Reaching the Lost- Success Stories

Total baptisms (2018-2023) reported from U.S. Congregations: 3,748
Total baptisms reported from U.S. Congregations 2023: 1,403
Total Baptisms Reported from U.S. Congregations 2024: 238
Total Restorations from U.S. Congregations 2024: 32
Total Seminars Conducted (2018-2023): 240
Congregational Enrollments in 2024: 11
Remote Enrollments for 2024: 4
Schools of Preaching for 2024: 2
Student Enrollment: 153
States Reporting: 18

Upcoming Seminars
March 20-22: West End Blvd. church of Christ, Cape Girardeau, Missouri
March 24-26: Rivergate church of Christ, Goodlettsville, Tennessee

HTHSOE Checklist

Featured Work: Chesapeake church of Christ, Virginia

Editor’s note: I first heard Ernest Benjamin speak at the Jacksonville church of Christ in 2020 during our Vacation Bible School. Two things stood out from our week together. First, he loves souls. Second, he is a very talented speaker. Ernest enrolled in HTHSOE and worked to bring soul after soul to Christ, including family, friends, and those in the congregation where his family worshiped. Shortly thereafter, Allen Webster and I met with him and his wife, Ty, about possibly becoming one of our first Regional Trainers. Since then, he moved to Virginia to become the pulpit minister at Chesapeake. His work at this congregation has continued, showing his love for the lost and his commitment to Christ. I commend this report to your reading this week.

Together, We Can Do It!
By Ernest Benjamin
Hospitality and Evangelism: A Growing Vision
Our congregation has increasingly embraced the principles of the House to House School of Evangelism (HTHSOE) with open hearts and minds. We have embarked on a mission to transform our approach for welcoming visitors and to strive for excellence in hospitality that reflects Christ’s love and openness. This endeavor includes a focused training program for our members, ensuring that visitors feel truly welcomed and valued when they enter our church building.

Our commitment to following up with visitors has been strengthened, aiming to create lasting connections and support individuals on their spiritual journeys. These efforts are not just about numbers; we want to foster genuine relationships and demonstrate Christ’s love in action.

Baptism and New Beginnings: Celebrating Wilson James II
Witnessing the baptism of Wilson James II on Friday, March 16, has been a recent joy in our ministry. Wilson, who has been visiting us for the past couple of months, initially inquired about “joining our church.”  This curiosity sparked a fruitful conversation that led us “Back to the Bible!” Wilson’s decision to be baptized is a powerful testimony to the Holy Spirit’s work through the transformative power of God’s Word in leading souls to Jesus.
Youth Engagement: Sowing Seeds for the Future
In addition to our hospitality initiatives, I am thrilled to share personal stories of spiritual interest and growth among our young people. I have had the privilege of using Believe the Bible in study sessions with my 11-year-old son and the 12-year-old daughter of one of the congregation’s families. Their eagerness to know God and delve deeper into God’s Word is a testament to God’s goodness.

These moments of spiritual curiosity and growth among our youth are precious. They remind us of the importance of nurturing a deep, personal understanding of the Bible and salvation from an early age. These foundations prepare them for a lifelong journey in faith.

A Call to Deepen Our Involvement
This update serves as a testament to God’s work within our community and a call to action. Whether we enhance our welcoming spirit, engage in personal studies, or support our youth, each of us has a unique role in this evangelistic mission.

I encourage you to reflect on how you can contribute to this collective effort. Your involvement is invaluable, whether by offering your time, talents, or prayers. Together, we will continue to build a church that welcomes with open arms and fosters deep, meaningful connections with God and one another.

Thank you for your ongoing support and prayers. May we remain united in our passion for spreading the gospel and growing together in Christ’s love.

Congregational Reports

Glencoe church of Christ, Alabama: David Marker (elder) reports, “We are getting our new members more involved in the work. They will be submitting additional contacts and seem to be excited to participate. This has also given us a couple of additional studies. We have had several visitors, and some have come multiple times. Among our hot contacts, we have a family of five and another couple. We have enough people involved with our compassion card ministry that we will divide into two teams. We had been delivering the new mover baskets at our own leisure, but we have now decided to make a concerted effort to make those deliveries on Sunday. We feel that by doing this, we may have more success in catching folks at home. As always, we pray that God will bless our efforts!”

Hatton church of Christ, Alabama: Chris Miller (preacher) reports, “Everyone is participating in writing compassion cards, including 94-year-old Jane Knouff, who is consistent with helping in this effort! What good examples we have of people wanting to contribute to the evangelism effort!”

Fayette church of Christ, Alabama: Josh Taylor (member) reports, “One of our prospects continues to show proof of good soil. She attended our services yesterday. She agreed to a Bible study this coming Wednesday night. We appreciate prayers for this soul and for us as we guide her to the cross.”

Central church of Christ, Saraland, Alabama: David Dixon (preacher) reports, “We set a start date for next Sunday, March 24. That day, we are going to give out the Post Seminar Survey. We are also going to watch some of the training videos. We have names for coordinators for teams ready to go. Our first teams will be the Compassion Card team, the New Movers team, and the Visitors team. We framed and hung up the posters in conspicuous places. We have already had people asking for permission to start sending cards to people. We gave out the cards for contacts this Sunday, and we will see what we have from those this coming Sunday. It has been two weeks since the seminar, and the enthusiasm is still sky-high. We know we must crawl before we can walk, but we are determined to make this work. I am already seeing a culture change here. It is happening!”

Rison church of Christ, Arkansas: Keden Shrum (preacher) reports, “We are continuing the training on Sunday evenings, and all seems to be going well. This week, Care Team B met to write cards. The energy is still good, and many are anxious to get involved and find their place in the work.”

West Huntsville church of Christ, Alabama: Paul Owen (associate preacher) reports, “We had a great week at West Huntsville with HTHSOE. We currently have three Bible studies ongoing. Our Evangelism Table is now set up. We have been training coordinators and the congregation each week. Yesterday, Glenn Colley preached the second lesson from John 4.  I talked to the church about mining or cultivating contacts and praying for those contacts each day. This Sunday, we will start preaching the Back to the Bible lessons. Also, we will teach how a contact turns into a prospect.”

Lake City church of Christ, Florida: Jim Flegert (elder) reports, “Our transition team was excited about their opportunity for the possibility of making nine visits today. We pray that these nine individuals who have received several weeks of compassion cards from our compassion card writers will be added to our prospect list.”

Niceville church of Christ, Florida: Joe Palmer (preacher) reports, “This work is a process and takes time. It is also a balancing act, and we are working on returning our balance. We have been sending many cards, but our follow-up has been weak. Now we are fine-tuning and following the model. The first step is to have regular meetings with our “ambassadors,” whom we have established. This was a problem again because I was sick. Second, we need to be proactive by setting expectations, following through, and holding everyone accountable. We cannot do this without meetings. Third, we needed to improve our tracking. We had misunderstandings about making our contact list and identifying prospects.

“We need to watch constantly. Do I need more names, or do I have enough? We have even put too much emphasis on getting contacts and not nearly enough on follow-through. We also must encourage people to follow and use the model. With all that said, here is the good news. While we have not sent any cards this week, we had two Bible studies and expect to see two restorations next week. I also have a Bible study from someone who walked into the building because a member invited him. He will be out of town for two weeks, but he enjoyed worshipping with us. Our greeter team is doing great with almost 100 percent success by getting names of visitors and handing out welcome bags. Our card-writing teams are doing a good job.

“The new converts are attending class and worship. One couple who had fallen away came back this week.  Another couple has promised to come back. One of our Ambassador couples has been working with a young couple and is trying to establish a study with them. We gave out five gift bags and have three new contacts. We also signed up for HTH and the New Movers program this week. Our area receives about 90 new movers every month.”

Lafayette church of Christ, Georgia: Jesse Teague (deacon) reports, “On the third Sunday this month, Group 2 filled our compassion cards after evening service. We had about 15 members present who wrote cards to six prospects. We have refined the process for sending cards to visitors also. To avoid any delay in getting cards to the visitors, our church secretary gathers the visitors’ information and sends the addresses to a text group, and the visitors will get about 20 cards quickly. If we do not already have a contact card, she fills one out and turns it in, so we will have it in the system.

“Our ladies organized a fellowship meal for all the new members. We had not done this before, so we went back one year. We included new Christians and new members who were already Christians. We had about 15 new members (and, in some cases, family members who have not obeyed the gospel).  The elders, deacons, and ministers were also invited to the meal and introduced themselves and their wives to the new members. We had an icebreaker to ask questions like ‘Who has lived in more than five states?’ and ‘Who has lived in the same house for more than 20 years?’ It was fun and encouraging.”

Forest Park church of Christ, Valdosta, Georgia: Wes Hazel (preacher) reports, “We had two more baptisms last night. They are a young couple in their mid-20s who were studying with another family.  It blows my mind how many different people are studying totally independently.  It has taken a while to build this culture, but I think we have taken major strides in making the church what it is supposed to be.  I’ll send a pic later.

Woodstock church of Christ, Georgia: Greg Garner (deacon) reports, “We collected two contact cards. The Compassion Card Group sent 29 cards last week. Concerning our prison ministry, Gwinnett County Sheriff Taylor held a news conference announcing that Gwinnett County has pledged four million dollars to build a 56-bed Juvenile facility in Gwinnett. The Department of Juvenile Justice will manage the facility. Our Prison Ministry will work with the DJJ and GC Sheriff to establish a Bible study program. We had 17 in our New Convert class. The Greeter Group reported that we had four visitors this week.”

New Hope Road church of Christ, Dacula, Georgia (remote): Charles Harris (regional trainer) reports, “The New Hope Road church of Christ is now enrolled in the HTHSOE. We will now begin planning for various works. My family and I can work with them for a couple more months. Please pray for this church as they reach the lost.”

Jerseyville church of Christ, Illinois (remote): Jake Medford (preacher) reports, “We have had a great turnout inviting friends and family to worship. Yesterday, we had two new visitors and three others who had been there several times. The two new visitors are on our card list now. We have been sending more cards, but the follow-up has been weak. That is something we must fix. We have four on our current week’s card list, nine active prospects, and 12 visitors. We set an attendance record yesterday as well. It was very encouraging!”

Beloit church of Christ, Kansas (remote): Dustin Dougherty (regional trainer) reports, “I had a great visit with the good brethren at Scott City church of Christ this last Sunday. They are a small group. There were only 14 of us there, and a couple were visitors, including myself. I taught the adult Sunday school class and then gave the lesson during the worship hour; both were well received. I look forward to revisiting them sometime shortly. At the Beloit church of Christ, there were four visitors on Sunday; some were regular visitors and have been there a few times. One of the other men will begin a Back to the Bible study course with two of them, hopefully very soon. On Wednesday nights, I am still teaching the School of Evangelism curriculum, and we are progressing through Book 1 of Back to the Bible, giving plenty of time for discussion about the verses and tips about doing a study with someone. I hope that some of the other congregations I have visited will have me back very soon so we can begin laying the groundwork for growing the church again in Kansas and the greater Midwest region. To God be all the honor, glory, and praise.”

Central church of Christ, Paducah, Kentucky: Adam Faughn (preacher) reports, “We were blessed to have a guest yesterday as a result of our new movers’ work (basket and cards). She was genuinely pleased with the friendliness of the congregation. We will follow up with her this week. Many of our members also show up for their evangelistic card-writing teams. We are grateful that, though the work is slow, our members seem to see the value of reaching out this way. We are getting close to fine-tuning the way we move our card-writing contacts to our Bible classes, and we hope that helps us to know those contacts a little more so we can be more focused on each person. There were no Bible studies this week, but it was simply because those that are ongoing needed a week off. They will get back on track!”

Paintsville church of Christ, Kentucky: Zach Collins (preacher) reports, “We concluded our 2024 Spring Gospel Meeting with four new Christians. Each of these new babes in Christ was brought to the cross by a family member who was already a New Testament Christian. Seeds that have been planted over time were given the increase by God this week. Thus far, in less than three months, we have seen six souls put on Christ in baptism. To God be the glory! In addition, we are currently conducting Bible studies with a denominational member who has been asking questions about her salvation. We are studying the Back to the Bible curriculum together. Today, I will complete lesson two with this individual. We appreciate all prayers for a successful Bible study that this soul will obey the gospel!”

La Plata church of Christ, Maryland (remote): Eric Sykes (regional trainer) reports, “We had another great week here at the La Plata church of Christ. We sent out 30 compassion cards this week. We had one visitor; she is a senior citizen who has received our compassion cards. We had visited her a couple of weeks ago, and while we were there, we put together an entertainment center and rearranged some of her furniture for her. She called Friday and asked for a ride to worship. She truly enjoyed herself. We will visit her this week, and we pray we can have a Bible study with her soon. We visited two families last week and dropped off some gift baskets. Brother Matt Roberts, who was baptized last week, told me yesterday that his parents agreed to sit down with him and look at the Bible study he had just learned. This is the ‘Back Door Bible study method.’ He said, ‘Brother Sykes, I tried it. It was easy.’ We have ordered the materials to use for our plan to train ‘special forces’ Bible study teams in the next two weeks. We currently have ten open Bible studies and seven people in new converts Bible study classes. We appreciate all prayers as we continue to strive to set up the evangelism model here in La Plata, Maryland.”

Samford church of Christ, Steele, Missouri: Kyle Imel (deacon) reports, “Samford had a Bible study on Monday. Our minister, Tim, went through Book 1 with Shirley, a contact gained through House to House. A second study is scheduled. We appreciate prayers for Tim and for Shirley.”

West 160 church of Christ, West Plains, Missouri: Marvin Hatley (elder) reports, “We have been blessed to have Rob Whitacre and family here at the West 160 congregation training and troubleshooting our evangelism efforts. We look forward to applying what we have learned through the engagement of our congregation to reach the lost in our community. Two Bible studies have been rescheduled for Thursday and Friday of this week. The benevolent efforts of the congregation have been instrumental in tilling the soil and enabling the opportunity for one of these studies. Both studies have been productive but challenging due to the complicated life situations of the prospects.  Our accountability board has finally come together and will serve as a constant reminder of our task at hand and the prevalent need for congregational involvement. This week, our Compassion Card group prepared twenty-two compassion cards; two were for one prospect.”

East Flushing church of Christ, New York (remote): Clarence Jenkins (preacher) reports, “Glory be to God! Sister Patti met a stranger and invited her to worship services, performing the work of a bringer. Then Keedah began coming to worship services on December 31, 2023. We by God’s grace shared the love of Christ with her, and Crystal recently performed the work of a teacher. On Wednesday, March 13, 2024, Keedah obeyed the gospel of Christ. Praise God! Now the congregation is eagerly and collectively looking forward to performing the work of keepers so that sister Keedah may continue faithfully unto death. We want heaven to be her home at some point in the future. To God be the glory. We appreciate all prayers.”

Cary church of Christ, North Carolina: Larry Fife (preacher) reports, “The previous week was truly remarkable. We started our Gospel revival on Sunday, as we also celebrated Friends and Family Day. We welcomed many guests and forged meaningful connections. That morning, a young man sought strength by responding to the invitation. On Tuesday evening, Hiram delivered an impactful sermon, ‘Come Before Winter,’ based on 2 Timothy 4:21. Ms. Betty, who was visiting with a member from a sister congregation, was deeply touched by the sermon—something she noted was a new experience compared to her Baptist background. Her decision to be baptized was a joyous moment for us. Additionally, our connect group wrote 50 compassion cards on Sunday, increasing our total to 292. A Bible study is scheduled for Wednesday with a young lady who has been regularly attending but postponed from last week due to her work commitments. We are also planning follow-up visits with previous contacts. We continually witness God’s blessings and growth as we adhere to our strategy.”

Streetsboro church of Christ, Ohio: Ralph Price (preacher) reports, “We had visitors this past week. Again, one of the families has been on our contact list. We invited them to lunch, but they had other plans. We hope to see them again soon. Another visitor came from our community. We got his contact information and gave him a visitor bag. He said that he will be back. We added him to our contact list. Tomorrow, our building will be used for voting in our community. When folks walk in, they will go right by our Evangelism Table in the foyer.  We hope they will take some of our materials. We were getting low on contacts for our compassion cards for a few weeks, but recently, we have had a big increase. I think our members are becoming more aware of the people around them who may be good candidates.”

Greenville church of Christ, Ohio: John McGiffin (preacher) reports, “We are transitioning to search for a new preacher. One of the qualifications for potential applicants is that they must be trained in our HTH Evangelism Model.  If they have not, they must be willing to be trained. The congregation would send the new minister to training. The visitor program is working well. The past two visitors have returned once again. One has been through two Bible studies. One stated that as long as she is able, she will attend services. A few Bible students are resisting. However, we are not giving up. We have just moved to new Bible study material and continue to seek studies. We are examining more techniques in “How to Close the Study.” We have developed a new bookmark for our congregation. It is a “shopping list” for visitors who are church shopping, including a checklist of biblical standards for a church. We are going to expand this to include bookmarks comparing the major denominations. They can draw their conclusions. I have attached a preview of the card.”

New Concord church of Christ, Ohio: Terry Townsend (preacher) reports, “I visited a couple of families that had visited with us on Sunday. One has been Pentecostal; her husband is Southern Baptist.  Neither one has gone to any church for a while. They are looking to start fresh; I sensed that she is confused. I asked if they would be interested in a Bible study, and they both said yes. I will contact them tomorrow to set up a time for that. The other gentleman who visited Sunday promised to be back this Sunday. He has some knowledge, but for the most part, he is “unchurched.” I did not set up anything with him as of yet as I did not want to push him (the other couple opened the door and made it easy for me to set up a study). I plan to talk to him again Sunday and will set something up then. I have always followed up with folks who visit our assemblies. Sometimes they are open and receptive, like tonight, and sometimes they are not. It is amazing how many doors are beginning to open here! We have always had good prospects, but they are coming out of the woodwork right now!”

Sullivan Village church of Christ, Lawton, Oklahoma: Steven Hill (preacher) reports, “We are focusing on new movers this week! We have more than 30 baskets to deliver, and are hopeful that these efforts may bring forth a new visitor. We welcomed a new visitor Sunday and are excited to see him again soon. We ramped up our mailouts and are continuing to work on our prospects. We appreciate continued prayers.”

Coweta church of Christ, Oklahoma: Keno Shrum (regional trainer) reports, “On Friday night, we had a study with a couple. They were having difficulty accepting some of the teachings from a denomination. After several hours, they left with a copy of Why Are There So Many Churches? from WVBS. I am also providing them with your sermon Can You Be Taught Wrong and Baptized Right. My prayer is that these will help open their eyes. We had a new couple visit yesterday. She has been baptized and is a church member, but he is not. They are young newlyweds and indicated they would likely start worshipping with us. Next Sunday, we will take them to lunch and work on getting a Bible study with them. We also had an older couple who visited yesterday, and they said they would be back next week. I noticed they did not take communion, so I visited with them about a Bible study. It turns out they are both members who have fallen away, but they recognize their need to get right with God. We will work and study with them in hopes of a successful restoration. We appreciate all prayers.”

Carthage church of Christ, South Carolina (remote): Randy Chambers (preacher) reports, “This week we conducted one Bible class using BTTB 1. We did not complete the lesson, but we will go through the studies slowly and comprehensively. We delivered eight baskets for the new movers and received a good response. We received a letter from a recipient of the HTH/HTH mailing route requesting to be signed up for the Bible Correspondent Course; we mailed out the first lesson the next day. Two of our members took a prospect out for lunch; we pray they will develop a relationship and interest in studying God’s word. We are praying for the success of the work here in Carthage and throughout the brotherhood, giving God all the glory!”

Union church of Christ, South Carolina (remote): Terry Hale (preacher) reports, “Training continues to go well. One of our members sat in on a first Bible study. We have seven Bible studies in progress with Back to the Bible,and we started a new convert class.”

New Hope church of Christ, Middleton,Tennessee: Cole Wade (preacher) reports, “This Sunday, we delivered over 100 meals while taking new movers’ baskets after church. Our men also met in the evening to study the Bible in the home of one of our elders. We discussed faith and salvation and had some new guests at the study! We also plan to review evangelism in our Wednesday night class and dig deeper into barriers to our evangelistic efforts. We appreciate continued prayers for our work.”

East Ridge Church of Christ, Chattanooga, Tennessee: Austin Fowler (regional trainer) reports, “Charlie and I continue prospecting. We have one Bible study scheduled. We are working to transition another prospect to a study. We are going to visit on Thursday, and we appreciate all prayers.”

Hillsboro church of Christ, Tennessee: Chris Sliger (member) reports, “Two of Hillsboro’s contacts visited for Sunday morning services. We are grateful for their visit and will continue to foster this relationship. We met with the church before Wednesday’s services on March 13 to regroup our evangelistic efforts and brainstorm for contacts. Five contact cards were generated from the culmination of this meeting and our March new movers visits. These five contacts will be added to our Compassion Card list. Finally, we humbly petition our brothers and sisters across the nation for prayers for our contacts Holly and Jim Colvaine, who lost their 16-year-old daughter Serena recently. We plan to visit with Holly and Jim weekly to pray with them and offer support.”

East Main church of Christ, Murfreesboro, Tennessee: Brad Rowley (elder) reports, “Last week East Main received five new contact cards. Our compassion card team wrote 44 cards. We delivered fifteen new mover baskets and completed one follow-up visit. We had a total of seven people in Bible studies. One new study is using Facebook Messenger. Our college ministry continues each Monday night on campus with potential prospects, and there is one Bible study in progress. We met with one of our college students, Jeffrey Smith, who decided to be identified with East Main. To God give the glory!”

Madison County church of Christ, Jackson, Tennessee: Steven Sprouse (preacher) reports, “One member is hoping to do the first study with one of our visitors tonight (Tuesday). Our other visitors were at another couple’s home on Saturday for a meal. Evangelism classes continue.”

McKenzie church of Christ, Tennessee: Randy McAdams (elder) reports, “We did a Zoom meeting with Rob last Monday, and it was special to see him and hear him encourage our efforts in this evangelistic push. I highly recommend any church struggling with the work to stay in touch with Rob and especially view the many videos that are available online for working through “walls and barriers.” We at the McKenzie congregation continue to seek more contacts and encourage our members to present ourselves as a church family who cares. May our God bless our efforts.”

Brushy church of Christ, Centerville, Tennessee: Kevin Johnston (preacher) reports, “Team 3 met today, and we sent out compassion cards to nine different people. As people are involved in writing cards, they are becoming more aware of how this works, and more contact cards are being turned in. We continue to reach out to new movers in our area. Just last week, a rental property nearby received new occupants. We plan to deliver a basket this week. Tonight, I preached the sermon about benevolence to emphasize the need to point benevolence toward evangelism. We appreciate continued prayers and support.”

Mountain Creek church of Christ, Chattanooga, Tennessee: Michael Tomshack (elder) reports, “In our Sunday service, Gary Massey (Elder and Minister) moved to Book 2 of Back to the Bible. One of our young adult friends has been attending worship with us for a couple of months and has agreed to a Bible study. Our visitations begin this week to those who have received four weeks of compassion cards. Two of our new Christians are now serving as greeters. I was a little nervous on the first day; however, confidence was quickly gained through the real-time guidance of mature Christians.”

New Union church of Christ, Manchester, Tennessee: Paul Fulks (elder) reports, “We had one visitor from the community. Our evangelism team made six visits. Our New Movers team delivered three baskets. The congregation submitted six contacts for prospecting.  We have one in our New Converts class. We are excited to report we had two baptisms. Steve and Natalie Lynn were baptized Wednesday evening.  This is the result of work for the past year and a half.  We wrote sixty-one compassion cards to send throughout the week.”

Chapel Hill church of Christ, Tennessee: Matt Jones (deacon) reports, “Our compassion card teams like our recent adjustments and things are going well. We are still having new and many repeat visitors regularly, and we add their names to the compassion card list as soon as possible. Isaac is still doing a great job with the sermons and working through the importance of our worship and the different elements. All items for our new movers’ baskets should be here this week, and we look forward to delivering them. One new Bible study was started last week with one of the visitors who has been attending, so we pray that will continue to go well. We are staying focused on reaching the lost!”

Covington church of Christ, Tennessee: Wayne Dalrymple (elder) reports, “Last week, I met with Steven, my financial advisor. He and his wife, Anice, have been studying with one of our members, Frank. He showed them the Jule Miller series. Neither are fully convinced of the truth. Anice is especially still confused about baptism. I offered to study further with them. Steve seemed very enthusiastic about that. I hope to set that up this week. On Sunday, we had several visitors. Jane and Andrew came at the invitation of our members, Alan and Debbie. They took them to lunch after worship as well. We hope to continue prospecting them. We wrote several compassion cards Sunday afternoon. On Sunday evening, we had more visitors. One was Emmanuel, a young adult. He was driving around, looking for a church that was having an evening service and he saw vehicles in our parking lot. He seems very thirsty for knowledge. We invited him to our meal on Monday evenings with Monday Night for the Master, and he came! He seemed to enjoy the socialization. We invited him back for our Wednesday Bible class where he can meet more people his age. I think this can lead to a Bible study.”

Windmill church of Christ, Weatherford, Texas (remote): Eric Tipton (preacher student, BTSOP) reports, “Things continue to go smoothly. We consistently generate two to four new prospects every week, but moving forward, we will incorporate random acts of kindness as a method of gaining contacts. This Saturday, we are having our first door-knocking. We have been studying with a girl named Kallie for a while, and she seems to be very close to obeying the gospel. We ask for prayers for her, and for all four of our ongoing studies.”

Southwest church of Christ, Austin, Texas: John Garza (regional trainer) reports, “On Sunday, we rejoiced with Rebecca Hernandez, as she responded to the Lord’s invitation to be forgiven of her sins through baptism and be added to the Lord’s kingdom! Praise be to God! This week, we continue working in the fields as many of us will deliver new-mover bags. I will continue the personal evangelism class Tuesday evening. Another batch of cards is going out to the erring brethren. Finally, we need to fine-tune our visitor greeters’ program.”

Shenandoah church of Christ, San Antonio, Texas (remote): Tim Ayers (preacher) reports, “I have an interesting story to tell. Yesterday, March 17, we had visitors from Oxford, Alabama, at our morning worship. They were Christians and said they knew nothing about the Shenandoah congregation. They came to visit, not knowing what type of congregation we were. When they entered the foyer, they saw the evangelism table that we had set up. They said that told them all they needed to know since they had been involved in the HTHSOE for about two years. They told us about the great results they have had since they started the program. This was very encouraging to us! We continue to work through the initial training and organizing of HTHSOE. We have gone through the three studies in John 4. We have also presented the HTHSOE model with the training cards. If the Lord wills this Sunday, we will study Quantity, not Quality from Matthew 22. Then, in the evening worship, we will study the lesson on the compassion cards so that everyone will have a clearer idea of what we are doing there. We will have new movers’ baskets to hand out soon. We still have a long way to go to be completely organized, but we know this work will yield good results. To God be the glory!”

Crosby church of Christ, Houston, Texas (remote): Jon Wheeler (elder) reports, “A young couple in our church studied with two young men that they met at a coffee shop and used BTTB for the study. Both young men were baptized Sunday night! They will attend a church closer to their home. Seven new mover baskets were delivered on Saturday. Eight compassion cards will be mailed this week to visitors. Two other Bible studies are in the works with good prospects!”

9th and Main church of Christ, San Angelo, Texas: Bryan Braswell (elder) reports, “We are still actively engaged. Our groups are being organized and assembled with coordinators. We have new visitors every time the doors are open. We are engaged in new studies. We had three separate family/group visits last Sunday morning. Contact information is being compiled. We do not miss the opportunity to follow up. Five preachers from 9th and Main were preaching in surrounding areas last Sunday. The visitors to our services are the high point of this report, this week.”

Buda-Kyle church of Christ, Texas: Ronnie Scherffius (preacher) reports, “Buda-Kyle began Back to the Bible training Sunday evening. Twenty were present as Rudy Cain began the first lesson in our 8–10-week training class directing these Bible studies. Today (Monday), I will begin a study with a couple who has visited us for the past three weeks.””

Graceton church of Christ, Diana, Texas: Johnny Williford (elder) reports, “Our Compassion Card Group C met Sunday afternoon before evening services and will be sending 41 cards to seven new contacts. Five are from our new movers’ group. They delivered baskets these past two weeks. Our annual Graceton’s Ladies Day is a few weeks away, and the planning is going well. We held our monthly Family Game Night last Friday and had a good turnout. Two families visited with us on Sunday morning. We appreciate all prayers as we also pray for all who want to evangelize the lost and bring them into God’s family to do the same.”

Canyon Lake church of Christ, Texas (remote): Jesse Stuart and Raoul Ferris (evangelists) reports, “We continue to offer our classes at the local library on Coping. We are using the book written by Brother Steven Lloyd. We continue to average seven people per class, and one of those is not a Christian. We continue to have interest shown in our Canyon Lake Bible Study Facebook page and hopefully will obtain contacts from this page as well. In addition, we met with a local homeowners’ association to team up with them to clean their community park and pool. That organizational meeting went well, and we hope to use this community service as a way to make contacts. This week, we made several signs to advertise our upcoming “Mental Health Seminar,” including VBS and Teen Classes. We are extremely grateful to the Freed-Hardeman University students who will be joining us for this outreach. They are using their Spring Break for the work of the Lord. Many hours have been put into planning by Mattie Barkley and Justin Ellis. The Canyon Lake congregation awaits their arrival with open arms.”

Wheeler church of Christ, Texas: Garrett English (preacher) reports, “The second BTTB study was again postponed, but it will happen this week or next. We had more visitors than usual this Sunday. Some were passing through, but others said they would be back next week. Many of our members welcomed them all. We pray they will be back and give us the opportunity to study with them. We also had two visitors to our “End Times” class last week and hope for more this week to prospect. We have been sending cards to a man who has recently entered hospice. I will visit his wife. We hope this shows our compassion.”

Granbury Street church of Christ, Cleburne, Texas: Ryan Cowan (deacon) reports, “Our new believers’ class continues to go well. Currently we have about nine class participants. We are reviewing Kevin Rhodes’ book, Beyond Baptism. Class participation is very strong.  Will Cammack continues to do a good job teaching the class. Five Bible studies are taking place right now.”

Itasca church of Christ, Texas (remote): Justin Hopkins (preacher) reports, “We finished writing the compassion cards for our door-knocking contacts; now we have a more manageable list of cards to write. Eleven new movers’ baskets were dropped, so hopefully we will have new contacts from delivering those baskets. We’ve been busy making follow-up visits. We made six of those visits this week, including Ray Hawhee, who called at the end of last week. After a visit, we scheduled a study. This week, he went through Book 1, and the study went well. We scheduled a study of Book 2, and he requested prayers for a couple of doctor appointments that he has coming up.”

Church of Christ at Bridgewater, Katy, Texas: Doug Suggs (deacon) reports, “At Bridgewater, our evangelist continues to preach lessons on evangelism. Sunday, he pointed out ‘as we are going’ is when we do evangelism. As we go about our normal routine, we should always look for people to teach. We must know what to teach and be ready to answer everyone who asks. One of our compassion teams met Sunday evening and addressed cards to those whose names we were given.”

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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