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The K-Rail Interview

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The K-Rail Interview

The Ballestero Blog: Most Highway Dividers never give interviews, so I am especially honored to have the opportunity to chat with you for a few moments and ask some questions about your life and your work, if you don’t mind.

K-Rail: Thank you for taking the time to stop and talk. No I don’t mind you asking.

TTB: Is it OK if I call you K?

K: Sure.

TBB: Tell me about yourself before you became a K-Rail. I see that you have some photos with you. Please feel free to show them our readers.

K: Thank you, I would love to. I have been a Rail since Feb 26, 2008. They stamped it on me the day I got poured. I have a picture of that day right here.

Here I am when I was just an old hardened boulder hanging out with some friends. I’d sat in the same place for years. My life was going nowhere. I wasn’t good for much of anything either.

Then one day, this man came by and looked me over. I guess he saw some potential or something in me that no one else saw. He picked me up and took me to his place. I wound up being placed into a very powerful crusher. Then when he felt I was ready, he turned on the conveyor belt and I started on my new journey.

TBB: Oh my! What was that like?

K: I was like nothing I had ever imagined. The crusher ground me up into powder and small pieces.

TBB: So the first thing that happened to you, was a complete transformation? You also didn’t even look the same! I am looking at the pictures of you as a boulder and looking at you now. Wow!

K: That’s very true. But I realized that the plan was not to destroy me, but to give me a new life and a new purpose. I also became at one, in a spirit of unity, with the others that were made just like me. We are now forever bonded.

TBB: Then what happened?

K: They poured me into this great big vat that churned real slow. They added some water and put in another ingredient or two, besides. Then they poured me into a 10 foot mold. I didn’t even get to choose how I was to be formed or what I was to be. The one that found me, decided that for me.

Inside the mold they placed some steel cables that would be there to give me added strength. When they finished pouring me, I noticed the scales said that I now weighed 4,000 lbs.

They then let me sit and wait for a process that is called curing. I had to go through that awhile before they could actually use me and put me into service.

TBB: Are all Concrete Dividers put into service?

K: I think they are supposed to be, but I’ve heard about some that are just happy being stacked beside the road in a field and never used at all. I think they are more of an eyesore, than anything. I am so glad that I can be of service.

I had some friends who got poured the same day I did. They got painted a bright yellow. The rest of us thought maybe it would lead to them having pride or something. But then an old-timer said that they were painted that color because they would be working in a very dangerous area and their life’s work was to be a warning and a help to others.

This here, is a picture of my Mom. She was showing signs of old age by the time they took this photo, but she was faithful until the very end. She was always so dependable. I wish more moms were like her.

Here is one of my Dad. He received a very hard hit last month and it showed. Even though it actually finished him off, he never moved. He never stopped doing what he was put there to do. He had some steel in him too. I am very proud of my dad. He never complained nor cried about the hits he sometimes took. He was a man’s man.

Many of my friends have tire marks and bumper scrapes, but they are still standing. Some have been hit hard by cars and even by trucks. They have stood unchanging in rain, snow, heat and cold. That’s what our life is all about. Doing what we were put there to do. We were taught that this new life we now have, is not just about us… it’s about others. I am very happy to spend the rest of my life this way.

They expect me to be a guide unto others, and a protection for all. My job is to help travelers on their journey. So, no matter what happens around me or to me, I am placed here to be noticed. I am also here to be unmoved and unchanged.

TBB: I’ll look for you K, the next time I’m out your way. Thank you so much for what you do. We all thank you!

K: You’re sure welcome… I’m be here.

 

Written by Martyn Ballestero

April 27, 2012 at 5:05 am

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Presenting The Best Home Bible Study Ever!

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The Best Home Bible Study Ever!

It is a distinct honor to present to my readers a magnificent Home Bible Study in both English and Spanish. It is by far the best I have ever seen!

This great study was created by Rev. Sterling L. Busby and is called, Bringing Men To Jesus. In my opinion, this is a “must have” for every Apostolic soul winner.

The Following Is From The Introduction:

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“Home Bible Studies have been a big part of my life for over 20 years. I have used the one and two day studies as well as the ten and twelve part studies and have seen great results from them all. However, recently I have been impressed by the Spirit to develop an intermediate study. Pastors and soul winners alike have expressed to me the need of such a resource.

‘Bringing Men To Jesus’ is a simple Home Bible Study with five easy to teach lessons. It has something of the feel of an extended study yet it is brief and direct. It is not meant to be an exhaustive study on Jewish history nor to be an in-depth study on ceremonies and customs. Rather, when a key character or event is highlighted the concept or principle is discussed and the study moves on. It says what must be said to bring a candidate to an understanding of who God is and how to find Him.

Lesson 1, ‘Who Is God’ is a faith building introduction to key attributes of the Spirit of God. It is evident in today’s society that there is a tremendous need to reintroduce this generation to the God of the Bible. For a person to find Salvation in God, they must begin with believing that He exists and that He controls the universe.

Throughout the other lessons key Bible characters have been used to teach faith in God and obedience to His Word. The problem of sin, its origin and consequence is dealt with in an evangelistic manner. The types and shadows of the Tabernacle of Moses are introduced and then explained with their New Testament counterparts; the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

It is my sincere desire that this Home Bible Study will be an effective tool in leading souls to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. When we see all that is taking place around us, it is evident that the coming of the Lord is very near. We must do what we can to reach our world with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. There is no ‘joy’ like the soul winner’s ‘joy’.

Sterling L. Busby

Sterling L. Busby

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Testimonies

 

Eugeio Dominguez, Missionary

I personally took Bringing Men to Jesus home Bible study to the country of Peru to use in our work there. The first week I was there I taught a denominal Pastor and his daughter the study. They saw the Truth and both were baptized in Jesus name and filled with the Holy Ghost.

 Pastor W E Davis, Macon GA

This is a great Bible study.  I have taught it to my entire congregation and I also use it when following up on church guest!

Pastor Caleb Adams, Memphis, TN

“We are excited about the results we have seen with “Bringing Men to Jesus’ ‘Home Bible Study.”

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To View And Purchase The Bible Study Chart,

Teacher’s Manual And Power Point.

Click On The Link Or Image Below.

http://www.mentojesus.org/purchase-bible-study

Bringing Men to Jesus is a new and exciting home Bible study with five easy lessons. The flip chart measures 18″ by 12″ and includes 28 full color illustrations. A concise 80 page manual guides the teacher in presenting each lesson in a time frame of 45 minutes to 1 hour. Bringing Men to Jesus says what should be said to bring a candidate to a basic understanding of who God is and how to receive Bible-based salvation.

Written by Martyn Ballestero

April 11, 2012 at 9:57 pm