One of the special and meaningful events at the CMN conference this year was the dedication of the Rule collection at the First Presbyterian Church of Knoxville.
Bill and Effie Rule were missionaries in the Democratic Republic of Congo from 1939 when Effie went out as a single missionary though 1970 (Bill arrived a few years later and they got married). They served one last term at Bulape from 1977 through 1980. First Presbyterian Church (FPC) of Knoxville was their sending church. They have a long history with the Church. Effie Rule was the first woman ruling elder in the church. The Rules gave their collection of Congo memorabilia to the church. In a recent remodel of the FPC, they built special cabinets to house the Rule collection.
A recent addition to the Rule Collection is a small hippo tooth that Dr. Sheppard gave to Bill Rule when he was a child that helped inspire his desire to serve in Congo.
Since FPC was holding CMN this year, they decided to dedicate the collection as party of the CNN conference. Yesterday afternoon we had a very nice ceremony where a ribbon was cut and the collection was formally dedicated. It was wonderful to have all the surviving Rule children attend the ceremony.