Saturday afternoon of March 15th, Bonnie and I parted from our daughter’s Collierville, TN home and headed for Imboden, AR. We didn’t get all of Rebecca’s backyard cleaned of tree debris (i.e., branches and leaves), but we needed a break anyway. We’ll finish that job another day.
A little after 5 p.m., I wheeled the Town and Country minivan into the driveway of brother Gevan and sister Sharon Murphy. As always, we were wonderfully received, more than amply fed and lodged overnight. Sunday morning, I made the version 1.1 presentation of my PowerPoint about our recent four-week mission trip to Guyana; I finished it up the night before in the Murphy living room. Bonnie had suggested that I needed to make some improvements or adjustments over the PowerPoint (i.e., version 1.0) that I presented the week before. During worship, I preached “Understanding How God Communicates with Mankind, Today.” Whereas the previous night sister Sharon cooked and baked (i.e., I had two pieces of delicious coconut cream pie), the Murphy’s treated us to some sumptuous food at a diner in nearby Ravenden, AR – the home of the 12-foot tall statue of a raven along the roadside. Afterward, we returned the two and a half hours back to our very own bed and breakfast – Rebecca’s home in Collierville, TN.
Monday and Tuesday, we entertained a guest back in Winona, MS; Robin Dunaway had driven in Monday from Alabama, and we had arrived back in town a few minutes before he rang the doorbell at the World Evangelism Building. He is working on the proposed, new Bible school curriculum long envisioned by sister Betty Choate. Brother Dunaway is coordinating the efforts of numerous volunteers, and Bonnie was helping him with a database that pertained to it.
Bonnie worked on The Voice of Truth International, office accounting, answering the phone and processing orders for books and tracts. I continued to work on Gospel Gazette Online for March and help with the shipping of book and tract orders. Wednesday, we spent half a day at the office with office accounting, The Voice of Truth International, shipping and answering a biblical question for a preacher friend in a foreign country. By 2:15 p.m., having shipped orders at the Post Office and made bank deposits, we pointed the silver van south toward the Siwell Rd. Church of Christ on the south side of Jackson, MS; I taught another lesson in the Book of Job.
Right before time for supper and prior to arriving at the Siwell congregation’s building, I was able to publish to the Internet the March edition of Gospel Gazette Online, as well as send out the notifications to nearly 1,500 subscribers.
Brother Mark and sister Michelle Teske, associated with Gospel Broadcasting Network (GBN) were present at Siwell Rd. for Bible class. Bonnie and I with the two of them used each other as an excuse to drive ten miles out of our respective ways to eat some dessert at a diner. They and we have different reasons for being in Jackson, MS on Thursday morning, and we may bump into each other again once or twice tomorrow.
Bonnie and I are thinking about taking a day off sometime at an undisclosed, undecided date in the future. Personally, I don’t remember when we last took a day off. One of these days, though, we’re really going to do it.