CHRISTIAN NEIGHBORHOODS

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Christians, in the beginning of the church, used their homes. That continues today in some large churches. As people seek to return to the “ancient paths”, the New Testament becomes the source book. The restoration principle demands a careful examination of the ancient Christian faith for the purpose of restoration. As one looks to the New Testament in restoring the ancient church in this century setting, a consideration of the use of houses must be made.

While some have worshiped buildings and sanctuaries, the greater danger is that Christians are leaving their networks and neighborhoods to worship in a place away from their community. A large number of folks drive past many congregations to attend the largest or most popular one around.

In Randy Frazee’s book, “Making Room For Life”, he writes about trading chaotic lifestyles for connected relationships. He has written a chapter on “The First Church of the Neighborhood.” He reminded me to think about the need for Christians to have an impact on those who live in their neighborhood. I believe that is what Jesus wanted Christians to do in the first century . . . and today.

The fragmentation in our modern families can come from the chaotic nature of overfilled life. People no longer have relationships that support and encourage them on a personal level. If we are going to have an impact and help those in our neighborhoods that are hurting, we must take our Christianity, our spirituality, our faith, and our HEARTS to them. In turn, it will be a blessing to us.

Someone has said, “For churches to get larger, they must get smaller.” I believe that is true. It seems that is what the first churches did when they met in homes. We all need someone we can trust. We must know each other well, We must know they care about us. Who better than those in own neighborhoods? Those are the people who have kids in the same school as our own. We can develop connections that will help them as well as us.

We can continue to build relationships in our community and we are the bridges people need. We are the Christians who have opportunities to meet their needs.

Some Christians are doing this now. Those who have serious Bible studies, hobby groups, family fun activities, sports groups, etc. In those ways, we are becoming more like the first century Christians. We are the ones who should be and are making the first step in reaching out.

This article was written sometime during the 1990’s. Very thought provoking then and for us now. The author, Kevin Rayner, was at the time the preacher of the Church of Christ in Rochester, Minnesota.

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WEEKLY NEWS, MAY 9, 2021

CONGRATULATIONS!

Troy and Leana Futrell became great-grandparents to Anderson William Lohmann on April 28th. He weighed in at 8 lbs and was 20 and 3/4 inches long. The happy parents are Ryan William & Kyleigh Ann Lohmann of Austin. Everyone is doing great. God bless them all!

WITH SYMPATHY

We were saddened to hear that Food Pantry client, Michael VanCannon, was killed in a car accident on Hwy 1431 on Monday. Those who knew him through the Food Pantry have good memories of him and are grieving. We express our love, sympathy and prayers to all who are missing him.

WEDNESDAY PM BIBLE CLASS

May 12 . . . . A Song of Praise . . . . . Kynn Maxwell

May 19 . . God’s Knowledge of Man. . . .K. Maxwell

BIBLE CAMP NEWS

News from the Heart of Texas Bible Camp Brady, TX

Session One — Grades 4-7 — June 6-11 — directed by Virgil Webb

Session Two — Grades 8-12 — June 13-18 — directed by Robert Baugh and Dale Sheehe.

If you know a child/children who would like to attend, please ask Joe for an application. Paperwork needs to be sent to the camp very soon because there is always a deadline.

BEAUTIFUL FOOTPRINTS

“And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!”” Romans 10:15

SOUTH AFRICA BIBLE COLLEGE STUDENT REPORT

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Southern Africa Bible College has finally been able to restart. They are in for the long-haul with few breaks this year due to the late start. The student we help support, Pascal, seems like he was able to do some work over the COVID break. Attached is his latest report. Please keep him and the work of SABC in your prayers. For the elders, Ken D

Greetings in the name of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. May peace and joy be with you during these difficult times. The pandemic has brought challenges in how we live and worship the Lord, but through God’s power we remain strong and resolute in our walk with Him. During our college or school break (December- April) I had an opportunity to travel in various provinces in South Africa, attending funerals even in areas where the pandemic was said to be increasingly spreading fast and yet through God’s protective hand I was safe from the virus.

This experience has increased my faith in God and gave me an opportunity to grow a little closer to Him. During one of my travels, I ended up in an area called Ndumo, a village in the province of KwaZulu Natal (KZN), where I spent about two months teaching some brethren from various parts of the province. There I was assigned to teaching basic Bible knowledge and training people in ministry. This mission in my view was a great success as far as teaching God’s word and giving the brethren ministry training is concerned; which is vital in their service in the Lord’s Church.

We are now back to the Bible College and it feels refreshing to be in the classroom again after our long school break. I am looking forward to improve my studies and grow stronger in the knowledge of the Scripture and spiritual despite some personal challenges. May the Lord bless you as you continue to be a blessing to us at the college through the support we receive from your love. May you continue to be kept safe.

From Pascal Dlomo

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TAKE THE HARDER ROAD

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Building godly character is hard work. “Make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, love” (2 Peter 1:5-7). Every effort is right. That’s what it takes to make these qualities a part of our lives. People don’t change easily . . . leading to modern day proverbs like “a tiger doesn’t change its stripes.” Breaking bad habits and creating new godly ones is something that requires a daily focus and fervent prayers for a long time. It probably takes the help of another Christian – and accepting that help takes a lot of humility. All that work, all that brokenness, is not something everyone is willing to go though. There are many who would much rather focus on the flaws of someone else.

There is more than one way to build up confidence in who and what you are. You can work, and grow, and daily become someone who better reflects the light of Jesus Christ. OR you can focus on the shortcomings of the people around you. “Well, I know I need to change what I choose to watch but at least I’m not like the guy who just got arrested for beating his wife. I definitely don’t do that.” “Yes, I know I don’t know my Bible well enough but at least I’m doing better than that church over there that doesn’t even know what baptism is for!” Yes, that’s certainly one way to feel better about yourself. Unfortunately, as Lonnie Jones put it: “Cutting that guy’s legs off doesn’t make me one inch taller.” Looking down on others doesn’t make you a better person. And you’re not qualified to do it. We cannot even semi-accurately judge where others are unless we have first judged ourselves: “How can you say to your brother, „Let me take the speck out of your eye,‟ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye?‟” (Matthew 7:4).

I want to suggest to you that it is better to take the harder road. Take a moment today and examine your own life. What are some areas that you can improve? What in the 2 Peter 1 list do you need to add to your character? What are you currently doing that God would like you to change? Are your prayer and reading habits what they should be? Do the hard work of asking yourselves these kind of questions and seek to improve the answers. Then you can have the confidence of knowing that you are doing what you can to be the person God wants you to be. That’s a much more satisfying way of being happy about who you are. 

Doug Wells, Camden Avenue church of Christ, Parkersburg, VA

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WEEKLY NEWS, MAY 2, 2021

CHEROKEE DAY ON MAY 1ST

Cherokee day in a different format!

This year, Saturday, May 1st, was designated to be CHEROKEE DAY Grocery Day. This “Drive-through” event had guests enter the campus by their new arched entrance for a driving tour of their campus. Opportunities to visit with the children and staff were available to visitors.  There was a take-out line at the pavilion, where the visitors in the cars picked up a delicious barbecue sack lunch to enjoy on their ride home. Drive-through time was between 11 AM and 1 PM.

Like always, our congregation financially contributed to the HOME’s grocery drive. Money donations are considered very helpful, because with those the HOME then are able to buy groceries in bulk or according to their needs.  Our congregation’s donation was personally delivered on that day. All our members were invited to go and visit CHEROKEE HOME FOR CHILDREN on this special day!  We have supported the efforts of the Cherokee Home for many years financially and with out thoughts and prayers.  Let us continue to do so always.

WEDNESDAY PM BIBLE CLASS

May 5………Light and Salvation…………..Troy Futrell

May 12 ……A Song of Praise………….. Kynn Maxwell

May 18……God’s Knowledge of Man…Kynn Maxwell

May 26…………….……………………………Bible Video

BIBLE CAMP NEWS

News from the Heart of Texas Bible Camp, Brady, TX

The Sunset Ridge Church of Christ in Brady, TX, is hopeful that the yearly camp sessions will be able to take place again this year.

This is the upcoming schedule:

Session One — Grades 4-7 — June 6-11 — directed by Virgil Webb

Session Two — Grades 8-12 — June 13-18 — directed by Robert Baugh and Dale Sheehe.

We hope and pray that it will be possible for those sessions to take place. After a year of challenging times, it would be a great blessing for the children and all the members of the staff.

BEAUTIFUL FOOTPRINTS

“And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!”” Romans 10:15

SOUTH AFRICA BIBLE COLLEGE STUDENT REPORT

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Despite all the hindrances of the COVID pandemic our brethren are finding ways to spread God’s word. Here is part of the 1st quarter Gospel Chariot report from Nigeria. Keep all of these works in your prayers. For the elders, Ken D

Hi everyone. This is only our African update and we are looking at ways to not make it so long winded, but a picture tells a thousand stories. Hope this finds you doing well. God is Good and we are unbelievably busy. I personally cannot keep up with all the reports and updates coming in from all over the world. God is up to something really, really big with Gospel Chariot and now also Gospel Share Missions.

Hundreds have been baptized into Jesus this first quarter with more than 20 small groups or churches started and more than a thousand have been trained up with our 4 fields discipleship multiplication tools. We believe that God is helping us mobilize the church during this trying time. We cannot wait until all the Gospel Chariots are back on the road, but until then we are NOT WAITING, but allowing God to equip us, and we equip others, who equip others. How this has all come about is a miracle from God, and we give him the Glory. See below what God is doing.

NIGERIAN 4 FIELDS DISCIPLESHIP MULTIPLICATION TRAINING

Biodun Owolabi has reported the following on the 24th of February: Praise God for the souls that obeyed the gospel after the Four Fields discipleship teaching at Church of Christ, Kemta, Abeokuta, Nigeria, last Sunday.

NIGERIAN GOSPEL CHARIOT BACK HOLDING GOSPEL MEETINGS AND A NEW CHURCH PLANT

Biodun Owolabi has reported the following on the 2nd of February: The Nigeria Gospel Chariot engaged in an evangelism outreach to Laderin Estate, Abeokuta, Ogun State, from January 21 through 30, 2021. This was the first outreach in 10 months since the chariot was parked by the middle of March 2020, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic that ravaged and is still ravaging the whole world. The meetings were held Thursday through Saturday for two weeks culminating in the establishment of a new congregation on Sunday, January 31, 2021. The outreach was a success in spite of crowd restrictions to conform to Covid-19 protocols. We covet your prayers for the growth of the new congregation.

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NIGERIAN 4 FIELDS MULTIPLICATION TRAINING WITH BIODUN OWOLABI.

Biodun reported the following on the 16th of January:  The 4 Fields Discipleship Training for 2021 started at COC Arakanga, on the outskirt of Abeokuta, Ogun State, Nigeria on Sunday, January 10, 2021. The online training started on Thursday, January 14, 2021. The online training is scheduled for 7pm (WAT) every Thursday. One on one training are slated to start this week at Mile Six and Kajola COC simultaneously. Preachers Workshop for discipleship training is scheduled for May, while other training schedules are being held across the country by those that have been trained. We covet your prayers that as the multiplication tools are deployed, the Lord of harvest will make a mustard tree of these efforts

To God be the Glory.  In Him.  Love, Brother George Funk

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WHEN THE LAST BARRIER TO VICE IS BROKEN DOWN

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While recently reading from Moses Lard’s Commentary on Paul’s Letter to Romans, my attention was captured by a sentence from Lard on the following text: “There is no fear of God before their eyes” (Romans 3:18). Among Lard’s comments on the preceding verse is this statement: “Where God is not feared, nothing else is; and when this last barrier to vice is broken down, sin comes in like a flood” (emp. added).

Is there a sense in which the fear of God is the “last barrier to vice”? The voices of America’s Founders certainly resonate with this conclusion. George Washington, in his Farewell Address (1796) put it in the form of a rhetorical question: “Let it be simply asked where is the security for property, for reputation, for life, if the sense of religious obligation desert the oaths…?” Daniel Dreisbach, in his fascinating book, Reading the Bible with the Founding Fathers, says the “prevailing view [was] that oath-taking was an essentially religious act.” An oath in late eighteenth-century moral philosophy was defined as a solemn appeal to the Supreme Being for the truth of what is said, by a person who believes in the existence of a Supreme Being, and in a future state of rewards and punishments. John Locke had earlier expressed the fear that the oath of a man, unleashed from a belief in and fear of God, would be meaningless…In short, there is no security (or trust) in the atheist’s oath because the fear of divine sanction has no hold on the atheist” (304-05).

Where is the fear of God today? Is it in our homes? Is it in our churches? Is it in our schools, colleges, and universities? Is it in the halls of our government? Is it in our entertainment? Is it in the streets of our communities and cities? Is it before our eyes and in our hearts? Is it in my life and yours? When “this last barrier” is breaking down we will see exactly what we see happening today. We need a spiritual awakening! May it begin with you and me (Romans 13:11). – Charles C. Pugh III, warrenapologetics.org

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WEEKLY NEWS, APRIL 25, 2021

CHEROKEE DAY IN A DIFFERENT FORMAT!
This year, Saturday, May 1st, has been designated to be CHEROKEE DAY at Cherokee Home for Children. This “Drive-through” event will have guests enter the campus by their new arched entrance for a driving tour of their campus. There will be a take-out line at the pavilion, where the visitors in the cars can pick up a delicious barbecue sack lunch to enjoy on their ride home. Drive-through time is between 11 AM and 1 PM.
Like always, our congregation will send a check to the HOME. Money donations are very helpful, because with those the HOME is able to buy groceries in bulk.
Our check will be personally delivered on that day. All of our members are invited to come and visit CHEROKEE HOME FOR CHILDREN on this special day!

WEDNESDAY PM BIBLE CLASS

April 28 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Video

May 5 . . . . . Light and Salvation . . . . . . .Troy Futrell

WORLD BIBLE SCHOOL NEWS

Henry Kattner lets us know that 696 pieces of WBS mail were processed and shipped to Nigeria last week.

HEART OF TEXAS BIBLE CAMP (BRADY, TX) NEWS

The Sunset Ridge Church of Christ in Brady, TX, is hopeful that the yearly camp sessions will be able to take place again this year.

This is the upcoming schedule:

Session One — Grades 4-7 — June 6-11 — directed by Virgil Webb

Session Two — Grades 8-12 — June 13-18 — directed by Robert Baugh and Dale Sheehe.

We hope and pray that it will be possible for those sessions to take place. After a year of challenging times, it would be a great blessing for the children and all the members of the staff.  Pray for this good work.

BEAUTIFUL FOOTPRINTS

“And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!”” Romans 10:15

SOUTH AFRICA BIBLE COLLEGE STUDENT REPORT

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A new report from Tyler Meredith, whom we help support at Sunset School of Preaching. Please keep Tyler and his fellow students in your prayers. For the elders, Ken D

My third term at SIBI was one of the most challenging academically. Along with taking classes, I had the opportunity to do some traveling. I was able to preach at several local congregations and one supporting congregation. I traveled to Kingsland, New Braunfels, and Midland. I have gained much knowledge and confidence in what I am doing this term.

The classes that I took this term are Preaching from the Old Testament, Romans, Family and Youth Ministry Toolbox, Christian Counseling, Church History and Doctrine, and New Testament Greek. Preaching from the OT helps to understand how to preach using OT scripture effectively today. Romans was an in-depth study over the book of Romans. Family and Youth Ministry Toolbox is designed to help one learn how to use different materials in a youth classroom. Christian Counseling teaches one how to effectively council members in the church. Church History and Doctrine took us back to the beginning of the Christian religion and the advancements that have occurred since then. New Testament Greek teaches one how to use tools to understand the Greek language in the New Testament scripture. This term was challenging academically, but it was extremely helpful in gaining knowledge.

This term I was able to share some of the knowledge I have gained at several churches in the area. I visited Plains, TX, Seagraves, TX, Rotan, TX and Kingsland, TX. Highland Lakes Church of Christ in Kingsland is one of my supporting congregations and I was blessed to spend some extra time with them on a weekend trip. All of the churches that I visited with this term were so kind and welcoming to me. One of my favorite things about being here at SIBI has been visiting and fellowshipping with local churches. I have had wonderful experiences at these churches.

During this term, I was also blessed with the opportunity to travel several times. Some of these trips were to local congregations, and other trips were farther away. I traveled to Kingsland, TX to visit a supporting congregation and fellowship with them. While I was in Kingsland, I got to visit with the elders and even stay with an old friend. I also traveled to New Braunfels to watch my fiancée play in her golf tournament. We also traveled to Midland, TX for a day to see some sights and visit family and friends.

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During this term, I was also blessed with the opportunity to travel several times. Some of these trips were to local congregations, and other trips were farther away. I traveled to Kingsland, TX to visit a supporting congregation and fellowship with them. While I was in Kingsland, I got to visit with the elders and even stay with an old friend. I also traveled to New Braunfels to watch my fiancée play in her golf tournament. We also traveled to Midland, TX for a day to see some sights and visit family and friends.

We have now started meeting in-person for class again (like in the good old days)! We are still remaining moderately strict with the COVID protocols, but it feels like old times again. I am thankful for that.

I just want to let you all know how grateful I am to have had this opportunity. My life here in Lubbock and my schooling at SIBI would not be possible without your support. Thank you so much for the prayers and care you have shown me now and in previous years. I pray God will continue to bless you in everything you do.

Tyler Meredith

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THE MOST OFTEN REPEATED COMMAND

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Of all the commands in the Bible, which one is repeated the greatest number of times? I think you may be surprised! Love is the greatest command, but it’s not the one most often repeated. Writers often speak of pride as being at the root of human failures, but warnings against pride or encouragement to be humble are not the most often repeated commands. Neither are the warnings against sexual impurity or the urging to believe or repent.

The single command that occurs more often than any other is Fear not. There are other forms of this command: “Do not be afraid,” “Be strong and courageous,” etc., but according to Lloyd Ogilvie, there are 366 Fear not verses in the Bible – one for every day of the year, including one for leap year!

Fear doesn’t seem to be the most serious vice in the world. It didn’t make the “Seven Deadly Sins” list. No one ever receives church discipline for being afraid. So why does God tell us to stop being afraid more often than He tells us to do anything else?

John Ortberg suggested that the reason God tells us to Fear not so often is because ―fear is the number one reason human beings are tempted to avoid doing what God asks them to do. Fear causes us to lie to avoid pain or embarrassment. Fear of rejection causes us to listen to gossip. Fear of being poor causes us to neglect family, friends, and God to work more hours. Fear causes us to flatter someone because we’re afraid they won’t like us if we don’t. Fear causes us to go along with the crowd instead of standing apart. Fear of being lonely causes us to justify unwholesome companions.

Fear is the reason so many will not step out of their comfort zones and teach a class or lead a song or prayer or delve more deeply into God’s word. Fear is one reason so little evangelism is being done. Fear is the reason we deny the Lord in difficult situations. Fear is the reason the storms cause our faith to falter. Fear is the reason we betray our values and friends in times of need. Yes, I’d say fear is a major problem for us. We need to be told often to Fear not. At least I do.

Yet, there is another kind of fear that would help us overcome these other fears if we would learn to use it. Solomon wrote centuries ago, “Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man” (Ecclesiastes 12:13). In other words, we need to have deep-seated reverence and awe of God in everything we do every day of our lives – to live by faith in God alone – to keep our eyes focused on Jesus and nothing else. Ironically, if we choose to “Fear God” in the sense Solomon said we would be far less likely to need the 366 commands to fear not.

Pity the person who is more afraid of the winds and the waves than he is of the God who created and controls them.  – Joe Chesser, Fruitland church of Christ Jackson, MO

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WEEKLY NEWS, APRIL 18, 2021

PRAYER REQUEST
A Very Ardent Prayers Request Greetings beloved of God, After 15 months of relative scarcity concerning spread of COVID-19 in Cambodia, the situation here has radically changed. We ask that each of you pray for this country. The World Health Organization (WHO) in Cambodia warned that the country had reached another critical point amid a sudden, huge surge in community transmission cases and deaths. Sending love, Dennis Welch

WEDNESDAY PM BIBLE CLASS
April 21 . . . . Righteous & Ungodly . . . Cary Miller
April 28 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Video

BEAUTIFUL FOOTPRINTS

“And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!”” Romans 10:15

SOUTH AFRICA BIBLE COLLEGE STUDENT REPORT

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We know how God places such value on family and family relationships. We are thankful to see some of our brethren in Nigeria building Christian homes. Brother Mike Udam shares a retreat report. Ask God to bless all families with Christ. Greet the elders. Ken D

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“The 2021 Christian Family Retreat took place in Enugu over the weekend and to the glory of God, it afforded me and my family the opportunity to meet with other 7 families to spend time with each other in fellowship. Since 2015, each year we use the holiday period during Easter to meet and critically look at how we are faring in our families.

This retreat was born out of the fact that so many preachers and church leaders are not getting it right with their families. They may be effective in preaching but very poor in family management. They may be eloquent in evangelism but very poor in interpersonal communication with their spouse. So, to fill this gap, we decided to come together to share experiences with each other and help each other build a very strong home.

My family was blessed being in this year’s retreat. Our thinking is that a strong family leads to a strong church. Your support is part of what gave me the financial muscle to attend this retreat. We have to pay for accommodation for four days and pay for feeding during this period. I am glad that the retreat is having positive results. Lord willing, we shall be in Port Harcourt next year.”

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THE FADING BEAUTY OF THE FLOWER

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“Flowers appear on the earth; the season of singing has come, the cooing of doves is heard in our land” (Song of Songs 2:12). I have always liked spring. The flowers of spring are beautiful and amazing in their detail and intricate design. Spring is a time of bright color and fragrance as plants rush to produce seeds for the future. Some of the most amazing flowers are so tiny they are hard to even see and often go overlooked by us mere humans. I admire the wonder of God’s creation even though they lead to problems with allergies and I am saddened by how quickly they wilt and die.

The Bible often uses flowers as an illustration for things that are quick to develop and just as quickly fade away. The life span of a human is often compared to that of a flower. “The life of mortals is like grass, they flourish like a flower of the field; the wind blows over it and it is gone, and its place remembers it no more” (Psalm 103:15-16). “Mortals, born of woman, are of few days and full of trouble. They spring up like flowers and wither away; like fleeting shadows, they do not endure. Do you fix your eye on them? Will you bring them before you for judgment? Who can bring what is pure from the impure? No one! A person‟s days are determined; You have decreed the number of his months and have set limits he cannot exceed” (Job 14:1-5).

While our life may be short, God has made a way for us to spend eternity with Him by being born again through baptism in His son Jesus. “For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God. For, „All people are like grass, and all their glory is like the flowers of the field; the grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of the Lord endures forever‟” (1 Peter 1:23-25). This mortal body may fade, but God will provide us an everlasting one. God’s love and promises will endure forever.

Brad Tolbert Monticello church of Christ Monticello, AR

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WEEKLY NEWS, APRIL 11, 2021

WITH SYMPATHY

Former member, Donna Feuerbacher, passed away on Saturday, April 3rd in Abilene, TX. Funeral services took place on Saturday, April 10th at Putnam Funeral Home in Kingsland. Joe Winnett officiated.

Our love, heartfelt prayers and condolences are extended to husband Bob, to the children, grandchildren and all the relatives, and to many others who knew and loved Donna in this life. May God be the greatest comfort in their sorrow.

WEDNESDAY PM BIBLE CLASS

April 14. . . . Job Appeals to God . . . . . Ken Darnell

April 21 . . . . Righteous & Ungodly . . . . Cary Miller

April 28 . . . .  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Bible Land Video

BEAUTIFUL FOOTPRINTS

“And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!”” Romans 10:15

SOUTH AFRICA BIBLE COLLEGE STUDENT REPORT

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BEAUTIFUL FOOTNOTES

We are excited to hear what has been going on in SE Asia from our missionaries there. The report is divided into three parts. Keep the named prayers and work there in your prayers. For the elders, Ken D

Part 3 of a report from the Welches in Cambodia.

GIRL’S BIRTHDAYS

We recently celebrated two of our girls’ birthday, Theary (29) and Sreypov (24). These girls bring us so much joy and we are praising God for having them in our lives. While we were in Phnom Penh we joined the girls for a joint birthday celebration which included delicious food and an Ice Cream birthday cake. Since moving to Kampot, Theary and Sreypov have rented their own place and have continued to work in the capital city. Theary has been working for the American Embassy and is thriving. Sreypov has continued her work making amazing pastries, bread and the most delicious cheesecake ever. Please pray for our precious daughters.

VISITORS

Our house in this beautiful countryside setting is quickly becoming a favorite retreat opportunity for friends. Since our last newsletter we have had many come for short and several-day visits. We praise God for blessing us with these opportunities to host others and share the Lord’s blessings to us. Come see us and hang out for a spell

PRAYER CIRCLES CAMBODIA

In a window between community COVID outbreak events which always cripple the country and restrict travel, the Prayer Circles Cambodia prayer ministry team made an epic seven-day ride through the eastern half of the country, Dennis’ longest ride to date. On this ride we were able to travel even closer to the eastern border than ever before, praying through regions and villages that were new to our group. We were surprised to find signs of the Kingdom of God at work in some very remote locations. Please join our prayer efforts, begging God that every Cambodian has an opportunity to hear the Gospel, believe, turn and be healed.

COVID UPDATE

A COVID outbreak (four Chinese women bribed security guards to escape quarantine) on 20 February has had a devastating effect on the country. To date the number of cases in the country went up about 300% in just one month and Cambodia has now recorded five deaths after getting through all of 2020 and early 2021 with no COVID deaths. The outbreak has required that the country implement stronger restrictions on the movements and gathering together of the population, resulting in the need to postpone our daughter’s wedding for a couple of months—no firm date has yet been set. Please pray that the country takes appropriate measures, the population adheres and the spread of the disease abates.

PRAYERS

Once again thank you for being an important part of our story, our ministry and our journey. We praise God for you. We ask you to continue to pray for Cambodia from every facet of God’s work among these people.

Grace, Peace, Love & Blessings,

Dennis and Sharon

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