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PO Box 753, Blantyre, Malawi, Africa
Thu, 7 May 1998 03:43:36 -0500
Marlene is planning on coming back to the US around the 8th of June for the rest of the
summer (to visit their children and her aged parents)
~ Mary Cutter
January & February 1998 Report ~ by Jim Franklin
The weather in Malawi seems to be inconsistent. Rains
have continued in a good portion of the country. However, there are areas where rain did
not continue long enough and crops wilted. And, there are some areas where torrential
rains have caused serious flooding. Many people in the Phalombe district at the foot of
Mount Mulanje and Nkhata Bay along the lakeshore have lost both their homes and their
crops to flash floods. A few deaths have been reported.
A major problem in Malawi this year has been hunger. This is due to the failure of last
years crops. Crop failure is not limited to insufficient rain. Unless hybrid corn seed is
planted and the crops fertilized twice, the harvest will be a dismal failure. So many poor
people are not able to buy either hybrid seed or fertilizer. Though they work very hard,
they will reap only a few puny "nubbins" here and there.
The greater portion of my time here in Malawi for the last two months has been spent
trying to distribute relief to scores of hungry brethren. We thank God for the concerned,
considerate, caring, benevolent brethren in the States who have contributed to this
I continue to visit congregations every week to encourage them in the Faith. For example,
on the 15th of February, I preached at the Mandimwi congregation in Thyolo district where
there were around 400 in attendance. I preached on the subject of The Lord's Supper with
special emphasis being made concerning the spiritual condition of the communicants. There
were 37 confessions.
The work m Mozambique is spreading. As I mentioned in the last report, two men were sent
from Malawi to check out the possibility of establishing a congregation in
Mozambique. Chimoio is near border of Zimbabwe just east of Mutare. Good news! Bro.
Nkhwazi, the preacher we sent, baptized 27 people. Thus, a new congregation was
established. These new brethren in Chimoio insisted that Bro. Nkhwazi visit Beira to
preach to others with whom they were associated. He visited Beira and baptized 20. So,
another new congregation was established. Beira is a major seaport city located on the
coast of the Indian Ocean. I plan to send Bro. Nkhwazi to visit the work again within a
week or so in order that he might encourage these brethren.
However, this is not the end of the good news concerning Chimoio and Beira. I have just
received a letter from Bro. Mlambo in Zimbabwe informing me that he has just been made
aware of a small group of brethren in both Chimoio and Beira which began meeting in
October of 1994. It seems that there are now different groups in both Chimoio and Beira of
the same faith who are not aware of each others' existence. We will now start making plans
to bring these brethren together and for me to visit them as quickly as I can possibly
arrange the time to do so. (I need to be cloned!)
I am now in the process of preparing subjects for our annual "Preachers and Leaders
Study" during the dry season. Our plans are to conduct studies in congregations
central to others in the different districts. We did this last year and it proved to be a
much better method of conveying strong teachings to the congregational leaders than when
we had just the preachers to attend studies in Blantyre.
May the Lord bless each and every one of you who support this work, whether financially or
with you supplications to God on our behalf.
~~Rachel - 12 (daughter)
~~Sara - 10 (daughter)
~~Rebekah - 6 (daughter)
~~Aaron - 3 (son)
P.O. Box 37073, Lusaka 10101, Zambia
It is my understanding that they are to stay in Africa all
summer as they have several people from the US who plan to visit them this summer.
~ Mary Cutter
- Trips to Africa Being
Bill & Daisy Davis are scheduled to go
to Harare, Zimbabwe probably sometime in December if the Lord wills it. They are planning
a trip over there this summer to check it out and make arrangements for their move. That
work is not totally financed yet and needs much prayers and financial support. ~
Armadale Western Australia
~ Anne (wife)
~~ Jamie (son) (wife)
~~ Jamie (son)
c/o John Halls
P.O. Box 152
Thu, 10 Dec 1998 03:34:56 -0600 (CST)
[ Email from John Halls ]
Dear Brethren, The church in Armadale Western Australia
sends you greetings in Christ's name. The church here has been worshipping since 1984 when
it started meeting following the evangelistic work of Brother Jerry Cutter. We are a small
congregation of five families in a suburb of the city of Perth. We are looking for
congregations to help support the evangelist who has been working with us since 1991.
Keith has a faithful wife, Anne and a ten year old son, Jamie. Not only has he been
working with the congregation here in Armadale, but also he has been highly involved in
the work in Russia. Keith was fully supported up until two years ago when that
support ceased. From that time he has been studying full-time at University to gain
a teaching degree. We would like Keith to be able to dedicate himself to the work here
full time once again, but are unable to meet the full cost of support. If your
congregation is able to assist in supporting Keith we would be most appreciative. If
you require more information or you would like to contact us our address is:
P.O. Box 152, Armadale W.A. 6112 Australia. e-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org ~ In Christian
service, John Halls
Sun, 13 Dec 1998 21:03:01 -0600 (CST)
I spoke with my father and he told me that I could tell you that if anyone was worthy of
financial support it was Keith. God bless and may faithful gospel preachers be supported
Sun, 13 Dec 1998 16:11:20 -0600 (CST)
Dear Bro. David,
I heartily endorse this request. ...Bro Keith Thompson and his family are worthy of
respect, endorsement and support.
In His Service,
Additional endorsement email after we sent out bulk email support
Mon, 14 Dec 1998 16:20:44 -0600 (CST)
I also have been to visit Kieth in the Australian work and believe any resources sent his
way for support would be well spent. Kieth has a love for the truth that was truly a
light on top of a hill shining for all to see. I whole heartedly endorse the request
for support on behalf of Bro. Keith Thompson and his family.
Todd M. Tucker
~ Norma (wife)
~~ Joshua & James (two
Honduras, C.A. (snail mail: send cards, letters in this format)
Church of Christ ~ Preacher of the Gospel ~ Missionary Work
Mon, 30 Nov 1998 14:00:28 -0600 (CST)
As of this time we are not accepting
any additional funds for relief work in Honduras. Bro. Tony has stated that he has enough
money now from what has been contributed to date. We have already begun sending money
back. The response was overwelming from all across the brotherhood. We want to
thank everyone for their support and prayers for the brethern during this trying time.
Bro. Tony is slowly getting arround to the different congregations as he can. Bro. Murl
Helwig will be going down in March for some additional help. I will probably get an
updated report out to the brotherhood around the first of the year. Again, thanks
for all your help!! ~ Steve Stockam
- Dominican Republic
% Murl R. Helwig
7446 Saddlewood St.
San Antonio, TX 78238
- Support Trip to Dominican Republic & Venezuela
- Hans Roodschild (submitted by Jeff & Shelley Totter for Hans)
- Safety of the Brethren & Advancement of the Church in Dominican Republic
Mon, 17 May 1999 17:40:16 -0500 (CDT)
A letter to home: Hello Mom, Dad & Everybody!!!!
I'm alive and kinda well here in the Republico Dominicana.
I did get sick 2 days ago & lost my strength. But I feel fine now.
Everybody was right, this is a trip that will change your life. Each day I get up
now, I am thankful for even the little things. I've learned how much we in America
have been blessed, and how little we REALLY need to survive in this world. Now
granted, it takes a lot to be at ease, but really little to survive. I don't feel
sorry for them, I feel sorry for us, because we've lost our simplicity and lost our
dependency on each other & God. I need to be going, lots to say, but little
battery power to use on this computer. So God Bless and I love you all. I'll
see you soon, Si Dios Quiere (If God Wants) Jon Roodschild
- Wed, 12 May 1999 20:48:06 -0500 (CDT)
- Jon Roodschild, Ralph Noak (both of the Allen, TX
congregation) and Murl Helwig (of the San Antonio congregation) are on a two-week support
trip to the Dominican Republic. Please pray for their safety and for the advancement of
the Church in this foreign country. After the two weeks, Jon will be returning home. Murl
& Ralph will be traveling on to Venezuela.. Pray that much fruit will come from these
- 3328 Cortez Blvd.
Laredo, Texas 78043
THE MEXICO WORKS NEEDS HELP !
Thu, 29 Apr 1999 23:29:29 -0500 (CDT)
Dear Brethren; Greetings in the Lord! We trust that this finds all of you doing fine and
working for the Lord. We are all well and continue to be very busy in the Lord work in
Mexico. The work in Mexico continues to go forward, in spite of the oppositions of the
devil. For this we rejoice and give God the honor and glory. And we want to thank, from
the buttom of our heart, each and everyone of you who are a faithful supporter to this
work. At this time we want to let you know about our present needs: Needs in the Mexico
City area: Just got back from Mexico City, where we have five congregations in that area.
The work is going great as many precious souls are being saved. But there are some urgent
needs: a) The congregations that meets at Col. Mar=EDa Isabel needs a place to meet. They
are about 35 members. This is the congregations that was converted from the Iglesia Ni
Cristo from the Philippines, after we had the public debate 3 years ago. They have been
meeting in a rented building, but now the owner of that place wants to sell the building.
So he is asking the members to buy it or leave it. He is asking $ 6,000.00 American
Dollars for the building. He wants $ 3,000.00 right away and the rest on payments. The
congregation is requesting the $ 3,000.00 to secure the building and then they will
continue with the payments. I believe this is the best route to follow as most of the
members live in that area around the building, and if the congregation would have to move
to other area, several members would be lost. This congregation is located in the
outskirts of Mexico City, that's why the building is not too expensive. Could you brethren
help in this great need? Your help is needed right away, as the owner gave them just one
month to decide. b) The congregation at Minas has been working on the construction of
their own building. They have received some help from the Garland congregation and from
individuals but most of the building has been constructed by themselves. Right now they
have put up the walls and are ready to put the roof, but they ran out of money. Could you
brethren help them with the money for the roof? they are needing some $ 3,500.00 to finish
the building. This is the first congregation that was established in Mexico City and is
located in a good area. They are about 40 members in that congregation. Bro. Jaime
Contreras is doing a great work in that grand city of 22,000,000 people. Can you help? c)
Bro. Eduardo Salinas, the preacher for the congregation in Martinez de la Torre, Veracruz
is needing support. he needs $ 400.00 monthly support. He has a wife and 4 kids. He is a
good preacher and good worker. Can you help? d) Bro. Joaqu=EDn Swastez, the preacher for
the congregation of Apasco, Mexico needs $ 175.00 monthly support. He has a wife and one
daughter. He is doing mission work in the Apasco area. Needs in other places: a) Bro.
Samel Esparza, the preacher for the congregation in San Francisco del Rincon, Guanajuato
is requesting help to purchase a lot so that they start working on their building. They
have around $ 900.00 dollars but need $ 2,500.00 to buy the lot. They have a good size
congregation of about 45 members, and they really need a place to meet. This is a strong
congregation with several leaders, who are willing to work themselves in the building if
they had the lot. d) The newly established congregation in San Bernabe in the Monterrey
area needs help to purchase the place where they are meeting. They are renting the place,
but the lady died and now the family wants to sell the place. This is a good opportunity,
as they are asking only $ 3,000.00 for the building. They are about 25 members in this
congregation. Bro. Sergio Correa is doing a great work with this congregation. He is a
young man with a wife and 5 kids. he is presently needing support. He is needing $ 300.00
monthly support. He is a good preacher and a good worker, with a lot of enthusiasm.
Finally, we are looking for a congregation to sponsor our evangelistic trips to visit the
different congregations in Mexico. We now live in Laredo, Texas and are working with the
two congregations both sides of the border, but are also involved in the overall work in
Mexico. So, we need to make visits to the different congregations and preachers all over
Mexico. Could you brethren help us with money to make this trips. $ 300.00 per month will
be enough to make those monthly trips to the different congregations. We could report to
the congregation the way that we spend that money. I believe that this kind of work is
very necessary. We need to work with the congregations and preachers on a regular basis,
to keep the work going and progressing. Please consider all of these needs and please help
us as much as you can. You may be confident that your money will be well spent and will
serve to spread the kingdom of the Lord in Mexico, and will bring much fruit for the Lord.
If you have any questions or comments please feel free to write us or call us, at the
following address: JUAN RODRIGUEZ JR. 3328 Cortez Blvd. Laredo, Texas 78043 Phone (956)
Please continue to help us and to pray for us in Mexico and at both Laredos. May the
Almighty richly bless you for all your good works, is our prayer. In His Service, Juan
Evangelistic Goals For All Cultures In North America In The Year 2000
- A Topic Presented By: Juan
Oklahoma City Preacher's Study ~ December 1998
The Work Among Hispanic Brethren
I believe with all of my heart that the Gospel is universal in nature. By that I mean that
it is for all men regardless of race, color, language, or social status. In the great
commission, as we call it, the words spoken by our Lord and saviour in Matthew 28:19,20
"Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the
Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit; and teaching them to obey everything I have
commanded you"., we find that we are to preach the gospel to all the world. All
men have the opportunity to be saved, and it is our responsibility to preach the gospel to
them. The church of the Lord in this great nation has done a tremendous job in
taking the gospel into many parts of the world, and for this you all should be commended.
We have heard of the mission work going on around the world: The work in Africa,
Mexico, Central America, The Philippines, Hawaii, Australia, India, Israel, and lately
Russia, and many other places. I want to encourage you to continue to do so, and I wish I
had the time and the opportunity to talk about mission work. But my topic, at this time,
deals with the evangelistic goals for the cultures in the United States, in particular
among the Hispanic brethren. Indeed is a much needed subject! But I would like to
broaden my subject and cover, if you please, the Hispanic people in LatinAmerica as well.
Maybe I'm not the best qualified person to talk about the Hispanic work in the USA, as I
have been working among them for only one year and a half, and there are others like my
brother Elias Rodriguez, Raymond Fox, and Randy Tidmore who have been working with these
people for a longer period of time. But I have been working with the Hispanic culture in
Mexico for the last 25 years, and have made trips to preach to my people in the States
quite often; I believe I can tell you something about my people, the Latinos.
We have many cultures in the USA who need the gospel, and the great question is: What are
we doing to reach them? They need the Lord as much as those in Africa, Mexico or Russia. I
believe with all of my heart that we need a change of attitude toward the Hispanic people
in this country. For many years the church in the States has concentrated his
efforts in foreign mission work, which is good and commendable, but I feel that we have
neglected the Hispanic culture in the USA.
According to the "U. S. Census Bureau - The Official Statistics", March 1997,
there are 29,703,000 Hispanic people living in this country. The population of Hispanics
in California is 7,687,938; and in Texas is 4,339,905. The larger cities in the USA are
full of Hispanics: Los Angeles - 3,448,613; Chicago - 2,731,743; Houston - 1,702,086; San
Diego - 1,151,977; Dallas - 1,022,830, and we could mention San Antonio, Miami, etc., etc.
All over, you have Spanish speaking people. It is estimated that by the year 2000, the
Hispanic population will be the "largest minority", even above the Afro-American
or Asian population! And brethren, these are hungering for the pure gospel and dying
spiritually. It is then our responsibility to do our best to evangelize these people. But
it is important that we make plans and set some short and long term goals to accomplish
this evangelization. Let me present to you some goals that I believe will help us all to
do this task.
This is a short-term goal.-
I.- WE NEED TO ESTABLISH HISPANIC CONGREGATIONS IN THE LARGER CITIES IN THE USA.
In recent years we have seen several congregations established in California and Texas.
During this year we were able to establish congregations in San Antonio and Houston,
Texas. My brother Julio established congregations in Garland and Corsicana, Texas. My
brother Elias is attempting to establish one in Los Angeles, California. All of these
congregations, together with the ones already established in El Paso, Laredo, Waco, Ft.
Worth, in the State of Texas, plus the ones in San Diego, Santa Barbara, Potterville,
Salinas, Tulare, and Huntington Park, in the State of California, make a total of 15
congregations; but that is nothing compared with the great Hispanic population in this
country. We need to reach these people! The denominations are really growing among the
Hispanics, specially the Mormons, Jehovah's Witnesses and Pentecostal groups. We are
losing ground to them. They are winning these people for destruction, as they are
presenting to them a perverted gospel. Hispanic people are very receptive to the
gospel. They want to serve the Lord. They have a soul just like you and I, and need
Now, when I talk about Hispanics, I'm referring to those people born in the USA from
Latinamerican parents. There is a great difference between the Hispanics born and raised
here in this country, and those coming from the Latin-American countries seeking a job.
The Hispanics born here are American citizens, with the same rights like you all, people
that are going to live and die in this country. The other Hispanics seeking a job, may be
illegal aliens and would not adjust to the American way of life; they want to return to
their home countries. Of course we need to convert them too, as they have a soul and need
salvation, just like you and me. And later they can go back to their homeland and take the
gospel to their people. To accomplish this we must establish congregations among the
Hispanics of this nation, the USA.
A.- Now, how can we accomplish this goal? How can we establish more Spanish speaking
congregations in the USA?
1.- We need to call on several Spanish-speaking qualified preachers from Mexico or Central
America to come to the USA and work among the Latinos to establish these congregations.
Once they have established congregations here they may return to their home country to
continue to work among their own people. Let me give you an example of this kind of
procedure: You know that Soccer was not a very popular sport here in this country. But
people involved in business and sports wanted to bring this game to the USA and make it
popular. So, what was the procedure? They brought some famous players from all over the
world to teach this sport; and now Soccer is becoming more and more popular in this
country. In the same way, we could have some Spanish speaking preachers to come to
the USA and work among the Hispanic population. We also need to make full use of
qualified, Spanish speaking preachers that already live in the United States.
2.- We need to train leaders and preachers out of those Hispanic members, in the Spanish
speaking congregations already established. These Hispanic leaders and preachers would be
the ones to evangelize their own people. They would know the Hispanic culture better than
anyone else, and they would be acquainted with the American way of life in this country as
well. There are several young men in these congregations that can be trained and developed
into leaders and evangelists for the Latinos living in this country. Moreover, most of the
Hispanics living in the USA have relatives in the Latin-American countries that could be
reached in the future. They could take the gospel to their people themselves or send
somebody else. So young Hispanics will be a link to evangelize the Hispanic world.
3.- We also need more American young men to learn the Spanish language and the Hispanic
culture. Many are learning it because of a secular job, like teachers, factory workers,
etc., but we need men willing to learn it because of the gospel. We need more young men
like Jonathan Bunner, who is not only learning the Spanish language, but also the Hispanic
culture. For almost two years he has been with us in Mexico, and I am happy to say that he
is now preaching in Spanish. He still has a long way to go, but he has already been
a tremendous help to the work in Mexico. We need more young men like him. May our goal be
to identify young men who are willing to be trained. Now let me also mention
this very important matter. It is one thing to learn the language and another thing to
learn the culture. According to Webster's dictionary, the word culture means: "A
particular form of civilization, especially the beliefs, customs, arts and
institutions of a society at a given time" I understand by this definition that
culture is to learn to think like them, act like them, understand their way of life and
try to live like them, as much as possible. Bro. Glen Osburn stated in one of his sermons,
speaking about evangelizing and converting people to Christ, "try to make them
Christians not Americans". In other words, if we want to be effective and win them
for Christ, we need to be one of them, culturally speaking. Many times we want to convert
people but from our own "bunker", from our own environment, from our own
culture, if you please; in this way we will not be effective because they will see us as
strangers, and not like one of them.
I want to say that brethren like Tony Melton, Randy Tidmore, Murl Helwig and Brian Burns
deserve our love and respect for their work among the Hispanics in the country of
Honduras. These are brethren that have learned the language and the culture of the people
of that country. We need more brethren like them!
But I want to urge these, my brethren, to continue to work with Hispanics when they come
back to the States. You know the Hispanic language and culture; you can be very effective
in saving these people.
I want to suggest to the congregations using these missionaries when they come back home,
to develop a bilingual program, so that these preachers can reach out to Hispanics in
their community. When such a preacher knocks doors and meets somebody who is Hispanic he
can invite him to church, and make him feel that he is welcomed. Later when there are
several Hispanics interested in the gospel, the congregation may allow them to meet on the
afternoon, in their own building.
Now, American young preachers and leaders, you can be a missionary for the Hispanic
people, in your own country! Or, Lord willing later you may be the missionary in
Argentina, Puerto Rico, Panama or Spain. But you need to get ready now, learning the
language and the culture of the Hispanics.
I want to invite anyone of you young preachers or leaders willing to learn my language and
culture, to come to both Laredos and learn it with us. We would be very glad to have you
and to teach you as much as we can. You still would be living in the States but
getting a taste of the Hispanic culture. We need your help and you need our help; together
we can accomplish this great goal of saving the lost, among the Hispanic people.
A long-term goal within this same point is: TO ESTABLISHED CONGREGATIONS IN THE REST OF
CENTRAL AMERICA, SOUTH AMERICA, THE CARIBBEAN, AND EUROPE.
There are a millions and millions of people in these countries who speak the Spanish
language. There is a sect that originated in Guadalajara, Mexico, called "The Light
of the World" and they are reaching these countries. Brethren, we can do it too! It
is possible with God's help! Speaking about South America, we have a whole
continent that we need to reach. There many countries in that continent: Argentina, Perú,
Bolivia, Colombia, Chile, Ecuador, Venezuela, Uruguay, Paraguay, and others with millions
and millions of Spanish speaking people who are lost and need to know about the pure
gospel of Christ. They know about Christ, as the Son of God, but they have received a
perverted gospel, which will condemn their souls in the final day. From those same
congregations that are already established and that can be established in the future in
this country, we can get the men that can go and evangelize all of these other countries.
Start now to prepare.
II.- WE NEED TO ADVERTISE THE CHURCH OF CHRIST AMONG THE HISPANIC PEOPLE.
I have been talking to many Hispanics through the internet. In those discussion forums and
chats, some of my first questions are: Where do you go to church? And the answer will
always be some kind of wird or strange name, referring to a Pentecostal group or some
denomination. The next question is, Do you know about the church of Christ, have you heard
about the church of Christ? And almost everybody will answer "No, I haven't heard
about it", or they would say, "Amen, we are all the church of Christ, halleluya,
praise the Lord" This shows their lack of knowledge of the true church of Christ.
Indeed, we need to advertise the church of our Lord. In Monterrey, Mexico there are
many newspapers in the city: El Diario, Mas Noticias, El Porvenir, ABC, El Sol and El
Norte. All of them are good papers, but El Norte is the leading paper in the city; they
sell more papers than the others; and do you know why? Simply because on almost every
corner they will have a stand or a boy offering the paper, and they send boys through the
streets of the colonias shouting: "El Norte, El Norte". And let me tell you,
they are doing this not only in Monterrey but in many other cities of Mexico. this shows
us the importance of advertisement. We need to advertise, we need to announce the church
of our Lord to the hispanic people.
A.- How can we accomplish this goal? How can we present the church of Christ to the
1.- We can do this work through the printed page.
a) We can advertise the church by passing out tracts. We can, and must train our members
to knock doors and pass out tracts, from house to house. Teach them to always carry
tracts in their pocket, purse, or car. When they go to a public restaurant, leave a tract
on the table with the tip, not instead of the tip. When writing letters to friends or
relatives, drop a tract in the envelope, include one even in the bills they pay. We can
leave a tract in a phone booth, at a laundrymat, on the seat of a taxi or bus, in the
restroom, etc., etc. What happens to the tract may no longer concern us; we have sown the
seed, we have advertised the church.
b) We can put an add in the paper offering a correspondence course, or a short article
about the church, advertising the church with the address and time of services.
2.- We can advertise by preaching on the radio or the television. There is no reason
why we could not have a radio program or a television program for the Hispanics. There are
brethren among us who can preach on the radio or the television. The denominations have
their own programs, and not only programs but they even own radio and t. v. stations. I
really get upset when I listen to the perverted gospel that they preach and how people, my
own people, accept those lies. Those preachers are stealing their money and condemning
their souls. But many times the people don't know better. So it is our responsibility to
preach them the pure gospel of Christ.
3. We can have a Web Page in Spanish in the Internet, with discussions forums and live
chats, to present the Truth and the Lord's church. We can preach through the internet. I
appreciate the work that Bro. Randy Tidmore is doing in this respect, but we need to do
more, much more, if we want to really be effective.
III.- WE NEED TO PRODUCE TRACTS, DOCTRINAL STUDIES, CORRESPONDENCE COURSES, SERMON
BOOKS, COMMENTARIES AND ANY OTHER PRINTED MATERIAL IN SPANISH.
For many years we have been using tracts and printed material from the "cups and
classes" brethren. But I believe that one important goal for us is to produce our own
material. I'm proposing that we train our members to do personal work and pass out tracts,
but in many cases we do not have tracts or printed material to do this kind of work.
Several of our brethren have written tracts and we are happy for that, such is the case of
Brethren Tony Melton, Randy Tidmore, Raymond Fox, Elias Rodriguez and myself; but we need
to produce much more material if we want to evangelize the hispanics, not only in the
States but in all of Latinamerica. There is a great need in this area! The preachers in
Mexico, and I believe this is true everywhere, are always asking us for tracts to hand out
and they ask for printed material for their own use.
Let me share with you some facts about the tremendous impact that tracts have among the
Hispanic population in Latinamerica. This is taken from a newsletter from the Spanish
Literature Ministry in Wichita Falls, Texas. It reads, "Recent reports from Cuba,
Honduras, and Nicaragua show encouraging results involving the use of Spanish literature.
For Example, * over nine hundred ninety baptisms in 1998 have been reported from Cuba.
* over seven hundred thirty baptisms and over three hundred restorations in 1998
have been reported from Nicaragua. * over sixty baptisms in 1998 have been reported
from Honduras. These are just examples of results that can happen when campaign teams are
properly equipped for the job at hand. Each year, we ship 30 to 40 tons of literature to
the Spanish-speaking world. We are so thankful that those who receive these tools are
using them to expand the kingdom"
We can see that the digressives are using the printed material and are reporting lots of
results! We have the men that can accomplish this goal, of producing tracts and printed
material, but we need the resources to do it.
As we are coming quickly to the close of a century, the year 2000, we need to have a
vision of getting prepared and meet these goals to evangelize the world, and fulfill the
great commission. We need to reach all cultures in America and save the lost of every
race. God has given us the time, the opportunity, and the means to do it. The Almighty is
going to hold us responsible if we fail to accomplish His will.
Juan Rodríguez Jr., 3328 Cortez Blvd., Laredo, Texas 78043.
- 10/20/1998, at 9:11 PM
to all the faithful everywhere! Mission work is a vital part of the Church of our Lord. We
need to evangelize the world, in order to fulfill the great commission of Matt. 28:19, 20
"therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the
Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit; and teaching them to obey everything I have
We are happy for the mission work going around on the world. We are excited to know of the
church of the Lord in the African continent, in Central America, Russia, Hawaii, Israel,
The Philippines, Republican Dominican, and of course in the great country of Mexico. May
the Almighty richly bless each and every one of these works; and every one of you, as
members of the church in the United States, for your work of love toward all of us.
We are happy to report to you about the great work being done in the country of Mexico.
Many of you are familiar with this work, as you have been faithful supporters to this
work, for many years and in many ways. But for those of you, who don't know much about
this work, we would like to present some facts about the church of the Lord in this part
of God's world.
The Work in Mexico is the closest mission work to the U.S.A., as it is just on the other
side of the Southern border.
The Republic of Mexico has 32 states and one Federal District. We are presently working in
11 of these states, and have some 40 congregations with 25 preachers. The majority of
these preachers are full-time preachers, and others are part time. Most of them are being
supported with funds from the States, but some larger congregations in Mexico are
beginning to help with the support of the native preachers, and to take care of their own
expenses and needs. There are congregations with 80 (adults), 60, 50, 30, and some with 10
Most of the congregations are in the northeastern part of Mexico, just below the Texas
border (Nuevo Laredo, Monterrey, Saltillo, and a lot of villages); but we also have
congregations on the Gulf of Mexico (El Higo, Pueblito, Martinez de la Torre, Veracruz);
in the Central part of Mexico (San Luis Potosí, Zacatecas, León); in Mexico City (Minas,
Puente Blanco, Maria Isabel, Apasco); on the South of Mexico (Cuautla, Morelos); up in the
mountains of Oaxaca, among the Indians; and on the Yucatan Peninsula (the Island of El
In the Monterrey-Saltillo area we are working with 5 congregations, who have their own
leaders, and some of them are well-educated men. One of them, Bro. Juan castellanos, is an
Electronic Engineer with his Master degree. Others are schoolteachers and factory workers.
Lately we are seeing a host of children and young people who are now the third generation
of the church in Mexico. The congregations are maturing and more young men are developing
into good leaders. So the future looks bright! And I am happy to say that the work in
Mexico continues to grow and prosper, in spite of the oppositions of the devil. We have
our problems and needs, but I believe that we are in the right track; and with the help of
the Almighty and your continued help, the Work in Mexico will continue to go forward.
AN UP TO DATE REPORT ~ FIVE MORE CONGREGATIONS
In the past year 5 more congregations have been established: Cuautla, Morelos; Apasco,
Mexico; La Noria, Veracruz; Martinez de la Torre, Veracruz; and Col. San Bernabe, in the
The congregation at La Noria, Veracruz was established through the efforts of Bre. Pedro
Alvarez and Daniel Alvarado. They baptized a whole Baptist congregation of 15 members.
Since the first of the year they have almost double the membership.
The congregation at Martinez de la Torre was established through the efforts of Bro.
Eduardo Salinas. Remember the public debate that we had with The Iglesia Ni Christo from
the Philippines, two years ago? At that time we converted 21 members but lost the
preacher, 4 members and several visitors. Well, after several months of being with this
group, Bro. Salinas realized that he was wrong and that this church was wrong; so he and
the rest of the congregation decided to leave that denomination and come back to the true
church. And now he has learned the lesson and is really working for the Lord and His
church. Since he came back he has been able to establish this new congregation.
The congregation at Col. San Bernabé in the Monterrey area was established through the
efforts of Bro. Abel Valdez and the San Pedro congregation. Since they started this
congregation they have had a lot of baptisms and visitors almost every service. At the
present time they are renting a building and are saving some money to buy this place.
Brother Abel Salinas established the Cuautla, Morelos congregation. He also is preaching
at the congregations of Puente Blanco and Maria Isabel in Mexico City. Several of the
leaders take turns to preach at this new congregation.
The Apasco, Mexico congregation was established by Bro. Joaquin Swastez. This place
is about two hours from the Federal District.
MISSIONARY TRIP IN APRIL '98
During the last two weeks of April, brethren Wayne McKamie, Bill Verner, Dewey Stevens,
Jonathan Bunner and this writer were able to visit different congregations in the Mexico
City, up in the mountains of Oaxaca, Veracruz and Tamaulipas areas. During our trip we
were able to baptized seven! We also took a lot of tracts and song books to those
preachers and congregations. Bro. Bill Verner bought a good quantity of tracts, 1500
songbooks and 1000 Bibles. WE WANT TO THANK BRO. BILL VERNER FOR HIS CONTINUED SUPPORT TO
THE WORK IN MEXICO, AND MANY OTHER WORKS IN THE WORLD. WE THANK GOD FOR MEN LIKE HIM
WHO ARE WILLING TO SPEND AND BE SPENT FOR THE LORD!
BAPTISMS IN DIFFERENT PLACES
During the last six months we have had a good number of baptisms at the different
congregations. During the last week of April, my brother Julio Rodriguez and Bro. Manuel
Treviño from the Garland, Texas congregation visited the congregation at San Pedro in
Monterrey and baptized 5. The brethren from the newly established congregation at San
Bernabe report 6 more baptisms. Bro. Samuel Esparza reports 5 baptisms at Leon,
Guanajuato. Bro. Jaime Contreras reports 2 at Mexico City; Jaime Luna Jr. reports 4 at
Ciudad Victoria, Filiberto Martinez 3 at Matehuala. During our annual meetings at
Monterrey we baptized 3, and Saltillo we baptized 1. For these results we rejoice
and give God the honor and glory!
PREACHERS' STUDIES IN MEXICO
One thing that has really helped us Preachers in Mexico, and the Church as a whole, is the
Preachers' Study that we have every year. Brother Wayne McKamie has done a great job in
conducting these studies in Mexico. We want to thank the congregations of Fairview, La.,
McGregor, Texas, and Bro. Bill Verner for supporting the Study all of these years. (We
will be reporting to you about the Study just held, September 30-October 2, 1998, as soon
WE LIVE IN LAREDO, TEXAS
Since September 1997, we have been living in Laredo, Texas and working with the two
congregations on both sides of the border; as well as visiting the congregations in the
interior of Mexico. My Brother Elias moved back to California and we had to take care of
the work in both Laredos. The work in this area is going good, as we have had several
conversions and restorations. We have been able to purchase a lot for the Mexican church
in Nuevo Laredo and are already building a small building. In Laredo, Texas we have rented
a small building and are already meeting there. We had been meeting in our home until last
May. We want to invite all of you to come to see us in Laredo. We are a small congregation
and need your help. We would be very glad to have you and to take you across the border to
El Mercado, so that you can buy some curious. Please come and worship with us!
MORE YOUNG PEOPLE ARE LEARNING SPANISH
I want to say that I am very happy to see a lot of young people, in the States, learning
the Spanish language. No too long ago, the only ones that I knew that could speak Spanish
were brethren Jim Hickey and Benny Johnson. But now a lot of young people are learning my
language, (Paul Wilkerson, Joel Blalock, Randy Tidmore, Tony Melton, Brian Burns, Raymond
Fox, etc., etc.) and I want to encourage all of you to do it. We have a lot of Spanish
speaking people in the world, and even in this country who needs the Gospel. And we need
to prepare our young people to take them the Word of God in Spanish. For one year and a
half, Brother Jonathan Bunner from West Virginia has been with us in Mexico, and I am
happy to say that he is now preaching in Spanish. He has been a great help to the Work in
Mexico! He likes Mexico so well that he even got married to a Mexican girl, Sister Mary
Cruz Cisneros from Santa Catarina, Nuevo Leon. We need more young men like him, I don't
mean to get married to a Mexican girl, but one who wants to work for the Lord among the
Spanish speaking people. He has survived 18 months in Mexico, and you can do it too.
WE NEED HELP!
I feel that I would not be honest to my people in Mexico if I don't mention some of our
needs. I am sure that you realize that in a work of this nature, needs arise almost daily.
We need support for preachers, we need money to build some meeting places, and we need
benches for the congregation in Laredo, Texas. We need traveling expenses to visit the
different congregations, etc., etc. If you are able, please help us. You can be confident
that your money will be well spent and that it will bring much fruit for the Lord. You may
contact Bro. Wayne Mckamie or myself for more information on this!
THANKS MANY THANKS FROM THE BOTTOM OF OUR HEART FOR YOUR CONTINUED HELP TO THE WORK IN
MEXICO, AND I PLEAD WITH YOU TO CONTINUE TO HELP US AND TO PRAY FOR US, IN THIS GREAT WORK
OF SAVING SOULS IN MEXICO. ~ Juan Rodriguez Jr. Juanjr@laredo.globalpc.net
- I am
working on a report about the work in Mexico. I will send it to you soon.
Please put our name in the prayer list under Evangelistic efforts in Mexico and in both
Laredos ~ Juan Rodriguez
% Murl R. Helwig
7446 Saddlewood St.
San Antonio, TX 78238
Support Trip to Dominican Republic & Venezuela
- Hans Roodschild (submitted by Jeff & Shelley Totter for Hans)
- Safety of the Brethren & Advancement of the Church in Dominican Republic
- Wed, 12 May 1999 20:48:06 -0500 (CDT)
- Jon Roodschild, Ralph Noak (both of the Allen, TX
congregation) and Murl Helwig (of the San Antonio congregation) are on a two-week support
trip to the Dominican Republic. Please pray for their safety and for the advancement of
the Church in this foreign country. After the two weeks, Jon will be returning home. Murl
& Ralph will be traveling on to Venezuela.. Pray that much fruit will come from these
Spanish Work Report
- El Pregonero Latino
- February 1999
- I am happy to make this report because I know
that many are anxious to learn of the results of the work in Venezuela. I was anxious
about this trip because, like the first trip to the Dominican Republic, I was traveling on
uncharted waters, so too speak. However, upon arrival I was greeted by faithful brethren,
who over the next few days I would learn to love, trust, and appreciate their great love
for the gospel and the church.
- On January 12, 1999, I left for Caracas,
Venezuela, at the invitation of a small congregation who had been converted from
digression. Their change or conversion was a result of the paper, El Pregonero Latino,
and through direct correspondence. The congregation consists of ten baptized members, four
adults who are attending regularly, and five children.
- I was very impressed by the desire and hunger
these brethren have for the truth of Gods Word. The brethren did an in depth study
of the Lords Supper utilizing the Scripture along with printed material I supplied
before making the change from "cups" to "one cup." They invited me to
Venezuela to aid them in their continuing study of the Lords Supper, the worship
service, and many other subjects.
- The time spent in Caracas was spent not entirely
with these brethren because they had arranged for me to study with the male members of two
digressive congregations. One congregation, Caricua, is located just a short distance from
Caracas. I had two formal discussions with these brethren and a private discussion with a
young couple from the same congregation who wanted to continue the study. I believe there
will be some from this congregation who will accept the Truth, however, we must wait and
see because it is the Lord who gives the increase.
- I also traveled to the interior of the country to
Guanare for another discussion with the brethren there. Guanare is located about seven
hours by bus from Caracas. It was a much hotter climate there than Caracas. The discussion
the first night centered around the Lords day. The following evening the discussion
centered on the scriptural way to observe the Lords Supper. I believe there were
some who displayed a sincere desire to follow the Scriptures, but there were others who
strongly rejected the way Jesus commanded to partake of the Lords Supper. Again, we
must wait to see what will be the result from these studies.
- The congregation in Caracas, Venezuela
represents, to the best of my knowledge and information, the first faithful congregation
in South America. I pray that this will be only the first of many more faithful
congregations and that many souls will obey the gospel of Christ. The brethren in Caracas
have the desire to work for the spreading of the gospel of Christ.
- Brother Roberto Custodio in the Dominican
Republic has reported that the congregation in San Cristobal is doing well. They are
looking forward to meeting me on my next trip there. I am looking forward to this and see
the progress the church is making in that part of the world.
- I would like to thank all who are participating
in this work for your prayers, and, also, for the financial support that makes this work
possible. I pray that as we labor together we can continue to spread the gospel even
further as we endeavor only to preach the Truth. If you have any questions or comments,
please do not hesitate to contact me or the Nacogdoches Road congregation.
- I wish all could meet these brethren face to face
that I have been privileged to know and work with over the last several years. I,
therefore, wish to thank all for allowing me this privilege. The only sacrifice I have
made in this work is having to be separated from my wife, Retha, who has constantly
supported and encouraged me, and my family. I must thank my wife for the many, many
sacrifices she has made for the work. The miles traveling back home from one of these
trips always seems longer than going because I am always anxious to be back home with her
and the family. Your Brother In Christ, Murl R. Helwig
- Permenter, P. Duane
PO Box 80687
Midland, TX 79708
- Thu, 11 Feb 1999 09:04:02 -0600 (CST)
- Dear Brethren:
- It was an honor to travel with Brother Don King and
Virgilio O. Danao Senior while working in the Philippines. This was my fifth trip to the
Philippines and one of the best I have experienced. Our brethren are doing an outstanding
work in this part of the world!
- While in the Philippines we traveled approximately 1900
miles, preached about twenty times and conducted several individual studies. We emphasized
the importance of church attendance and dealt with various other issues. During our trip,
the local preachers immersed forty-one people into Jesus Christ! We also helped some needy
brethren whose crops were destroyed by a typhoon a few months ago. On behalf of those
brethren, Don and myself, a heartfelt thank you to the generous brethren at Planz Road,
Bakersfield and Oakdale, California for providing this assistance.
- During the trip we learned that six congregations from the
individual cups and Sunday school brethren (one numbered sixty members) recently started
worshiping scripturally. While in Baguio City, we learned of this new work and met some of
the brethren. Brother Fernando Alvaro and Eduardo O. Danao are the Filipino preachers
directly involved in this effort. Some of these individuals visited our services in
Pangasinan and were very receptive to the teaching. Seven made public confessions for
worshiping in error. Two were preachers from the liberal church of Christ and promise to
be strong leaders in the future. It was thrilling to see men and women with honest hearts
respond to the old Jerusalem gospel!
- We enjoyed seeing many brethren from previous trips. The
preachers are working and living in harmony and the church is growing as a result. In
fact, the Filipino church is now reaching out to new areas. The strength of the Filipino
Church enabled Brother Virgilio to leave the Philippines and attend to a new work in
Hawaii. Other men have risen to supply what lacked in Virgilio's absence. The growth of
the churches in the four years since I last visited is truly encouraging to all of us, a
credit to all those who support it and most of all, glorifying to God. I understand that
now more than eighty congregations in the Philippines are worshiping according to the
- The church in Midland, Texas is sponsoring a new
evangelistic effort on the island of Mindanao. Last June, Eduardo O. Danao and Conrado
Libertino met Kevin and Nelfa Taylor from Midland in Dipolog City, Nelfa's hometown. After
about a month's work, a new congregation was born. They baptized twelve into Christ. This
small group of believers has continued meeting each Lord's day. And now Brother Libertino
is moving there to teach and strengthen these new brethren and to evangelize the area. He
also has family in the cups church a short distance from the new congregation, and is
hoping to convert them to the truth. Brother Libertino's move is scheduled for Feb.1. This
work in Mindanao is something that the brethren in the Philippines have been working
towards for a long time and now the vision is being fulfilled. Please keep this new group
of believers in your prayers.
- This was an exciting trip and I appreciate the opportunity
that was afforded me to be a small part in this work. The Lord's work in the Philippines
means more to me than I can express with words, and I wholeheartedly express my thanks for
the support of all the congregations involved. Specifically, Midland, TX, Stockton, CA,
Lodi, CA, Oakdale, CA and Fremont, CA, who of course oversees the work throughout the
year. During the last few months more than a hundred were added to the faithful in the
Philippine Islands. What power the gospel has on the honest heart and to God be the glory!
May the peace of our Lord Jesus Christ bless you is my prayer.
- P. Duane Permenter
Moscow, Tambov & Michurinsk
~ Combined Report
- By: Kostya Alekseev ~ Evangelist from Russia
- Thu, 12 Nov 1998 22:02:43 -0600 (CST)
- Dear brethren,
Thank you for your patience, love, support and prayers. I want you to know how sorry I
feel that I was unable to tell you about what was going here. There were very serious
communication problems which made it impossible. I want assure you that the Gospel
is spreading in Tambov, in Michurinsk and in many other cities and towns in Russia. A lot
of work has been done and much more is ahead. And though now in many ways it is difficult,
we feel no despair because we know the importance of what we do and Who we do it for . A
lot of people in Tambov and Michurinsk have been able to hear the Gospel. Some of them
accepted it and decided to give their lives to our Lord, but for many of them it is hard
because of the way they were raised and treated by the government. There are many problems
in Russia, money, work, getting paid when you work - it is a difficult life. A lot of
people in the world sometimes just can't imagine what it is. Sometimes people are afraid
to lose their friends, jobs, families. We tell them that God loves them and has a plan for
them and they will be able to get what they need if they trust our Lord. We invite people
to our Sunday worships and Wednesday studies and quite often they tell us they feel that
we are like one big family and that they would be happy to join us or to have their
children raised as christians. But they are afraid to make the last step. We understand
them because we remember that we were the same some time ago. We love them and keep
teaching and praying for them. In Tambov we have a serious problem now - it
looks like that we will lose our rented room where we have our Sunday worships and will
have to find something else. The government issued a new law, and now it takes 15 years to
become a legal church. But before that happens we are supposed to be registered as a
religious group, and the authorities will be checking or inspecting us for 15 years. The
local authorities are responsible for this registration but they don't know how to do it
because though there is a law, there are no specific rules, details of how to do it. So
now we are waiting for that. We don't know if we will be able to rent a room after the
rules come into effect, and we are registered, but now it is absolutely impossible for us
to to rent a public building or a room if it happens and we lose our present room. It is
practically impossible to have our meetings at somebody's apartment because now we have
regularly 20-25 people at worships and sometimes we have many guests, and then there are
about 40 altogether. The christians in Tambov don't wait until our American
brothers come or someone who has a good knowledge of the Bible is available. The
christians act themselves, teaching and studying the Bible. We are very thankful for every
visit from our American brothers, but we have learned to act on our own.The christians
invite people, teach and explain. Much of the teaching is done in the families of
christians and there are some results. We have had several baptisms in Tambov and
Michurinsk, and almost all of them were the members of the families of christians. I think
our mutual efforts made it possible. Last year and this year I tried to help members
of the church develop the desire to do personal work. Quite often I took people with me
from Tambov to Michurinsk. I believe there were five church members with me there at
different times. I took them to private Bible studies to show how to do it. Some of
them were there several times, and I think that they developed their skills in this kind
of work. I'm planning to continue this work in the future. I continue to teach
and lecture in worship services and during Wednesday studies. We have studied a lot of
subjects. Last time we talked about what happens when people die. It was a hard study
because some of the christians were influenced by the Adventists' ideas. On the whole I
can tell that both in Tambov and in Michurinsk we experience the attacks from Pentecostal,
Adventist, Charismatic and Jehovah Witnesses people. I don' think they will cause any harm
in Tambov because the congregation here is strong, and we have discussed their beliefs
many times. But in Michurinsk one girl decided to stop coming to church because of what
Jehovah Witnesses taught her. I knew nothing about her meetings with them because she kept
it a secret. Now I am studying with her and trying to explain to her the verses she has
problems with. Also the young man who I trained to conduct public services and one
girl (both of them are from Michurinsk) moved to St. Petersburg to study at a drama
school. There they joined some charismatic group. I can't influence them there but I'm
thinking about sending them some written materials explaining the charismatic movement.
Also in Michurinsk we lost two girls. Their parents made them stop coming to church. We
tried to talk with them but without any success. They are under age and don't want to act
against the will of their parents. I continue to go to Michurinsk 2 or 3 Sundays a
month. Also, though it was difficult, I managed to organize regular studies with
christians there on Thursdays. If there is a need or I have an appointment, I go there at
other times. We study the Bible, go to the homes of christians and study with unbelievers
and even with the members of different religious groups. Both in Michurinsk and in Tambov
there are people who are very close to being baptized. The end of the last year and the
beginning of this year were very difficult for the church in Michurinsk because of the
personal problems among some christians. It took a lot of patience to solve that problem
and now everything is stabilizing. I have translated about 25 booklets and a lot of
articles for the christians in Tambov and Michurinsk. They are written by American
preachers and about the most difficult subjects in the Bible. I am going to print them and
distribute among the christians. Also I am finishing a small book to help christians to
talk with unbelievers. Now I want to say a few words about the work in Moscow.
The preparation for the work this past summer wasn't easy, and sometimes I even felt that
it would be impossible, but finally everything worked out. We had English classes and
worked with individuals. It was, now I can say, the usual work for us. Though we didn't
have as many baptisms as I hoped, the work in Moscow was a great joy for me. As always the
American brothers Jimmy Vannoy, Steve Ramsey and Paul Willmon did a great job. I
want to thank them for their work and I think all the christians in Russia who assisted
them and heard our reports will join me in this. I think that Moscovites are nice people
but they were introduced to so many religious ideas that some of them lost their
orientation and, perhaps some think that they know everything in life. Also a lot of them
have good jobs, and making money for them is the main goal. I think it is possible to work
in Moscow and that such work is very important. Moscow is the capital of Russia, its
cultural center. To have a strong, big congregation here will benefit the whole Russia.
Now I am thinking about having English classes based on the Bible the same
way we had before both in Tambov and Michurinsk. The absence of our registration prevents
us from public advertising, but maybe those classes would be a good opportunity to share
the good news with many people. We hope and pray that the hearts of more people in
Russia will be opened to the truth. Please keep the work in Russia in your prayers. May
God bless you for your interest and help in spreading the Gospel in Russia. For
every good thing that has been accomplished we give God the glory. ~ Kostya Alekseev
Kostya Alekseev is supported by the congregation in Corsicana, Tx.
You can see that Kostya is a talented and dedicated worker. This is our first
report in about over a year because of never ending communication problems in Russia.
We currently have a deficit of $650 per month in support. Any amount of monthly
support or a lump sum would be appreciated. ~ Jimmy Vannoy email@example.com
These are the names of preachers who were in Penza: (~Sincerely, Kate Romanova)
Jimmy Cutter, Dana Cutter, Jillian, Neil and Colin - U.S.A.
Raymond Fox - U.S.A.
Smith Bibens - U.S.A.
Doug Edwards - U.S.A.
Bob Loudermilk, Denis - U.S.A.
Rick Cutter - U.S.A.
Jerry & Pat Cutter, -U.S.A.
Ron Courter - U.S.A.
Richard Bunner - U.S.A.
David & Shirley Gillieys - U.S.A.
Doug & Lori Hawkins - U.S.A.
Keith, Anne, & Jamie Thompson - Australia
Gene Grant - U.S.A.
- On 1/20/1999, at 4:32 AM, Keith Thomson firstname.lastname@example.org
- Dear Brethren, I would like to take this opportunity to
report on the resent trip that my family and I made to Russia. We were fortunate to spend
eight weeks working with the brethren there, mainly with the church in Penza. This is a
strong church which truly loves the Lord and desires to do as He commands. The brethren
there are very loving and strive to make a visit there as comfortable as possible.
While we were there we met for private studies three time a week. Over the stay we were
engaged in completing a series of studies on the life of Christ, and in-depth look at the
Sermon on the Mount and we were able to study several of the Lord's parables. The brethren
were keen to study the word and were ready with numerous questions. We had a few visitors
come to these studies and they listened very well and also asked some pertinent
questions. Previously I have been working with the church in Saransk, approximately
60 miles to the north. Unfortunately I had been told that the church there no longer met,
but on traveling there I found that they were indeed meeting. A number had left,
including my contact, but three brethren remained faithful. I was able to encourage the
Christians there and possibly other will come back to the true church. I was also able to
spend time with the brethren Moscow. In the nation's capital there is a small congregation
that are fervent of the work of the Lord. Serge and Olga Govozdevu started the work there
and work hard to keep the church going. They are good, faithful and hospitable Christians
that want help with the work and truly deserve it. I would like to thank all those
congregations that help with this trip to Russia. It is an important work a one very
worthy of support. The churches there need help and encouragement. I ask people to become
involved in this work. The work is not always easy, but the rewards can be great. In
Christ's service, Keith Thomson
~ Anne (wife)
~~ Jamie (son)
- 5 Carringal Place
- Armadale W.A.
Sun, 03 May 1998 16:54:33 +0800
- A Call For Help
- I am writing
on behalf of a congregation of faithful Christians in Saransk Russia. These are a group of
good people that I have known for a number of years. I have been privileged enough to have
been able to travel to Russia a number of times to work with these people, on one occasion
I was able to stay there for a period of six months with my family. I was last there in
January this year when I stayed for a month working with them.
- The church
there has gone through a lot in its short period of existence. Most recently, in the
beginning of '97 the church was split apart with false teaching. As a result of this all
of the leaders left, leaving a number of faithful women, who had been members for a number
of years and two brothers who had been in the church only a matter of months. To their
enormous credit this small band of Christians remained faithful and continued as best they
could to do the things they believed in.
Christians still require help. They are babes longing to be fed the word and I believe it
is the duty of us, their brothers and sisters to help them if we are at all able. I am
therefore requesting a congregation or congregations to get involved in this work, and for
any faithful teachers you are able to do like wise. These are people who are deserving our
help, they have shown there fortitude.
- If you are
able to help in this work at all, or would like to have more information, please feel free
to contact me. Jerry Cutter and Gene Grant have also been helping with the work and I am
sure would be a source of information.
- I thank you
for your attention in this matter and pray that the Lords work may continue.
~ In Christ's service, Keith Thomson
Rt. 2 Box 166
Kinston, AL 36453
Pray For The Work ! ~ New Congregation
November 29, 1998
New meeting place: Courtyard Marriot Meeting Room.
Ross Clark Circle beside Office Depot, Dothan, AL We will post another update
as soon as a regular meeting place is secured!
November 18, 1998
There will be a faithful congregation meeting in the city of
Dothan, Alabama beginning on Sunday, November 22, 1998. This is an outgrowth of our
television program that has aired on WTVY-TV CBS Channel 4 in Dothan for over a year. We
have at least three families living in or around Dothan that have commited to begin
meeting. They have been commuting to more distant churches. We have conducted a mission
meeting in the city all this week and have had a number or visitors, especially from the
digressive churches in the area. We will be meeting in the motel conference room where the
mission meeting has been held, at least on the first Sunday. We may have to move around
for a few weeks until a regular meeting place can be found.
Sunday: 10:00 AM and 2:30 PM
For more information on location of meeting please contact:
221 Nevins Street
Kinston, AL 36453
- Pray For The Work ! ~ New Congregation
Mon, 25 Jan 1999 20:44:54 -0600 (CST)
- We are still meeting at the Holiday Inn Express on Hwy.
331 South. The building we had hoped to rent will not be available until May. We are also
looking into the purchase of some land in the area for a future building as well as
looking for another rental location that would be available earlier than May. We will
continue to meet at the Holiday Inn until further notice. We have secured their room
through March with the exception of the first weekend in March. On that weekend we will be
meeting in the community room of South Trust Bank on Covington Ave. off of Hwy. 331 North.
This could all change in the event a building becomes available, but we will let you know.
Please continue to remember us and our efforts in your prayers. In Christ,
Tue, 1 Dec 1998 19:31:20 -0600 (CST)
We met in Opp for the first time Sunday, Nov. 29, 1998. We
had two services, one at 10:00 a.m. and the evening service at 4:00 p.m. First Sunday we
had an attendance of 39 with 6 of those being visitors. Services are currently being
held at the Holiday Inn Express Meeting Room on Hwy. 331 South in Opp. Mid week services
are not being held at this time. We are looking for a building to rent to establish a
permanent address for the congregation. Services will continue to be held at the Holiday
Inn, Sundays only for now at 10:00 a.m. & 4:00 p.m. We will let you know as soon
a permanent address is established. Our hope is that something will be available within
the next month. We are looking forward to a bright future and good work in the Opp
area for the Church. We ask for your prayers.
Sunday: 10:00 AM and 4:00 PM
109 Ellis Dunn Road
Opp, AL 36467
221 Nevins Street
Kinston, AL 36453
Asunción Rodríguez (Elías)
603 E 19th Street, #D
National City, CA 91950
Pray For The Work !
Wed, 29 Jul 1998 14:19:36 -0700
I am preaching for a Spanish Speaking congregation in
downtown San Diego. My family and I moved one year ago from Laredo, TX (God helped
us to established two congregations there one on the american side and one on the mexican
side) to this place, my sponsor congregation is El Cajon, CA. They are doing a great
job with us. In the last year God has blessed the work here greatly. We have knocked
2,032 doors, we are holding 23 bible studies per week on a regular basis, we have a
training sessions for the male members of the congregation to teach them how to lead
songs, prayers, etc... We have been studying with 5 families (once a week) of the
congregation teaching them how to hold a bible study. As a result of this work 18 people
has been baptized and 5 has been restored. For all this we give the glory and honor to our
heavenly Father, and we thank Him for allow us to be part of the kingdoom. We also,
appreciate very much the love, concern and support that the El Cajon congregation show to
the this work. ~ In His service, Asunción Rodríguez (Elías)
22150 Old Well Rd
Tehachapi, CA 93561 USA
New Congregation starting in Tehachapi, CA
Mon, 17 Jul 2000 15:20:27 -0500 (CDT)
Beginning August 13 there will be a faithful
congregation of the Church of Christ meeting in Tehachapi, CA. For those who
don't know the area, Tehachapi is about a 40 mile drive east of Bakersfield
on Freeway 58 and about 90 miles north of Los Angeles. Brother Jerry Barrett
and his family and his Mom and Dad have been driving faithfully to Arvin or
Bakersfield for years for services and they all live in the Tehachapi area.
Jerry has made several contacts in the area and they have some prospects. If
you know of anyone in the Tehachapi, Mojave or even Lancaster/Palmdale areas
of California that you would like the brethren to contact they would be
happy to. Directions to the building are (from the west) Take 58 east to
Tehachapi exit. Turn right and remain on Tehachapi Blvd. into town. Meeting
place is 120 E. Tehachapi Blvd. (From the east) Take 58 west, exit Tehachapi
exit. Turn left and remain on Tehachapi Blvd til 120 Tehachapi Blvd. The
brethren request your prayers on behalf of the new work there.
- Thu, 25 Feb 1999 01:00:27 -0600 (CST)
The small congregation in Salem, Oregon is searching for people interested in moving here
and helping with the Lord's work. This could be a preacher, family man, retired man,
or anyone who is able and willing to help in teaching and personal work. Salem is a
city near the coast, mountains, rivers, and beautiful Willamette Valley. Salem offers many
opportunities, activities, and an excellent job market. We can provide moving and
relocation costs, offer limited financial monthly assistance, and other help.
For more information please feel free to contact:
- Charles Cutter
-- (503) 463-8001
- Rob Smith --
- On-line : Randy
Cutter -- RAZORSHOME@juno.com
- PRISON WORK IN CORSICANA, TEXAS
by Jimmy Vannoy
105 Sunset Circle, Corsicana, TX 75110
Sat, 2 Jan 1999 11:49:52 -0600 (CST)
In Hebrews 13:3, we are told to "Remember the prisoners
as if chained with them." It is reasonable to consider the prisoners of that day as
different from those of today because they were christians. However, things are different
in Corsicana (Navarro County), Texas, because several who are in jail are christians. In
the latter part of 1997, a man who was a relative of a member of the church in Corsicana
was in jail and requested to be baptized. We baptized him, and looked for a way to get
with him for regular Bible studies. I was directed to the chaplain of the jail, and we
were given a time from 6:00-7:00 every Tuesday evening. Our program consists of teaching a
Bible subject, answering inmate questions and discussing their spiritual and personal
needs. The power of God's Word has shown itself mightily in the Navarro County Jail.
During 1998, 73 men were baptized into Christ. We have been amazed by this response, and
we see no end in sight as long as this world continues. Some might wonder if these
men are sincere. In working with them closely, I have no reason to doubt their sincerity.
Why are they so ready to respond to the gospel? My idea is that they have been humbled by
their imprisonment. Humility is absolutely necessary before a person will obey the gospel
and a lack of it is the reason most people refuse to obey. The prisoner has been humbled
to his lowest point. He knows he has chosen the wrong path and that he needs to change his
life. The prisoners talk about the differences between us and others who go to the
jail. It seems the others just try to talk and entertain, while we teach the Bible,
presenting verse after verse on the subject. Prisoners come only if they want to, and we
now have between 40 and 50 who come each week. We have four men from the congregation who
go into the jail, and we rotate, going in pairs. What has happened to the 73 who
have been baptized. Some of them are still in the Navarro County Jail, and we teach them
every Tuesday. Some have been transferred to state prisons, and I correspond with some of
them about spiritual matters. One has been released and is a faithful member of the
church. He is now leading songs, has given a five minute talk and is working on another.
Others have gotten out and have not come to church after their release. Before we baptize
them, we talk to them about the one true church of the Bible, of which they will soon be a
member. I emphasize that they will soon be a member of the Church of Christ and that they
are commanded to attend church when they get out. I strongly emphasize Heb. 10:25.
But their is a phenomenon that occurs in jails all over, called "jail
house religion." It occurs when inmates face the humbling experience of being
incarcerated. They sincerely accept religion, but many do not stay with it when they get
out, for any number of reasons. We are on a campaign against jail house religion and
advocate "life time religion". We talk about the need to attend church, as well
as the danger of falling, at almost every study. One of the men we work with,
Robert, heard us teach at the Navarro Jail. We pass out business cards so they can contact
us if they need to. He was transferred to a state jail in Henderson and had not been
baptized. He wrote us asking for help when he got out, which was supposed to be Dec.
23. I wrote him back and asked about his religious background. He indicated that he had
received a secular baptism, not for remission of sins. I wrote him and taught him
the truth about salvation. He wrote back saying he was ready to be scripturally baptized.
This was taken care of by a brother in that area. Because of some legal problems, he
was not released on Dec. 23. In his disappointment, he was transferred to the Rusk
County Jail. He was placed in a jail with five other inmates, and they asked him about his
Bibles he carried in a box. He began to teach them the gospel and baptized all five of
them. They are not included in the 73 mentioned above. He is convinced that this
opportunity is why he was not allowed to get out. I am convinced that there are
prisoners all over the United States with the same kind of hearts as those in Corsicana,
Texas. Only two things stop congregations all over the US from doing this kind of work.
One is the cooperation of jail officials. The Navarro County Sheriff's Department has been
very cooperative, making it easy for us to teach. We, in turn, have been patient with
them, understanding that their first job is to take care of the prisoners. I am sure there
are prison staffs all over the US who will be just as cooperative. The second is the
willingness of congregations to do the work. There is no reason to fear. We have never
found a reason to fear, and we mingle with the prisoners freely. The work in Corsicana has
shown that this can be a very effective way to win souls. This is not a work of one
individual but an effort of four brothers working together. How can a congregation start a
work like this? First, speak to the leaders of the congregation about it. If they do not
have a copy of this e-mail, give them one. If you decide to do it, contact the chaplain of
the local jail. If you are unsuccessful, contact the one in charge of the jail or the
county sheriff. If you are successful in getting a time to teach, be there faithfully
every week. Be patient with the jail staff and follow all procedures. Many congregations
can work in their local jail, and it has the potential of being just as fruitful as it has
been in Corsicana. For more information, you may contact me at email@example.com,
calling at (903)872-5419 or writing at 105 Sunset Circle, Corsicana, TX 75110.
- El Paso
Randall (Randy) M. Tidmore
10681 Birthstone Drive
El Paso, TX 79935
- El Paso, Texas
- Wed, 24 Mar 1999 19:25:27 -0600 (CST)
This is a short update report, to share some exciting news
about the work.
- Gospel Meeting in Spanish congregation~ La
Iglesia de Cristo
- Our annual gospel meeting in the Spanish
congregation was very uplifting. Brother Asunción (Elías) Rodríguez, as usual, did an
outstanding job of proclaiming the Lord's message. We had a large number of visitors each
night. After the service on Sunday, José Martínez was baptized into Christ. We have
studied with José "off and on" for a long time. He is the father of Monica
Abril, (one of our sisters in the English congregation). Brother José had belonged to the
"Pentecostal" religion for many years. He played the guitar and sang for special
occasions and funerals. Giving this up was a huge obstacle for him. However, God was
merciful and gave him time, and now he is a member of the Body of Christ. We thank God for
giving the increase!
- Juárez, México
- In the last report I mentioned our plans to test
the evangelistic field in Juárez, Mexico while Elías was here. We went there, not
knowing what to expect, but 1,500,00 souls are hard to overlook. We found the people very
friendly and open to the gospel. From our door knocking I now have seven weekly Bible
study appointments there (We only knocked doors for six blocks!). Besides those studies, I
now have two others that were gained through encounters on the street or in a parking lot.
I also have four others that I need to check back on, who seem to be pretty good prospects
for studies. Currently, my work schedule for Juárez involves two days a week, Wednesday
(door knocking and 2 studies) and Saturday (9 studies). Some of these studies are with one
individual, but others are with whole families, or even multiple families. Elías and I
were both surprised at how receptive the people there are.
- English congregation
- We are afraid that one of our families in the
English congregation is going to move to Indiana. We will really miss them, if they do.
However, the English congregation is enthused about the prospects for a fruitful work in
Juárez, also. Seeing such potential for good in another area really helps us to have the
patience necessary for working in less productive areas.
- I plan to involve as many of the brothers and
sisters from both congregations as possible in personal evangelism. Several have already
agreed to go with me. We are now presenting studies to prepare them for this work. Right
now there is a lot of enthusiasm. Please pray for us that we might be able to take full
advantage of this door of opportunity the Lord has blessed us with. May God bless all the
- In His service,
- Randall (Randy) Tidmore
- P.S. Since I started working on this update,
Moisés (a brother from our Spanish congregation) and I knocked doors, covering one more
block, which produced two more studies for Wednesdays in Juárez. We also shared the
gospel with three others in the street.
- Sat, 9 May 1998 21:35:57 -0600
New family ~ The Lord has given growth to His cause in El
Paso. We are still rejoicing. Close to the end of January, a lady called the church
building and left a message, asking us to call her. She said that they (her family) wanted
to worship with us, and that she wanted to know the time of our services. While we were
talking, I learned that they were members of the church, and that they had been attending
a "cups & classes" congregation. I explained that we still observe the
Lord's supper with only one cup, and that we still meet in an undivided assembly. She was
interested, and acknowledged on the phone that it was scriptural to do so. I asked her if
we could meet before Sunday. She suggested that we meet her at her mother's house, on that
Saturday. Cynthia and I met her (Edenia) and her mother (Maria). The Lord blessed us with
setting up a Bible study with Maria, who also became interested in attending the worship
services. After our second Bible study, Maria said that she wanted to be baptized as soon
as possible! Since she is nearly disabled (spends most of her time in a wheelchair, but
can walk some with a walker), we got permission to use a YWCA swimming pool that had a
ramp with handrails for entering the water. After the baptism, Maria hugged me and began
to weep loudly. She was so thrilled.
Click Here for Picture
Oh that more of God's children appreciated their salvation
The following Sunday, after talking with Edenia and her husband (Manuel) they decided to
take their stand for the truth, and against error. Manuel is a very enthusiastic young
man, who is already taking part in the services, doing everything but teaching already. I
am hopeful to study with him some and to see him begin to teach soon. We are so thankful
for God's blessings. I hope this doesn't sound like I am trying to take credit, or to take
the glory! We are all so thankful, we could just about burst with joy. We are so happy to
share this good news with our supporters, because it is fruit to your account, too. We
have nothing to boast of, but that God graciously answered prayers, and sent us this
Click Here for Picture of Brother Mois'es & Sister
Meet Brother Moisés and Sister Estela Terrazas
I have mentioned Brother Moisés several times. He is the brother who had a cancerous
tumor in his throat. He and Estela were also the first Spanish-speaking converts. It was
their conversion that led to the starting of the Spanish congregation in El Paso in 1994.
Moisés has continued recovering from his bout with cancer. In fact he has taught
three times. We are so thankful. His voice is still only a "loud, raspy
whisper." However, we plan to buy and install a p.a. system, with a clip-on
microphone, for him to use. He is anxious to be used more and more. Now he and
Brother Manuel are quite capable of carrying on the worship services. We ask you to
continue to pray for him and his recovery.
From March 29 to April 5, we had our annual Gospel meeting
with Brother Asunción Rodríguez. The meeting was well attended. We didn't take an
official count, but one night our building was nearly full. As a result of the work put
forth during the meeting, we have some new leads. Only time will tell what the harvest
will be, but the good seed was planted. Lord willing, we will continue to sow the seed and
to water, in hope, trusting God to bless us with more growth in His own good time.
On the last Sunday, we had four adult visitors. One was
another daughter of Maria, who has come several times now, and seems to genuinely be
interested. The other three are from contacts made during the meeting, though not a direct
result of it. They are a woman, her daughter and her son. The son lives in Juarez,
which we hope will lead to a door opening up there. We got in contact with them
through a woman for whom the daughter works.
Click here for Congregation's Picture
(Except for the children and four adult visitors, this is
our Spanish congregation. Five members were not present.)
Since this picture was taken, two brethren who were not present have died. They were Jaime
Portillo, who lost his battle with a liver destroyed by his earlier life, and José
Delgado, who had a stroke about a week after the death of brother Jaime. Both of
these brethren were baptized on the same night, just about a year ago.
Please continue to pray for our Spanish congregation. ~ Randall
(Randy) M. Tidmore
- By Way of the Internet
- David Risener
- ~ Linda Risener (wife)
- 620 W. Broad Street, Mansfield, TX 76063 USA
- Church of Christ, Frisco TX
- Jeff & Shelley Totter
- Success of the Web Site and Upcoming Bible Correspondence Course
- Mon, 17 May 1999 10:08:16 -0500 (CDT)
- As David is making efforts to improve and expand the web
site, we'd like to ask everyone to take time to pray for its success--in both spreading
the gospel to the lost AND in uplifting those who are already members of Christ's body.
- Let's pray for David & Linda and all of their
"helpers," that they will have continued health, time, and resources to keep the
web site going. The web site is an EXCELLENT medium for (1) introducing the lost to the
Gospel in a "non-threatening" way (many might not come to a Gospel meeting or
agree to a home-study, but might view the information on this site), (2) praising and
honoring the name of God and his dear Son, (3) strengthening and teaching those who have
been added to the precious body of Christ.
- Especially let's all pray for the success of the
soon-to-be-released Bible Correspondence Course, that a great response will be seen and as
a result, souls will be converted to the truth and saved.
Please pray for all who are contributing to this World Wide
Evangelistic Effort ...that God will bless our work and that many souls will be brought to
Christ. Hundreds of hours have gone into this effort by a host of dedicated brothers
and sisters in the Lord. Already over 128 leads have be generated by this effort.