An American Mission Trip – Report
This is why the work of HTHSOE is so important. Each year, HTHSOE dedicates some resources to training small and remote congregations within our own borders. This year, we spent time in Omaha, Nebraska; Buhl, Idaho; and made a quick stop in Arnold, Missouri. The following report covers 5,920 miles and 21 days.
As we mentioned a few weeks ago, Jonny Royal graduated from the Memphis School of Preaching in 2019 and has been trying to establish a congregation in Omaha. This is a city with a population of 1.3 million people in and around it. Sadly, there are very few congregations of our Lord where Christians can worship. Right now, about 15 Christians meet in a rented office space seeking to establish a congregation.
We spent several days training and equipping the saints to evangelize. Before departing, we spent Saturday demonstrating the principles. We knocked several doors of those who recently moved near them using the New Movers program by HTH and left baskets along with an invitation to visit. Additionally, we sent cards to non-Christians to generate local contacts. I believe this was our first ever seminar where we had 100% attendance. Jonny wrote the following when I was on the way home:
“Hey brother. Things are going great. Two weeks of cards sent now, and the congregation is still very encouraged. We have been going over Back to the Bible on Wednesday nights. Every Wednesday night before we study Back to the Bible, I mention a few thoughts about “fishing for men.”
During the seminar, another congregation visited. One of their deacons wrote this the next week:
During the week I met a lady who owned the local creamery in Buhl. We frequented it almost every day for ice-cream. On our last visit, she began to ask about COVID and if it was in the book of Revelation. Several members of the congregation were with me, so I thought this would be a great example of how to get into a Bible study. First, I deferred every question and did not allow her sincere desire for answers to become a debate. Second, I hesitated as she mentioned multiple religious errors. Third, I tried to learn as much as I could to lead her to a Bible study, replying, “This is a great question; it is obvious you read your Bible as most people don’t even know enough to ask these questions.” I learned she was a Lutheran but was not a long-term member. I finally asked her if it would be okay to come back and show her the answer. I cannot wait to hear how this turns out!
On our way home, COVID reared its ugly head in Kansas where we were scheduled to speak. We made a quick change to do some Advanced Evangelism training at Arnold. It was great to see this congregation after just over a year from our initial training. They have had several baptisms and are working hard to reach souls. I was able to teach a brand-new advanced lesson titled “30 Effective Evangelism Tips.”
In His Service,
Rob Whitacre, Director HTHSOE