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A Good Week

March 2, 2017

96-dpi-4x6-sunshiners-2Sunday 28—We worshipped with the Amelia Ward Church of Christ in Linden, Guyana, South America. Louis taught Bible class in the a.m., and he preached during evening service. Brother Nigel presented the morning sermon. As usual, both had great presentations. Morning services started at 8:30 a.m. and ended about 12:30 p.m.

For lunch, we had roast beef, gravy, mashed potatoes, carrots, corn, homemade bread and cake for dessert. Louis was very happy with beef instead of chicken. Chicken is the meat of choice by the Guyanese.

Monday 29—I had the privilege of teaching the Ladies’ class for the Amelia Ward congregation. We sang songs, led by sister Jasmine; the singing was beautiful. We had a very good class.

Tuesday 30, was an off day. Louis again worked on Voice of Truth International and Gospel Gazette Online.

Wednesday, March 1— about 18 from the Amelia Ward congregation, Louis and I loaded into the church bus for almost a 2-hour drive to Georgetown. We had our #15 venue for the nationwide workshops at the Ruimveldt Church of Christ. The service began promptly at 5:00 p.m., at which time Louis preached, and then brother Nigel spoke. We, then, divided the men and the ladies into separate classes. As we were about ready to start class, the electric went off. I pulled out my cell phone and turned the flashlight on; then, I grabbed my tablet, and I was ready to go. Before we could get started, the electric was back on. We had a very enjoyable class. Some of the ladies participated, which made the class more interesting.

Thursday, March 2, about 13 Sun Shiners (the older members of the church from Amelia’s Ward) went on an outing. Louis and I were invited by different ladies on Sunday to go with them. I am glad we decided to go. We had a very good time. Louis had a short devotional before we ate, and my devotional was after we ate, played a game and visited for a while. Louis and brother Nigel made themselves scarce during my part of the program with the Christian sisters. One of the ladies led the song, The Twenty Third Psalm. It was beautiful! Then, I started the devotional by asking for different names of Jesus. I had a lot of participation in this class. It was the best for discussion that I have had this whole trip to Guyana. I believe these ladies are getting used to me.

Saturday 4—we have our last venue with the Robert’s Bush Church of Christ. I am really looking forward to meeting more Christian sisters. I have been so blessed by coming to Guyana. These venues are to build up the churches, but I feel these brothers and sisters are doing more for me than I for them.

Please continue to keep us in your prayers. If the Lord is willing, we will be on a series of two different airplanes next Thursday, March 9, heading for the United States.

Martha, Martha

February 21, 2017

Monday, February 21, we set out for the Williamsburg Church of Christ in Rose Hall, Guyana, South America. It was about a 4-hour drive with a few stops along the way, one of which was the new grocery store near Georgetown. It was a one-stop-shop for me. Of course, just about every time the car stops, I need to use the facilities. We also picked up a few groceries including our necessary drink of Coke. We prefer diet coke, but it is hard to find in Guyana. We settled for Coke Zero.

We passed through many little villages on our journey to Rose Hall. Some of the names are Garden of Eden, Now or Never, Rebecca’s Lust and Number 4. At another time, we traveled through Paradise, Land of Canaan and Chester. These are some interesting names of places to me.

96-dpi-4x6-martha-marthaUpon our arrival, we met some of the brothers and sisters. One young sister is very special to me as we are both named Martha. She is about 16 years of age and is a very beautiful young lady. I pray as she matures, Martha will always stay faithful to our Lord and Savior.

The theme for these workshops is Emulating Jesus. The service was about two hours, with brother Nigel and Louis each teaching one lesson for about 30 minutes to all who were present. Then, we separated the ladies from the men. The men went upstairs to do their lesson while we ladies stayed in the auditorium.

At that time, I got to do one of my favorite things; I had the privilege of teaching the ladies. It is so inspiring to watch their faces when I am speaking. I can see how they are craving the Gospel. These classes seem to go by so fast. These workshops were set up to build up the brothers and sisters in Guyana, but I feel so rewarded.

My aim in teaching is to first glorify God. Secondly, my hope is to edify my sisters in Christ. I do believe I am building them up, but they are uplifting me so much more.

New Year, New Wife, New Life

January 5, 2017

96-dpi-wedding-cake-44Whew! What a whirlwind romance! Martha Lynn Noland and I raced from friendship to engagement—skipping right over DATING. On the 14th of December, I proposed, and she accepted! Within half an hour we had selected the date, place and time for our nuptials. Just 17 days later—on New Year’s Day—we plunged into wedded bliss at her Ocala, Florida home in her living room, in the presence of family and Christian friends.

96-dpi-4x6-kissingI practiced my “pucker power” on the way to Florida at the State Welcome Center by getting a little fresh with the dolphin ambassador. A few days later, the experience came in handy!

My daughter Rebecca and I drove from Winona, MS to Ocala with the van loaded with “freight” from my Mississippi home to our Florida home. On the return to Winona from Florida, Martha pushed about everything she could lay her hands upon out the door, and I dutifully packed it into every nook and cranny of the poor car. I’m not sure, but even the kitchen sink may have in that jumble.

My son Raymond and Martha’s sons and two of her daughters-in-law made their way down to Ocala. There were bodies lying everywhere from the beds to the floor with sleeping bags and air mattresses.

96-dpi-wedding-shotgun-51As a joke, we staged a “shotgun wedding.” To symbolize the blending of our two families, we interjected a sand ceremony into the wedding. We all had lots of fun.

96-dpi-wedding-sand-49Martha is exactly the cure that I desperately needed for my despondency—comforting me and giving me direction and purpose in my life. I offer the same to her, too. We both lost our spouses (i.e., Bonnie, Bob) to pancreatic cancer in 2015. Bob and Martha had been married for 48 years, whereas Bonnie and I had been married for 42 years. Bonnie and Martha were best friends, and the four of us were friends for more than 35 years. It seems that I have “inherited” Martha, and I am so fortunate for having done so.

96-dpi-wedding-13There is no time for a honeymoon in the near future as we are attending various preaching appointments in Arkansas and Tennessee prior to our departure from the USA on January 24 for Guyana, South America. We will return from the mission trip, Lord willing, on March 9. At that time, we will resume appointments in Arkansas, Kentucky and Florida. Incidentally, one of our 14 to 16 venues in jungle-bound Guyana is Monkey Mountain! Time spent there will be nearly akin to outdoor camping—without amenities commonly enjoyed stateside. There’s not much chance of Monkey Mountain folks reading my blog entry since no radio, TV or cell signals reach that remote location along the Brazilian border.

96-dpi-wedding-cake-53Martha Lynn RUSHMORE and I conscientiously purpose first to help each other make our way to heaven above. In the course of the doing that, we resolve to serve the Lord to the best of our abilities stateside and abroad as long as God permits us the strength and health to do so. Together, we expect to waddle throughout what future days may yet grace our lives, all the while comforting and upholding each other. We are truly blessed to have each other as companions and best friends as we trod the pilgrim pathway toward the heavenly horizon ahead of us. Along the way, we are having a BLAST in place of our former despair as we immerse ourselves in Christian service, made possible by prayers, moral support and generous gifts. Thank you!

Stuck! Together!

January 1, 2017

96-dpi-4x6-wedding-day-2Well, though the days leading up to it drug onward endlessly (it seems), we’re now—Stuck! Together!—willingly and happily in wedded bliss. Martha Noland is now my loving wife, Martha Rushmore. We married following morning worship with the Central Church of Christ in Ocala, Florida.

96-dpi-4x6-wedding-day-1We fulfilled Martha’s childhood dream of marrying on New Year’s Day in her living room. Several family members and Christian friends graced us with their presence and well-wishing. Martha added her thanks to sisters in Christ who fixed her hair (Lynelle) or served food and cleaned up after the affair (Dottie and Susan).

The couple of pictures attached here are a precursor to additional images that will be available later. We covet your prayers for our marriage, stateside speaking appointments and upcoming foreign mission work.

November 2016 Gospel Gazette Online

November 2, 2016

The November 2016 edition of Gospel Gazette Online is ready! I published this month’s issue to the Internet today from my hotel room in Myanmar (also called Burma). Editors Louis Rushmore and Rodney Nulph welcome you to enjoy this month’s 16 pages as well as the thousands of pages in the Archive that have accumulated over the last 18 years. As always, Gospel Gazette Online is offered without charge. May each reader find personal enrichment and spiritual edification.

Rushmore Evangelism Display

June 20, 2016

Evangelism DisplayI purchased a curio cabinet recently while up in the Amish and Mennonite country of Ohio. Two of my children, Raymond and Rebecca, helped me modify it for use as a display case of exemplars of foreign mission trips in Asia and South America on which Bonnie and I have been over the years. Not only did I haul it about a 1,000 miles from Ohio to middle Mississippi, I have been carting it around in the back of my van for a fortnight!

Finally today (Monday, June 20, 2016), following my dental cleaning in south Jackson, MS, Rebecca and I proceeded to the meetinghouse of the Siwell Road Church of Christ to offload and set up the exhibit in the congregation’s large foyer. Brother Derek and sister Hannah Broome were there, with their two little ones in tow, to meet us. Mom and dad were terrific and indispensable helpers, and the little sir and his big sister were delightful playmates for me. We snapped three pictures of the finished, lighted exhibition, and I opted to use the one with Emma inspecting our efforts. Both youngsters were drawn to and curious about it, also being gracious enough to give us their approvals signed with their fingerprints on the front glass – the first of many, I’m sure – and I hope.

Quiet Week

May 14, 2016

It’s been a quiet week. Sister Betty Choate has not returned to Winona, MS yet from her extended world tour and visiting family in western states upon reentering the USA. Brother Jerry and sister Paula Bates have been out of town for over a week as they travel to family and church appointments stateside. Just myself with whom to interact locally, I’m proud that I’ve not entered into any arguments or disagreements! The few book orders that have come in were easily enough to handle, though there remain a couple of The Voice of Truth International subscription inquiries that await Paula’s attention.

I have worked on volume 89 of The Voice of Truth International, and shortly after all the gang returns home, it should be ready to commit to the printing company. Wednesday, I spoke for the Courtland, MS Church of Christ; I made my PowerPoint presentation about 2015-2016 Mission Trips. I was graciously received by the small band of Christians, and they posed more questions than a dozen congregations to which I go with mission reports. The Courtland Church of Christ as well as individual Christian families that worship there participate with me financially and make it possible for me to do what I do abroad. I’m thankful for their encouragement and partnership.

Yesterday, I had a trailer hitch, trailer lights and spring assisted overload shocks installed on the Town & Country van. I resisted for about two years, but the last haul of literature and Bibles to a shipping company for shipment to Guyana, South America placed an enormous strain on the vehicle. Hence next time, I will pull a trailer loaded with The Voice of Truth International magazines, books and tracts instead of ruining the car.

Today, I finally published to the Internet the May edition of Gospel Gazette Online. Anyone who happens upon it can use the monthly journal freely and the thousands of archived articles preserved there over the past 18 years of publication. In addition, around 1,600 subscribers across the world will receive notifications via email that the new issue of GAZ is ready.

The upcoming week, Lord willing, will see me speaking for the Elliott and Crockett churches of Christ on the Lord’s Day. Both congregations are in Mississippi. Tuesday, I plan to leave town for a few days and spend them with brother Therman and sister Sadie Hodge outside of Meridian, MS. They have been gracious enough to agree to coddle me for the few days surrounding the first anniversary of Bonnie’s passing. My sorrow is slow departing, and especially this month has been emotionally challenging already.

May God bless each Reader. May you and I relentlessly move forward on the narrow, pilgrim pathway, between the ditches of sin, ever mindful of the heavenly horizon toward which we trudge.