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The Rushmore Newsletter

November 12, 2019

 

The Rushmore Newsletter for November 2019 has just been published to the Internet. Nearly 800 email notices are being sent at this moment to members and friends among the churches of Christ so interested brethren may access it online. An additional 1,000+ members of the church and congregations of the Lord’s church will receive printed copies through the US mail over the next several days. Martha and I welcome your questions, comments and participation in our labors for Jesus Christ stateside and abroad. You may access the November edition of the Rushmore Newsletter directly at https://www.gospelgazette.com/Newsletter/2019/November.pdf.

Home Again

October 26, 2019

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Yesterday, Martha and I returned home after several weeks abroad visiting two Asian nations—Myanmar (Burma) and India. We have so many good friends in both of those countries, but we were only able to visit some of them recently. Here are just a few sample pictures depicting some of the places to which we went. They include the Shwedagon Pagoda in downtown Yangon, Myanmar and the Taj Mahal in Agra, India.

The journey home was tiring, as was the trek from the USA to Asia weeks ago. Each of those trips involved about 30 hours of travel via three jet airplanes. Consequently, between nations to which we went, and other countries also through which we passed, Martha and I traveled in China, Myanmar, Thailand, India and Russia. It’s good to be home in one’s own bed, though we thoroughly enjoyed our friends and Christian brethren overseas. Traveling with us was brother Nigel Milo from Guyana, South America.

March 2019 Rushmore Newsletter

April 3, 2019

The March 2019 Rushmore Newsletter is ready for you. Simply follow this direct link:

http://www.gospelgazette.com/Newsletter/2019/March.pdf

Inside, you will find text and pictures regarding our five weeks recently in Guyana, South America, as well as details about the move of our residence to Florida. We hasten to affirm that we are still laboring with our coworkers with World Evangelism in Winona, Mississippi and other parts of the USA and abroad. I continue to edit The Voice of Truth International and Gospel Gazette Online. Martha and I continue to travel to stateside congregations to apprise them of our mission work and to present biblical lessons, too. Thank you for your moral support and encouragement. The elders of the Siwell Road Church of Christ, 4075 S. Siwell Rd., Jackson, MS 39212 continue to oversee our mission efforts, and any funds for our labors may be sent to them. Make checks payable to the Rushmore Evangelism Fund or to the Siwell Road Church of Christ and note in the memo line of the check “Rushmore Evangelism Fund.” We covet your prayers.

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.