C.A.O. Essien’s conversion and church growth in Eastern Nigeria

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.

Roy Davison marks 50 years in Belgium


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”

Will this pioneer work continue?

Rolfe and Valeria
Rolfe and Valeria

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?”

Two Christmas Eve prayer requests

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!]

Ira Rice Jr. born Aug 3

asia missionsTom Childers notes the birthdates of well-known preachers on his Facebook group, “Friends of the Restoration.” He listed Ira Rice’s birthday as Aug. 3, 1917.

Brother Rice was a missionary in Asia for many years. Though he may have had his excesses as editor of “Contending for the Faith” magazine, he did not fear speaking out against assaults on the church by false teachers.

See more information on therestorationmovement.com webpage.

1933: Fifty missionary appeals in two months

Mac Ice posted a news note from a 1933 issue of Gospel Advocate about a brother Lewis Oldham speaking 50 times in two months on (his?) work in China.

Have any of us had such a hectic schedule as this? We come from a long line of missionaries who travel around making appeals. Does this make missions a peripheral activity in the brotherhood?

New Mission Opportunity

Lance and Kristen Mosher are preparing to join the newly established work in Poriua, New Zealand, and they need financial support. You are invited to visit their website to learn more about them and their plans: http://themoshersinnewzealand.yolasite.com/  Lance has developed good teaching materials that can be viewed at http://www.topicalbiblestudies.com/  He is currently serving as an evangelist for the Lord’s church in Finger, TN, and in the past six months alone he has baptized eight souls into Christ. The Moshers will be working under the oversight of the elders of the Chalmette, LA church of Christ. Contact details are as follows: 45 Church Street, Finger, TN 38334. Phone: 731-215-7191. E-mail: themoshersinnewzealand@gmail.com Thank you for your prayerful consideration.