Overflow Missions

Go into all the world...

  • We support mission efforts in Mexico and Honduras, as well as sending members to these places to assist in medical and teaching mission trips. We also suppport numberous stateside missions. We have planted two new churches in NW Arkansas: Flagstone Church of Christ; and, La Iglesia de Cristo. We support: children's homes; printing and mass media outreach; campus ministry; Bible camp; and, other works. Questions can be directed to the Church Office.
  • Hundreds of inmates in Arkansas and Oklahoma are enrolled as students through our jail and prison correspondence ministry. Contact person is Denise Carpenter.

Southside has adopted the concept of “OverFlow” to be the image of how we view mission work.   The love of God fills our hearts until His love "Overflows" into the hearts of our families, friends, co-workers, neighbors and on and on until we are able to share Jesus’ loving message with the entire world.  This is actually the concept we find in Act 1:8.

The Story of Honduras:

Why Honduras?

In 1979 God called Southside to begin a work in Honduras.  A team of missionaries, Jose Alvarado, Israel Flores and Victorino Martinez, was formed to plant a church in La Cieba. Today the church in La Cieba is one of the largest churches in Central America; approximately 400 members meet each week.  They also established area churches where they continue to work each week.

One of the early members of the La Cieba Church of Christ is a man named Augustin Velasquez.  Shortly after Augustin was converted he gave up his business and devoted himself completely to following Jesus’ call to work with the church.  Southside began to support Augustin as he worked diligently to train men and plant area churches.  Overflow continues to support Augustin today as he is a vital part of growing God’s church in Honduras.  He serves as an elder at the La Cieba congregation and is loved and respected by the brethren and the church leaders whom he continues to help in the service of God’s Kingdom. 

There is also a preacher training school (Bible Institute of Central America, BICA) that developed through this work that now teaches and equips young men and women to go into all of Central America sharing the good news of Jesus Christ, teaching and maturing new Christians.  Southside was one of the major supporters of this bible institute when it first opened its doors in 1998.  BICA has now grown into multiple campuses with schools in Guatemala and Nicaragua.  This year over 100 students are enrolled.   Please visit www.bica.info for more information.  “Overflow” supports the continued efforts of the Bible Institute, BICA. Students of BICA will study the bible and evangelize full-time for 2 years.  Upon graduation, they will support themselves with secular jobs while working with local churches helping to teach, preach, evangelize, or even start new congregations.  

By answering God’s call to go to Honduras, there are now thousands of Christians working in dozens of churches though-out the Caribbean coast of Honduras.  

WOW!!! How encouraging to be a part of this work in God’s kingdom.  

“My food,” said Jesus, “is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work.  Don’t you have a saying, ‘It’s still four months until harvest’? I tell you, open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest.  Even now the one who reaps draws a wage and harvests a crop for eternal life, so that the sower and the reaper may be glad together.  Thus the saying ‘One sows and another reaps’ is true.  I sent you to reap what you have not worked for. Others have done the hard work, and you have reaped the benefits of their labor.”                 John 4:34-38

Involvement in Mexico: 

Southside started focusing evangelistic efforts in Mexico City after spending a few years working in Honduras. The churches in Honduras were being lead by the Honduraneans and all of our missionaries were from Mexico at that time.  So the next logical step was to "Overflow" our mission work into Mexico City. We initially started three congregations with the work of three missionaries.  Two of those congregations still meet today and are self supported.  Despite Mexico being more difficult for church work than Honduras, God has opened many doors allowing us to plant a total of 8 churches that still meet today.  Currently we support three missionaries who work with four of those congregations. 

Iztapalapa Church of Christ
 
The Iztapalapa congregation started as a house church in the home of the missionary family (Rufino Martinez) we were supporting at that time. Today we support Ernesto Pulido, who is the missionary working with this church.  Ernesto’s family grew up going to the Santa Cruz Church of Christ.  Santa Cruz was one of the three original churches Southside started in Mexico City years earlier. Victorino Martinez was the missionary we supported who helped in establishing this congregation.  Ernesto completed a two year bible training program through the Santa Cruz church in order to become a full-time minister. We have supported Ernesto and his family for approximately ten years.  Iztapalapa is a congregation of 125-150 members.  Iztapalapa has been successful in planting an additional house church that continues to grow each week.
 
Chalco Valley Church of Christ
 
Chalco Valley was started by the efforts of Gonzalo Cerecado, whom we support today.  Gonzalo and his wife Yolanda were converted by the first missionary team to work in Mexico City.  Shortly after being converted the young couple decided to answer God’s call to go into full time ministry.  They gave up all they had and moved to Honduras to go through Baxter Institute, a bible college.  After they graduated, Southside began to support them as missionaries to the Toltecas Church of Christ.  The Toltecas congregation was one of the three original churches Southside had started previously.  After working with Toltecas for a few years we decided to plant a new congregation in the part of the city where the Cerecado’s lived, Chalco Valley. Chalco Valley has a membership of 150-175 members.  They have recently started both a bible training program as well as a new house church.  
We also support Alfredo Pulido (brother of Ernesto) who works with the Chalco Valley Congregation.  Alfredo serves in the capacity of an evangelist and associate minister to Gonzalo.  He completed the two year bible training through the Santa Cruz school and holds a degree of family counseling.  Alfredo is instrumental in many of the bible studies that result in people dedicating themselves to a new life in Christ.  They work in a difficult part of the city and truly are a light to their community.