Louisiana Evangelizing Association
The Louisiana Evangelizing Association helps plant and support Christian churches and has been doing that for over 40 years. The first full time church plant was the Alexandria Christian Church in 1971. Numerous other churches have been helped financially by the LEA, some with ongoing support and some with one time gifts. In the 90’s our LEA evangelist, Frank Watkins, ministered with the Christian Church of Slidell; when Brian Hamilton was called to minister with Slidell, Frank began a ministry in Mandeville, establishing the Mandeville Christian Church. In more recent years LEA has partnered with other churches and church planting organizations to plant new churches, including Journey Christian Church in Metairie, Hope Christian Church in New Orleans, Pearlington Christian Church in Pearlington, Mississsippi, and the Church@Bossier City in Bossier City. Future plans include support for a new churches in the Lake Charles area and for one in northern Louisiana.
Officers are elected volunteers from supporting churches. Eric Fillinger is president of LEA and he also serves as pastor of Hope Christian Church in New Orleans. Jason Corder, minster of the Forest Park Church of Christ, is vice-president. Norm Schuler is Secretary-Treasurer.
LEA is thankful for those who are currently supporting and partnering with us to plant churches. Partners in Pearlington included volunteers from IDES, major support from Owensboro Christian Church and mentoring assistance from Kentucky Church Planting Partners. Partners in Hope Christian Church included two Christian Churches in Wichita, Kansas (Central Christian and Westlink Christian) and Stadia. We also gratefully acknowledge the partners who helped establish the Journey Christian Church: East 91st Street Christian Church in Indianapolis, Owensboro Christian in Kentucky, Savannah Christian in Georgia, and the Russell Christian Church in Kentucky. Initial partners in the new work in Bossier City were NEXUS, Golf Course Road Church of Christ and the Church Development Fund. LEA eagerly looks forward to partnering with others in the future to plant more churches in Louisiana and surrounding states.
Donations should be sent to LEA, c/o Norm Schuler, 229 Lake Vista Drive, Mandeville LA 70471.
International Disaster Emergency Services (IDES)
IDES provides disaster relief services wherever needed. They work through local churches and missionaries to provide relief directly to people who need the help. Current projects include hunger relief, medical assistance, evangelism, development projects and disaster relief. Mandeville Christian Church has observed and participated with IDES in post Katrina relief efforts in Mandeville, Slidell and New Orleans. We were blessed by the many IDES volunteers who came to Mandeville during the two years following Katrina.
Contributions can be sent to IDES, P.O. Box 379, Noblesville, IN 46061-0379. Their web site is www.ides,org. You can phone them at 765 947-5100.
Central Louisiana Christian Service Camp (also known as Clearwater Camp)
The camp address is 1190 Hubbard Brake Road, Cheneyville, LA 71325. The phone number at the camp is 318 776-5002. To get to the camp take exit 61 off I-49. Go one mile south on Highway 167 and turn left onto Clearwater Loop (immediate left after crossing the Rapides River bridge). Turn left just past a small Baptist church and follow this road left to the campground. After a couple tight curves the camp will be on your right.
Camp programs are held each summer for High School, Middle School and Junior-aged youths. The campground facilities are also used for hurricane evacuations and are available to any of the supporting churches for retreats during the year. A midwinter Youth Rally is held each year at the camp, and periodically there are Men’s and Senior retreats. Anyone wishing to use the camp should contact Bob Miller 318 443-5404 for instructions on how to access the facilities and turn on utilities. Gary Boswell, minister of the Westview Christian Church, is camp director and Sandra Pruitt from Crowley is the kitchen manager for the camping season.
Donations should be sent to Camp Clearwater, c/o Bob Miller, 4020 Parliament Drive, Alexandria LA 71303.
Centro de Communicaciones Culturales, A. C. (Mexico City Correspondence School)
This ministry outreach is directed by Alfredo Jose Aparicio, a native Mexican Christian psychologist. The primary mission is the correspondence course. Thousands of Spanish speaking peoples (mostly high school and college aged young people) throughout Central and South America, as well as the Caribbean Islands have taken the lessons, which provide a basic understanding of the Bible and Christianity. The school distributes Christian literature and advertises in magazines to attract students; nearly all of them know nothing of the Bible when they begin studying the lessons. When a student is ready to make a decision for the Lord, that person is visited in person and is immersed. He (she) is referred to a local church, or if there is none a church is begun by those who have graduated from the courses. When a student graduates he has read the Bible at least twice. Much of Alfredo’s time is given to counseling these students and visiting the churches that are formed.
There is a continual need for larger office space, more Bibles, literature and postage. Contributions should be sent to Valley View Christian Church, c/o Missions Committee, 11004 Wildfield Lane, Littleton CO 80125. You can email Alfredo directly at email@example.com.
Mid-South Christian College
This Bible College, located in Memphis TN trains young men and women for Christian service. Their website is www.midsouthcc.org. Contributions should be sent to P.O. Box 181056, Memphis TN 38181.
Gulf South Leadership Institute
Gulf South Leadership Institute provides leadership and management solutions for churches, ministries, para-church organizations, nonprofits and other organizations. Through LEGACY Youth Development Institute, Gulf South Leadership Institute also offers career mentoring and workforce readiness initiatives for youth. The institute is headed by Wimbai Mutonono, a native of Zimbabwe and graduate of Kentucky Christian College. His first focus was training for Christian leadership in our churches and has recently expanded to working with young people to help them become productive citizens and leaders in our communities. Wimbai has preached for Mandeville Christian Church on several occasions and is now ministering with Journey Christian Church in Metairie. He can be contacted on the web: gs-li.org. Contributions can be sent to Gulf South Leader Institute, P.O. Box 3352, Slidell LA 70459.
South Sudan African Mission
In 1988 God called Marilyn and Paul Douglass to go to closed Sudan They trained native Sudanese missionaries as ministers of the Gospel to return to Sudan to preach, teach, and show the good news of Christ to their people. They are establishing schools and New Testament Christianity in South Sudan. Check out their website: www.sudanafricanmission.org. Contact is Bev Campbell; her email is firstname.lastname@example.org. Phone: 1-503 729-4631.
Contributions can be sent to South Sudan African Mission, PO Box 187, Gresham OR 97030
Phil and Michelle Parker have been serving the Lord in Thailand for thirteen years. They founded Victory44 International for the purpose of reaching the Thai people with the Gospel of Christ. 97% of the Thai people adhere to the Buddhist religion with most knowing very little about the saving grace of Jesus Christ. The Parker’s are serving the Lord in the following areas: church planting and discipleship, teaching English, community relief and development, leadership training, prison outreach, and family/children’s ministry. You can contact Phil at email@example.com or call him at 1-865 471-8447.
Contributions should be made out to Victory44 International and mailed to Phil and Michelle Parker, PO Box 447, Max Meadows VA 24360
The Samaritan Center
This benevolent agency is located in old Mandeville. They are supported by most of the churches in Mandeville and Lacombe and meet many of the benevolent needs in our community. They also operate an adjacent thrift store. Donations should be made to The Samaritan Center, 402 Gerard Street, Mandeville LA 70448. Their phone number is 985 626-4457.
Mission Services Association
For over 60 years this agency has assisted various needs of missionaries. Contributions should be sent to P.O. Box 13111, Knoxville TN 37920-0111. Website: www.missionservices.org. Phone: 865 577-9740 or 800 655-8524.
Church Growth Ministries and World Mission Builders
This ministry of volunteers provides free labor to build church buildings, educational facilities, camps, parsonages, etc. This group helped the Christian Church of Slidell in framing up the interior of their building and has helped similarly the churches in Pineville, Lafayette, and Biloxi. The World Mission Builders to date have constructed over 100 buildings worldwide with volunteer labor. Joe Wilson is director for US based projects and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 580 747-2550. Ed Thomas heads up the international projects. He can be contacted at email@example.com or calling 620 856-2877.
Dallas Christian College
This Bible College is located in Dallas Texas and trains Christian workers for service. Website: www.dallas.edu Phone: 972 241-3371. Address is 2700 Christian Parkway, Dallas TX 75234-7299
Arm Prison Outreach International
This ministry reaches out to prison inmates and provides safe shelter for young girls rescued from prostitution in Cambodia. The ministry includes baptistery placement, correspondence school, Bible distribution, greeting card ministry, and in-prison seminars. Mandeville Christian Church donated money to help purchase baptisteries for use in Louisiana prisons. The communion table/baptistery that we now are using was given to us by the Christian Church of Slidell, but it was initially manufactured and provided by ARM ministries.
Joe Garman is the director of this ministry. He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 417 781-9100. Donations can be sent to P.O. Box 1490, Joplin MO 64802.
Cookson Hills Christian Ministries
This Christian ranch provides a home, family and training for troubled children. One of their representatives has relatives in Covington and has visited Mandeville Christian Church on several occasions. Send donations to Cookson Hills Christian Ministries, RR3 Box 200, Kansas OK 74347-9533. Email is email@example.com and phone is 918 597-2192.
Sunbelt Christian Youth Ranch
This ministry is located at 8782 Old Highway 80 in Lake MS 39092-9762. Website is sunbeltchristianyouthranch.org. Phone is 601 775-3631. MCC donated $1000 this past yerar
North American Christian Convention
This ministry sponsors an annual convention of Christians and features outstanding preaching and workshops. Website: nacctheconnectingplace.org. Address is 110 Boggs Lane, Suite 330, Cincinnati OH 45246. Phone is 513-772-9980