MISSIONS & OUTREACH
Michael and Kris Bowen are our missionaries in Southeast Asia.
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.
Arlin Hendrix has been based in Lyon, France, since 1975. Pamela joined him there after their marriage in 1988. Their work focuses not only on France, but on many other French-speaking locations as well as countries throughout Europe. They travel throughout France working with numerous congregations and with growing Christians at those churches. Besides evangelizing and teaching, the Hendrixes present marriage seminars in French twice a year throughout Europe, Guadeloupe in the Caribbean, and Mauritius in the Indian Ocean. In 2005, the Hendrixes traveled to Burkina Faso, a French-speaking country in West Africa, to assist in the mission there. Over the years the Hendrixes have made over twenty teaching trips to Guadeloupe, one teaching trip to the preacher school in Benin, and one to the preacher school in Ivory Coast. Both schools are in West Africa. The Hendrixes aim to join God in His ongoing loving and gracious work, offering forgiveness to people haunted by their past. The work aims to heal broken marriages, offer people unconditional acceptance, and give troubled souls a taste of real peace, a peace that surpasses all understanding. The Hendrixes teach people how to live a life that pleases God, using the Bible as the only guide. They help Christians become mature followers of Christ, and work with a church that unites people from all backgrounds into one body.
French Speaking World
Barry and Rachel Baggott work 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: email@example.com (French World Outreach)
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.
Page and Shirley Barnes