Archive for October, 2013

Return to Richmond

Posted on October 28, 2013 by Dr. Jerry Rankin

It has been more than a year since we have had an occasion to return to Richmond, VA where we lived for 17 years prior to retirement. We are no longer leading sessions at new missionary orientation for the International Mission Board, so we have missed periodic interaction with staff and former colleagues.

An invitation to speak at a mission conference at Immanuel Baptist Church provided the opportunity to spend a few days connecting with friends and neighbors. We were not members at Immanuel, but being two blocks from our previous residence on Monument Avenue we occasionally attended programs there. Bobbye is pictured in her blue burka at a women’s luncheon sharing the challenge of reaching Muslims. Between us …

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Shenandoah in the Fall

Posted on October 22, 2013 by Dr. Jerry Rankin

One of the perks of retirement is enjoying the journey. Instead of being subjected to the hassle of airline travel, security screening, crowded planes and delayed connections we get to enjoy the leisure travel of road trips, stopping at will and delighting in the scenery across the country.

We have had a wonderful return visit to Richmond, Virginia and the opportunity to see former colleagues and friends at the International Mission Board. This followed a Saturday mission conference in Charlotte, NC and a Sunday engagement in Raleigh. A gap in our itinerary in these eastern states gave us three-days to enjoy some spectacular scenery in the Shenandoah Valley of western Virginia. It was disappointing to find the Shenandoah National Park …

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Birthday on the Road

Posted on October 15, 2013 by Dr. Jerry Rankin

It is perplexing that birthdays seem to come with increasing regularity. With our travel schedule over the years we are seldom with family and are able to pass the addition of another year unnoticed. But they are markers to celebrate another year of God’s blessings and opportunities to serve Him.

Bobbye transitioned to another year last week while on a road trip to North Carolina and Virginia. While respectfully not revealing her age it was the last birthday before reaching a really, really big decade birthday in 2014. Following a mission conference near Charlotte we connected with her “little hobbit friends” in Raleigh, Ashley Allen and Pam Blume, with whom Bobbye has made mission trips to Moldova. It was also …

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Blessings Continue to Flow

Posted on October 4, 2013 by Dr. Jerry Rankin

Over the years we have identified with the Apostle John’s desire in his third epistle, verse four—”I have no greater joy than this: to hear that my children are walking in the truth.” We are richly blessed that both our children and their spouses are faithfully serving the Lord and the passion of their lives is to glorify Him in obedience to His calling on their lives. In recent years we have begun to invoke that same objective for our grandchildren who are rapidly maturing.

We were thrilled by a recent Skype call from our grandson, Sam, in Central Asia telling us that he wanted to be baptized. He had trusted Jesus as his Savior sometime before but had come …

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