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•June 2016• •Free Subscription• Virtual Edition Life is not always “Happy Trails,” but sometimes a “Trail of Trials and Tear.s.” Inside: A Mission to the Cherokee before the Tears “The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make His paths straight.” - Mark 1:3 Contending for American Freedom • Contending for Fundamental Christianity


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Dear Friends: No, all of life is not “Happy Trails.” Sometimes there are “Trails of Trials and Tears.” Such are the events surrounding the Brainerd Mission. Thankfully, dear brothers and sisters have found amongst the trials and tears the blessedness (happiness) in faithfully following the Good Shepherd even through the difficult times. Please read the enclosed testimony, and I pray you will be strengthened to press on. Don’t give up. There are “Happy Trails” ahead. As you pray today, remember our dear co-labourers around the world serving in some difficult places. One such field is Venezuela. The government and economy is oppressive, to say the least. Yet, many souls are coming to Christ. Again, though trials come, there is victory in Jesus. For Christ and souls, Ronnie L. Williamson Isa. 40:31 Happy Trails! 2•The Voice in the Wilderness - June 2016 Virtual Edition


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T he Voice IN THE Wilderness PRINTED MISSIONARY Ronnie and Terry Williamson Evangelist/Editor Steve and Rebekah Lilly Staff Missionaries The Voice in the Wilderness is a nonprofit, independent incorporation, founded by Rev. Dr. J. RoyceThomason D.P.D. Ph.D., evangelist and medical missionary. The organization is dedicated to the spreading of the whole gospel to the world, especially in foreign lands. The program consists of building mission stations, supporting American missionaries and native pastors by partnering with the local church in various areas of ministry and preaching Christ to the lost. We are supported by the gifts of those who care. Contributions to The Voice in the Wilderness for projects or to support the ministry of a missionary will be used as indicated by the donor following approved policies and procedures. Gifts are tax deductible and should be made out to The Voice in the Wilderness. § A fundamental publication, published quarterly in behalf of the work of the Lord and preservation of the liberties of our United States. § Printed material from other sources does not necessarily imply an endorsement from this ministry. § There is no subscription charge; all interested people of good will may have a copy sent regularly to their address simply by requesting it. § For Personal Correspondence, Contributions, Address Changes, New Subscriptions, Write to us Dr. Ronnie L. Williamson Dr. J. Royce Thomason Memorial Voice in the Wilderness P.O. Box 7037 Asheville, NC 28802 Voice (828) 649-1043 CONTENTS 4 Gospel, and a Graves Gun A Mission to the Cherokee before the Tears Get Learn more at FREE Online Resources December 2010• Free Subscription• Ronnie and Terry Williamson • Steve and Rebekah Lilly Evangelist/Editor Staff Missionaries Mini-Voice Edition & Prayer Letter THANK YOU for being a friend to this ministry and the giving of your prayers and support! “Difficulties afford opportunities for learning God’s faithfulness which otherwise we should not have. It gives me great comfort to remember that the work is His and that He knows how best to carry on and is infinitely more Digital & Print Edition interested in it than we are.” – Hudson Taylor NEWS BITS FROM HERE AND THERE Pray for us! Online Washington Waste - relitigate ObamaCare. In this last month of 2010, we have all reports the following on waste and been busy at the tasks He has called us to. uncontrolled spending in Washing- U.S. Takeover - Policy of the elitist Special meetings and KJB services have ton..: The Social Security Adminis- take-over group robs from any and filled the calendar for December, and we tration sent $18 million in stimulus everybody to expand their power- are already making special project and funds to 71,688 dead people, and grab. Property ownership and privacy traveling plans for 2011. The Virtual Voice $40.3 million in questionable ben- means nothing to this crowd. Look at for December has been completed and can efit payments to 1,760 deceased Obama on Israel, for example. He is be viewed online at www.thevoiceinthewil- individuals; the Department of Ag- against Israel’s plan to build on their We are also excited to share riculture sent $41.1 billion in farm- own land in East Jerusalem. Is this additional resources with you via our web- ing subsidies to dead farmers; The man anti-U.S./Israel and pro-Mus- site, such as the Online Audio Bible page Department of Health and Human lim/Socialist or what? where you can read through the Bible in a Services sent $3.9 million to 11,000 “I want one of those!”.... year with text and audio streaming. Thank dead people to help pay heating and That was the story just told by a Texas you for your continued interest and sup- cooling cost; and Medicare paid up man on the phone with The Voice in port, especially at this critical year-end to $492 million in claims for medical the Wilderness office. He had been time, and please make note of our special supplies prescribed by dead doctors standing in line at Chik-fil-A when prayer and praise list. and $8.2 million for medical sup- his eyes caught sight of an interestplies prescribed for dead patients. ing lapel pin on the suit coat of an- Prayer Praise It would be interesting to know who other man in line. He stepped close • Travel Safety • Offerings for soft- was cashing these checks. (Editor: to get a good look and saw that it was • Health ware updates From first-hand experience, I know a King James Bible pin. “Hey, I like • Increased Support • 2500 KJB Signa- of numerous individuals deceased yet still listed as registered voters. In the county in which I live, some years ago, there was a big investigation of “dead voters.”) ObamaCare - The Heritage Foundation says, “The President just doesn’t get it. 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“Why don’t you reach your own heathen first before coming to a foreign land!” With the India door shut squarely on the American Board missionary, he traveled back home contemplating the government agent’s sarcastic tone hinged on truth. Why didn’t they have missionaries to those that had not heard in America? Many of the native Indians had surely never heard the truth of the gospel. Undertaking this challenge, Cyrus Kingsbury appeared at a treaty meeting in Washington D.C. in 1816 to present his mission to educate and evangelize the Cherokee nation. After being formally introduced by General Andrew Jackson, Kingsbury presented the goal of the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Affairs to establish a mission school among the Chickamauga Cherokee Indian people. By this time, the Cherokee people were ravaged and weakened by wars, treaties, and disease. The onslaught of John Sevier during the Revolutionary War was brutal when a vast number of warriors were killed. The Treaty of Hopewell had been signed by 37 Chiefs in November of 1785 with the United States Government promising protection from invading settlers; yet, as with most Indian treaties, the promises were empty and the encroachment continued. In 1790, President Washington said that over 500 settler families were in direct violation of the treaty. Despite the invasion of the white man, who many times displayed a less than Christian attitude and testimony with his thieving hands and drunken spirit, by 1800 the Cherokee had adopted many “civilized” ways, purchasing trinkets, knives, and clothing and learning trades, crafts, and farming techniques. This eagerness to learn new ways proved an open door for Cyrus Kingsbury. After receiving pledged financial support from President Madison, including the help of Indian Agent Col. Meigs and the Secretary of War 4•The Voice in the Wilderness - June 2016 Virtual Edition


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along with building materials and other necessities, Kingsbury traveled to survey the Cherokee land and present the mission to the tribal chiefs. With much cause, the Cherokee were hesitant to allow the white men into their villages. One chief, Yonaguska, even required that all literature be read to him before distributed among his people. It is told that when the Bible was presented, he listened to portions of Matthew and gave his approval after stating, “Well, it seems to be a good book, but it is strange that the white people are not better after having had it so long.” Providentially, after Kingsbury explained to the chiefs his purpose to establish a school to train the Cherokee children in “duty to parents, to their fellow creatures, and to the Great Spirit, the Father of all,” the people agreed for the establishment of the mission school and “hoped it would be of great advantage to the nation.” In its first year the mission housed 44 male students and 31 female students, Scale drawing showing the layout of the Brainerd Mission. growing in 21 years to include 40 buildings. A schoolhouse was constructed along with a grist mill, sawmill, barn, orchard dormitory, farm buildings, and cemetery. Financially aided by the government, attended and worked by the Cherokee and guided by the American Board missionaries, the Brainerd Mission, as it came to be called in honor of the great missionary to the Indians, David Brainerd, flourished and achieved much success with the Cherokee people. Unbeknowing to Kingsbury, during the birthing days of the Brainerd Mission, a father’s gift to his moccasin-clad son would influence the mission and surrounding Indians for years to Memorial Stone for Mission come. Atsi’s astute watchfulness and eagerness (Someone has blacked-out to learn had shaped the young Indian brave. “Christianized”) For more resources, visit •5


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From early days, his father had taught him the ways of the Western North Carolina Indians, and Atsi had become the tribe’s most talented hunter and expert marksman. His father presented him with a cherished gun which Atsi carried proudly on hunting expeditions. About the time of the Brainerd Mission opening its doors, Atsi participated in a hunt that would providentially change the path his moccasins would walk. On that day, all other brave’s returned to their village with sufficient catches, yet Atsi returned carrying only his treasured Today a plaque details the history of the mission including the translation work of John Arch and Missionary Worcester’s determina- tion to print and put in use Sequoyah’s syllabary. gun. Humbled and disturbed by this new “position” he found himself in amongst the other braves, he took time away with his father as they traveled to Knoxville. Through the ever-present, unseen hand of God, Missionary Hall, associated with the Brainerd Mission, crossed paths with Atsi and, sensing his searching heart and desire to be educated, he told Atsi of the mission school along the Chickamauga River. Burdened Over 62 missionaries dedicated by an intense longing to know more, service time at the Atsi journeyed alone for seven days, and Brainerd Mission IS GOD’S WORK IN YOUR WILL? “One of the most important documents a man ever signs is his Will. I can tell better what a man had in his heart by reading his Will than I can by reading his obituary. His obituary tells the world what his friends thought of him; his Will reveals what he had in his heart.” - A. M. Vollmer For as (a man) thinketh in his heart, so is he- Proverbs 23:7. Out of (the heart) are the issues of life - Proverbs 4:23. A bequest in your Will to The Voice in the Wilderness, Inc. can assure that the outreach of this ministry at home and abroad will continue after you have gone to your eternal reward. Prayerfully consider us in your Estate Planning. Thank you! 6•The Voice in the Wilderness - June 2016 Virtual Edition


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on January 24, 1819, new footprints marked the path into the mission. Appearing ragged and dirty, he requested acceptance into the school. Somewhat taken aback by his state, the missionaries agreed, but only on a trial basis and one contingency – he must trade something of value for clothing and board at the mission. His only possession was that prized gun, which until his last hunt had characterized his greatest talent. Now, at the mission door, he stood facing a new opportunity that he suddenly realized he longed for more than restoring his position as chief village marksman. With sudden clarity he released his grip on this ole’ world and walked through the door that would lead him to NEW LIFE. (Story Continues in Next Edition) New Resources Available With hat and boots, this Red River cowboy traveled the globe chronicling his ministry for the Lord in The Voice in the Wilderness publication. From tent meetings and dentistry to preaching and writing, Dr. J. Royce Thomason’s unique testimony, as told in his own words, will surely inspire and challenge your own service for the Lord. a b cthe truth is as simple as the ’s “”A ll have sinned, and come short...” Romans 3:23 “”B elieve in thine heart...” Romans 10:9 C ommit and Confess - Romans 10:9,10 “Dear God, I know I am a sinner and Jesus died on the cross, shedding His blood and rose from the grave for me. Forgive me of my sins and thank you for salvation by grace through faith in Jesus Christ my Lord, Amen.” Presented by The Voice in the Wilderness for Centennial Celebration of the Ministry of Dr. J. Royce Thomason, Founder, The Voice in the Wilderness For Permissions and other Resource Information: PO Box 7037 Asheville, NC 28802 Dr. James Royce Thomason Centennial Celebration A Lifetime Testimony of Service through the ministry of The Voice in the Wilderness oWTfhefoermaraDesorn.p’sleJs.atsueRddoyyoctofe The Book of Revelation in a week-by-week online format as well as his life testimony in booklet size. Please request these resourc- es with your next of- fering of $5 or more to the ministry. For more resources, visit •7


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Thank you to everyone who prays for and supports The Voice in the Wilderness. Opportunities abound and it takes a significant budget to accomplish the work outlined for 2016. Please pray with us that the funds needed will be available to complete these projects and ministry. Goals for 2016 Reprint The Book of Revelation Study     $10,000.00   (minimal printing ) Missionary support - Venezuela, Philippines, India      $9,000.00 Four Quarterly Editions of The Voice in the Wilderness Publication     $24,000.00 Stateside travel for Revivals/Conferences      $3,000.00 Computer/Website/Radio/Podcast, etc.      $2,500.00 Two Overseas Mission Trips     $12,000.00      $60,500.00 The above need does not include any office expense, property maintenance, insurance or compensation for workers. Thank you for praying.



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