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Garden Patch

July 28, 2014
Gibson Garden Patch

Gibson Garden Patch

Wednesday evening, July 23 Bonnie and I moseyed over to the West President St. Church of Christ in Greenwood, MS for Bible class. A sure enough gulley washer pounced on the delta city – literally flooding the street with water above the bottom of car doors. After an hour following class, we ventured out of the parking lot with some uncertainty about the wisdom of doing so. We still had to drive through that deep water for a ways turning away from the deepest area. Next, we had to worm our way around unfamiliar streets to avoid a downed tree that blocked our planned exodus from the area. Though we thought we would not face any more flooding once we made it to the US highway, such was not the case; more cars were stalled on the 5-lane road. After seeing other vehicles successfully navigating the flooded area, we ventured onward, plowing slowly through floodwaters high enough potentially to fill our Town & Country. Remarkably, when we arrived back in Winona, MS – two counties east, we found that no rain at all had fallen there.

Saturday, Rebecca departed Memphis, TN for Guyana, South America. However, she did not arrive in Linden, Guyana until 2:15 a.m. Mechanical problems on the airplane on which she and several others of the mission team were flying stranded them for hours in Port of Spain in the Caribbean Sea. Other than a brief text confirming their arrival and the delay, we have not heard from her or from any of the team since. We trust that she and the other Christians with whom she is traveling will serve our Lord well for the next week.

Early Sunday morning, Bonnie and I left Winona, MS in our Gospel chariot for our daylong appointment with the Indianola, MS Church of Christ. During Bible class, I made our PowerPoint presentation about our 2014 Mission Trip to Guyana, and for a.m. worship, I preached “Understanding How God Communicates with Mankind, Today.” That night I preached “Did Dinosaurs Really Exist?” Several members were either out of town or ill; with visitors, including Bonnie and me, 23 assembled that morning.

We dined for lunch in the cafeteria of Mississippi Delta Community College, which essentially is across the street from the Christian Student Center, operated by brother Gene and sister Madolyn Gibson – our host and hostess for the day. Madolyn is mighty proud of her garden patch, as she should be. She gave us the grand tour, and that evening fed us from the garden with her homemade vegetable soup. Finally, we arrived back at our Winona home around 10:30 p.m.; we were tired and soon turned in for the night.

Monday was another day at the office/warehouse, wherein we interacted with our coworkers, Jerry and Paula Bates as well as Betty Choate. Among other things, we loaded a shipment of books bound for foreign countries on a tractor-trailer; we packaged orders of books and tracts for stateside churches of Christ – some of which would make its way abroad through those churches; etc. I completed the filling out of pages for and proofing of volume 81 of The Voice of Truth International; after Betty Choate reviews it also, Bonnie will put the digital document in book form, and I will digitally package the journal for the printing company. Then, we will send it through the mail to the printer in Taylors, SC.

The Bates leave for overseas this week, and Betty leaves next week for California to be with family. Bonnie and I continue to flesh out our calendars for stateside and overseas appointments through November; we will depart the USA around the first of October and return just before Thanksgiving. In the absence of other Winona team members in August, a tractor-trailer should arrive with graded curriculum all the way from the printer in Hong Kong; Bonnie is unable to assist with warehouse duty, and so, I’ll have my work cut out for me! Other heavy boxes bound for the Philippines should ship during the same timeframe, too. Of course, there will be daily shipments stateside.

These are the highlights. Each day promises to have more in store for us than we can possibly accomplish. We seldom have a reason to get bored. We wouldn’t have it any other way, as we endeavor to serve our Lord the best we can, as long as we can and in every way that we can.

Sunday Worship in Vincennes, IN

June 15, 2014

Old TruckSunday, June 15, 2014 found Bonnie and me in Bible class and attending worship with the Central Church of Christ of Vincennes, Indiana. It was my distinct pleasure to be afforded the opportunity to teach a combined Bible class in the auditorium at 9:30 a.m. I presented my lesson entitled, “Understanding How God Communicates with Mankind, Today.” During worship at 10:30 a.m., I preached, “Did Dinosaurs Really Exist?” Then, I was asked to make my PowerPoint presentation about our “2014 Guyana Mission Trip” for the 6 p.m. worship hour. Nothing is more enjoyable for me than to be permitted to teach and preach, and I thoroughly enjoyed being with the Central congregation.

Our host and hostess, Roger and Mary Wright are dear to us, and apparently we are dear to them. May our association and fellowship in the Lord and for His church continue throughout our lifetimes! Everyone has been an encourager of Bonnie and me. Though not yet departed from Vincennes, we already look forward to our next interaction with dear brethren here.

The picture accompanying this short blog entry is one of three fabulous photographs of a very old truck in the weeds on the Wright property. I am always on the lookout for exceptional, classic pictures to snap, and this was one such image, at least for me.

It was a long way up here from Winona, MS, and it will be a long way back as we return tomorrow. Despite not being from Indiana, Bonnie and I still can identify somewhat with Hoosiers since we share some commonality with others from the northern states (e.g., speed with which we talk – and listen, menu items, geography, topography, vocabulary words, etc.). Nevertheless, it will be good to get back to our “Winona Home.”

Leighton, Alabama

June 2, 2014

Water Pump & Milk CanSunday, June 1, 2014 Bonnie, Rebecca and I worshipped with the Leighton, AL Church of Christ. Saturday night, we lodged with our friends and brethren Joan and Daniel Counts; he serves as one of the elders for the Leighton congregation. Lessons on Sunday included “2014 Guyana Mission Trip”; “Understanding How God Communicates with Mankind, Today” and “Did Dinosaurs Really Exist?”

The Counts always go out of their way to extend hospitality to us, including more than we can eat; we had to forgo supper after worship Sunday evening because we were still full from lunch, and we had a four-hour jaunt (with necessary stops) back home to Winona, MS ahead of us. We arrived home about 11:30 p.m.

Brother Counts is nearing 80-years-old, but his physical activity level exceeds mine, nearly 20 years junior to him. He owns and manages a large farming operation that encompasses hundreds of acres of crops and livestock. Brother Daniel still works from morning until supper time from one end to the other end of his domain. I should do so well when I’m 80-years-old – both physically and spiritually.

Highlights Lately

May 28, 2014
I am 5' 8.5" tall; Bonnie is 5' 2" tall, but we sometimes feel like giants abroad, here pictured with dear brethren among the  Amerindians at Paramakatoi, Guyana, South America.

I am 5′ 8.5″ tall; Bonnie is 5′ 2″ tall, but we sometimes feel like giants, here pictured with dear brethren among the Amerindians at Paramakatoi, Guyana, South America.

Sunday, May 18, Bonnie and I spent the day with the Elliott, MS Church of Christ. Maybe 25 minutes from where we live, this afforded us another Saturday night in our own bed – two weeks in a row now! In the absence of the preacher for the Elliott congregation, I spoke at the Bible class and both worship periods. During Bible class I made my PowerPoint presentation, “2014 Guyana Mission Trip.” For worship I preached “Understanding How God Communicates with Mankind, Today” and “Did Dinosaurs Really Exist?” We were so close to home that we were able to take an afternoon nap, too – something we haven’t done much on Sundays since I left local work.

Wednesday evening, I taught the next to the last class at Siwell Road Church of Christ in a 6-month series on the Book of Job. I devoted the class to discussing “Pain & Suffering,” since the patriarch after whom the Bible book was named suffered for most of 42 chapters.

Thursday, I worked from home since Bonnie was ill. She works full-throttle, which these days is a bit less than 100%, but she faces daily medical challenges in the aftermath of her recovery from pancreatic cancer. I mused that we could number the ailments for more concise, regular communication, and I am always polling her how she feels and asking how I might help. There is never anything that I am able to do other than be present with her and try to lighten her load some. #1 tiredness, #2 nausea, #3 abdominal pain, #4 all of the above. Thursday was a more difficult day than most.

Late Friday night, I finally published the May edition of Gospel Gazette Online. I had been working feverishly on it for days – in between other necessities. Most of this issue involves answering some of the backlog of questions received at Gospel Gazette Online. The majority of these inquiries pertained to “Marriage, Divorce & Remarriage,” and more questions over the years have pertained to this topic than any other single subject. Of course, this is a very controversial question since so much of the polluted world has invaded the daily lives of so many people, including church members. Subsequently, five or six people and churches immediately cancelled their subscriptions to GGO (Galatians 1:10-11).

Sunday, May 25, Bonnie and I worshipped with the Old Union Church of Christ back in the wildwood of Carroll County, MS that morning, since I had no appointment – another Saturday night in our own bed! That evening we worshipped with the West President Church of Christ in Greenwood, MS.

Monday and Tuesday, I worked on my class for Wednesday evening. I will be speaking about “The Ministry of Angels” for the last lesson on the Book of Job. Well, one more book to put on the pile of unpublished manuscripts and out-of-print books! Two hours down, two hours back, we will arrive back in Winona after Bible class around 10:30 p.m. During the interim, we will do some out of town shopping in the big city of Jackson, MS, and we’ll have a nice meal out, too. Our daughter Rebecca is with us as she finished teaching school and doesn’t begin teaching summer school for a few days yet. Last night, she helped me replace the wax seal on a toilet – a lot more work than that simple description indicates.

We are beginning to get our heads above the proverbial high water. In the weeks ahead, we will be traveling to appointments in Alabama, Indiana and Georgia. We continue to work from afar with foreign brethren in New Delhi, India and Linden, Guyana. Plans are underway for a fall mission trip of about 60 days to at least Myanmar and India. Sooner than that, Bonnie has an important medical checkup and tests on June 4, which may alter some of those plans. Please remember us in prayer for the sake of the cause of Christ.

My Guyana Home

February 16, 2014

 

Young Song Leader

Young Song Leader

Bonnie and I spent Sunday, February 16, 2014 at our Guyana Home, the domicile of our good friends and Christian brethren Nigel and Jasmine Milo and their son Zab. They live in Amelia’s Ward of Linden, which also serves as our base of operations from which we launch out to all quarters in the nation to edify brethren and reach lost souls.

We worshipped in the morning with the Blueberry Hill Church of Christ and in the evening with the Amelia’s Ward Church of Christ. In the morning, I taught “Did Dinosaurs Really Exist?” and “What the Lord’s Supper Means to Me” for Bible class and worship respectively. That night, I once more presented “Did Dinosaurs Really Exist?” and spoke briefly for a men’s Bible class about ‘walking as children of God,’ based on readings from both testaments.

Preaching at Blueberry Hill Church of Christ

Preaching at Blueberry Hill Church of Christ

During the interim between assemblies, I was able to finish the February issue of Gospel Gazette Online and publish it to the Internet (with some difficulty from South America). After evening worship, I managed to send out nearly 1,500 notices to subscribers that the new edition of GGO is ready.

It’s time to pack for our 4:15 a.m. departure for the next legs of our nationwide mobile seminar. We fly from Ogle to Port Kaituma for two days of seminars in two venues. After that, we will take a 3-hours boat ride to Mabaruma for another seminar. From there, we will fly back to Ogle, before traveling by land to yet another seminar. We should arrive back in Linden after we leave early tomorrow morning around midnight on Thursday. It’s beginning to look like we’re going to have to return to the States just to get some rest!

Blueberry Hill Church of Christ

Blueberry Hill Church of Christ