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7-9-11

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Well, it has been too long since I last posted to this blog and a lot has happened during that interval. I preached in Jasper, TX May 29 and we left the next day on our way to our house in Florence, AL. On the way we stopped by Houston, MS and visited with some friends there and, yes, I played a little golf (just 9 holes). We arrived home in time to get ready for Wednesday evening Bible study at East Florence. Dottie washed all the dirty clothes and got our bags packed for my meeting in Shelbyville, TN with the El Bethel church where Donnie Rader preaches.

Dottie and I enjoyed very much being in the home of Donnie and Joan Rader during the meeting at El Bethel June 5 - 9. From my perspective the meeting was well attended by the members as well as many visitors. This good church has helped in my support for around seventeen years and we have come to love and appreciate the Christians that make up this good church. While we were there, the elders decided to increase my support, which brings me to almost full support this year when all of the one time support is added in. It was a joy to be with this church and I pray that good was done as a result of the lessons presented during the week. After returning to our house in Florence, AL on June 10 we began to make preparation for the second half of our work this year in the Pacific Northwest. We were able to attend some meetings in the area, one at Brookhill where our youngest son, Tim was preaching and then at Elgin Hills where Donnie Rader was preaching. That Friday we drove to Chattanooga, TN to meet our son, Jeff and his wife Tonya and bring their three children home with us and then Sunday our son, Tim and his wife Anna brought their two children and left them with us for a week. So we had five of our grandchildren that week and Thursday our son, Dan and his wife JoBeth brought their two youngest children and left them till we had to leave for camp. During this time and the next week we were continuing to get ready for the rest of our work in the Pacific Northwest as well as get ready to work a week at Rustic Youth Camp June 26 through July 1. We survived grandchildren and loading the Motor Home for camp and for another three months on the road. We left Belgreen, AL (Rustic Youth Camp on Cedar Creek Lake) Friday evening about 8 or 8:30 beginning the second part of our work in the Northwest and our sons began their journey back home to continue their work with the respective churches where they preach and all arrived back home safely. Beth, our daughter continues her work at Belk's and taking care of our house while we are away.

At this writing we are in an RV park in Medford, OR ready to begin preaching in a meeting tomorrow (July 10). On our way here we worshiped with the church in Malvern, AR Sunday morning then with the church in Alma, AR Sunday evening. We stopped for Wednesday evening services with the church in Las Vegas, NV. It was good to be with the church in Malvern again. I preached in Malvern from 1978 - 1982. The church in Alma seems to be doing well, Grady Rice is preaching for the church there. The Vegas Drive church in Las Vegas seems to be doing well, they are about to begin building a new meeting house. We are looking forward to being with the church in Medford again. If you remember from last year the church in Medford meets in the Grange Hall (for Southerners think Community Center). Dean Blackwell preaches for this church. From here we will travel to Payette, ID and begin a meeting July 17, then on to Yakima, WA and work with the church there from July 24 through the 31. It will also be good to be with the brethren in Yakima again. I have tentative dates to work with the church in Priest River, ID August 7-14. From there we possibly will go to Medicine Hat, CA, then to Blackfoot, ID for a meeting August 28 through Sept 2. It will be great to be with this good church again. From there we will go back to Ranchester, WY and Sheridan, WY and then point our RV back East. I will have more to say about these scheduled works as time goes by, Our RV continues to perform well and in fact, so far, has been getting better gas mileage than last year. We have had some transmission codes to show up on the Jeep, but thus far, when checked, it has not shown anything serious and in fact the light went out before I could get it checked again while in Florence. Thanks for all the support I receive from all the individuals and churches, without which I could not do the work I am doing in the great Pacific Northwest. For any who would like to see a financial statement, one can be furnished either by email or by U. S. Mail, all you have to do is ask.

Brotherly,

 

Jerry

 

5-18-11

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Hello Everyone,

Well, I try to post something about every two weeks, but I think this is about three weeks since my last post. Anyway we are now in Jasper, TX parked in our son, Dan's driveway waiting on time for our twin grandchildren to graduate from High School. We stayed about two weeks with the church in Green River, WY. (April 26-May 8). The meeting dates had to be hurriedly changed due to a mis-communication regarding the schedule of Norman's and Dorothy's son Dustin. They had some appointments in Salt Lake City that required them to be away May the 8th. So, the meeting began May 1st and went through May 5th. Several were invited. I called and invited some from the church Norm and his family had left due to error being taught and practiced. However, none of those invited came to the services. The lessons I preached were simply designed to help strengthen the members of the church there. The Finch family seems to be strong and dedicated. Norman does the preaching and his son Dustin leads the singing. They meet in Norman's and Dorothy's house which has a large enough seating area to accommodate about twenty folks. They use one of the bedrooms for a classroom for the three children. Hopefully, in time they will be successful in reaching some others in Green River. Norman has a brother that attends the church in Rock Springs that they left and he wouldn't come to the meeting. It is sad that individuals have so little concern for hearing lessons preached from the Bible and determining what the Truth is.

After leaving Green River we traveled to Colorado Springs, CO and stayed through Wednesday (11). We took a day and celebrated our anniversary and my birthday by taking the Cog Railway up to the summit of Pike's Peak, quite a ride! We had driven up to the summit about twenty years ago and I had trouble with the altitude then and still did this time. Dottie's cardiologist told her it would be alright, just to not exert herself while in the high altitude. She actually made it better than I, because I tried to walk around a lot and get pictures. It was just 17 degrees with a wind chill of about 20 below zero. After we came down off of Pike's Peak we retraced our route of 20 years ago through Phantom Canyon down to Royal Gorge and then back to Colorado Springs. We attended Bible Study Wednesday evening at the Northeast church there in Colorado Springs where Carl Lungstrum serves as the local preacher. We enjoyed a good study of John chapter 8 directed by brother Lungstrum. On Thursday we left on our way to Mansfield, TX (Dallas area). We arrived there on Friday and enjoyed a good meal with Bobby and JoAnn Holmes and three of their great-grandchildren. Then we ate lunch with them on Saturday. I preached at the Northside church in Mansfield where Tom Roberts serves and the local evangelist, both services Sunday and we enjoyed a good meal with Tom and two of the ladies from the church. Tom's wife was not feeling well and was unable to be at services either morning or evening. Brother Holmes is filling in at the church in McKinney, TX after the death of Jack Howard (the local preacher there) a few weeks ago. Brother Holmes was present for the Sunday evening services and it was good to be with him again. Brother Holmes did the same kind of work we are doing back in 1998, 1999 and 2000 and is the one who encouraged me to do this work and obtained a number of appointments for me in the Pacific Northwest. He has been a continuous encouragement to me and Dottie in this work.

I will be preaching here in Jasper, TX Sunday evening May 29 so our Dan and JoBeth can take Ruth and Isaac to Austin for a band Contest that they will play in on Monday. They will worship somewhere on the way Sunday evening. We will leave here May 30 on our way back to Florence, AL to get ready for my meeting with the Elbethel church in Shelbyville, TN where Donnie Rader serves and the local preacher and also one of the elders of this good church. After this meeting we have a couple of week off, but may be preaching there in North Alabama those two Sundays. After working a week at Rustic Youth Camp at Belgreen, AL we leave for Idaho to begin work again in the Pacific Northwest. I will have more to say about this second half of our trip in future Blogs.

Thanks to one and all of the ones who have provided financial support for our work. Without which we could not do the work we are doing in the Pacific Northwest.

Brotherly,

 

Jerry

 

4-29-11

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Hello everyone,

It has been about two weeks since I posted anything and not a lot has happened since then, except we changed locations in the state of Wyoming. It was with not a little sadness that we left the brethren in Ranchester, WY. Even though we had only been there for a month, we formed a close bond with the folks there. The couple we visited and were trying to encourage to become faithful in their service was there the last Sunday we were there. They have not made a public acknowledgement of their lack of faithfulness, but we hope they will and will remain faithful to the Lord. They could be a great asset to the work there.

When we left Monday April 25 we stopped by Mack Cook's automotive service shop and had the oil changed in the Motor Home as well as in the generator. We stopped early Monday and spent the night in Casper, WY and then traveled to Green River, WY on Tuesday. We had some light snow after we arrived here, but not enough to cover the ground. We received a call from Jan Reich in Ranchester inquiring about the safety of our family in Alabama after the tornadoes and while talking to her she said they got three inches of snow there. So, it is still Winter out here even though Thursday was a pretty nice day. We were able to do some looking around the area here and saw some wild horses.

We met with the church here for Bible Study on Wednesday evening. Norman and Dorothy Finch, their son, his wife and their three children make up the church here in Green River and they meet in Norman's and Dorothy's house. They had just finished the study they had been engaged in and I printed the book by Forrest D. Moyer titled "Things Most Surely Believed" and we began the first lesson and they will continue with this study when we leave. This is an excellent study dealing with some fundamentals and it is free to download and print with questions on each chapter. I will be preaching for them this Sunday morning and evening and then be preaching in a week-end meeting the 6-8. I will primarily be encouraging and strengthening this small group that meets here regularly. However, they are inviting others to come and have given me some names of individuals to contact. Hopefully, we can have a positive influence on some that will produce fruit, if not now, possibly in the near future.

I will write more later.

 

Jerry

 

4-14-11

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Hello Everyone,

I waited till after the meeting closed to post something about our work here in Ranchester, WY. During the meeting we visited with several people. One man we visited with has cancer in advanced stage and is not able to attend services and his wife has to care for him. Another couple we visited with who have not been faithful in attendance, did in fact attend services on Sunday and went with others to the home of Bob and Jan Reich for the noon meal. The wife was present again Sunday evening and Monday evening and said she would be back Tuesday, but was not. She had told us she had to go back to work on Wednesday evening, but we do not know why she was not back Tuesday evening. I plan to try to visit with the husband this afternoon. Another man I visited with has been attending services for a while but in the past has been unfaithful for years. During our visit he indicated that he needed to make things right with the Lord and that he intended to do that. Well, last night he responded to the invitation confessing his unfaithfulness and desiring the prayers of the Lord's people on his behalf. I am sure there was rejoicing in heaven over this one sinner who came home.

We also visited with a man who used to be a part of the work here in Ranchester, but left the work here and started a work in Sheridan where he lives. He and brother Bob Reich had some differences, although as far as I can determine, they were not doctrinal in nature. Their differences were more in the realm of opinion or matters of judgment and there is not animosity or hard feeling between the two. This man came to the meeting with his wife and mother-in-law on Monday night and he came again on Tuesday evening and led singing because brother Reich was unable to get home from work in time to be at services. Brother Reich is a cattle buyer and he was at a sale about five hours up into Montana and the sale was not over till about 5pm so there was not way he could be back in time to be at the meeting that night. I plan to visit with this brother in Sheridan again and see about the possibility of the two groups joining together again as one congregation. Brother Reich started this work in Ranchester around twenty years ago and has in just recent years learned the truth about institutionalism and is trying to take a stand against the innovations that have become a part of the liberal groups with whom he use to worship. I suspect that the younger man from Sheridan may have not been as patience as he might have needed to be in the work here in Ranchester, plus he lives and works in Sheridan about a 13 - 14 mile drive from Ranchester. However, brother Reich lives in another small town (Dayton) West of Ranchester about 6 - 7 miles. So it would be easier for the man in Sheridan to drive to Ranchester than for brother Reich and his family to drive to Sheridan. I have said all this so that you will understand that at this point I do not have a lot of hope of getting the two groups together.

We will be here in Ranchester for this coming Sunday and the next (April 24) and then the 25th we will leave for Green River, WY where I will be in a weekend meeting May 6, 7 and 8. This is a small group (at this point, I think it is just brother Norman Finch and his family) that had to leave the work in Rock Springs due to the fact that some liberal minded men basically took over that church. From there on our way to Jasper, TX we plan to stop by and visit Bobby Holmes and worship with the church there and may preach for them Sunday the 15th. I will preach in Jasper on May 29 and then we will leave for Florence, AL to get ready for a meeting in Shelbyville, TN.

The other day I received a call from Tom Mitchell in Blackfoot, ID asking if I would be able to come and hold a meeting for them. So, I am in the process of trying to arrange my schedule so that we will be able to be there sometime in July. I should have this part of our schedule worked out in the next few weeks so I can post that.

I also need to let everyone know that I have received some more support. The church in Mountain View, AR has agreed to provide $500 a month which along with some other one time support we received has brought us close to the full amount I believe we will need to complete our work this year, of course depending on any support we may receive from churches we will be working with out here in the Northwest. I am sure that at least one or two will be able to provide some support but others will not. Thanks to all who have helped to provide the support we need in this endeavor. I will be sending out a regular monthly report around the first of May.

Well, I guess I have rambled on enough for now. Our work is going well and so far have only had the minor problems with the RV I had noted earlier with the refrigerator and gas furnace. However, the electric window control on the driver's side rear door broke Tuesday and we have it scheduled to be repaired Friday. This is a design flaw and we have already had to have one repaired, which Chrysler paid for, but they said due to the age of the vehicle they would only pay for that one, just another minor set-back. It is our prayer that we will continue to have good success in our work with a minimum of mechanical problems. We solicit your prayers as we continue our work.

 

Yours in Christ,

 

 

Jerry L. Henderson

 

3-29-11

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Hello everyone

We are now in Ranchester, WY. We arrived here yesterday evening (Monday) about 4:30. We left Rapid City about 10:30 after I had changed the windshield wipers on the RV and tramped in the snow unhooking everything, then stopping for propane and to air up a low tire. The trip to Ranchester from Rapid City was not as pleasant as we would have liked. We traveled in heavy fog at times along with snow, freezing mist and wind (not real bad wind, but enough to make driving unpleasant) However, the roads were not slick, just wet most of the way. The sun did peep through the clouds a short time as we got close to Ranchester. We ran out of snow cover on the ground about halfway, then just before Sheridan, we began to see snow cover on the ground again. They had gotten about four inches of snow on Sunday night/Monday morning and it had started melting, so the RV Park had water standing all around. This made it a little unpleasant to "hook up" everything. By the way, we do have phone service here in this RV Park, which we did not have in Rapid City, so feel free to call if you like.

Just before we got here, about halfway between Sheridan and Ranchester, we received a call from Bob Reich, with whom I have been corresponding about the work here, telling us we were eating supper with them (yes, it is "supper" and not "dinner" here in the country). He came by the RV Park a little after 6:00 and we followed him to his house. He lives out in the country about 3 or 4 miles from the small town of Dayton (smaller than Ranchester). We enjoyed a delicious meal with him, his wife and youngest daughter, then visited until about 8:30 and came back to the RV ready for bed because we were tired from the trip.

We are looking forward to the work here with great anticipation. They (primarily Bob and his family) have done and are doing a lot of work in advertising the meeting beginning April 10. Bob says there should be a "good mix" of folks at the meeting, some who are not Christians and some from an institutional church in Sheridan. We had planned to stay here through the middle of May, but while we were in Rapid City, (out in town where we had phone service) I received a call regarding the work in Green River, WY. They want us to come and do some work with the church there. This is a group of faithful Christians who had to leave the church in Rock Springs, WY due to the influence of some liberal minded men who, it seems, basically took over the work there in Rock Springs. At present these faithful brethren are meeting in one of the member's homes. So, if plans work out we will leave here about the first week of May and go to Green River, WY for about a week. Then travel on to Jasper, TX to attend the graduation ceremonies of Ruth and Isaac Henderson, our twin grandchildren.

From Jasper we will return to Florence, wash clothes and be ready go to Shelbyville, TN where I am scheduled for a gospel meeting with the Elbethel church. From there we will return to Florence and get ready to work at Rustic Youth Camp after which we will be headed to Payette, ID for a week meeting and then on the Yakima, WA. From Yakima our schedule is uncertain. There are two other places that have ask us to come back, but nothing definite is scheduled, so we will just wait and see. It will depend somewhat on our receiving additional support. In regard to our support, we have received additional support since we left home which enabled us to put the "advance" of six month's salary that the East Florence church gave us into our savings account to be drawn on for monthly support. In the next few days I will be sending out a detailed account of my support and work thus far to the congregations and individuals who have so graciously had fellowship with us in this work by providing financial support. I have no way of sending a report to all those who have expressed an interest in this work and are praying for us daily, because I don't have addresses for everyone, in fact I am sure I don't even know all of them. However, to those who follow us on this weblog please know that we do appreciate all of the support we receive both financially and otherwise. It is our prayer that the work we are doing will result in the salvation of precious souls and that those Christians with whom we work will be strengthened in their faith and their resolve to work diligently in the Lord's vineyard.

After I send this I will probably think of something else I wanted to or should have said. But for now, until next time we bid you farewell and ask that you continue to pray for us as we labor for the Lord out in this part of our great country.

 

Yours in Christ,

 

 

Jerry L. Henderson

 


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