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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County discusses appointments
The Henderson County Commissioners discussed the appointment of three members to the Regional Fair Park Board at their Tuesday meeting.
Judge Richard Sanders said three positions were expiring on the park board. The positions are currently being held by Bob Myers, Ken Hayes and Martin Davis. Sanders said Bob Myers of Precinct 4 was the only board member who showed an interest in remaining on the Fair Park Board.
Hazardous materials response
The Athens City Council on Monday approved an agreement with Henderson County for hazardous materials response.
Now that the city has approved the document, it will go to the Henderson County Commissioners Court to be approved and signed.
More than 50 people were at the Cain Center on Sunday to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the crowning of Athens' own Sharon McCauley as Miss Texas.
The event was attended by dignitaries such as City Administrator Pam Burton, Athens Mayor Jerry Don Vaught, Miss Texas Pageant historian Randy Pruett and Henderson County Judge Richard Sanders. Many of McCauley's family members also were on-hand for the celebration.
Primary filing complete
Filing for the March 2014 primary elections ended Monday for several key positions across Henderson County.
A total of 25 Republicans filed for a county position, while four Democrats filed.
BISD, county at odds
A verbal agreement between Brownsboro Independent School District and the Henderson County Tax Assessor/Collector's office led to an intense meeting Monday.
Representing Milburn Chaney, county employee Cindy Edwards addressed the school board Monday during its regularly-scheduled monthly meeting regarding the change in tax collection.
Magical time of year
Despite temperatures below freezing, parades were held in Athens and Gun Barrel City Saturday night. Above, Santa Claus made his annual appearance in the Athens parade around the county courthouse square. Hundreds of people braved the cool weather to enjoy the parade and after-parade party.
Henderson County TEA party forming
A public meeting will be held Monday, Dec. 16 primarily for the purpose of forming an active TEA Party/Grassroots group in Henderson County.
Benefit scheduled for Jan Aaron
Jan is the wife of George Aaron, owner of Elite Tax Service and Pea Pickers Produce in Athens.
Prescribed burn planned for Purtis Creek State Park
Park Superintendent Mendy Davis announced the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department staff plans to conduct a prescribed burn at Purtis Creek State Park sometime during the months of January - April.
Obstacles removed, DA approves
Henderson County District Attorney Scott McKee believes a new law designed to remove obstacles to accessing evidence can help prevent abuses such as the ones that sent Michael Morton to prison for 25 years for a crime he didn’t commit.
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