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Newsletter 3/6/23

By March 8, 2023July 3rd, 2023No Comments
Dear Recover America Friend,
I want to dedicate this newsletter to someone who was among our most faithful supporters…Ms. Janet Cook. 
Psalm 116:15 reminds us, “Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of one His saints.”  Our staff and friends of Recover America are grieving over the sudden and unexpected death of our dear sister and friend of over 20 years, Ms. Janet Cook.  Everyone who met her knew her as a sweet, loving, and kind person.  She impacted thousands of people as she served as my personal assistant over the years, treating people of the highest estate as well as the lowest station in life, the exact same.  

She was a gentle soul, competent in her work and faithful in her service.
 Apart from my wife, Tommye, Janet was my greatest encourager, picking me up countless times when I returned from a meeting or speaking engagement that hadn’t met expectations.  Just this past week when I was at my lowest ebb in quite some time after a friend whom I thought was going to step up big and help us fight this war to save our children, backed away and said, “NO,” Janet gently said to me: “God has never failed us, Dr. Scarborough!
Those were the last words she spoke to me before she departed this world to receive her eternal rewards.  “God has never failed us, Dr. Scarborough!”  I could never make her stop referring to me as Dr. Scarborough. It was her way of showing me her deep respect.  She is now an heiress of the King!
I will count as one of the most fortunate days of my life, the day she applied for the position of Executive Assistant to the President of Vision America, in 2002, a position she held until I gifted that ministry to another and moved to Washington DC in 2016.  When Tommye and I returned to Texas in 2018 to establish a new ministry called Recover America, she stepped into that role once again and held it until I moved to Houston to open our new offices closer to our donors and the airport in 2021.  She continued to serve on our staff part time until her untimely death, Friday night, March 3, 2023, at 11:00 PM.  

Janet Cook leaves a void in our hearts and our work that can never be filled.
 We will miss her and will always remember her as a Sister, not as an employee.  Tommye and I know that our sweet daughter, Kathryn, who preceded her in death, and who loved Janet as we all did, is now being looked after by one more member of our family who now resides in Heaven.  

Two words best describe Janet Cook:
“Faithful and Loyal.”

Dr. Rick Scarborough 
Recover America 

Dr. Rick Scarborough

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Upon graduation, Bill went to work for Humble Oil and Refining Department in the Marketing Sales Engineering Department. During his 38 career, he held various management and executive positions in Exxon USA’s Refining, Marketing, and Human Resources departments. Bill retired from Exxon in 2000 after a special assignment to coordinate the world-wide merger of the labor relations activities of Exxon and Mobil.

In 2000, Bill worked for a year during the start-up of Vision America, and then served as a member of the Board of Directors for Vision America until 2016. Bill and his wife built aretirement home in the mountains of Colorado. After 15 years they moved back to Austin to be closer to family. While in Austin, Bill was engaged with Keller Williams in residential real estate. They moved back to the Houston area in April of this year, and has worked with Recover America since.Bill is married to Deborah Gattis, a wonderful wife, mother of their children, grandmother, and worship leader/vocalist. They will celebrate their 40th anniversary this September. They have been richly blessed with 5 children and 12 grandchildren.

Dr. Scarborough is an ordained Minister and served as the Senior Pastor of First Baptist Church of Pearland, Texas from 1990 to 2002.  During his time there, he encouraged his congregation to live their faith and consider running for public office. Eventually, his church members occupied most of the seats on the city council and local school board.

Three church members later served with distinction in the Texas State Legislature, one of whom is now in the U.S. Congress, and another who served as a District Judge. A former member is currently the Mayor of Pearland, TX.

Since resigning from has First Baptist Church of Pearland in 2002, Dr. Scarborough personally addressed thousands of pastors, encouraging them to active in the civil arena, leading their congregations to vote their values and be salt and light, while never compromising their faith. He has been the focus of two award winning tv documentaries and has been featured on the front page of the Washington Post, Houston Chronicle, Kansas City Star, Dallas Morning News and Time Magazine, to name a few. He has frequently appeared on National TV standing up for Conservative Christian Values.

In 2018, Dr. Scarborough founded Recover America, a 501c3, which is a Christian non-profit organization, and in 2021, he founded Recover America Action, a Christian 501C4.

Dr. Scarborough is the author of five books. His latest release America in the Balance … “the American Dream vs. the Woke Nightmare was released in August, 2023. His one-minute commentaries,I’m Rick Scarborough and This is My Take” are currently airing daily on over 300 stations on the Bott Radio Network and the American Family Radio Network.

Dr. Scarborough received a B.A. from Houston Christian University, an M.Div. from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and a D. Min. from Louisiana Baptist Theological Seminary, with additional studies at Dallas Theological Seminary, and Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary. He and his wife, Tommye, have three children, one of whom is in Heaven, four grandchildren, and one great granddaughter.