MISSIONS – DOMESTIC & FOREIGN

 
  
Margaret Street Church of Christ has been actively involved in various mission works, both locally and in foreign fields, for many years. The members of our congregation take the Great Commission very seriously about reaching the lost, even “unto the uttermost parts of the earth.”
(Matthew 28:19,20; Acts 1:8). 
  
Some of the mission works that Margaret Street has supported in the past include the foreign fields of:
Paraguay  |  Panama  |  Guayana  |  Scotland  |  Ireland
  
We have also engaged in short-term regional and domestic works in:
Georgia  |  Pennsylvania  |   Mississippi  |  Kansas
   Margaret Street is currently involved in the following missions works:
  
Rebecca, Scott and Violet Shanahan
 
MISSION ITALY
   Our missionaries, Scott and Rebecca Shanahan, along with their daughter, Violet, are working in and based out of Florence, Italy alongside the brethren of the Chiesa di Cristo di Firenze (Church of Christ of Florence) and the Avanti Italia Bible School. They currently have many Bible studies going in Florence, Milan, Prato, Brindisi, Puglia, and Vicenza. They have also visited many congregations in country. Scott preaches regularly in six different congregations, and leads mid-week Bible study for two. Rebecca is a frequent speaker for an online Italian women’s class.
 
 
   The Shanahans had previously labored as missionaries in Pohnpei, Micronesia for twelve years (2005-2017). There, they were blessed to have taught and baptized more than 100 souls and establish two new congregations. In 2017 they decided to leave the work in Micronesia, though they loved their island brethren and home. They moved to Galway, Ireland, but because of a change in Irish immigration law, they had to leave the country. They heard of the opportunity in Italy and came to Margaret Street asking them to sponsor their work. The elders, members and deacon of missions decided, enthusiastically, to partner with the Shanahans in Italy in the Fall of 2018.
 
 
    Scott is a graduate of the East Tennessee School of Preaching in Knoxville, TN. He holds a BA in Bible/Ministry from Amridge University and an MA in New Testament from Freed-Hardeman University. Rebecca is a graduate of Freed-Hardeman University with a BA in Child and Family Studies.
 
 
    The Shanahans count their time as missionaries as one of the greatest blessings of their lives and ask you to join them through prayer, encouragement and support.
  
Eliezer, Raquel and Alison Perez
MISSION PARAGUAY
    Our missionaries, Eliezer and Raquel Perez, along with their daughter, Alison, are working with the Iglesia de Cristo (Church of Christ) in San Lorenzo, Paraguay – just outside the capital city of Asuncion. Eliezer is from Colon, Panama and is a graduate of the Theological Institute of Latin America in Guatemala City, Guatemala. He is also currently studying Marketing and Publicity at the University of Engineering in Paraguay, so he can use those skills to help the church. Raquel is from Paraguay and is a graduate of the National University of Asuncion and the University of San Lorenzo. She currently works as an Accountant.
 
    Eliezer came to Paraguay in 2013 and helped us plant the church in Ă‘emby, a small city a few miles from Asuncion (when Margaret Street was supporting the Spradlins as their missionaries). He was initially supported by the Avenida Sacramento Iglesia de Cristo in Asuncion and then Margaret Street took on his sponsorship in Sept 2021. The church has since moved to San Lorenzo to find a better facility and to accommodate several of the members coming from that area. Eliezer has been, and continues working diligently with the congregation in San Lorenzo to evangelize to the lost and build up leadership in the church. He also teaches, manages, and edits an online, digital training program called “Obrero Vocacional” (Vocational Worker) at https://conocerlapalabra.com
  
 
Trevor Smoot
MISSION USA
    Domestic missions has become a crucial need in the United States. There are many towns in the States that either have no church of Christ, or they are dying out. There are also many congregations that have active members, but simply can’t afford a full-time evangelist to come work for them. In addition, there are also many young men who have the desire to labor full-time in the kingdom, but lack the experience to effectively lead a congregation of the Lord’s church. Margaret Street wants to fill that gap by helping prepare potential evangelists and also providing workers to assist congregations in need. 
 
    Trevor Smoot, a future graduate of Bear Valley Bible Institute in Denver, CO (December 2021) has recently agreed to come work with Margaret Street in this role as our “Domestic Missionary.” We are excited to have Trevor and look forward to his arrival here, as well as, what the future holds for this endeavor.
 
    The mission is composed of two phases:
  1. The first phase will include an internship here at Margaret Street to help train for the effort, while working along side the ministers and eldership, in order to gain needed experience. It will also provide opportunity for him and the congregation to bond, which is important for strong support.
  2. The second phase consists of locating and then transitioning into a congregation that needs the assistance.
 
If you are aware of potential congregations that could benefit from this mission effort, or know of other potential candidates who might be interested in such work, please contact the church office for more details.
NORTHWEST FLORIDA SCHOOL OF BIBLICAL STUDIES
    Training up brethren to serve in the Lord’s Kingdom is also a top  priority for Margaret Street. With this in mind, Margaret Street also supports the work of the Northwest School of Biblical Studies school, which is located at the Church of Christ at Milestone, in Cantonement, FL. The school currently has several effort it is managing, such as:
  • Distance Learning Program designed to train all Christians to be servants in the kingdom, including teachers, preachers, deacons, elders, youth ministers, and missionaries. http://cocmilestone.com/nwfsbs
  • Have a Bible Question – TV Program broadcasted through major networks in various television markets, on the Gospel Broadcasting Network, on the NWFSBS app, Roku channel, and AppleTV channel. The show can also be viewed on its YouTube channel Have a Bible Question. 
  • Repairing Our Understanding – Webcast/Podcast