Janice sent Dr. Melton a card and he responded with a short letter. He mentioned the "little church" he was attending in WV stating that, "they even have drums, but fortunately there is no one to play them." That is so classic Dr. Melton.
I mentioned how Dr. Melton gave special attention to our "boys" from France and Romania. These were occasions of high celebration at Emmanuel College and he had lots of people trying to speak to him; nevertheless, he took time to make them feel important and loved. I will always honor him for that. The mark of a great man is often seen in the way he treats those who can do absolutely nothing for him. Dr. Melton was a great man and a class act.
Thanks for posting the speech by Dr. Hopkins. It's a keeper.
Janice is feeling much better tonight as I mentioned when you called. Thanks for being a true blue, constant friend during this time of Janice's illness. Thanks for sharing with the HN family the prayer need and keeping them posted as to her progress.
[Editor's Comment: Wesley Russ has been a close friend since 1964. He was born to preach and turned out to be an extraordinary pastor and then the bishop of the Mid-Atlantic Conference. He is one of the most World Missions minded men I know. His conference, although small, is known for their leadership in per capita giving to world missions, more than any other conference. I believe their conference has planted more churches in other countries than any other conference. It is because of the strong influence of Wesley and Janice Russ. I am not sure if Wesley and Janice have been recognized for that great achievement. However, the accurate records are recorded in heaven.
I was sent by that conference to Romania where I preached in a crusade and planted a church in Ocna Mures. In addition, I taught for several days in the Eastern European Bible College in Oradea on pastoral care and counseling to the seniors. That is my background along with my academic and clinical experience that prepared me to teach extensively in these two areas of ministry. I am grateful that Wesley Russ helped to open many doors of ministry for me that may not have happened. I stand to salute Bishop Wesley Russ, former superintendent of the Mid-Atlantic Conference. He is a friend you can trust with your life.
Wesley and Janice love people. Their home is like a hotel for so many people. They have adopted four French boys, and a boy from Romania. They have helped to educate them, and encouraged some of them to attend Emmanuel College. Wesley and Janice are strong supporters of Emmanuel College.