Our Evangelism

Our Evangelism

Evangelism                                            

To many people, the word evangelism has a negative connotation. The word brings up images of strangers knocking at your door, trying to browbeat you with unusual questions and sell you strange literature. However, the word evangelism simply means to share or make known good news. The Bible tells us the best news of all. It declares that through the death burial and resurrection of Jesus, God has delivered us from the power of sin and death (1Cor 15:1-4). Evangelism is simply sharing this good news with others.

Local Evangelism
It only makes sense to begin the work of evangelism in your own backyard. At Lost River we have a great interest in reaching those who do not yet know Jesus Christ.  While we do not believe that everyone is to be an “evangelist” in a technical sense, we do our best to equip all of our members to share their knowledge and experience of Christ with others (Eph 4:11,12). We support two local evangelists and a third who divides his time between the local work here and traveling to China to spread the gospel abroad. If you live in the Bowling Green area, we would love to have the opportunity to talk with you about the difference Jesus has made in our lives. You might want to begin by checking out our web page entitled, “What must I do to be saved?”, or you can go to the “contact us” button.

Outside Evangelism    
Sharing the good news about Jesus with those living abroad has been a part of our work for decades. The Biblical prophet Habakkuk said the day would come when “the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea” (Hab. 2:14). And with the Psalmist, our desire is that, “from the rising of the sun to the place where it sets, the name of the LORD will be praised” (Ps 113:3). We believe that the good news about what Jesus has done for all mankind should be made known on every square inch of the globe. We are honored to partner with good men in three different continents who are striving to preach the gospel. At this time our efforts are being concentrated in China, Italy, and the Americas. Please pray that God will bless these efforts to His glory and the good of the people where these works are being done.

Below is a list of the men we are currently supporting and where they are focusing their evangelistic efforts.

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Durell Dobbins
328 Shady Lane
Alvaton KY 42122
dcdobbins@aol.com

Durell serves in the dual role of evangelist and elder here at Lost River. Durell's primary field of evangelism is in the country of China where he makes up to four trips each year.
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Gianni Berdini

Loc Devincina 2/B
34017 Sgonico (Trieste) ITALY
011-39-04-025-8102
email: 19berdini52@gmail.com

He works with the following churches:
Trieste Church of Christ
Chiesa di Cristo
Via S.Francesco 16
34133 Trieste (TS) ITALY
Web site (Trieste):  http://www.chiesadicristots.it/
email: chiesadicristots@tiscali.it

Monfalcone Church of Christ
Chiesa di Cristo
Via Romana 97
34074 Monfalcone (GO) ITALY
Web site (Monfalcone): http://www.chiesadicristomonfalcone.it/
Email: info@chiesadicristomonfalcone.it

Gianni is a native Italian, born in February 1952. His father (Rodolfo) was a gospel preacher in Aprilia (just south of Rome). Gianni now lives in Trieste, Italy.  After graduating from John F. Kennedy High School in Rome, Gianni attended the University in Rome. In 1977, he came to the US and attended Florida College. Upon his return to Italy in 1980, Gianni completed his doctorate in architecture and then began preaching for the church in Trieste. The Trieste church numbered about ten people at that time. Now they have about fifty people. Gianni  serves as the evangelist and also one of the elders of the church. About three years ago, he began preaching also for the church in Monfalcone (about twenty miles away) while continuing his work in Trieste. During this time the Monfalcone church has increased from five members to thirty-five.  In both Trieste and Monfalcone, they have several gospel meetings each year, Bible classes for everyone, special Bible studies throughout the year, and private Bible studies with non-Christians.

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Stefano Corazza
Via Pio Rajna, 24
00124 Rome (Italy)
home: 06-50934809
cell phone: 328-3926689
mail: corazza53@gmail.com
WEB: www.chiesadicristoroma.net

I have been preaching the gospel in Italy since 1980. I’m 60 years old and married since 1979 to Antonella Berdini. We have two children: Valeria (31) and Paolo (30). My wife and I attended Florida College in the years 1978/79 and then we moved back to Italy to start our preaching activity.

From Rome (our hometown) we moved up to Udine (North-East, close to Venice) where we started a local work from scratch.  The Lord has been gracious with us. We stayed 10 years in Udine leaving a church with about 30 people, with a native local preacher to keep on the work going. We moved back to Rome and we started working with the congregations of Pomezia and Aprilia church, trying to be of help and encouragement for the brethren.

In 2001 the church at via Sannio (where we are now working), where my father Sandro preached since 1957, invited me to take care of the local work. We accepted with joy and enthusiasm, being aware of the great potentialities, especially having a meeting place close to downtown of Rome, easily reachable through busses and Metro station. At that time the attendance was about 15 but the Lord has blessed our hard work and brought us to be more than 35 in Sunday attendance. There’s a lot to do but we are confident in doing the job at the best of our capabilities.

To preach in a Catholic Country as Italy is not easy, and for this we ask for your patience and prayers. Italian culture and daily life is pregnant with Catholic teachings and traditions. The priests control politic affairs, economical business, private and public school teaching. All is in their hands and almost nothing moves without their influence. Notwithstanding, there’s still someone that want to be aware of the gospel. So we continue to put all our strengths to reach them.

We distribute flyers, organize public gospel meeting, magazines advertisings, do personal work in inviting relatives and friends to hear the gospel. I have actually good personal Bible classes that encourage me to find new energies and hopes.

We thank you for your thoughts, support, fellowship. God may bless you all.
Stefano Corazza

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Nathan Quinn

Phone # 402-304-5699
Email address quinners24@gmail.com
The churches address is
946 North 70th street
Lincoln, Nebraska 68505

Nathan is 30 years old, and has been preaching the gospel in Lincoln, Nebraska since September of 2003. Before moving to Lincoln Nathan attended Lost River where he endeared himself to the church. We have helped support him in his Nebraska work since he began. He is currently unmarried, he grew up south of Chicago where his family still resides and his dad works as a preacher. Lincoln is a growing city approaching 250,000. The congregation in Lincoln began meeting in 1989 with four people and through the years has experienced, slow yet steady growth. The church currently averages fifty people in attendance on Sundays.

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Whit Sasser
3601 E. Newberry St.
Appleton, WI 54915
920.733.5009
wsasser@tds.net
www.appletonchurchofchrist.org

Whit was born in 1955 and raised in a family of Christians, with his father, Jim Sasser preaching in various places in the US as well as Nigeria and Australia.
Whit began full time preaching in his early twenties, beginning overseas in South Africa and followed by England for four years before locating in the States. After a few months in Atlanta, he moved to Wisconsin, where he has labored in four places, beginning two churches and presently working with the church in Appleton. Other than two years in New Hampshire, Wisconsin has been his home state.
When Whit moved to Appleton in 1993, the congregation had around 10-20 in attendance. The church now averages between  90-110.  There are few churches in this state and in this part of the country. Whit says, “It feels like missionary work...and I like that.” Many of the members are first generation Christians and a lot of growth is needed. But, Whit enjoys  the challenge.
Brother Sasser married a Wisconsin girl, Irma Krumrei in 1984 and to their union God has given seven children...four boys and three girls. The oldest, Whitney is married to Caleb Madrigal and they have given us two grandchildren.

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Tim Shepherd

902 Carter St.
Seymour, TN 37865
865-573-6638
chapmanchurchofchrist@comcast.net

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James H. Baker    
P.O. Box 4956
Philadelphia, PA 19119
215-514-2593
email:  hereisjames@localnet.com

James Baker is 57 years old and a native of Conway Arkansas.  He began his preaching in the early 70's while a senior in high school. James moved to Miami FL in 1978 and began work with the Miami Shores
church, which closed in 1988.    James left Miami in 1985 and moved to Philadelphia to begin a faithful work
in this city of 2 million souls because no faithful church existed there.    Over the course of 29 years about 30
souls have been baptized, but some feel away and others moved away, Currently the church has about 22 people meeting on Sundays which is consistent with churches in the Northeastern part of the country.
James is married as has a daughter 19 and a son 23.

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Dale Pennock
P.O. Box 266
Middlebury, VT 05753
802-545-4772
email:  vtpenns5@together.net

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Sakkie Pretorius
96 Scenic Rd.
Warne, NC 28909
828-389-8289
email:   wpretori@tampabay.rr.com

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Ney Rieber
6018 Bryant Lane
Waxhaw, NC 28173
704-243-3388
email:  Ney1@alltel.net

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Bradley Shaw

314 Mud Lick School Rd
Tompkinsville, KY 42167
270-427-3276
cell: 270-427-6805
email:  shaw@scrtc.com

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Jason Dixon
130 Pleasant Ridge Drive
Richmond, KY 40475
Phone (859) 771-5883
email:  jaydixon1@hotmail.com

University Church of Christ
461 Tobiano Dr
Richmond, KY 40475
(859) 353-8405
www.univchurchofchrist.org

I was born April 29th 1979 in Hazard, Ky to Gary and Lucille Dixon. In 1997 I moved to Lexington where I attended Baily’s Barber College. While in Barber College I met my future wife Julia-Anne Dawson and on June 12th 1999 I married my best friend.  Over the past 15 years the Lord has blessed us with 6 beautiful children. Dawson 14, Jaley-Anne 12, Ethan 10, Isaac 7, Lily 6 and Elianna 4 months.  I am very thankful to the Lord for the blessing of each member of my family and I love them very much. I worked as a barber for nearly 13 years primarily in Versailles, Ky.  In 2006 I began preaching for the West Irvine Church of Christ in Irvine, Ky. From 2006-2010 I worked both as a barber in Versailles and preacher for the West Irvine Church. In December of 2009 I seriously began to pursue preaching the Gospel full time and giving up barbering.  In the fall of 2010 I began talking with the University Church of Christ in Richmond, Ky about working with them on a full-time basis. In January of 2011 I began working with them as the full-time evangelist.  I count it a blessing to be working with the good brethren in Richmond. We currently average around 70 in attendance. We have 2 Elders and 3 Deacons. We are located about 3.5 miles from Eastern Kentucky University and have a great group of college students who attend with us. We place a special emphasis on providing a good spiritual atmosphere for college students while they are away from home.  I am thankful to be able  to teach a Wednesday night Bible class for the college students. We likewise provide several opportunities for them to spend time together outside of the assembly. We also make a diligent effort to  keep them involved in our services.  The Lord blesses me to record a weekly radio program that airs on AM 1500 each Sunday entitled “Rightly Dividing The Word”.  I also created and currently maintain or church web-site, www.univchurchofchrist.com .  I am thankful to the Lord to be able to preach 6-7 sermons each month at the University Church. I likewise preach each 2nd Sunday evening for the Main Street Church of Christ in Mt Sterling, Ky.  I count it a privilege and blessing to have the opportunity to devote my life to the work of the Lord.  I am very thankful for the Lost River Church and the big part that they have played and continue to play in making this a reality. I likewise am very thankful for the opportunity that they have provided to several other of my brethren. I pray nothing but blessings upon this congregation for the efforts they put forth in evangelism. Most importantly I thank our Great GOD. May all the praise, glory and honor go to HIM.

With Christian Love, Jay Dixon and Family

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Tim Butler
K10 Shirley Lane
Lawrenceville, NJ 08648
email:  tim_s_butler@yahoo.com

We are starting a new work in the Lawrenceville, NJ area, between Trenton and Princeton.  We are currently meeting on Sundays in our home.  Our initial evangelistic focus has been to reach out to Christians in our area who have not been meeting with any other group on a regular basis, whatever the reason.  Additionally, we are seeking to build relationships with those with whom we come into contact on a regular basis.  This approach has given us the opportunity to have discussions concerning spiritual matters with the goal of getting people involved in Bible study.  Lastly, we are seeking Bible studies through response to an ad in the newspaper.  We have set up a g-mail account with which we correspond with those who respond to the ad in an effort to meet and study with the respondents.

We fully appreciate the support, both the financial and the encouragement, we receive from the Christians at the Lost River Church.  Our relationship goes back many years and is greatly cherished.  Thank you for your interest in our family and in the furtherance of the gospel.

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Phillip Mullins
42762 Keiller Terrace
Ashburn, VA 20147
Phone (703) 729-6857
email:  pgmullins@outlook.com