many of the big organizations have never touched. This is due to the fantastic cooperation and planning of our Haitian brethren.

Listen to this comment, “I lost my wife, I lost my house, I lost everything. But I find a new Family in you, because you have done a lot for me and many people in Haiti. I am happy to load this Container to help our brethren, our friends and so many others, in Port-au-Prince. You are in the States and also you are in Haiti — because in every devotion I ask for a special prayer for you. You are first in our minds.”

Thank you for your involvement in the Haiti Relief efforts. You have made it possible for the Lord’s compassion to be known by thousands!

Barbara has been involved in missions for over 25 years, both in the field and in publishing.

House church holds gospel meeting

by Robert Swain

FAULKNER COUNTY, Ark. (BNc) — A couple of months ago my friend Dickie Harris approached me about doing a gospel meeting for a house church that he started in his home last year.

Dickie has been a professional musician, playing in several places including Nashville. He has friends in all walks of life.  Some of his friends who he wanted to reach with the gospel felt very uncomfortable going to a typical church building, so he started to hold services in his home and they came. Continue reading “House church holds 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

Minister to address U.S. conferences overseas

by Paula Harrington, BNc correspondent

kachelmanJUDSONIA, Ark. (BNc) — Minister John Kachelman will keynote for two U.S. government humanitarian conferences in the Ukraine and Tajikistan and speak about the Lord’s church.

Kachelman, minister with the Judsonia church, will be the keynote speaker at the Small/Medium Transportation Program (SMTP) conference.  SMTP is funded by the U. S. Department of State Office of the Coordinator for U.S. Assistance to Europe and Eurasia.

Kachelman will speak on the topic, “Who are the churches of Christ that care for Tajikistan?” Continue reading “Minister to address U.S. conferences overseas”

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

Churches ‘Can’ Mission Projects

N. LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (BNc)- Three congregations collect aluminum cans and send the funds to mission projects around the world. Continue reading “Churches ‘Can’ Mission Projects”

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

Harding Students Help Arkansas Couple

SEARCY, Ark. (BNc)- A Harding University group is working to help pay medical expenses for an Arkansas couple.

The women’s social club Zeta Rho will host a dress sale to raise money for Steve and Elizabeth Rose of Searcy (formerly of Bald Knob).

A December car accident near Joy Mountain in Rose Bud seriously injured the couple and killed their two young children.

Zeta Rho has collected more than 125 formal and semi-formal dresses and gowns donated by students and community members and will sell them for $20-30. Purses and shoes will sell for $5-10. Many of the dresses are new or have only been worn once.

The goal is to raise $5,000, and all proceeds will go directly to the Rose family to help cover medical expenses.

The public is invited to the sale March 15 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. in Harding’s Hammon Room (Student Center 236).

Those who would like to donate dresses to the fund-raiser may drop them off at the same place March 14 from 2:30-5:30 p.m.

For more information or to donate items or funds, contact: Claire Dunnagan, Zeta Rho service director at (832) 465-6926 or by email: cdunnaga@harding.edu.

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

Arkansas Minister Charged with Rape

By Associate Editor Joe May

Editor’s note: We’d like to hear feedback from readers about the appropriateness of this story and others like it for the news site.

CLARKSVILLE, Ark. (BNc)- A minister with the Clarksville church of Christ has pleaded not guilty to raping children under his care. Continue reading “Arkansas Minister Charged with Rape”

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