Since the death of Ruth Hildreth we have been going to Lenoir City as often as we reasonably could. So far, Frank and his sons are holding up -- although it has been visibly difficult for Frank to process his grief. I cannot imagine what this would be like after living with someone for 57 years. Do continue to pray for the family.
On Wednesday, October 22, 2008 I began a series of teachings for a local church in Madisonville, Tennessee on the subject of missions. Pastor Jim Tallent and his wife Sandra invited me to come and help them as they have about 14 persons who feel they may be called to be missionaries. There was good participation and excitement last Wednesday so now I am concerned that this week I need a little extra something to give them. Started out by asking questions: "What is missions?; Who is a missionary?; and When does the missionary go to the field?" Tonight I will take up these questions by asking, "Why should you be a missionary? Where do you go? And finally, How is missionary work done?"
Today at 12:00 I'm going to a luncheon for retired missionaries. Maybe I'll pick up a pointer or two there if I listen carefully???
Speaking of listening -- I took Mom to her hearing specialist last week and also set up an appointment with her Doctor to see if I can have my hearing aids adjusted. They have been safely tucked away in a drawer for over a year now because I could not hear with them. They are really quite a nuisance, so young folks, protect your ears. If you are wondering why I went to Mom's Doctor -- it's because my own hearing Doctor died just over a year ago. Dr. Don Polen had a good testimony of faith in Jesus Christ and I feel confident he is in the presence of God.
Hey! Everybody break out your sweaters and coats. I can hear the chilling winds o' winter a-blowing around my head!!! And don't forget ... time change this Saturday night!
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- Fred Alton
- Cleveland, TN, United States
- I am Fred Alton Brannen, the son of Louis A. Brannen (deceased) and Bonnie Jones Brannen, Louis was an Ordained Bishop with the Church of God. Bonnie is an Ordained Licensed Minister and at 89 years of age is still actively engaged in speaking and singing engagements. I am married to the former Frances Hildreth. We celebrated 53 years of marriage this past June and we are the parents of 3, grand-parents of 10, and great-grandparents of 10. I pastored in Tennessee for 24 years and served the Church in some capacity in missions for over 23 years. I retired from full-time ministry in August of 2008 but remain active, speaking and singing and teaching whenever opportunity affords itself. In January of 2010 I received a letter of commendation for having been credentialed as a minister in the Church of God for 50 years! My family is very important to me. Our get togethers are always noisy affairs and most times will include family sing-alongs. The children love their Mom's cooking so we have the privilege of seeing them regularly! WE LOVE having them over.