Grandparenting in Texas

Posted on September 18, 2013 by Dr. Jerry Rankin in Down Home in Mississippi

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.

GrandparentingTX-FamilyWe 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 commitments. It is trite to say they are growing and maturing so fast. Acquaintances will recognize Russell and Angela in the photo. Joseph, on the left, is 13 and in the ninth grade at Live Oak Classical School where he not only studies science, math, literature and social studies but Latin, Logic, Apologetics and Rhetoric. Zachary is finishing his senior year of home schooling. Anna Grace, 11, is in the fifth grade at nearby Woodway Christian School and especially enjoys her participation on the volleyball team, softball and track. Joseph is pictured in his school uniform in front of their new house in Woodway.

GrandparentingTX-JosephThe family is enjoying being near Angela’s sister, Lisa Davis and her husband Josh, and their three cousins, Olivia, Gideon and Lizzie Kate who also live in Waco. They are renewing fellowship with friends at Antioch Community Church, a dynamic local fellowship that exists to mobilize members to reach the nations. Bobbye and I have done consultation with more than 200 Antioch missionaries serving around the world and will be attending their annual mission conference, World Mandate, this weekend.

GrandparentingTX-DwyerRussell’s new job is Director of Communication with The Dwyer Group, a parent company that franchises seven distinct companies in the home service industry all over the United States and several foreign countries. He has found it a new challenge to be in the secular world rather than a “professional Christian” role, but was attracted by the evident Christian-based values of the company.

GrandparentingTX-WillGrahamMeanwhile we are becoming more involved at home in preparation for the “Will Graham Celebration” scheduled for March 2014 in Clinton. Sponsored by the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, a West Jackson/Central Mississippi Crusade will be led by Billy Graham’s grandson, Will. He was in town last week and is pictured greeting attendees at a launch event to challenge churches and community leaders.

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