There are many good mission efforts with a need for funds. Our goal is to oversee the use of funds and focus our efforts in an effective manner. Experience has shown that teaching Jesus with humanitarian relief and community outreach is more effective than preaching alone. In addition to several state-side missions, we have concentrated our foreign mission efforts in selected areas of Western and Southern Africa. In foreign countries we believe that support of native or indigenous workers is much more cost effective than sending Americans to live there. Obtaining trusted observation of these works is a key component of our oversight.
Boles Home ,in Quinlan, Texas, has a Residential Care program for children who need a home. To help single mothers become self-sufficient, they have a Mother-Child program. Their Emergency Shelter program is for children in urgent need of immediate shelter. They also have an Adventure Learning program which is used by groups of young people from all over north Texas. www.armsofhope.org
This ministry drills wells to provide safe drinking water to people who are frequently sick and even die from drinking pond water. As the wells are drilled, the gospel is preached. There have been thousands of converts, many of them Muslim. The drilling team also repairs and helps maintain wells that are aging. This gives them a second opportunity to teach about the God who sends Living Water. www.gwam.org
This is our newest ministry. We made our first contribution to this work in 2013. This large group of mostly volunteers sends aid to disasters in the United States. They are ready at all times to send trailer trucks loaded with needed supplies following tornadoes, earthquakes, floods, wildfires, explosions, and any other disaster you can imagine. This aid is distributed by the local church in the disaster area. http disasterreliefeffort.org
NIGERIA-SCHOOLS OF PREACHING
JOS SCHOOL OF BIBLICAL STUDIES
This school is in the northern Muslim controlled part of Nigeria. It faces many dangers from Muslim-Tribal conflict Many doors are open to the school because of WBS lessons. The school's main purpose is to teach native Nigerians the word of God. The school had 24 graduates this year. Most are preaching the gospel to the people of Nigeria and surrounding countries, including Uganda, Ghana and Chad. www.savannahchurchofchrist.com/school-of-biblical-studies
AFRICAN CHRISTIAN SCHOOLS
This school was started in 1954 as a result of a plea by Nigerians for a deeper understanding of the Bible. One of the Westside sponsored students here was Friday Adima. He is now one of our WBS follow up men. The school encourages its graduates to learn a trade as well as the gospel so that they do not have to depend on foreign support.
We have been involved in this work for about 20 years. The work at Namwianga Mission involves several schools and a college. Bible is part of all curriculums. Our funds help pay the salary of Rajiv Siamweela who coordinates the student scholarship program along with his teaching responsibilities. Many of the college students sign contracts to accept teaching jobs in areas without churches. Thus they become “tent making” evangelists. The Mission also operates a large rural health clinic and four orphanages. We send medical supplies and other donated items to the mission every year.
WORLD BIBLE SCHOOL MATERIAL
WORLD BIBLE SCHOOL FOLLOW UP
Prince Canice Ugbe of Cross River State, Nigeria, did WBS follow-up work for Westside for a number of years before we started sending him working funds over 12 years ago. He graduated from Nigerian Christian Bible College. As a preacher in Obudu he saw the need for trained preachers and founded the Darrell Memorial Bible Institute. Sunset International Bible Institute provides the college courses and degrees for this program. WBS is used for outreach programs.
Mathias Udo Udoh of Ikot Ekpene, Nigeria, is a very effective self-taught preacher and evangelist. He has established many congregations in Ikot Ekpene, Obot Akara, and Essien Udim Local Government Area. He has been a WBS follow-up worker for more than 20 years. He is chairman of the evangelism committee at Oruk Uso church in Ikot. He devotes as much time as possible to reaching the lost.
In Nigeria, Fuel is expensive when available. The roads are in poor condition which makes vehicle repair a constant trial. This follow-up work was begun after 1990. There have been numerous baptisms over the years and thousands of seeds planted in hearts as the men preach and teach with the WBS lessons
In addition to the Nigerian workers we also provide part of the support for Doug Wheeler who distributes the funds for a large number of follow-up workers. He also travels to Nigeria twice a year to look at the work being done and to make sure that all working funds are used for legitimate purposes.