Our next ―Soup Luncheon will be Wednesday, November 20, from 11:30 AM — to 12:30 PM in the Fellowship Room. It’s a great time to invite and get to know guests.
2020 CONGREGATIONAL BUDGET
The Elders are beginning their work planning for our 2020 budget. We encourage deacons, ministry leaders and members to share their budgetary concerns with the elders as soon as possible. Please pray for this budget work so that our congregation will have a very successful 2020!
Sunday, November 10th . . . . Our congregation will take up the special contribution for the Solar Player Mission, a major multi-continent effort using hand-held solar-powered audio players to reach the world with the Gospel. Please consider this mission work prayerfully and join with us today to raise funds for this worthy work!
HELPING HANDS PANTRY
Needs – Plastic bags, shampoo, bath soap
SOLAR PLAYER MISSION PHASE V
Our congregation will help support the Solar Player Mission Phase V of the Sunset International Bible Institute through a special collection. What follows has additional information concerning that mission. We pray you will support this effort through prayers as well as in any other ways you can. For the elders, Ken D
The vision of this Solar Mission is to reach the most people possible who speak the 5th most spoken language in the world with the Gospel and to reach those in need of the Good News who live in one of our closest neighboring countries.
The purpose of this Portuguese/Creole Solar Mission is to deliver a combined total of 3,000 solar players in Portuguese to all of the Portuguese speaking nations in the world including Brazil, Mozambique, and Angola and in Creole to Haiti. This will be a two year project beginning in 2019 and continuing through 2020.
Portuguese is the world’s 5th largest language with a major presence in Africa and South America and in some island nations. This Portuguese/Creole Solar player effort can reach many people in Africa to aid the rapid growth of the church there, primarily in rural areas. It will help plant new churches in remote parts of Brazil like the Amazon River basin. In the Northeast part of that country it will help to continue the significant growth of the church. Just as importantly, it will help to follow up with and strengthen churches that are scattered all across Brazil. Creole is the language of Haiti, one of our close neighboring countries.
Haiti is a neighbor in need. About 40% of the population is illiterate. Poverty, lack of education and old religions still adversely affect progress. Much good is being done for Haiti in God’s name to address medical, nutritional, educational, and economic needs. Those meeting physical needs in His name also want to meet the spiritual needs and have asked for solar players in the Creole language that they will use as a tool to reach people with the ultimate Good News of the Gospel.
Providing solar players in Portuguese and Creole is a unique opportunity to help reach many good souls in hard to reach places in Africa, Brazil, and Haiti, to help plant new churches and to strengthen many existing congregations. It can be a great teaching tool used by those who are working to relieve physical suffering in God’s name.
The plan is to deliver a combined total of 3,000 Portuguese and Creole language solar players by the end of 2020.
Portuguese language solar players will be distributed throughout the Portuguese -speaking world. In Africa that will be primarily Mozambique. In South America it will be Brazil. Several other nations will also receive Portuguese solar players.
Tex Williams, Longtime Missionary and World Bible School President, Dies
Robert Harold Williams, known among Churches of Christ worldwide as “Tex,” died Wednesday afternoon. He was 91.
For nearly two decades, Williams served as president of World Bible School, a ministry that teaches the Bible through correspondence courses delivered by postal mail and online. The 46-year-old ministry, which is supported and overseen by members of Churches of Christ, has played a role in thousands of baptisms worldwide — especially on the continent of Africa.
A memorial service is scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 2, at the Westside Church of Christ in Round Rock, Texas. A graveside service follows at 1:30 p.m. at Cook-Walden Cemetery in Pflugerville, Texas.
At an early age — 7 or 8 years old — Williams was told by a Sunday school teacher that he was destined to become a missionary. His response: “No, I’m going to be a cowboy,” he told The Christian Chronicle in a 2011 interview. Eventually, he fulfilled his teacher’s prediction.
Williams attended Texas A&M University and Abilene Christian College (now University), where he played football. He worked with the Boles Children Home in Quinlan, Texas, (now part of the Arms of Hope ministry) and directed the Bel Canto Singers.
He and his wife, Mary Jane, married June 10, 1955. He preached for the Northside Church of Christ (now Hyde Park Church of Christ) in Austin, Texas, which assisted the couple as they became missionaries to South Africa. In 1957 the Williamses began serving there, mainly in the cities of Port Elizabeth and Benoni. In Benoni they helped launch Southern Africa Bible College, which trains ministers to serve in Churches of Christ across the continent.
After nearly 13 years in Africa, the couple returned to the U.S., where missionary Cline Paden invited them to train future missionaries at the Sunset School of Preaching (now Sunset International Bible Institute) in Lubbock, Texas.
In 1985, Reuel Lemmons recruited Tex Williams to move to Austin and serve as his assistant in the World Bible School ministry. Two years later Tex Williams became the ministry’s president. During his tenure, he recruited another missionary to Africa, John Reese, to join the ministry in 1991. In 2006, Reese succeeded Tex Williams as president.
Tex Williams had been home bound in recent years. He is survived by his wife, Mary Jane, their five children and multiple grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Memorial gifts may be made to World Bible School.