"For we are His workmanship, created in
Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should
walk in them."
God's Word to Nurses
the dust had settled on the NC State Convention, the ladies of our Auxiliary
were busily working on their next mission, the annual nurse convention of the
AHHC (the Association for Home and Hospice Care of North Carolina). AHHC (www.homeandhospicecare.org) is the oldest and largest organization in North Carolina
representing all types of in-home service professionals dedicated to providing
quality care to patients in their home and community.
convention was held May 13-14 at the Sheraton Imperial Hotel and Convention Center
in RTP. The Auxiliary was represented by three local camps: Raleigh East,
Raleigh North and Durham South. Liz Merrill, Karen Rabb, Nadine Kay, Dot
Rawley, Linda Cooksey, Emily Dillard, Wyonne Goodwin (Raleigh East), Juanita
Vickers (Durham South). The Auxiliary had their own booth from which they
offered testaments as conventioneers came by. All told, 153 Medical testaments,
6 Spanish testaments, and 3 PWTs were given to many of the 420 visiting nurses
and medical personnel. "It was a very positive and pleasant experience,"
reports Linda Cooksey, Area 8 Auxiliary Director. "Nobody turned us down, but
many nurses indicated they had previously received one. They had them in their
car or at work and a lot of them said they used them."
Lord watched over their booth: On one side was a booth run by a Gideon
president from Davie County and on the other side was a booth set up by a man
who had been saved through a Gideon New Testament! Turns out he is currently
president of Carolina Bible College in Fayetteville, the same college once
headed by Dr. Ralph Richardson, Bible Hour speaker in the recent Gideon State
were also opportunities to witness to the hotel personnel around them. One man
couldn't read English but Linda gave him a Spanish Testament and pointed out
the plan of salvation in the back of the book. Later, he was seen reading his
newfound prize along with another man who had also received a PWT.
Nurse Testimony from the June Information Bulletin: "I received my first copy of God's Word in 1989 while working at the Bridgeton Nursing Center in New
Jersey. Shortly after this, my son was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor, and I kept that Scripture with
me through his surgery and recovery in the I.C.U. I read it often, and received so much comfort and encouragement
from it as I sat at my son's bedside through years of chemotherapy. God eventually healed my son
of his cancer, and I believe that through that tattered Scripture, I became a born-again, Spirit-filled child of
God. Thank you for the wonderful gift of God's Word.
In Christ's love,
Faith Fund Rally July 20
Kicks off 103rd International Convention
There will be
a special Faith Fund Rally 6:30 p.m. Saturday, July 20, at the Durham Hilton—meal cost is $15.00. The speaker will be Horacio Bombicini,
National Field officer for Argentina. This will be a special kickoff time of
praise and prayer as many of you prepare to leave for the 103rd Gideons
International Convention in Louisville, Kentucky, July 23-28. To sign up for the rally, please contact Ray Cooksey at 919-847-0521 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
If it is not
possible for you to attend the convention, please be sure to come to this Faith
Fund rally. Whether or not you can come to either, you can still participate by
writing a generous check toward the International Faith Fund goal of $2,300,000
to provide 1,769,200 Scriptures for Extension countries. Your sacrificial
giving will enable us to provide more Scriptures for the world. Please be in
prayer about how much God would have you give.
check by camp members who attend the convention, or mail checks to our camp
treasurer: Richard Justice, c/o Gideons
International, PO Box 33635, Raleigh, NC. Please put our camp's name on
your check to ensure that our camp receives credit for your offering.
Directions to the
Durham Hilton (3800 Hillsborough Road—phone: 919-383-8033)
From Raleigh on
Take exit 279-B (Highway 147/Durham Freeway). Remain on Durham Freeway for
approximately 11 miles. Take exit 16-A. At the end of the ramp remain in the
right lane and take exit 108-D. At top of ramp, turn left. The Hilton Durham is
one mile ahead on the right.
From Raleigh on
Highway 70 West:
In Durham merge onto I-85 South to exit 173 (Cole Mill Rd). Turn left onto Cole
Mill Rd. Turn right at the first traffic light onto Hillsborough Rd. The Hilton
Durham is a half mile ahead on the right.
Louisville, Kentucky July-23-28
International Convention in Louisville, Kentucky will be a wonderful time of
Christian fellowship with programs for all ages—in both spiritual and
recreational areas. Pray that God will work in your heart and schedule so that
you and your family can be present to receive the blessings He has waiting for you
at the beautiful Galt House Hotel
in Louisville. We encourage you to
participate in this 103rd annual convention through prayers and/or financial
gifts. Reservation forms are in the
April and May issues of The Gideon
and must be received prior to June 21, 2002.
If you cannot attend, please consider supporting the Faith Fund
goal with an offering equal to at least the cost of one night at the convention
hotel. Whether or not you are able to attend this year, please be in prayer for
the convention, for all who will be traveling to and from the convention, and
for the offering goal to be met. For more highlights, see the May Information
Bulletin on www.gideons.org.
The Results are In!
the goals and actuals for the Gideon year just ended (June 1, 2001-May 31,
2002). These goals were reached with God's help, much prayer and the hard work
of our members. Our camp now has 102 members—70
Gideons and 32 Auxiliary—a net gain of
one over last year.
% of goal
3 (+4 Aux)
Church Service Receipts
Memorial Bible Receipts
Faith Fund Receipts
PWTs purchased by Gideons
Auxiliary Scripture Receipts
Auxiliary Medical Testaments
* The North
Carolina Auxiliary cut off its reporting on April 30 for the State Convention.
But from now on, reports Camp Auxiliary President Nadine Kay, the fiscal year
for the North Carolina Auxiliary has been adjusted to be the same as the
Camp Meeting June 18:
New Church Assignment Program
Our next camp dinner meeting will be
held at Embassy Suites, 4700 Creedmoor Road, at 6:45 p.m. Tuesday, June 18.
Don't miss this time of F. I. T. (Fellowship, Inspiration and Training). Church
Assignment Chairman Cliff Merrill will give a presentation on the new Church
Relations Emphasis. For the Auxiliary special feature, Area 8 Auxiliary
Director Linda Cooksey will show a new training video on assisting Gideons with
the Memorial Bible Plan.
If you made a commitment to be at our
last meeting but couldn't attend we were still charged for the meal. Please
consider offering your meal cost ($15 per person) to the camp fund c/o Gideons
International, PO Box 33635, Raleigh,
Living Memorial Bibles
Interim Memorial Bible
Chairman Garland Tucker (785-0404) says the new Gideon year (which started June
1) has already gotten off to a good start with several donations to buy
Memorial Bibles. Remember to send a Memorial Bible card for Father's Day,
coming up on June 16. You can also order them online (www.gideons.org) or from a merchandise order blank.
In Memory: Seby Brown Jones, former N.C. Gideon State President, 1949-1952, died at Springmoor
Retirement Community on June 7, 2002. He was 86. According to a lengthy N&O
article on June 8 (p. 1B & 7B):
"Seby turned himself from dirt-poor Depression farmboy into one of
the Triangle's largest developers. He was a self-made millionaire and former
Raleigh mayor (1969-1971) whose construction legacy includes Crabtree Valley
Mall and the Imperial Center. . . a pioneer in Raleigh's emergence from a
sleepy, little city to a progressive city." An editorial on June 11 called him
"a man of vision, and a man of generosity."
was known in Raleigh as one of the "Big Three" developers, along with Willie
York, developer of Cameron village, and Ed Richards, who built North Hills
Mall, in developing and transforming the momentum of Raleigh's growth. He was
involved in developing properties from North Carolina to Florida, including 130
churches, IBM in Research Triangle Park and the Raleigh Civic Center to mention
just a few. Only words like
"extraordinary," "prodigious," "founder," "hard-worker," "high flier," and
"go-getter" can describe this man.
according to his obituary on page 8B, "Seby Jones loved his God, his family and
his friends. He will be missed, but he will be remembered." He will indeed be
remembered as one of the early founders of Gideons in North Carolina, back when
the only Gideon camp was in Greensboro. Even as he dedicated himself to
expanding the ministry in this state, he shared in the vision that the ministry
was needed overseas and had a strong influence on getting a Gideon to Japan. He
was also a member of Ridge Road Baptist Church where he served as chairman of
the Board of Deacons.
and his wife, the late Christina Brown Jones, lived in an 11th-floor
penthouse suite that he had built atop the Crabtree Sheraton, now a Clarion
Hotel. His son, Roddy, never understood the decision: "I'd kid him, I'd say,
'You've got 400 or 500 of your closest friends spending the night with you
tonight.'" Just underneath the penthouse is the VIP room where, thanks to Seby,
we Gideons of the Raleigh North Camp have met for Saturday-morning prayer since
the late 1980s. Thank you Seby, and thank you God. Send In Memory cards to:
Roddy and Eve Jones, 439 Van Thomas Drive, Raleigh, NC 27615.
Dot Rawley Presents Memorial Bible Plan
Dot Rawley, as Memorial Bible Auxiliary Liaison, has made herself available to visit churches, if invited, and to talk to the women of the church about the Memorial Bible Plan. On Tuesday night, June 11, at Christ Covenant Church, she had this very honor and privilege. After a very short introduction telling who we Gideons and Auxiliary are and what we do, she showed them a Gideon Bible as well as a New Testament. She also showed the new video, which was well received. It has been updated and is very good.
Afterwards, she asked them to take as many Memorial Bible cards as they liked and they did! They took 46 In Memory, In Recognition and Thinking of You cards. Praise God! Dot gives all the glory to God because the Auxiliary and some Gideons knew about the presentation ahead of time and prayed for its success. She said, "The success was there and the glory all goes to God."
Dot said that since women are the usual ones to send cards, they recognize the fact that the cards are free! She says, "When we buy a card at Hallmark or wherever, it costs $2.99 upwards and for a little more they can send a Bible. I trust other women will be willing to show the video."
Two days after giving the presentation, Dot received an In Honor card for four Gideon Bibles from a couple in their church with this note:
"We have always valued the Gideons and their work. After hearing the presentation Sunday (given by John Kay) and Tuesday night, we love the ministry even more. Nothing compares to the Word of God. Thank you for working so tirelessly to get His Word to people." . . . . (signed) Florence.
State Convention Post-convention Meeting
June 8, proved to be the last meeting of the Raleigh Gideon State Convention
local committee, which took place in the North Raleigh Church of the Nazarene
from 10:00 a.m.-12:00 noon. It was also the first meeting of next year's
Winston-Salem local committee. This was a very important joint meeting, because
it served as the transition to the planning process for next year's convention
in Winston-Salem. Convention chairpersons Mike Steiner (N.C. Gideon State
President) and Lois Harward (N.C. Auxiliary State President) hosted the
meeting, along with local chairpersons John Kay and Nadine Kay.
Local convention chairman John Kay advises next year's state convention hosts. (l-r) State Secretary Gary Lewis, State President Mike Steiner, Raleigh registration chairman Jim Loehman, Raleigh church assignment chairman Doug Schmidt.
This was the "passing of the
baton," as it were. Chairpersons on
our committee gave post-convention summary reports so that members on
their committee would know what to expect. The reports included execution of
their responsibilities and suggestions for next year. All agreed that with
God's help, nothing is too big for Him to handle, not even a state convention!
Our prayers go with the Winston-Salem people as they set out on this journey.
We gave them the map—the Lord will
lead the way. Our thanks to all who were and are willing to serve in this
important Gideon function, and to the North Raleigh Church of the Nazarene for
providing a meeting place these many months.
(Church Assignment Chairman) Cliff Merrill (844-1418) seeks your prayers and
support as he carries the baton passed to him from outgoing CAC Doug Schmidt. With God's help, he will continue to build on the solid base of churches Doug
has provided. Cliff already has a very able assistant to help him, Larry
Davenport. Thank you, Larry, for volunteering, and thank you, Doug, for your
three years of super effort in lining up dozens and dozens of church reports
and for getting so many of us to participate in your "Top Ten" program.
John Kay gives Gideon report at Christ Covenant Church. He
spoke 10 minutes each at two services. Want to be a speaker? Contact Cliff
Merrill at 844-1418.
Praise for these
churches and speakers:
Mt. Vernon Baptist
Wesley Memorial UMC
Crabtree Valley Baptist
Pray for these
churches and speakers:
Jail Chairman Cliff Merrill reports that on Sunday evening, May 26, The Lord
blessed the inmates of Wake County Jail with our camp's monthly visit of
Gideons and Auxiliary, who themselves were doubly blessed! The deputy was ready
for them at 6:15, earlier than usual. That was great news except that half the
group was not on-site yet. He requested that they get started but declined to
have later arrivals follow. So, with the opportunity at hand, Liz Merrill and
Karen Rabb went boldly on their own to the ladies' area—truly "grace under fire" because this was their first time without
the company of Nadine Kay or Dot Rawley. Charlie Rabb and Monty Daniels went to
visit the juveniles and Richard Justice and Bill Hudson went to the 5th and 6th
Tom Wallace and Steve Blackmon drove to the Hammond Road
Annex and distributed many New Testaments along with copies of "Daily
Bread." One deputy went with them and put Tom in one dorm and Steve in
another dorm. (There are about 8-10 large dorm rooms.) When they finished a
dorm, they pressed a button signaling the deputy they were ready to move on to
the next dorm. At least one man accepted Christ!
Meanwhile, Cliff Merrill waited in the lobby for the others
to arrive. Shortly thereafter, Ray Cooksey and John and Nadine Kay appeared.
The four remained downstairs offering up prayers in support of those who
And prayer was answered—Ray
and Richard were on the receiving end of leading 13 lost souls to
Christ. Liz and Karen led at least 6 lost souls to a saving knowledge of
our Lord Jesus Christ. These residents all requested baptism! Karen
reported that one lady wanted to sign the plan of salvation and asked her to
witness (sign) it also with her! Praise and glorify God that we have such
opportunities to reach others for His Son Jesus. Altogether that night, 20
souls were saved! Our camp members placed 80 PWTs, 24 Spanish New Testaments and 26 Auxiliary PWTs.
For the fiscal year just ended (June 2001-May 2002), 199
lost souls were saved at the jail. Our total placements were 1,642 PWTs and 438
Spanish New Testaments. From June 2001 through April 2002, the ladies placed
373 New Testaments.
soul out of prison, that I may praise thy name . . ." (Psalm 142:7a).
On a sad note,
Chaplain Poole reported that a young man died in the jail Sunday evening late
on the 5th floor after we had visited. She did not give a name or
specifics. Please pray for his family.
Also pray for the residents and staff since events like this always create
tension and unrest among the residents. Pray for Chaplain Poole too.
man that died was one of those nameless people we see on the roadside with
their tattered signs offering to work for food—one
of those people from whom we try to avoid making eye contact. Only this man was
different, he had a name—"Homeless Bob." Or maybe it was George Henrichs—no
one really knows for sure.
N&O columnist Dennis Rogers wrote a
moving article about him on June 1 (page 1B) in which he said that a few people saw him for what he really was, a man who did the best he could with the weaknesses he had. But the heroin, the booze, the
beatings, the homelessness, the loneliness, had taken their inevitable toll.
Dennis writes: "Maybe his best epitaph is what [his friend] David Taylor said: 'He was the most kindhearted person I've ever met in my life.' Wonder how many folks would say that about us?"
For Homeless Bob, the best he could do wasn't good enough. Only Jesus is good enough. Our weaknesses are His strength. Who knows, that night, some Gideon may have passed him a copy of God's Word. Who knows, maybe he DIDN'T pass into oblivion. Maybe he whispered a final prayer, like the third man on the cross who said, "Lord, remember me when you come into your kingdom."
Butner Prison Ministry
"Dead Without Christ"
Chairman Tom Wallace reports that there is a lot of interest among the
prisoners in the Bible study (now studying Matthew). As new men are admitted to
the prison, word gets around and some of them show up in this class. Members
tend to be anything from just curious, new believers, or longtime Christians.
weeks ago, a man during prayer time stood up and said he thanked God he was in
prison. He had been caught up in drugs and was stealing. His life was miserable
and he was on the way to self-destruction. He showed the class a mark on his
left arm where he had sliced it in an attempt to commit suicide. He said that
without being in prison and without coming to faith in Christ and coming to
that Bible study, he knew he'd be dead. If you feel led to this ministry, call
Tom Wallace at 919-782-0903. PRAY for this ministry and the prisoners.
Hotel Bibles Dedicated at AmeriSuites
The brand-new AmeriSuites Hotel, 200 Airgate Drive in Research Triangle Park.
Ready for action. Hotel staff (foreground) receives their New Testaments during dedication service just before the doors open.
Tom Hopper places Bible in hotel nightstand. All 94 rooms were still empty!
If you ever
want to take a ride just to relax, drive west on I-40 (not, of course, during
rush hour), take exit 284 onto Airport Boulevard and turn left at Thrifty Car
Rental. Right across the road, on 200 Airgate Drive, you'll find the
spanking-new AmeriSuites Hotel. It is so new, in fact, that we had to
reschedule our Hotel Bible dedication there three times before they were
it was they who called us. General Manager Mark Latu asked Scripture Chairman
John Kay to stock their 94 rooms with brand-new Gideon Bibles. We were happy to
oblige. On the morning of Wednesday, May 29, five Gideons came. I suspect there
were more, but a least one or two got lost in the Triangle's tangled highways!
front desk manager Robert Burns and their charming staff were very receptive
and helpful to us; we had a moving dedication in which all were blessed. All
the rooms were vacant and available for Bibles. Praise the Lord for Steve
Blackman, Tom Hopper, Pat Simpson, Ray Cooksey, and John Kay who were able to
participate. We pray that the God will use his Word to reach many for Christ in
Liz Merrill speaks at Sunrise Assisted
Liz Merrill presents a Nurses's Testament to her own mother at Sunrise Assisted Living Home.
On May 9, Liz
Merrill visited the staff and residents of the Sunrise Assisted Living Home at
4801 Edwards Mill Road. Most of the residents are retired nurses who now live
in the home. As part of Sunrise's special program that day, Liz gave a PWT
presentation honoring the nurses and staff and gave PWTs to all nurses, former
nurses and staff. One of these retired nurses—now
a resident—was her own
mother, Sarah Mitchiner, age 90.
John Kay Challenges Seniors at Baccalaureate
Twelve of the fourteen graduates and the Word of God.
Principal Rod Gilbert and Mrs. Melinda Delahoyde organized the event.
On the morning of June 7, John Kay spoke to the graduates of Trinity Academy of Raleigh at
their Baccalaureate Breakfast. He had been invited to give them a challenge by
school principal Rod Gilbert. John and George Kissinger had met Mr. Gilbert
last March during a Youth Testament distribution there.
gave each of the graduates an orange testament and challenged them to make
Jesus Christ their Messiah and choose to become His disciples (Luke 9:18-26).
He urged them to daily get into the yoke He has customized for each of us
(Matthew 11:28-30) and walk with Him as they leave their high school
environment. Praise God for the opportunity to encourage them.
Charlie and Karen Rabb recently placed a Bible on the
waiting room desk at the Radiation Oncology Department in Duke University Hospital. Karen also
passed out 28 Medical Testaments to the medical personnel there.
MEPS Recruits Need You!
A need for backup volunteers exists at the MEPS (Military
Entrance Processing Station). Gideons are needed to present Service Testaments
to new recruits and to witness for Christ. Your mission is to offer free copies
of God's Word to new recruits while expressing prayers and appreciation for
their service to our country. (Read "USA Military Distribution Guidelines" in
your Gideon Guide Book.) Working hours are terrific—7:30-8:00 a.m. on weekdays
only. Call Carl Nanney at 876-1973.
Join us for Prayer
Join the Gideons and Auxiliary at 7:30 Saturday morning for
Scripture reading and prayer at the Crabtree Clarion Hotel (formerly Sheraton
Four Points Hotel). Stay for a great time of fellowship and breakfast! Ladies,
please call Nadine Kay at 870-9266 if you plan to attend. Also, please come to
the monthly meetings with your husband.
Program Assistant training, Camp Carraway, near Asheboro
Camp meeting—New Church
Area 8 meeting for camp presidents & PAs, Best Food,
Area Faith Fund Rally, 6:30 p.m., Durham Hilton, $15.00
103rd Gideon International Convention,
Aug 30-Sep 2
45th Annual Labor Day Retreat at Bonclarken, Flat
Rock, NC. Contact Jon Schweigert 864-458-7989 or jonREschweigert@aol.com
New York City Bible Blitz. Contact Jim Emmons 607-243-3654
Area 8 Auxiliary Luncheon, Burlington Ramada Inn