Sunday, June 16, 2013

A Word for Dad

A careful man I ought to be,
A little fellow follows me.

I do not dare to go astray,
For fear he'll go the self-same way.

I cannot once escape his eyes,
Whate’er he sees me do,
He tries.

Like me, he says he's going to be,
The little chap who follows me.

He thinks that I am good and fine,
Believes in every word of mine.

The base in me, he must not see,
That little chap who follows me.

I must remember as I go,
Through summer sun and winter snow,

I am building for the years to be,
That little chap who follows me.

- Grace Schmidt

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Banana Republic Saints

There is now posted on youtube a brand new documentary titled: "Banana Republic Saints" that is produced by Clayton Van Huss.  Lydia Hill was one of the camera operators for the film.  Clayton is a student in film at East Tennessee State University and produced this as one of his film projects.  He graduates on Saturday.  Congratulations to Clayton on his upcoming graduation and for his very well-done film.  I encourage you to view it on youtube at:

This was filmed during our most recent mission trip to Honduras.

Thanks, Clayton for a job well done.

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Report from SWRC Trip to Honduras

The mission group sponsored by Southwest Radio Church of the Air, Inc., was in Honduras Saturday April 20, 2013 until Saturday April 27, 2013.

Members included Dr. Noah W. Hutchings, President and Pastor of SWRC and his wife Kim Ky; Dr. Larry Spargamino, Associate Pastor and Secretary of SWRC; Nola Crick, Member of SWRC; Dr. Ron Suitor, M.D., Cardiologist from Oklahoma City and physician of Dr. Hutchings; Clayton VanHuss a film maker and student at East Tennessee State University; Dr. Kenneth C. Hill, Vice-President of SWRC and his daughter, Lydia; Luis Vega, Latin American Director of Siloam International and formerly the teacher on SWRC's Spanish-language program Profecias Biblicas and his daughter Nancy, and Dixie David Bahrona who is presently completing his degree in Civil Engineering.

The group ministered in the Sunday services at the Central CAM Church in Siguatepeque, two Pastors' Conference days of meetings, two days of outreach and evangelism at an elementary school in a barrio in Siguatepeque, and distributed tracts in the marketplaces and on the streets.  They also visited Estero V.E.C.A 89.1 radio that SWRC has been helping to fund its development.  Kenneth Hill was interviewed on the station, telling about ministry in the USA and Honduras.

The mission endeavor was a worthwhile effort!

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Services for Hubert Clyde Hill

Hubert Clyde Hill, 86, of Knoxville, formerly of Kingsport, died on Friday at Jefferson City Health & Rehabilitation Center. The family will receive friends from 1 to 3 p.m. on Sunday (April 7, 2013) at Scott County Funeral Home, with the funeral service to follow at 3 p.m. in the funeral home chapel. Burial will follow at Holston View Cemetery, Weber City Va. with military rites.

Friday, April 5, 2013

Hubert Clyde Hill is now rejoicing with His Lord Christ Jesus

Hubert Clyde Hill
January 30, 1927  -  April 5, 2013

January 30, 1927 brought joy to Mary Ruth (Kern) Hill and her husband Henry Joseph Hill in the mining camp at Toms Creek in Wise County, Virginia with the birth of their first-born, Hubert Clyde Hill.

The youngster grew and played with his siblings as each arrived in the Hill household.  Tragedy came early for Hubert when his father was killed in the mine in 1935.

Too young to work at a regular job to help feed the family, Hubert began working at odd jobs helping anyone who would pay him to work in the fields.  He later joined the Civilian Conservation Corps Camp in Scott County and worked as a water boy before graduating to more of the regular tasks that resulted in many of the beautiful forest areas of the County.

In 1942 he moved to Kingsport to work at the Eastman plant.  He was employed there until his retirement in 1986 with time out for his service during World War II.

Hubert was a tank driver in the Special Tank Battalion 738th known as the Great Speckled Bird unit.  His tank was always at the head of the column with the loud speakers to ask for surrender of the enemy.  He served in the European Theater and was involved in many battles, including the Battle of the Bulge.  He earned a number of medals and ribbons including the Bronze Star Medal, the Good Conduct Medal, the Purple Heart Medal and the European American Middle Eastern Service Ribbon.  Wounds received during his time of service resulted in life-long excruciating pain.  After recovery in the hospitals of Europe and the United States, he was honorably discharged.

He returned home to marry his sweetheart, Erma Lee Harless, whom he had met as one of his pen pals while in the Army.  Together they established a home in the Morrison City community of Kingsport and raised two children, Brenda and Kenneth.

Shortly after his marriage, he found salvation in Christ Jesus his Lord on an altar at the Morrison City Mission Church.  Over the years he became an accomplished Bible teacher and leader of the church, serving as a Deacon for over 60 years.  He was a student of the Word of God and lived its precepts in his daily life.  He was the head of his household and the leader of his family.  He led his family to follow Christ and to trust in the Lord in all things.

In 1956 the family was again impacted by tragedy when a drunk driver crashed into the family as they were traveling to Christmas festivities.  Hubert was pinned in the car with multiple injuries including the amputation of his left leg.  After much surgery and about a year in the hospital, he returned home and renewed his responsibilities.  He gave thanks to God for his healing and thanks to his friends for helping sustain the family during that time of devastation. 

He was a man of determination.  He worked hard raising a huge garden each year, serving the community, working at Eastman, tending to his family, and serving the Church and the work of Christ Jesus.

In his final years, while suffering from the ravages of Alzheimer’s, he continued to recite scripture, sing hymns, and pray well past the time that it was expected that would be possible.

He had a deep sense of responsibility and worked to show that any handicap would not deter him from giving an honest day’s effort on the job, at home, or at church.  Although his pain was unrelenting, he never gave any indication of his suffering to those with whom he worked and worshipped. 

Hubert has gone to be with His Savior to enjoy an eternal  life that holds no more pain and suffering.  The joy of his grand reunion with those who have gone before him cannot be imagined.

He has left behind a family that loved him beyond measure.  His wife of 66 years, Erma Lee (Harless) Hill; daughter and son-in-law Brenda and Ed Miller; son and daughter-in-law Kenneth and Janet Hill; grand-sons Nathan Miller and wife Ashley; Matthew Hill and wife Amanda; and Timothy Hill; grand-daughters  Lee-Anna Miller Thomas and husband Rocky, and Lydia Hill; great-grandchildren  Presley Miller, Jon Thomas, Caleb Hill, and Abigail Hill; his brothers Carl Hill and wife Reta, Rev. Joe Hill and wife Joann, and sisters Henrietta Roach and Carolyn Cunningham and husband Bill.

“Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints.”
 - Psalms 116:15

 Thank you for your prayers for the family and especially for his beloved wife, Erma.

Friday, February 15, 2013

Correction Mission Trip April 20 - 27, 2013

April 20 through 27, 2013 are the dates for a mission effort sponsored by the Southwest Radio Church headquartered in Oklahoma City.  The plans are for a Pastors' Conference of three days in the day with evangelistic and worship services at night.  Other activities include evangelistic tract distribution in schools and in public locations.  Contact Southwest Radio Church at 800-652-1144 for costs and further information.

Friday, January 18, 2013

Honduras News Honduras News


Etelia Vega's mother (Grandma) is doing well at this time.  Thank you for your prayers!

April 20 through 26, 2013 are the dates for a mission effort sponsored by the Southwest Radio Church headquartered in Oklahoma City.  The plans are for a Pastors' Conference of three days in the day with evangelistic and worship services at night.  Other activities include evangelistic tract distribution in schools and in public locations.  Contact Southwest Radio Church at 800-652-1144 for costs and further information.

Check it out!  A new Christian-programmed radio station

Estéreo VECA 89.1 FM 

(Evangelical Voice of Central America)

Find them on the web at and listen to their programming.

Congratulations to the association of churches on getting on the air after a long effort!