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Raleigh North Gideon Newsletter

May-June 2003

"…serve Him without fear…" (Luke 1:74)

(International Convention Theme)


 

8 Raleigh Hotels Blitzed

8 Raleigh Hotels Blitzed

It was the middle of the afternoon on Sunday, June 8, 2003. The rain outside the North Raleigh Hilton was frightful. Inside, 20 Gideons met to get instructions and to pray. Then they scattered to eight hotels. They would be busy—there were 1,187 rooms to check.

When the teams got to the Red Roof Inn and Residence Inn (the two with outdoor room entrances), the Lord tapered the rain back to a drizzle and then stopped it.

They placed a total of 164 Bibles. They also provided PWTs to 75 people and shared the plan of salvation with some. Fifty-nine used Bibles are to be given a “life” sentence in Wake County jails. Ray Cooksey said one of the employees at AmeriSuites was extremely excited to receive his New Testament.

Pray that the Holy Spirit will have great liberty to use these Bibles to convict people to put their faith in the Lord Jesus. And pray for the many housekeepers that were so thankful to receive testaments that they will come to Him.

Note: Last year we distributed 1,315 Bibles, 634 Hospital Testaments, 1,707 Auxiliary Testaments, 825 Youth Testaments, 2,383 jail/prison testaments, and 6,567 Service Testaments for a total of 13,431 Scriptures. This beats last year’s goal of 4,800 Scriptures by 8,361! Also 10,895 PWTs were placed at the State Fair. In addition, Bill Swart has been distributing Service Testaments to Fire stations and EMTs all over Raleigh.

Our next blitz is scheduled for 2:00 pm Sunday, July 20. Contact John Kay at 870-9266.


Gideons praying for these Bibles aftor our Saturday morning prayer time June 7. Gideons gather at North Raleigh Hilton
Richard Justice (l) with North Raleigh Hilton manager Joe Johnson. Lee Warner, Jim Doherty and John Kay finish up at the Residence Inn.

Hotel

Team

Rooms

Bibles

PWTs

Span.

Used Bibles

AmeriSuites Raleigh

Captain Ray Cooksey, Don Anderson

125

23

7

1

17

Comfort Inn North Hills 

Captain Doug Schmidt, Tom Wallace

84

13

1

0

5

Extended Stay America

Captain Jim Singer, David Auler

115

20

0

1

5

Hampton Inn Raleigh North

Captain Tom Moore, Bill Swart

139

10

3

0

0

Marriott Courtyard

Captain Larry Davenport, John Dillard

153

10

1

1

9

North Raleigh Hilton Hotel 

Captain Richard Justice, Steve Blackmon, Bill Eaton, John Massey

277

20

6

15

6

Red Roof Inn

Captain Lee Warner, Bobby Hall, Bill Hudson, Cliff Merrill

150

33

10

13

8

Marriott Residence Inn

Captain Jim Doherty, John Kay

144

35

5

11

9

 

Totals

1187

164

33

42

59

 

Nurses Receive Medical Testaments

Ladies of the Auxiliary recently placed 189 Medical testaments, 18 Spanish testaments, and 10 PWTs at the annual state nurses’ convention of the AHHC (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.


From left: B.J. Smith, Linda Cooksey, Jeannette Daniels, Lynn Dixon B.J. Smith (rt.) shows God's plan of salvation to nurse.

The convention was held on May 19-20 (Monday and Tuesday) at the Sheraton Imperial Hotel and Convention Center in RTP. Organizer Linda Cooksey reports that the Auxiliary was allowed to set up a booth right next to the hotel entrance where it couldn’t be missed! Auxiliary members worked in three shifts of at least two members each, covering Monday evening (5:00-7:30 p.m.) and Tuesday (7:30 a.m.-1:30p.m.). The Auxiliary was represented by Wyonne Goodwin (Raleigh East), Sandra Hicks (Durham North), B.J. Smith (Roxboro), Lynn Dixon (Wake County South), and Jeannette Daniels and Linda Cooksey (Raleigh North).

 

Auxiliary members even witnessed to the exhibitors surrounding them. And, after they gave a couple of Spanish testaments to hotel staff workers, they prayed that somehow more workers would come to them because they couldn’t leave the booth. God sent their supervisor, who asked if she could bring the rest of her half-dozen staff members out so they could also receive copies of God’s word. In spite of the language hurdle, ladies of the Auxiliary explained God’s plan of salvation to each worker individually. The supervisor smiled and said, “I’ll work with them later.”

 

Camp Meeting July 15:

Speaker Development

Our next camp dinner meeting is scheduled for 6:45 p.m. Tuesday, July 15, 2003 at Embassy Suites (across from Crabtree Valley Mall), 4700 Creedmoor Road. Don't miss this time of food, fellowship, and inspiration. The program will focus on speaker development. We need more speakers!

Note: We try to be good stewards of our resources, therefore if you have confirmed and can not attend we ask that you cover the cost of your meal ($17 per person) with camp treasurer Richard Justice (570-0145).  

 

Cabinet Sets 2003-2004 Goals, Calendar

The annual camp planning meeting for the new Gideon year (June 1, 2003-May 31, 2004) was held at President Lee Warner’s house on Monday evening, June 17, 2003. Present were: Ray Cooksey, Monty Daniels, Malcolm Hawkins, Richard Justice, Frank Rawley, Doug Schmidt, Pat Simpson, Jim Singer, and Lee Warner.    

After much discussion and prayer, our camp’s goals were set (see below chart) and our monthly camp meeting program was carefully planned (see “Camp Calendar”). Motion was made and carried to increase the cost of a campmeeting dinner by $1.00 to $17.00 (to cover increased expenses). All cabinet officers, both elected and appointed, are now in place (see below). After the meeting, Lee’s wife Janet set out some wonderful refreshments. Thanks Janet! Please pray for God’s help in our efforts to win others for the Lord Jesus Christ.

Following are 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. Please pray for even greater results in the forthcoming year. Our camp now has 104 members—73 Gideons and 31 Auxiliary—a net gain of two over last year.  

 

 
2002-2003
Goal
Actual
% of goal
2003-2004
Goal
New Members
3
7
233
3
Church Service Receipts
$16,000
$7,822.12
49
$8,300
Church Services
45
16
36
19
Memorial Bible Receipts
$27,600
$23,943.85
87
$27,200
MB Slide/Video Presentations
6
6
100
12
Faith Fund Receipts
$75,000
$69,405.61
93
$75,000
PWTs purchased by Gideons
        1,000
1,022
102
1,000
Scripture Distributions (*includes 
6,567 Service Testaments, far
above the 500 projected. In
addition, 10,895 PWTs were
placed at the NC State Fair.)
4,800
*13,431
280
5,300
Auxiliary Scripture Receipts
$1,514.75
$1,514.75
100
N/A
Auxiliary Medical Testaments
675
688
102
N/A

 

Meet Your 2003-2004 Camp Officers!

Gideons
Auxiliary

President—Lee Warner

President—Jeannette Daniels

Vice Pres.—Malcolm Hawkins

Vice Pres.—Nancy Davenport

Secretary—Pat Simpson

Sec./Treasurer—Emily Dillard

Treasurer—Richard Justice

Chaplain—Dot Rawley

Chaplain—Garland Tucker

Scripture Secretary—Liz Merrill

Scripture Chair—John Kay

Memorial Bible Liaison—Linda Cooksey

Church Assignment Chair—Ray Cooksey

—Co-chair: Charlie Rabb

 

Memorial Bible Chair—Doug Schmidt          —Co-chair: Frank Rawley

 

Membership Chair—Bill Swart

 

Faith Fund Chair—Jim Singer

 

Jail Chaplain—Monty Daniels

—Co-chaplain: John Gaydos

 

Butner Coordinator—Tom Wallace

 

State Fair Coordinator—Jim Loehman

 

 

Jail Ministry

Wake County Jail Chairman Monty Daniels reports that 2,383 testaments were given out last year. He said, “We meet at the jail the 4th Sunday of the month at 6:00 p.m. and go up to see the prisoners at 6:10 p.m. We’ll train you on the job!” One prisoner at Hammond Road recently greeted Gideons with, “I want a Bible of my own. I’ll put my own name in it!” Wake County has authorized many more security guards, which means many more prisoners will be moved to Hammond Road. Consequently, we may need more Gideons there. Monty took 13 used Bibles to Debbie Jones, our contact at the jail, for prisoners who had requested them. Richard said there have also been requests for large print Bibles.

 

Butner Prison: John Dillard reported that a Muslim named Sam recently showed up in the Friday night Gideon Bible study. He probably represented the Nation of Islam (Louis Farrakhan) and seemed to be genuinely under conviction.

 

Children of Chernobyl

Ray Cooksey said that, because of Charlie Rabb’s ill health, Bill Flythe would replace him this year as Bible distribution coordinator to the Russian Children of Chernobyl. Ray said the cost was covered but John Kay moved that the camp spend $108 for Russian PWTs and it was carried. For time & place of the distribution, contact Ray at 847-0521. 

 

A Wonderful way to Say “I Love You”

With Living Memorial Bibles

In Memory Card: Sarah Mitchiner, age 91, mother of Liz Merrill, died June 13, 2003. Please send card to: Cliff & Liz Merrill, 7709 Wilderness Road, Raleigh, NC 27613.

In Memory Card: Alma Ready, age 95, mother of Pat Simpson, died May 29, 2003. Please send card to: Pat & Anne Simpson, 5205 Eagles Landing Drive, Raleigh, NC 27616.

Thinking of You Card:  Jean Tucker, who is nursing a broken arm. Please send card to: Garland & Jean Tucker, 901 Marlowe Road, Raleigh, NC 27609.

Thinking of You Card:  Charlie Rabb—Pray for God’s physical healing. Please send card to: Charles & Karen Rabb, 7608 Eason Circle, Raleigh, NC 27613

 

Join us for Prayer and Breakfast!

We would love to have you join us on Saturday mornings for Prayer and Breakfast. We meet at the Clarion Hotel (formerly Fourpoints) across from Crabtree Valley Mall at 7:30 a.m. Breakfast (optional) is at 8:00 a.m. We typically meet in the executive meeting room on the 10th floor. Gideons and Auxiliary are always welcome! For more information, call Lee Warner (846-7726) or Nadine Kay (870-9266). 


Camp Calendar

Jul 15 (6:45pm)

Camp Meeting: Speaker Development

Jul 22-27

104th International Gideon Convention, Birmingham, Alabama

Aug 19 (6:45pm)

Camp Meeting: Convention Reports

Aug 29-Sep 1

Bonclarken Zone 10 Annual Labor Day Retreat; Paige Patterson, main speaker. (Contact Jon Schweigert at 864-458-7989 or e-mail: jonREschweigert@aol.com)

Sep 16 (6:45pm)

Camp Meeting: Soul Winning

Oct 17-26

150th North Carolina State Fair

Oct 21 (6:45pm)

Camp Meeting: Scripture Distribution

Nov 18 (6:45pm)

Camp Meeting: Memorial Bible Program

Dec 16 (6:45pm)

Camp Meeting: Fellowship

Jan 20 (6:45pm)

Camp Meeting: Spiritual Objectives

Feb 17 (7:00pm)

Camp Meeting: One-on-One New Member Meeting

Mar 16 (6:45pm)

Camp Meeting: Church Assignments

Apr 20 (6:45pm)

Camp Meeting: Camp Elections

Apr 30

Pastors Banquet (at State Convention)

Apr 30—May 2

57th NC State Convention, Sheraton Imperial Hotel, RTP, NC

May 18 (6:45pm)

Camp Meeting: Convention Reports

 

 

Respectfully submitted,

Pat Simpson, Newsletter Editor

(919-877-0434 or e-mail PatSimpsonBooks@cs.com)

 

This newsletter is published by the Raleigh North Camp of

The Gideons International

P.O. Box 33635

Raleigh NC  27636

Phone: 919:781-0305

WEB: http://members.tripod.com/patsnews


May 2003 Status:


 

Camp Annual Planner 2003-2004









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