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Camp Amerikraine celebrates 14 years of success

UKRAINE, (BNC) by Jamie Suiter – Camp Amerikraine recently met in the Ukraine for their 14th year this July!

According to director Jeff Abrams, Camp Amerikraine had approximately 300 campers. The camp has grown over the years and is the largest gathering of churches of Christ in the country.

The camp started out focusing mostly on young people, but has evolved into serving more adult Christians and being a tool for uniting churches and strengthening Christian relationships. Twenty-five of the campers were from the occupied territory and fifty were from what we would call a war zone. Continue reading “Camp Amerikraine celebrates 14 years of success”

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

DNEPROPETROVSK, Ukraine (BNC) — What does a church do when war comes to the country? Why, they keep on preaching the gospel, that’s what! Continue reading “Evangelism continues in wartorn Ukraine”

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

Editorial: We find strength in fellowship of suffering

The news coming out of Ukraine, Nigeria, and other countries where Christians are suffering moves the brotherhood to prayer and assistance. It is comforting to know that our “brothers and sisters throughout the world are enduring the same kinds of suffering” 1Pt 5.9 NET. Continue reading “Editorial: We find strength in fellowship of suffering”

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

Armed insurgents take over Ukrainian Bible training center during Sunday morning worship

GORLUVKA, Ukraine (BNc) — A Bible training building doubling as a worship location was taken over by armed insurgents this morning (US time) during worship, Howell Ferguson, Stateside Coordinator of the Bear Valley Bible Institute of Denver, said on Facebook.

Howell quotes eyewitness Olga Paziura, who described what happened.

“During the morning worship service in Gorlovka (the church I attend), armed men (they called themselves the troops of the Russian Federation) came in and demanded we leave as they were seizing control of the building for their own purposes. After much negotiation, we were given two hours to remove the contents from the building that we wanted and the rest would be destroyed. And they also told us that this building now belongs to Russian Federation. While we were taking out stuff they watched us standing there with the guns. We were not able to take out the everything. The TV, washing machines, fridges were left there. We all together started to take everything out. It took about three hours to carry most of the stuff out. Then it took another three hours to load two trucks. So it was just very shocking and stressful. Some girls lost counsciousness and started crying. It is good that they didn’t take us hostage because it could be possible in fact. Anyway now it passed and I’m at home but I still cannot believe in what happened.”

Howell preaches with the North Jackson church of Christ in Jackson, Tenn., and works with the extension program of BVBID.

The building is used for the Bear Valley Bible Institute of Ukraine and for Christian worship and activities of the Central church of Christ in Gorluvka. Continue reading “Armed insurgents take over Ukrainian Bible training center during Sunday morning worship”

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

Ukraine work has already been negatively impacted by events

Preacher David Deffenbaugh
Preacher David Deffenbaugh

UKRAINE (BNc) by David Deffenbaugh — Ukraine endures continued unrest and tension. Political protests have led to the ouster of her previous president and now to the very real threat of war with Russia. Naturally, caring Christians around the world are concerned for the impact of these events on the Lord’s church in this former Soviet-block nation.

Some of the earliest impact of the events on the work of the church in Ukraine likely originated in the US. As plans were being made by numerous congregations for short-term mission trips—dozens of these take place each year, especially in the summer—reports of the violent and frequently bloody clashes between protestors and police/troops in Kiev dominated international news stories. Many of these planned trips were put on hold, postponed, and then cancelled. Continue reading “Ukraine work has already been negatively impacted by events”

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

Video: Ukrainians go home and start churches

VIENNA, Austria (BNc) — Eastern European Missions released a new video about their work in the Ukraine. The video tells of people who hear the gospel and go back to their homes to start churches.

Continue reading “Video: Ukrainians go home and start churches”

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

Joe Cannon dies, served ‘the most unloved people I could find’

Missionary Joe Cannon
Joe and Betty Cannon, May 2011

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (BNc) — Joseph L. Cannon, former missionary to Japan, Papua New Guinea, and the Ukraine, died early Thursday morning, Oct. 25.

He had devoted more than 60 years of his life to missions, celebrating his twenty-first birthday on the ship to Japan.

He was living in Memphis with his second wife at the time of his death. He had been honored May, 2011, by the Highland church for their many years of service. Continue reading “Joe Cannon dies, served ‘the most unloved people I could find’”

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

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”

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.

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

Missionary director Enlow improves after fall

FULTON, Miss. (BNc) — J.C. Enlow, director of 21st Century Global Missions, improves after a fall from a deer stand. Continue reading “Missionary director Enlow improves after fall”

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