Monday Afternoon through Thursday

Monday, December 9 after dropping sister Marilyn LaStrape off at the Memphis International Airport, Bonnie and I angled down for two and a half hours to Columbus, MS. There, we picked up our two ailing, aged digital duplicators. We had a hard time finding anyone to work on them, but we did find two kindly technicians who took pity on us, though their office neither sells nor services that type of equipment. It was a long day by the time we got back to the office and unloaded (with Jerry Bates’ help) those machines; they weigh about 200 pounds each, and they are bulky—making them difficult to handle.

Tuesday and Wednesday morning, I feverishly tried to finish preparation (amidst intervening activities demanding attention) for my Wednesday evening class. I am teaching for the next several months (except while Bonnie and I are in Guyana, South America for the month of February) one of the adult classes of the Siwell Rd. Church of Christ in Jackson, MS. I am teaching the Book of Job, to be followed with teaching Song of Solomon. The classes and notes are available on the website for the congregation at http://www.siwellroad.com/.

Wednesday afternoon, we traveled to the meetinghouse of the Siwell Rd. Church of Christ, about two hours south of Winona, MS. Brother Gary Hampton, teaching a different class elsewhere in the building, asked me following each of the first two classes, “How did it go?” Both times, I responded that no one had thrown any fruits or vegetables and everyone took their stones home with them, too. Bonnie and I arrived back in Winona around 11 p.m., in part because we stopped for a quick supper at Arby’s on the way home.

Thursday, I worked diligently on completing the December issue of Gospel Gazette Online. It was not until a little before midnight that finally I was able to publish it to the Internet. The trouble with a monthly magazine is that it comes monthly! Bonnie is already working faithfully on the next issue of The Voice of Truth International, and I need to turn my attention to it, too. In addition, we are attempting to finalize the program for the 2014 India Missions Conference; anytime dozens of people are involved in an event, much time is consumed in collaboration before something can be brought to fruition.

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