Monday, June 8, 2009

June 2009 Newsletter

Dear brethren,
After a visit to the doctor’s office, he would not say that I am yet cancer free. He did say, however, the he was “cautiously optimistic.” I am still on the medicine that makes me so tired and will be for another six months or so. I will go back to the doctor in October when we will schedule the radiation treatment and full body scan once again.

The Gospel meeting in Milledgeville, Georgia with the Baldwin Church of Christ went very well. Brother Adam Cozort is the local preacher and the brethren there did a great job organizing the meeting and inviting the community. The staff of Truth for the World is glad to work with small and struggling congregations with Gospel meetings and door-knocking campaigns. If we can help you in this way, please let us know.

On August 03, 2009, I will be leaving for Livingstone, Zambia, Central Africa. While there I will be teaching in the Zambia School of Biblical Studies organized by brother Jerry Sullins. I will be working with brother Ron Gilbert (with whom I have worked many times before). I will also be preaching, involved in personal Bible studies, and conducting Question and Answer sessions. I will be returning on August 29, 2009. This will be yet another test for me. Please pray for this effort.

We will also be trying to gather about 30 good, used suits (medium in size) and 30 good pairs of used shoes (also medium in size) for the preaching students of the school. If you have such items and would like to contribute them, please contact me. We want also to be able to buy these students some bicycles for their work of evangelism. A new, heavy-duty bicycle, capable of handling the roads in the bush, can be purchased for about $75.00. If you would like to buy one for a student, please let me know.

I write to ask for your prayerful and financial support for this mission trip. I am in need of about $4,000.00. The airline tickets are $2,500.00 and the remainder is for food, lodging, and benevolence. I am asking you to consider sending $100 - $200 for this Gospel effort. Of course, any amount would be of great help. Please send your contributions to Truth for the World, Post Office Box 5048, Duluth, Georgia 30096-0065 and mark them Hill Mission Fund - Zambia 2009. I am trying to raise the needed funds before July 12, 2009. A full report will be sent to all who contribute to this effort.

If you have questions, please visit our website , email, or call me personally.

Thank you, in advance, for your support of this Gospel effort. May our God bless you and grant you peace, happiness, and success in all of your Gospel endeavors according to His good will.

In Christ Who Saves,
Jimmie B. Hill

Greetings from Georgia!

May was a typical month – super busy while here but later left me wondering just what I had done. It’s a good thing I keep a planning calendar on my desk.

• May 1st - My first day back in the office after our Iceland campaign so I had a backlog of bookkeeping to clear. But Kristen Underwood and Ellen Mills did such a terrific job keeping my other work caught up that I have no complaints.
• May 8th - As soon as everything was back in order Jimmie and I took a quick, weekend trip to Mississippi to celebrate both Mother’s Day and our grandson’s birthday. Cole is now 3!
• May 14th - Jimmie and I began an evening Bible study with another couple.
• May 11th – The newest postal hike hit. This always creates additional work as we revamp everything we thought we knew, but this one forced me into research mode. I had to review how we packaged all of our frequent mailings and make adjustments.
• May 21st – We drove to Milledgeville, Georgia (about 2 hours from our home) for Jimmie to speak on a Gospel meeting at the Baldwin Church of Christ. I always enjoy meeting new brethren.
• May 22nd - I started another series of shots in my knee to try to replace some of the nonexistent cartilage. The first series last year helped reduce the pain so I hope this series will improve it more.
• May 24th – Jimmie and I hosted a youth devo at the New Hope Road congregation. Our planned wiener roast was rained out so I resorted to grilling hot dogs on a hotplate while Brenda Townsend devised a way to make smores in the microwave. Can we improvise, or not?
• May was also filled with showers and graduations galore, and the fun of Jimmie and I sharing a spring cold.
• And it was crunch time for making sure that everything was ready at the office for Kristen to start her maternity leave the first of June. By mid-May the doctor was saying “any minute” which really put us into high gear. I really did not think Kristen could manage to complete a last-minute flurry of new TV shows, but she did. Cason Ryan Underwood was born on June 4th and is adorable – all 8 pounds, 6 ounces, and 20 inches of him.

Somewhere in the midst of all this running in circles Jimmie had blood taken and received a good report on the progress of his cancer treatment. I know he was disappointed that the doctor did not want to adjust his medication yet to allow him to feel better, but making sure no new cancer cells can develop is a more urgent need right now. Please continue to keep Jimmie in your prayers that he will win this battle.

In Christian Love,
Linda Hill

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