Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Australia 2010

Jimmie finally arrived safely in Tasmania after more than 43 hours of travel. I don't even want to think how tired that would feel.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

April 2010 Hill Mission Report

Dear Brethren,              
            Since April 01, 2010, I have been working with International Bible Teaching Ministries.  Despite the advent of a new work, re-organizing daily routines, and dealing with all the pressures and stress involved in a new work, things are going very well. 
Once again, I want to thank all of you who continued to support me in this new work.  As expected, some did not but chose to continue with Truth for the World and that is understandable – Truth for the World has done so much good in the past. But, it is truly an encouragement that so many of you have expressed your confidence in me as a Christian and a missionary.  I have lost about 40% of the monthly support that I need and am working feverishly to restore this.  But, I am also convinced that the Lord, with the help of good, faithful, and generous brethren, will give me all that I need (Genesis 22:14; Matthew 6:33). 
            I have been defining my areas of work with International Bible Teaching Ministries and thus far have come up with the following:
-          Writing and Editing Materials for the Work.
-          Developing the Bible Correspondence Courses, Grading, and Coordinating Teachers and Students.
-          Recruiting New Students.
-          Fund Raising and Informing the Brotherhood of International Bible Teaching Ministries.
-          Implementing and Coordinating the Mobile Bible School.
-          Doing Follow Up With Missions Trips.
-          Teaching In the International College of the Bible.
-          Teaching and Preaching the Gospel of Christ at Home and Abroad.
-          And Doing Anything Else That I Can Think Of That Is Scriptural and Profitable for the Kingdom of God.
International Bible Teaching Ministries is in need of donations for Bibles, library books for schools of preaching, and bicycles for the work of our Lord in Uganda and Zambia.  We are working with two schools of preaching in these African nations.  If you can help with any of these things, please make the checks out to Hill Mission Fund and mark the check for the appropriate item.
In the excitement of this new work, the raising of funds for my mission trips this year has been put on “the back burner.”  That is not good!  Therefore, I could really use some help. At the end of April I will travel to Hobart, Tasmania, Australia and work with brother Gary Young and a host of others while taking part in the Eastern Shore Lectureship.  In July I will go to Ghana, West Africa where brother Yaw Boateng and I will work with the brethren in and around Nkoranza in the Brong Ahafo Region.  There we will hold five Gospel meetings along with classes and personal Bible studies each day.  Then in August I will travel on to Livingstone, Zambia where I will work with brothers Ron Gilbert, Earl Alverson, and Rusty Stark.  We will be teaching at the Zambia School of Biblical Studies, International College of the Bible, and holding Gospel meetings in Siamafumba and Misika.  Brethren, if you can help defray the costs of any these mission trips, please, it will be truly appreciated.
Thank you once again for your prayers and encouragement.  May our God bless you richly and grant you peace, happiness, and success in all your Gospel endeavors according to His good will.  If you know of someone looking to support a good work (Titus 3:1), please let them know about Jimmie B. Hill and International Bible Teaching Ministries.
In Christ Who Saves,
Jimmie B. Hill

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Twelve years ago when Jimmie was brand new on the staff of Truth for the World, Rod Rutherford asked him to write a flyer that could be used to advertise the work.  He came up with the TRUTH FOR THE WORLD is . . . Broadcasting . . . Internet . . . Literature . . . etc. that we have used ever since in some form or another on every display table.  In 2006 when I was writing the TFTW fundraiser booklet that was eventually mailed to most of the congregations of the Lord's church in the USA, I used Jimmie's idea but added a category - TRUTH FOR THE WORLD is . . . People

People.  Why are they so often the forgotten element?  We get excited about inanimate objects or numbers on a page, past glory or brilliant new plans - and forget that it's people at the heart of any endeavor.   Any group, congregation or even nation is only as good or bad as the people in it right now. 

I was watching Glenn Beck as we ate dinner tonight - perhaps not the best choice for relaxing.  Anyway, he was talking about spiritual advisers, comparing those to the president today with those in the early days of our country.  The contrast was distressing.  Just in my own lifetime I cannot believe how moral values, work ethics and typical attitudes have been turned upside down.  In the relative scheme of time, it really didn't take too long.   How was our nation changed so drastically so fast?  Well, no doubt Satan was gleefully paving the way.  But still we had to have leaders who led and followers who blindly trotted along behind.  People.  When are we going to wake up?

- Linda

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Greetings from Georgia!

I'm not one to wish time away, but I was never so glad to see a month end as I was March.  "Stressful" doesn't begin to describe it!  On top of our usual active lives was the business of Jimmie closing out one mission work and beginning another.  Naturally, the heartbreak accompanying that move didn't help but we are, as we have always done, striving to focus on the positive.

And there were some positive aspects to March.  Our home congregation - New Hope Road Church of Christ - had a wonderful 5-day Gospel meeting with Adam Cozort.  We've known his parents, Keith & Cheryl, since Jimmie's FSOP days, so we were pleased to learn firsthand what a powerful preacher Adam has become.  We also attended the MSOP Lectureship for the first time in several years.   It was a blessing to hear more good lessons and visit with brethren we had not seen in a while.  Of course, having our daughter, Julie, and grandson, Cole, with us there made it even better!

Now that April has arrived we are moving forward.  Jimmie has vacated his office at Truth for the World and set up a temporary work station at home.  He is dedicating more of his time to writing and, the part that all missionaries hate, fund raising.  We have lost a great deal of Jimmie's support with this move.  We had expected that to happen but it is stressful none the less.  So Jimmie must be about the business of raising money, not only his personal support but funds for the campaign work and benevolent aspects of IBTMThat is certainly a challenge in the present economy so if you know of a congregation or individual looking for a mission work to support, please direct them Jimmie's way.

I have been working on revamping this blog to reflect the change in Jimmie's mission work.  I wanted it to have a new look, but I also wanted it to be easier to read and have more information easily available about his work.  I would appreciate your feedback.

I hope that Jimmie will be able to send a newsletter out soon, but there has been no time yet.  It will be very helpful if most of those can be sent via email, so if you currently get a printed version but have an email box, please send us your address.  Or if you have never gotten the Hill newsletter before but would like to start, the comment button below will send us a message that I won't publish if you give your name and email.  The new Hill Mission Report newsletter will probably only be concerning Jimmie's work with IBTM/ICOTB

I plan to write more frequently on this blog, so I hope you will visit.  It appears that I do love to ramble.

- Linda