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The Robinsons’ Herald
E·mail version for June thru September 2006
Greetings from ‘Almost
Heaven’ in West Virginia!
And he said unto them, Come ye yourselves
apart into a desert place, and rest a while: for there were many coming and
going, and they had no leisure so much as to eat.
For they have refreshed my spirit and yours: therefore acknowledge
ye them that are such. (1 Corinthians 16:18)
At a church we recently visited,
we heard an older evangelist reminiscing about noted West Virginian
Evangelist, B. R. (Bascom Ray) Lakin (1901-1984). He stated that in the last
years of his life, someone asked the aging Lakin, “Do you ever get tired of
the ministry. Evangelist Lakin, then very feeble and not as sharp as he had
been in younger days, was reported to have replied, “Though at times I have
been weary in the work, I have never been weary of the work.”
obviously very little comparison between the notable ministry of Evangelist
Lakin and that of our own, yet, I can say the same about us at times being
weary in the work, but not of the work. Yet, we desperately needed a time of
refreshing and leisure. This is especially true after the very difficult
trip traveled from the mainland of
to West Virginia.
In our July
23 e·mail update, we stated that we were to travel from Carriacou to the
mainland by boat on Saturday, July 29, stay overnight, then the next day,
Sunday, fly to Barbados, then to Charlotte, and finally arrive into
Charleston, West Virginia around 11:00 PM that Sunday night. Well, we got to
the mainland okay, but the next day the Caribbean Star flight that was to
take us on to Barbados arrived some three hours late! When we did finally
arrive in Barbados, the only US Airways Flight to the
for the entire week was taking off! Caribbean Star kept us standing around
in the airport from around
2:50 PM to 7:30 PM,
until they finally decided to send us to a hotel for the night. They sent us
to the airport, then told us to be up and ready to leave the hotel at 4:45
AM. The next morning, Monday, the bus to the airport arrived at about
5:30 AM! We got the airport at around
6:00 AM and when right through security. We then discovered that our plane (on
Caribbean Sun this time, a sister company to Caribbean Star) was not due to
leave until around
Thankfully, we did leave almost
on time from Barbados, and
took off for Antigua on a 40 passenger de Havilland Canada DHC-8, popularly
known as the Dash 8, a Propjet. There we had to get off the plane – with our
carryon luggage – go through immigrations and security once more, then get
back on the same plane. We then took off and noticed that the plane was
getting uncomfortably warm. However, a little while later, we landed on St
Kitts, where we once more were required to leave the plane, with our carryon
luggage, go through immigrations and security once more, and then board the
exact same plane. We took off again only to land a few minutes later on St.
Eustatius. Yes, we had to do the same song and dance with getting off, going
through immigrations and security, and getting back on the same plane! The
last leg of the island hopping trip to the US was on to San Juan, Puerto
Rico. Other than being very warm to hot during the flight, things went
rather smoothly from there. The attendant told us that it was hot inside the
plane because it was very hot outside! Okay...
Finally, we flew on to Charlotte,
and then arrived in Charleston, West Virginia exactly twenty-four hours
late. Tabitha, and her husband Matt, picked us up and took us on to Beckley.
We had been staying with my mother in Beckley. It has been nice being around
her and we appreciate her allowing us to park there with all of our luggage.
We have enjoyed seeing family and
friends and visiting our extended spiritual family in our home church Cross
Lane Bible Church (CLBC), Hill Top Baptist, located just outside Beckley in
Midway (we attend there when we are staying in Beckley), and Bible Baptist
in McArthur where Tabitha and her family attends. The preaching, teaching,
and fellowship have been great and truly refreshing to us.
One of Linda’s older sisters,
Anita, had graciously let us use her new car to get around and visit
friends, family, and the churches mentioned above. We truly appreciate her
letting us use it. Linda and I have gone for long drives in the country and
elsewhere simple to enjoy the scenery, and nice smooth roads.
We have gone on a site-seeing
picnic with the Jarrett’s (Tabitha’s family) and had dinner with them
several times. It is nice to see our two grandchildren, Christopher and
Amanda (17 and 13 respectively). There were both baptized recently after
receiving Christ as their savior! Praise the Lord! They have both grown much
and are doing well in school.
It was also good to see Jeshua,
who is still working. At this point, it is not clear what he wants to do.
Please remember him in
your prayers as we seek the Lord to reveal His perfect will to Jeshua, and
for Jeshua to receive it.
Linda and I have being helping
both of our mothers, as we have opportunity, and they have needed. They have
both become widows after we moved to Carriacou fifteen years ago. As you may
recall, my stepfather died in 2000, and Linda’s father died this past
December. It is nice to be around our mothers to help for a change.
I have also been busy repairing a
few things here and there at mom’s, including replacing a serpentine belt on
her car. I then helped my son-in-law resolve a problem on Tabitha’s car by
doing some locksmith work on their electronically secured ignition switch.
(The latter was a true learning experience that was challenging and
Linda’s mom, Francis Carson,
recently had a significant part of her monthly support cut off after her
husband died nine months ago. Linda’s sister Anita has remained with her
mother to help since her father died, but she now needs to return to
Orlando, Florida sometime this month. Linda has been taking her mom around
to pay bills, and we took them to a meeting at a black lung clinic to speak
to lawyers who are now working to get her mother’s check restored. Please
pray that this will go quickly. We were told that many die of illness or old
age before the cases are resolved and the checks are restored.
A couple of weeks ago we drove my
mother (Lois Holmes) to Charlotte so that she could visit with my sister,
Sarah Lynn Davis, her husband Jarrod, and her six children. We had a nice
trip down, and Linda and I drove back the next day. Mom returned about a
week later. I also helped mom do some research at the local county court
house on some property she inherited after my stepfather died back in 2000.
We have a good idea where it is, and know more about the particulars about
it. Now, mom and another person that also has interest in the property must
decide what they are going to do.
Please remember to pray for mom.
As you may recall, back in January of this year she had surgery to correct
hemorrhoids and a fissure. The Hemorrhoids have been corrected, but the
fissure has not properly cured yet and still causes her much discomfort and
pain from time to time. She also has ulcerated colitis that flares up often
and leaves her feeling wrung out. Please pray for these remaining ailments
to heal up.
Please remember both of our
mothers in your prayers.
night, September 3, I gave a brief report and preached on “Building a Chaste
Church in an Adulterous World,” at CLBC. I am thankful for the opportunity,
and have been encouraged by the interest, words of encouragement, and gifts
from those at our home church. It is truly refreshing for me.
Nearly three weeks ago, Cross
Lanes Bible Church graciously made their guest apartment available to us. I
am simply too busy in Beckley most of the time to get much of anything done.
Thus, I stayed at the CLBC guest apartment and got some work done since
Friday, September 8. This much needed prayer letter, among others, are some
of those things I am getting done. Linda remained in Beckley for a week to
help her mom and be around Tabitha and family and Jeshua.
Within the last week or so, I
have attended the funerals of two good friends and older brothers in Christ
at CLBC. Right before we arrived, they had the funerals for two dear sisters
in Christ that had been battling illnesses for several years. It was sad to
say goodbyes, but is a reassuring blessing that each of these saints is in a
far better place and free of their suffering. It has been good to see many I
have known for years, and meet many new people at CLBC and Hilltop Baptist
I was asked to speak at the AWANA
group on Wednesday night at CLBC, September 13, at Cross Lanes Christian
School. The children’s attentiveness and response was a blessing and
encouraging. The next morning I spoke at CLBC’s “Jolly Seniors” program at
Cross Lanes Christian School. There were some 250 truly Jolly Seniors
present, with the oldest being a precious lady that unashamedly announced
that she was 104! At the conclusion of that message, two precious aged souls
responded to say that they had received the Lord Jesus as their Savior!
Praise the Lord for such a miracle!
Linda recently attended a circle
meeting in the home of one of the ladies of CLBC. On Thursday night,
September 14, she spoke at a ladies group at one of the homes of a family at
Hilltop Baptist. Tabitha and our Granddaughter, Amanda, went with her.
Though Linda was a bit nervous, she enjoyed herself, and the ladies
responded well. This past Sunday, I had the delightful experience of
operating the PowerPoint equipment at CLBC. They truly have a first rate
setup and it was exciting to be used in this capacity.
News about Windward Bible Church
The Stolls have told us that the
attendance has remained good in the first six weeks of our absence. The
faithful have remained so, and that is encouraging to us.
We are also thankful that, thus
far, the hurricane season has remained calm and quite. We have seen several
systems form in the Atlantic the last few weeks. Thankfully, none have went
through the Caribbean or ventured on up into the United States so far.
Please pray that the Caribbean islands, and especially the island nation of
be spared this year. There are still homes and businesses that are
rebuilding or doing repair work because of damages suffered in 2004 and 2005
from Hurricanes Ivan and Emily, respectively speaking.
When the Stolls got their tickets
to come to Carriacou, the best deal was for round trip tickets, with the
return set for September 11. They are happy to have had another grandchild
added to their family a month or so ago, so they took a twelve day trip
visit back in Hudson, Florida. They will have missed one Sunday and two
Wednesdays. However, a retired pastor, Jerry Walker, currently serving the
Lord on Carriacou, volunteered to provide a midweek service for our folks on
Thursdays and one Sunday service at 3:00 PM. He is on Carriacou filling in
for John and Karen McPherson, who are also on furlough until the end of this
December. John serves as the pastor of the missionary planted church, Open
Door Independence Baptist, which is located just outside the town of
Hillsborough on Carriacou. Like the Stolls, Pastor Jerry and Dawn, his wife,
have been faithful and used of the Lord to carry on in the absence of the
Robinsons and McPhersons.
Please keep the Stolls and Walkers
in your prayers. Both have some current health issues that are making it
difficult at times for them to minister to the folks of Carriacou. Also,
remember to pray daily for our folks on Carriacou to remain faithful, to
grow, and to reach out to the lost around them.
My health is better, even though
I still have some discomfort from time to time. Thus far, I have not been
able to determine just what it is that I do that aggravates the problem.
I have recently begun to walk
briskly for three miles, then one more to cool down. It is helping very
much. I am able to sleep better at night and I have a better sense of well
being after doing so. I have a goal to lose at least thirty pounds before I
return to Carriacou, next year, Lord willing. I also plan to get a checkup
sometime in the months ahead.
Please pray for my ongoing health
improvement and Linda’s health.
Robinsons Furlough Plans
Unless you count time recovering from a
serious stroke (April 1999 to April 2000), a broken leg and collarbone
(January 2001 to September 2001), and two surgeries for me (2 ½ months in
2004), and a hysterectomy for Linda (1999), the last time we took time off
for rest and furlough was ten years ago
back in 1996. That furlough was for only six months. After living through
two destructive hurricanes that damaged our meeting place and home in eleven
months in 2004 and 2005, we were indeed tired, and desperately needed some
time off. Except for the activities mentioned above, we have often been
doing nothing but resting since we arrived the first part of August.
I am now getting back into the swing of
things and getting things done. I have recently gotten all of our email
prayer letters and updates posted to my website and up to date after not do
much of anything to it for nearly two years. You may read them by going to:
I have gotten some new contacts and scheduling of more
meetings is in the works. I am also starting on our presentations, which I
hope to complete and get exported to DVD format so that we can show them at
our supporting churches and any new churches we visit. I would like to be
able to leave copies and even send copies to those that may request them. I
would appreciate it if you would send us the contact information of good
churches so that I can contact them about presenting our ministry. No place
on earth is off limits at this time. In fact, we hope to travel and see much
of the United
States we have never seen before, especially out west and the west coast.
Please keep in mind that I will not be visiting any denomination churches. I
will only be visiting independent fundamental churches that are Baptist or
Baptist in tradition such as Bible Churches, etc.
Please pray that I will get all these things accomplished soon so that we
can be on the road in the next few weeks.
A family that attends CLBC has graciously
made their 2001 Honda Odyssey available to us until it begins to snow. They
will need it back at that time. It is a very nice vehicle, which is very
comfortable to drive and ride. It also eats hills like a kid taking to ice
cream, yet it averages about twenty miles to the gallon! This is great,
especially since gas was nearly $3.00 per gallon since we arrived. We have
made several trips back and forth between Beckley and Charleston, West Virginia.
We are thankful to report that gas is now
down to $2.27 in some places. We praise and thank the Lord for this trend,
and pray that it will continue. One of the foremost expenses for furlough is
fuel costs. Pray that the Lord will provide
another dependable vehicle when the weather gets cold. It is projected to
get down into the thirties later this week, however, no snow is predicted as
far as I know.
Our list of ongoing prayer requests is still
present on our website at
Thanks again for your faithful
prayers and gifts. I am looking forward to seeing each and thanking you
Still looking up for Him,
Signature omitted from Email Version for
Walter Robinson II
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Baptist Missions Helps
P.O. Box 4177
Our overseas address is:
Walter II or Linda Robinson
Cross Lanes Bible Church
5442 Big Tyler Road
Tel. 304-776-1619 ext.
19 (Church Guest Apartment)
(Walter’s Charleston, WV Cell)
William (Bill) and
Same address and
(Charleston, WV Exchange Internet Phone)
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