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The pastor and many of the
dear believers who were in
our Commissioning Service
fifty years ago are now with
the Lord. Pastors have come
and gone throughout all
the years, but every pastor
has demonstrated the same
passion for missions and,
consequently, the church has
kept its love for missions and
missionaries. The following article was
written by our son, Jim,
who grew up in Australia
and England. He and our
daughter, Joy, as Missionary
Kids always knew where their spiritual roots were.

Above: James, Mary, Joy, & Jim leaving
Macon, Georgia, for Australia in February 1970
Dear Pastor Buckless and Hardison Family:
Thank you so much for honoring my dad and
mom this coming Sunday. I’m so sorry that I will
be traveling next week and not able to attend,
although I believe my sister, Joy, will be there. I’ve
attached a little story I wrote about Hardison’s
connection to my parent’s ministry. Perhaps it
will be a blessing.

Jim Ray
AN MK Remembers…
I saw it, the first time, when I wasn’t even tall enough to
reach the drawer. In my parents’ bedroom in Australia,
where I wasn’t supposed to be without asking. I
maneuvered a chair over, hopped up, and slid it open.

I don’t know what you would call it officially. I called it
the tie tack drawer.

D ad had a lot of tie tacks. He had a lot of ties.

Always wore a tie. In almost every situation. He
was never going to be caught out anywhere dressed
less professionally than anyone else. One time, he was
deathly ill in the middle of the night and an ambulance
was called to take him to the hospital. Before it arrived,