Wesley Russ, my best friend in the known world, who resides in Beltsville, Maryland reported that the roads are closed in Maryland and that the Catholic bishop there has given Catholics permission to stay home from Mass on Sunday. Wesley and Janice will stay home today. He was to preach in one of the churches today in the Mid-Atlantic Conference.
Earlier on Saturday morning, I received an email from David Wheeler who is on staff at Holmes Bible College. I have known him for many years. We went on a Missions Trip together to either the Ukraine or Romania to preach in a crusade and plant churches. We went to different parts of those countries.
Well, David took some photos of the new campus of Holmes Bible College with a blanket of snow that covered the roof of Holmes Memorial Church, the Centerpiece of the campus. This house of worship and praise, prayer and experiencing God is far more important than the Library or Learning Center, as important as that is for reading and doing research. A student's spiritual life is of utmost importance.
Holmes Bible College is adjacent to Furman University. Dr. Paul F. Beacham was kind and gracious to me. I spent one full year as a student of Holmes Bible College. I had attended Emmanuel College one year prior to enlisting in the United States Marine Corps. I could have requested a ministerial deferment since I was studying for the ministry. I had passed the physical for the Army, but I am an American and I did not want to be drafted. So, I went down to the Marine Corps Recruiting Office in Birmingham and joined the finest fighting force of our US Military.
After I completed my three-year enlistment, I was honorably separated from the Marine Corps, but was required to transfer to the Marine Reserve for another 6 years. Because of the Berlin Crisis, in which I could have been called up to go back on active duty, I had to stay one additional year. I attended Asbury College for one year after serving on active duty in the Marines. I finished college at Furman University with a B. A. degree in Psychology, with a double Minor in English and Speech, and was able to complete all three years of Bible study under the teaching of Dr. Paul F. Beacham and the Rev. Mr. Jesse Daniels. That Bible education has been more valuable to me than any other studies I have achieved. As soon as I was discharged from the Marine Corps as a Buck Sergeant, I applied to be approved for the Army Chaplain Candidate Program and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in my Junior Year of graduate school at Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Ky. I was married at that time. Melvine and I married on August 13, 1960.
My parents, Julia Payne, of Birmingham, Alabama, and Hugh Henry Morgan, of Seminole, Oklahama met at Holmes Bible and Missionary Institute when it was on Paris Mountain. They were there when the school moved to the old location on Briggs and Bunchome. There is a third photo of Paris Mountain with communication towers, My parents thought so much of Brother N. J. Holmes that they named me for him. So, my full name is Hugh Holmes Morgan. Melvine and I named our son, Gregory Holmes Morgan to keep the name Holmes alive. So, Holmes runs deep in my spiritual DNA.
We praise God for Holmes Bible College and Holmes Memorial Church. These two institutions are worthy of your support.