Arkansas X 2

Posted January 9, 2017 by Louis Rushmore
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Saturday, January 7, my wife Martha and I traveled from Collierville, Tennessee to Imboden, Arkansas. We had gone from Winona, Mississippi to Collierville on Friday evening and lodged with our daughter Rebecca. Martha and I had just popped into Winona around 8 p.m. Thursday from our 2-day trip from Ocala, Florida. We did not have much more time at our Winona home than to unload the van and pack it again for the weekend.

Our host and hostess Saturday night and half a day Sunday were brother Gevan and sister Sharon Murphy. Martha and I were comfortably tucked away in the newly refurbished guestroom. As usual, sister Murphy cooked a delicious supper for us.

The next day—the Lord’s Day—we all worshipped with the Imboden (AR) Church of Christ. I made a PowerPoint presentation during Bible class about my ministry and missions, while for worship, I preached via PowerPoint, “The Church in Prophecy.” Martha and I were very well received and encouraged. After a sumptuous lunch at the new and local Mexican restaurant, we pointed the vain toward my evening appointment to speak.

Sunday night, I preached for the Center Ridge (AR) Church of Christ with the aid of a PowerPoint, “Come Meet Jesus Christ as Savior.” As always, the brethren were very gracious and kind.

All day Monday was a travel day back to Winona in Mississippi. Traveling with my good friend and new wife Martha made for a pleasant day through an otherwise bleak, winter landscape and a very lonely jaunt had I been by myself. In just two weeks if the Lord wills, we will take our travels together to a new height as we labor for the cause of Christ six weeks in Guyana. South America. Though there are no pictures today to accompany this post, pictures will be forthcoming, especially upon our return from South America. Thank you for permitting me to speak extensively stateside and abroad for our Lord Jesus Christ.

New Year, New Wife, New Life

Posted January 5, 2017 by Louis Rushmore
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96-dpi-wedding-cake-44Whew! What a whirlwind romance! Martha Lynn Noland and I raced from friendship to engagement—skipping right over DATING. On the 14th of December, I proposed, and she accepted! Within half an hour we had selected the date, place and time for our nuptials. Just 17 days later—on New Year’s Day—we plunged into wedded bliss at her Ocala, Florida home in her living room, in the presence of family and Christian friends.

96-dpi-4x6-kissingI practiced my “pucker power” on the way to Florida at the State Welcome Center by getting a little fresh with the dolphin ambassador. A few days later, the experience came in handy!

My daughter Rebecca and I drove from Winona, MS to Ocala with the van loaded with “freight” from my Mississippi home to our Florida home. On the return to Winona from Florida, Martha pushed about everything she could lay her hands upon out the door, and I dutifully packed it into every nook and cranny of the poor car. I’m not sure, but even the kitchen sink may have in that jumble.

My son Raymond and Martha’s sons and two of her daughters-in-law made their way down to Ocala. There were bodies lying everywhere from the beds to the floor with sleeping bags and air mattresses.

96-dpi-wedding-shotgun-51As a joke, we staged a “shotgun wedding.” To symbolize the blending of our two families, we interjected a sand ceremony into the wedding. We all had lots of fun.

96-dpi-wedding-sand-49Martha is exactly the cure that I desperately needed for my despondency—comforting me and giving me direction and purpose in my life. I offer the same to her, too. We both lost our spouses (i.e., Bonnie, Bob) to pancreatic cancer in 2015. Bob and Martha had been married for 48 years, whereas Bonnie and I had been married for 42 years. Bonnie and Martha were best friends, and the four of us were friends for more than 35 years. It seems that I have “inherited” Martha, and I am so fortunate for having done so.

96-dpi-wedding-13There is no time for a honeymoon in the near future as we are attending various preaching appointments in Arkansas and Tennessee prior to our departure from the USA on January 24 for Guyana, South America. We will return from the mission trip, Lord willing, on March 9. At that time, we will resume appointments in Arkansas, Kentucky and Florida. Incidentally, one of our 14 to 16 venues in jungle-bound Guyana is Monkey Mountain! Time spent there will be nearly akin to outdoor camping—without amenities commonly enjoyed stateside. There’s not much chance of Monkey Mountain folks reading my blog entry since no radio, TV or cell signals reach that remote location along the Brazilian border.

96-dpi-wedding-cake-53Martha Lynn RUSHMORE and I conscientiously purpose first to help each other make our way to heaven above. In the course of the doing that, we resolve to serve the Lord to the best of our abilities stateside and abroad as long as God permits us the strength and health to do so. Together, we expect to waddle throughout what future days may yet grace our lives, all the while comforting and upholding each other. We are truly blessed to have each other as companions and best friends as we trod the pilgrim pathway toward the heavenly horizon ahead of us. Along the way, we are having a BLAST in place of our former despair as we immerse ourselves in Christian service, made possible by prayers, moral support and generous gifts. Thank you!

Stuck! Together!

Posted January 1, 2017 by Louis Rushmore
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96-dpi-4x6-wedding-day-2Well, though the days leading up to it drug onward endlessly (it seems), we’re now—Stuck! Together!—willingly and happily in wedded bliss. Martha Noland is now my loving wife, Martha Rushmore. We married following morning worship with the Central Church of Christ in Ocala, Florida.

96-dpi-4x6-wedding-day-1We fulfilled Martha’s childhood dream of marrying on New Year’s Day in her living room. Several family members and Christian friends graced us with their presence and well-wishing. Martha added her thanks to sisters in Christ who fixed her hair (Lynelle) or served food and cleaned up after the affair (Dottie and Susan).

The couple of pictures attached here are a precursor to additional images that will be available later. We covet your prayers for our marriage, stateside speaking appointments and upcoming foreign mission work.

Haul’n

Posted December 21, 2016 by Louis Rushmore
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96-dpi-4x5-trailer-of-books-and-computer-equipmentYesterday (Tuesday, December 20), Jerry and Paula Bates as well as Rebecca and I loaded an outbound trailer of this-and-that. First, Jerry and I placed an exercise bike—otherwise known as a clothes rack—in the trailer; Jerry and Paula are going to give it to one of their children. Next, boxes of 35 The Voice of Truth International were carefully packed around that equipment; Jerry and Paula were going to hand off around 70 of those cartons midway between Winona, MS and Springfield, MO to brother Byron Nichols. Lastly, the trailer load was completed with old and out-of-service computer equipment; Jerry and Paula will drop such off in Arkansas for recycling.

96-dpi-5x5-martha-and-shark-jawsWith only two weeks remaining before the nuptials of Martha Lynn Noland and myself, she is gallivanting around Florida at Sea World with some of her grandchildren. Days like that are her last days of freedom! Likewise, my last days of freedom intervene between the present and just a few days from now when we will be wed, Lord willing (on New Year’s Day). Truth be told, neither of us cherish them, but having made the decision, we are more than ready to proceed together in life as well as in service to our Lord stateside and abroad.

There is much to do! We have doctor’s appointments and shots to get. We have lessons to prepare. We have wedding preparations to make. We have visits scheduled with numerous congregations prior to and following our upcoming mission trip. We have insurances and various accounts to amend, and broken appliances, etc. to fix or replace. Yet, as calmly as possible, we will persevere. Together and through Jesus Christ (Philippians 4:13), we can meet almost anything that may come our way (Revelation 2:10).

Thorn between Two Roses

Posted December 19, 2016 by Louis Rushmore
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Thorn between Two Roses

Thorn between Two Roses

Sunday, December 18, Martha, my bride-elect, and I plus my daughter Rebecca assembled with the Old Union Church of Christ in rural Carroll County, Mississippi. I made my PowerPoint presentation regarding my ministry and mission work during the Bible class period, and for worship, I preached “Come Meet Jesus Christ as Head of His Church, Head of His Body & Head of His House (Family).” I truly feel at home with these good brethren, and they are among my largest supporters for foreign missions. The moral support and encouragement that I received from them as well is a tremendous boost in so many ways to all that I attempt to do in the service of our Lord Jesus Christ. Now, the Old Union congregation has graciously accepted Martha as my partner and co-laborer, for which I am very grateful and exceedingly thankful.

96-dpi-4x6-rebecca-martha-1Monday, Rebecca, Martha and I proceeded to the Memphis International Airport. With teary eyes, hugs and kisses—PDA (Public Display of Affection) notwithstanding—Martha and I parted company for a time as she returned to her Florida home; a week later, Rebecca and I will drive to Ocala, FL. Martha came for a visit as my dear friend and left as the soon-to-be Mrs. Martha Rushmore. We have been friends for 25 years or so, and she was Bonnie’s best friend. It is almost as though I inherited her, but together we will limp through the balance of our lives and in the service of our Lord as best that we can—stateside and abroad. January 24, Martha and I leave for Guyana, South America and return March 9. Before and after that stint abroad, Martha will accompany me to preaching appointments twice in Arkansas, once in Kentucky and once in Georgia.

96-dpi-martha-louis-3Martha’s childhood fantasy was to be married in her parents’ living room on New Year’s Day. Whereas that did not come to pass nearly half a century ago when she married Robert Noland, this time around, we intend to fulfill that dream. January 1, 2017, Lord willing, we will be wed in her Ocala, FL living room. Joining us in this celebration will be our children and some Christian friends. Martha and I have each healed a hole in our respective hearts from the sorrow of having lost our spouses; though we will continue to remember them fondly, we will press forward—hand-in-hand.

When not in Asian countries or in one South American country, we will reside mostly winter months in Florida and the balance of the year in Mississippi—a summer home and a winter home on the order of the old Persian rulers of antiquity, though surely not as luxuriously. This will also facilitate visiting and speaking more easily for congregations in different regions of the country.

Though not asking for gifts, nevertheless, certainly we solicit your prayers and well wishes. May God bless you, Dear Readers, and us, too, in whatever days that may lie ahead for as long as we live or until our Lord returns to retrieve His own.

Two of Us, Again!

Posted December 16, 2016 by Louis Rushmore
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Martha Lynn & Louis Everette Rushmore

Martha Lynn & Louis Everette Rushmore

No amount of time and no one can replace my dear, sweet Bonnie, who left this life and entered into eternal life on May 18, 2015. These many months since then to the present have tortured me relentlessly. Bonnie knew better than me that it would be so, and a couple of weeks before she died, Bonnie told me that she wanted me to marry again.

Martha Lynn & Louis Everette Rushmore

Martha Lynn & Louis Everette Rushmore

On December 16, 2015, Robert Noland passed away, incidentally also because of the dreaded disease of pancreatic cancer. He left behind Bonnie’s best friend, Martha Lynn, who painfully grieved continually. Martha and Bob have been precious and close friends of Bonnie and me for decades.

To the surprise of few family members and Christian friends who know us both—and yet a surprise to the two of us—Martha and I have found comfort from our sorrows and loneliness in each other. Lord willing, we will wed on January 1, 2017 at her home in Ocala, Florida.

Immediately, we will travel together to stateside preaching appointments that I have already scheduled. In addition, on January 24, we will leave together on jet airplanes to labor in Guyana, South America through March 9. As soon as we return to the USA, we will travel to additional stateside appointments that I have scheduled. Maybe sometime thereafter we will pause somewhat and take a little honeymoon.

I never imagined that again there would be two of us waddling through life toward eternity together. There are two of us—again! We purpose to glorify God, edify our fellow man and help each other make it to heaven—together! Though not desiring any gifts or presents, we do covet your prayers and well wishes.

BTW, two pictures accompany this post. Martha likes one better than the other, and I like the other one. Can you guess which is which?

Whew! I Mailed It!

Posted December 15, 2016 by Louis Rushmore
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Martha Lynn Noland

Martha Lynn Noland

Long hours over two days, but Martha and I stuffed, labeled and tabbed 1,029 Rushmore Newsletters. Yesterday morning (Wednesday, December 14), we hauled the three 2-foot trays—just under 60 lbs.—of missives to the Winona, Mississippi post office. In addition, email notifications for electronic subscribers to obtain a digital copy of the Rushmore Newsletter were sent to another 669 folks.

Later that day, it was our good pleasure to visit the Siwell Road Church of Christ for Wednesday evening Bible class. Brethren Gary Hampton and Derek Broome serve the congregation as its able evangelists. Martha and I were wonderfully greeted by many dear brothers and sisters in Christ. We capped off the visit with a meeting with the church’s bishops.

Otherwise, Martha and I did some shopping—more on that later. Of course, the 2-hour trip itself each way between Winona, MS and Jackson, MS consumed some significant time as well.

Stayed tuned Dear Brethren. Updates, etc. will be forthcoming soon.