We had fun at Priscilla’s recitals for her students. This year, there were so many people that she had to split it up into two back-to-back recitals so that we could fit everyone in the church! It worked out great, and all the food that people brought was so good.
A Special Birthday Party, Piedmont, SC
Our “Angel Joe”
Many years ago, when our children were small, I would take them for walks in the subdivision behind our house. As best as I can remember, when we had around 7 young ones at the time (baby to 10 years), I took them for our usual stroll with our older boys riding their bikes. They called a large incline the “Lion Hill” due to cement lions outside one of the houses at the hill. While speeding down, my 8-year-old son lost control and took a bad spill off his bike. He was screaming uncontrollably with pitiful tears spilling out of his eyes. As I was trying to juggle everything and feeling overwhelmed, I cried out to the LORD for help. A kindly-looking man seemed to appear out of nowhere with a shirt that had big letters:
across the front. He came to my aid and helped calm my son down, cleaned up his bleeding wounds, and set us back on our way. When I finished getting our baby settled into the stroller and looked up to thank him, he was gone! From that day forward, we always referred to him as our “Angel.” Although we had walked the subdivision for years leading up to that day and for years following, we never saw him….until about 3 years ago and 20 years after the incident.
Walking into an assisted-living facility nearby where our family has ministered for over 25 years, I immediately recognized a new resident—our “Angel” Joe! 😊 (We learned that he had lived behind the subdivision on the other side). We thank God for sending him back into our lives. He is truly one of the most kind and gentle men we have ever known. He has since moved to another facility closer to our farm, and every week Peter plays the piano or accordion, holds a devotional and prayer time, and visits with the residents there. Sometimes we join him. Our family had the honor of being invited to Joe’s 88th birthday party, and while we were there, the girls were asked to sing. May God continue to bless our “Angel Joe”, as we’ll never forget his act of kindness so long ago.
Billboard Update! Laurens, SC
We either stand for what’s right or we stay silent.
I am proud to say that we are standing strong in Laurens County, and I am honored to lead the charge. What started as a transgender/LGBTQ propaganda billboard targeting the most vulnerable among us, our children, has since transformed into a message of biblical truth. God has been at work in our community and this story is simply too good not to share.
New Beginning Baptist Church, Waterloo, SC
Thank you for inviting me (Deborah) to come and play my harp for the morning service! I had a great time, and we enjoyed getting to meet ya’ll afterwards.
We had a fun day ministering at our church and nursing home on Easter!
Laurens County Republican Convention, SC
We are excited that Luke won reelection for chairman for the Laurens County Republican Party! It was an answer to prayer. We enjoyed singing the National Anthem to kick off the event. Loud bursts of thunder accompanied both the opening and closing prayers as well as the perfect timing during our song. 😊 What a morning—Praise God!
Laurens County Billboard Controversy, Laurens, SC
The large billboard supporting LGBTQ on I-385, and paid for by AFFA, reads: REJOICE! GOD LOVES TRANS KIDS
We stand behind Luke’s interview on Channel 7 News and his statement below. We must pray for repentance and revival in America!
“The agenda of Alliance For Full Acceptance is in their name. They want us to accept their lifestyle, normalize their perversion, and they are trying to use God as a means to accomplish this. God does love trans people, but God hates their sin. I, too, can love them, but at the same time I will call out transgenderism and the LGBTQ agenda for what it is – because it’s wrong and evil. We cannot normalize the mutilation of kids and just accept it. There is a war going on for the souls of our children and it’s our job as parents, pastors, and community leaders to push back, stand united, and declare that we won’t allow this dangerous ideology to take a foothold in our community.”
LUKE RANKIN, LCGOP CHAIRMAN
Swamp Rabbit Trail, SC
We all had a fun day biking and eating along the Swamp Rabbit Trail! We are blessed to have these trails so close to home. In order to qualify for an ROA posting—yes, we did sing and reenact the Sound of Music scene of Do-Re-Me as we rode the bikes!
Merry Christmas from the Rankin Family!
4th District Christmas Party, Greer, SC
We had a lot of fun attending this event. The Greenville Young Republicans did a great job putting it together, and of course, the cookies were delicious!
The Billy Graham Library, Charlotte, NC
Visiting The Billy Graham Library and his childhood home has always been on my to-do list. Today, I was able to cross that off. What a powerful and wonderful experience! The gospel message was clearly given throughout the tour, and Jesus Christ was mentioned more times than I could count. They even had a special time at the end of the tour where an invitation was given to accept Christ. I was thoroughly impressed. The live nativity was a nice added Christmas touch! –Luke
Laurens Republican Festive Christmas Party!
What a mesmerizing night we all had at the Laurens Museum’s elegant party upstairs! Thank you to the museum for opening up the exhibits for us to see downstairs. Luke did a great job emceeing the event as well as providing the musical entertainment. We enjoyed getting to see some of our friends join us there, and the food was delicious.
Sola Grata Christmas Program, Liberty, SC
Thank you, Krissy, for inviting us back to provide Christmas music and a lesson for your lively home school group. It was a fun time for our family to see you again! Keep up the great work and Merry Christmas!
Road to Life Event, Greenwood, SC
Some of us enjoy volunteering at CrossRoads Pregnancy Center, and it was a fun and informative evening at their fundraiser. Pam Tebow (Tim’s mother) was very personable, and we enjoyed her speech and the other speakers and testimonies. Susanna was able to participate as one of the local vendors with her “Sweet 16, Cookies & More”! Please pray for the mothers that come to the center for help—for their souls and for their babies.
Victory Kickoff 4th Congressional District, Greer, SC
We had a fun time at the Kickoff!
Luke Singing the National Anthem, Fountain Inn, SC
It was an honor for Luke to be asked to sing the National Anthem at the Championship World Rodeo. He did a great job! We enjoyed watching the different events and seeing the talented cowboys and cowgirls, and we loved all the American flags and patriotism. The opening prayer that mentioned salvation through Jesus Christ was awesome. Attending the worldly event, however, and seeing so many lost people caught up in the blasting rock music, scant attire, and crude jokes, made us sorrowful over how desperately our country needs a revival and a true turning back to God.
Pro-Life Prayer for SC State Legislature
Please continue to pray for the South Carolina state legislature as the chambers debate and discuss details of pro-life legislation. Here are some of our friends and us at the State Capitol, where organizers led a prayer at the State House!
US Congressman Jeff Duncan’s Faith & Freedom BBQ, Anderson, SC
While the rest of us were singing at Martha Franks Chapel, Luke was elsewhere! It was a great and fun night for all of us!