"...the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him, for, 'Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.' How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? And how can anyone preach unless they are sent? As it is written: 'How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!'”

Romans 10:12-15


The Chico Church of Christ currently supports three overseas missionary efforts:




Kojima, Japan

Sandy and her husband Brent began their lives as missionaries in India, where they worked for 3 years until problems with Brent's health would bring their time there to a close. After spending time in California teaching, they moved to Kojima, Japan in 1991 to be missionaries. They supported themselves by teaching English, and helped to establish Logos, an English school in Kojima.

In 2002, Brent and Sandy welcomed the first Let's Start Talking team to Kojima, which was comprised of 12 members of our congregation. Since then, they have been trusting God to enable them to focus more and more on evangelism.

In recent years, Brent and Sandy had moved (and put a lot of work) into a 3 story building, where they also taught English, hold Bible studies, host community building activities, and worship with the Kojima church. On October 28, 2017 they had a grand opening celebration for the Logos Fureai House, a community center where all are welcome and able to experience the love of God through his church. On December 18, 2017 Brent Rogers went home to be with the Savior whom he served with faith and love. Sandy has continued with their missionary work since then, and is now focusing on helping to build up and establish the local Japanese christians as leaders of the Kojima church, as she prepares to move back to the states to be near family within the next couple of years.

Brent Wood Rogers

July 4, 1959 - December 18, 2017

Below is a note from Wendy and Lyle Thompson remembering Brent Rogers

On December 18th, our dear friend Brent Rogers went home to be with the Savior whom he served with faith and love. He and his wife Sandy have shared a lifetime of work in missions, as well as teaching English as a second language. God's calling has taken them to California, Arkansas, India and Japan. Since 1991, Brent and Sandy have ministered to souls in Japan, where they have shared God's love, built trusting relationships with many people, and taught English.

We met Brent for the first time in 2002, when we first served with Let's Start Talking. Since then, our congregation has helped to support the mission in Kojima, and we have sent teams there several times. Over the years we have seen the impact that Brent had on those he came into contact with. In a country where people often feel unconnected and lonely, Brent shined bright as an example of love and caring. He persevered joyfully in facilitating the Church in Kojima,where the members are nurtured and built up in their fatih and understanding of God's word. His English students loved him, from small children to adults. He encouraged, he taught , he played, he joked; he rejoiced with those who rejoiced and wept with those who wept. Hearing his Japanese student's repeating his oft used phrases, "Hoola Harla!" and, "Down, down Shilly down, down!" was a reflection of how much they loved him.

Even though Brent struggled with many health issues throughout his life, he called on His Father's strength to help him serve faithfully. He often taught and ministered even when he felt sick. Brent was legally blind, but that never stopped him from riding his bike all over Kojima to meet with church members and students. Plus, he was no slouch at Ping Pong.

Please keep Sandy in your prayers. She and Brent have shared a lifetime of love, partnership, and friendship that have been an example for everyone who knows them. Also pray for their children, Tim and Rachel, as well as their grandchildren.

When we say we have been richly blessed by having had Brent in our lives, it is because words are insufficient to express how much we truly love him.

-Wendy and Lyle


Mark & Karen Abercrombie

Leipzig, Germany

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Mark and Karen Abercrombie have been married for 40 years. They are parents to Christopher and Elizabeth Ratliff, and Richard and Maranda Nash, and grandparents to Logan, Aiden, Mallory, Aria and Natalie. Mark and Karen worshipped and served as members of the Levy church of Christ family in North Little Rock, Arkansas before moving to Germany in 2006 to serve as foreign missionaries. They worked as a part of the church in Bremen, Germany from 2006-2008, and with the church in Chemnitz from September 2008 until October 2009 when they moved to Leipzig. Larry and Pam Sullivan, longtime missionaries to Chemnitz, moved to join them. Together, they began to reach people using the Let’s Start Talking program. They began a small house church that soon moved into its own rooms. Many contacts have been made and relationships have been built around hours of Bible study. In the first few years several baptisms took place. German society is fluid, with people moving because of job changes or to study. This has resulted in several of the church members leaving to other cities. In 2016, the Sullivans returned to the USA after about 25 years of mission work. In 2017 and 2019, two other American families joined the Abercrombies. As a result of different circumstances, both of those families returned to the USA in July 2020 and February 2021. Through all of this change, a small group of believers continues to meet and worship. Mark and Karen have been faithful to this work, and their commitment has not wavered, reaching out with the love of Christ to bring people into fellowship with Him as one community.



Chad Wagner

President of




Chad grew up in Paragould, Arkansas, and received a Bachelor's degree and a Master of Divinity degree from Harding University. He's married to Rena (a Registered Nurse) with whom he has five children. He had preached for several years in Arkansas (Bradford, Paragould) before moving with his family to the mission field of Tanzania in 2012. They now live back in the US and Chad makes trips for his work with African Christian Schools. He has done several short-term mission trips to Nigeria, Tanzania, Estonia, Finland and the UK. He has a passion for training preachers as taught in 2 Timothy 2:2, to “train faithful men who will be able to teach others also.”