|Reaching the Lost- Success Stories
Featured Work: The Southwest School of Bible Studies
The Southwest School of Bible Studies in Austin, Texas, was privileged to have Rob and Nicole Whitacre of HTHSOE. Rob taught our 19 students, some alumni, a future student, and visitors during the day as part of our Evangelism Curriculum. The students were educated and edified. Nicole taught the ladies one night, and the lesson was well-received. Rob and Nicole’s zeal for evangelism is evident and contagious. We ended the week with a practicum of helping an alumnus and the congregation where he preaches in a door-knocking campaign. The students reported that Rob’s teaching had already given them confidence, comfort, and focus to talk to the lost of the community. We count the short week that Rob spends teaching and motivating our student body to be an indispensable part of the SWSBS curriculum. – Trent Kennedy, Director
Editor’s Note: Our partnerships with our schools of preaching produce some of our most productive work. HTHSOE currently partners with ten schools throughout the brotherhood. Returning to SWSBS was a special treat since I was there from 1995-1997 as a student.
Due to the generous contributions of congregations and individuals, HTHSOE can equip each student with training materials and evangelistic tools. All students will have everything they need to reach the lost in their local work.
In addition to the training, Matt Gibson and John Garza teach evangelism classes. The students are incorporated into the local evangelism work of the Southwest church of Christ. Students learn how to greet new movers, knock on doors, use House to House/Heart to Heart, and conduct Bible studies using Back to the Bible and Believe the Bible.
We will be traveling to the Texas School of Preaching later this month. In addition, HTHSOE will be training at Heritage Christian University, the Southeast Institute of Biblical Studies, and the Tri-Cities School of Preaching this year. We ask for your prayers as these students take what they learn into the field. May God be glorified as souls are being saved.
Student report from Alex Simmons: “I wanted to let you know I have a Bible study set up for next week using the back-door method. Thank you so much for teaching us to save souls!”
Welcome Buda-Kyle church of Christ, Texas: We welcome the Buda-Kyle church of Christ to the House to House/Heart to Heart School of Evangelism. This congregation has dramatically impacted the kingdom worldwide with their work with WVBS. Now, they are poised to have this same effect in Buda. Their first update has already been provided and can be read below.
Welcome 9th and Main church of Christ, San Angelo, Texas: We want to welcome the 9th and Main church of Christ to the House to House/Heart to Heart School of Evangelism. This congregation has enormous potential. They were evangelistic prior to our arrival, so our training will just enhance their work in the Kingdom. We look forward to watching and learning as they implement the HTHSOE model.
Glencoe church of Christ, Alabama: David Marker (elder) reports, “So far this year, all of our metrics are up. We continue to have good participation and are seeing our attendance increase. We have had six place membership, and one has been restored. Wednesday night, we did a mock study to help the congregation be more prepared and confident when studying with someone. We got a lot of positive feedback from that. Currently, we have six ongoing Bible studies, and we may add one more. The New Converts class seems to be going well.”
Hatton church of Christ, Alabama: Chris Miller (preacher) reports, “We met Sunday for our Mission meal, which continues to have great numbers and participation. After assigning visits for those who have been receiving cards, we assigned about 15 additional visits for people who have already been visited and continue to be good prospects. We hope to set up several Bible studies.”
Foothills church of Christ, Searcy, Arkansas: Josh Alexander (preacher) reports, “After studying Back to the Bible with one of our elders, Tristian obeyed the gospel Saturday afternoon. We are continuing to work with our prospects in setting up Bible studies. We appreciate all of the encouragement.”
Monticello church of Christ, Arkansas: Josh Walker (preacher) reports, “We put the finishing touches on our evangelism table. Many contributed to this effort. Yesterday, we had an area meeting with the local congregations, and we were encouraged greatly. We are making visits and praying that those visits begin to lead to Bible studies. We have a Ladies’ Day on the 17th of this month, and many of our women are excited to invite their friends, family, and neighbors. We appreciate all prayers for these efforts and the Bible studies that are taking place now.”
Lake City church of Christ, Florida: Jim Flegert (elder) reports, “Our mover team had another opportunity with seven new movers assigned to receive mover baskets. At the time of this report, we learned that one of the recipients of a basket had become familiar with the location of our building and was open to visiting our worship service. We continue to have positive feedback from new movers and pray that over time, some will be placed on our prospect list.”
Niceville church of Christ, Florida: Joe Palmer (preacher) reports, “This week we have three people in active Bible studies: one couple and a single individual. We have a group Bible study being conducted with some non-Christians; we hope this will lead to other Bible studies. We continue to train on Sunday and Wednesday nights. This week, our group who met for Compassion Cards had an all-time high for the group. We are working toward opening new work in 2024. We had one couple as new local visitors and gave out one visitor bag.”
Oak Hill church of Christ, Rome Georgia: Matt Wallin (member) reports, “During Covid we started a weekly men’s group. We met every Tuesday night on Zoom. When Covid ended, we met in person. We met at my house every week for two and a half years. That group changed all of our lives. The lives of our men were so changed that the wives wanted to start a group for themselves. And they did. They would meet at our house every Tuesday, and then the men would meet. Our college, young adults, and families with small kids blossomed from those groups. One of the women from our women’s group recently invited a coworker to church.
On Wednesday night, he came! We set up a study with Jordan for the next night, Thursday. The study went great, and we set up study two for the following week. It was so great that Jordan invited his wife, Sarah. Jordan and Sarah were at every service for a few weeks. When the time came for the third study, it got delayed due to some sickness. You always hope that a delay is a reason, not an excuse, but it makes you nervous. After they missed a couple of worship services, we did more than just text/call. We decided to take them to dinner one night. The gesture meant a lot, and they assured us they would return as soon as they felt better. And they were! They came back the following Sunday.
Study number three was set up for Wednesday night. We decided to study in the elder’s office during Bible class. When we came to the section where we asked them to write down how they were saved, we asked them not to share it. We went through the sections discussing belief, repentance, and confession, and then asked them to read what they had written. When they read their stories, they had written something different. We asked them if they noticed the difference, and they did. It was an exciting moment in my studies. We told them we would keep studying. Then, we went into the section on baptism. After the first verse, Sarah got a look on her face. The study went from “Cordial, everyone is smiling and talking”….to very serious. You know how serious things have just gotten if you have seen that look before. We continued to study. When the section on baptism was done, we asked, “How does what you said compare to what we have studied?” Sarah said, “That’s not what I did. I have been thinking I was saved.” I asked, “What do you want to do?” She replied, “I need to be baptized!” Jordan agreed and said, I was saved the way she was, not like this. I want to be baptized, too. We ended the study about 30 minutes after Bible class, but 20-30 of our members stayed after as word spread of the study, hoping there would be a baptism. What a thrill to share that moment with a great group of Christians!
Oak Hill church of Christ, Covington, Georgia: Tate Sutton (preacher) reports, “God is blessing us. We are revamping many of our efforts and being more active in our ongoing work. We baptized Stephen Newton tonight. He is a friend of one of our members and has been visiting for a while. We befriended him and studied the Back to the Bible lessons with him. He wanted to obey the gospel. He had been raised in a denomination and realized that he needed to be baptized for the remission of his sins.”
Lafayette church of Christ, Georgia: Jesse Teague (elder) reports, “We had 13 people sending compassion cards Sunday night. One man, Jamal, still needs to do his second Bible Study. It was scheduled, but his grandmother passed away, and he has not responded to our efforts to contact him. We appreciate prayers that we may catch him at home! On the other hand, Billy completed Book 3 and was baptized into Christ last Tuesday. He was helping with compassion cards Sunday night! We pray his wife will be next; she is coming to worship with him.”
Woodstock church of Christ, Georgia: Greg Garner (deacon) reports, “The Compassion Card Group sent seven cards last week. Prison Ministry is working to obtain permission to set up an outside baptistery for those students who want to be baptized. We had 18 in our New Converts class. The Greeter Group reported that we had three visitors this week.”
Carrollton church of Christ, Georgia: Danny Spann (member) reports, “Our re-boot officially started on February 4. Dave Leonard presented an encouraging message at the evening service. He challenged the congregation on the importance of working together as a team in evangelism. He stated that he and the other two elders ask for patience and grace from everyone as we all work together. Joe Engelbird further addressed the congregation with similar encouragement. Four coordinators have been appointed. Bookmarks were distributed and the congregation was encouraged to complete them and to immediately start praying for those on their lists. We have sent 20 cards. We have one Bible study in progress. We have had one restoration. We had one visitor.”
Honolulu church of Christ, Hawaii: Lima Esene (preacher) reports, “We have two in-person Bible studies, one digital Bible study via Zoom, and one Bible study pending. Our congregation is gearing up for our first Ladies’ Day event this month. The next episode of our Converted podcast will come out this month. The first episode has already produced contacts and one Bible study. One of our work groups is sending letters to prospects by one of our work groups. We are prospecting recent visitors from the local community. The highlight of this week was seeing one of our youth boys put on Christ in baptism. Raugusben AhFook was raised in the church for the majority of his life. His mother, Carleen, ensured he and his siblings would be present for services and other spiritual activities. Our intern youth minister, Tony Solaita, and his wife, DoAnne, played a significant role in influencing Raugusben to make the most important decision in his life. After acknowledging he is a sinner and knowing about his Savior, Raugusben confessed Jesus and was baptized for the forgiveness of sins late Sunday Night. Our youth group is growing spiritually. These young souls encourage one another to seek true success (living your life and going to heaven). The church needs to invest in the young souls sitting in our pews. To God be the glory!”
Beloit church of Christ, Kansas (remote): Dustin Dougherty (regional trainer) reports, “Yesterday, we had two visitors who have been with us numerous times. I will begin teaching SOE curriculum Wednesday night. I am praying for many to jump on board and get all hands on deck for growth and local outreach. The fields are white unto harvest, and we need workers. I have a speaking engagement later this month with the congregation in Ransom, Kansas. I pray that my trip will be beneficial and fruitful, and that they will be encouraged and have me back later this year for evangelism training. It is so encouraging to read the Reaching the Lost reports every week and to see all the work that goes into spreading the gospel message. We give God the glory for souls being saved.”
La Plata church of Christ, Maryland (remote): Eric Sykes (regional trainer) reports, “We had eight visitors this week. The congregation completed the Post Evangelism Seminar Questionnaire. We have two teams writing compassion cards next week. We completed Book 3 of BTTB, via Zoom, with the brother of one of our members here at La Plata. His brother lives in Long Island, New York. We are coordinating his baptism through one of the local congregations near him. We have two potential baptisms scheduled for tomorrow; we pray they will obey the gospel. We just entered Book 1 of BTTB with two individuals today, and we have one person entering Book 2 of BTTB this week. We currently have three open Bible studies and three pending baptisms. Six new converts attended new convert Bible study classes this week. We appreciate prayers as we strive to implement the Congregational Evangelism Model here at the La Plata church of Christ.”
Southside church of Christ, Grand Rapids, Michigan: Freddie Klein (preacher) reports, “I am involved in a weekly corporate devotional which has resulted in a Bible study. This occurred because of the training I received with HTHSOE. I could defer to a study rather than answer the questions on the spot. Our weekly card group sent a new round of cards to the wayward and the lost. Our door-knocking coordinator is getting the congregation involved. This Sunday, two souls obeyed the gospel. We are praying for the Mateo’s and their new life in Christ. We have had ten baptisms since April, and three since the beginning of the year.”
Samford church of Christ, Steele, Missouri: Kyle Imel (deacon) reports, ““We are again sending 5 individuals compassion cards this week. We had a study on Tuesday last week. We went through Book 1 with Bo. We will go through book 2 this week.”
Foristell church of Christ, Missouri: Rod Jackson (elder) reports, “An individual we have been studying with requested that we pray for his niece. She was diagnosed with several issues including a mass and spots on her lungs and liver. She is on our prayer list, and we are sending compassion cards to her. This week after my study with her uncle, he revealed to me that she had sent him a message: her mass had shrunk, and the spots on her lungs and liver were gone. We had just discussed how God can use suffering to bring others to Christ! I could tell that our prayers and cards had an impact on both him and his niece, so it was a good time to continue our study. His niece was grateful for the prayers and cards. She lives in Peoria, Illinois, so we reached out to a brother we know in East Peoria and asked him to contact her. He was excited to do this as he stated that he had been praying for someone to contact.”
East Flushing church of Christ, New York (remote): Clarence Jenkins (preacher) reports, “We are grateful to God for two visitors who have been coming to worship services consistently. After worship services, we watched the Reaching the Lost Success strategy with the congregation on growing church training cards. We will go through all the training cards, beginning next Lord’s Day. The brethren viewed the success strategy for growing the church; it is time for a reboot, going through the Evangelism model coordinators and areas. We are striving to be more focused in 2024. We appreciate all prayers.”
Cary church of Christ, North Carolina: Larry Fife (preacher) reports, “I conducted a second Bible study with a young man who began visiting us a month ago, and we are scheduled for our third study Wednesday. Witnessing his enthusiasm and eagerness to learn God’s Word is heartening. Sunday marks the beginning of another Bible study with a young man who has been frequenting our worship through connections with some members. We have multiple Bible studies in progress, led by various members. During morning worship, we welcomed seventeen new visitors. In the afternoon, we held a training session on evangelism, teaching members effective communication strategies for door-to-door outreach. Twenty-one members attended. We prepared twenty-five greeting cards for mailing and five welcoming new residents. We are anticipating yet another week of meaningful work for the Lord.”
Carthage church of Christ, North Carolina (remote): Randy Chambers reports, “We conducted two Bible studies using BTTB 1, and one using Believe the Bible. We prepared our compassion cards for six wayward members and one for a family that lost a child. We will mail four cards this week and praying that this effort will prick the hearts of the wayward and lead to the furtherance of our relationships with the prospects who lost a child. We pray and encourage one another to follow the guidelines learned during teaching and use the HTHSOE principles during the Open Bible studies.”
Windham church of Christ, Ohio (remote): Roger Brown (preacher) reports, “We now have all the materials sorted and ready to use. We are beginning our training with the videos. We are seeing great interest from the congregation!”
Streetsboro church of Christ, Ohio: Ralph Price (preacher) reports, “We had a visitor yesterday. He did not stay for worship because he had to go to work, so we could not feed him lunch. We managed to get his contact information and give him a visitor bag. We added him to our compassion card list. We had good participation with our compassion cards. We are currently working with five good contacts. Next week, we will begin reviewing the third lesson of Believe the Bible.”
Greenville church of Christ, Ohio: John McGiffin (preacher) reports, “I am attending lectures this week. In my absence, some made sure we did not lose footing. One person made sure visitors’ bags were ready. We had a visitor who was overwhelmed because the congregation initiated the visitor program. We continue Bible studies with eight individuals. Training will continue on my return.”
New Concord church of Christ, Ohio: Terry Townsend (preacher) reports, “We had two visitors Sunday who came with a family who have been visiting with us the last seven weeks. We continue with the two personal Bible studies that were started a couple of weeks ago. The second round of new movers’ baskets have been delivered—seven in all. I just returned from a study in south Zanesville. One of the members and I have been studying with three ladies there for a while now. It got interesting today; we are on Book 3. I am going back Friday to try to close the study. I am praying for good results. The only problem is the mother, who is 88, is bedfast and unable to walk. I am not sure yet how we would get her into a pool of water, or even how we could transport her somewhere like a gym nearby that has a swimming pool and a hoist for disabled people.”
Sullivan Village church of Christ, Lawton, Oklahoma: Steven Hill (preacher) reports, “Sullivan Village has been working hard by sending many cards. Now we are making visits to turn prospects into Bible studies. We have a list of almost 70 new movers that we will be tackling in the next week. We have had several visitors who said we were the friendliest church they had ever visited. We are currently working to deepen our relationships with them and eventually set up studies. Encouragement continues from the elders, who lead by example and work hard. This evangelistic movement has taken our congregation by storm and has truly transformed us into a close-knit working group that is bent on seeking and saving the lost. To God be all the glory!”
Coweta church of Christ, Oklahoma: Keno Shrum (regional trainer) reports, “We had a Bible study scheduled for Thursday that was postponed due to an illness. The prospects said they should be available this week. This morning, we had a couple of visitors. They are friends with a couple who attend. They seemed to enjoy the service and said they would be back. We will fill out compassion cards for them in hopes of earning a study. Saturday, Tyler and I will visit a contact he brought to our attention; we sent compassion cards a few weeks ago. We are focused on mentoring our new converts and are excited to see their growth. We appreciate prayers for great growth in the church nationwide this year!”
York church of Christ, Pennsylvania: Mark Raschke (deacon) reports, “Fred delivered the second part of his two-part sermon series about how the devil does not give up on pursuing souls, and neither should we. It was a good lesson. One visitor/former member told me that the first lesson in the series brought him back to the church after a long absence. I made an announcement before worship about the importance of using bookmarks and providing contacts. After services, I had several members take bookmarks and contact cards from me. Fred reiterated from the pulpit that although we have sent many cards, we have not pursued Bible studies aggressively enough. We ask for prayers that this week’s study I have tentatively scheduled can occur as planned.”
Union church of Christ, South Carolina (remote): Terry Hale (preacher) reports, “We started a study this week using Book 1 of Back to the Bible. One of our members who has been training held his first study using Back to Bible. We continue to pray for the work everyone is doing.”
McKenzie church of Christ, Tennessee: Randy McAdams (elder) reports, “This week the McKenzie congregation’s Evangelism Groups will be preparing for mail-outs, focusing primarily on those who have been on our prayer list in our bulletin and in our classes. This seems to be one of the best ways to gather contacts so our groups can reach out to them. We continue to encourage our church family to turn in names so that we can offer acts of love to them. We ask the Lord to help us in these efforts.”
Brushy church of Christ, Centerville, Tennessee: Kevin Johnston (preacher) reports, “Evangelism supplies are organized, and we are slowly heading in a positive direction of creating a culture of being more evangelistic.”
Hillsboro church of Christ, Tennessee: Chris Sliger (member) reports, “We had visitors Sunday, and five of them (one family) came as a direct result of our card team! We will continue to pursue a relationship with that family. We talked to a few new movers and generated other referral contacts. We continue to work through the HTHSOE videos and evangelism training during the 9:00 am class. From January 29 through February 4, 2024, we have had seven visitors (five from compassion cards) and seven contacts. We sent 70 compassion cards (ten per contact). Five of the contacts were new movers.”
Mountain Creek church of Christ, Chattanooga, Tennessee: Michael Tomshack (elder) reports, “I will begin with the most important event. Gary (elder and minister) and Michelle Massey invited Melanie Hutcheson and her small children to lunch with their teenage children at their home. After the meal, they began studying Lesson 3 of Back to the Bible, which concluded with Melanie requesting to be baptized as the New Testament teaches. Several of us met at the building to witness her confession of faith, the burial of her old life, and her resurrection as a child of God. Praise God, and to Him be the glory. This is our second baptism for 2024. The elders set a goal of 13 baptisms for 2024 in our January planning session. Gary continued the preaching schedule outlined in the program. We completed the assignments of leaders for each category and will hold a meeting Thursday evening, Lord willing, to help the group become a unified team. Gary began the New Converts class for those baptized last year and a few mentors. The class was full; we ran out of the books. We will order more tonight—a good problem.”
East Ridge church of Christ, Chattanooga, Tennessee: Charles Cochran (preacher) reports, “We are focused on our theme of making disciples. So far, we have had three baptisms this year. We continue to work the plan and know God will give the increase.”
New Union church of Christ, Manchester, Tennessee: Paul Fulks (elder) reports, “We had two contact cards submitted. We had ten visitors. Cody Frame’s card team met before Sunday evening worship and wrote 50 compassion cards. We delivered one new mover bag. Last week, members made three follow-up visits and contacts. One Bible study was conducted.”
Chapel Hill church of Christ, Tennessee: Matt Jones (deacon) reports, “We finished our fifth week of lessons. We officially launched our visitor program last Sunday. We consistently have one or two new visitors each week, and we are adding them to our compassion card list. Our compassion card teams have now sent just under 1000 cards to date. We have several ongoing Bible studies among the members; we pray the studies go well and hearts are turned to Christ. To God be the Glory!”
New Hope church of Christ, Middleton, Tennessee: Cole Wade (preacher) reports, “We are currently planning to hold a frequent men’s study and a time of fellowship to encourage faith and truth among our members. We plan to use this tool as a way of outreach! We plan to hold these meetings in homes to get to know each other better and be able to talk more. We want to grow in our relationships with each other so that we can work better as an evangelistic team. We pray that this provides the support that can help us individually share our faith with our neighbors!”
East Main church of Christ, Murfreesboro, Tennessee: Brad Rowley (elder) reports, “Last week East Main received three new contact cards. We completed four baskets and three follow-up visits. We had nine people involved in Bible studies last week. One person out of the nine was a new study. We received our invitation cards from the printer and rolled them out to the congregation. Our college minister, Seth Ferguson, is starting a Bible study on campus this week at the Student Union Building. Our prayer is that this will open up opportunities on campus. To God give the glory!”
Covington church of Christ, Tennessee: Wayne Dalrymple (elder) reports, “Saturday, we participated in our town’s annual Chocolate Tour in our town square. We handed out chocolate and information about the church. We hope we will get some visitors from it. Last week, we received a request from someone in the community to be added to our mailing list for House to House. We added them. I will hand-deliver the most recent issue to gauge their interest and see if a study is possible. On Sunday, we had several visitors, including at least three non-Christians. We are still engaged in at least four studies. We wrote 33 compassion cards to prospects. We plan to visit them soon and hope to transition to a Bible study. We pray that God gives the increase as we plant and water the seed.”
Buda-Kyle church of Christ, Texas: Ronnie Scherffius (preacher) reports, “I did not start with the John 4 sermons. We had a men’s meeting so all the men who were not present Wednesday would know what we are doing. At that meeting, the men officially agreed that I should be the administrator. I have selected three men to assist me. Over the weekend, I watched all the introduction lessons online. Watching those lessons and looking over the Checklist and the Coordinator Spreadsheet, I realized that I need help! Our administrative team will meet tomorrow. My sermon this morning was ‘Finding My Role.’ My lesson was from Saturday’s workshop, which was scheduled months ago.”
North Jefferson church of Christ, Mt. Pleasant, Texas: Kris Groda (preacher) reports, “Becky Flemming was at worship again. We met her two years ago at our first giveaway day at North Jefferson. This led to a casual acquaintance, which has now developed into a friendship. She has been on the compassion cards three times but kept us at bay until recently. Ironically, we made friends with her daughter and son-in-law. She had a birthday last week. Lena and I visited her and gave her a jar of homemade apple butter and some of Janice McCain’s homemade banana bread yesterday evening. She came to worship services. She indicated that she wants us to visit more often, and she needs to visit with Lena and me about something. I preached on instrumental music, though I would not usually preach on that topic to people in Bible studies. But Becky Flemming was positive and complementary about the lesson. Two other couples had been in Bible studies and were receptive. We had another visitor. Alexis Hawkins visited for the first-time last year, but she had a baby out of wedlock. She works with some Christians at a trailer factory in town. She has been spending time with some women from the church, and she came to Bible class Wednesday and again today. She will receive compassion cards this week. Our expectations are high with this individual.”
Southwest church of Christ, Austin Texas: John Garza (regional trainer) reports, “I will begin teaching a new group of Christians at Southwest about how to evangelize. Along with teaching them how to use Back to the Bible, I will teach them how to approach, get a study, study with confidence, overcome objections, how to close the study, and continue teaching a new Christian. Along with this exciting work, I am engaged in three Bible studies. Two are in Book 2, and one is in Book 1. Four people agreed to a survey, but we are working on setting up times. I plan to have silent partners so they can see real, practical personal studies. To God be the glory.”
Graceton church of Christ, Diana, Texas: Johnny Williford (elder) reports, “The Graceton congregation received refresher training from our preacher Scott Dykowski on using Believe the Bible. We meet people occasionally who do not believe that there is a God, and we need to know how to respond to their questions or the comments they make. We had a family with five children and two others visiting. They all stayed to share in our First Sunday fellowship meal after services. Our Compassion card Group C met after the meal and wrote 113 cards to 13 contacts. Our New Movers group visited seven new households in the Diana area on Thursday, and they were well received. Our prayers are always with our brothers and sisters everywhere.”
Canyon Lake church of Christ, Texas (remote): Jesse Stuart and Raoul Ferris (evangelists) reports, “We completed our second study using BTTB with a man we met several months ago. He really enjoyed the study and stated he learned a lot about the organization, worship, and church name. We will meet next week to eat together and study about salvation, using Book 3 of BTTB. We continue to work on the model of evangelism locally and assist others along the way. We were able to help the Itasca church of Christ with a door-knocking campaign. The campaign was on Friday and Saturday. Many brethren from surrounding areas near and far joined together. Two schools of preaching participated, and we thank the Southwest School of Bible Studies and the Brown Trail School of Preaching for sending their students to assist. We knocked on 447 doors; 179 answered, and 54 contact names were collected.”
Wheeler church of Christ, Texas: Garrett English (preacher) reports, “The New Converts class is tilling the soils there. One person asked, ‘Where did the denominations come from?’ in genuine interest. She is close to the kingdom. I have not heard back from the young lady mentioned last week who asked about baptism, but I plan to contact her this week. We continue to send cards each week, and I hope to take elders with me soon to visit some of those who have received cards.”
Granbury Street church of Christ, Cleburne, Texas: Ryan Cowan (deacon) reports, “One of the greatest opportunities Granbury Street has is to connect with newcomers to our community by providing them with a new movers basket. Andrew Randig has done an outstanding job leading this initiative. During our AMC last Summer, Rob shared that Cleburne has experienced an average of 90 new movers per month in the past. With the assistance of Rob’s team, we continue to identify new movers regularly. Over the weekend, Kerista and I had the opportunity to deliver a new movers’ basket to a young woman named Stevie. She has two teenage daughters and cares for her disabled mother. Stevie recently relocated to Cleburne from a small town just 20 miles outside the city. When we spoke with Stevie, she was cleaning her house. Our new movers’ basket just so happened to have a selection of cleaning supplies! Stevie greeted us warmly with a wide smile. She asked for directions to Granbury Street, conveniently down the road, and showed interest in our Bible classes. She mentioned her search for a church and suggested we would soon see her and her daughters as visitors. In response, I assured her that our congregation is known for its friendliness and invited her to join us for a meal upon her visit. While I am uncertain whether Stevie will follow through with her intention to visit, one thing is certain; through our new mover’s program, we left a positive impression of the Lord’s church in the Cleburne community.”
Bridgewater church of Christ, Katy, Texas: Doug Suggs (deacon) reports, “One of our compassion groups met Sunday evening to send cards to visitors and contacts. We continue to work and ask for prayers.”
Windmill church of Christ, Texas (remote): Eric Tipton (preacher student, BTSOP), reports, “I know that it is not usually good news when someone reports that the congregation has been divided in half, but this week it is a good thing. We have divided into two card writing groups. Group A met for the first time this week. Twenty-two out of 30 people showed up, and we wrote 176 cards. Transition Thursday comes ever closer, and we have 42 prospects listed for follow up visits. A new Bible study started this week, and one of our prospects agreed to start a study in two weeks. This brings our total Bible studies to three active and one upcoming.”
Itasca church of Christ, Texas (remote): Justin Hopkins (preacher) reports, “We had our door-knocking campaign with Raoul and Jesse this weekend. Fifty-nine saints from 12 congregations showed up. Thirty-five new movers were contacted. We knocked on 447 doors, and 179 people answered. From that number, we recorded 54 contacts. Then we sent 87 compassion cards. We made two follow-up visits; we cut a board at one home, and hauled off a broken bed at another home. One contact asked for a ride to services this Sunday. We have one Bible study in progress. I expect one baptism this evening. Addendum: “We just had the baptisms! Praise God!”
NOTE: These reports are from Christians and congregations enrolled in the House to House/Heart to Heart School of Evangelism. These emails are sent to teach and provoke one another to remain focused on the mission of Christ. Each week, we share several reports and highlight one with more details. We hope you enjoy reading them.
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