55+40+65+75+24+59+459+20+359+82=?

Trevor (Caribbean Shipping), Darlene & Tom Primm

Trevor (Caribbean Shipping), Darlene & Tom Primm

No, the answer is not 1,238. All except “82” are Interstate highway numbers involved in my humongous warped-circle trek over the last four days northward from Winona, MS to Nashville, TN to Chattanooga, TN and back to Winona. US-82, a couple state routes and city streets rounded out the numerical formula.

Wednesday (September 9) most of the elders and the preachers with their families from the Siwell Road Church of Christ and I convened at a Jackson, MS diner before evening Bible class. Wednesday Bible study was the last opportunity to assemble with my sponsoring congregation prior to my departure on September 23 for my Asian mission trip. I was greatly encouraged and appreciated very much the moral support.

The first leg of my journey started Thursday afternoon as I made my way to Rebecca’s, using her house as a way station on my way to Nashville. Wednesday morning, Jerry Bates and I loaded nearly 3,000 copies of The Voice of Truth International into my van along with thousands of tracts, hundreds of Gospel magazines, a communion and collection plate set, communion cups and Bibles. Friday morning, I drove to Caribbean Shipping Service in Nashville to send that payload to Guyana, South America. The literature will be distributed to every congregation of the churches of Christ in the country through the efforts of the Amelia’s Ward Church of Christ in Linden, Guyana. Brother and sister Primm from the Crieve Hall Church of Christ in Nashville met up with me and helped unbox the magazines and pack them into round, 75-gallon shipping barrels. The shipment left Nashville Saturday for the Port of Miami to go by container ship to South America. The Primm’s also treated me afterward to one of the finest pulled-pork barbeque sandwiches that I have ever enjoyed (at Jack’s Barbeque in Nashville).

Around 4:45 p.m. EST Friday I arrived at the home of brother Winston and sister Cathy Stringfield in Chattanooga, TN. He is one of the elders of the Ooltewah, TN Church of Christ where I spoke for a.m. Bible class and worship on Sunday, September 13. Saturday, I tagged along with brother Winston as other church members and he served refreshments to a women’s shelter. Sunday morning for Bible class, I made my PowerPoint presentation “Update & Overview” about World Evangelism of which I am a team member, followed by my PowerPoint “The Church in Prophecy” for the worship period. Journeying home later, I retraced my steps southward on I-75 and I-24 until turning off on I-59 and so on.

The circle was complete Sunday evening when I arrived back in Winona, MS, happy to sleep in my own bed once more. The return trip of some six hours plus stops took me through parts of Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama and Mississippi.

Wednesday, I will return to Alabama for an appointment with a congregation, and I will be all day Sunday with still another church also in Alabama. Between appointments, I need to finalize a myriad of things in preparation for an absence of two months on the mission field – in four Asian countries. Jerry and Paula Bates left ahead of me also to Asian countries, but we will not bump into each other abroad. Sister Betty Choate, Jerry and Paula Bates, and I consistently busy ourselves in the service of our Lord, stateside and abroad, through mass evangelism and follow up, and we would not have it any other way. Please pray for our feeble efforts at Christian service whereby we endeavor to glorify God and edify those with whom we come in contact, both Christians and non-Christians, too.

 

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