‘What if something happens while we’re gone?’ asked this preacher’s wife never

Carolyn Gilbert speaking to women
Carolyn Gilbert speaking to women

COOKEVILLE, Tenn. (BNc) by Ronald D. Gilbert — My wife Carolyn and I started our long journey to Malaysia Apr. 1. We arrived early Wednesday morning Apr. 3.

We were scheduled to conduct several gospel meetings, teacher workshops, seminars, and a youth day. We were to work with four different congregations. At the end of our trip, we planned to go to Singapore to conduct a meeting at the Jurong congregation and visit with the brethren at Four Seas Bible College.

Carolyn’s mother had been in the nursing home for about three years. She was not in good health, but was doing OK when we departed for this trip.

We had been there for only two days when we got word that her mother had taken a turn for the worse. The third day there we were told that her kidneys and liver had stopped functioning.

After preaching on Sunday morning at Subang Jaya, I turned on my cell phone and had a text to call home. When we called, we discovered her mother had passed away.

On Monday, Apr. 8, we started our journey home. We were fortunate to get on flights and return home on such short notice. Some of the flights we were on every seat was taken.

We arrived home on Tuesday, Apr. 9, and drove to Pikeville, Tenn, for visitation at the funeral home. On Wednesday, Apr. 10, Carolyn’s mom, Mary Ann Seals, was buried.

Three years ago, while we were in Malaysia, we received word that Carolyn’s father had passed away due to an accident.

I am thankful for my good wife and her love for the Lord and her willingness to travel around the world helping take the precious gospel of Christ “into all the world.”

Our thanks for the many cards and calls and prayers and words of encouragement given to our family. We plan to go back next year and continue our work and efforts there.

Ronald is the Director of International Bible Teaching Ministries. This story appeared in the May, 2013, issue of The Seeker.

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 of Christ country’: The gospel spreads in South Sudan (audio)

MT. JULIET, Tenn. (BNc) — Don Humphries gave a report on the progress of the work in South Sudan Sunday night, Mar. 3, at the Mt. Juliet congregation. Churches are being established, a new Bible training program has had three sessions of preacher training, and a medical clinic cares for needs for many.

Don is a member of the Mt. Juliet missions committee. He has been instrumental in working with the effort in South Sudan. Continue reading “‘Church of Christ country’: The gospel spreads in South Sudan (audio)”

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

20 Brazilians commit to mission call during leadership event

RECIFE, Brazil (BNc) by Randy Joseph Short — Twenty Brazilian Christians responded to a call to commit to adopting one of the municipalities in the Northeast in a leadership encounter held last weekend.

The Brazilians accepted the responsibility to encourage their congregations to do what they can to preach the gospel of Jesus there. What a great culmination to our time together this was! Continue reading “20 Brazilians commit to mission call during leadership event”

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

Levy church gives special missions offering

Levy church of ChristNORTH 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 “Levy church gives special missions offering”

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

Sam Gorman dies with ‘his goal in his mind’s eye’

Sam GormanABILENE, Tex. (BNc) — Sam Gorman, former missions committee member and World Bible School coordinator for the Baker Heights congregation, passed away Monday morning, Oct. 15, according to John Hanson, missions deacon. Sam was 84.

After a three-week hospitalization for a probable heart attack, and after quickly deteriorating health, Sam had expressed his desire to go on home to be with our Lord.

“He always had his goal in his mind’s eye, no matter what. Typical Sam! What an example!” John said.

For many years, Sam was an integral part of the Baker Heights missions committee and coordinated the local efforts for World Bible School. Continue reading “Sam Gorman dies with ‘his goal in his mind’s eye’”

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 whole state of Texas planted in tomatoes

World Missionsby Ronald D. Gilbert — An evangelist calculates how far 1.2 million is to 1 billion

(BNc) — According to the book, 2012 Churches of Christ in the United States, published by 21st Century Christian, the churches of Christ in the USA number 12,447, with 1,209,176 members. It is difficult to know how many New Testament Christians there are in the world today. For the sake of this article, let’s just suppose there are 1.2 million Christians in the USA and 1.2 million outside the USA, for a grand total of 2.4 or even 2.5 million New Testament Christians in the world. Continue reading “The whole state of Texas planted in tomatoes”

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

Catholic Priest obeys gospel

by Glenda Williams, BNc correspondent

GENEVA, Ala (BNc) — A former Catholic priest and his wife obeyed the gospel when Jerry Davidson took a team into the Amerindian Village of Moruca, June 18-July 9, 2012. The group  taught and baptized 21, saw two restored and one wedding. Team members were: Mike and Melissa Barnes, Jay Mikel, Opp, AL; Jerry Davidson, Hazel Rands, Summerdale, AL; Gene Johnson, Decatur, AL; David and Philena Paher, Flint, MI.

Aubrey Vincent LaCurz, former Roman Catholic Priest, wrote the following letter expressing his appreciation for being taught the truth of the gospel.

Dear Brother Jerry,

It is with gratitude and heartfelt thanksgiving to God that I pen these few words to you. Fifty four years ago I was born a Catholic. I was schooled in the best Catholic schools in Guyana. I attended the Catholic seminary and the best university in the West Indies. I was ordained a Roman Catholic priest on June 24, 1984. Among my former colleagues are Catholic bishops in the West Indies. Among them the bishop of Georgetown, Guyana, who was at Santa Rosa, Moruca the day I was baptized in the waters of the Moruca river. Continue reading “Catholic Priest obeys gospel”

Weekend retreat ponders missions priorities

Maywood missions retreatHAMILTON, Ala. (BNc) — Over a hundred people interested in world missions gathered May 10-12 to consider the theme “Priorities in Missions Today.”

Maywood Missionary Retreat featured six speakers from several locations around the world, such as the Pacific Islands and Brazil, as well as a number of stateside ministries, such as an Alabama alcohol recovery center for men. Continue reading “Weekend retreat ponders missions priorities”

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

Former Brazil missionary Bill Jordan remembered

Former Belo Horizonte, Brazil, missionary Charley Huffman reminisced today about Bill Jordan, who served in the same city in the 1970s. Bill passed away Monday, Feb. 6. His last residence was in Yellville, Ark. We reproduce Charley’s email by permission.

Brazil missionary Bill Jordan
Brazil missionary Bill Jordan

Bill Jordan had a heart attack while we were playing volleyball at camp one day. We rushed him to the heart hospital, where my wife Joyce stayed with him in the emergency room to interpret for him, since he had been in Belo Horizonte only a short time and spoke little Portuguese.

The Brazilian doctors said he needed to go to the USA for open-heart surgery, since he had been in Brazil for such a short time and everything was strange to him. However, the commercial airlines refused to fly him in that condition. Continue reading “Former Brazil missionary Bill Jordan remembered”

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

Brazil city hears gospel for first time

Brazil missionsby Joseph McKinney, Jr.

The true gospel comes for the first time to a city in  Brazil’s northeast region.

Sapé is the tenth largest city in the state of Paraíba, population 50,000. It began in 1883 with a Great Western train station, coming to be recognized as a city in 1925.

Its name comes from the Indian word for a type of grass predominant in the area, eçape. The Indians would bundle the grass together, making a torch to light their path at night. Continue reading “Brazil city hears gospel for first time”

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

Troy Spradlin makes video report of Panama campaign

METITI, Panama (BNc) — Troy Spradlin, missionary in Paraguay, posted a video report of his recent trip to the Darien jungle in Panama the first half of July, with a church group from the U.S. Read his comments below the video.

Continue reading “Troy Spradlin makes video report of Panama campaign”

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

TRENDS: Africa worker examines ‘numbers test’

by George Jensen, Tanzania, East Africa

Missionary George JensenWhen elderships, congregations, and individuals ask about mission efforts it is a good sign. We each reveal our interests by the inquiries we make. For example, who has not heard a question about the most recent standing of a sports team? Sports fans are usually easy to detect. So also Christians ought to be known by their enthusiasm concerning work about the great commission (Matthew 28:18-20).

In a previous article we addressed one primary consideration when assessing the worthiness of a mission worker or work. Namely, it must be biblical throughout! Not only must the missionary teach the truth, but also the way the work is carried out must conform to New Testament authority.

We now turn our attention to an “evaluation tool” which is sorely misunderstood and frequently abused. This tool or test may be termed the “numbers test.” Continue reading “TRENDS: Africa worker examines ‘numbers test’”

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

From Japan, missionary Marlin Ray: ‘We are fine’

Marlin and Jean Ray in JapanTOMOBE, Japan (BNc) — Marlin Ray, missionary in Japan, sent the following email earlier this morning about conditions in his area.

I am sorry I have not been able to contact everyone or send out mail. I will write this at the office and put it on a USB stick to transfer to my home computer, then send it out. The internet at the office is still out. I thought it would start working soon, but still nothing. My home computer is sending and receiving, but not here. All my addresses are here at the office. Anyway, I can do it this way, I hope. Continue reading “From Japan, missionary Marlin Ray: ‘We are fine’”

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

Amerindian Mission Trip is Fruitful

by Glenda Williams, BNc correspondent

Jerry O. Davidson, missionary to the Amerindians in Guyana, returned home Monday evening from his latest mission trip. Davidson has been leading groups deep into the Guyana bush to establish the church for 13 years. A team of eight Americans, two Trinidadians and approximately 25 Guyanese, arrived on February 21, for a three week soul-winning effort. Continue reading “Amerindian Mission Trip is Fruitful”

Sixth Annual Preacher’s Conference in Russia

by Glenda Williams, BNc correspondent

GENEVA, Alabama (BNc) — The sixth annual preacher’s conference was held in Vyatskiye, Polyany, Russia, September 27-30, 2010. Charles Williams, minister of the New Union church of Christ, Manchester, TN spoke at the four-day conference. This was the third conference in which he has participated. Continue reading “Sixth Annual Preacher’s Conference in Russia”

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”

Amerindian mission trip reaps fruit

by Glenda Williams, BNC correspondent

GENEVA, Ala. (BNc) — Jerry O. Davidson, missionary to the Amerindians villages  in Guyana, recently completed another mission trip June 24-July 16.  Efforts were focused on St. Cuthbert’s Mission Village and Kopinang Village.

Those participating in the campaign included 20 Americans, two Trinidadians and approximately 25 from Guyana. Among the Americans were six members from the youth group at the New Union church in Manchester, Tenn. They were led by Mark Williams.

The purpose of this trip was to conduct Vacation Bible School and a campaign for Christ. The VBS was scheduled to begin at 6:30 each evening. 178 children attended every night and were there 30 minutes early ready to study the Bible.

The campaign for Christ reaped 200 in attendance each night. Total visible results for the time period of the three-week effort were 55 restorations, 31 baptisms and three weddings.

The evangelistic services in Kopinang Village were conducted under an open galvanized roof shed which is the village marketplace. Using a string of  light bulbs powered by a small gas generator, there was enough light for those attending to follow along in the Bible during the sermon.

Davidson reported buying a gallon of gas for the generator and paying $15.00 U.S. currency for it. Continue reading “Amerindian mission trip reaps fruit”