WEEKLY NEWS, AUGUST 11, 2019

HELPING HANDS PANTRY
Needs – Shampoo & bath soap
Thank you!

SUMMER SERIES SCHEDULE
Wednesday Evening Summer Series (for August)
August 14 — Ken Darnell
August 21 — Troy Futrell
August 28 — Singing

VISITING FOR THE MASTER (VISITATION PROGRAM)
The Team, led by Cary & Brenda Miller, will meet on Wednesday, August 14th at 6:30 pm in the library for their assignments.

EASTERN EUROPEAN MISSIONS!
This Sunday morning (14th) we welcome Monte Tuttle from the Eastern European Missions. We are looking forward to his report about the work of EEM during the Bible class hour and to the message he will share with us in his sermon. We always enjoy hearing what he has to tell about this very important mission work.

SPECIAL DAY COMING
On Wednesday, August 14th
We will be hosting the Teachers & Public Servants’
Appreciation Breakfast, 7 AM to 9 AM

BEAUTIFUL FOOTNOTES

NIGERIA GOSPEL NEWS APRIL-JUNE 2019 PART 3

BEAUTIFUL FOOTNOTES

What follows is the last of a report of evangelical work in Nigeria that we help support. Please keep this work in your thoughts and prayers. Especially be mindful of Sylvester’s prayer requests below. For the elders, Ken D

GOSPEL NEWSLETTER – APRIL- JUNE 2019 CHURCH OF CHRIST, IGARRA, EDO STATE, NIGERIA Part Three

News, Needs & Notes

My Health:

For some time now, I have had struggles with my health. Since April this year, I have been seeing Drs. at the Specialist Hospital in Irrua, here in Edo state. I have had problems with my throat, and some other concerns with my neck region. Mainly, I have gone through several tests and x-rays that have not yielded much results. Specifically, at Irrua, they lacked the equipment to look into my throat. Last month I was sent to the bigger hospital in Benin, but the situation was not different. At last, I am now seeing Drs. at the ENT clinic at the huge University College Hospital in Ibadan in Oyo state. My next appointment is the 8th of August. I ask for prayers.

State of Insecurity

The state of insecurity in Nigeria is becoming a global concern. Our national leaders are not honest about the seriousness, probably because they are guilty one way or the other. Boko Haram was the major source of violence. Now the Fulani Herdsmen banditry is far worse. Almost everywhere in Nigeria, this menace is being reported. Kidnapping, has continued to grow and spread as well. No one individual has the solution to these our societal problems, but we do have a God in heaven that answers prayers. Please do not relent in praying for us

An Imminent Vacation

From an anonymous source we have received money for Sandra and I to go on a vacation for about 3 weeks, between the months of August and September. Plans are still skeletal. In time, as I have more information, I will send it out. Sandra and I have been terribly overworked in the past couple of years, and thus we are looking forward to this vacation – to be away from home and from our regular work

Appreciations

With humble hearts of gratitude we say THANK YOU to you all who have been a source of support and encouragement to us in one way or the other in the many ways we have been trying to serve Christ in Nigeria. We thank you for the funds, for the prayers and for the moral support. May God be and abide with you all.

Reports From:

Reports From:
Sylvester A Imogoh
Minister: Ugbogbo church of Christ, Igarra

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HELP! IT’S TIME FOR BREAKFAST!

As many of you know, we have been partners with the Llano Church of Christ for many years in providing a Teachers & Public Servants Appreciation Breakfast for those who serve our community so well. We were just notified that this year’s Appreciation Breakfast will be held on Wednesday, August 14th from 7 AM to 9AM. Obviously, we don’t have much time to get ready, so I am calling for all volunteers to sign up as soon as possible. As usual we are on need of “home’ cooks” who will prepare the bacon & sausage, “in the church” cooks who will handle eggs, pancakes, biscuit, beverages, etc. We also need hosts & hostesses who will welcome our guests and see to their needs. Of course, we also will need “eater/greeters” who will just sit down and eat/visit with our guests.

Sign-up sheets are on the table at the back of the auditorium. Time is limited, so if you can help us this year, please sign up as soon as possible for all the jobs you would be willing to do. Assignments will be made according to your choices, but generally no one will have to do more than one thing. Thank you in advance for making this breakfast the typical success it always is! — Joe

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WEEKLY NEWS, AUGUST 4, 2019

HELPING HANDS PANTRY
Needs Shampoo, bath soap
Thank you!

WITH SYMPATHY
Donna K. Encolade, cousin of Paula Welch and Gail Darnell, passed away on Sunday, July 28th in Missouri. Our sympathy, love, and especially our prayers, are going out to the family.

VISITING FOR THE MASTER (VISITATION PROGRAM)
The Team, led by Cary & Brenda Miller, will meet on Wednesday, August 14th at 6:30 pm in the library for their assignments.

REMEMBERING OUR SPANISH WORK
Salvador San Tillan is ready every Sunday morning to teach a Bible class in Spanish. This is a worthy endeavor. Do you have friends who would benefit from this Spanish Bible study? Let them know about it by giving them a warm, personal invitation. Those who already come, make them feel welcome and at home in our fellowship.

SUMMER BIBLE STUDY
Wednesday Evening Summer Series (for August)
August 7 — Ken Darnell
August 14 — Ken Darnell
August 21 — Troy Futrell
August 28 — Singing

BEAUTIFUL FOOTNOTES

NIGERIAN GOSPEL NEWSLETTER APRIL-JUNE 2019

What follows is part two of a report of evangelical work in Nigeria that we help support. Please keep this work in your thoughts and prayers. For the elders, Ken D

GOSPEL NEWSLETTER – APRIL- JUNE 2019 CHURCH OF CHRIST, IGARRA,EDO STATE, NIGERIA Part Two

Eye- Glass Ministry
We were blessed to receive a box of reading glasses from sister Melissa Hargrove of Haskel, Ok. Sandra was in charge during a set time at the seminar to give out reading glasses to those who needed them. You may send eye glasses directly to me by post, or you can send money for eye glasses to David Cutshall of the Sioux Falls church of Christ.

World Bible School Seminars
On May 20th we organized a WBS seminar at Success Secondary School here at Igarra. And we used the opportunity to speak to the students face to face and answer their questions. We shared tracts and enrolled new students – since many of the older ones are graduating.
On June 21th, we repeated the same exercise at Apex College Ekor. In these two schools we have students who are studying the Bible through the efforts of The Highland Lakes church of Christ in Kingsland, Texas, Bridgewood church of Christ in Ft Wt , Texas, The Memorial church of Christ in Houston Texas. The brethren in some of these congregations had sent us names of some of the students who needed personal contacts. We need to repeat these types of exercises from time to time so as to complement and enhance the Bible-teaching efforts of the American brethren who are sending the lessons.

Bible Purchase
From the Highland Lakes church of Christ, Kingsland, TX, we received funds with which we have purchased Bibles as follows:
v 200 Regular Bibles – KJV, leather-bound
v 50 Giant Print Bibles – for those who are matured and have difficulty in reading small prints
v 55 Children’s Bibles – for teaching children Bible classes at church
Total Bibles Purchased = 305
We are so grateful for these resources for work. And we are appealing to anyone who can to help us with a little more funds to buy more Bibles, especially Study Bibles.

NIPOST Tract’s Rack
We are still able to maintain our stand at the Igarra post office, where we place tracts and books for visitors to take and read. This is bringing much interest in the church from outsiders. Some of these readers have come as visitors to church on Sundays.

Reports From:
Sylvester A Imogoh
Minister: Ugbogbo church of Christ, Igarra

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THE FUTILITY OF OPPOSING GOD

The Futility of Opposing God By LeRoy Brownlow

“Why do the nations rage and the peoples plot in vain? The kings of earth take their stand and the rulers gather together against the Lord and against His Anointed One. ‘Let us break their chains’ they say, ‘and throw off their fetters.’ “Psalm 2:1-3

The Second Psalm deals with conflict: Messianic power and the sinner’s rebellion. In the rebels’ rebellion they rage, plot, take their stand against the Lord and say what they shouldn’t. Evil men have always felt that God’s rule is too restrictive; so the sinners chafe and gall in their ill-fated desire for uninhibited living, they say, let us break (God and His Anointed One’s) chains (restrictions) and throw off their fetters (verse 3). No chains, no fetters, no controls. What a terrible picture!

However, their evil imaginations are vain and to no avail. They are left defeated and crushed. The Lord shall laugh at their foolishness (verse 4). Hold them in derision, contempt. “He rebukes them in His anger and terrifies them in His wrath” (verse 5). Our God is merciful but firm. How silly of man to think he can win in opposing God! God’s rules cannot be overthrown. Every attack against Him rebounds against the attacker. Against Him, you face defeat! But with Him you are a sure winner.

He always wins who sides with God,
To him no chance is lost;
God’s will is sweetest to him when
It triumphs at his cost.
~~ Fredrick William Faber

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WEEKLY NEWS, JULY 28, 2019

WORLD BIBLE SCHOOL
On Wednesday, July 17th, Henry mailed 576 lessons to the students we are teaching in Nigeria. We thank Henry for his diligent work.
Wednesday Evening Summer Series (for July/August)
July 31 — Singing
August 7 — Ken Darnell
August 14 — Ken Darnell
August 21 — Troy Futrell
August 28 — Singing

FELLOWSHIP MEAL………………..today, Sunday, July 28th, at Noon!
Hosts and hostesses are: Bill & Mary K. Flanary, Kathy Patterson and Joe & Teri
Winnett.

HELPING HANDS PANTRY
Needs – Tooth paste, shampoo, bath soap
Thank you!

BEAUTIFUL FOOTNOTES

Nigerian Gospel Newsletter Part 1

April – June 2019

What follows is part one of a report of evangelical work in Nigeria that we help support. Please keep this work in your thoughts and prayers. For the elders, Ken D
GOSPEL NEWSLETTER – APRIL- JUNE 2019 CHURCH OF CHRIST, IGARRA,EDO STATE, NIGERIA

Ugbogbo Community Outreach
One of the good things that is happening to our worship services which has blessed our outreach is a regular stream of visitors to church. These
visitors are coming from the various phases of our Community Outreaches: – The Monthly evangelism; Ladies’ Bibles classes, Youth activities,
Visitations and Tracts distributions. This time my Sandra added yet a new dimension to our outreach. She started a ”Market Evangelism”. She
simply takes a bunch of tracts and books to the market each time, and shares with customers. Our markets are ‘open markets’ with population
from so many villages around. We have seen that as a catchment area for soul winning. In this quarter, a total of 14 obeyed the gospel. We had 4
new babies born by Ugbogbo women in the quarter!

The Print Ministry
A] Highlights of The Outreach Print Ministry for The Quarter
God has blessed our efforts in this quarter with more funds and thus we have produced and shipped more tracts to places than ever:
v 520,000 – Total number of tracts printed
v 497,500 – Total number of tracts used
v 22,500- Total number of tracts unused
v 204- Total number of shipments made in the quarter
v 46- total number of converts recorded in the quarter
v One new congregation started
Because we received an additional [anonymous] donation of $1,000, we were also able to pay off what we owed in the past two previous quarters.
Now we have a positive cash balance of N70,950. This has not happened in the past two years! We are truly thankful for the opportunities to serve
in the kingdom’s work in Nigeria, and Africa

B] Book Production
In this quarter, we have been blessed with funds to produce two new books and one reprint:
i. 3000- Copies of the new book- The Message of Salvation
ii. 3000- Copies of the new book- – Trials, Troubles and Afflictions in Christianity
iii. 2000 Copies of reprint of the book:- Visitors’ Handbook
Therefore we have been blessed with a total of 8,000 books in addition to the plenty of tracts we were able to produce. And these have been of great value to the work of evangelism in
Nigeria as these good gospel materials are being shipped to many places all over Nigeria to enhance the work of Christ.

Reports From:
Sylvester A Imogoh
Minister: Ugbogbo church of Christ, Igarra

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WHOSE ROLL ARE YOU ON?

Discipleship can honestly be claimed only by those who are willing to abide in the word of the Lord. A handle on truth and freedom is promised to be available to those who so abide. In Jno 8:31-32, Jesus told those Jews who had believed Him, “If you continue in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine; and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.”

James spoke about abiding in the word, in terms of “doing”. He said, “But one who looks intently at the perfect law, the law of liberty, and abides by it, not having become a forgetful hearer but an effectual doer, this man will be blessed in what he does”, Jas 1:25. The writer of the Hebrew letter tells us that spiritual maturity belongs to those who have trained their senses to discern good and evil, through the practice of the word of God, Heb. 5:14. That tells us that spiritual maturity does not come through just hearing or reading the word of God, but through doing what it says. Spiritual maturity does not come through preaching the word to the people in the pews. It comes from the practice of the word by the Christians who live in the world.

An important prerequisite for practicing the word of God is that one must first delight in it. The psalmist tells us that the man who delights in the law of the Lord is blessed because of what his delight in the word will enable him to avoid and what will empower him to do. “He will not walk in the counsel of the wicked, nor stand in the path of sinners, nor sit in the seat of scoffers, but he will meditate in the law of the Lord day and night,” Ps. 1:1, 2.

Paul gave Timothy several personal suggestions to help him in his ministry. Then he added, “Take pains with these things; be absorbed in them, so that your progress will be evident to all,” 1 Tim. 4:15. Could that be one of our problems, that we are not willing to take pains with and be absorbed in the study and practice of God’s word? If we could catch spirituality as easily as we catch a cold, we would be in good shape. But with spirituality it takes more than exposure. It takes effort, painstaking effort and absorption, it takes diligence, training and practice and the doing of God’s word. Yet many of us do not even avail ourselves of all the Bible study opportunities the church offers us. Is it because we are so engrossed in our own personal study that some of us don’t need the benefits of our Bible classes? If so, then surely the rest of the congregation would benefit greatly from our presence and from what we could contribute to the classes! After all, Christianity is a mutually beneficial association of people, who not only love the Lord, but also each other. Paul stressed to the Corinthian Christians that their “gifts” were for the common good, 1 Cor. 12:7. And in Gal. 6:2, he did teach us we are to bear one another’s burdens, didn’t he?

What do we want from Christianity? Is it our names on the church office roll, in the church directory, or do we want them written in the Lamb’s Book of Life??? The prerequisites are not always the same Whose roll are you on?

  • Ken Baird, Drexel Blvd. church of Christ, Oklahoma City, OK
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WEEKLY NEWS, JULY 21, 2019

HELPING HANDS PANTRY
Needs Plastic bags, shampoo, bath soap
Thank you!

FELLOWSHIP MEAL
. . . next Sunday, July 28th after the AM Worship assembly
Hosts and hostesses are: Bill & Mary K. Flanary, Kathy Patterson and Joe & Teri Winnett.

WEDNESDAY EVENING SUMMER SERIES
July 10 — Joe Winnett
July 17 — Joe Winnett
July 24 — Joe Winnett
July 31 — Singing

BEAUTIFUL FOOTNOTES

GOSPEL CHARIOT 2ND QUARTER SOUTH AFRICA REPORT

Continue to pray for this great gospel effort in Africa. For the elders, Ken D
Gospel Chariot Southern Africa Second Quarter Update 2019

Hi Everyone, hope this finds you doing well. This is our Southern African first quarter report and it is amazing what God is doing. I traveled to four countries in the region, doing church planting and disciple making seminars. Mike Knappier also spent two months in Tsumeb, Namibia, teaching and helping there. I am very excited about our ministry fast becoming a church planting and disciple making movement. We have always been a very evangelistic ministry, but there is a difference being evangelistic and making disciples who make other disciples and that is where our focus is on now as we help congregations go from addition to multiplication and also encourage all churches to have daughter church plantings in mind and planned.

Have a look at the multitude of amazing things that God has done through us all and that includes you all, who support this work. To God be the Glory. In Him. Love, Brother George Funk

Photo 1
Church planting and Disciple Making Seminar
Photo 2
Chariot Campus Bible School
It is our first intake at the new campus and we are so excited as this is also the first time we are teaching them to do small group drills on how to hold and multiply cell groups in their space and place, helping them to be confident when they return home and able to start a small house church.
Photo 3
Gospel Meeting at the Campus
Photo 4
Chariot Outreach
Photo 5
Working with community people
Photo 7
Bible Distribution

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