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

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

Brazil church establishes second orphanage

Missionary Randy Short heads up effort in northeastern Brazil for the country’s second orphanage. Continue reading “Brazil church establishes second orphanage”

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

Southside church holds drive-thru food giveaway

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (BNc)- The Southside congregation sponsored a drive-thru food giveaway at their building Friday morning, Aug. 8. Continue reading “Southside church holds drive-thru food giveaway”

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

Golden Heights sponsors giveaway

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (BNc)- The Feeding the Hungry and Prison Ministries of the Golden Heights congregation sponsored its third food and clothing giveaway, TheWestsideGazette reported yesterday. Continue reading “Golden Heights sponsors giveaway”

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

Peru Campaign Produces 48 Baptisms

by Kim Higginbotham

ICA, Peru (BNc)- A large group of Americans just returned from a medical campaign in this city wracked last year by a massive earthquake.

On May 30 and June 6, a total group of 106 Americans left the U.S for Ica, Peru. The group was led by Jack Farber, of Latin American Missions, Valdosta, Ga.

Ica, an already impoverished area, was further devastated by an 8.0 magnitude earthquake last August.

The campaign was a medical and evangelistic effort, with people of all ages and walks of life participating, from young teenagers to those in their seventies.

During the campaign, a medical clinic was set up with doctors, nurses, dentists and pharmacists seeing to the townspeople’s physical needs. After each person came through the clinic, a Bible study was offered to any who would like to participate.

During the two-week campaign, 573 Bible studies were conducted, resulting in 48 baptisms.

A congregation of approximately 40 Christians already exists in Ica. They have a full-time evangelist, as well as a full-time intern from the school of preaching in Lima.

These men will be busy following up the contacts made during the mission effort. While many of the Peruvians were initially drawn to the medical clinic, it was clear to all that the campaign’s focus was not to cure bodies, but souls.

During the daytime while the clinic saw patients, other team members were door-knocking, conducting Bible studies, teaching classes to children, ladies, men and new converts and visiting local schools to teach Bible stories.

During the evening, there were classes for children and teenagers, while the adults participated in an evening service.

While this was my first campaign, I certainly hope it won’t my last. I was so impressed with all that I saw. What impressed me most is that I saw people who were truly “hungering and thirsting” for the Word of God.

While I went with some of the groups that went door to door inviting people to worship services and offering Bible studies, I noticed that it was so different from trying to do the same thing in a typical neighborhood in the United States. Nearly everyone seemed to appreciate the invitation, and many would invite those in our group to study with them right there on the doorstep.

To sum up the purpose and events from the week, there was a favorite story from one of our members on the campaign.

While she was door-knocking, she saw a house where there was a lady with her face pressed against the window, watching the campaign members as they knocked doors and talked to her neighbors. This campaign member, seeing that the lady was home and watching them, went to her house to hand her an invitation. The woman opened the door and said, “I’ve been waiting for you.” She not only accepted the invitation, but also a Bible study and was later baptized into Christ.

Very simply, that is what our week was all about.

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

Little Is Much When God Is in It

Feature story by Neal Pollard (adapted)

(BNc)- A few years ago in Richmond, Va., a small group of homeschooled children whose families were members of the Lord’s church got together for a service project to raise money to buy hearing aids for deaf orphans in Zhitomir, a city in western Ukraine. Continue reading “Little Is Much When God Is in It”

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

Village of Hope: Right Before Our Eyes

By Tommy Drinnen

Excerpts from Tommy’s March newsletter

Kids at Village of HopeTEMA, Ghana (BNc)- Peace is a second grader who came to us last year in May. She was orphaned, and the first thing I noticed about this child was how skinny she had become from lack of food. Then I noticed that she looked so sad. Then I saw that she never had anything to say. Continue reading “Village of Hope: Right Before Our Eyes”

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