The following was published in the Bill Rudge Ministries February newsletter, unbeknownst to Karen.
by Bill Rudge
Karen will not know about this until she reads it in the newsletter. Then I’ll be in big trouble.
Since Karen married me when she was 17, she has followed me virtually everywhere I have gone (Bible College in Ohio, Youth Pastor in North Carolina, hundreds of trips across the country and around the world – except a few of the extremely dangerous mission trips). I call her my “tag-a-long” because she tries to keep up with me, and I think this is what often wears her out. She has worked side by side with me in the daily operations of this ministry since we started it 42 years ago.
Karen is involved in virtually every aspect of this ministry: correspondence, prayer, notes of encouragement and thanks; e-mails, tweets, proofreading (but not this article), ordering supplies and equipment; coordinating vehicle rentals and air travel, keeping me abreast of the news and current events (Bill’s secretary at times); prepares packages and boxes for mailing our books and audio messages, makes snacks for the staff and guests, writes articles, hosts staff, board and ministry events; cleans, does the ministry and personal finances and pays all the bills! She saves the ministry thousands of dollars every year by getting the lowest prices and catching double billing or overcharges, and on and on. We are blessed in having many staff who assist her in many ways, but nevertheless, her responsibilities are many.
For all Karen’s services to this ministry, she receives no pay, but her rewards will be great in Heaven. She is a true helpmate who has been instrumental in making this ministry so effective. Thanks Karen!
Love Bill, and please forgive me for writing this!