This past Wednesday (July 22nd) evening, I acquainted the Huntsville Church of Christ outside of French Camp, Mississippi with an “Overview & Update” of World Evangelism. This congregation is close enough to the World Evangelism Building in Winona to be a frequent participant in various activities to help us along in our labors for the Lord.
The church sent back with me a communion set and collection plates that are no longer in use there. In addition, various pieces of literature that have life left and that also are not in use will be gathered for us, too. We at World Evangelism can evaluate, repackage and deliver usable Bibles, Gospel papers, songbooks, etc. to English speaking people abroad. We match these items up with containers that various churches of Christ are loading for overseas shipment. Every congregation has a dark, out-of-the-way closet in the meetinghouse crammed full of material not being used anymore but too good to throw away. We can take care of that for you; send it to us and we will find a new home for it in the hands of foreign brethren who are starved for Gospel literature.
Saturday was a travel day. Five hours of driving placed me in the highlands of Arkansas for a speaking appointment with the Center Ridge Church of Christ. Once more, I was the guest of good friends, encouragers and brethren, brother Garry and sister Melissa Polk. They fed me better than I deserved, both with home cooking Saturday and with a fine Sunday lunch at a Mexican restaurant a few miles from their home. I nearly lingered too long to conveniently drive to my Sunday evening appointment.
For the Bible class hour Sunday morning, I made my PowerPoint presentation “Overview & Update” about World Evangelism. I mentioned also my plans to make a mission trip from late September into November to India, Sri Lanka, Myanmar and Singapore. During worship, I rehearsed my PowerPoint presentation “The Church in Prophecy.”
GPS faithfully led me over the hills and through the woods for 2½ hours to be with the Imboden, AR Church of Christ that evening. Due to funeral home viewing for a deceased member, evening worship was moved up to 5 p.m. The downside of that for me was my timely arrival, but the upside was that I could arrive at my way station later that night—my daughter Rebecca’s home in Collierville, Tennessee. Again, I presented my PowerPoint lesson “Overview & Update.”
Both of the churches for which I spoke Sunday are regular supporters of my effort to serve our Lord stateside and especially abroad. Furthermore, members of both congregations also support my world evangelism.
Per my plan, I stayed the night with Rebecca in her home. On the morrow, we had “brunch” together at Cracker Barrel; we shared a pecan pancake breakfast with trimmings. Reluctantly then, I left her house shortly thereafter and headed back home to Winona. Particularly the long drives by myself accentuate my loneliness and bring about sorrow and tears. Around 3 p.m., I pulled into my driveway. That night, the air conditioner broke down!
When not a traveling man, I am working faithfully on Volume 86 of The Voice of Truth International, readying it for the printing company; several of us are doing our various parts to prepare it for production soon. Simultaneously, I have been working on the August edition of Gospel Gazette Online. Besides those projects, I have begun proofing a book manuscript submitted for my review by a Gospel preacher and friend.
Then, there was the lawn mowing, preceded by two hours of picking up tree debris—two wheelbarrows full! The good news is that the air conditioner has been fixed.
I continue working on Gospel Gazette Online, The Voice of Truth International, planning stateside and foreign trips, and proofreading a book manuscript. Late into the night and earnestly by day I thrust myself into my work for the Lord, among other reasons being to distract my sorrow. Thank you for your interest and encouragement.