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Almost 14 years ago, Sandra Chapman, a disciple in the Indianapolis Church of Christ, was hired as an investigative reporter for Eyewitness News 13 in Indianapolis. She has spearheaded numerous investigations and garnered a long list of awards in the time since. Her work has had a significant impact on the state of Indiana. Recently she was honored with a Peabody Award for an investigative piece from 2016.
Disciples in the state of Florida are so grateful for your faithful and fervent prayers for us!
We are still trying to assess the damage of the storm, but so far, the report is good. With all thirteen of our churches checked in, it looks like all brothers and sisters are safe, though some have had damage to their homes and most are without power.
Currently disciples across Florida are preparing for the worst from Hurricane Irma which is nearly the size of Texas. At the moment Irma is bearing down on the Southwest Church in Ft. Myers/Naples area, then the Sarasota church, then the Tampa Church. The Gainesville Church, the 1200 Church in Tallahassee, Crossway in Tallahassee, South Lake and the Orlando Church should all feel the effects of rain and tropical force winds. The South Florida Church is also experience rain and tropical force winds with gusts up to 100 mph. Needless to say the vast majority of our churches will feel it and three are currently in the direct path. And this could all change with the unpredictable nature of these storms.
A true hero in the faith passed away Sunday evening. Onyechi Oguagha, along with his wife Deysi, was a missionary and church leader in Kenya, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Nigeria, and Brooklyn, New York. His life and ministry impacted tens of thousands of disciples. He passed away after a long battle with cancer. He will be tremendously missed.
"This disaster is going to be a landmark event." That's how the head of FEMA described the devastation of Hurricane Harvey. "This is a storm that the United States has not seen yet," he added.
I’ve lived in Houston for a total of nine years, and have witnessed many incredible storms, hurricanes, and even tornadoes, but nothing close to Hurricane Harvey. The destruction will be as nothing seen before in the U.S.
Guy and Cathy Hammond have become well known in our fellowship of churches as they have traveled around the world teaching on some of the most controversial and complex issues facing our culture and the church today. Sadly, just last week, Cathy was diagnosed with having a high grade, stage 4 Glioblastoma.
Can you imagine what it would be like hanging out with heroes of faith listed in the Bible? The apostles, Barnabas, Lydia, and then the evangelism, encouragement, and fellowship that would follow?!
A few years ago, Joel Nagel produced the short devotional book Passport to the Land of Enough, a powerful call to a life of simplicity and generosity. Inspired by Joel’s insights, Dave Eastman took the core material, traveled to Europe, and produced a European edition of the book. The European edition introduces our churches to some of our European heroes and churches, calls first-world disciples to a deeper understanding of the challenges facing the European mission, and inspires growth toward that same kind of streamlined living and sacrificial giving.