was held at the Boys Ranch in Millington, TN. From Sept. 25th
thru Oct. 2nd,
2015. There was approximately 35 people participating and we got a
lot of work done.
Administrator’s home was painted, electrical outlets replaced,
leaky shower faucet repaired, non-functional florescent ballasts
replaced, light bulbs replaced where needed and the detached garage
had a number of switches replaced along with identifying which
breaker controlled what. The back porch of the residence was
extended and a new railing added.
residential buildings had electrical repairs completed.
ranch service trailer lights were repaired.
number of trees along the fence line were removed and/or trimmed.
The fences were
repaired and a fenced area for livestock was constructed.
were trimmed, weeding, etc. on the flower beds all around the campus.
chicken coop was constructed.
church pews were re-sized to serve in new areas.
Food Pantry was gone thru and cleaned, date labeled, etc.
Clothes Closet was cleaned up, organized, etc.
June several of us went to the National COM Rally in Marion, NC.
They were: Joe & Charlene Carter, Gil & June Chard, Jim &
Mona Green, Gene & Billie Haynes, Gary & Jody Henderson,
Charles Johnson, Rick & Rheba Lott, David & Ann Mahon, Don &
Donna Murray, and Bobby, Tina & Lance Naylor. I think this was
the most of our COMs that have been to a National Rally and it was a
wonderful experience. Next year’s Nat’l Rally will be in
Springfield, MO at the Empire Fair Grounds on June 8th – 10th,
projects had been done since our State Spring Rally.
TN held a two week Mission Work Project at Harrison-Chilhowee (The
Kings Academy) near Seymour, TN. There were eleven members present;
six of those were from Middle TN. A total of 615.5 hours were
are the work items completed:
Kindergarten Rooms and Hallway in Ogle Building.
Classroom and Front Gym Wall in Tibbitts Building.
Dishwasher and two Cabinets in Schubert Apartment.
Bathroom Vanity, Shower and Commode in Atchley Apartment.
Laundry Sink, Washer and Dryer in Atchley Building.
Sink, Plumbing, Electric, Cabinet and Sink in Kitchenette in Stewart
on Fire Marshals Punch List.
electrical supply to Workshop from Concession Stand.
Limbs in Campground.
shrubs, removed grass and weeds from Flower Beds.
Joe went up to Camp Ozone (Christian Bible Ministry),
Townsend, TN and checked out what needed doing. Then he &
Charlene went back and installed a couple RV Hookups.
Later Gary Henderson went back for a couple weeks and
did quite a bit of work. He installed a Laundry Sink in Director’s
Home, Ice Maker at Lodge, new Frostproof Yard Hydrant in Cabin area,
and Replaced Exterior Valve Box at Lodge. He repaired the Wooden
Fence, Lodge Door, Weedeater, and the Bell outside of Lodge. He also
trimmed Trees at the entrance to camp, replaced a tractor fan blade,
and built a Chicken Coop.
The Carters went on their Mission Trip to the Southern
Baptist Seminary in Cochrane, AL in July as they have done for the
past 20 years. Several people go with them each year. It would be
nice if some of our COMs would like to go also.
there was some work done at the Boys Ranch & Bartlett Children’s
Home but I haven’t gotten a report on work done in West, TN.
Things Going On
have had some Mission Work going on since the Fall Rally. Several of
our members are helping with the building of the New Beginning Church
at Monteagle, TN. The church is in one half of the “Fred’s”
store there about ¼ mile off of I-24 at Exit 134. The inside
is being totally finished. There have been metal studs put up,
electrical wiring, sheet rock hung and some puttying done. The work
is still going on if anyone is interested call Joe Carter. The
workers have just been going down for the day then driving home but I
think you could go down and stay for a few days at a time.
Combs traveled with a group from the Maury County Baptist Association
to Vilonia Arkansas for a project with Samaritan’s Purse. The
living accommodations were spartan with men in a single bunk room and
the women in another building with a similar bunk room. The project
was a year long effort to rebuild homes for residences destroyed by a
tornado. By it being a home, the new owners were present and
available to be witnessed to. The work was for these teams were
installing vinyl siding and soffit, insulating the residence before
the dry wall installation. Completing porch railings and building
exterior stairs. Meals were furnished as were tools and bedding. This
is a Franklin Graham organization and there was prayer before all
meals and at the beginning and end of each day's work. There was a
devotional similar to our own each morning, and a sharing time after
the evening meal about what each of us had personally learned. The
sharing was directed to our spiritual life more than out work day.
The complete team was from three parts of the country, and included
Lutherans, Episcopalian, Catholic, and Baptists. There was time for
games in the evenings.
Spring Rally is scheduled for April 22nd
with the work week the 25th
thru the 30th
at the Chattanooga Children’s Home.
Fall Rally is at Brentwood Children’s Home on Sept. 30th
– Oct. 2nd
with the work week on Oct. 3rd