Stories of Good News

The Good News is a monthly report of effective ways congregations among churches of Christ in the United States are spreading the Word in their communities.

Please read all of these "good news" stories to find good ideas for your church to use.

The Good News is one of the many ways in which Oklahoma Christian University serves churches.

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July Good News Has Stories from the US, Africa, the Caribbean, and Online Lessons

The Good News Newsletter for July has stories good things happening to convert people in the US, good news items from Africa, a marriage seminar conducted on the Caribbean Island of Guadeloupe, and a widely used set of lessons available online.  Also there is a note about the upcoming Oklahoma Christian University Lectureship. The next Good News newsletter will be in September.

Please send story ideas to stafford.north@oc.edu.  We need to hear your good news story.

Posted on July 21st, 2014
 

Much Good for the Lord Happening in Africa

Kenya and Nigeria

by Stafford North

Having spent time on several occasions in the African countries of Kenya and Nigeria, I am always interested in what is happening there.  Many in different African countries are so receptive to the gospel and there are many efforts going to reach them.  Below is a brief report on just three of the many good things happening in Africa.  We will have more stories about Africa in the September issue of Good News.

Tony Hopper is with the 850-member Vaughn Park Church of Christ in Montgomery, Alabama, and is …

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Posted on July 21st, 2014

Many Ways to Reach Out

by Stafford North

Yesterday at the congregation where I attend, the Memorial Road Church of Christ in Oklahoma City, two women were baptized from among those who come to church each week from a “pre-release center.”  Each week a church volunteer drives a van to this center to pick up women who are being “re-oriented” as they are released from prison.  Others help provide lunch for them and visit with these women.  They are allowed to have jobs and go to church but have to be back to their Center at night. Many women have been baptized through this program.



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Posted on July 21st, 2014

Online Lessons Draw Huge Response

Charles Valentine, an artist who worked for many years with Sunset International Bible Institute and who taught art in Siberian schools, began in 2001 to develop a website primarily for children to study the Bible in interesting ways.  Since then, he has prepared lessons that cover the Old Testament story from Genesis to King David and all the New Testament books except Hebrews.

The response has been remarkable.  In the thirteen years since the program was begun, the site has had 110 million page hits, and through letters and emails Valentine knows that all kinds of religious groups over the …

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Posted on July 21st, 2014
 

Marriage Seminar Successful on Guadeloupe Island

Marriage Seminar Guadeloupe Island

Pam and Arlin Hendricks, long time missionaries in Lyon, France, recently went to the island of Guadeloupe, a French speaking island in the Caribbean.  They gave their marriage seminar there and report that the event went well with 78 participants including 54 visitors, more than twice the number of local church members.  The locals had done an excellent job of advertising and extending personal invitations. The audience grew with each session.

The Hendricks report, “One goal of our annual trip to Guadeloupe is to inspire the Christians.  Being on a small …

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Posted on July 21st, 2014

Oklahoma Christian Lectureship Focuses on Helping Members to be Fully Engaged

The OC Lectureship, set for October 5-7, will focus on the theme of helping members to become “fully engaged” in the work of the Lord.  The plan presented to move them to greater engagement is to help them to become more like Jesus in five different ways:  serve, tell, exemplify, pray, and sacrifice.  If churches will help their members grow in these five areas, members will become more active and many good things will happen in the congregation.

The Lectureship will have very practical workshop type sessions.  On Monday, for example, there will be four sessions that will introduce topics …

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Posted on July 21st, 2014