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  • TFRStaff 4:08 am on 2015-10-16 Permalink | Reply
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    Moshers’ permanent residency approved in NZ 

    From Lance, Kristen, and Silas Mosher, received Oct 12: We just heard from Immigration New Zealand, and our residency has been approved. To save you from all of the details, this basically means we can live and work in New Zealand for as long as we would like, with a few conditions. (More …)

  • J. Randal Matheny 8:28 pm on 2014-10-02 Permalink | Reply
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    Pray for Mike Landon 

    Just got word that Michael Landon is in ICU at Yale hospital. He had two heart attacks, and his kidneys have shut down. The family is flying to be with him. Mike is my age. He works with the Groton CT congregation. He and his family worked in São Paulo for several years back in the 80s/90s. Information thanks to Paul Goddard who talked to the Landons’ daughter by phone.

    • Allen Dutton 9:52 am on 2014-10-03 Permalink | Reply

      Mike and Susan and family. You are in our prayers.

    • Debbie Hendrix 9:09 am on 2014-10-04 Permalink | Reply

      Mike did pass away last night.

  • TFRStaff 4:02 pm on 2013-01-29 Permalink | Reply
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    For missionaries seeking funds 

    The new year always seems to result in some extra requests for funds related to mission work. If you know of some missionaries who are seeking funds, feel free to let them know they can post information about their search for finances at


    This site also has some the links that congregations and preachers can use to help them connect with one another.

    In Him, Brad Price

    • Brad 5:29 pm on 2015-04-23 Permalink | Reply

      The “churches of Christ jobs” forum has been revised to a new location – http://www.abiblecommentary.com/churchofchristjobs. This site still has a place to post information regarding churches searching for preachers and ministers searching for churches. There is even a place for missionaries to use to help them find support.

  • J. Randal Matheny 7:36 pm on 2011-05-13 Permalink | Reply
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    Gone, an example of lifetime dedication 

    A good man died today. Glenn Looper worked 50 years in Brazil. A sterling example of dedication, he gave his life to the Lord. I had little contact with him, but his many years of service stand as a challenge to us all.

  • J. Randal Matheny 8:38 am on 2011-03-10 Permalink | Reply
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    Don Vinzant passed away today in Okla. 

    Early this morning Don Vinzant passed away, just a couple of weeks or so after a cancer diagnosis. We were with him about three years ago in a large event in northeast Brazil, where he was instrumental in encouraging the churches in that area to faithfulness in doctrine. I’m grateful to him for that.

    So many of the older missionaries have softened on the truth of the gospel. I saw none of that in Don, but always a concern for what was right, along with his gentle spirit. I did not know him well, but he always communicated the kindness and compassion of Christ.

    He was a predecessor in the work in Brazil, so we are spiritual benefactors of his work and example here.

    • John Henson 9:30 am on 2011-03-10 Permalink | Reply

      Surely, the angels in heaven glorified God for his life and work. His works will follow him.

    • Mike Riley 9:57 pm on 2011-03-10 Permalink | Reply

      Will be praying for the Lord to comfort the family during their time of great loss.

  • J. Randal Matheny 11:44 am on 2011-01-02 Permalink | Reply
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    Reported: Mikey Dawidow suffers fatal heart attack 

    A sister in Christ posted this notice on Facebook. I have no confirmation, but it would appear to be legitimate. I don’t know this family, but have heard the name.

    Please pray for Michael, Molly and Anabelle Dawidow, missionaries in Poland. Their son, Mikey, was found dead by his father after he had suffered a massive heart attack. Molly and Anabelle were in Mississippi when this happend and should be back home by now. God please give them strength and comfort to help them in their grief and loss.

    • Elizabeth Clark 2:28 pm on 2011-01-02 Permalink | Reply

      It is true. Mikey was not yet 30. Pray for Molly and Annabelle to have a safe and uneventful flight home to Poland.

      • J. Randal Matheny 3:01 pm on 2011-01-02 Permalink | Reply

        Hi, Elizabeth, thanks for the confirmation. Do you have any information about when it happened?

    • Randy 11:41 am on 2011-01-04 Permalink | Reply

      The posting is true. Molly, Annabelle and molly’s brother Larry left for Poland on Sunday. Molly was at her mother’s home in Pope, Ms when she received the news.

  • Richard Mansel 4:42 pm on 2010-06-08 Permalink | Reply
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    Question About Support 

    In our physical families, how we spend our money affects the rest of the family. For example, if the Father blows his paychecks on gambling and his wife can’t afford groceries, then she and the children go hungry. On the other hand, if he is wise with his money, his family can prosper.

    An idea comes to mind along this line that might make a good discussion. Each congregation is autonomous and each congregation’s leadership is accountable for how they spend the Lord’s money. We are all children of God and we are all given the task to glorify Christ (Ephesians 3:20-21), through service, worship, evangelism, helping the poor, etc.

    Now, consider a question. Since we are all in the same family, despite being in autonomous congregations, how accountable are we to each other, in how we spend our money? We have so many mission works and missionaries that are closing down for lack of funds. Good programs that could bless the world, never get off of the ground, for the same reason.

    Therefore, I ask, how accountable are we, as members of the Lord’s body, to each other?If not in deed, what about in spirit?

    There is more than enough to do the Lord’s will. But most of it goes to non-spiritual activities, which damages the progress of the entire body. God has to be completely heart-broken about this sad fact.

    Any thoughts?

    • Mike Riley 6:20 pm on 2010-06-08 Permalink | Reply

      Richard, as long as members of the church prioritize worldly activities before spiritual ones (Colossians 3:1-2), nothing will change. Mission work and the missionaries to carry out that work, will remain low on the totem pole, but if we put the kingdom “first” (Matthew 6:33) in our lives before anything else, the great commission can and will be carried out.

      Sad to say, but for the past 40 years (or longer), creature comforts have taken priority over carrying out the Great Commission our Lord left us to achieve. I wrote an article several months back that illustrated the fact that if just one Christian converted just one person in one year, it would only take 33 years to convert the world. It’s not an impossible task.

  • J. Randal Matheny 1:25 am on 2010-01-14 Permalink | Reply
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    A Good Man Needs Overseeing Church 

    This comes from a man I’ve known since 1977, when I stayed in his home in Dunoon, Scotland, as a university student on evangelistic campaigns, a man on fire for the Lord and who has served faithfully for many years.

    Brethren, Greetings in our Lord.

    Our supporting congregation, the Tuscumbia Church of Christ, Tuscumbia, AL has chosen not to continue supporting us as of 31 Dec 2009. That completes a 16 year agreement with them in a partnership in the Kingdom of Christ. They supported us in a wonderful manner, and it is with sad hearts that we part.

    This comes at the end of our last commitment in Cambodia. We have been looking to work in follow-up evangelism and preaching in the North East, in the Philadelphia, New Jersey area; however, that anticipated move cannot happen without a sponsoring church. Due to our being out of the US for many years in missions our resources for locating help from the Lord’s church in other areas is also limited. We are determined to continue in missions and to leave behind what our Lord has given us! Please pray, not for us but, for the lost whom we might touch! Thank you all for your prayers and support.

    Sheila still has her WBS campaign with Ruth Orr from Lewisburg, TN from 7-26 Feb. Please pray for those precious souls as well.

    As of Friday, 15th Jan, we will no longer have internet service, so our email will be greatly limited until further notice.

    Again, Thank you and may we all be found faithful when Jesus comes! All our love,

    Greg and Sheila Hamlin

    Greg’s email is ghamlin2002@yahoo.com. His cell phone number is 731-608-5746.

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