Richard Riehn a former president of the Athens Kiwanis said good-bye the club, Tuesday, and told them about the new chapter he’s beginning in his life with an organization that transports Bibles to Eastern Europe.
Eastern European Mission distributes Bibles to several former Soviet block countries in the region, but most go to the Ukraine and Russia. Ukraine has been extremely hungry for the Bible’s and about 150,000 of the 283,000 total went there in 2011.
Riehn said he could really see God at work in the way doors opened for him to take a position with the ministry as a liaison with churches in Nashville, Tennessee that help support the ministry.
“A gentleman that was the minister of our church 16 years ago came back four years ago and told our church that he had gone to work for Eastern European Mission,” Riehn said. “About a year and a half ago I told Ben that I’d love to do that.”
Riehn said he and his wife Christine had been talking about doing something meaningful and purposeful in life. They discussed going to school in Lubbock to become missionaries, but Richard still had Eastern Europe on his heart.
He contacted the EEM group. Phone rang and it was his former pastor, who said, ” Richard, I’ve been telling the guys about you and they would like for you to come talk to them about going to work at EEM.”
Riehn has lived in Athens for about 17 years.
When he first heard the ministry wanted him to come to Nashville he wondered how he could sell his house and make the move.
“About three days later an unsolicited gift was given to us of thousands of dollars,” Riehn said. “There’s a travel trailer now in our driveway for me to take to Nashville.”
He said it will be hard leaving his friends and the city he loves to move to Nashville, but he would make the same decision again in a heartbeat. Riehn starts his new position on April 1.
Members of the Kiwanis Club gathered around Riehn after the meeting Tuesday while Pastor Tony Romans led the group in prayer for his new career.
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HC fine-tuning application to get CETZ funds
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Police arrest suspect with meth and scales
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Connie Loraine Stokes was booked into the Henderson County Jail for manufacture/delivery of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and a traffic offense.
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Bark for Life honors contributions of Canine Caregivers
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Mabank High School senior represents USA
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In January of 2014, Woods received an e-mail from a college coach in New York. In that e-mail was an invitation for Bryan to join a 22-man baseball team to play 10 games against French and German National teams.
Silent auction Saturday, August 9
Andrea Pickens at Tri-County Ford is collecting silent auction items for the upcoming Rotary at Cedar Creek Lake Celebrity Waiter event. Celebrity Waiter, the largest fundraiser the Rotary hosts, is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 9 at Athens Country Club. Any business wanting to donate an item to the silent auction can contact Kathi Nailling at 903-340-7597 or Andrea Pickens at 903-887-2121.
Third elementary school to replace Athens Intermediate School
The Athens Independent School District school board approved campus realignment Monday that will go into effect for the 2015-16 school year.
While full details of the plan are still being discussed, the district unanimously approved adding a third elementary school, while doing away with the intermediate level.
Laying Splash Pad bricks
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Burton’s severance approved
The Athens City Council on Monday narrowly approved a budget amendment from reserves, to fund a severance package for City Administrator Pam Burton who is retiring at the end of 2014.
Mayor Jerry Don Vaught and council members Monte Montgomery and Tres Winn entered yes votes, while Joe Whatley and Charles Elliott opposed the adjustment.
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