Archive for September, 2013

Lifetime Service Award

Posted on September 25, 2013 by Dr. Jerry Rankin

Last week was a memorable week in Texas. Following a Sunday mission emphasis at Nassau Bay in Houston and a few days with Russell’s family in their new home in Waco, we attended the North American Mission Leaders Summit in Dallas where I was recognized with the “Lifetime Service Award.” Pictured making the presentation were Steve Moore, president, and Marv Newell, Vice-President of Missio Nexus.

Missio Nexus is a consortium of several hundred evangelical missionary organizations, and the annual summit was attended by more than 1100 leaders from throughout the country. Each year a prominent leader is chosen to be recognized for a lifetime of effective leadership and influence in missions. Previous recipients have included such notable missiologists as Ralph …

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Grandparenting in Texas

Posted on September 18, 2013 by Dr. Jerry Rankin

In the midst of two weekend engagements in Texas we are experiencing the utmost joy of retirement–time with grandchildren. After eight years in Nashville, our son Russell has returned to his Texas roots, taking a new job in Waco, Texas. Not only was he born in Texas, he and and sister attended Baylor University. Upon graduation Russell worked for the Baylor Communication office and later for Buckner Benevolences prior to leaving for the mission field. Zachary and Joseph, our oldest grandchildren were both born in Texas.

We have not had an opportunity to be with them as much as we anticipated due to the full activities of teenagers, family and work as well as our own travel and ministry …

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Hospitality and Events

Posted on September 9, 2013 by Dr. Jerry Rankin

The holiday weekend got off to a great start hosting college friends for a cook-out and watching football in the man cave. Having a few weeks at home have given us an opportunity to host friends from the neighborhood, our life group at church and local buddies that go all the way back to high school more than 50 years ago. Saturday we finally connected with Farley Earnest, my college roommate for four years at Mississippi College, along with Gordon Sansing, Allen Stephens and their wives. Farley has retired following years of music ministry in Mississippi churches, Gordon has pastored FBCs in Pontotoc, Vicksburg and Forest, and Allen continues at Director of Missions in Rankin County on the east side …

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