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Hot Off the Press!

November 1, 2018

Hot off the press—sort of. I just published the November issue of Gospel Gazette Online. So as to not delay publication, the November edition is appearing ahead of completing proofreading—looking for typos, punctuation and grammar adjustments. Life is busy, and my daughter who is our chief proofreader is aplenty busy with teaching school, teaching Bible classes and speaking this weekend for a ladies’ inspiration day in Arkansas. Evidently, Martha and I have been busy, too—not getting the issue of GAZ done in sufficient time for Rebecca to proof it already. I thought that while Martha and I were in Myanmar for a couple of weeks I would work in the evenings on GAZ, but spare time—as well as energy—was sparse.

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The Truck Cometh

September 26, 2018

Today, a tractor trailer pulled up in front of the World Evangelism Building in Winona, Mississippi. On it were five pallets of The Voice of Truth International magazine, tracts and books. Sometimes, it is fortunate for us when visitors happen by but maybe not as opportune for them. Sister Sadie and brother Therman Hodge spent some time with us as they were passing through Winona, and we put Therman to work helping us unload the freightliner. Then, Sadie helped prepare a mailing while Therman helped make ready a shipment of boxes of literature for overseas. They graciously applied themselves to the tasks at hand, and as always, they were great encouragers to the five of us who labor daily in Winona as team members of World Evangelism (i.e., Betty Choate, Jerry and Paul Bates, Louis and Martha Rushmore).

So, The Voice of Truth International volume 97 arrived today; volume 98 is being printed, and volume 99 is being composed now. We didn’t even know the truck was coming today! There is always something to be done and usually more things that remain undone that need our attention. There are many elements behind the scenes to what we do as servants of our Lord. Next week, both the Bates and we Rushmores leave the USA for various destinations in Asia.


August 29, 2018

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Some of the Nicest People—Brethren

August 20, 2018

Saturday, August 18, Martha and I made a leisurely drive up the Natchez Trace toward Tupelo, Mississippi. After pausing for lunch, stretching our legs and refueling the car, we proceeded to Tuscumbia, Alabama. Our hosts this weekend, brother Daniel and sister Joan Counts, always graciously receive us into their home. I suppose that I have been their occasional guest for about a decade, first with my late wife Bonnie and now with my wife Martha. Catching up and enjoying good meals together are the delightful norm.

On the Lord’s Day, we worshipped with the Leighton, Alabama Church of Christ, where the Counts are longtime members. Here, too, we are always well received. We are indebted to the Counts and to the Leighton Church of Christ for their encouragement and participation with us in our mission work.

Sister Counts loves animals, live (e.g., her dog and three cats) as well as figurines, paintings and statues. One of the new arrivals are a bronze doe and buck in the Counts’ picturesque front lawn.

Silently and largely unheralded, supporters send funds to sustain what we attempt to do for the Lord. We are thankful and dependent upon each kind word and selfless gift. For instance, individual Christians and churches of Christ have made it possible to provide a robust ATV to brethren in a very remote interior part of South America, so those Christians can more expediently evangelize the savannahs, mountains and jungles where they live. Thank you to one and all.

Our Visit to the Helen Keller Museum

April 25, 2018

96 dpi 4x6 Helen Keller 1Louis and I spent three days in Florence, Alabama at the India Mission Workshop. There were approximately 60 present at different sessions of the program. This was a very enjoyable and informative for all. At the end of day three, we packed up and went back to our motel to change and then to go to Red Lobster for supper. Then, it was back to the motel to clean up and get ready for bed. It was much needed sleep, as we both hurt and were very tired.

When we initially arrived at the motel days earlier and while waiting on Louis to park the van, I picked up a brochure on the birthplace of Helen Keller. It is in Tuscumbia, Alabama. I thought this would be an interesting and a different activity for us to do before leaving for Winona. On one occasion, I tried to ask Louis, “How far out of the way was it to go to Tuscumbia when we go home?” I had a rough time saying “Tuscumbia” for some reason; I kept getting tongue-tied.

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Up early, we began packing and getting everything ready for our 11:00 a.m. checkout. We got off our route in Tuscumbia to visit the birthplace and home of Helen Keller. This was such a pleasurable and interesting time. I was amazed at all this one lady accomplished in her lifetime.

The museum is on ten acres of land, though once the estate consisted originally of 640 acres. The house and other buildings on the property were so neat and beautiful. They had walkways all around the property. One could get more information before heading into the main house or after depending whether a visitor went in the front door or backdoor of the house. We walked around the outside first, then entered in the backdoor of the museum.

We were led on a short tour and told of the upstairs. We decided to go upstairs to see the bedrooms and the sewing room. The steps were very steep, as in most old houses.

Some interesting facts include: Helen Keller lost her hearing and sight at the very young age of 19 months. She had a very serious illness that caused these loses. Of course, having such handicaps, she was a very spoiled little girl.

At the age of 6, Miss Keller’s parents contacted Alexander Graham Bell, and he suggested they contact the Perkins Institute for the deaf and blind. The Institute staff suggested that they hire a young woman named Anne Sullivan to help care for Helen and to teach her what she could. Anne Sullivan is known as a “miracle worker” that helped Helen Keller to rise out of total darkness to be such an inspiration that she is to many Americans and throughout the whole world.

96 dpi 4x6 Helen Keller 3There was a small house right next to the main house. Anne asked Helen’s parents to let her take Helen to live next door and to work with her by herself. Helen’s parents agreed, and since the house was only a few yards away from the main house, Helen was placed in the car and driven for hours to make her think that they had gone a long way off. Her parents were amazed at how mush she learned in such a short time with Anne Sullivan.

It was amazing how much this one blind and deaf lady did in her lifetime. By the age of ten, she had learned braille, also the manual alphabet and learned to use a typewriter. When Helen was 16, she could speak well enough to go to a preparatory school and then on to Radcliff College, from which she graduated cum laude in 1906. Helen got the Lions Club (which is an international organization) involved in helping with the blind. She authored twelve books; she became a public speaker; she had spoken in over 25 countries and on five continents, and Helen was an advocate for equality. Miss Keller also met with many presidents. What a full life Helen Keller led. She did not let her handicap hold her back. Just think what we could do if we used our abilities like Helen used her abilities!

I really enjoyed the Helen Keller Museum. I recommend it to anyone who is the area of Tuscumbia, Alabama to visit this national, historic site. It is a wonderful place for learning our national history. Louis and I enjoyed ourselves. We headed to our Winona home with much anticipation of our own bed and rest.

We thank all for the prayers, encouragement and financial support. It is because of you that we can go into foreign countries and spread the Word of God. Glory be to God.

An Edifying & Encouraging Week

April 19, 2018

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Tuesday through Thursday, Martha and I convened with brethren of like mind. We came together in a northern Alabama city. We spent morning, afternoon and evening with each other. Tiresome, sure, but the hours spent in one another’s company proved to be edifying and encouraging.

This was the most gratifying gathering of the sort that I had attended. In addition, the food was phenomenal! It was good for us to be there, and I believe that each of the attendees felt the same.

April 2018 Gospel Gazette Online Published

April 4, 2018

Today, Wednesday evening, April 4, 2018, I just published to the Internet and publicized the April edition of Gospel Gazette Online. Tell someone about this great, valuable resource for personal study, presentation preparation or for use in church bulletins. This is the 20th year that we have been making this Internet publication available monthly and without charge to users worldwide. Thousands of articles on a myriad of subjects can be found in the Archive. Enjoy!