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Supplies, Bibles, gospel reach Philippine island after typhoon

SAMAR, Philippines (BNC) by Michael Hildreth — In the recent devastation of the island of Samar, in the aftermath of Typhoon Ruby (Hagupit), 21 people are confirmed to have been killed on the eastern side, and 16 of them were in Borongan City. I was recently in Eastern Samar working with bro. Edwin Inso. Continue reading “Supplies, Bibles, gospel reach Philippine island after typhoon”

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

Luverne church donates to purchase food for Sudan brethren

Luverne Church building RELUVERNE, Ala(BNc) — Raymond Elliott, preacher for the Luverne Church of Christ in Luverne, Alabama, reports members donated $6,399.00, on Sunday, June 15, 2014. The small South Alabama congregation, of approximately 100 members, gave liberally to purchase food for Christian brothers and sisters in Sudan. A check for the donated amount was sent to the church in Mt. Juliet, Tennessee who is overseeing this effort.

Christian uses talent for less fortunate

P1010003WESTVILLE, Fla. (BNc) — Eileen Speigner, 88 years old, is quilting and making blankets for the Geneva County Sheriff’s Department.  The small blankets, both quilted and crocheted, are 36” square or by the width of the material.

The idea was presented to her by a friend she met in the local grocery store.

Knowing Eileen was a quilter, she mentioned about the need of blankets for children that are picked up by the Sheriff’s Department from abused homes, or other situations. She related how toys and stuffed animals are always given, but the children reach for and hang on to the blankets.

Eileen’s heartstrings were touched upon hearing this, and she knew she could make them.

Continue reading “Christian uses talent for less fortunate”

Donations pour in for 9-year-old Eli’s bucket-list wish

eli-williamsMADISON, Ala. (BNc) — Eli Williams is a nine-year-old boy who has spent the last two years fighting medulloblastoma. Scans recently revealed that he had relapsed. Only experimental treatment is an option now.

Before he can do this treatment, he will spend Christmas at home and wants to work on his bucket list, including a trip to Disney World.

Friends began a fund-raising campaign for Eli’s list, and in just two days, the original goal of five thousand dollars was raised to six, after contributions poured in. Continue reading “Donations pour in for 9-year-old Eli’s bucket-list wish”

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

Oklahoma churches gear up to help tornado victims

moore-ok-tornadoOKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. (BNc) — Hardly had the tornado dispersed, congregations in the Oklahoma City area began already to mobilize to help the victims.

The Memorial Road congregation is organizing a disaster relief effort, with a webpage of suggestions on how to help.

Dan Lovejoy noted on Twitter that he had confirmed by telephone that the “Oakcrest Church of Christ at 1111 SW 89th is OPEN for shelter if you lost power or your home.”

Jeremie Beller noted on Facebook: “The Oakcrest Church of Christ is serving as a shelter for members of the surrounding community. I just spoke with someone there and they are asking for donations of water bottles, diapers, baby formula, and blankets. If you would like to bring donations to the Wilshire church building, we will deliver them in the coming days.”

“We are concentrating on the Edmond area and will expand as opportunities arise,” Kevin Rayner, community and senior adults minister with the Edmond church, tweeted.

Another brother noted that his father was transporting people to the hospital in his pick-up truck.

Several members from the South Walker congregation live in Moore, two of whom, Bob Finley, a retired fire fighter, and Malinda Cheshier, lost their homes, Paul Goddard, dean of students at Harding Academy in Memphis, said. Paul is a native Oklahoman.

There are no reports as yet of loss of life among churches of Christ.

One person published a picture of a tornado (above) mirrored in his side mirror as he left the town of Moore.

Other efforts will be noted as news arrives to BNc.

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

500 kids return to school through Partners in Progress sponsorship program

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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

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

Update on church and town of West, Texas, after fertilizer plant explosion

disaster-west-texasWEST, Tex. (BNc) by Denny Wilson — Editor’s note: The following is written by the preacher with the nearby DeLeon congregation, who has been coordinating help through the West congregation.

Ten families from the congregation in West had their homes damaged or completely destroyed. Included in that group was the preacher. His house was three streets from the explosion. Continue reading “Update on church and town of West, Texas, after fertilizer plant explosion”

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

Mississippi church helps over 2,200 victims of Feb. 10 tornado

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Tornado destroyed homes in Hattiesburg MS

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (BNc) — The congregation of Kensington Woods has helped over 2,200 people in the aftermath of the Feb. 10 tornado, preacher Mike Benson said today.

The tornado hit on a Sunday between 5:00-5:30 p.m. It left a path 21 miles long, causing 83 injuries, but no deaths. Two Mississippi counties, Lamar and Forrest, were hit.

Major damage and destroyed homes totaled in the hundreds: 340 homes in Forrest County, 220 homes in Lamar County. Continue reading “Mississippi church helps over 2,200 victims of Feb. 10 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

Elba Church Feeds the Hungry

by Glenda Williams, BNc correspondent

ELBA, Ala (BNc) — For years, the church in Elba, Alabama had a small pantry housed in a closet, but they were never able to feed the hungry as they do now.

Recently the church built a family-life annex complete with a spacious kitchen and dining area, classrooms, restrooms, and a large pantry. Located right behind the church building, the annex is convenient to the offices of the church’s minister and secretary. Although the new construction allowed them to continue dispensing food from the pantry to the hungry who came seeking, it didn’t take long for the church members to see the need to step up their efforts in feeding the hungry. Continue reading “Elba Church Feeds the Hungry”

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

JAPAN: Missionary plans trip to worst area

Editor’s note: The earthquake and tsunami damage to Japan was so great, that we are sharing a series of stories, emails, and reports. All can be localized under the tag Japan. Following is an email from Marlin Ray, at Ibaraki, sent this morning.

IBARAKI, Japan (BNc) — We are doing well. It is clear and cold in Ibaraki with temperatures near freezing or lower at night and about 45 during the day. We still get aftershocks all the time, probably eight or 10 big ones everyday. I am getting used to them at night so that I usually sleep through most of them. Continue reading “JAPAN: Missionary plans trip to worst area”

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

Park Ave. church sends $90k to Japan

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (BNc) — Elder Paul Goddard of the Park Avenue congregation reported today that they have now collected over US$90 thousand for the churches in Japan.

“We will be wiring it to Mito [the Japanese congregation] this week. Regions Bank has waved our fees for the transaction,” Paul said. Continue reading “Park Ave. church sends $90k to Japan”

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

JAPAN: Unstable situation poses ‘dilemma’

JAPAN (BNc) — The preacher’s wife at Ochanomizu sent this unedited email to Dwight Albright Sat., Mar. 26.

Good morning. I will share with you some of the conditions here. It is still quite unpredictable. Yesterday as was told, citizens are fearful because of the nuclear accident, especially from reports that they cannot deliver goods to those living in Fukushima. In the midst of this we are all trying to encourage each other to keep a level head. The stress in children is beginning to be seen. They are writing about this condition with children. Continue reading “JAPAN: Unstable situation poses ‘dilemma’”

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

2010 Operation Christmas Joy

by Glenda Wiliams, BNc correspondent

GENEVA, AL (BNc) — Joy Galloway, Kellee Jackson, Maggie Moyer and Wanda Cannon worked all year buying items to be packed and shipped to Panama for the 2010 Operation Christmas Joy project. This year’s backpacks were filled for the school in Santa Fe Darien as well as collected teaching supplies for teachers. 206 backpacks, 71 teacher bags, shoeboxes filled with gifts, medical supplies and other items were packed and shipped from the Geneva church building. Continue reading “2010 Operation Christmas Joy”

Spreading the good news with a bucket

by Barbara A. Oliver, managing editor

IVANO-FRANKIVSK, Ukraine (BNc) — One congregation does its benevolent work by the bucketful.

The Judsonia, Ark., church, together with other congregations, is involved in benevolent aid to Sudan, Ukraine, Nigeria, India, Honduras and a number of other nations. With the shipments of aid, they include “family buckets,” five-gallon plastic buckets filled with a variety of household items.

The brainchild of Kathy Cadden in Columbus, MS., the buckets are contributed by numerous congregations in Alabama, Tennessee, Mississippi, Kentucky and Missouri.

“These have really been an excellent way of getting urgently needed commodities to those in great need,” said John Kachelman, Jr., preacher with the Judsonia congregation. Continue reading “Spreading the good news with a bucket”

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

Brazilian church sends aid to Haiti

by Randal Matheny

OBrazilian Christians Carlos Eduardo Vilas boas and his wife Brancalinda, BRAZIL (BNc) — The Peixinhos church, located in the city of Olinda on Brazil’s northeast coast, is sending aid to Haiti through the state military police organization.

Haiti suffered a devastating 7.0-magnitude earthquake Tuesday, Jan. 14.

Carlos Eduardo Vilas Boas, said today on the Facebook social network that the congregation will work with Lieutentant-Colonel Ricardo Santos to send the supplies. Continue reading “Brazilian church sends aid to Haiti”

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

Philippine church helps typhoon victims

BAGUIO, Philippines (BNc) – In the face of the destruction from two typhoons, Ondoy and Pepeng, the church in Mangaldan has been busy help typhoon victims. Typhoon Ondoy was the previous typhoon that hit Manila. The typhoon referenced in this report hit the center of Luzon (Island). Mandaldan is several kilometers north of Manila, near Lingayen Gulf.

Kenneth Thomas, a Tennessee   Christian who has preached in meetings in  the Philippines, forwarded this information to Brotherhood News. “The Mangaldan church building was flooded, but because it is a two-story building, the second story served as an evacuation point for about seven families from the members and neighbors. The streets were up to chest deep. In one barangay [neighborhood] alone there were 21 persons who drowned.”

A former preacher for the Mangaldan congregation, David Quidem, sent the following account to brother Thomas:

“Typhoon Pepeng returned and hit our place in Mangaldan from Monday until Friday. Heavy rainfalls continued until the afternoon. The water reached the road around 6 p.m.

“The water was rising so fast I brought my motorcycle inside the house thinking that the water wouldn’t reach it, but I was mistaken. When the water entered the house, my family decided to transfer to my sister-in-law’s house because her house has a second floor. The water inside our house reached about 1 meter high. The furniture, clothing, appliances, some of my books, and even the motorcycle were all flooded. The water along the road is about 6-7 ft high. Dagupan City and Mapandan (5 ft) was flooded also. The Mangaldan church of Christ had water 5 ft deep.
“The water continued to rise until 2 a.m., so we watched without sleep. Around 4 a.m. the water stopped rising, so I concluded that this was the final stage. Every hour the water gradually subsided until about 7 a.m. I returned to the house to see what happened. The worst thing that we will need to do is removing the mud and cleaning up. As of now, we don’t have electricity in our area.
“My nephew’s house was totally submerged. None of them got hurt because they had moved to our family home. I am still grateful to the Lord that all my family is safe, even my relatives who were most affected.
“We also experienced what Metro Manila experienced with the typhoon Ondoy. Yesterday I went to Municipal Hall and saw a long line of people waiting for relief goods from the government. The public market was flooded and some of the brethren who owned stores were selling rice. One of the brothers came to me yesterday asking for help. His entire crop was destroyed. The same thing happened to other brethren. Along the highway are destroyed properties. I don’t know the conditions of the brethren in Dagupan City and Mapandan yet.”

Junas Sagurit, a preacher for the Mangaldan church reported:

“The eldership of the Mangaldan congregation decided to spend all the remaining church money to help the typhoon victims. We are hoping for your continued prayers for all the people affected by this tragedy.”

Carl and Don Walker, preachers in Georgia, are right now serving in that area with medical and evangelistic work.

Don reported on Facebook, “Just finished a great day with the Medical Mission at Salumonge Sur in the Philippines. The doctors saw over 1000 people and the pharmacists filled over 4500 prescriptions. Best of all we have had 47 baptisms in the last 3 days! Keep us and these folks in your prayers.”

An update from Don on October 22  reported, “As of Thursday afternoon, there had been 73 baptisms on this medical mission–which is healing many souls as well.”

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

Brazil supporter JoAnn Scruggs dies

JoAnn Scruggs, ardent supporter of the work in northeastern Brazil, died Wednesday, July 22.

She participated in many evangelistic campaigns to Brazil and supported a school for underprivileged children. Continue reading “Brazil supporter JoAnn Scruggs dies”

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