Michael and Kris Bowen are our workers in Southeast Asia.
Barry Baggott works to take the gospel to more than forty countries in the French-speaking world, providing literature and radio programs and making trips to plant churches as well as to edify and to train leaders. Barry now directs French World Outreach, a literature ministry begun more than forty years ago by Jerrel Rowden. FWO publishes a wide variety of tracts, correspondence courses, books and Bible class materials. A catalog of materials can be seen on-line at http://www.frenchworldoutreach.org/. Barry also provides either recordings or texts for numerous weekly FM radio broadcasts in nine French-speaking countries and travels regularly to help plant or strengthen local congregations and to teach in preacher training programs. The Baggotts worked as missionary apprentices to Arlin and Judy Hendrix from 1984 to 1986 in Lyons, France, then worked from 1987 until 2003 with Bob Prater in the French-speaking country of Côte d’Ivoire, West Africa. The Baggotts worshipped as members of West 7th in 1987 and again from 2003 to 2008.
In 1992, Barry began publication of a free, bi-monthly teaching periodical called Chemin de Vérité (Way of Truth). Currently over 16,000 copies of each issue are mailed to French-speaking individuals and churches in over 35 countries. In 1995, Barry opened the Bouaké Bible School, a two-year preacher training program, now operated by Ivorian brethren. The school has trained over sixty-five evangelists who now serve churches in Côte d’Ivoire, Burkina Faso, Mali, Guinea, Ghana, the Congo, Cameroon and Chad.
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org (French World Outreach)
Bill and Lola-Margaret Hall work six months each year in the state of Andhra Pradesh, India. Bill has been involved with the work since 1987. He made two short-term trips in 2001 and 2004. The Halls made a longer trip together in 2009 and began living there about six months each year in 2011. Bill helped to establish a school of preaching in 2004, while Lola-Margaret has worked to establish a home for widows and has worked in the orphan’s home. The work is based in two localities: Guntakal, where Bill helped to establish the church in 1994; and Eluru, where the school of preaching, the orphan’s home, and the widow’s home are located. The Halls’ primary efforts now focus on teaching in the India School of Evangelism and maturing the congregations in both places.
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Jim and Debbie Sexton have worked with the church of Christ in Cherokee, North Carolina, since 2005. The Sextons moved from New York to Cherokee in response to a need for a family to teach, reach out to the community, and preach the Word of God. Cherokee has a distinct culture, as it has a large Native American population and is somewhat secluded in the Smokey Mountains. The Sextons have worked for nine years to become accepted as part of this close community--building trust, meeting emotional and spiritual needs, all while holding out salvation through the Word. The people are always seeking, and the Sextons aim to help them in their search for the truth that only comes from the Lord.
Because we live in a busy and a physically blessed area, we often don't see the needs of others. Combine this with our desire to look like we've got it all together and don't need help, we often won't share our needs. So whether you're on the need side or help side of this equation, this site can be for you. It's time to show why we're Christians. Many of us are good at not doing evil things but not so good at helping others. Get involved and share Jesus with others!
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West Seventh supports the following works with a special contribution each year:
Columbia Academy Bible Department Churches of Christ Disaster Relief
Healing Hands International
Nashville Inner City Ministry Tennessee Children's Home
West Seventh supports a number of organizational outreach and mission efforts. Many are based in Tennessee and give members an opportunity to teach the gospel and to serve others through events and trips on a regular basis. For instance, several times each year, members help load supplies for Churches of Christ Disaster Relief and Healing Hands International, which proclaim the love of Christ by sending supplies around the world to victims of natural disasters and to underdeveloped countries. Many members are also active with Columbia Academy and Tennessee Children’s Home, both of which seek to teach the Bible to young people and to rear the next generation of God’s servants. Other works, such as Nashville Inner City Ministry work to spread the gospel to people in Middle Tennessee.