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A Little Can Help A Lot

Help Spread the Gospel

Have you ever thought that you wanted to give to world missions, but, felt as if you simply couldn’t afford much. Then you just decided that it made no sense to just send $5 or $10. So you just added a little extra to the plate on Sunday, then you wonder if you could do more.

What if you could do more? What if you could join with other Christians by contributing a little, and the others contribute a little and together you are helping an established work of the brotherhood spread the gospel across the globe. By being willing to give what we have and working with others we can all share in the work of the Lord.

$75 for 7 Billion Souls

It’s that idea that prompted the team of Truth for the World to begin their new  $75 for 7 Billion Souls Campaign.

“Assuredly, I say to you that this poor widow has put in more than all those who have given to the treasury;” Mark 12:43

Truth for the World’s Global Efforts

Last year we shared with you the wonderful works that Truth for the World endeavors to manage and maintain around the globe. They truly are seeking to go in to all the world. But they can’t do it alone. They need the help of brothers and sisters in the Lords’ church to help provide for the financial needs of the work they are doing.

Currently, Truth For The World is running an annual deficit and needs to increase the amount of annual income it receives in order to continue the current projects underway and grow the new projects and outreach that have been planned. Kendal Rasnake, shared with me that their estimated budget for 2015 will be about $177,000, but that their projected annual income will be about $35,000 below that.

That means that they will be short of their annual goal and whenever a budget comes up short, most likely, something will be cut. As a result they have made the decision to kick off a fund building campaign in which they are seeking to raise about $75,000 more for their annual income. The goal isn’t to add money to coffers but rather to add funds that will help in spreading the gospel to reach 7 BILLION souls for Christ.

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Does $75,000 sound like a sum of money that is entirely not within your personal reach? It’s not for most people. But think of it this way. If 1000 members of the Lord’s church would commit to send $75 a year (or $6.25 a month) then the $75,000 is entirely within reach! $75 is within the reach of many Christian families living in the U.S. It might mean sacrificing 2-3 meals eaten out at a nice restaurant per year, or just 2 cups of coffee per month, but when you consider the number of souls that will have the opportunity to hear the gospel preached, the sacrifice seems to be very minimal doesn’t it?

So maybe you are wondering how your $75 can actually spread the gospel. Kendal shared with me how they plan to break down the desired goal of an additional $75,000 per year.

The extra $75,000 per year in annual income will allow Truth for the World to:

  1. Keep the current staff and services. – $35,000
  2. Add one more full-time staff member to share the workload and grow new projects such as more online Bible courses- $30,000
  3. Add global shortwave radio broadcasting to over 1 billion people – $10,000

Truth For The World doesn’t just send out a missionary or two once a year, they are spreading the gospel each and every week of the year. Through the shortwave radio signals they have established on 6 continents, Bible Correspondence Courses sent  globally, as well as TV programming and Bible Lessons via a mobile app, the good news message is being proclaimed regularly all year long.

Christ’s commission is for every disciple to follow. Yet, each individual may not have the opportunity, finances or ability to go out further than their own neighborhood. But, God never intended for each of us to bear the work load alone. Rather we are to work together as a collective body for the furtherance of the gospel message. Choosing to donate to Truth for the World means that you become a fellow laborer in the work the global evangelism effort that they are endeavoring to maintain. Their efforts can be used around the globe, even in, your own neighborhood. So while global evangelism seems like it is, out there, somewhere else, it really starts at your own home and can spread to the farthest reaches of the globe.

$75 for 7 Billion Souls

How can you help Truth for the World?

Article written by team member: Renee Brown

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Devotionals with the Entire Family in Mind

Kaio Publications New Family Devotional Series

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The home is the main training ground when it comes to raising our children in the Lord. As parents, we have the responsibility to teach them not only by example, but also in word. They deserve to have their parents open the Bible and explain the truth of God’s Word. However, for many adults this can be a very intimidating task. It doesn’t have to be! Many fathers want to be the spiritual leaders God called them to be, but they feel uncomfortable or inadequate in leading their family in a time of bible study or devotion to God. Other men, simply lack the time necessary to prepare. This doesn’t have to be! Oftentimes, mothers are at a loss as to what to study with their children while the father is absent. This doesn’t have to be!

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The family devotional series is designed with the entire family in mind. Kaio Publications understands that children learn best when that learning is tangible. That’s why they have created Biblically sound object lessons that are easy to use and are laid out in a very simple format with each lesson containing…

  • the main Scripture
  • a list of objects needed
  • a suggested song
  • the lesson content
  • a suggested prayer

 

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 Each set of devotionals includes 30-31 days worth of material which will help each family member learn and grow. Simply follow the outline, use real life objects with the lessons (most of these items can be found in the home), and make studying God’s word an enjoyable time with your family! There is no reason to stress or fret over what you will study. The hard work is already done, leaving more time for family interaction, increasing in knowledge, and benefiting from time spent together.
The family Devotional series is available at www.kaiopublications.org.
~~ Article submitted by Erin Wells
 

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R16:16 Welcomes Truth for the World

To the Sower’s Spotlight

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In our current spotlight we are featuring Truth for the World.

Truth for the World is a global evangelism outreach of the church of Christ using multi-media and personal ministry. This ministry is overseen by the congregation at Duluth, Georgia.

The evangelism efforts of this congregation is extensive. Here is a brief synopsis of what they are doing.

  • Radio, Shortwave, AM/FM

1-minute, 15-minute, and 30-minute radio programs

Radio programs are on-the-air in the U.S., the Philippines, and Nigeria.

Radio programs are broadcast globally to 6 continents via shortwave

Radio programs are downloadable via the TFTW website

A sub-collection of our audio programs are available on the Internet Archive (archive.org)

Truth For The World Internet radio station airing 24/7 via SHOUTcast

Truth For The World Internet radio station can be heard over-the-phone by calling our phone number with AudioNow.

Duluth Church of Christ Internet radio station via Live365 airing worship services, Bible studies and Truth For The World radio programs

Podcasts

  • Television

·         programs on-the-air in the U.S. and the Republic of Palau and online globally

·         YouTube and Roku channels

·         Videos available on DVD and Blu-Ray

  • Print materials, tracts and bible studies

Bible Q&A book

Articles

Tracts for downloading, e-mailing and printing

Basic Facts of the Faith

Mission Magazine

  • Bible Education Courses

Bible Correspondence Courses available on our website or through-the-mail

Interactive, multimedia educational module on the Steps of Salvation on our website

  • Website/Blog

 Website is available in four languages: English, Spanish, Chinese, and Indonesian

Social media including Facebook, Twitter and Google +

  • Mobile

Mobile app containing articles, tracts, the ability to stream radio and TV, and a plan of salvation quiz is available for Android and iOS devices

Text-blasting sends out TFTW news and Bible information to those who want to receive this information via texts.

Truth For The World Internet radio station can be heard over-the-phone by calling our phone number with AudioNow.

Mobile website

  • Personal Missionary Trips utilizing gospel meetings and lectureships.

2011 – Australia, India (our church elder), West Virginia, Singapore, Malaysia and the Philippines

2012 – Mexico and West Virginia

2013 – India, Peru, West Virginia, and Mexico

How can you help?

Prayer. Be in prayer for the efforts  of this ministry, each and every aspect of this work has the ability to bring souls to Christ.

Partner with Truth for the World. If you are a member of the church of Christ, they will accept your monetary donation via their website.

~~Article written and compiled by Renee Brown; R16:16 Team Member

 

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Homeschool Support Found a World Away

Julie, her husband Martin have been married for 12 years. They are the parents of two children, Sarah who is almost 11 years old and Seth who is almost 7 years old. This family has worked in the ministry field their entire marriage. They have recently returned to Indonesia for their second extended mission work. They previously served in Indonesia from 2005-2009. This time around they are working in Yogykarta on the island of Java.

Julie is a Stay at home mom who is homeschooling her two children. She says, “I love serving God and my family and strive to do so wherever we are!”

Indonesian Homeschooling

She wanted to share with our readers the joy she has received in finding in Indonesia a strong homeschooling community. You can read more about their mission work at their blog Martin and Julie Johnson.

Homeschool Support Found in Indonesian Mission Field

by Julie Johnson

I have been pleasantly surprised to find several groups of Homeschooling families here in Jakarta, Indonesia. They seem to all function differently, focusing on a variety of activities. Some are more structured with educational lessons prepared for the kids to participate in. Some are more casual, allowing for the kids to run and play freely. Some are open to everyone, regardless of religious background while others are reserved for those with a “Christian” background. Still other Homeschool groups are designed for foreigners and those that can speak English well enough to participate.

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One of the Homeschool groups that I met is called “Eagle’s Nest.” They asked me to be their guest speaker and share my experiences as a homeschool mom and wife trying to live God’s way. We discussed God’s plan for the family and how as parents our ultimate responsibility to train our children to love Him and follow Him all their lives. The moms had some excellent questions after my talk. They asked about practical examples of how to train our children not to complain. They asked about training them to sit still and quiet during worship. They asked about sibling rivalry and how to overcome that. They also asked about discipline and how to control our emotions in stressful situations. There were questions about the husband-wife relationship and what to do when we don’t agree with each other.

I explained, and I hope they all understood, that I am not perfect and neither is my small family. We make mistakes. We fail at times. But, we apologize to each other and to God and move on trying not to make the same mistake again.

I thank God for this opportunity to speak to these ladies! It was a growing opportunity for me as I put into words the principles that my family lives by. I learned more about Indonesian culture as well as a few more vocabulary words! I pray that each mom was able to take away something from our meeting. I pray that each of these women look to His Word to find Truth and that they, along with their husbands, train their children to serve Him all their days.

Question: What activities does your homeschool group do when they get together? 

 

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PFP Encouraging Christianity

Focusing the Sower’s Spotlight on PFP

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In our current spotlight we are featuring PFP or Preacher’s Favorite Passage. Since this month we are featuring Men In Christ’s Service we wanted to give you a little more information about what PFP has to offer by highlighting some of their monthly e-zine.

In the current edition of PFP guest writer Andrew Lamica, from the Chase Park congregation in Huntsville, Alabama encourages Christians to be imitators of Christ. He uses the passage from 1 Corinthians 11:1 to remind us that this command is often overlooked in study. Too often we fail to truly meditate upon the word and rather gloss over what can become too familiar.

When we look at the religious world around us, many of whom claim Christianity yet walk not after Christ, we should be reminded of this passage and the many others like it written by Paul to imitate Christ.

Brother Lamica does a wonderful job of reminding us that not only is it ok to be a carbon copy Christian, it is a commandment, to pattern ourselves after the life of Christ.  I encourage you to click on over to the PFP e-zine to read the entire article.

Also in the current edition of PFP you will find:

In the Editor’s Addition: Lee Snow discusses the reality of depression and how it can play a major role in a person’s life. He offers a first hand account along with scriptural guidance for how to overcome. He reminds us that with God we can find help for every situation and that He already knows how it will work out.

In the section, Q&A with Billy Hayes, Brother Hayes answers two questions. Both are related to offices mentioned in the Bible. The first, the office of an elder and the second the office of a prophet.

Josh Clevenger in his article Ethical Ekklesia he talks about the modern culture of tolerance and what it means to us as Christians. He explains the worlds view on what tolerance means, and also that we as Christians should love all men to their greatest good – heaven.
The Preacher’s Favorite Passage (the PFP) is a amalgamation of articles and helpful tools for the Christian to use throughout his walk with Christ. We release a monthly e-zine with a main article from a guest writer about his favorite passage outlining the passage of Scripture and teaching about it. In addition to the main article, each e-zine issue has other articles and things from our writers Tony Clay, Billy Hayes, Josh Clevenger, Lee Snow and Travis Byars. The PFP also hosts a blog which is updated several times a week with articles and links. ~Written by Lee Snow.

~~Article written and compiled by Renee Brown; R16:16 Team Member

 

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Truth For the World Shares Important Information

Ways that the Church can Utilize Radio Resources as an Outreach

Truth for the World offers excellent consistently offers content both on their webpage and their television programming. They are one of the organizations within the brotherhood on the forefront of working to span various forms of media as a way to reach more individuals with the truth. But they also offer important information for the brotherhood to be aware of so that individual congregations can utilize their knowledge to further their outreach endeavors.

Recently they shared information regarding a new opportunity for churches to utilize low – powered FM radio stations This is good to know for any member or leadership who might consider the chance to spread the gospel through radio media. Here are the details, provided by Kendall Rasnake of Truth for the World, be sure to click the SEE MORE link at the bottom of the post highlight to see all the requirements for this opportunity.

FCC Opens Low-Power FM Opportunity For Churches

Radio Head setWASHINGTON, D.C. – On June 17, 2013, the Federal Communications Commission announced an upcoming application window for Low-Power FM (LPFM) radio stations in the United States.  The application window will be open between October 15th and October 29th, 2013.  (http://www.fcc.gov/document/lpfm-window-open-october-2013-revised-form-318-released)

This announcement opens up an opportunity for churches and other non-profit groups to apply for their own LPFM station in their community.

LPFM stations broadcast like other FM stations except they are less powerful and thus have less coverage area.  The coverage area can still be significant enough to reach into a local community.  According to information from the Prometheus Radio Project website, a LPFM station at maximum power of 100 watts and with an antenna height of 30 meters will generally provide solid coverage for a radius of 3.5 miles and can reach radios up to 10 miles away. (http://www.prometheusradio.org/what-is-lpfm)

Other distinguishing characteristics for LPFM stations are that they are cheaper to build than Full-Power FM stations, they must be licensed by a non-profit organization with an educational mission.  Churches qualify to own these stations by their very nature.

The FCC has not opened up an application window for over 10 years, and some are thinking that this opportunity may not occur again.  “We are treating this application filing window as a one-shot deal,” says Kendal Rasnake, Director of Truth For The World and former general manager of an FM radio station in Missouri.  “Even if the FCC were to open up another application opportunity after this, the limited open space on the FM dial in someone’s area might be grabbed up by applicants in 2013.”

LPFM applicants do not even need prior radio experience.  “There are currently almost 800 LPFM stations on-the-air, and most of the organizations have limited resources and knew little-to-nothing about broadcasting when they started,” says Jason Bennett, a Technical Consultant at FM Expansion Group. (http://fmexpansion.com/)

Applying for an LPFM station is essentially a 3-part process:

SEE MORE…

From Bible Study courses to podcasts, television shows and DVD’s Truth for the World continues to work diligently bringing light to the world through various media resources. We would do well to learn from their example and begin to institute some of what they are sharing with us in our local communities.

~~ Posted by Team Member Renée

 

PTP, It’s Not Just For Preachers

Polishing the Pulpit is coming!

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In just one short month a few thousand Christians from all over the country and a few from around the globe will gather in Sevierville, Tennessee for the annual Polishing the Pulpit Seminars. PTP, as it is affectionately referred to, started out with 3 friends and fellow preachers who met annually to share and swap sermons. It quickly grew and before long it turned into a lectureship series providing continuing education for preachers of the church.

As is the case with most opportunities for faithful encouragement, PTP outgrew the local congregation as more and more preachers began to want to participate. Anytime you have a gathering of preachers, you have a gathering of wives and children as well. So the organizers had to find ways for the women to be encouraged and the children to learn and fellowship. Then elders, deacons and workers of the church wanted to participate so they continued to grow, develop and expand to include a variety of classes, lectures, and a myriad of other learning tracks. Polishing the Pulpit now offers something for every member of the Lord’s church, whether aged or young, parent or child, preacher or not. Because at it’s core, every member of the Lord’s church is to “go into all the world…” Mark 16:15.

Since this month the R16:16 theme is all about Women Serving Christ I want to share with you how PTP offers encouragement, guidance and inspiration to women in their God-given roles. Since Women are to be in subjection to men, she may sit at the feet of a male instructor and learn, but she may not lead him. Therefore, women of Polishing the Pulpit can attend any lecture or seminar that is offered to PTP attendees. Men on the other hand cannot. Men can’t attend classes that are taught by or led by the women. 

The organizers of Polishing the Pulpit have organized a myriad of classes specific to a woman’s life and role within the church. Here are some of them.

  • Bible Study Lectures, taught by various women including, Sheila Butt, Cindy Colley, Donna Faughn, Jane Washington and more.
  • Bible Class Teachers Track, workshop, resource make & take, teaching special needs in the Bible Class room.
  • Women Counseling Women Track
  • Preachers and Elders Wives Track
  • Homeschoolers Track
  • Widows Track
  • And that is just the women led classes, don’t forget women can go to ANY of the men’s classes.

PTP for Women

  • Oh, and there are supervised classes and activities for all children age 2 (potty trained) and up.PTP Collage

As you can see Polishing the Pulpit offers a wide variety of encouragement women from all walks of life, from singles, wives, moms and widows. Being surrounded by so many God fearing women of like-minded precious faith in and of itself brings encouragement to your soul. Then on top of that you get to be encouraged and inspired in the word to walk and live daily for Christ in the middle of an entire convention center filled with faithful believers all seeking to do His will. Then there is the singing which I imagine is like a glimpse of the praise we will offer together one day in heaven. Oh there is just nothing on this earth quite like what PTP is.

But don’t just take my word for it. Here some women who attend PTP have shared what it means to each of them..

“It’s the most encouraging thing I get to do all year long. Specifically, what I bring home is a greater appreciation for the fellowship that God has given us in the body and for corporate worship. It really makes me think about how difficult living the life would be without the assemblies of His people.”

~~ Cindy Colley, blogs at Bless Your Heart

“We look forward to PTP all year long & are sincerely disappointed at the end of the week that it is over (& we have to wait for a whole year to return!). I love the sound scriptural lessons on SO many different topics, the singing (outdoor youth singing is awesome!), fellowshipping with brethren from so many places (ALL of our friends from so many different places are all together), & the opportunity to be lifted up & encouraged by those of like precious faith. PTP is a huge blessing in our lives. My husband says, ‘if you don’t like PTP, you won’t like heaven.‘”

~~ Denise Skelton (Read more about Denise and her family’s experience at PTP here: Polishing the Pulpit 2012,

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“I look forward to bring around so many excited Christians who are walking the walk. When I see the practical, down to earth topics I just think you can’t find this anywhere else! So many great examples of people just doing what the Lord has commanded us. I wish we could lock the doors and just live there! But…then that’s not quite what He had mind when He said Go…” ~~ Jeanny Gilpin

“We look forward to PTP each year with great anticipation. Not only is it a spiritual feast of God’s word, but it also provides wonderful fellowship with men and women of like-minded faith. We are able to reconnect with friends and family from far and near. We have met new people who have become dear to us. We watch children and teens gleefully chatting together – those who have formed strong friendships even though they live miles apart. We leave with a sense of encouragement that there is hope for the future, purpose for the present and much work to be done. PTP equips us for all of these things.”

~~ Karen Craun Perkins

I‘ve heard it said before, “But why the fee?” That is simple. Events such as this that are designed to encourage, uplift, motivate and equip come with financial costs. Once it grew beyond the size of the local congregation, the costs involved grew as well. Look at it this way, the cost to attend what could be the most spiritually encouraging and equipping event of your year is less than most family vacations, but the rewards far outweigh the cost.

“Polishing the Pulpit is our big family vacation for the year and I cannot think of a better way or better people to spend it with. Not only are our bodies refreshed, but the best part is that our minds and spirits are refreshed and we are recharged for another year.
We love making new friends who are like-minded in the faith. We love the wide variety of classes on a variety of topics such as: homeschooling, saving money, how to be a supportive wife to your husband, how to dig deeper into the Bible, and how to pray.
The Bible classes for kids are equally wonderful and very rich in Bible knowledge. Even the classes for 4 year olds contain deep subjects such as evidences. I can definitely see my older son’s Bible knowledge grow as well. He said, “’ love all the Bible skills I learn. I also want to be a preacher when I grow up and I really enjoyed taking the Future Preacher Training Class.'”

~~ Sharla Orren, R16:16 Administrator

If cost is a huge concern for you, there are options. PTP offers a scholarship program and anyone can register online for that program. One of the local congregations offers free lunch on Sunday and a different local congregation offers free lunch Monday through Wednesday. Children and teens attending with a parent are free. First time attendees receive a discounted fee. Widows, college students, full-time preaching students and foreign attendees are given a substantially discounted registration price. 

So what are you waiting for? Why not register for PTP and come down to Tennessee for what might be the most spiritually equipping time of your life. 

~~ Written by Team Member Renée

 

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