I appreciate the opportunity to use the pages of West Virginia Christian to announce a new work in which the church in Barrackville is going to be involved. Many of you may know that I have been making yearly mission trips to India since 1991. Many of you, as individuals and the congregations which you attend, have helped me financially with these trips. For that I am deeply grateful.
The work that is going on there is truly amazing as thousands of souls each year are responding to the saving message of the gospel of Christ. (On my most recent trip, over 800 people were baptized into Christ in the meetings that Peter Ray Cole and I were directly involved). It is estimated that the retention rate is between 75-85%. I personally believe it is one of the greatest mission works going on in the world today.
For the past several years, a congregation of the Lord's church in Cleburne, Texas, has overseen this particular work. Near the end of 2007, they notified brother Ron Clayton and expressed their desire to turn the oversight of this work over to another congregation. Ron contacted the elders at Barrackville to see if we would consider becoming his sponsoring congregation. The elders and deacons at Barrackville met with two of the full time workers in this mission work and with a preacher from India. We had a lot questions concerning the work and what our involvement would be.
After having our questions answered, we have decided to accept this responsibility. Because we have been involved to some degree for many years, we felt that we are in a wonderful position to work even more closely with this great mission effort. Ron Clayton and his wife Karen are in India at this present time, but we are hoping they will be with us sometime in March to meet the congregation here and to begin making plans as to how we can best be of service to this mission team.
We realize the tremendous responsibility that is involved in overseeing a work of this magnitude but we are excited about the opportunity.
If you would like to know more about this work please feel free to contact us and we will do our best to provide you with the information you need. If you are looking for a mission work to support on a regular basis as an individual or a congregation, we would love to talk to you about the work in India.
Please keep us in your prayers as we accept this challenge. - Steve Snider (for the Barrackville church of Christ), PO Box 753, Barrackville, WV 26559. (304) 363-9060 (office); (304) 363-5203 (home). firstname.lastname@example.org
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