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The Voice of Truth International #102

September 9, 2019

Last week, front cover 102 magazine staff completed and let to the printers Volume 102. Presently, Volume 100 is in circulation, and Volume 101 is in production. Therefore, Volume 102 will not be printed and distributed until the year 2020. However, all volumes of the quarterly magazine The Voice of Truth International are accessible as PDF files at https://www.gospelgazette.com/library/. There is no charge for these PDF files of VOTI and about three dozen books and tracts. Subscriptions for the print version of VOTI are available online at https://0329829.netsolstores.com/magazinesubscriptions.aspx or by calling 662.283.1192.

Team Meeting and Such

July 24, 2019

Sunday, July 14 Martha and I assembled with the Wildwood, Florida Church of Christ. I presented my PowerPoint “2019 Guyana, South America” for the Bible class hour. That morning, I preached, “Youth Ministry Begins in the Home.” Later in the day, I preached, “A Lost Generation.” About 1 p.m. the next day, Martha and I left for Winona, Mississippi. (Rebecca had already departed in the morning for her home outside of Memphis, Tennessee.) Though Martha and I would like to have traveled farther, we lodged Monday night in Demopolis, Alabama.

Tuesday afternoon, Martha and I had dental cleanings in Jackson, Mississippi. Later, we arrived in Winona and were guests of brother Jerry and sister Paula Bates through Friday morning. I had worked with them from day to day in Winona for 11 years. Martha, of course, joined me in the work following our marriage a little over 2 years ago.

Wednesday evening, Martha and I met with the Elliott, Mississippi Church of Christ. I showed those present the PowerPoint, “2019 Guyana.”

Thursday and Friday, other missionaries and we gathered at the annual World Evangelism team meeting in Winona. We encouraged each other, told of what we had been doing and shared our plans for the coming year.

Friday night, Martha and I traveled to Meridian, Mississippi to the home of brother Therman and sister Sadie Hodge. They weren’t there, but they opened their home to us. Martha and I rested on Saturday and were treated to a superb supper at the home of brother Bill and sister April Koch.

On the Lord’s Day, Martha and I assembled with the Union, Mississippi Church of Christ—about an hour away. Once more, I made my PowerPoint presentation, “2019 Guyana,” and for worship, I preached my lesson, “Youth Ministry Begins at Home.” We were pleased to share a fellowship meal with the congregation following worship. Afterward, we returned to the Hodge Lodge and awaited the arrival of brother and sister Hodge. Monday, we returned to our home in Ocala, Florida.

For me at least, returning to Winona and spending time with coworkers resulted in a rush of eye-moistening emotions. The earthly remains of my late wife Bonnie lie about 30 minutes west of Winona in the cemetery of the Old Union Church of Christ—only a small clearing in the kudzu-covered woods permitting the presence of the meetinghouse and the graveyard. In addition, some of our fellow missionary families are battling cancer and other maladies; this too, is a little unsettling. Several associates have passed away in the last dozen years.

During the week, I managed to get the files for the next Rushmore Newsletter to the printing company in Minnesota. Further, I was able to get all of the files for my next book to the same printing company. My books are the result of studies over decades that occasionally make their way into print.

We were looking forward to sleeping in our own bed. We had only been home for about two weeks from our last trek before making this trip. Tuesday was a down day; we relaxed. However, I was able to do a quick mowing of the yard before the rains began. Later, Martha’s son and daughter-in-law shared our afternoon and a meal with us. That was pleasant.

Wednesday was punctuated with doctor appointments for both of us. We received the results of recent lab tests. I’ve flunked my AC1 test twice in a row, and so, I will begin taking diabetic medicine again. In the afternoon, I had a biopsy on my thyroid.

There is always something to keep us busy and give us purpose in life. We hope that by what we say, where we go and what we do stateside and abroad that we can glorify God and edify our fellow man. Hence, among other things, I need to feverishly work on the next edition of Gospel Gazette Online, and soon I must devote primary attention to a future issue of The Voice of Truth International. Shortly, I need also to arrange travel plans for our anticipated trip to Myanmar and India. It hardly seems that we’ve slowed down any since we moved from the daily activities at the World Evangelism Building in Winona, Mississippi to my office in our Ocala, Florida home. Martha and I are driven in the service of our Lord no matter of where we reside. We are fortunate to be associated with some of the most enthusiastic servants of our Lord, and we are thankful for good brethren who make it possible for us to devote ourselves fully to the cause of Christ.

The Voice of Truth International #101

July 2, 2019

This morning, I put the finishing touches on The Voice of Truth International #101. Of course, this is not a singular effort but the result of collaboration between several brothers and sisters in Christ. Sister Betty Choate (who along with her late husband J.C. Choate began VOTI decades ago), brother Jerry and sister Paula Bates, brother Shane and sister Emily Fisher, several brethren whose articles we use, and Martha and I team together to make the quarterly magazine possible. Naturally, without the financial participation of subscribers and congregations of the Lord’s church, The Voice of Truth International would not be possible.

Volume 99 is in circulation, while the 100th edition is in route to Winona, Mississippi. Soon, volume 101 will enter into production, the next edition has already been started. All issues of The Voice of Truth International are available without charge online as PDF files at the following URL address: Www.TheVoiceOfTruthInternational.com.

Past issues are available in printed form for $2 each plus shipping. Personal and congregational subscriptions are available by contacting the office in Winona at 662.283.1192 or online at www.WorldEvangelismMedia.com.

16 Days on the Road

June 15, 2019

Tuesday, June 11, Martha, Rebecca and I returned to Ocala, Florida from 16 days on the road; Rebecca was 18 days on the road, counting her 2-day journey to us in Ocala. During the 16 days, we met with brethren and family in Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, Kentucky, Ohio, West Virginia, Pennsylvania and New York. Whew! We were like an out of control ping pong ball, crisscrossing our own travel in Ohio.

Bobby’s wedding on Saturday, June 1 to Sharon, both members of the Ashland, Ohio Church of Christ, proceeded as planned. The following day, we three travelers assembled with the Vermilion, Ohio Church of Christ for a.m. class and worship; there I spoke about missions and presented a biblical lesson. Without delay, Martha, Rebecca and I made our way to Hanoverton, Ohio for a 4 p.m. worship with the Lord’s church in that farming community. The Hanoverton Church of Christ is vibrant with young offspring populating the pews; corn and cows aren’t the only avenues of farming there. That evening, we met with Martha’s grandchildren in Chester, West Virginia.

Monday and Tuesday, we visited with my father, my brothers and one of my late wife Bonnie’s brothers in Pennsylvania and New York; James and Kay Reed and we three, per Martha’s request, visited a causeway where we fed fish and geese that congregate near a spillway between sides of a large lake. Wednesday we made the second of two visits to the grave of Martha’s late husband Bob Noland in Calcutta, Ohio. That evening, we assembled with the Chester, West Virginia Church of Christ, whereupon I spoke about missions again.

Thursday, June 6, we three drove to Mineral Wells, West Virginia to meet with several of Martha’s siblings and a brother to Bob Noland. Friday through Sunday afternoon, we lodged with my son Raymond and his family in Pickerington, Ohio. Sunday morning, we assembled with the Pickerington Church of Christ. That afternoon, we all enjoyed the combined birthday party for two of Raymond and Crystal’s children—our grandchildren, of course. Our visit to Ohio also afforded us the opportunity to see, hold and spoil our newest grandchild of about four months.

Sunday afternoon, Martha, Rebecca and I began our return journey to Ocala. Finally, we arrived Tuesday afternoon.

Whenever and wherever we go, Martha and I make sure that we visit brethren, even if we are also traveling to spend some time with family members. We are ever conscious of being a servant to our Lord Jesus Christ, at home or while traveling stateside or abroad.

The grass was really high and thick upon our return to our home. Between spurts of rain, finally, I was able to bully it back into being a law and flowerbeds. Maybe sometime soon Martha and I will able to establish a routine in our new home, but interruptions of foreign and domestic travel over the last six months has prolonged our adjustment in that regard.

I continue to submit myself to a battery of medical tests and examinations; most of my ailments thus far are simply inconvenient rather than serious. Martha is experiencing significant pain beyond the ordinary daily pain. We hope to have some satisfactory diagnosis and remedy soon.

Our next stateside travels are planned for July, whereupon we return to Winona, Mississippi for the annual World Evangelism team meeting. We will plan excursions to congregations within a radius of there or along our route of travel. Lord willing, we are still looking forward to foreign travel beginning in late September and through most of October. We are to travel to be with brethren in Myanmar (Burma) and India.

Of course, we remain diligent in the production of Gospel Gazette Online and The Voice of Truth International. Others and I are working currently on volume 101 of VOTI. We rely on Christian families and the churches of Christ for underwriting financially our livelihood and labors for God. Thank you.

Lately

December 29, 2018

Gospel Gazette OnlineLately, Martha and I have been in Florida, as noted in our most recent post. Sunday, December 13, it was my privilege to teach the a.m. Bible class in the auditorium for the Wildwood Church of Christ. Recently, I started compiling for a future book many of the questions and answers published over the last 20 years in Gospel Gazette Online. Consequently, I have been using some of those questions and answers for classes I teach and for sermons. This time, I discussed with the class “Can a Wife and Mother Work Outside the Home and Be Pleasing to God?” and “Can a Christian Sin and Be Lost?”

Martha and I have also worked on Gospel Gazette Online and The Voice of Truth International. Both magazines require considerable preparation time to keep the monthly and quarterly on track. Coworkers and we are delighted to have such an opportunity to edify and evangelize souls across the globe through these journals. Other activities, as well as spending time with some of Martha’s family for Christmas, have occupied our time.

Just today, I published to the Internet the first issue of Gospel Gazette Online for 2019. This is the result of several named and unnamed Christians who labor loyally without earthly compensation to bring this about. I remain thankful to each of them and to our readers worldwide, too. Be sure to make time for spiritual reading and study even during the hurried holidays. Visit Gospel Gazette Online at www.GospelGazette.com.

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.

Leoma Church of Christ

September 25, 2018

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Visitors from the Leoma, Tennessee Church of Christ came our way recently and spent two days helping us at the World Evangelism Building in Winona, Mississippi. Adults and children worked alongside of us Tuesday and Wednesday, September 18-19. Some bundled tracts in anticipation for calls from them for church tract racks and outreach. Others helped pack books into boxes for distribution without charge to stateside preacher students. Several helped process the newsletter mailing for sister Betty Choate. (Martha and I mailed our newsletters the week before, and Jerry and Paula Bates will mail their newsletter this week.)

Per usual, otherwise, the five of us in Winona fulfill daily orders for books and tracts in the USA, plan our overseas mission trips, visit congregations in the USA to apprise them of their investment in our labors, work on The Voice of Truth International and Gospel Gazette Online and a zillion other things behind the scenes to foreign missions.

Today, we met with a new team member, Cloyd “Ben” Frock. He has newly moved to a congregational work in Arkansas, but he will be participating with World Evangelism from afar as he has time. His expertise and experience promise to bring a whole new and much needed interface with users of our extensive base of Christian literature via the Internet. In the months ahead, the face of the online presence we already have will be upgraded and modernized. In addition, we will make available as much as we can the hundreds of books, tracts and magazines we have to work seamlessly on all contemporary media devices (e.g., smartphones, tablets, etc.).

Volume 97 of The Voice of Truth International is on its way to Winona and ought to arrive sometime this week. Volume 98 is being printed, and we are beginning to work on volume 99. The October edition of Gospel Gazette Online has been completed, and once the proofing and corrections are made, we will publish it to the Internet. Brethren, we are never idle—always covered up in what we do, and we thank you for making it possible to serve our Lord Jesus Christ in this capacity.