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.
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.
Today on BrotherhoodNews.com, brother Roy Davison shared his perspective on his 50 years spent in kingdom service in Belgium.
Among his many works are the websites he maintains:
In 97 I launched the Old Paths Archive on the Internet (oldpaths.com) which now has about a thousand visitors each day. I also publish 20 other web sites with teaching material in Dutch, French, German, Russian and Chinese. All of these sites combined get about a million visitors per year. Continue reading “Roy Davison marks 50 years in Belgium”
After two years in a brotherhood training program, the young couple Rolfe and Valeria began, by themselves, a new work in a Brazilian state capital in March, 2012.
The city is São Luís, on the South Atlantic Ocean, with over a million in population. The state, Maranhão, at the western edge of the northeast region of Brazil
No work by churches of Christ has ever been done in this city before. Rolfe and Valeria wanted to see the gospel reach this untouched city for Christ. They have God’s mission at heart, and their commitment to this purpose is strong. Continue reading “Will this pioneer work continue?”
Elvis Henry Huffard (1918-2000) was born April 24, according to Terry Gardner on the Friends of the Restoration group on Facebook.
Brother Huffard, as I mentioned there, was my missions professor at Freed-Hardeman University, exercising a great influence over my life. Continue reading “Born this day: Elvis Henry Huffard”
Please pray for dona Ritinha, whose husband has just passed away. We’re awaiting word about the burial, which will likely occur tomorrow. She is a faithful Christian who participates in our home group studies, and has remained faithful in spite of her two daughters falling away. Her husband was not a Christian.
Also, our friend and former neighbor, Edson, has been in the hospital for over a week, with a stroke, diabetes, and an unknown bacterial infection. He’s a bit younger than I. I visited him today. He’ll be hospitalized until after the new year, doctors say. His son Caio and our boys were good friends.
A blessed Christmas to all.
[I meant to send this to my GoSpeak site, but posted it here by mistake. But perhaps it will result in more prayer!]
On Facebook’s Friends of the Restoration group, Terry Gardner notes that, among others, Elizabeth Bernard was born on this day in 1890. She served for over 40 years in China. Continue reading “Missionary Elizabeth Bernard born this day”