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Workshops & Seminars

February 28, 2019

300 dpi 4x5 Port Kaituma 1On January 30, Martha and I flew from Orlando, Florida to Georgetown, Guyana, South America. Yesterday (February 27), we concluded a series of workshops and seminars for Christians and the churches of Christ throughout the ten regions of the country. Early on Monday, Lord willing, we will fly back to the USA.

Through the workshops, two Guyanese evangelists and we encouraged brethren with lessons designed to help save youth and to keep the youth saved. The intention was to stem the tide of wayward teens who are lost to their families and to the Lord’s church as they fall victim to ungodly, worldly influences and to the evil devices of Satan. In the seminars, we provided biblical answers to often-asked religious questions. The former were devised for Christians in general, whereas the latter were presented for preachers and church workers.

Brethren Nigel Milo and Samuel Singh and I taught men’s classes and general audiences. Martha taught ladies’ and children’s classes. It was also my privilege to teach for the Amelia’s Ward Church of Christ in Linden.

300 dpi 4x5 Paramakatoi 1Our travels took us to coastal and interior destinations. We labored among brethren from each of the three primary ethnicities, by the way, who harmoniously worship and fellowship together without distinction. For Guyanese Christians, race is not noteworthy among brethren; surely, Heaven will bear these earmarks, too.

Sometimes, we would be out and about for a week at a time, going to more than one venue before returning to our base in Linden and to the hospitality of the Milos and sister Jasmine’s mother, Bee. We’re no worse for the wear, though Martha once more proved to be bug bait, besides being my hearty and supportive coworker.

300 dpi 4x5 Paramakatoi 4Two small planes crashed during our tenure this time, and our last little aircraft broke down at another mountain airfield in the hinterland on its way to retrieve us. Repaired and with a mechanic on board, it finally retrieved us from Monkey Mountain’s gravel airstrip where we had waited all day. After a short hop to and a pause at another aerodrome in the nation’s interior, the same craft finally took us back to the Atlantic coastland.

God was with us, we believe, and we endeavored to be loyal servants of God. We think that Guyanese brethren were edified and empowered to act for themselves. Any praise or glory belongs to our God alone. Praise be Almighty God!

Christian Friends in Myanmar

October 22, 2018

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About 30 hours from here to there, and of course, about 30 hours back. Two weeks there—in Myanmar. Martha and I left the USA on Thursday, October 4 for Asia and returned to North America on Saturday, October 20.

Sunday, Martha and I worshipped with the Collierville, Tennessee Church of Christ, great encouragers and one of our supporters. Today, Monday, we drove the two hours from our daughter Rebecca’s home in Collierville—outside of Memphis—to our parsonage in Winona, Mississippi. Rebecca and we refer to her home as our own private B&B; she takes good care of us.

Abroad, I taught the “Book of Job,” “New Testament Worship” and “The Cost of Discipleship” for about 60 hours total. One of the four instances of worshipping with precious brethren from two congregations in Yangon, it was my pleasure to speak about “Bible Authority.” Martha taught ladies for about 20 hours, too.

While in Myanmar, Martha and I viewed some sites together, but we especially enjoyed our Christian brothers and sisters. We also love playing with the children. The hardest part for us, though, is the very long journey—howbeit by three jet airplanes each way—across nearly 12 time zones—changing day for night and back again. Weary is hardly an adequate description of how we feel presently, but we will recover and adjust.

Martha and I are thankful to our Lord Jesus Christ and Christian brethren who make it possible for us to serve our God. We are likewise thankful to brethren around the world who graciously receive us and from whom we are edified.

Where Are We?

October 13, 2018

Where in the world are we? Can you tell from these two photos? For one week so far, we have been abroad. Martha and I traveled just under 30 hours via three jet airplanes to a country 10 and a half time zones from Mississippi. For one additional week, we will remain here. Other than family members, let us know where you think we are.

August Rushmore Newsletter

September 9, 2018

For the last two days, Martha and I have been processing the August 2018 Rushmore Newsletter—getting it ready to mail on Monday. This afternoon and in addition to that, the August newsletter has been added to the Gospel Gazette Online site. Subsequently, I have sent out email notifications to additional persons regarding the availability of the newsletter on the Internet.

This issue of the Rushmore Newsletter includes an update regarding the acquisition of an ATV (a rural Gospel chariot for a remote part of the globe) for Amerindian brethren in Guyana, South America. Not long from now, Martha and I will return to Myanmar (Burma) in Asia, where we will be teaching for two weeks in a school nestled in a jungle setting. We love being with fellow Christians and non-Christians, too, around the world who eagerly embrace every opportunity to learn more about the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We are indebted to the churches of Christ and the Christian families who make it possible for us to serve at home and abroad.

Homeward Bound, Again

March 5, 2018

Martha and I winged our way from the United States to Guyana, South America on Tuesday, January 30. Five weeks later, we flew back to the USA on March 6.

During our 2018 visit to Guyana, we conducted simultaneously a workshop on “Back to the Bible” and a seminar on “How We Got the Bible.” The workshop was intended to edify and encourage Christians throughout the country, and especially the seminar was for enriching the knowledge base of preachers and teachers. Both teaching forums were hosted by various congregations throughout nine of the ten regions in the nation. Our modes of travel once inside Guyana included car, buses, small planes, a ferry and water taxis.

A hearty “Thank You” is due to brother Nigel Milo who arranges and directs the program annually. He also is one of the three speakers. Brother Thomas George and I were the other two speakers, and Martha had occasions during which she taught ladies’ classes. Brother George is a highly competent and diligent, as well as a humble, servant of God. We couldn’t have had a better companion for bringing about the workshops and the seminars than him. I believe that he and I established a good friendship. He and I also entered into a working relationship where brother Thomas George will mentor 16 small, remotely isolated churches of Christ among Amerindians. (He will be doing all of the work, actually.)

Some of the places to which we went with the Gospel this year included Lethem, Paramakatoi, Port Kaituma, Hosororo, Matthew’s Ridge, Kildonan, Kitty, Enmore, the Essequibo coast and Linden. We passed through such illustrious sounding named villages as Now or Never, Land of Canaan, and Garden of Eden.

The hospitality was grand, particularly at our base in Linden in the home of the Milos. Our strategy has always been and remains to major in edification and minor in evangelism, both thrusts being necessary to result in a spiritual harvest (1 Corinthians 3:6). We think that we achieved our goal this year, too; and we are already planning for 2019 workshops and seminars, if our Lord wills.

 

Included herein are some of the photos from our various venues. In addition, pictures and videos are available at https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100008025647862 Thank you for making it possible for Martha and me to help encourage and edify our precious Guyanese brothers and sisters.

As the Calendar Page Turns

January 1, 2018

Upon our return from a mission trip in three Asian countries, preceded by a mission trip of two weeks in South America, Martha and I found ourselves wearily entering into the Thanksgiving holiday. We flew into Florida and promptly drove to Mississippi, where we were joined by my daughter Rebecca. Later after a few days at the office, Martha and I returned to Florida, where we enjoyed Christmas holidays with my three children as well as one of Martha’s sons, his wife and their three children.

December 31, we assembled for worship with two congregations not far from our Ocala, Florida home. In the morning, we once more visited the Wildwood Church of Christ, whereupon its two elders ably handled the Bible class and the preaching (1 Timothy 3:2) in the absence of their pulpit preacher. That evening, we met with the Bellview Church of Christ, my first occasion to gathering with these brethren. In both places, I left copies of The Voice of Truth International and the Rushmore Newsletter.

Upon Martha and me returning to Ocala, Rebecca apprised me of the final proofing corrections for Gospel Gazette Online, and I published it to the Internet. New Year’s Day, I notified the nearly 2,000 subscribers to the Internet journal of its availability. Between Thanksgiving and Christmas, with the collaboration of coworkers in Winona, Mississippi, I was able to complete layout of Volume 95 of The Voice of Truth International. My mobile office works in Florida, too, besides working in Winona, Mississippi or abroad in South America or Asia. Internet and phone services are additional requirements from time to time, but my laptop computer do it to it wherever and whenever.

Another significant event, though resembling a typical, lackluster Saturday, today—January 1st—New Year’s Day—is the first wedding anniversary for Martha and me. How the year came and went we hardly know. I whisked Martha off to the jungles of South America within days of our wedding. In the states, we lived out of our suitcases often and once for a month as we traveled to my speaking appointments across the eastern USA. In September we spent two more weeks traversing Guyana, South America before embarking on a two-month trip to Myanmar, Singapore and India. We hardly knew what to do with ourselves with the sudden slowdown of the end of year American holidays and the turning of the calendar page to 2018.

Yesterday, I bought airfare for travel once more to Guyana. We are scheduled to be in that country from January 30 through March 6. Martha and I will participate in workshops and seminars in all 10 regions of the jungle nation. We will conduct programs for Christians and place our effort within reach of every church of our Lord. In addition, we will put on a seminar simultaneously for church leaders and workers, which will be more extensive than material for others. The workshops follow the theme, “Back to the Bible,” and the seminars will address in depth, “How We Got the Bible.

We are indebted to Christians and churches that encourage and financially participate with us in our ministry—stateside and overseas. May God bless us and every child of God as we circumspectly make our way through life on earth in eager anticipation of being invited into the house of our God forever.

Nearly Five Weeks in India

November 24, 2017

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October 23, Martha and I flew from Singapore to Bangalore, India in the state of Karnataka. After enjoying time with and assembling for a couple of days with Christian brethren, we traveled overland by car to the state of Tamil Nadu. There we remained for most of a week; we greeted several Christians who came from various parts of that state to meet us. After traveling back to Bangalore, we flew to Vishakhapatnam in the state of Andhra Pradesh, before being retrieved and taken about 80 miles south to Kakinada on the Bay of Bengal. For approximately one week, we spoke to Christian men and women daily there and also in outlying villages.

Upon returning to Vishakhapatnam, Martha and I flew to New Delhi to connect with dear Christians there for a couple of days. Next, accompanied by two brothers in Christ, we nearly returned to Andhra when we flew to Raipur in Chhattisgarh state. Five hours of road trip later, we arrived at a coffee house in Korba, where we lodged in upstairs rooms. For the next several days and evenings in the neighboring village of Balco, we addressed Christian men and women publicly and from house to house.

Finally, we returned to New Delhi via Raipur and prepared to return to the USA. We had departed our homeland about eight weeks previously for three Asian countries, and we changed planes in a fourth nation. We renewed old friendships and made new friends, too. This was Martha’s first trip to Asia. Twice before in 2017, though, she and I traveled to metropolitan as well as remote villages in Guyana, South America. Our first year as husband and wife is swiftly drawing to a close, and we have vigorously applied ourselves in our travels stateside and overseas for the cause of Christ. In addition, there is an immense amount to activity behind the scenes relating to the publication of Gospel Gazette Online and The Voice of Truth International magazines, publication of books and tracts, plus distribution in the States and overseas of this Christian literature. I especially concentrate on delivery of tons of literature and Bibles to Guyana, South America.

We are growing older, have our aches and pains, and sometimes we are weary. However, we fully intend to rest at some time in the future—when we’re dead! Until then, as long as possible, we intend to be active for the Lord. We are thankful to the many Christian families and congregations of the churches of Christ who make that possible through their financial participation and moral encouragement.