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I am a missionary with the North American Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention.   My wife Carol and I are both disabled.  Five years ago, we took in a little boy.  He is now  8 years old and we have full and permanent legal custody of him.

Over the past 20 years, Carol has had over 10 knee surgeries.  In August of 2015, Carol had to have spinal surgery.  This surgery proved unsuccessful, so she ultimately had to have a spinal fusion surgery in April 2016.

I retired in 2008 and became a school crossing guard with the Lebanon Police Department to help support our missions work.  In October 2015, I took a fall and received a knee injury.  My knee condition continued to become worse.  In May 2016 my knee got so bad that I had to schedule knee surgery. 

Between my knee injury, my diabetes, and my chronic sinusitis, I was unable to continue in my crossing guard job.   Currently, I am continuing to work part-time, but our financial situation is now becoming critical. 

God bless your ministry.  Please pray for ours.   Any donations will be deeply appreciated.

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Exodus 20:12
Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee.

If you asked for the reason that I have missions work in my heart, I would have to tell you that I got it from my father Chanie Raines. He was a Baptist preacher and, from as early as I can remember, dad took our family to visit the elderly and the poor in our community, helping wherever we could.

You see, on August 12, 1951, I was born right here in Wilson County. In 1969, I graduated from Lebanon High School and almost immediately went to work for the Baptist Sunday School Board. As many of you know, that business would change its name a few years later and today is known as LifeWay Christian Resources.

On July 1, 2008, I retired from LifeWay. I did this to become a full-time volunteer missionary with the North American Mission Board. My work is here in my hometown of Lebanon among the strangers, the poor and the elderly.

Matthew 25:35
For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in:

In 1976, I obtained an associate degree in computer programming. In 1988, I got my first desktop computer as a gift from my wife Carol. Over the next few years, I developed an online ministry called the Christian Minuteman Network reaching out to the strangers on the internet, a place that I call the last great mission field in the world today.

We have developed an online Christian news service, a weekly online prayer meeting, and three weekly Bible studies, two in English and one in Spanish. Through God’s grace, we are able to share Jesus Christ with hundreds of the strangers that we encounter on the internet each month.

The word stranger also has another, more significant meaning. While the word immigrant is not found in the Bible, the word stranger appears hundreds of times. The word stranger often refers to immigrants.

In fact, the first immigrant spoken of in the Bible was the Abraham, who left his homeland in Ur to immigrate to the land of Canaan. In Genesis 50, Abraham’s family would later immigrate to the land of Egypt. Ultimately, Moses would lead this nation of immigrants back to Canaan to settle and set up their own homeland, much as our own land of American would do centuries later.

In 1998, God began putting upon my heart a burden for the growing immigrant community in the Lebanon area. I began giving out Spanish tracts, magazines, anything I could find to share Christ with the approximate 1,000 Hispanics living in our county at that time.

In 2001, the Wilson County Baptist Association requested a missionary from Honduras, Alexis Andino, to start a Hispanic mission here. Five years later, Alexis moved to a new mission work in East Tennessee, and was replaced by Jorge Vasconcelos from Brazil. Eight years later, Jorge and I started a second Baptist mission in Carthage. That torch in Carthage has now been passed to Pastor Jeronimo Hernandez and his wife Lala from Mexico who are leading this work today. Pastor Luis Najera and his wife Mary from Guatemala are now working with me to start a third mission work in Hermitage.

Today, these mission works have flourished and are reaching out to over 10,000 Hispanics in our area. The fields are white unto harvest and it is our privilege to help with this growing work!

Deuteronomy 15:11
For the poor shall never cease out of the land: therefore I command thee, saying, Thou shalt open thine hand wide unto thy brother, to thy poor, and to thy needy, in thy land.

There are elderly people right here in the Lebanon area who need to know about the love of Christ. Many of them also have little or no family to help them in their declining years. The nursing homes are so full that they now have a 6-month waiting list. Therefore, many of our elderly now have to move into public housing, where they often become the victims of serious crimes. I have been personally working with the elderly since the 1960’s and have seen their need grow greatly since that time.

Over the past few years, thousands of people in the Wilson County area have lost their jobs. We need to reach out to these people and their families.

Working with local groups like Brooks House, Department of Human Services, Joseph’s Storehouse, Mid-Cumberland Community Action Agency, Salvation Army, Wilson County Community Help center and several local churches, we have been able to help the poor in our area. While helping them, we have also told many of them about our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

God bless your ministry. Please pray for ours.

Zander Dell Raines

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