March Letter to Supporters

Jerry & Ann Hogg 462 Amanda Circle Knoxville, TN 37922 Home: 865-777-1768 * Cell: 865-809-4603 Email: March 13, 2015 Dear Brethren: The months have gone by quickly. Ice and snow were present, not only in the Northeastern states, but we got a taste of low tempertures and moisture on the ground that kept us in for several days. However, our snow was measured with a foot-long ruler, and not with a yardstick as some states measured it. We are definitely glad to welcome springlike weather here in East Tennessee. Hope your family and loved ones avoided getting stuck on those icy roads in some parts of the country. It is good to be alive and well as we prepare to lock up our condo and fly out to the mission fields in Southern Africa on the 18th of March. Ann is finishing up her last round of physical therapy and has begun packing for our trip to South Africa. I am spending my days trying to complete two outlines for teaching two different courses once I get to my destination. Peter Mostert from Riverside, Calif. has become my new mission-partner. I will fly from Johannesburg to Lusaka, Zambia 4 days after we get to South Africa. Peter is a graduate of the Bible College. I taught him back in the ‘70s and he has been preaching several years in Southern California. Now, he has decided to return to his birth place (Zambia) and will work with me in teaching at different training schools. He also has undertaken the project of restoring and repairing water wells in many African villages we will visit on this trip. He has the expertise and financial backing to do this much needed task, to provide clean drinking water to many people in the villages we plan to visit. As you know, having clean drinking water is important to maintain a healthy life. We have almost finished the Winter months (Ianuary. February & mid-March) with some ice and snow, now the rain has started. We here in East Tennessee have seen icy roads that relate to less traffic moving about and light snow, in spots. Of course this meant schools and many businesses were closed down for a couple of weeks. Now, they are ready for "Spring break" week. I don’t remember being out of school so many days, and weeks at a time. I walked to school in snow "up to here" as they say. These days, parents must provide daycare for their kids when they miss school, or make other arrangements. We trust all of you, our brethren and faithful supporters, are keeping well, staying inside, and keeping warm. Our prayer is for your health and safety during this season of icy roads and snow predictions. I am attempting to finish up my study-notes on John for the teacher at SABC who is filling-in for me. He first wrote that he would need the material in late April, when the second part of the semester begins, but recently he wrote that he’d like to have them ASAP– now-now, as South Africans say! So, I got busy and am now on Chapter 12. Ann has edited through Chapter 11, and I have the first 11 chapters ready to send to SABC. Also, since I’m teaching the Book of Revelation at the West End church on Wed. Nights, I am also spending a lot of time developing an outline on that book. Another project underway is our book on the history of our 46 years of mission work. Ann has edited all chapters I have written so far. Since I have these two major outlines/study-guides underway, that has been put on the shelf, for now. Meanwhile back in the Jungle, as we’ve heard on the "Tarzan" shows – SABC’s classes began the 27th of January, Officially, the first 2 weeks are devoted to what is termed "Orientation" giving the new students a run-down on all the rules and regulations, answering their many questions about what is expected of them, etc. and refreshing these things with the second and third-year students, assigning housing and accommodation for everybody. Since it is snowing, big-time, here in Knoxville today, I was working on notes for Wed. Night class on Revelation, but have just heard that mid-week classes are cancelled for tonight. Since that is the case, I can get back to my studies on the John study-guide that the SABC teacher needs urgently! Every day is scheduled for study and writing, so I’m not just sitting around watching TV or playing in the snow. I do take a break now and then, to run to the grocery store or drug store for medicines, or to some appointment. Ann still cannot drive herself anywhere since the stroke. Did you know that a person (by law in most states here) cannot drive for 6 months after a stroke? She certainly isn’t able to do that, she can barely get herself seated in the passenger-side of the van. Besides, her eyesight hasn’t improved much since last January when she began with the eye surgeries! At times, she cannot see well enough, even with her glasses, to read my notes and to edit them. At this point in time, we are attempting to sort things out here and pack for the trip to Africa. I have been working on getting our email system setup (again) so that we can receive emails over there. I’ve been on the phone with Charter all morning trying to adjust the settings. We have not gotten any emails in several days this week. But, it is amazing to us that we can go online, and even send out emails to one another, but we are not getting anything in the "inbox" from outside. We are hoping you can receive this correspondence to thank you for the consistent way you (and others) have been this past year to send our regular support for the work. We do appreciate you so very much. May God bless all of your members who give so that you can keep your obligations and maintain your budget. Pray for us. esp. for Ann’s eyesight and walking skills to improve. The doctor told us to put the much-needed back surgery in a "box" and forget about it, for now. He said if things improve with her, at some point, we might need to take it out and look at it again. Dr. Smoak is just not "comfortable" with Ann being put to sleep for 8 hours or so to have that surgery this soon after the stroke. We asked him then, IF we could go back to Africa, and he gave us the "okay" to go, then he prayed with us and for us. That was very sweet! In Christ our Lord, Jerry V. Hogg SABC Faculty/Lectureship Director