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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Color run coming to Athens
Have you been seeing those pictures on the internet of people in wild costumes, running through clouds of neon pink, blue, purple, and green and coming out looking like a rainbow?
If you have, you’ve been looking at the hottest thing to hit the walking and running world – the color run. And it’s coming to Athens on March 22 to benefit Hope Springs Water and celebrate International World Water Day.
AISD students honored for reading challenge
To get kids excited about reading and encourage more adults to spend time reading with their children, the National Education Association launched the first NEA's Read Across America day in 1998.
On March 3, NEA's Read Across America marked 17 years of celebrating reading and the birthday of Dr. Seuss.
Athens Independent School District participated in the event, but added a twist to encourage students to read more often.
The minimum standard for living
The average minimum wage worker renting a living space in Henderson County will spend more than 30 percent of their monthly income on their home.
The National Low-Income Housing Coalition reports Henderson County renters would have to work 85 hours at minimum wage for a two bedroom apartment. Of the six counties in the 5th Congressional District, Henderson ranks second, behind Dallas, for the most hours required.
Chandler, BMC to settle contract
Since the beginning of the year, Chandler city officials and leaders of the Brownsboro-Murchison-Chandler Youth Foundation have worked to finalize an agreement on use of the facilities at Winchester Park.
County preparing to address roads
With hundreds of miles of pavement to deal with, three Henderson County Road and Bridge Precincts may soon be getting a tool to help them keep track of the tasks involved.
The Henderson County Information Technology Committee discussed on Wednesday whether to acquire Precinct Tracker software and will present its findings to Commissioners Court.
The students have spoken, Brownsboro ISD considering adding a soccer program.
Superintendent Dr. Chris Moran is scheduled to updated the school board on the progress of the program during the meeting on Monday, March 17.
A by-precinct breakdown of Henderson County’s vote on Tuesday shows pockets of support for candidates who came up short in the vote totals.
The 27 boxes in the county delivered 9,908 votes, of which more than half, 5,219, were cast during early balloting. There were 8,869 in the more hotly-contested Republican races and 1,039 Democratic votes.
Missing no more
The Henderson County Sheriff’s Department reports the recovery of a boat and a tractor among the $40,000 in stolen property located over the past week.
A true country caterer
It’s not every restaurant that you visit, that while you are eating, you are watching the RFD-TV channel known as “Rural America’s Most Important Network.” The huge wall screen keeps eyes going back and forth from where they are cutting their pork chops, to current information about the profit that can be realized from soy-bean growth on that day.
CASA receives $5,000 from Schneider Electric
Schneider Electric believes in supporting non-profit organizations in the communities where they work and live.
Recently, Steve Ramsey, Location Manager, from Schneider Electric presented a check to CASA’s Resource Development Officer Elvis Allen, as a sponsor of CASA’s annual 5K Race and fundraiser for the upcoming 2014 event.
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