The Usual Suspects!

Posted April 22, 2016 by Louis & Bonnie Rushmore
Categories: Good Friends, India Missions Conference, Literature, Travel

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96 dpi 4x6 india workshop 3The 2016 India Workshop is history now. It ran April 19-21. The usual suspects were present. I arrived Monday the 18th and will leave town, Lord willing, Saturday morning, with a passenger bound for Madison, TN. I, though, am headed for McMinnville, TN later in the day after depositing my rider.

96 dpi 4x6 india workshop 4All week, I have been battling severe mouth pain. The antibiotic that was prescribed for me prior to leaving Mississippi proved to be unproductive in the intended way and far too productive in unanticipated and undesirable ways. Not only did the antibiotic fail to remedy the infection, it made me itch all over and produced pimples and scabs on my face and head. Instead of pain subsiding, pain was unbearable. Reverting to antibiotics leftover from foreign travels and downing pain pills intended for my back did little to lessen my pain. Finally today, I started a third antibiotic that I hope will address the infection satisfactorily.

96 dpi 4x6 india workshop 5Happily, I managed to deliver my assigned lecture. My invitation said I was a “keynote” speaker, but being the last to speak, perhaps I was the “end cap” to the whole program. Many attendees had drifted away before the event concluded, but several remained to the very end.

This Sunday, I look forward to worshipping with and speaking for two congregations in McMinnville – the Smyrna Church of Christ and the West Riverview Church of Christ. Over the course of the previous week and all day Friday, I devoted my time to working on Volume 89 of The Voice of Truth International. I am thankful and appreciative to brother Roger and sister Mary Wright for their stellar hospitality during the week; he preaches for the Central Church of Christ in Vincennes, IN.

Set Course for Vincennes, Indiana

Posted April 19, 2016 by Louis & Bonnie Rushmore
Categories: India Missions Conference, Travel


Friday, April 15
, I had intended to leave Winona, MS for Vincennes, IN, but instead I made a detour – going the opposite direction. Off and on for a few weeks, my teeth have been bothering me. Thursday night I decided that the pain was significant enough and regular enough that I needed to address that situation before embarking on a 2-week, stateside excursion. So, Friday, I made my way to Jackson, MS – two hours away – to have the dental problem examined. Brother Andy Dulaney was unavailable, and so, his son Drew took charge. The short-term solution was prescriptions for antibiotics and pain.

96 dpi 4x6 Rebecca fixing her washerWhile I was gone, seven pallets of books and The Voice of Truth International magazines arrived in Winona via freightliner. Jerry and Paula with the help of visitors Kenneth and Connie Tipton had everything unloaded and put away before I got back. Good timing on my part, huh? The local preacher lent a hand, too.

Finally, late Saturday afternoon I left Winona and headed to Collierville, TN to my daughter Rebecca’s home. Saturday night, Rebecca and I – mostly Rebecca – worked on repairing her washer. After Bible class and worshipping twice on Sunday with the Collierville Church of Christ, Rebecca and I finished mending her washer and changed out the storm windows in her doors with screens. Between worship periods, we enjoyed a very tasty lunch at Corky’s Barbeque.

96 dpi 4x6 india workshop 1Monday, I journeyed to Vincennes, IN for the India Workshop, which began on Tuesday evening. Brother Roger and sister Mary Wright are my hosts; he preaches for the Central Church of Christ in Vincennes. The last time I visited Vincennes, Bonnie accompanied me, but of course, now I am alone since her passing. The India Workshop continues through Friday, the last day really being a tour of Vincennes.

96 dpi 4x6 india workshop 2Saturday, I will be heading to the Nashville, TN area to drop off a passenger. Then, I will go over to McMinnville, TN where I will be preaching, Lord willing, at two different congregations. Tuesday, I will go to Hamilton, AL in preparation for the Maywood Missionary Retreat that will be Thursday and Friday. Eventually, I will return to Winona and return to the dentist office on May 3 to see about my teeth. All I need are some more holes in my head!

It Doesn’t Get Any Better Than That!

Posted April 11, 2016 by Louis & Bonnie Rushmore
Categories: Good Eats, Good Friends, Magazines & Books, Preaching Appointments, Travel

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Meetinghouse of the Clinton, MS Church of Christ

Meetinghouse of the Clinton, MS Church of Christ

Friday, April 8, I completed and published to the Internet the April edition of Gospel Gazette Online. The first issue was published to the Internet back in January, 1999. We are now in our 18th year of publication of this monthly journal with an archive of all those articles in addition to new material monthly.

Sunday morning, I drove the nearly two hours from my Winona home to Clinton, MS west of the state capitol. It was my good pleasure to meet with the Clinton Church of Christ, a supporter and great encourager. During Bible class, I narrated nearly three dozen PowerPoint slides about the eight weeks I spent in Asia in 2015 and the five weeks I was in South America this year. I spoke also in the worship assembly, preaching about “Desiring and Striving for Growth.”

Sunday evening, I met with my overseeing eldership to personally apprise the elders of my labors over the past several months as well as plans for the foreseeable future as I continue laboring for the Lord. No one is more fortunate than am I respecting the encouragement and moral support that I receive of these godly men, the elders of the Siwell Road Church of Christ on the south side of Jackson, MS. That evening, I also conferred and was uplifted by the two deacons with whom in particular I labor in conjunction with my efforts. During the worship period, I was pleased to preach “The Church in Prophecy”; it is a lesson especially meaningful to me as it covers so many facets of Christianity. This type of a lesson identifies the uniqueness of the Lord’s church, validates divine inspiration and emphasizes the purpose of the existence of the church, namely the salvation of souls. Similar studies are responsible for my decision to obey the Gospel of Christ a few decades ago.

Following the sharing of a meal with several fellow Christians at a local eatery, I eventually made my way back home. I arrived back in Winona a little after 10 p.m. Sometimes, Winona feels more like a way station rather than one’s abode, but it is comforting and inviting. My office is a computer irrespective of where I plugin my laptop, behind the steering wheel in the Town & Country and standing up front in a classroom or auditorium where God still permits me to exclaim the Scriptures. It doesn’t get any better than that!

Huntsville Bound

Posted April 5, 2016 by Louis & Bonnie Rushmore
Categories: Good Eats, Good Friends, Guyana, Literature, Preaching Appointments, Travel

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Bonnie in better days in someone's home on a stateside trip

Bonnie in better days in someone’s home on a stateside trip

On Friday, April 1, I delivered Bibles, books and tracts to a shipper in Nashville, TN, which will arrive by freighter weeks later in Guyana, South America. Before leaving the city for my next destination, I decided to return to an outstanding eatery to which I was introduced on a previous occasion to ship out of Nashville. Jack’s Bar-B-Que (http://jacksbarbque.com/) on Trinity Lane is the place. As soon as one open’s the door, even before crossing the threshold, a whole lot of mouthwatering aromas overwhelm a person – almost like an invisible force. My barbeque pork sandwich with or without the sauce is unquestionably the best I’ve ever encountered. With about half a dozen different sauces from which to choose, it only gets better. This trip, I tricked out my sandwich with the restaurant’s own unique coleslaw and pecan pie. The barbeque pork, though, is better than dessert.

Happily and sufficiently fed, next, I headed south out of Nashville on I-65 toward Huntsville, AL. A couple of hours later, I arrived at my hotel in preparation for Sunday preaching appointments at two churches of Christ. Saturday, I fueled the car, had the oil and windshield wipers replaced and did a little shopping. Of course, back in my room, I fired up my mobile office – have laptop, will travel.

Though I brought food and drink with me on the journey and acquired more along the way, I did opt to eat out one meal. It was my first time to experience Five Guys, Burgers & Fries (http://www.fiveguys.com/). Simplicity fine-tuned, that’s what this restaurant is! Just a cheeseburger, fries and a soft drink, but tasty indeed.

Sunday morning, brethren at the Mastin Lake Church of Christ were kind enough to permit me to speak during Bible class and worship. For class, I made my PowerPoint presentation, “The Church in Prophecy,” and for worship, I preached, “Desiring and Striving for Growth.” Brethren were very gracious to me, and I was first in line for the meal afterward. It’s beginning to sound like eating is an important endeavor to me – as it is to most Christians who otherwise use a very small brush when they proverbially paint the town red. Out amusements as Christians are tame and lawful, in contrast to the general populace oftentimes.

Sunday evening, I was privileged to speak to the Farley Church of Christ on the south side of Huntsville. There, I presented my PowerPoint about my recent four months of mission trip to four Asian countries and my more recent five weeks of mission trip to a country in South America. Later, one of the elders and I dined at the Burger King nearby and lost ourselves in conversation.

Leaving Huntsville and 20 miles down the road to my Winona home I asked my car to phone my daughter Rebecca, and it talked back to me, saying, “Phone not present.” A U-turn at the next exit off of the Interstate and back to the church building I went. Fortunately, I had a piece of paper in the car with me with an elder’s phone number on it, and so I borrowed a phone at a convenience store and gas station. I had used a countdown timer on my phone while preaching, and I had laid it down and forgot to retrieve it.

Now, I was really in a quandary with it being around 9 p.m. with a nearly 5-hour journey home ahead. To my surprise, with a few necessary stops to walk around and wake up, I was able to arrive home safely by about 1:30 a.m. Monday.

Tuesday brought its own challenges, the chief of which was to interact with the Social Security Administration regarding the passing of my dear wife Bonnie. The problem was not with the agency, but rather, the hour and a half telephone appointment finalizing matters regarding her death was almost as unsettling to me as her funeral. It was nearly as if she died again, today! Then, I had to drive to the third county west of where I live to present our “original” marriage license to the Social Security office; it made me wonder what was the advantage of the phone meeting since I still had to appear in person with evidence that we were married.

Before returning home, I comforted myself with a cheeseburger, fries and tea at a very old and locally famous diner – The Crystal Grill (http://crystalgrillms.com/) – in the heart of Greenwood, MS. Again, not a fancy place, but good food; since everyone has to eat, it might as well be delicious. Yes, I had another cheeseburger and fries; I just haven’t had too much beef yet, I suppose in contrast to the chicken and other foods that I experienced for more than a quarter of a year in Asia and South America. No, my world does not revolve around food, but I know what I like and where to find it stateside.

Between Thursday and very early Monday morning, I made a very large circle from Mississippi to Tennessee, to Alabama and back to Mississippi. Literature and preaching, that’s my life. Thank you, those of you, who make that possible.

Pallet of Literature to Guyana

Posted April 1, 2016 by Louis & Bonnie Rushmore
Categories: Guyana, Literature, Magazines & Books

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Pallet of Literature to GuyanaMy poor car! It was loaded down – literally down or riding lower to the ground than normal. As it turned out, I was hauling 52 cubic feet of literature.

Having left Winona Thursday, my first stop was at Red Lobster in Tupelo, MS. There, I met up with brother Robin Dunaway, Gospel preacher and missionary. He and I sometimes meet at this convenient center point between his home and mine to confer on literature on which he and I are working. Good eats and pleasant fellowship, followed by business.

Afterward, my beast of burden (Town & Country van) and I moseyed toward Nashville, TN to Caribbean Shipping Company. We hunkered down for the night about 30 miles west of Nashville on I-40 at Dickson, TN. The following morning, I made a quick stop at the local Walmart to pick up a few last things to include in the shipment to Guyana. Sister Jasmine Milo made me promise out loud that I would include some Rice Crispy Squares along with the balance of the freight; every time I introduce her to some snack food that I take with me to Guyana, and with which she is unfamiliar, I convert here and spoil her. Not edible, I included several DVD movies in my purchases, movies that hopefully brother Nigel Milo can use from time to time at the youth hostel residents with whom he works regularly.

The agent for the Caribbean Shipping Company in Nashville is a native of Linden, Guyana, the same city in which the Milos live. He returns frequently throughout the year. Within an hour, we unloaded my van and neatly placed all of the boxes on a pallet; most previous shipments had been de-boxed and place loose inside cardboard barrels.

The picture doesn’t reveal it, but there is an upward slope into the building from where we loaded the pallet. In addition, there is a hump at the threshold. We almost didn’t get the pallet, even with the aid of a pallet jack, into the building. We eventually thrust it through the doorway, losing a few packages in the process and disrupting the stacking of the rest. We had to restack the pallet!

On their way to Guyana are Bibles, magazines (2,000 The Voice of Truth International #86), song books, tracts, communion cups, eyeglasses, sermon outline books and other religious books. Three of the book titles are intended for every Gospel preacher and many of the church leaders throughout the churches of Christ in Guyana.

Those Christians and congregations who financially underwrite my work enable me to funnel resources and tools to Guyanese brethren in every corner (each of the 10 regions) in the nation. This complements the annual nationwide seminars that we conduct wherein we try to heighten brethren’s Bible knowledge and otherwise give them the encouragement and academic tools necessary for successful homegrown evangelism.

Our Guyanese brethren are eager to accept personal responsibility for the ongoing internal and external growth of the Lord’s church throughout all of Guyana. Couple with a willing attitude, with the help afforded me by my supporters, we help them help themselves. Thank you.

Work Day, Load Day, Boy Song Leaders

Posted March 31, 2016 by Louis & Bonnie Rushmore
Categories: At the Office, Children, Good Eats, Good Friends, Guyana, Literature, Magazines & Books, Preaching Appointments, Rushmore Newsletter, Travel, Workday

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loaded vanWednesday, March 30 was a multifaceted day. First thing, brother Jerry Bates and I loaded my van from the back bumper to the front seats with literature and Bibles; the seats fold completely under the floor, and I readied them for this purpose before I left the house. Included in the load were about 2,000 copies of volume 86 of The Voice of Truth International, the one with memorial information for Bonnie Rushmore on the back cover. These will be distributed to every congregation in Guyana, South America and used for outreach among non-Christians. Also, thousands of tracts and 40 Bibles are in the mix, and these are being sent on behalf of a congregation in Florida to a missionary they support in Mabaruma. Thousands of additional tracts, hundreds of books (mostly for preachers and church leaders), songbooks, lectureship books, miscellaneous Christian books, communion cups and suchlike are aboard as well. My little freighter will haul all of it to a shipping company in Nashville, TN for shipment to Guyana.

Rushmore Newsletter March 30Around 10 a.m., several Christians from the Huntsville Church of Christ outside of French Camp, MS arrived at the World Evangelism Building to help prepare the Rushmore Newsletter for mailing. Counting sister Paul and brother Jerry Bates and myself, there were a total of eight of us. Ages ranged from a precocious 10-year-old to “none of your business.” Together, we made short work of the job, enabling me to get it to the Post Office the same day. We rewarded ourselves with takeout pizza that I fetched from the local Pizza Hut.

In addition, I rewarded myself with a little nap back at the house, though I didn’t actually go to sleep. I was unable to sleep very well the night before, and besides, I wanted to clean up after the day’s activities, especially loading and reloading my van. The tire sidewalls were touching the pavement and the tires were rubbing the car body sometimes. I unloaded some things – not my shipment – and Jerry and I redistributed the weight more evenly. I still drug the bottom of the car in a parking lot later in the day.

West President Boys SongleadingWednesday evening, I assembled with the saints at the West President Church of Christ. The evening was dedicated to young boys practicing being in front of the congregation and “leading” some songs. I snapped a picture of a cutie with my camera phone. A Christian youth also presented the devotional and extended the Lord’s invitation. It’s good being with God’s people, irrespective of the occasion for the coming together. Of course, it is good to groom young people for future service and devotion to the Lord’s church.

Thursday, I start out for a several-day road trip, making a huge circle, to Tupelo, MS; Nashville, TN and Huntsville, AL. Have computer, will travel and set up my office anywhere I please. The workday and the place varies, but I live to serve irrespective of the task at hand or where it may be. Thank you for making that possible.

 

Bored, I Am Not!

Posted March 27, 2016 by Louis & Bonnie Rushmore
Categories: At the Office, Guyana, Magazines & Books, Mission Trip, Preaching Appointments, Rushmore Newsletter, Travel

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March.pubI’m not a numbers man; numbers are not my friends. I much prefer alphabet characters – literary things. However, I’m about to drown in that, too. A few days ago, I published to the Internet the March edition of Gospel Gazette Online, and I am working on the April issue now. A day or so ago, the March Rushmore Newsletter arrived from a printing company, and on Tuesday the postcard inserts are scheduled to arrive from another printing company. I plan to prepare the newsletter for mailing and send it out later this week to about 1,100 readers; tonight, I published to the Internet the March issue of the Rushmore Newsletter and apprised over 600 digital recipients of its availability. In addition, I have been working on other literary projects, and it will soon be time to layout another issue of The Voice of Truth International. Volume 87 is on its way from Hong Kong, while Volume 88 is being printed now.

Later this week also, I plan to take thousands of copies of The Voice of Truth International to Nashville to a shipping company. Thousands of tracts and hundreds of books, too, will need to be hauled to Nashville. Three or four shipping barrels will be laden with Bibles and Gospel literature for Guyana, South America. Furthermore, along the way, I will be driving to stateside appointments for speaking on Sundays; first, I will be going to Huntsville, Alabama. Presently, I am populating my calendar with appointments over the next few months.

Jerry Bates has been overseas for weeks, and Paula lately went to visit grandchildren in Arkansas; Betty Choate is still globetrotting around Asian countries, and I have been in and out of the office here in Winona. One thing I refuse to do is to get or be bored!


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