Man up! — How Iron Sharpens Iron: Preparing to Pass the Baton to the Next Generation

September 18th is coming Saturday! The day when the Cherokee Home for Children will be hosting a day for men (only!) to come together in brotherhood and camaraderie to hear some terrific speakers, and have fun doing some “manly” things.

Two accomplished guest speakers and men of God, will share their experiences and insight on what it means to “Man-up” in today’s world when it comes to mentoring and preparing the younger generation to “take the baton”. Those guest speakers will be John Cannon, who recently retired from full-time preaching at the Walnut Church of Christ in Texarkana, and Paul Shero, who currently preaches at the Southgate congregation in San Antonio.

There will be a BBQ and demonstrations on lots of activities enjoyed by men and fun competitions. A silent auction is also planned.

An excellent opportunity to “re-charge” and for fellowship with Christian brethren!


Since the vast majority of our congregation is at this time fully vaccinated for the COVID virus, wearing a protective mask is now optional in our services. But we encourage the unvaccinated and those who feel more secure with a mask to continue wearing one.


Ladies Class will start up again on Wednesday, September 15th, at 10 AM, in the Fellowship Room.

Study will continue in the previous book, starting with “James.” Let Gail Darnell know, if you need a book, she will order more books.


“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

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Last month we helped support a team of Nigerian preachers, including Mike Udam whom we regularly support on an evangelism mission to Keyna. This is part one of Mike’s report on the trip. Please pray God will us these efforts to His glory. For the elders, Ken D.

Photo by Mike Udam


The goal of Africa Evangelism Mission is to strengthen the church across Africa and build capacity in leaders to be able to use improved skills in growing their congregation to the admiration of the owner.

A five-man team left Nigeria for Kenya on the 6th of August and returned on the 16th and below is a concise report of what happened there to the glory of God.

We worked with Healing Hands International, Made in the streets, the church at Eastleigh, the church at Summerville, Nyere, the church at Babadogo, the church at Lukenya, Manchok county, and the Nairobi Great Commission school.

Healing Hands International (https:// http://www.hhi.org/) is a Christian-based NGO involved in providing skills to the less privileged that will equip them to feed themselves in these trying times. We participated in their two days training of adolescents from Made In the streets in agriculture and basic farming skills. In the process, we spoke to them about Christ and shared Bibles to them to equip them with spiritual skills to become close to their savior. It is important to state that Made in the streets (https:// http://www.madeinthestreets.org/about-mits.html) is another NGO based in Kenya that picks up kids on the streets of Nairobi who wander without hope and direction and train them for three years and reintegrate them back into the society with skills to face the future with hope.

We were motivated by their story to spend an evening with them and encouraged them using Phil 4:13. It was an emotionally charged atmosphere as we struggled to give them hope even when they think deep inside them that they don’t have hope. We are glad that the seed has been sown. Most of the adolescents there are already baptized, but being picked up on the streets without parents, is enough to inflict emotional pain that requires a connection with Jesus for proper healing.

We also spent a day with leaders of the congregation in Nyere County where we impressed upon them on the need to stay with the Word of God as the only authority on religion. The 55 participants also each got a Bible as our support to make them study it more. In their vote of thanks, they requested that we should come over and spend three days teaching and interacting with them on the scriptures. They were excited that there still exist people that are teaching the one true old gospel as opposed to those who have embraced denominational doctrines today.

Our midweek was spent with Keith Kesanjian, the International Director of Bear Valley Bible Institute, and we visited the church at Babadogo, a suburb of Nairobi where the Bear Valley school has one of its campuses in Kenya. Some members of the team took out time to speak to the school children in the Christian school run by the church meeting there. Our time spent with Keith gave us a picture of the great work that is in Africa and the need for men to wake up and share the undiluted gospel.

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