Churches of Christ door knocking in Washington D.C.

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(UC-News, by Jamie Suiter) – This past June 42 members of the Madison Alabama church of Christ flew into our nations Capitol with intent of sharing the gospel of Christ.

Several years back Kyle Massengale worked with the late Jerry Jenkins and Jerry impressed on him the idea of all the members of the church being involved in evangelism. They have adopted that model and put it into practice at Madison.  Brother Jenkins, was the minister for the Roebuck Parkway church of Christ for 44 years and was host for “The Living Word“, television program which aired all over the state of Alabama and was also picked up in later years by the Gospel Broadcasting Network.

Although the Madison congregation supports brotherhood works all over the globe, the elders also set aside funds for their members to engage in evangelizing here in the United States.  Madison is very big on encouraging all members on being teachers and doing something that will “create opportunities to evangelize”.

The campaign group focused their work at the 16th and Decatur church of Christ to encourage and assist in reaching out teaching and hopefully adding to their number.  Kyle D. Massengale , Madison’s Evangelism Minister had ties with 16th and Decatur going back to when he was in college.

The nearby Georgia Avenue congregation assisted in providing support and meals for the Madison group while in Washington.  

 

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Well known gospel preacher Willie Franklin was recruited, former member of the Baltimore Colts to speak during the campaign.  

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(Above, Willie Franklin discussing the thief on the cross with a group after a nightly meeting.)

They rented buses to go out into the community and quickly mingled with the crowds. One morning they gave out bagels along with an invitation with scripture and cheery note to come and study with the church.

 

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(Above photo of team members teaching the homeless.)

With the local church they built a tremendous bond shared knowledge and experiences in a different cultural setting as 16th and Decatur is a predominately black congregation.

The Fishers Of Men presentation was used to create curiosity with the approach,  “would you like to see how the Bible answers differing questions”, as the conversation flows with each contact and door knock.  If a study was declined they asked to pray with contacts and got a good positive response.

One  of the cooler evenings they all went to the National Mall and sang praises to God. They found other members of the church of Christ in D.C for different reasons who joined in along with others. They also did this at the Jefferson Memorial with people joining in till it reached hundreds singing songs like “There is a God”, with no one taking an issue to the group.

Stops ranged from Bus Stops, various Washington sites and an Adult Day Care along with door to door evangelism.

A total of 5,000 doors were knocked on which resulted in 30 Bible Studies and 5 making the decision to be baptized.  More are continuing bible studies with the local church.   Juan Garcia is having studies with those who were Hispanic.

 

Kyle says the members at Madison after engaging in such efforts in other areas of the USA are much bolder on reaching out in their own community.  This helps spread the gospel in other areas and trains well equipped workers in the Kingdom of Christ at home.

Check out the website and all the good works going on at the Madison Church of Christ

http://www.madisonchurch.org

 

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Churches of Christ helping those in need in Texas

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This past Saturday alone 2767 lunches were served to those in need by Disaster Assistance Church of Christ in Texas at an estimated 3500 or so for this past Lord’s Day.

Volunteers and items are needed at the drop off points along with prayers and donations.

The cost of each meal is around $1.50-$2.00. With the order for Sunday at 3500, this makes the meal average cost for Sunday $5,250. According to Mike Bumgartner, the CEO or Disaster Assistance Church of Christ they have funds in reserve, but they are using them quickly at this rate. 

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Above are volunteering Christians helping prepare meals at one of the brotherhood church buildings serving as distribution centers for DACOC.

The congregations serving at distribution centers are as follows –

League City Church of Christ    

1801 East Main St.

League City TX, 77573

Lake Jackson Church of Christ

402 Center Way

Lake Jackson TX, 77566

Pearland Church f Christ  

2217, Grand Boulevard

Pearland TX, 77581

Westside Church of Christ

831 Heights Rd

Alvin, TX 77511

Needs

  1. Your Prayers
  2. Volunteers
  3. Funds
  4. Gift cards (Wal-mart, Lowe’s, Home Depot or gas cards)  
  5. The items needed to go along with our meals are individual bags of Trail Mix, Honey Buns, Protein/Energy Bars, Breakfast Bars, Peanut Butter Crackers, Muffins, Pop Tarts, Fruit Cups, Chief Boyardee microwave cups, and Small bottle Gatorade.
  6. Baby diapers/wipes, mops and brooms.  

Since the Disaster Assistance Church of Christ began in 2008, the work has helped in 33 disasters in 18 states and the island of Samar in the Philippines. Well over 400,000 meals have been served or handed out, hundreds of bible studies have been conducted, families helped with Small Appliances/Kitchen Wares and numerous other items. Thousands of families have been helped with cleanup and repairs. In the Philippines over 50 homes were rebuilt and many churches repaired or totally rebuilt by Disaster Assistance Church of Christ through their contact man Edwin Inso, Samar Bible School Director.

With thousands in shelters and their homes destroyed the need is great. If you are like many wanting to help those effected by Hurricane Harvey please consider partnering with Disaster Assistance Church of Christ. –  Jamie Suiter 

Website and contact information –

Mike Bumgartner CEO

Phone – 281-881-1876 

disasterassistance@gmail.com

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The Elders of the Lake Jackson Church of Christ, 402 Center Way St, Lake Jackson TX 77566 review all donations and expenses of this mission work.

A father’s advice on making mistakes.

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My dad used to tell me when I would beat up on myself for making a mistake by saying, “Son the only folks who don’t make mistakes are folks who don’t do anything.”
Good advice, and many times parents may wonder if their words of wisdom is falling on deaf ears, but they tend to be nuggets of gold their children take out and look and reflect on long after they are gone.
When we fall or make mistakes as Christians we need to get up again and continue on the journey. We learn lessons that will be helpful to us and wisdom learned and then we are able to share to others up ahead.
Good food for thought.  God bless,  Jamie Suiter
For the righteous falls seven times and rises again, but the wicked stumble in times of calamity. Proverbs 24:16 ESV

Glen Campbell and the church of Christ

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According to recent news releases Glenn Campbell the famous songwriter and country music legend passed away today in Nashville TN at the age of 81.  Campbell and the family had been dealing with Alzheimer’s disease for the last several years of his life.

What many don’t know is that Glenn Campbell grew up in the churches of Christ over in Delight Arkansas.  His parents John Wesley and Carrie Dell (Stone) Campbell were reportedly very devout members of the church. Their son Lindell was a gospel preacher.

In 1981 Glenn had gone through a rather difficult time in his life and remembered his upbringing and wanted to be baptized in the creek “Saline River” that he had played in as a boy in Arkansas.  A few days before Christmas his brother Lindell Campbell baptized Glenn.

Below Saline “Creek” River in Delight AR, the place of Campbell’s baptism.

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Glenn’s life was turbulent with several marriages, drugs and alcohol.  Campbell was married four times, and had five sons and three daughters.

Glenn and his wife Kim joined a Baptist church in Phoenix .  In a 2008 interview, they said that they had been adherents of Messianic Judaism for twenty years.

We in churches of Christ are saddened by the passing of one of our wayward brethren.   Jamie Suiter

 

 

 

 

Sources below-

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glen_Campbell

http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/08/08/523951843/glen-campbell-country-music-legend-is-dead-at-81

https://www.guideposts.org/better-living/health-and-wellness/addiction-and-recovery/guideposts-classics-glen-campbell-on-gods

Please remember the ongoing relief work for Churches of Christ in the Philippines on the island of Luzan

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With all the excitement of the elections going on here in the USA many have forgotten about the devastation Typhoon Haima caused this past October on the island of Luzan. Members of churches of Christ were affected in this northern part of the nation known as “Typhoon Alley!”

Demar Elam ( Director of Mission Studies – Amridge University , Chancellor of ACU)  and Junas Sagurit (President of Asian Christian University) have made an appeal for funds to help Christians affected by the recent typhoon.  Since the Asian Christian University campus was not damaged on the Western side of the island the campus is a great center for distributing the needed aid.

Brother Junas Sagurit made this statement on a Facebook post a few days ago. –

Relief and assessment mission for the victims of Super Typhoon Lawin. We were able to provide food packs and over-the-counter medicines to the brethren in Ilagan, and Santiago, Isabela, Tabuk City, Kalinga, and Nueva Vizcaya. Lord-willing we will come back with more help.”

Many have been helped thanks to the generosity of brethren, but ongoing relief work is still needed.

Please make checks payable to:
Adairsville Church of Christ and on lower left of check write: typhoon relief.
Send checks to:
 Mike Smith
4746 Joe Frank Harris Pkwy
Adairsville, GA 30103
Contact Information- (Demar Elam)

Phone: 256-230-0074
US e-mail: demar.dixie@charter.net

The elders of the Adairsville congregation oversee ACU.
Photo below of a Christian home destroyed by Typhoon Haima.
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(UC News)-  Jamie Suiter
UndenominationalChristianity@disciples.com

He was moved!

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ἐσπλαγχνίσθη- esplanchnisthē is a key word for every disciple of Christ. This word describes the deep to the core of his being of not only pity, but compassion the savior had toward the problems of man.
When He saw the crowds, He was moved with compassion (ἐσπλαγχνίσθη) for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Matthew 9:36
Jesus did not put his hand up and say to troubled people “I don’t want to hear you, just get over it!” Jesus was able to put his self in their and our place and be a solution to the problem. Hold out a helpful hand to someone who needs the healing touch of Jesus .

Good food for thought. JS

Let God restore your wasted years

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The Israelites of Joel’s day were somewhat weary over the chastening of the Lord and it seems he was trying to console them by informing them of blessings and restoration to come because of their repentance. “ I will restore to you the years that the swarming locust has eaten, the hopper, the destroyer, and the cutter, my great army, which I sent among you.Joel 2:25

Have you ever felt like this? Years of sin and life situations swarming in your life just eating away and taking your joy and peace? Many of us have been in the same boat. The “wrapping” may be different, but the emotions and feelings inside “the box” are all the same.

I spent several years in depression and have thought of all those wasted years taken from me. Those years have been restored countless times. My father was an alcoholic, and was even hospitalized for getting into a barroom fight once with a broken jaw. He later became a Christian, got out of the crowd he was hanging with and had a great life after.

The parable of the lost son shows the Father not only welcoming home His wasteful child with open arms, but bestowing him with precious gifts. Luke 15:11-32  God not only promises us as faithful children of God a home in heaven one day , but wants us to have a fulfilling life here and now. Situations may not change, but God can move in ways we can’t even imagine. Submit to his will today and he will restore your wasted years! 1 Peter 5:6And God will exalt you in due time, if you humble yourselves under his mighty hand. Jesus said he came in part so we could have an abundant life here and now. …. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.John 10:10

Today is God’s gift or “present” to you, so make the best of it! Let God redeem the time you feel that has been lost! “making the best use of the time, because the days are evil.Ephesians 5:16

Good food for thought. God bless,  Jamie Suiter