Total baptisms reported from U.S. Congregations in 2021: 649
Seminars in 2021: 52 in 11 states
Total baptisms reported from U.S. Congregations so far in 2022: 300
Seminars in 2022: 22 in 11 states

Upcoming Seminars
June 11-18:  American Mission Campaigns—Covington church of Christ, Tennessee
June 24-25:  Parkway church of Christ, Fulton, Kentucky

Featured Work- Cowetta Church of Christ, Oklahoma
HTHSOE Works In Small, Rual Congregations Too!
Written by Keno Shrum

Over the past 14 months since our congregation went through HTHSOE, things have really taken off. When the seminar ended, we immediately implemented the things that we learned. Through personal evangelism, we have been able to reach a few souls with the gospel resulting in eight baptisms. In addition to those, we have gone through BTTB with approximately 15 other people. Some did not make it all the way through lesson 3, as they were not willing to pay the cost. We are thankful at least the seed was planted. We will keep praying that it will be watered in the future.

The congregation is excited and encouraged by the new growth from recent baptisms, but we have also been blessed to have several new families who moved into the area place membership with us. We have four new families working with us, and all have been encouraged by the evangelism our congregation is doing. It is interesting that we have prayed for workers for many, yet the workers did not come. Then when we began working, lo and behold, God sent workers to help us. What an amazing God we serve.

As we move forward, we will continue with as many home Bible studies as possible. We will send compassion cards, deliver New Movers baskets, and pray for souls to reach. We are also excited to announce our new podcast, Romans 16:16, which will be available mid-summer on the Gospel Broadcasting Network, YouTube, Spotify, and Apple Podcast. We will be recording a new episode weekly, talking about current events and relating them to God’s Holy Word. Our prayer is that this podcast will open more doors for Bible studies.

Before HTHSOE, our attendance was around 25, but now we have more than 40. Rob said if we can hit a ten percent baptism rate, we would see growth, but we have more than doubled that mark, and the growth is amazing. Our contribution increased from $750 to $1,500 weekly. We have scheduled an advanced seminar, and look forward to more training. The HTHSOE model works as it builds a fire under churches.

Congregational Reports
Fayette church of Christ, Alabama: We welcome the Fayette church of Christ to the House to House/Heart to Heart School of Evangelism. The attendance was outstanding. We were very impressed with their preacher, Caleb Hull, and his family. The congregation is ready to work. Maci Hull was baptized Sunday evening.

Honolulu church of Christ, Oahu, Hawaii: Tagiilima Ecene (preacher) reports, “Aloha Brethren! God is working with our church ohana (family) as we begin to implement the soul-saving plan that we were blessed with by the HTHSOE. We started a new converts’ class led by Ren, one of our elders, with a total of five students. Already we are prospecting two local contacts.

“The highlight of the week since the end of the seminar is that three precious souls have put on Christ in baptism. Praise God! Jedidiah, a member, studied with his army sergeant Jesse and baptized him after Wednesday night Bible class last week. Jesse said this after his baptism: “I know the plan works; I am living proof that it works.” Jesse is currently traveling, and he is getting ready to use Back to the Bible with one of his friends.

“Lima, our preacher, studied with Rachael and her brother Ridenben using Does It Matter? They both obeyed the gospel of Jesus Christ. They are now in the new converts’ class. Lima has another Bible study scheduled this week; please remember this in your prayers. Our church is excited about soul winning. We already have members sharing their contacts and reaching out to their friends, family, and strangers using the methods we have learned.”

Aberdeen church of Christ, Maryland: Will Brown (preacher) reports, “I have one more sermon left on ‘Jesus, the Politically Incorrect Evangelist’. Our compassion card team leader is ready to get started.”

Subligna Road church of Christ, Georgia: Tommy O’Kelly reports, “We had a baptism today. We are working hard, and contacts are being made. We are trying to set up studies.”

Linville Forest church of Christ, Kernersville, North Carolina: “Rick Cooper is studying with a husband and wife who both attended services this past Sunday. They received compassion cards and also found out friends attended here.  We expect at least two baptisms very soon. Matt Hare is working with his sister-in-law, who is very receptive, and Judy Brown is working with Ashley. We are sending compassion cards, and the response is unbelievable. We are leaning to conduct personal Bible studies.”

East Ridge church of Christ, Chattanooga, Tennessee:  Charles Cochran (preacher) reports, “We continue to have visitors at worship. Yesterday a teenager was here; he had been invited to a teen activity. It encouraged him, so he came to worship on Sunday morning. The mother of Chris Ward was here yesterday morning. She is the lady whose picture I sent recently. Luke Griffin has preached at a small congregation on Sunday mornings. He said visitors from the community have been attending. We mailed more compassion cards Sunday. A church near us wants to learn more about this ministry. We have plans to reach out more to the community this summer.”

Church of Christ, Guam: Joey Treat reports, “We met Cora a few years ago when she was still in high school. She started coming to worship with us regularly, but after graduating high school, she moved to her homeland, the Philippines. Circumstances then had her move back to Guam, along with her mother. They started coming to worship together, and we set up a Bible study with them and another lady. After going through the Back to the Bible lessons, Cora decided to be baptized. We are so thankful to have this new sister in the church family. It was a long road, taking place over years, but it has produced precious fruit in the Lord. We hope to be able to continue the studies with her mother and the other lady. Please pray for all three as they seek the Lord.”

Covington church of Christ, Tennessee: Wayne Dalrymple (elder) reports, “It has been a great week at Covington! We started this week off Sunday morning with a restoration. Billy Kidd responded, confessing sin, and asking for prayers. He had been away for a long while. We are so excited that he is once again right with the Lord. Sunday evening, we began our Vacation Bible School with the theme, ‘Telling Others about God.’ Each night focuses on a Bible story about someone telling others about God. We are also doing last minute preparations for AMC, which we will be hosting beginning this Saturday. We are ready to turn Covington and the surrounding areas upside down for God. We are ready to grow in our evangelistic efforts as we plant the seed of the gospel in as many hearts as possible. We are looking forward to working together with saints from all over. We are continuing our efforts with New Movers baskets and compassion cards as well.”

Chase Park church of Christ:  Pat Cowden (preacher) reports, “This week we saw the rebirth of Joe Miller. We have been studying with Joe since last July and completed both Back to the Bible and Does it Matter with him and his daughter Kayla. During the study, our sessions were interrupted by 16 family members from each of our families contracting covid, making it impossible for us to meet at times. In addition, Joe lost a grandmother and grandfather toward the end of the study. The devil was working hard to keep him from obeying the gospel, yet he kept attending services and classes, revealing that he truly had a searching heart.

“This past Friday, Jamie Elkins and Beverly Miller, who set up and hosted all the previous studies, met Joe and Kayla at our house for dinner (always eat) and a study. With the help of these fine ladies and my wonderful wife, Maria, we summarized the study, and Joe decided he must put on Christ in baptism to make his calling and election sure. Please pray for Joe and Kayla as they begin the new stage of life and pray for us as we help them grow.”

Paintsville church of Christ, Kentucky: Zach Collins (preacher) reports, “We are continuing to work! We are starting to build upon the foundation that we have laid in our congregation. Yesterday, we had six visitors in our assembly, so it seems that there are some prospects for Bible studies on the horizon. One of our members took the initiative to invite a non-Christian, who has been attending our congregation for over a year, to dinner. Pray that this effort will result in a Bible study!”

Woodstock church of Christ: Greg Garner (deacon) reports, “After completing the Back to the Bible, sermons, one of our senior members carefully considered his baptism from years ago and decided to be baptized again. This makes 13 baptisms since the seminar. We have had seven Bible studies since the seminar, and two are ongoing. We have started a Juvenile Prison Ministry. We had nine boys attend a prayer meeting, and 12 have signed up for a Bible Study. We are advertising our upcoming VBS. The Visitation Team continues to make weekly visits. We are waiting on the New Mover list in our area to begin delivering. We had a meeting Wednesday night with the elders and team leaders to discuss how to improve our efficiency. This week we made 18 compassion cards and sent out 11. The young man in the picture is showing his compassion cards.”

Oak Hill church of Christ, Covington, Georgia: Tate Sutton (preacher) reports, “We have a Bible study set up this week with a couple that has been visiting our church. Pray for their souls. We were able to get to know them well after the church took them out to eat!”

Willette church of Christ, Red Boiling Springs, Tennessee: Jack Honeycutt (preacher) reports, “Ronnie Hudson was baptized into Christ after 24 years of visiting and encouragement. His wife Lois, a faithful member at Willette church, said, ‘I have been praying for Ronnie for over 52 years.’ God has answered her prayers. Ronnie has been a good man all his life. As we talked and studied at his house, I told him that ‘good men’ do not go to heaven, but a good Christian man can and will. Thank God for his good heart. He taught me never give up on anyone!”

Mabelvale church of Christ, Arkansas:  Daniel Webster (associate preacher) reports, “We had our first card team meeting tonight! It was months late, but it went well, and I am encouraged by it. I think it will be a good thing. We still have a few ongoing studies.”

Warner Robins church of Christ, Georgia:  Daniel Stearsman (preacher), “The Warner Robins church rejoices with the angels of heaven with the baptisms of Kevin and Aja O’Donnell. Eric and Nadia Smith have been studying with them, using Back to the Bible. They were impressed with the beauty and simplicity of the gospel. To God be the glory!” Eric Smith (member) wrote, “Last night, I baptized a couple; Nadia and I have been studying with them, using Back to the Bible. After finishing the blue book, they stopped attending their denomination, which encouraged us, and they started attending services with us. We are also studying with two more couples. Please pray for our work here in Warner Robins.”

Corinth church of Christ, Portland, Tennessee: James Parker (preacher) reports, “I should continue my study tomorrow night! Steve has started a new study with a man whose wife is a member. I believe he is still studying with the couple that Cody White knows. We have some that are studying with various people and trying to make a difference!”

Monroe church of Christ, Georgia:  Charles Harris (preacher) reports, “Bible studies are ongoing. We have VBS coming up, so we will promote it during our monthly door knocking work. Several members here are active in various works taking place.”

Canal Heights church of Christ, Demopolis, Alabama: Bryan Cook (preacher) reports, “This week we returned to the sermon series from the Back to the Bible, book 2. Also, our teams are starting to take shape for the compassion cards. We are integrating things that are happening in our community to be in line with our focus. For instance, we had a wayward family who lost a loved one. We took the opportunity to shower them with love and put them on the next week’s compassion card focus. This Saturday, we will be going out again into the community to do more outreach. God has shown His blessing on our meager efforts. You will notice in one of the pictures from this week that I am sitting down; I stopped the service to make sure everyone had book two of BTTB. I told them I would sit here until everyone had a copy. There are still some who want to go back to the old way, but they are quickly being outnumbered. The excitement is tangible.”

Highway church of Christ, Benton, Arkansas: Steven Ford (preacher) reports, “Things are moving, but progress is a little slower than we hoped. Our visitor bags were made up and put out by the youth group. Visits are being made, and we will meet with our elders tomorrow to discuss the current status. We had a one-day VBS on Saturday, and we had a few contacts from there. We will follow up with cards soon.”

Coldwater church of Christ, Murray, Kentucky: Luke Puckett (preacher) reports, “We are still making a few contacts through our tornado relief efforts and sending out compassion cards. We were able to get a phone number for the new couple that moved in close to the building. They were not home when we tried to take a New Movers basket, so we will try again.”

Lafollette church of Christ, Tennessee: Ben Shaffer (preacher) reports, “We had 11 in our new converts class today, and I have three Bible studies set up this week. We are starting to roll!”

Peninsula church of Christ, Virginia: Ben Phillips (preacher), “We have continued to receive more contact cards from our members over the last few weeks. We are sending out cards and have received positive feedback from those to whom we are sending cards. We are working to follow up with our contacts and those who have recently moved into our area.

“We did our first ’Door Knock Your Block’ day this past Saturday. Instead of going out around the building as we have been doing, we encouraged our members to go out into the communities where they live and talk to their neighbors. We made several new contacts and look forward to making this part of our regular efforts in reaching our community.

“The power of showing compassion has also been proven once again. A lady from our community reached out to us for help. When we provided the assistance, we spoke to her about studying and invited her to services. She is excited to attend services, Lord willing, we will be able to confirm a study soon.”

Riverbend church of Christ, Georgia: Austin Fowler (member) reports, “Tonight, I continued my study with Terry Smith. This is a cousin of one of our elders, so he and his wife were my silent partners. Terry has Parkinson’s, so it is very difficult for him to turn pages in the Bible. The study went very smoothly. When we got to the section on the Lord’s supper, he said that we should take it once a month. After we looked at the passage, he said, “Well, I was not right.” He understood the issue of instrumental music as well. We plan to do the third study with him the Sunday after our American Mission Campaign. He is very near the cross. Be prayerful for him. This week is also our VBS. We are encouraging everyone to bring visitors. We have a plan to collect contact info for all visitors. I am looking forward to a great week!”

New Hope church of Christ, Middleton, Tennessee: Cole Wade (preacher) reports, “We are continuing to deliver the New Movers baskets and till the soil of our contacts! We have a family who will soon finish the third Back to the Bible booklet! Please pray for this family that they will be receptive and that we can show them the truth! We also have some who we have studied with in the past that were not receptive but not completely out of reach. We pray for those souls, that their hearts will be changed.

Beloit church of Christ, Kansas:  Dustin Doughtery (preacher) reports, “I am still using and teaching about the contact bookmarks and used the poster this morning to explain where we are versus where we want to be. We are preparing for our biggest evangelism outreach in many years, a Vacation Bible School program in August.”

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.