Update on the work in India
The work in India is growing. The congregation at Thimmapuram has nearly finished the expansion of their building. Many other congregations are building church buildings. Many congregations are expanding their buildings. (I am sorry to report that a few congregations have stopped meeting.) We have been blessed by your contributions to be able to help with many of these. We are praying this year will be the same as other years.
Wayne, Dan and Vernon Curry, are the only ones going in our group this year. The atmosphere is changing in India toward Christians. Please pray for their government, the Indian Christians and us. Our efforts for the Lord are along the eastern coast of India. This is a distance north and south of about 400 miles. We travel west from the coast into the area as much as 75 miles. Most of our work is in the farming villages although we preach in a few large villages. We hope to preach for 60 to 70 congregations.
The cost of the trip for each of us is about $5,000. We have enough promised for our trip. Arnold Church of Christ plans to pay for Dans trip. Dan is one of their elders and the prison minister. One of our deceased members, Brother Jay Brown made provisions for my trip. Others have given enough so we have enough for Waynes trip.
Please read on! There is much to do to help the church of Christ in India. In the remainder of the letter I have explained a few of the efforts in which we are involved.
We always work with B. Vijay Kumar. He makes the speaking schedules for us. He arranges for hotels, transportation, food or any need we have. He will arrange the renting of any tent, chairs or loud speakers, etc. He worked with many other America preachers before we met him; Perry Cotham, Albert Gardner, and many more that I do not know the names.
Every year we buy Bibles to give to the new Christians. Brother Vijay buys the Bible in two languages because the work is including new converts from both languages. The cost is three dollars for one language and four dollars for the other. This price is available when a few hundred are purchased at the same time. Before our trip to India in January we will send money for that purpose. Money from your contributions is used to buy these Bibles.
There are several tracts which are used to hand out during door knocking efforts. During the monthly preachers meetings the preachers are given tracts, books, song books and Bibles for their congregation or to pass to the community. Most of the tracts were written by Brother Vijay others by faithful brothers from the United States including Brother Wayne Curry. Your contributions are used to help pay for these tracts to be printed.
Every year we help widows and orphans. This year we are planning to buy some sewing machines to give to widows. They can sew for people and help support themselves. Preachers wives also sew to help support their families. The price of one machine is about $125. This is a great help for these women. It is the custom for the Indian men not to marry widows. So many of them are very poor. Your contribution can change the lives of these women in need.
Brother Vijay is known by many preachers in the area. I asked him how many and he said that he knew about 180, but that as many as 400 know of him. He writes a monthly paper to help teach the truth of the Bible. He prints about 3,000 copies each month. Some are mailed to various parts of India to those who speak Telegu. Many are given to the area preachers at the monthly meetings. Here is an interesting note: Some of these people are sending this paper to family or friends who live in the United States who understand Telegu. Your contribution helps to pay for the printing and mailing of these monthly papers.
Some preachers are given some help each year. Many of them have an immediate need. Sometimes it is medical or it may be to help with personal needs. Most of these are preaching in two or more congregations each Sunday. We rely upon brother Vijay to let us know if those who ask are faithful. Some have asked who are not faithful. They have been refused. Some faithful preachers are supported by some of you on a monthly schedule. We sent this amount each month for them. Those who are supported are men who have been preachers for a number of years.
Bicycles are given to some preachers. This helps them as they go to the different places to preach. These are about $100 dollars each. I have been to India fourteen different trips. I know that bicycles are used for transportation by many, many of the Indian people.
I have mentioned a few of the efforts which your contributions help with. If you wish to make a contribution you can give it to Vernon. All money sent will be used for the India work. Any amount will help. Notice above that $3 or $4 will buy a Bible.
Don Magill, Bill Fry (Mary Jo Fry's son), Betty Spiker, Judy Curry, Flo Lombardo, Richard (Cleo Crofford's son), Liam Gregory (Anna Gregory's great grandson), Ruby Goodrum, Claude and Billie Lowe, Clella Whiteside, Eli Kelly (Bill & Jo Ann's grandson). Velma (Mary Taylor's sister), Amanda Kenser (niece of Sue Kenser).
-Peggy Brake had her surgery on Monday and did very well. She will have a very long recovery time. On Wednesday she walked about 90 feet. Let's keep Peggy and Dennis in our thoughts and prayers.
-JoAnn Godwin fell last Sunday and broke her leg. She had surgery on Thursday morning.
-Debbie Ward's uncle, Irvin Carr, had surgery on Tuesday to remove a blockage and they perforated his bowel during surgery. He is in St. Francis Hospital at Cape.
-Sherry Smith has ask for prayers for several of her family members. Leo O'Hara, brother-in-law and Rusty Crimson, cousin, they are dealing with cancer. Judy Thornhill, cousin, fell and broke her arm and is still having problems with it. Jim Ward, uncle, is being treated at the VA for skin cancer.
-Lou Roach's sister, Lee DuBois, has stage 4 cancer. It is inoperable. She will be taking treatments.
-Dathel Webber broke her leg and had a doctors appointment last Wednesday.
DEALING WITH CANCER:
Nadine Barton, Gary Kenser (son of Bill Kenser), Mary Ault,Tom Huff , Harold Shaw
Renee Henfling (Mary Spradling's sister), Helena Gardner, Sharon Davis (friend of Joane Kelly), Jackie Kassing (Friend of Joane Kelly), Debbie King (Jamie Harty's niece's mother-in-law), Scott King (Joyce Schunk's son), Tiffany Ledbetter (friend of Belinda Pullum), Geraldine Brackley (cousin of Jamie Harty), Mary Wagner (Anna Gregory's sister), Lee DuBois (Lou Roach's sister), Sharon Moore (friend of Sharon Hewlett).
CONFINED TO HOME: Pat Ivy, Dathel Webber.
NURSING HOMES: Wanda Ashby in Rivermist; Alvoy Richardson, Nadine Barton, Terry Butler, Ruby Dunn are in Westwood Hills, Leoma Owens in Mark Twain, and Kathleen Battles is in Cedargate Assisted Living.
-I would like to thank everyone for their cards, calls, visits and prayers for me while I was in the hospital. Hazel Weathers
-Piedmont Mo - November 5 - RSVP
-Shady Acres - Sikeston Mo- Oct 23rd - 26th. Sunday evening will be for the youth.
-Bernie Mo - October 30 - Nov 2. Keith Parker will be the speaker.
Children's Home Food/Supply pick-up -November 28. (spaghetti noodles, chili mixes, large freezer bags, microwave popcorn, kidney beans, & ranch style beans.
Who Is This Person?
Answers for last week's riddle:
#1 - Jamie Harty
#2 - Harry Prouty
Person 1 -
I was born in Clarksdale MS.
I love sports, especially baseball.
I went to school in Dunklin Co. and played basketball, baseball and track.
I hold the record for discus throwing, which is still not broken. (296ft 11in)
I love hunting, fishing and just being outside.
I am a man.
Person 2 -
I was born in Arkansas.
I love to watch the Cardinals, just don't scream as much.
I attended High School in Batesville AR, and college in Little Rock AR.
My favorite food is anything sweet.
I have 2 children, 6 grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren.
I am a woman.
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
We wanted to take a moment from the cleanup, restoring and rebuilding to thank both your congregation and the individuals who so kindly sent donations.
Your loving generosity brought tears to our eyes and joy to our hearts. The challenges brought on by the flood have been made easier by your thoughtfulness. It feels wonderful to know that awesome Christians are out there cheering us on and praying for us. Our Lord's work is able to continue on a daily basis thanks to all of you. Thanks again for your love, support and continued prayers.
In Christ, Denham Springs Church of Christ, Denham LA
Romans 10:17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God. Read also Matthew 7:24-27
Hebrews 11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please him; for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him. Read also Mark 16:15-16, James 2:24, John 12:42
Acts 2:38 Then Peter said unto them, repent, and be baptized everyone of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. Read also Acts 17:30, Luke 13:3
Acts 8:36-37 And as they went on their way, they came unto a certain water; and the eunuch said, See, here is water; what doth hinder me to be baptized? And Philip said, If you believest with all thine heart, thou mayest. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. Read also Matthew 10:32-33
Acts 22:16 And now why tarriest thou? Arise, and be baptized, and wash away thy sins, calling on the name of the Lord. Read also Acts 2:38 and Romans 6:3-4
2 Timothy 4:7-8 I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing. Read also Revelation 2:10
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Morning Worship... .10:00 a.m.
Evening Worship ......... 5:00 p.m.
Wednesday Bible Study...7:00 p.m.
Tuesday Bible Study ......10:00 a.m.
Westwood Hills Nursing Home Service
Wednesday .............. 10:00 a.m.
Tom Carter .... ........ . 785-7455
Charles Lancaster .... .......... 785-8748
Mark North .................................. 686-2230
Ralph Nelson ....................... cell # 776-4655
home # 785-7773
Lorenzo Sandlin ..... ......... . 785-4118
Stacey Ward ... ......... 718-8198
Vernon Curry ......................cell# 714-8240
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Poplar Bluff, MO 63901