The “Aha” Moment by Andrea Young

by Andrea Young

The “Aha!” Moment

Written on September 18, 2017

Tami Pickett had a lot of questions about baptism. Her son Joshua was studying WBS lessons when he signed up his mother for the courses. Larry Baum, a teacher passionate to share the truth of God’s Word, adopted Tami off the Student Board. Larry is a member at the Burleson church of Christ in Burleson, Texas.

Larry was impressed by Tami because she was gracious and always responded to questions with scripture. He also related to her background, because he was sprinkled as a baby like Tami. After completing “Born of Water and Spirit” Tami said that it was a “stunning revelation” that she needed to be fully immersed. She sent a note to Larry saying that she was ready to be baptized.

Larry then contacted Kella Jones, a WBS follow-up partner who also worships with the Burleson congregation, to connect with Tami. Kella said that Tami was one of her fastest follow-up students because she was so eager to be baptized. Kella contacted Bob Pulliam, the preacher of Fry Road church of Christ in Houston, Texas. He counseled her and she was baptized that very day! Tami, who is also a photographer, didn’t even think of having her picture taken because she was focused on her commitment to God and was overwhelmed with joy! Larry said,

I felt so happy when she requested baptism and especially when she was. I just thanked God that His Spirit opened her eyes and heart to the truth. Praise God and all the Glory goes to Him.

Presently, Tami is affected by hurricane Harvey, but counts her blessings. She still has power, water, and her new church family! Please pray for her in her walk in Christ as she suffers through effects of the storm. Pray that Tami might be a light to her community as they all work through the tremendous aftermath of the hurricane.

How Beautiful Are the Feet of Those Who Preach the Good News

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by Laura Metz

Source:  www.worldbibleschool.org

Written on October 25, 2016

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Jembere lives in Gimbi, Ethiopia. His study helper, Linda Haught lives in Stark City, Missouri. For the last two years, the postal service has carried WBS lessons back and forth between the two of them. One way, the trip is nearly 8000 miles, as the completely exhausted crow flies.

Despite the distance, their Bible study went great. So great that in January, Jembere told Linda he needed to be baptized. Jembere’s request led to a flurry of emails between Linda and WBS, until Moges Wolde of Addis Abba, Ethiopia, eagerly agreed to proceed with Jembere’s follow up.

Unfortunately, although Moges lives much closer to Jembere than Linda does, he was still nearly 300 miles away. That’s when the phone got involved. With no church in Jembere’s hometown, he phoned Bro. Lemma, in much closer Nekemte, Ethiopia, who promised to meet with Jembere as soon as possible.

Jembere was anxious to be baptized. The very next day, he woke early and travelled nearly 70 miles to meet with Bro. Lemma. He was baptized and they studied together for nearly five hours, before Jembere returned home.

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Now Bro. Lemma is making plans to visit Jembere and study with others in his hometown.

How beautiful are the feet – and envelopes, phones, and computers – of those who preach the good news!