This article was submitted to the missions magazine of the World Evangelism Ministry, Global Harvest.
Proclaimers of the gospel have a double responsibility. Before they step out into the street or into the home of someone outside of Christ, they ought to double their knees in prayer. When his people pray, God acts in ways that he otherwise would not.
When the Grecian widows were being neglected in the Jerusalem congregation, the apostles declined to do this work. They had been given a different service. Peter replied for the Twelve, “But we will devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the word” Acts 6.4.
These two elements are noteworthy. They constitute the two great activities of apostles and of all proclaimers of the Good News of Jesus Christ. Continue reading “Prayer and ministry of the Word”
This email came from Betty Choate:
I am putting together a new issue of our mission magazine, Global Harvest, and would like to include a report about the work you are doing. If you would send that report digitally, along with one or two photos, that would be very helpful. I do receive printed reports from some of you, and even PDF reports by email from others, but to use files from those formats means that I have to type the contents myself — and I am always short on time. If you can help me with speeding up the process, and at the same time allow me the opportunity to spread the word to others about your work, that would be of benefit to God’s kingdom. I hope to hear from you ASAP, so that I can get this project finished and move on to other work that needs to be done. God bless you. I will be watching for your email. Blessings, Betty
I can’t guarantee she’ll publish everything she receives, but this would be a good opportunity for some friends.
The principle of identification is often cited as a missionary necessity, part and parcel of the work of proclaiming the gospel of Christ. Examples are found in Scripture of this principle. Continue reading “Peter the presbyter, example of identification”
It’s tomorrow! The price is unbeatable, the location is great, the company unsurpassable. Maywood Missionary Retreat will celebrate its 10th annual gathering Apr. 28-29.
See details here, and prepare for a blessed event.
By Edmilson José de Souza — I assumed the position of Executive Director in April, 2015. I had already been a part of the board of directors for several years. My name is Edmilson, and I’m a member of the church of Christ in Jundiaí. I serve as a deacon.
First, I’d like to thank greatly the financial contribution that you have made to the home. Your help has been a great blessing.
Your help makes it possible to purchase food and other necessities to maintain the every-day routine of the home, as well as provide some moments of recreation for the children.
A new president of the home also was installed when we assumed the board of directors. Then we noted a number of unfavorable situations that needed changes, with much patience and prayer. Continue reading “Children’s home renews spiritual training”
Glover Shipp died yesterday morning. I had known Glover since 1978, and knew of him and read his material before then. I hope to have my own tribute to him soon, but BNC already has a tribute up by Barry Newton. We pray for his family and give thanks for his life of faith.
See the editorial for the Mar/Apr 2016 issue: “This issue of the Carolina Messenger serves to highlight some of the matters that congregations of the Lord’s church need to think about when it comes to mission work. … Therefore, each of the subjects covered in this issue will focus on making the church in the United States more aware of what missionaries face and how churches might better serve mission efforts.”
So far, we see two articles posted on the subject, on the challenges and blessings of missions.
Wayne Burger writes about C.A.O. Essien’s conversion and amazing work in Eastern Nigeria in the 20th Century. A wonderful read. Thousands were baptized and many churches established before any Americans arrived.
Wishing to better his English, Essien responded to an ad to learn English that he saw in a magazine. It was an ad from the International Correspondence School in Munich and Anna Marie Braun became his teacher. At the bottom of one of his English lessons, Essien scribbled a note, “Do you know of a Correspondence Course that teaches the Bible?” On the graded return form Braun wrote, “Try the Lawrence Avenue Church of Christ in Nashville, Tennessee.” He wrote for a course and began studying the Bible in this way. During the year he finished the course and had requested another 140 courses to give to others.