INDIA – BURMA EVANGELISM
David Nance of Covington, TN has agreed to begin working with us. He is well qualified academically and he served five churches in GA, TN, and FL as a minister from 1981 to 2007. During this time he also did mission work in Ghana. Since 2007 he has been working full-time in India so he is well experienced and acquainted with the culture in India. Dave and I will be working together so you will be hearing from both of us. You will be hearing more from Dave in the future.
Memorial Day: Remembering our Fallen Soldiers
It’s entirely proper that we remember and honor the veterans who’ve offered up their lives in the service of our families, communities, states, and nation.
How much more proper is it that we remember and honor the soldiers of the cross? They’ve offered their lives, and even their families to bring our Lord’s sacrifice to our families, our churches, and the nations of our world.
So please pray for the families of these soldiers of the faith who’ve taken up their cross and have fought the good fight.
• J. C. Bailey, of Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan died in 2001: He is generally recognized as the founder of the modern India work among the churches of Christ. He had a hand in recruiting many (if not most) of the India missionaries since 1960.
• J. C. Choate of Winona, Mississippi died in 2008: He established one of the largest print and media ministries in India, publishing books, tracts, and magazines in many Indian languages.
• David Hallett of Tintern, Ontario died in 2011: He spent thirty years living full-time in the northeast states of India, starting and leading Alpha Bible College which trained hundreds of church, government, and business leaders.
• Charles Scott of Monteagle, Tennessee died in 2013: He led over 40 trips to India with teams of American church members. He was one of the greatest promoters of the India work among us, recruiting many workers.
• Dean Crutchfield of Green Plain, Kentucky died in 2018: He founded this work in which you and I are now engaged, founding hundreds of churches. He started the South India Bible College for continuing ministry education, a tuition-free school unique in India or anywhere in the world.
• Keith Ball, of Delaware, Ohio died in 2019. He went to India for over thirty years, focusing on the churches within 100 miles to the west of Hyderabad in the states of Maharashtra and Karnataka. He died of a mosquito bite while in India.
• Royce Frederick 2021: A life-long Texan, Royce began many truly effective works in India including the Buildings Without Walls ministry.
• Ron Clayton of Hamilton, Alabama died in 2021: Recruited by Dean Crutchfield, he created the largest evangelistic outreach organization in India. Literally millions have heard the gospel because of his work, scores of thousands of churches being his legacy.
I don’t have room, of course, to give any more details of these exceptional soldiers who deserve to be memorialized. And, you’re fully aware that many many more could be listed, men and women who deserve serious recognition. They will receive their recognition in the resurrection, without a doubt.
Let’s remember these in prayerful gratitude.
And, let’s remember their families and their myriad of supporters.
You who support our work are worthy of recognition for the sacrifice you have made for us because you love Jesus! You too are valiant soldiers in our age! Your recognition is coming! Without a doubt!
You’ve probably received a letter from me asking you to consider a special contribution to help with Covid expenses for the congregations we work with. This request has been well received, but if you haven’t yet considered helping us in this way, please do so. We’re hoping to raise $95,000 and any amount will help!