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2014 Summary

January 6, 2015

Rebecca, Bonnie & Louis RushmorePeriodically, we published a blog, which was visited 6,300 times over the course of 2014. In the blog, we chronicled stateside visits to churches of Christ where either Bonnie or I or both of us presented biblical lessons or apprised brethren about our mission work. Whereas Bonnie spoke to ladies’ classes, I spoke to elders, preachers’ meetings, Bible classes and worship assemblies. Bonnie and I were able to travel together on a 4-week mission trip to Guyana, South America, and we posted information and pictures regularly about the progress of that effort. It was unsurpassed in personal gratification and we think in usefulness for the cause of Christ among the various endeavors in which we invest ourselves. A special program for the India Missions Conference, of which we were cohosts, had its representation on our blog, too. Readers could vicariously travel with Bonnie, our daughter Rebecca and me as we visited my uncle Mount (Rushmore) in South Dakota in 2014; I’m just a chip off the old block. Work groups that visited the World Evangelism Building in Winona, Mississippi were duly noted in the blog as well. In addition, we kept visitors to the blog up to date regarding Bonnie’s medical battle against the resurgence of pancreatic cancer. Blog readers found us through following our blog or followed links from either our Internet magazine Gospel Gazette Online or from our Facebook pages. Our blog readers reside in 80 countries spanning the globe with the largest percentage of readers living in the USA, India and Guyana.

Bonnie and I participated with other core World Evangelism team members in publishing four issues of The Voice of Truth International, which is distributed in dozens of countries in numerous languages; 40,000 or more of the 116-page magazine are published quarterly. Furthermore, dozens of new tracts and several new books were published and made available stateside and abroad. Thousands of pounds of Christian literature and books were shipped overseas at no charge to the recipients. In December, Gospel Gazette Online completed 16 years of uninterrupted publication on the Internet. Thousands of articles remain archived and digitally available to anyone worldwide who has Internet connection. Work is underway for the continuation of Gospel Gazette Online in the new year.

In 2014, the Rushmore Evangelism Fund assumed the responsibility of seeing to the funding and payment for a Hindi language TV program broadcast from New Delhi, India. We have made provisions to provide financially for its continuance for a dozen years or more. This could only be made possible by the generous donations of Christian brethren here in the States.

Typically, Bonnie and I travel up to 3,000 miles monthly stateside by car as we teach or update brethren about our mission work. In addition, we usually spend three months overseas annually working in the countries of India, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Singapore and Guyana. Both stateside and travel abroad were impacted in 2014 by Bonnie’s medical condition as she continues to experience difficulties from prior surgeries and now that her cancer returned. Two days before we were to board airliners for a 9-week mission trip to four Asian countries, we got the bad news that Bonnie needed immediate medical treatment for a suspected rebounding of pancreatic cancer, which proved to be the case. Bonnie continues to undergo a battery of treatments, and every day is a challenge for both of us, with Bonnie, of course, bearing the brunt of it all.

Summarized, 2014 was a good year in which we feel that we made a difference for the cause of Christ. Daily, adapting as necessary, we continue to make a difference in the service of our Lord Jesus Christ. The Voice of Truth International and Gospel Gazette Online continue unabated, of course, in partnership chiefly with sister Betty Choate, Jerry and Paula Bates, and Byron and Gay Nichols. Typically, we still go to the office/warehouse weekdays to help with shipping and a myriad of other behind the scenes that make the ministry in which we are involved successful.

We are thankful to the sea of Christians who make it possible for us to do what we do for the cause of Christ in the USA and across the world. Thank you for your prayers.

On the Mend

July 19, 2014

duck_tapeHere it is Saturday evening, July 19, 2014. Bonnie, Rebecca and I sit in the living room of Bonnie and my Winona, MS home. We three went nearly two hours to Jackson, MS on this past Wednesday for pre-op preparation for Bonnie’s surgery on Thursday; we spent the night less than two miles from Baptist Health Systems in a hotel paid for with points from previous stays along our routes of travel for our appointments with congregations. Early Thursday morning, Bonnie underwent surgery once more; she’s getting pretty experienced at that sort of thing.

It was scheduled as outpatient surgery with an overnight stay in the offing nevertheless, depending upon the scope of surgery and how well Bonnie responded to surgery. We had plan “A” and plan “B.” Plan “A” was laparoscopic, whereas plan “B” was to reopen the previous surgery site if necessary. Despite the doctor having to proceed to plan “B,” Bonnie responded well and after surgery was almost given the bum’s rush out of the hospital – while she was still drowsy and barely able to stand; in all, within six hours we arrived, she had surgery and we were on our way back to Winona.

For the balance of Friday, Bonnie remained sleepy and what little talk she attempted had all the words in the wrong order – and sometimes just the wrong words. Otherwise, Bonnie rested in the reclining loveseat, with me beside her. I worked on and completed the July issue of Gospel Gazette Online; I like the office chair at the house – reclining loveseat – better than my chair at my office down the street.

Each day, Bonnie is improving more. She exchanged the chronic daily pain of a pinched intestine in the umbilical hernia for the temporary daily pain from the incisions – three of them. The doctor had to make two incisions in a failed attempt to do laparoscopic surgery before making a larger, third incision. We will venture out tomorrow to visit the Old Union Church of Christ for worship; we haven’t been there for so long, as we have been traveling elsewhere, that someone mused that perhaps the preacher had made us mad. Not so, of course.

We have been the beneficiaries of the kindness of brethren, through text messages, phone calls and visits accompanied with prepared meals in hand. Though neither Bonnie nor I expected or even thought of someone bringing us food, we are thankful and have dined on those kindnesses.

Rebecca returns home Tuesday in preparation for her mission trip to Guyana, South America later in the week. She has been a great help and encouragement to us, particularly in this difficult time for Bonnie and me. In her weakened and physically compromised condition, more of Bonnie’s domestic duties are now my opportunities; we have always shared each other’s responsibilities, but now I just get to share more. Soon, Bonnie will be able to resume some of those activities, but some activities at the house and at the warehouse/office she will need to relinquish permanently.

Bonnie and I will try to conclude plans for our fall trip to Asia – Myanmar and India, perhaps Singapore, too. One of the decisions we will need to make, depending on how well and how quickly Bonnie mends, is if she is going to accompany me this fall and share in the workload. I am already close to being unable to manage my own carryon bag and computer up and down airplane steps on the tarmac, and Bonnie will not be able to carry either her carryon bag or her computer. We are getting older, and we may be held together with Duck Tape, Super Glue and baling wire, but we press on. We covet your prayers.

New Signage

July 15, 2014

96 dpi 5x7 Car Decal Installed 3Last night, we got to Rebecca’s home from the Memphis airport around 11 p.m. The rain poured from the blackened night sky and flooded the roadways, making for slow going and extreme difficulty spying out the highway striping to not only identify the respective lanes but the road itself. The brunt of the storm had preceded our arrival, and it had battered and broken numerous trees in Rebecca’s neighborhood. Fortunately though, her home was not one of the thousands without electrical power due to the storm. Bonnie and I turned in for the night around 1 a.m.

We three loaded the van once more and headed out, ultimately bound for Winona, MS. First, however, we took breakfast at Cracker Barrel. We still showed up nearly half an hour early for our 9 a.m. appointment with SpeedPro Graphics. In less than an hour, we had three vinyl signs installed on the new van. We retired our former van after 10 years of service, but the more recent minivan lasted but seven years before we thought it best to retire it. Presently, it sits by our mailbox with a “For Sale” sign offering it to passersby.

96 dpi 5x7 Car Decal Installed 2Since we have a new vehicle with many years ahead in service (Lord willing) respecting our labors for Christ, I opted to have it advertise the webpages for World Evangelism and Gospel Gazette Online. Anyone following those Internet links will find a wealth of information, especially in the thousands of studious articles found within the pages of Gospel Gazette Online. The phrase “Mass Evangelism & Follow-Up” provides a brief definition for World Evangelism, and the reference to “Romans 16:16” may signal to members of the churches of Christ that we are members of the Lord’s church – almost a secretive code. At any rate, we cannot afford to put everything on the side of the car.

Back in Winona, we returned to the office. Tomorrow, we will head to Jackson, MS for Bonnie’s pre-operation preparation for surgery on Thursday. Bonnie is scheduled to be hospitalized overnight, but the extent of surgery needed, etc. will determine how quickly we return home; we expect to return to Winona on Friday.

Bonnie and I are both anxious for correction of her umbilical hernia that brings her daily pain presently. Her light to medium duty afterward will probably be lifelong, considering this upcoming surgery as well as the previous Whipple Surgery for pancreatic cancer. Otherwise, Bonnie is cancer free, and though slowed a bit and tired frequently, she and I press ahead. Thank you for your interest and prayers on especially her behalf.

My Christmas Baby!

December 27, 2013

2013 Christmas TreeChristmas Day was a quiet one of togetherness and a meal together, enjoyed by Rebecca, Bonnie and me at our residence in Winona, MS. It also happened to be Bonnie’s birthday. I have joked for years that I buy her a pair of shoes annually on her Christmas birthday—one shoe for her birthday and one shoe for Christmas. She has never found that too amusing. Actually, for the most part, we do not buy birthday and Christmas gifts for each other anymore. The best gifts we have from the other are friendship and love. (Bonnie did, though, buy me a used book not available any longer new.) That evening, we worshipped with brethren at the West President Church of Christ in Greenwood, MS.

Thursday morning, we three headed for Jackson, MS for yet one more test through which it was necessary for Bonnie to go in her medical recovery. Predictable and overall good news, the result of a scope into Bonnie’s stomach showed her without cancer there, too; no ulcer; and confirmed the efficiency of her surgery for pancreatic cancer. Under a little cloud of anesthesia, Rebecca and I with a sleepy Bonnie made our way back to Winona. A new prescription and some new direction for selective eating may help combat digestive problems.

Friday morning, Bonnie and I proceeded to our annual physical exams, once postponed to make way for an appointment for Bonnie with her oncologist. Blood drawn for analysis, we got flu shots, tests for TB and prescriptions for Malaria prevention prior to our upcoming mission trip to Guyana, South America. Doctoring advice and other prescriptions renewed also, we returned to the office. Bonnie worked on layout of the next issue of The Voice of Truth International, while I worked on various other matters. Together, Bonnie and I brought our next newsletter near to completion. All the while, Rebecca dutifully typed articles for Gospel Gazette Online from morning until end of day. Each night when we go to the house, we dabble a little more in our mobile office, in my case, either working on the Book of Job class I am teaching Wednesday evenings at the Siwell Rd. Church of Christ in Jackson, MS, or finalizing pages for the next issue of The Voice of Truth International.

My Christmas Baby (Bonnie) and I along with our daughter Rebecca are together for the holidays. Our sons Raymond and Robert, who were unable to be with us, each sent their respective cards and made their phone calls. Bonnie and I with Rebecca, too, are putting in working holidays in Winona, MS.

Week in Review

June 25, 2013

Steadily, Bonnie and I as well as our coworkers in Winona, MS have worked last week on various publications. All of us have worked on several new tracts soon to be sent to the printing company in Hong Kong. All of us have worked on the next issue of The Voice of Truth International and Global Harvest magazines (the former is printed in South Carolina, and the latter is printed in Hong Kong, too). Bonnie and my daughter Rebecca have worked in addition on the July issue of Gospel Gazette Online; it is now ready to be officially published to the Internet. We feel nearly blinded from typing, formatting and proofing hundreds of pages of literature! It is a wearisome project to produce teaching material in whatever form it ultimately takes.

Old Union CoC

Of Course, we had to eat a little, too!

Besides the forgoing, one or another of the Winona team of which we are a part receive, package and mail out book and tract requests daily. Bonnie and I attended Wednesday evening Bible class at the West President St. Church of Christ in Greenwood, MS, but on Thursday night, we participated in special men’s and women’s classes hosted by the Old Union Church of Christ deep in the woods and traversed by dirt roads outside of Carrollton, MS. The ladies are using Bonnie’s book Living Principles.

96 dpi 3X5 Bonnie2This was Bonnie’s off week for chemotherapy. As she would say, the side effects are minimal, though they are often inconvenient and sometimes unpredictable. She is a trooper! Bonnie hasn’t lost any of her hair and may not with the particular regimen in her treatment, but she is supposed to be mindful of the sun, including donning the loathsome hat (she doesn’t like hats).

Saturday, Bonnie and I traveled to the home of Bob and Peggy Rogers outside of Piedmont, AL; they are always gracious hosts and friends to us. Their large family farm is in high gear right now, and all of the extended family members locally and hired help, too, work from predawn to dark. In one particular field, the combine harvesting the wheat was followed by a tractor and a rake, which was followed by another tractor lugging a baler to bale the straw, which was followed by other equipment to snatch the straw bales from the field. Back at the farm garage, the youngest Rogers were greasing and pressure washing equipment. Never really done, upon leaving the field there was the task of moving house-sized equipment along roads and streets to additional fields as well as unloading tractor-trailers of grain.

The whole family, though, paused along with the rest of the local family of God to worship on the Lord’s Day at the Highway 9 Church of Christ. I made my PowerPoint presentation about our 2012-2013 mission work during Bible class time and preached “Why Do the Churches of Christ Not Use Instrumental Music in Worship?” during worship. After lunch at the local Mexican restaurant, courtesy of one of the elders and his family, Bonnie and I headed for our evening appointment with the Austinville Church of Christ in Decatur, AL.

Austinville Church of Christ

Austinville Church of Christ, Decatur, AL

We arrived two hours early but happened on brethren at the building who opened it up for us. Bonnie and I set up some copies of Global Harvest, Rushmore Newsletters, tracts, pens, etc. for the members to take home with them. In sufficient time before commencement of worship, the brother and his son arrived to help me set up for my PowerPoint presentation. Afterwards, the deacon of missions treated Bonnie and me along with his family to supper at Subway.

Bonnie and I had good intentions of driving the remaining four hours back to Winona, MS, but we reserved the option of stopping for the night if we became too tired. Hence, we lodged for the night at the least expensive motel we could find – excluding the flophouses that have proved unsatisfactory too many times previously, and we bedded down for the night around 10:30 p.m. in Tupelo, MS.

In the morning, we dilly-dallied too long to eat the continental breakfast, and so not disappointed at all, we had brunch of pecan pancakes, bacon, hash browns and juice at Cracker Barrel; we shared a meal as often we do, and still it was more than we could eat.

Since we were in Tupelo, we shopped at Sam’s club for groceries, putting perishables in a freezer bag. We got a little more fuel and opted for the carwash also to knock off some of the road dirt and bugs from our Gospel chariot.

Later in the day, we arrived back in Winona, not too much worse for the wear. This was Bonnie’s second weekend out with me for appointments since her surgery and commencement of chemotherapy. Chiefly, tiredness is a culprit we have to monitor, because it can lead to additional minor complications and inconveniences. I used to content myself with arriving back in Winona by midnight or a little later if necessary, but it is getting to the point where midnight driving is not good enough for me, and perhaps in sympathy with Bonnie, my tiredness necessitates consideration of finding a place to bed down a little earlier – like we did Sunday night.

A Chapter in Bonnie’s Treatment

May 31, 2013
Bonnie holding baby Louis named in India

Bonnie holding a baby in India
that I officially named

Thursday, May 30, Rebecca accompanied Bonnie and me to Jackson, MS where Bonnie underwent dental work in preparation for later installation of a crown on one of her teeth. That evening, we three spent the night in a hotel a few blocks from the medical complex and on the same street.

Friday morning by 6:30 a.m. we were at the hospital for Bonnie’s surgery to implant a chemo port below the skin on her upper, left chest. By 11:30 a.m. that part of the venture for the day was completed, and she was taken by wheelchair to the Cancer Center in the same complex. Bonnie’s first round of chemotherapy was complete by about 3:00 p.m., and we left for something to eat on the way back to Winona.

We arrived back in Winona, MS at 5:00 p.m., whereupon we went to the Wal-Mart pharmacy to retrieve prescriptions that the oncology office had called in ahead. Shortly after returning to the house, Bonnie became ill with nausea and vomiting. She is resting, and we look forward to a peaceful night’s slumber tonight and scaled back activity on Saturday.

Bonnie, Rebecca and I together will evaluate Bonnie’s travel worthiness for this weekend’s upcoming appointment in Alabama. Rebecca is prepared to stay with her mother if she is not up to traveling with me.

In any case, we continue to be thankful to our God and to each child of God for their tender expressions of concern and prayers. Upon examining the mail in our mailbox after returning home (much like every day for weeks now), several get well cards lifted Bonnie’s morale and encouraged both of us.

The Printed Page and the Webpage

May 30, 2013

Tuesday, May 28, a tractor-trailer with six pallets of books pulled up in the World Evangelism Building parking lot. Four of those pallets were Issue 76 of The Voice of Truth International magazine. Each of the other two pallets had reprints of two of the over 300 titles of books, tracts and magazines we keep in print. Betty Choate, Paula Bates, Jerry Bates, Rebecca Rushmore and I carted all of those thousands of copies of books and magazines to their respective places inside the building. Bonnie Rushmore has an exemption from warehousing as she recovers from surgery.

Thursday, I published to the Internet the June 2013 edition of Gospel Gazette Online (Website: www.gospelgazette.com).  Both The Voice of Truth International and Gospel Gazette Online are read throughout the world, and both are examples of the printed word, howbeit representing two different mediums. The latter is easier and less exhausting to lift!

Quick Trip to the Surgeon’s Office

May 21, 2013
2010 Bonnie on a street in Bangalore, India

2010 Bonnie on a street in Bangalore, India

Tuesday morning, May 21, Bonnie and I made quick trip to the surgeon’s office nearly two hours away in Jackson, MS. Bonnie’s surgeon was out of the office for the week, but one of his partners agreed to treat Bonnie. A blister of trapped fluid about two inches in length developed at the lower end of Bonnie’s incision from pancreatic cancer surgery on April 4; the rest of the incision has healed well. There’s nothing over which to worry, but the surgeon reopened the affected portion of the incision, cleaned it out with peroxide and cauterized and further disinfected it with silver nitrate. The depth of the wound is not as deep as when initially Bonnie was healing from surgery, and it is not necessary to pack it with gauze. However, it will need to be treated similarly respecting daily cleaning and change of bandages. This little jaunt to Jackson and back to Winona also extends the time of Bonnie’s restrictions on lifting much of anything, but it will neither interfere with her scheduled dental work on May 30 nor with the installation of a chemo port and her first chemotherapy on May 31.

At one of Bonnie’s earlier appointments following initial surgery, I asked the surgeon in jest, “When will she be able to mow grass again?” After a brief reflective pause, he retorted, “After Thanksgiving! I guess the grass mowing season will be over by then.” My dear Bonnie is right on track for mowing grass the last week of November! Seriously, she has regained her strength and stamina, and Bonnie is fully back in the swing of things otherwise – including full days at the office, traveling with me on weekend speaking appointments and light work in the house. Thank you for your continued interest and prayers.

Chemotherapy Update: Schedule Change

May 10, 2013

Friday while traveling to the Maywood Missionary Retreat, Bonnie was able to confirm the date and time of the commencement of her upcoming chemotherapy. It took a little phone tag between uncertain cellphone reception and lunch hour for the scheduler at the cancer clinic.

We had been informed by both the oncology office and the surgeon’s office that the installation of the chemo port and the first chemo treatment would be sometime on Tuesday, May 28. However, by the time the two medical offices sufficiently collaborated, the actual date for both procedures will be Friday, May 31. Bonnie is scheduled for the installation of the chemo port at 5:30 a.m.! Chemo treatment is scheduled at 12:10 p.m.

The hospital and cancer treatment center we are using is in Jackson, MS. Since that location is a minimum of an hour and a half from where we reside in Winona, MS, we plan to spend the previous night in a motel in the Jackson area to avoid essentially nearly getting up before we go to bed! The elders of our sponsoring congregation for our mission work (the Siwell Road church of Christ) has graciously offered us the amenity of a motel stay. We were reluctant to unnecessarily divert the Lord’s money toward us when it might better be used otherwise, but we are thankful to caring brethren and given the early hour of the first appointment will humbly and gratefully accept such a gracious offer this time.

Bonnie and I will be able to take a week off for our 40th wedding anniversary on the week between treatments in July, and we are tentatively going to Colorado and ride the old steam train the Silverton. Since chemo treatments will be on Fridays, we believe that Bonnie will be able to teach at Polishing the Pulpit this year as scheduled. However, Bonnie will not be able to accompany me overseas this fall because she will not have completed her six months of chemotherapy by then. She will be able to fulfill the invitation to teach ladies for two days in a retreat in November, and Bonnie will be able to accompany me on our mission trip to Guyana, South America in February 2014.

Bonnie will resume traveling with me on weekend appointments next week. She has already resumed working in the office at the World Evangelism Building. It’s hard to keep a good woman down!

Chemotherapy to Begin Soon

May 7, 2013

Bonnie & Louis in Serenity Garden Today, Tuesday, May 7, Bonnie and I left around 8 a.m. from Winona on our way to Jackson, MS for Bonnie’s two doctor appointments. We made our usual stop at Love’s gas station, minimart and fast food restaurant in Canton, MS along I-55; after a bathroom break and getting a snack and a cold drink to share, we continued en route to the Baptist Health Systems conglomerate of connected buildings (i.e., hospital, cardio center, medical office complex and cancer center).

Our first stop was with Bonnie’s oncologist, Dr. Tammy Young. The doctor examined Bonnie and counseled us regarding what lies ahead in the months to follow. Together we opted for tentatively beginning Bonnie’s chemotherapy on Tuesday, May 28; we are hoping to coordinate the surgeon’s installation of a chemo port with commencement of chemotherapy, so the two doctors’ offices must confer respecting openings on their respective calendars.

Following that appointment, we walked inside the little anthill through hallways and took an elevator that took us to the Atrium Grill in the hospital. I had enjoyed several occasions to eat a wonderfully tasty Angus cheese burger there while Bonnie was hospitalized weeks ago, and now I was sharing the experience with her. It didn’t hurt that we didn’t have to move the car to go have lunch.

Hospital Serenity GardentAfter we downed one and a half burger between us and shared some baked fries (sounds contradictory, doesn’t it?) and a Diet Coke, we paused preceding our next appointment in an outside Serenity Garden (surrounded on all four sides by tall buildings but open to the sky). This was a beautiful little paradise amidst the concrete and asphalt of downtown Jackson, MS. Overstuffed seat cushions on iron outdoor furniture was before a cascading waterfall and surrounded by blooming roses and other ornamental, green plants. The sunshine and even a little breeze finagled their way down to our little park to our delight to make the 74 degree day with its surroundings a quite happy experience, one we had to leave all too soon.

At 1:00 p.m., we met with Bonnie’s surgeon, Dr. Edward Copeland and his nurse. He was pleased with Bonnie’s progress. One of the two remaining tubes protruding from Bonnie’s side came out while she showered the night before, but one stubborn tube remained. The doctor’s second, protracted effort finally resulted in the removal of this last tube also.

Three weeks from now, we meet with both doctors again, and then the next phase of Bonnie’s recovery begins. Chemotherapy will proceed for the next six months. One day weekly for three weeks Bonnie and I will come to Jackson, MS for an hour to an hour and a half of chemotherapy intravenously; the next week is an off week. This cycle will continue for the duration of chemotherapy. Bonnie will be receiving a relatively new chemo drug, which has only been widely in use for the past two years; it offers more promise than earlier, similar treatments.

The prognosis is good and hopeful. Bonnie is 15 years younger than typical pancreatic cancer patients, and since she is neither a drinker nor a smoker, that also works in her favor for her body to respond well to treatment. We are looking at a cure! Following the conclusion of chemotherapy, Bonnie will undergo tests every three months for the first two years. After two years, tests will be spaced six months apart. After five years without a reoccurrence of cancer, Bonnie will be considered cured.

We appreciate the prayers of many brethren around the world. We know that there are no guarantees and that there are unknown variables. Yet, we have every reason to believe that the future is bright, but we nevertheless rely on our God and submit to His will in this and all things.

Bonnie’s immune system will be impaired during chemotherapy, so she will have to be careful about being around sick people, and she will need to exercise more cautions than ordinary even at home. Bonnie will experience fatigue during treatment, and she will be more susceptible to bruising and bleeding. Good news includes that she may not experience loss of hair or nausea with this new drug, yet Bonnie is already resigned to cut off her long, flowing brown hair accented with chrome if necessary.

Bonnie will not be able to teach at Polishing the Pulpit this year, so it seems at this point, unless we can find a way to get her here between treatments. We will need to try and reschedule an appointment in Ohio for September to correspond to one of the weeks between treatments. Furthermore, Bonnie will not be able to make a fall mission trip to Asia for up to 60 days as we usually do, though I will be able to make that trip as long as Bonnie’s health is reasonable and we find someone to take her to her treatments. Bonnie is expected to be able to keep her two-day speaking appointment in November for a ladies’ retreat, and she is really looking forward to that.

Come February, Bonnie will be able to go with me to Guyana, South America as long as we schedule it to not conflict with her three-month checkups. During chemotherapy months and certainly after the treatments conclude, Bonnie will be able to fully apply herself to her work stateside in the office (e.g., laying out The Voice of Truth International, accounting for our evangelism fund, writing, proofing, etc.), and she will be able to travel with me to weekend appointments with congregations. We travel stateside and abroad together about 45 weeks a year, up to 3,000 miles monthly by car in the States. We both are determined and able to serve the Lord, and we are willing to be used up in the service of our Lord Jesus Christ. That has not changed. We thank you for your continued support and for holding up our hands in this ministry.