By Ron and Louise Maynard (Mankato Church of Christ)
Ron and Louise Maynard’s Fishers of Men Newsletter
April 25, 2016
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Classes end in Alabama
Our two classes at Heritage Christian University in Florence, AL ended with a banquet on April 11th. Sixteen students, 8 of them Bible majors, made 229 Developing Interest Contacts with 60+ people and taught 168 Bible studies. Eight of the students qualified for Honor Club, scoring twice as many points as were required. Six were baptized into Christ, and one was restored. Praise God for this increase! As those eight students go out to work with local congregations, they will be able to equip their members with this proven method of teaching the lost. We thank the university for making the Fishers of Men class available for their students, and we appreciate their fervor for evangelism.
Tennessee Classes in Full Swing
We have moved our RV north one hour to a campground on Interstate 65 south of Nashville and have begun two classes with the Concord Road church in Brentwood, and one class north of Nashville with the Rivergate congregation. We are pleased to have five alumni taking the classes. One of those, Charles Vance, reported that three on his original “10 list” from a previous class had been baptized into Christ. Another alumnus, Carl Haedge, has taken the class at least four times, the first in Minnesota, and then several times since he has moved to Tennessee. Brian Travis, an enthusiastic student from a 2008 class, is taking the class again and has brought his two teenaged sons with him.
The insurance, entertainment, and financial industries speak of residuals. It might be defined as “an ongoing stream of payments for the completion of past achievement.” (Wikipedia) There is a wonderful residual effect for soul winning. The Fishers of Men class is not over when it’s over. Students keep on fishing, and the souls that they teach go about the business of sharing their faith, and it goes on and on. It started with the Great Commission given by Christ, and it has never stopped. We are in the business of equipping Christians to teach so that they may be able to teach others also (II Timothy 2:2). We encounter this wherever we go, and it is always great news. We stopped several weeks ago at a rest stop on I35 in Minnesota. Bruce Gruper was working there, and he told us about the conversion of a man whom he had been teaching. Yesterday we were in Lawrenceburg, TN where Shane Hughes introduced us to Carol Wiseman (see photo on next page). Shane taught Carol quite a while after taking the FOM class in Leoma TN in 2007. In our last newsletter we wrote about the great soul winning success in the Curry, AL church. The number who have been baptized since the class there last spring has risen to 25! This is a great encouragement to us, as we hope it is to those of you who support this work. We have no idea how many times this story is repeated over and over, but thankfully God keeps accurate records in the Book of Life.
A Charge for Soul Winners
A former student of Darrell O’Rourke wrote us to tell of Darrell’s impact on his life. He said Darrell shared this Bible verse the second week of classes, and “it has stuck in my head ever since.”
“And a servant of the Lord must not quarrel but be gentle to all, able to teach, patient, in humility correcting those who are in opposition, if God perhaps will grant them repentance, so that they may know the truth.” II Timothy 2:24-25
Can you help us financially?
Please prayerfully consider our needs. We need $3,259 per month to bring our level of support for salary and travel expenses up to the amount set by the elders of the Cordova church. Funds may be sent to Cordova church of Christ, 7801 Macon Road, Cordova, TN 38018.