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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.

Months from Now

August 22, 2018

Months from now, Volume 98 of The Voice of Truth International will make its way into printed form. Nevertheless, I’m pleased that the local World Evangelism Team in Winona, Mississippi has put to bed this future issue. Volume 96 has been newly distributed in printed form in Asia, Africa and North America. Volume 97 is available to be printed, and now, Volume 98 also awaits its turn to be published in printed form.

The Voice of Truth International is a quarterly Gospel journal, which appears in several languages. In addition to the printed quarterlies, each issue of VOTI can be read on the Internet without charge. However, the online version is available through PDF files, which require a fairly fast Internet connection, and which will take a few moments to download.

Regarding volumes 97 and 98, one can read them before he or she can actually hold them in his or her hands! Access to all of the editions of VOTI as well as about three dozen other PDF (book) titles can be had at the following URL. Scroll down the page to see the full offering.

http://www.gospelgazette.com/library/

Let me hear from you. Tell me how you use The Voice of Truth International or the other available titles. Email: rushmore@gospelgazette.com

Noccalula Falls

July 26, 2018

Saturday, July 21, Martha and I drove from Winona, Mississippi to Piedmont, Alabama. We left at 11:25 a.m. and arrived at the home of brother Bob and sister Peggy Rogers at 5 p.m. They treated us to supper at a local Italian restaurant across the Georgia line and in another time zone. The tasty food was only surpassed by the company of dear brethren.

On the Lord’s Day morning, Martha and I assembled with the Highway Nine Church of Christ, whereupon I spoke for Bible class, a.m. worship and worship once more at 12:30 p.m. Between the worship periods, we were treated to an amply delicious cuisine, complemented by cherished brothers and sisters in Christ. Incidentally, one of our waitresses in the family run eatery was only 9-years-old. She did a very good job and was so cute. Her brother, mom and dad comprise the balance of the team.

Sunday afternoon, we caught up with our hostess, sister Peggy, at the local nursing and rehabilitation center where brethren from the Piedmont Church of Christ were conducting a devotional. A little over three hours later, we assembled with that congregation, and I was again afforded the privilege of speaking to this church, too. Following worship, youth loaded about a dozen boxes of used songbooks into the van; they will eventually make their way overseas to English-speaking Christians.

Passing through Gadsden, Alabama, we stopped briefly at Noccalula Falls; we enjoyed the natural beauty of the site nestled in the cityscape, and we noted the lore surrounding the spot. Then, through the dark of night, we aimed the car back toward Winona, and we pulled into the driveway at 1:00 a.m. In less than an hour, we had the van unloaded and readied ourselves for bed—thoroughly exhausted.

Monday and Tuesday, young people—10-months-old through middle teens—congregated at the World Evangelism Building. They came from the Double Springs Church of Christ in Alabama. For those two days, boys and girls prepared several mailings (i.e., the Bates’ newsletters, The Voice of Truth International), unloaded a truck and warehoused Volume 96 of The Voice of Truth International, packed boxes of books to be sent to student preachers (free of charge), shredded papers and cleaned. They also loaded literature into Jerry’s utility trailer; Wednesday he and Paula left for Texas where they will offload the literature for eventual shipment to African nations.

Wednesday, Martha and I personally delivered two cases of The Voice of Truth International #96 to the West President Church of Christ in Greenwood, Mississippi. We were passing through before services on our way to the Indianola Church of Christ in Indianola, Mississippi. Before we got to Indianola, we paused for awhile in Moorhead, Mississippi at the home of brother Gene and sister Madolyn Gibson. Gene has been and is valiantly fighting illness as they have tirelessly for many years operated a Christian Student Center across from Mississippi Delta Community College.

Brother Gene Hill taught the adult class at the Indianola Church of Christ. It was good to assemble with these familiar brethren. We were cordially greeted, and we left some The Voice of Truth International and Global Harvest magazines as well as a few of the Rushmore Newsletter. We arrived back home at 10 p.m.

Between incidents mentioned above, we devoted ourselves to sundry office duties. Martha has been contacting schools of preaching and Bible colleges associated with the churches of Christ to prepare for sending books to men in training to be preachers. I have been working on the August edition of Gospel Gazette Online and volume 98 of The Voice of Truth International. Today, we also prepared “Thank You” cards for our most recent donors over the past week. There is always much to do—often behind the scenes to further the cause of Christ. We are pleased to be of some service to our Lord, and thankful that congregations and Christian families make it possible for us to so do.