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  • Randal 10:21 pm on June 10, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Just back from the preacher’s retreat. Was great! Saw some whom I’ve met before, like Stephen B., and made some new friends as well. Classes, discussions, devotionals, all was really great, thanks to the organization by Justin Odom and his congregation, as well as Ron T., who, through a quirk of agenda, missed the event.

    Am in Tenn., my son Joel’s wife Tansy is seven-months pregnant, in hospital with kidney stones. At my son’s house, going soon to hospital, while trying to catch up on four days’ worth of emails and messages and other sundry backlogs.

    • Richard Mansel 10:25 pm on June 10, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I missed you a lot. Sorry to hear about Tansy. All of you need our prayers. God Bless.

      • J. Randal Matheny 10:28 pm on June 10, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks, Richard, and others. I’m at Joel’s house now, going to hospital shortly. Also, please pray for my younger brother. He went in alcohol detox Sunday week ago and I was with him every day during that. I had to leave for Ill. on the 4th, and on the 8th, he went into rehab. I won’t get to see him again before I return to Brazil next Monday, since he won’t be able to receive calls or visits.

    • Mike Riley 12:55 pm on June 11, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Randal, good to hear from you! We are still praying for Tansy. I can’t even imagine the pain she must have with kidney stones. Will the doctors wait until after she delivers the baby before dealing with the stones?

      • J. Randal Matheny 1:15 pm on June 11, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks, Mike, it’s good to be back, though access may be patchy for me these last days of my trip in the U.S. I leave Monday for Brazil.

        If she doesn’t pass the stones soon, apparently they may send her home and wait until after the delivery and then consider what procedure to use. They can’t do any of those with the pregnancy, from what I understand. Thanks for your prayers. They mean a lot.

        • Mike Riley 5:50 pm on June 11, 2010 Permalink

          You are very welcome for the prayers! Pray you’ll have a safe flight home on Monday. I know your family there anxiously awaits your arrival.

    • J. Randal Matheny 9:31 pm on June 11, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Tansy is now home, but still with at least one kidney stone, but it’s not moving apparently. Thanks for those prayers.

  • Randal 11:32 am on February 6, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Do you go to lectureships? 

    Early-bird Ron has already answered the Daily Nudge for today, “What lectureships do you attend? Why?”

    I missed last year, but for the last 15 I’ve attended the National Christian Workers Encounter at the Mt of Olives Christian Camp in the city of Embu Guaçu, on the other side of Sao Paulo. It’s a two-day event for men, excellent in every way. The speeches are good, the fellowship is great and it’s the largest event of its kind here in Brazil (though not the largest gathering of Christians).

    In the U.S., for the last three years, I’ve participated in, and spoke at, the May Missionary Retreat at Maywood Christian Camp in Hamilton AL. Plan to again this year, Lord permitting. It’s an event for any one interested in the gospel around the world, not only for what you’d think of as missionary types. I learn a lot from the dedicated saints who attend, from their total centuries of experience.

    At the first retreat, organizer Wayne Barrier mentioned three goals: relaxation, exchange of ideas and information, and education. He didn’t mention pigging out on food that was always at hand. We did that, too.

    Ron, I regret that I’ve not be able to go to the FHU Lectureship in the 25 years we’ve been in Brazil, since our visits there never coincide.

    Like many things, I suppose, reasons abound for attending such events, among them, content and communion.

    • Ron 11:50 am on February 6, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Perhaps one day, when you return, you might have the opportunity and desire. If I recall correctly, two brothers had attended faithfully since 1939 (Cotham and Nichols), but I may be mistaken in this.

    • Randal Matheny 11:56 am on February 6, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Not when, but if. No plans at the moment to return to the U.S. That’s Perry Cotham, I presume. He preached the campaign meeting for the church in Aylesbury, England, in 1976 or 77 that I was a part of.

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