Good News for March Has Stories Reaching from India Through Africa to Truck Stops and the Inner City

The March issue of Good News tells about the explosive growth of the church in Mombasa, Kenya, unusual baptisms in India, evangelism at truck stops in Dallas, the power of one invitation, and the inner-city work in Little Rock.  Lots of good news to encourage you!  There is also a note about a great trip to Greece, Turkey, Jordan, and Israel which many connected with OC are taking and in which you might be interested.

We want to encourage you again to take the survey which the Oklahoma Christian Church Relations Department is doing to learn more about why some members do and others do not do more in evangelism.  We really need you to take this survey by clicking the following link:  http://bit.ly/ocscgl.  Please also send this link to your congregational email list and ask them to participate.

Posted on March 21st, 2014

Church Growth in Mombasa, Kenya is Good News

Mombasa

In February of 1987, when Ken and Pat Beckloff were working in Nairobi, Kenya, they learned of some people in Mombasa, Kenya, who were studying the Bible through lessons from World Bible School.  They went there to meet them and to further their study of the Bible.  These WBS students eventually formed the nucleus of the first congregation in Mombasa, a city of over a million people.

In 1990, the Beckloffs moved to Mombasa to build up the church there and, through their efforts and the work of many others, the number of members has grown rapidly.  There are now twelve congregations in the city itself and about forty more have been established in regions outside the city.

Mombasa

An important element in this growth has been one of the twenty branch campuses of the Great Commission School which is centered in Nairobi.  With a fairly consistent enrollment of about twenty, this branch school has trained many evangelists who have gone out to serve churches in the area.  One of the requirements of the school which has been especially beneficial has been that students go out on weekends to work with smaller congregations and, sometimes, to establish new ones.  The school not only teaches students the Bible and how to preach, however, but also prepares them with a trade so they can support themselves—either tailoring or computers.

Mombasa

Another sign of growth in the church at Mombasa is the development of a Christian school which offers classes for elementary and high school students.  This program not only teaches typical academic subjects but also teaches students the Bible and acquaints them with the church. 

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Posted on March 21st, 2014

The Power of an Invitation

by Garrell Kidd, Minister, Tuttle Church of Christ

The power of an invitation was mightily demonstrated in the church of Christ in Tuttle, Oklahoma, a congregation of about 150.  Here’s what happened.  On a beautiful Saturday morning, September 10, 2011, three ladies from the congregation here went to Bricktown in Oklahoma City to spend the day.  On that same Saturday morning, several college students from Langston University, primarily to serve African-Americans, also went to Bricktown for the day. We learned later that they went to Bricktown to “evangelize.”  Being a little discouraged at the lack of reception to their efforts, the students retreated to a yogurt place to “regroup.”  There they met our ladies from Tuttle.  After a little discussion, one of the ladies extended the invitation, “Come and worship with us at the Tuttle Church of Christ.”  And they did!

On Sunday morning, September 11, 2011, thirteen students from Langston University, 70 miles away, occupied the front row. They continued to come to Tuttle on Sundays.  We began Bible studies with them on Sunday afternoons.  They brought other students and one by one they began to respond to the gospel.  My records show, twenty-three now baptized into Christ. 

This work with students from Langston University is now centered at the Eastside congregation in OKC, and more are being brought and taught the gospel. 

All of this because three ladies on an excursion for recreation invited strangers to “worship with us at the Tuttle Church of Christ.”  THE POWER OF AN INVITATION! 

Posted on March 21st, 2014

Inner-City Work in Greater Little Rock Flourishes Through Providing Needed Services

Little Rock

by Stafford North
In the late 80’s, a small group of believers from the Levy Church of Christ committed to making a difference in Little Rock’s Inner-City, starting with some Bible classes for children and some outreach among adults.  From this small effort has come a fully developed and very extensive program that involves a number of paid staff members and a large number of volunteers.
There are two congregations to serve those in the inner-city.  The Silver City Church has been meeting in downtown North Little Rock for seventeen years and has put in a great deal of effort ministering to “at-risk” youth, focusing heavily on one-to one mentoring.  Greg Sublett has been leading in this work since its beginning.

The other congregation is the River City Church meeting in the inner-city of North Little Rock since the early 90’s.  Starr Pistole, Don Williams, Kyndra Thomas, and Keith Lape comprise the church ministry team and they serve with a group of long-term vocational missionaries and many volunteers.  Even though the church is a blend of many cultures, they seek to bring all to be one in Christ.

Little Rock

A sister entity, River City Ministry (1) seeks to feed the hungry through hot lunches and a food pantry, (2) cloth those in need with a clothing bus, (3) shelter the homeless by working with HUD housing programs, (4) care for the sick through a clinic which provides medical, dental, and vision services, and (5) mentor the next generation of urban ministers.  Dr. Anthony Wood is Executive Director and has been serving the poor since 1985.  Since he has been working with this program over 600 have …

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Posted on March 21st, 2014

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