Central Church of Christ Has Mission Trip To Nicaragua

Friday, July 7, 2006 - by Suzanne Walker
Rev. David Schonhoff
Rev. David Schonhoff

Minister of Central Church of Christ and Civitan Club member David Schonhoff told the Civitan Club that on his two-week trip to Nicaragua, he and members of his congregation held two Vacation Bible Schools for children, Bible studies for adults and saw 2,100 visitors in their health clinic.

He said volunteers went to Nicaragua to aid as translators, nurses, doctors, teachers and much more.

During the first week, the group traveled to a small town called Santa Domingo, where they led Vacation Bible School. The first day about 130 children attended, but the next day twice as many showed up. He said children were lined up outside hoping to get into the Bible School to watch skits and puppet shows, listen to lessons and eat snacks.

The volunteers stayed in a small hotel that had running water for only six hours a day. Each night they led evangelistic campaigns for the adults, he said. Several people were baptized in a nearby creek.

The second Bible School was held in Granada, the oldest city in Nicaragua. He said the accommodations were more modern in Granada than Santa Domingo and yet, cows still freely wander the streets.

During the second week of the trip, team members set up a clinic in a school compound. Members of Mr. Schonhoff’s congregation joined up with other volunteers to create a multi-faceted clinic that included a place to get eyeglasses, a pharmacy, dental care and a head scrub to treat lice.

Visitors also had the opportunity to meet with doctors and to receive medicine and vitamins as needed.

Each day, he said, hundreds of people would line up around the school compound to go through the health clinic. Sometimes visitors would spend the whole night outside so they would be in line early the next morning.

The people were also given rice, beans and clothing, he said.

The clinic was held for four days from 8 a.m. until 6:30 p.m. In the evening Gospel meetings were held, he said. During this week several more people were baptized.

Mr. Schonhoff said he has taken short term mission trips to Nicaragua for 10 years. He said Nicaragua’s government is very welcoming of their groups. About 20 percent of the Central Church of Christ congregation is involved in mission trips, he said.

Olivet Baptist Hosts Think Pink - This Is My Story Oct. 24

The Nursing and Women's Ministries of Olivet Baptist Church along with the Pi Omega Chapter of AKA  presents "Think Pink - This is my Story " breast cancer awareness program on Saturday, Oct. 24, at 11 a.m. at the Kingdom Center. Dr. Vonda Ware, OB/GYN will be the medical presenter and Neva Thurman will be the soloist.  There will be Survivors' Runway Testimonies, ... (click for more)

The Christmas Market At Jones Memorial UMC Will Be Held Nov. 7

Jones Memorial United Methodist Church, 4131 Ringgold Road in East Ridge, will hold their Christmas Market on Saturday, Nov. 7 from 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Vendors and crafters are wanted.  Contact Ashley Wade, children's director, at  jmumcchildren@epbfi.com or 624-6073. For more Information, go to jmumc.org/the-christmas-market/ .  The sign ... (click for more)

Toddler Killed In Car Accident On Boy Scout Road Friday Morning

A toddler was killed in an auto accident Friday morning.  Hamilton County Sheriff’s deputies responded to an accident with injuries at the 1000 block of Boy Scout Road at approximately 11 a.m. on Friday. Upon arrival, deputies found a single car accident involving four passengers. Three of the four passengers were transported to a local hospital and the ... (click for more)

Triple Murder Suspect, Top 10 Most Wanted Fugitive, Captured In New Orleans

Less than a day after being placed on the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation’s Top 10 Most Wanted list, Daniel Lee Henry was captured Saturday night in New Orleans, La.  Shortly after 8:30 CST, Henry, 38, was taken into custody without incident at a hotel by authorities from the United States Marshals Service Task Force, which includes law enforcement officers from the New ... (click for more)

We Can Do Something About Mass Shootings - And Response

A friend posted his observation this morning that there was paranoia about reasonable gun laws. I know his heart is saying we have to do something about these mass shootings. Then while scanning the morning news shows I watched a pile o’ pundits from Al Sharpton to Donald Trump pontificate on doing “something” about the problem. Personally, I think there are plenty of gun control ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: The Banjo Boy’s Secret

There is a wonderful email now making the rounds that shows Billy Redden standing in front of the Walmart store where he now works in Clayton, Ga. There is nothing remarkable about the picture because Billy’s looks have changed considerably in the last 40-odd years. But back in the early 1970s, his face was memorized by millions upon millions of people and he was universally known ... (click for more)