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‘Very good, but very strict’

ASSAM, India (BNC) — Jim Waldron shared this report Oct. 24 from Joysingh, principal of the Karbi Bible Institute, Assam, NE India and a bold gospel preacher. His style has been preserved below.

Chondro Engti is a farmer and a 2015 graduate of the Karbi Bible Institute. Last year he began to visit his mother-in law who was a member of the Baptist Church. He visited her and her husband often and every time he would preach to them about the original Church. The initial period covered about three weeks and she was very interested, but her husband was not willing to come into the church of Christ. Continue reading “‘Very good, but very strict’”

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Dedicated to God and Learning

CHENNAI, India (BNC) — The R. Sevya Nayak family are dedicated to the Lord and to learning. The four children are all first in their class at school. Like most children in India, they sit on the floor to study.

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Sevya, the father, is a teacher and translator at the Chennai Teacher Training School. He is a graduate of the school himself. Originally a Hindu, he said that when a member of the Lord’s church in Andhra Pradesh showed him Psalm 115:2-8 he understood who the real God of heaven and earth is. Sevya has worked after class hours as a guard and maintenance man to earn extra money to help support their extended family on both sides.

Lali, the mother, teaches weaving to the female students at CTTS on Sunday afternoons. The school has a community service program that teaches various skills to adults and children who live near the school. Lali has a sister and a brother-in-law who attended CTTS.

The oldest daughter, Zena, who is 16, hopes to go to medical college when she graduates from secondary school. Sister Beth Johnson has taught the three older children in her Sunday school class since they were small. When Zena was three, she could say 85 memory verses in English, just one of their five languages. When she was four, she could say all the books of the Bible with their categories, the days of creation, the judges, the sons of Jacob, the 10 plagues and label with crayon which tribe settled in which part of Israel.

The oldest son, Samuel, who is 14, could recite all 176 verses of Psalm 119 when he was nine years old. Now that Samuel is older, his class is taught by one of the men in the congregation. Yet he still likes to recite Scripture he has memorized to his former teacher. Recently he asked sister Johnson if he could recite some memory work to her after her ladies’ class on Sunday afternoon. To her surprise, he recited the entire book of Hebrews and only had to be corrected in a place or two!

The second son, Saxon, who is 12, also recited memory work for sister Johnson that day, a substantial portion of Psalm 119, which he hopes to recite in its entirety soon. Sister Johnson commented, “Their zeal and ability are incredible. Since they all must study in the same room, they have to learn to focus well amid distractions. What a joy it is to work with children like this! Please pray with me that they will be able to understand and teach as well as they can memorize.”

The youngest daughter, Naomi, age 7, also makes the highest grades in her class at school. Inspired by her older brothers and sister, she is also learning Psalm 119 and recites portions of 5-10 verses at a time to sister Johnson.

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The children studying while their mother is weaving.

Roy Davison devotes himself to the gospel in Belgium, as well as being a part-time translator. He is the creator of the Old Paths websites (http://oldpaths.com).
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Young evangelist teaches Indians, Filipinos agricultural self-support

STURGIS, Ky. (BNC) by James D. Suiter — Audie Cherry grew up with a passion for the Lord’s church and agriculture. He purposefully pursued a degree in agriculture in order to use it to help other evangelists around the globe. Audie is only 23 and has not had his degree long, but he has been working hard to make this objective a reality and instill in other gospel preachers knowledge, so they will have the freedom of being self-supportive. I asked about the agenda for his recent trip to India. This was his reply. Continue reading “Young evangelist teaches Indians, Filipinos agricultural self-support”

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

Man tries to kill Christian wife, converts through church’s love

After his baptism, Gopala asks his wife's forgiveness.
After baptism, Gopala asks wife’s forgiveness.

SECUNDERABAD, India (BNC) by Jim Waldron — About 10 months ago brother Mani (pronounced Muny) Anand, who lives in south India asked if we could help with the medical care of a sister in Christ who was near death because of an attack by family members. Shortly after responding to the request for help I visited Mani. He took me to a home where other Christians were hiding her from her family. Continue reading “Man tries to kill Christian wife, converts through church’s love”

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

2013 reflections: It’s impossible to ‘play responsibly’

Beth-johnsonCHENNAI, India (BNc) by Beth Johnson — A recent billboard ad intended to promote the local lottery in our home state of South Carolina asks the question, “What does ‘playing responsibly’ mean to you?”

How would you answer such a question if it were put to you directly?  Can there be such a thing as “playing responsibly?” Continue reading “2013 reflections: It’s impossible to ‘play responsibly’”

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

Missionary sees powerful spiritual lesson in sick little chick

One of Jim Waldron's 51 chicks
One of Jim Waldron’s 51 chicks

MIRZA, India (BNc) by Jim E. Waldron — We purchased another batch of chicks for the Northeast Bible Institute Nov. 19.  There were 51 of them, two days old and expected to grow off in six weeks. Continue reading “Missionary sees powerful spiritual lesson in sick little chick”

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

Missionary Kyle Allen dies on return to India

Missionary Kyle Allen
Missionary Kyle Allen

NEW DELHI, India (BNc) — Kyle Spencer Allen, 35, died Sunday, Feb. 17, on his return to his India where he had worked for nearly seven years.

Kyle became ill on a flight back to India and over the next day or two afterwards, his health worsened.

According to Larry Benderman, elder with the Stiversville congregation near Culleoka, Tenn., speculation is that he had a diabetic problem and his sugar level rose so high that he went into a coma. As a result, his organs shut down and a heart attack caused his death. Continue reading “Missionary Kyle Allen dies on return to India”

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

India evangelism team beaten by Hindu radicals

Evangelists beaten
Prabhu views baptisms at pond

GRESHAM, Ore. (BNc) — Prabhu Kumar, Director of World English Institute in India, and his evangelism team were beaten severely for preaching the gospel earlier this summer, Dick Ady, WEI founder, wrote in a report released today.

The WEI quarterly report was sent Oct. 27 by email and posted on the website.

Prabhu Kumar, WEI’s India director, has risked his life to establish dozens of WEI branches throughout India, Bangladesh, and Nepal, Ady said. This summer, he and the brother Ajith, a WEI teacher, and members of Ajith’s family were beaten almost to death by Hindu radicals.

Prabhu gave this subject to his e-mail: “God has saved WEI team from death on worship day at Sariya, Chattisgargh.” Continue reading “India evangelism team beaten by Hindu radicals”

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

Hindu convert: ‘I know we have our eternal spirit’

DIPHU, India (BNc) — Missionary Jim Waldron included a report from Joy Sing Enghi, a graduate of the Northeast Bible Institute (NBI), in his newsletter published today.

We came to our hometown, Diphu, where we have been doing the work of ministry. On Aug. 24-25 we were in the town of Hidipi where Adamson, another school graduate, Probin and I preached in the home of a Hindu family. The lady of the house, Promila Tero, confessed Christ and said, “I want to become Christ’s disciple because I know now that we have our eternal spirit and for that reason I want to follow Him for He is the one who can give me life after death;” so she was baptized. She is 30 years old. Continue reading “Hindu convert: ‘I know we have our eternal spirit’”

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

Boots on the ground

India church of Christby Jim E. Waldron

Laura and I took our brood to Pakistan in September 1967. I say brood, because we had two foster children at the time besides the three boys. We also brought a little girl home with us, Ruth. She was 19 months when we got her and on Dec. 1st this year she turned 44. Laura turned 72 last July, and I turned 76 in November.

The work in India began in Feb., 1986. As I have written often, the work is obeying Two Timothy Two Two, that is, training preachers to proclaim the unsearchable riches of Christ, which means to preach the whole counsel of God; but the bottom line is to plant strong local churches of Christ that will perpetuate the spread of the gospel even after we are dead. Continue reading “Boots on the ground”

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

11/11/11: Bible institute fasts and prays for 24 hours

by Jim Waldron

GUWAHATI, India (BNc) — The above date, though it simply designates a day on the calendar, is unique in that there will not be another like it for a hundred years. Not only so, but it is taking place just ten days after the United Nations announced on Oct. 31 that the world population had reached 7,000,000,000 (seven billion) in just twelve years’ time.

Here in India at the Northeast Bible Institute the students and staff will fast and pray for twenty-four hours from breakfast on the morning of the 11th until breakfast on the 12th for the billions that have not heard. Continue reading “11/11/11: Bible institute fasts and prays for 24 hours”

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

Church established through biblical debate in northeast India

church growthBAGDOGRA, India (BNc) — A new congregation was established through a debate with a denominational preacher in the northeastern Indian state of West Bengel.

Missionary Jim Waldron reported today that two young men, Joseph Khati and Markus Kisku, were sent Aug., 2009, to Bagdogra as evangelists. They have since established four congregations.

The report below from Joseph, dated July 8, tells how the fourth one was begun earlier this month. Continue reading “Church established through biblical debate in northeast India”

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

India graduates awarded certificates

by Jim Waldron

Church of Christ studentsINDIA (BNc) — India has 1.2 billion people with many massive cities, but the greatest numbers of people live in villages. Thus, after many years of having students come to central locations to learn the word, two years ago Don Iverson and I began using brothers who had graduated from the three-year regular schools to teach in night schools in the villages. Continue reading “India graduates awarded certificates”

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

The Lord’s church in Karur, South India

by Beth Johnson

KARUR, India, (BNc) — Brother S. Masilamani, a former Chennai Teacher Training School graduate, has a long history of dedicated work for the Lord, going many places to preach in spite of his heart problems, high blood pressure and high cholesterol.

They have a new, although very small, meeting place that he and the brethren there have constructed since last year.  The city planners took away their last building to construct a new road. This is as near as he could get to the former location without paying a huge price for property.  Part of his original congregation had to meet on the opposite side of Karur.  His son George works with this second group. Continue reading “The Lord’s church in Karur, South India”

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

The evangelism of Triuppur city

by A. Selvakumar and K.M. Suresh

TRIUPPUR, India (BNc) — We are so thankful to our Lord for the privilege we had to study the word in Chennai, India, where we were taught the pure word and were guided in the way of the Lord.

Earlier we were meeting in seven places namely, 1. Kuppandampalayam at 9 a.m., 2. Palavanchipalayam at 1.30 p.m., 3. VGV Nagar at 2:00 p.m., 4. Avanishi at 11 a.m., 5. Semadu at 4 p.m., 6. Raikapalayam at 6 p.m. and Muthanampalayam at 8 p.m. We start from home on Sunday morning at 7 a.m. and return home by 11 p.m. Continue reading “The evangelism of Triuppur city”

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

Indian Christians harrassed and threatened

by Timothy Arnold

Timothy Arnold with Indian ChristiansSINGAMPALLY, India (BNc) — I came to India a month ago to work with the Fred O’Neal School and Children Home in Rajahmundry, Andrha Pradesh. It has been a wonderful experience and I think my co-worker, Harry Anderson, would agree that it has been a fruitful mission.

I have seen the faith of people who have no social advantage to being Christian go against their culture, government, communities, and families to obey God’s Word. I have witnessed the baptism of a lady from a strong Hindu family and community say that, “If my soul leaves my body I will still be a Christian,” which means not denying the Savior even unto death. I have met men who are preaching the gospel in and out of season in villages where they and their families are threatened and harassed, but they continue to preach with very little resources and still produce fruit for God’s kingdom.

Of these villages Singampally stands out in my mind because of the faith of brother B. Koteswara Rao. Singampally is a medium-sized village just outside of Rajamundry with dirt streets and three huge Hindu temples. Continue reading “Indian Christians harrassed and threatened”

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

William Woodson injured in India

by Barbara A. Oliver, managing editor

ANDHRA PRADESH, India (BNc) — William Woodson, while on a mission trip to India, collapsed Monday due to dehydration and hit his head on a table as he fell. He was carried to the hospital where he received stitches for his wound.

His wife called the Pulaski Street church in Lawrenceburg, Tenn., and reported that Woodson was to remain in the hospital overnight for observation.

David Pinckley, treasurer for the Pulaski Street congregation, told BNc that Woodson was doing fine.

Woodson is  a retired Bible professor from Lawrenceburg, Tenn., and author.

Editor’s Note: David Pinckley received a phone call Feb. 24, from Jeanne Woodson about William. He is weak from dehydration and will remain in the hotel where they are staying today to try and regain his strength. He sustained about three pretty severe cuts on his head and face when he fell and has a black eye.

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

10,000 New Testaments printed for evangelism

CROSSVILLE, Tenn. (BNc) — Missionary Jim Waldron has printed 10,000 New Testaments for free distribution as an evangelistic tool.

Ten thousand copies of the New Testament in the New King James Version have been printed in South India at a cost of only sixty cents each, he wrote in his Bulletin Briefs in Sept.

In spite of the low price, the little Testament (3.9″ x 5.4″) is well made, being stitched at the spine with perfect binding. It is in clear type on good quality paper. Continue reading “10,000 New Testaments printed for evangelism”

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