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by Bennie Hill

Special Prayer Request:  Dale Ziebarth (Zee-barth) is the pastor at Oak Grove Church of Christ in Independence, LA, where a Bible conference (“Crusade for Christ”) is held each March.  Dale’s wife Karen is very active as a pastor’s wife, nurse, and mother of 3 (ages 17 and under). The children are home-schooled. Two years ago (2009), Karen suddenly became very ill and nearly died. She was eventually diagnosed with an extremely rare form of leukemia which few people survive. For two years she has been very aggressively treated with chemotherapy, which often makes her quite ill and weak. Because of extreme susceptibility to germs, she must stay away from crowds, so must miss church meetings and other activities. She lost her nursing job also.

Karen has one more year of chemo to endure. We are asking that as many prayers as possible be offered up for Karen, remembering, of course, her family and church as well.

–Alex and Ruth Wilson

32nd LADIES INSPIRATION DAY: was held Saturday March 26, 2011 at the Cramer & Hanover Church of Christ in Lexington, Kentucky. Over 130 ladies were in attendance for this special day among the ladies. They were blessed by sessions on prayer led by Margaret Therkelson. One of the comments mentioned often on the evaluation form was the “friendliness and love shown to all in attendance.” Many also commented on the delicious lunch provided by the ladies of Central Kentucky churches. Plans are underway for the 33rd Annual Ladies Inspiration Day.

19th CHRISTIAN CRUSADE FOR CHRIST was held March 28-31, 2011 at the Oakgrove Church of Christ in Independence, Louisiana. The theme was: “Know the Enemy” and God richly blessed as each speaker was directed into God’s word for an in-depth study. We appreciated so much the warm Christian hospitality shown to us again by the supporting congregations in providing housing and delicious meals beginning Monday night through Thursday. It was good having the Woods/ Wilson/Preston family reunion. A special thanks to Bro. Dale Ziebarth for overseeing the program and keeping things running smoothly during the week. We continue to uphold his wife, Karen in our prayers as she is suffering from cancer.

LECOMPTE CHURCH OF CHRIST …located in Central Louisiana concluded a week-end Revival with Bro. Bennie Hill. The sermon series included a study of “Bible Characters God Used to Build His Church.” The messages were well received and God moved mightily upon the hearts of those who availed themselves to support the effort. As always, being in the home of Dillard & Doris Fontenot was a rich spiritual blessing to me. It was non-stop from the time I got there on Friday until I left early Monday morning. It was encouraging to see many former friends in attendance met through the former Central Louisiana Fellowship that met at Glenmora. Pray for the churches in that area as they reach out in Christian fellowship to one another.

NEW Sellersburg Church Of Christ, Sellersburg, IN — The Sellersburg Church of Christ is currently looking for a minister to come work with us to spread the gospel. We are an a cappella group that holds to the teachings of the New Testament church as an example to follow. We study the whole Bible and follow the pre-millennial view on end time theology. This is a congregation of 125 active members, located in a small Southern Indiana community approximately 10 miles from Louisville, Kentucky. We are looking for an energetic person who can work with young and old alike. He must be strong in the faith and beliefs of the Church of Christ and be well grounded in the teachings of the Bible. Our website is http://sellersburgchurchofchrist.org.

If you are interested in this position please contact Kenneth Ray Pettit at telephone 812-282-1658, by email at trainman1@insightbb.com or by mail at 18 Fay Avenue, Jeffersonville, In 47130.

Mission News From Mark Garrett (Senegal, West Africa)   (Updated Version – 2/12/2012)   The Wolof radio broadcast “Yoonu Njub” (The Way of Righteousness) continues on a popular FM station in the capitol city. SIM Senegal is partnering with another evangelical mission to air these chronological Bible lessons 5 times weekly. There is a new opportunity this year to restart the broadcast on a couple of smaller stations that touch key rural areas. These programs ‘plow the ground’ for Christians and missionaries who are sowing the Good News. Pray that God will supply new regular donors to fund these strategic broadcasts. May God use His Word to draw many to faith in Christ! [In English at:’www.twor.com'(click “The Way of Righteousness” in the Menu)]

Mark is teaching English classes in a new ministry. It is a ‘language learning place’ in the capitol city. Operated by missionaries, this establishment reaches out to local university students. The missionaries also teach the Bible to students who show an interest. This strategic ministry has potential to reach those highly likely to be influential leaders of Senegal in the future. Pray that Mark will discern who among his language students are spiritually sensitive and invite them to study the Scriptures separately

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Candy has been asked to assume the role of personnel coordinator for the mission team. She facilitates the communication between the field and prospective missionaries both long term and short term. Additionally, she is home schooling Anne this year with the plan that next school year Anne will join her older brothers at Dakar Academy. Candy has also resumed teaching piano to a few missionary children at D.A. Items of Praise new contacts through the English classes. a profitable children’s Bible camp continuing songwriting workshops in the capitol city. prayer support and help from our partners during global financial troubles. improvements in our family’s overall health.

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