Monthly Archives: July 2008

Monday

Requests from the IMB

SOMALI OF THE HORN OF AFRICA (suh-MAH-lee). In the Horn of Africa this year, rain has been scarce. The drought has claimed the lives of both humans and animals, both of which are significant among a people whose families are central to their society and whose livelihood comes in large part from their herds. In the Somali region of Ethiopia, regular power outages have resulted from a lack of sufficient hydroelectric power. In Djibouti, intense heat perpetuated during a season when rain and relief were expected. And in Somalia, the distribution of food aid is stymied by ongoing conflict. Many relief workers have been killed in Somalia this year, many organizations have disbanded their relief operations in the country, and pirates have continued to capture food shipments coming in by sea. Pray for those suffering as a result of drought and impending famine. Pray that relief organizations will be able to spread hope and the truth of the gospel as they distribute food aid in the Somali region, especially in those areas where Christian workers are not generally allowed access.

SEREER OF SENEGAL AND THE GAMBIA (suh-RARE). As she prepares for language evaluations, one of the subjects that missionary Kimberley F. has to master is to articulate the difference between her faith and the two major faiths found in Senegal. Kimberley was talking through this with O.S., a student about to graduate from secondary school who has been helping her to prepare. He is an intelligent young man who has been awarded a scholarship to a university in France. In the course of the conversation, Kimberley asked him, “O.S., what do you believe will happen when you stand before God?” He replied, “I hope that God will have pity on me. The good works I did during my lifetime must outweigh my sins; then maybe I could have a chance to enter heaven.” Voicing a prayer in her heart to God, Kimberley said, “O.S., I can tell you with all confidence that when I die, I will be in God’s presence and He will welcome me into heaven.” She continued, “I know that God is holy and I am sinful, so because of this, I cannot enter His presence on my own. It is only because I have accepted God’s gracious gift in sending His Son to die in my place that He has written my name in His book.” O.S. says that he is “curious” about this faith and wants to know more. Please pray for him as he reads the Bible on his own, claiming John 8:32 as you pray.

ZIMBABWE. Baptists in Zimbabwe are being blessed abundantly by donations from the United States through the newly formed Baptist Global Response (BGR). BGR has provided more than 100 tons of food in the form of food boxes delivered to destitute families. The boxes include staple items that could be purchased for approximately $25 U.S., but it would take more than a year’s salary for most Zimbabweans to purchase these items–if they were available in the grocery stores! One woman wept as she opened her box, “I was praying this morning, asking God what to do because I have no food to eat. Then you brought this food to me. I know God really does care about me.” An elderly man, not a Baptist, who has been surviving on one bowl of porridge a day, was overcome and could not speak for quite some time after getting his box. Everywhere people are saying that Baptists don’t just talk about God’s love, they give it away! BGR has also purchased more than $40,000 worth of essential medicines for the Sanyati Baptist Hospital and is currently working on re-vamping the hospital’s water system. Another project on the drawing board is to distribute school supplies to 25,000 needy students along with book covers imprinted with evangelistic stories and Scriptures, as well as the plan of salvation. Pray that as Baptists in Zimbabwe continue to provide for the needs of the people, many will be open to hearing the gospel, and ask that Baptists will be able to meet spiritual needs as well.

PHILIPPINES. “On site with insight” is a phrase used to explain the significance of prayerwalking. How about riding a motorcycle and a boat? Carl Miller and Pastor S in Leyte (Central Region) guided 22 men from Mindanao (Southern Region), who traveled on motorcycles, to learn about ministry opportunities on Samar and Leyte and discover where God can use them. The men hired a boat to go up river to see where God is at work among the Cebuano and Waray people of Leyte and Samar. Pray that this experience will motivate these men to effectively share the vision for a church planting movement among their home churches in Mindanao and that God will call out co-workers as a result.

KURDS OF IRAN. For several years, there has been an adequate translation of the New Testament in the Sorani Kurdish language. However, there has never been a Sorani full Bible translation. Please pray for those currently involved in this translation project. These workers have labored on this translation for many years now. There are various holdups and delays, which are causing many to grow discouraged with the project. Please pray that a deep sense of unity will come over all involved in this project, and that all involved will press on to finish the translation. Access to the whole Bible is vital to the complete and effective training of Sorani believers and leaders. It is essential for the long-term growth and development of the Sorani-speaking church. Pray that many Sorani Kurds will come to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ as a result of this Sorani full Bible. doulos@comcast.net; http://centralasia.imb.org/

JAT SIKHS OF INDIA (jut SEEKS). “Hands On” is a program for young adults to spend six months on the mission field getting their hands on the work. There are positions open for two young men to spend the spring of 2009 helping with the Jat Sikh work. It requires young men who are bold and passionate about reaching the lost. These young men will plunge into the front lines of lostness as they work with Jat Sikhs. They will share the gospel, and many of the listeners will be hearing it for the first time. Please pray for the Lord to call the right people to fill this request. Maybe He is calling you or someone you know. SouthAsiaVIM@wigtake.org; http://www.go2southasia.org/

AIDS. After her husband took another wife, she was then “chased away” from her home by her stepson and forced to find another place to live; a 13-year-old was raped by a young man living in a room in her mother and stepfather’s house and is now five months pregnant; a faithful Christian recently found out her brother had been abusing her daughter–these are just a few cases of abuse occurring in South Africa, Lesotho and Swaziland. For most women who find themselves in abusive situations, there is very little recourse since there are few laws to protect them. Statistics indicate that approximately one out of three women in southeastern Africa has suffered some form of sexual abuse as a child. For some who continue to deal with their situations as well as the possibility of contacting the HIV virus from their experiences, the nightmare continues. Pray for the plight of women and children who live in fear of abuse on a regular basis. Pray that laws will be passed and enforced, protecting them and allowing them to live healthy and happy lives. http://www.imb.org/AIDS/

The Marvelous Monday services tonight at 7 P.M. will be led by Bobby Eads and Tim & Becky Daniels. A nursery will be provided. There will be a time of fellowship following the service. Please try to attend.

The monthly share group will be at 6:30 P.M.Thursday at the Alford cabin. Please feel free to join in the food, fellowship, and devotional time. Call or email for directions.

KneEmail
“At the name of Jesus every knee should bow…” (Philippians 2:10).
Mike Benson, Editor
THE MOST DRAMATIC moment in human history makes for odd drama…

The hero is center-stage yet silent. His script is only seven lines long, some whispered, some groaned through gritted teeth. He gestures simply and seldom. He is still, pinned as it were to a prop from which neither the audience nor the other actors can easily unfasten their eyes. The stage is stark, the scenery sparse, the props peculiar — hammer, spikes, spear, dice. The action is minimal at best, at worst awkward. The lighting is at first too bright, then too night.

Other actors take the stage. Soldiers hammer and gamble, making light of the weighty moment. Bystanders assuage their boredom with blasphemy. Priests parrot their vain victory, ignorant of the irony: “If you come down, we will believe.” Followers weep and wonder, only a few and from afar. The rest, obvious in their absence, rest off-stage. Ultimately our eyes are drawn back to the main character, still still, and we listen to the seven lines and the sudden silence.

This old drama makes for odd drama. And we find ourselves left wondering less about the hero than ourselves. Where will we stand on the stage, with the deriders or the disciples? Will we stand fearfully but faithfully with the women or will we slip off to the wings unable to see or be seen? And what will we say when the next line is ours?

And if we should decide not to try out for this play, not to take part in this odd, old drama, it’s too late. By coming to this table we have already accepted a role, we have already joined the cast, we have already taken the stage. This meal is which we are invited reminds us that we are privileged to play a part, a part in the most dramatic moment in human history, in the great drama of redemption. (J. Lee Magness)

“And when they had mocked Him,

they took the purple off Him,

put His own clothes on Him,

and led Him out to crucify Him.”

~Mark 15:20~

Have a great day!

Anna Lee

Sunday Evening

Eleanor Morris continues to battle pneumonia and complications from the medications she is taking. Pray she improves soon.

Mrs. Faye Price has been admitted to North Oaks for observation. Please continue your prayers for her.

Susan Rimes said her sister had a better week last week than the week before. Pray for Lisa as continues her battle with cancer.

Our grandson, Braden Alford, is in the emergency room of a hospital in Rome, Georgia to get staples in his head. He fell in the preschool department at church tonight. Pray Braden doesn’t have any complications from the injury.

I posted information about Mrs. Ann Chapman’s brother’s death, but never did include an obituary. I’ll include it tonight.

Charles Lee Abernathy
Charles Lee Abernathy, died at his residence in Pearl River, Thursday, July 3, 2008. He was 79 and a native of Kingsland , AR. He retired after 30 years as a Coach Operator with Greyhound Bus Lines and was a graduate of Amite High School. Visitation will be Monday, July 7, 2008 at First Baptist Church Pearl River from 9AM until service time at 12 noon conducted by Rev, Alvin Waller. Graveside Services will be Monday, July 7, 2008 at 3PM at Roseland-Arcola Cemetery in Arcola, LA conducted by his nephew, Rev. Deloy Chapman. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Pearl River and Amalgamated Transit Union. Memorial donations may be made to First Baptist Church Pearl River Building Fund, P.O. Box 729, Pearl River, LA 70452 He is survived by his wife Betty Ruth Breeland Abernathy. Daughter Barbara Jean Pack. Former son-in-law Marc Pack. Son Russell Lee Abernathy. Sister Martha Ann Chapman. Brothers James Garland Abernathy, and John Beamon Abernathy. Grandchildren William Charles Pack and Darion Eleanor Pack, 4 great grandchildren, numerous nieces, nephews, 4 sisters-in-law and 2 brothers-in-law. He was preceded in death by his parents Lucille and Hosea Abernathy. Brother William “Billy” Riley Abernathy. Sisters Nellie Jean Morris, Mary Frances Rick and Betty Sue Williamson. Pallbearers are Mickey Seale, Mitchell Rick, Jonathan Randall, Deloy Chapman, Todd Abernathy, Audie Pettit. The Honorary Pallbearers are Quincy Chapman, Mark Pack, Monroe “Buster” Rick, Jr. Michael Rick, Peter Abernathy, and Pete Williamson. Seale Funeral Service, Inc., Denham Springs in Charge of Arrangements. 1-225-664-4143
Published in The Times-Picayune from 7/6/2008 – 7/7/2008

Mrs. Patsy Smith was a long-time family friend and a champion for missions. Pray for her family and church family as they cope with her sudden death.

Mrs. Patsy M. Smith
(October 12, 1938 – July 12, 2008)

Mrs. Patsy M. Smith entered this life on October 12, 1938 and went to be with the Lord at 11:45PM, on Saturday, July 12, 2008 at North Oaks Medical Center in Hammond. She was 69, a native of Shreveport, LA and a resident of Amite. She was preceded in death by W. David Smith, her husband of 49 years. Mrs. Patsy was a member of the First Baptist Church of Amite where she was a vital part of the FBC Senior Adults, she served as WMU Association Director for many years, and was always a great help to FBC Youth. Visitation will be at McKneely & Vaughn Funeral Home, Amite, on Monday July 14, 2008 from 6:00PM until 9:00PM and at First Baptist Church, Amite, on Tuesday, July 15, 2008 from 9:00AM until Religious Services at 1:00PM with services conducted by Rev. Mike Foster. Interment in Amite Memorial Gardens. She is survived by 3 Sons: D. Mark Smith and wife, Leigh-Amite; J. Matt Smith-Amite; and Michael A. Smith and wife, Cindy-Amite. 1 Sister: Meredith “Aunt Coot” Luman and husband, Fred-Benton, LA. 1 Brother: Jim Montgomery III, and wife, Betty-Benton, LA 6 Grandchildren: David M. Smith, Jr. and wife, Monica; Katie Smith Spearman and husband, Matt; Adam “Bear” Smith and wife, Toni Jo; Cody Alan Smith; Michael A Smith, II and Emily Catherine Smith. Also numerous nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by Husband: W. David Smith and Parents: Haywood & Lois Montgomery. Pallbearers will be David Smith, Adam Smith, Cody Smith, Craig Coker, Greg Coker, George Smith, Matt Spearman & Andy Montgomery. In lieu of flowers the family request that donations be made to the FBC Building Fund or the Mission Fund at FBC at 117 E. Olive St., Amite, LA 70422. An On-line Guestbook is available at www.mckneelyvaughnfh.com. McKneely & Vaughn Funeral Home is located at I-55N & Hwy 16W next to Coggin-Gentry Ford.

Lillie Catalanotto Campo
(August 6, 1916 – July 13, 2008)

Died at 2:40AM on Sunday, July 13, 2008 at St. Helena Parish Nursing Home in Greensburg, LA. She was a native and resident of Amite, LA. Age 91 years. Funeral Arrangements are pending at McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, LA.

Edgar Eugene Adams, Sr.
(January 29, 1937 – July 13, 2008)

U.S. Veteran Died at 6:04AM on Sunday, July 13, 2008 at North Oaks Medical Center in Hammond, LA. He was a native of Kentwood, LA and a resident of Walker, LA. Age 71 years. Mr. Adams was a U. S. Navy Veteran and retired from Exxon. Visitation at McKneely Funeral Home, Kentwood, from 9 a.m. on Tuesday until religious services at 11 a.m. Tuesday. Interment Woodland Cemetery, Kentwood, LA. Survived by 3 sons, Edgar Eugene Adams, II, Walker, Paul Lawrence Adams, Independence, Michael Anthony Adams, Walker, 1 brother, Robert Carl Adams, Holden, 2 grandsons, Vincent and Matthew. Preceded in death by sisters, Jeannette and Betty Jean, half- sister, Maxine, half-brother, Carl and Charles

FBC, Kentwood Deacons for the Week

  • Bubba Hulkaby
  • Robert Callihan

Sunday Afternoon

Mrs. Faye Price was taken back to this hospital this morning. Please be in prayer for her, the family, and the medical staff caring for her. Your prayers will be greatly appreciated.

Colton Splane made a profession of faith this morning at church. Please be an encourager in his new Christian life.

Sunday

“Therefore He is also able to save

to the uttermost those who come to God through Him,

since He always lives to make intercession for them.”

(Hebrews 7:25)

Danny Esch had a heart attack last week and is in ICU in McComb. His condition is real serious and we would appreciate your prayers for him and his family during this time. The last report I got at VBS Friday night was they are planning to do some type of heart surgery on Monday.
Margaret Huber &
The East Fork Baptist Church

Please add Jerry Fairburn to your prayer list, He is in North Oaks Hospital. Jerry cannot speak, and has had 2 strokes but they don’t know when or how close together they were. The Doctors are running test to find out what is going on. Please Keep him on your Prayer list until you hear of an update on him. I promise to email you as soon as I hear.
thanks for your prayers,
yours in Christ
Faye Carney

Dear Prayer Partners,

Pray for Jordan as he heads off to Camp McCain in Mississippi Sunday for two weeks of Army maneuvers. Pray for him and the other soldiers as they are out in the heat and humidity on the maneuvers. Pray for their safety and for good health throughout the whole period.

Thank you for praying! God bless you as you seek the Lord’s will in your lives.

Love,

Melinda

INTERNATIONAL MISSIONS PRAYERLINE
INTERNATIONAL MISSION BOARD
Friday, July 11, 2008

“But in every nation the person who fears Him and does righteousness is acceptable to Him. He sent the message…of peace through Jesus Christ–He is Lord of all,” (Acts 10:35-36, HCSB).

Dear Intercessors, this is Eleanor Witcher of the International Prayer Strategy Office, praying with you for the people of Central, Eastern and Southern Africa (CESA).

So much of the CESA region is experiencing the pull of power, politics and the scramble for available resources. South Africa and the recent “xenophobic” outbursts as South Africans attacked people from surrounding countries, Kenya and the tribal tensions after recent elections and, of course, Zimbabwe and the struggle for power and land all reveal man’s basic sin nature and the desperate need for a relationship with Christ. In the midst of these struggles and tensions and as Africa redefines itself, missionaries and Baptist partners live and share the hope and purpose that comes through Christ alone.

Many displaced people of Johannesburg, South Africa have had to flee their homes because of racial violence. Pray for our missionaries living among and around these families as they seek to meet the immediate needs and “represent Christ” to them.

Thousands in Sudan have fled their homes, after battles broke out between the predominately Islamic North and predominately animistic (ancestral worship) South. Both sides desire a key town that sits on the line dividing the North and South. This hub city is the place where half of the oil pumped in this oil-rich country passes each day. Tensions are growing over the desire to control this wealthy town. Pray that the leaders of the two sides will come to lasting agreements.

* Pray that missionary testimonies will be strong and that they will impact the people with truth.

* Ask God to give governmental leaders godly wisdom as they lead the various countries of Africa through these difficult days.

* Intercede for churches as they minister in the midst of the current situation and strive to demonstrate the peace of Christ, the Lord of all.

FBC, Kentwood

  • No P.M. services tonight
  • Baby shower for Colbye Erwin at 2 P.M.
  • Marvelous Monday @ 7 P.M.: Bobby Eads; Tim and Becky Daniels

The Hero of the Story

No doubt all history in the last resort

must be held by Christians

to be a story with a divine plot.

- C.S. Lewis

 

For he has rescued us

from the dominion of darkness

and brought us into the kingdom

of the Son he loves

- Col 1:13

It’s natural for us to see life as an on-going story where we are the central character and the hero. It is our biography, happening in real-time and we have been cast in the starring role.

If we’re the hero and the star, where does that leave God in all of this? Well, He’s the author, of course, carefully weaving the situations and conditions into a plot which assures a victorious outcome for the hero. Like all good authors, He is making sure the hero overcomes all conflict in the end while the villains get the justice they deserve.

This kind of perspective can lead to some serious disillusionment. If we’re the hero, shouldn’t we have a better job, fewer problems and more adventure? Shouldn’t the story have a more interesting plot than this? Sometimes it feels like we’re not living the life we would have chosen for the hero, and that can leave us feeling bitter and disappointed. What kind of author is God, anyway?

If you assumed, as many do, that God is just the author, then we need to make a few small corrections. It’s absolutely true that God is the author, and He is indeed weaving the plot to ensure the best outcome for the hero. Yet, God is not just the author, he is also that hero. The story is about Him.

Does this mean we are some small, bit player in the drama? Not at all! We may not be the hero, but we are the next best thing. We are the hero’s beloved who has been separated from Him and locked away in a terrible dungeon. This particular chapter of God’s story is about how the hero fights and wins many battles in order to rescue His beloved. In the end, they live happily ever after.

So, here we find ourselves nearing the climax of the story. From outside the dungeon walls, God calls to us, “I have come for you. I have endured many trials, won many battles and even lost my only Son in order to rescue you. I have unlocked the doors. Come out now, and let us leave together.”

The dungeon we’re in is a peculiar one. Many of us do not know we are even in a dungeon, and some don’t want to be rescued. Inside the dungeon, we are the hero. Despite the terrible conditions, we are in control and no one can take that away from us. We fail to see that we are the hero of nothing — an empty, lonely life in a cold and desolate world. Yet, we hesitate to leave the security and eminence of our own story to join ourselves to another where we are not the Hero. And so, God waits patiently outside the walls hoping that we will at last truly desire the unimaginable love which awaits us in His story when we choose to be with Him.

It’s almost impossible to understand how anything in life is supposed to make sense when we cling to the notion that we are the hero and that God is crafting a story just for us. In that context, how could we ever hope to explain the pain, loss and suffering we all experience? When trouble comes, as it always does, part of us wonders, “How could you do this to me, God?”

The answer makes more sense when, with the proper perspective, we understand the story simply is not about us. The story is not about a happy ending here, on earth. It’s not about fame, wealth or success in our career. Those things may or may not be made available to us depending on what God is accomplishing in our lives, but they are not the hero’s reward and we are not the hero. No, this chapter is about our happy ending with God in Heaven, while the entire story is about His eternal glory.

When things don’t make sense in our lives, we should not ask, “Why me?” Knowing our proper place in the story will help us to ask instead, “What do you want me to learn about you from this situation?” and “How can I help you to accomplish your will through me?” Maintaining the right perspective will go a long way towards keeping us from the bitterness and despair which await those who demand the starring role and insist on maintaining control.

When we have the correct point of view, we will learn to trust the author and the hero. Secure in the knowledge that He loves us and has come for us, if we will only just trust Him and leave the dungeon behind, He will take us home to His kingdom. We can maintain that trust even when the particular details of the plot are difficult to understand. No matter how hard life becomes, regardless of the dangers we will face and the losses we endure, we will never stop following His voice as it guides us out of the dungeon and into His loving arms.

Be sure to make this day the Lord’s Day!

Anna Lee

Saturday

May the Lord smile on you.

~Numbers 6:25 (NLT)~

Mrs. Faye Price had tests this week. Pray for her as doctor recommendations are being followed.

Several missionaries have reported answered prayers in regard to visa and health issues. Please pray missionaries will remain faithful in times when their faith is tested while on the mission field.

Summer ministries to the Roma are continuing at full speed:

  • We received work from Jan Hammons’ niece who just returned from church camp that she made the connection between the Roma she learned about and Jennie’s family. The partnership between Team Romany and Baptist camps is in year two. Thank God for this partnership and the support it brings to Team Romany.
  • Summer missionaries have arrived from American and Romania.
  • New missionaries have arrived and will participate in two weeks of World Changers camps before even moving in their apartment.
  • The first International World Changers group has arrived with another group due new week. Bro. Brady Haynes and his students will be among those in the second group. Bro. Brady Haynes was a a former student minister at FBC, Kentwood.
  • Jennie and her children are traveling today to minister with Boyd and the World Changers for the next two weeks.
  • Pray for the Roma in the villages where ministry will occur. Pray for receptive hearts.
  • Pray for a love of missions to develop in the hearts of some of those who are volunteering with the Roma ministry this summer. Pray for receptive hearts as God speaks to the volunteers.

Baptist Press

July 11, 2008

MYANMAR–Myanmar relief focuses on SE Asia partnership. http://www.bpnews.net/BPnews.asp?ID=28456

NEW YORK–ELECTION 08: Obama says he’ll ‘never back down’ on abortion. http://www.bpnews.net/BPnews.asp?ID=28457

LOUISIANA–Baptists rally to needs of the homeless in New Orleans. http://www.bpnews.net/BPnews.asp?ID=28458

MASSACHUSETTS–Celebration to mark 50-year work in N.E. http://www.bpnews.net/BPnews.asp?ID=28459

TEXAS–FIRST-PERSON (William A. Dembski): A faith healer’s farce. http://www.bpnews.net/BPnews.asp?ID=28460

TENNESSEE–Draper: Healing entails God’s sovereignty. http://www.bpnews.net/BPnews.asp?ID=28461

VIRGINIA–Cancer fight didn’t deter missionary’s call. http://www.bpnews.net/BPnews.asp?ID=28462

WASHINGTON–Jury declines to indict abortion doctor Tiller. http://www.bpnews.net/BPnews.asp?ID=28463

TENNESSEE–INTERNATIONAL DIGEST: Beijing police evict activist as US congressmen visit. http://www.bpnews.net/BPnews.asp?ID=28464

LOUISIANA–FIRST-PERSON (Kelly Boggs): When no one’s looking. http://www.bpnews.net/BPnews.asp?ID=28465

I can relate to this devotional. I’m sure you will too.

GETTING OLDER (part 1)

 

The story is told of a little girl who went to visit her great-grandmother. The elderly lady had hair that was white. Her face was covered with wrinkles. As the little girl looked at her, she asked, “Grandma, are you an old lady?” With a twinkle in her eyes, her great-grandmother said, “No, honey, not exactly. But I must say I’ve been young for a mighty long time.”

Old age is a strange thing. Very few of us actually think of ourselves as being old. As one 85-year-old man (Bernard Baruch) put it, “To me, old age is always fifteen years older than I am.” And that’s about right. When I was a teenager, anyone who was 40 years old seemed ancient. But when I reached the age of 40, I didn’t feel like an old man. But those people in their mid-50′s sure were old. Now as I have passed the age of 50 myself, those folks are looking younger and younger all the time!

But, whether we want to or not, whether it’s something we look forward to or something we dread, every single one of us is getting older. There’s no getting around that fact. Every time the sun rises and every time the sun sets — even every chime on the grandfather clock — serves to constantly remind us that we’re all growing older. We’re older today than we were yesterday and tomorrow, if the Lord sees fit to bless us, we will be older still.

According to statistics, we live in a society that’s rapidly growing older and older. In this country, in 1900, the average life-span was only 47 years. Right now, the life-span of an average American is about 75 years of age. And it is expected that within a few decades, as the “baby boomers” get older, the life expectancy for males will be 86 years and for females will be 92.

David said in Psalm 90:10, “The days of our lives are seventy years; and if by reason of strength they are eighty years, yet their boast is only labor and sorrow; for it is soon cut off, and we fly away.”

You would think that most people would be excited about the prospect of living longer, but sadly, that’s not the case. A lot of people are afraid of getting old. Even David expressed this fear when he prayed to God, “Do not cast me off in the time of old age; Do not forsake me when my strength fails….Now also when I am old and grayheaded, O God, do not forsake me, until I declare your strength to this generation, your power to everyone who is to come.” (Psalm 71:9,18).

I think Jonathan Swift was right when he said, “Every man desires to live long, but no man wants to be old.” There are a couple of reasons for that. I’ll share them in the next TFTD.

Have a great day!

Alan Smith
Helen Street Church of Christ
Fayetteville, North Carolina

Have a wonderful weekend. Be sure to give the Lord His share of your time this weekend!

Anna Lee

Friday Afternoon

We’re home from taking Braden and Peyton Alford to their home in Rome, Georgia. We thank God for the good times and the safe trip.

KOMpray

Kids on Mission Pray

July 11, 2008
“Let the little children come to Me, and don’t stop them, because the kingdom of God belongs to such as these,” Luke 18:16b

 

 

SHE’S LEARNING ABOUT JESUS

 

N is a 14-year-old girl who lives in Thailand. She spends a lot of time at her dad’s barber shop; and one day, she met some people who speak English. N’s dad encouraged her to practice speaking English with them, but she was a little shy. The family members talked to her in Thai instead of English and then N was very interested. The family told N they were Christians. That was new to N. She did not know much about Christianity. They shared the Good News of Jesus with N and invited her to come to English classes.

For several weeks, N has not missed a class! She reads Bible stories and wants to learn about God. Please pray that N will ask Jesus to be her Savior. Pray that her dad will keep on letting her come to Bible study. Pray that he will become a Christian too.

MORE PRAYER REQUESTS FROM MISSIONARY KIDS

Please pray that the children on my street come to know Jesus. ANDREW, age 5 ½ (Pacific Rim)

 

Please pray for my friend who is now a follower of Christ. He became a Christian, and his family turned away from him. It’s not like they don’t love him anymore or anything like that! They’re just having a hard time realizing that he’s not a Muslim anymore. ABIGAIL, age 11 (Northern Africa and the Middle East)

 

Pray for my friend NK, he is going through a really hard time now. MARY, age 16 (West Africa)

 

Pray for my Bible study with other kids. Pray for our church and the people who do not know Jesus. MACAYLA, age 8 (Central and Eastern Europe)


Peter Anthony Lupo, Jr.
(January 27, 1926 – July 10, 2008)

Died at 6:30PM on Thursday, July 10, 2008 at North Oaks Medical Center in Hammond, LA. He was a native and resident of Amite, LA. Age 82 years. Visitation at McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, from 9 a.m. on Saturday until religious services at 11 a.m. Saturday. Services conducted by Rev. William Hyde. Interment Amite Cemetery, Amite, LA. Survived by wife, Kay Malone Lupo, Amite, step-daughter, Karen Adams Brown, Mandeville, 3 step-sons, Jack Malone Adams, Amite, Rick Adams, Metairie, and David Adams, FL, 4 sisters, Rosalie Carter, Hammond, Mary Hyde, Tickfaw, Fran Durio, Amite, and Josephine Stevens, Chesbrough, 7 step-grandchildren, Hannah Brown, Trey Adams, Zack Adams, Hayden Adams, Devaney Adams, David B. Adams, and Andrew Brown. Preceded in death by parents, 2 sisters, and 3 brothers.

Thursday Night

Big 10 from teamromany July 2008

1. Thank you for praying for Lisa Kail and her team Gibson County, Tennessee who lead a camp from Romany youth in Romania June 29-July 5. Earlier this week I spoke with two young people who attended the camp and they commented on the excellent Bible study times. The campers especially enjoyed holding block parties in communities around the camp facility. Pray for those who heard the gospel presented during these events.

2. FARM students depart for their ministry locations this week. The three who are serving with Boyd and Jennie have already arrived and are hard at work. Please pray for all of the Romany summer missionaries as they serve this summer. Pray that their ministry will strengthen existing work and lead to new areas of openness.

3. International World Changers (IWC) volunteer teams will serve with teamromany in both Romania and Czech Republic this summer. We will have nearly 300 students serving alongside us. Pray for the students as they minister in Romany communities. Pray that all of the logistics for these large teams will go smoothly.

4. Thank you for praying for the Banks family as they moved to Braila, Romania. Please continue to pray for them as they study language and pray about how and where God wants them to minister.

5. Please pray for Katie Steele, a student summer missionary from Missouri who is serving in the Czech Republic. Pray that she will develop meaningful relationships with Romany girls that will allow her to share her faith.

6. Thank you for praying for the Silby family. They have arrived in the Czech Republic. Pray for them as they adjust to living overseas, get settled and begin to study the language. Pray for the Silbys and Jennie Hatchel and her children as they travel to Ostrava Saturday to join Boyd in working with the IWC teams there for the next two weeks.

7. Thank you for praying for us as we looked for an apartment for the Silby family. We found a nice apartment in a great location (downtown) close to a tram stop, two grocery stores, the language school, and the Brno Baptist church.

8. Please continue to pray for American students who will attend Lifeway’s Centrifuge camps this summer. Their missions’ emphasis will be on the Roma. Pray that those who attend will learn more about the Roma, be encouraged to pray more for the Roma, and will give generously to the missions offering.

9. Please pray for Daniel as he has just returned to Romania after months in the US. Thank God for the opportunities he has had to share about God’s work among the Roma while in the US. Pray for Daniel’s strength and energy as he is hosting 3 volunteer teams in the first three weeks he is back on the field.

10. Please continue to pray for Cornel and Erica as they make plans to be married next month. Pray for Erica’s strength and health as she has been sick lately.

I’ll post the Friday Prayer Link Friday afternoon.

Until then, God bless!

Anna Lee

Thursday

Judy Easley called to say her new grandson, Tyler Easley, is doing. He seem to be progressing well after first losing a little weight. Mom is home, but Judy has been taking her to the hospital for two feeding times a day. Pray Tyler continues to gain weight and the family will all soon be at home together. Thank you for your prayers the the Easleys.

Joan Hagan called to say she was able to see a doctor yesterday. Tests have been scheduled for Wednesday at North Oaks. Please be in prayer for Joan on a daily basis. Your prayers are always welcomed.

This is an old devotional, but always a good reminder.


DON’T SAVE IT FOR THE FUNERAL

An elderly man lay dying in his bed. In death’s agony, he suddenly smelled the aroma of his favorite chocolate chip cookies wafting up the stairs. He gathered his remaining strength, and lifted himself from the bed. Leaning against the wall, he slowly made his way out of the bedroom, and with even greater effort forced himself down the stairs, gripping the railing with both hands.

With labored breath, he leaned against the doorframe, gazing into the kitchen. Were it not for death’s agony, he would have thought himself already in heaven: There, spread out on the kitchen table were literally hundreds of his favorite chocolate chip cookies. Was it heaven? Or was it merely one final act of heroic love from his devoted wife, seeing to it that he left this world a happy man?

Mustering one great final effort, he threw himself toward the table. His aged and withered hand made its way to a cookie at the edge of the table, when his wife suddenly smacked it with a spatula.

“Stay out of those,” she said. “They’re for the funeral.”

She’s not the only person to save something for a funeral that should have been shared long before. It often seems a shame that flowers are sent at a funeral rather than beforehand when they could truly be enjoyed. Many of the comments made at a funeral reflect the realization that we didn’t express our feelings adequately to those we love while they were alive: “What a wonderful friend she was. I never told her how much I appreciated what she meant to me!” “I hope he realizes how much I loved him!”

If someone means something special to you, don’t save it for the funeral. Share it with them now!

“Therefore comfort one another and edify one another, just as you are doing.” (I Thess. 5:11)

Have a great day!

Alan Smith
Helen Street Church of Christ
Fayetteville, North Carolina

Wednesday

“But the LORD said unto Samuel,

Look not on his countenance,

or on the eight of his stature;

because I have refused him:

for the LORD seeth ot as man seeth;

for man looketh on the outward appearance,

but the LORD looketh on the heart.”


~1 Samuel 16:7~

From Kathy Dyer:

Anna Lee, please include me in your prayers for health concerns. We are waiting for test results on a procedure done at Oschner’s last week.

Also please include Mrs. Mildred Thompson in prayer. Mrs. Mildred was my first Sunday School and Missions teacher. Although she had no biological children, she has mothered each child who ever sat at her knee learning those first Bible stories. She has faithfully served our church and influenced countless lives. Up until this summer she has continued mision work, community outreaches, and conducted daily devotionals at an area nursing home. Now in her late eighties she is faced with leaving her home for nursing care for herself. Please pray that she grows stronger and adapts to her new life.

INTERNATIONAL MISSIONS PRAYERLINE
INTERNATIONAL MISSION BOARD
Wednesday, July 9, 2008

“When I am afraid, I will trust in You” (Psalm 56:3, HCSB).

Dear Intercessors, this is Eleanor Witcher of the International Prayer Strategy Office, asking you to continue praying for those who suffered through the earthquake of May 12th in China.

As many as 90,000 Chinese people perished as the earth reeled beneath them. Tragically, most of those who died did not know Christ. An evidence of God’s grace in the wake of the devastating earthquake was the spontaneous travel of many Chinese Christians to the affected area. Willing to help in whatever way needed, they also arrived aware of the pressing need for the peoples of China to know of Christ’s love. Pray that God will greatly use those who continue to minister in the quake zone.

Many of the 5 million people who were left homeless are still living in temporary shelters, and for some of them, it will be many months before life is back to normal. Officials estimate that reconstruction of earthquake-devastated cities will take at least eight years, and it is feared that some of them will never be rebuilt. Psychological scars might take even longer to heal.

A. said, “We’ve had the worst winter in 50 years, and now the worst earthquake in 30 years. I’m afraid.” The workers shared how Jesus is more powerful than nature. Ask the Father to continue comfort A. and so many others with the reassurance that He is trustworthy.

Please intercede for God’s protection as well over the 5,500 children who were orphaned by the earthquake. Pray that loving families can be found for each of the children, and that many will be placed in Christian homes. Ask God to heal their hearts following their profound loss.

* Please pray that those who saw and experienced unthinkable grief will come to know the Comforter who can bring healing to their hearts.

* Pray that during this time of great need, Christians will faithfully demonstrate God’s love.

* Intercede for more workers to proclaim Christ’s love to the 1.2 billion Chinese people who still do not know Christ.

Eugene L. Ott Jr.
Eugene L. Ott Jr., 84, of Osyka, died July 6, 2008, at Aston Court Retirement Center in McComb.

Visitation is 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Hartman-Sharkey Funeral Home in McComb and 9 a.m. Thursday at Osyka Baptist Church until services there at 10 a.m. The Rev. Percy Frazier and Dr. Milton Kliesch will officiate. Burial will be in Osyka Cemetery.

Elbert A. Kuyrkendall
Elbert Allwyn “Sticks” Kuyrkendall, 70, of Tampa , Fla., and formerly of Kentwood, La., died July 2, 2008, at his home in Tampa.

Visitation is 9:30 a.m. Friday at Hartman-Sharkey Funeral Home in McComb, until services there at 1 p.m. Burial will be in Magnolia Cemetery.


Befriending Iraqi Children is Crucial, Major Says

Baptist Press

Posted on Jul 8, 2008 | by Erin Roach

During his deployment in Iraq, Air Force Maj. Chris Gay learned firsthand that a key component of succeeding in the war is befriending Iraq’s youth and showing them a level of kindness and goodwill they may never encounter otherwise.

Gay now is stationed at Hill Air Force Base in northern Utah and is a member of Mountain View Baptist Church in Layton. A division chief with the 507th Aircraft Sustainment Squadron, he was deployed with an Army unit based in Baghdad from last September through April.

During that time, he visited the largest of eight internally displaced persons camps in Iraq. The camp housed more than 2,500 Iraqis who fled their homes during terrorist and sectarian violence.

When he discovered the children there didn’t have sufficient clothing and blankets to cope with the winter weather, Gay organized a campaign to have his Sunday School class at Mountain View Baptist send boxes of garments that he could pass out to the children.

“I have two kids myself, so I had compassion for the kids,” he told Baptist Press.

In the process of completing what he dubbed Operation Warm Winter, Gay said he gained a better understanding of the Iraqis living in the camp.

“Soccer is a really integral part of life there in Iraq. I haven’t met an Iraqi kid that didn’t love to play soccer or didn’t want a soccer ball,” he said. “What a lot of people don’t realize is we have troops out there every day that interact with the local populous, and if you can win over one kid — I’ve heard stories of this — if you get the children to like you and to appreciate you, they in a lot of ways protect you.

“There have been several instances where our guys were out on patrol and they had been in the area a lot and they befriended kids and gave them soccer balls and other things,” Gay said. “The kids would tell them, ‘Don’t go there. Don’t go down that way,’ and they were protecting our guys from getting into an ambush or getting into an area where there were [improvised explosive devices]. There are numerous instances of kids protecting the troops because they had befriended them.”

If churches want to know what’s useful for soldiers in Iraq, Gay suggested sending soccer balls.

“It’s just one way of interacting with the kids and getting them to understand who Americans are, that we’re there to be friends and not to hurt them,” he said. “We’re there to help, and soccer balls are the way to do it because all the kids love soccer balls. We only had maybe 50 soccer balls to give out, and there were more than 500 kids. The kids would have rather had soccer balls than clothes. That’s just how important it is to them.”

Despite ongoing criticism of the war in Iraq, Gay said he knows the United States is there for good reasons that may not be immediately obvious.

“In my opinion, the war in Iraq is really more of a spiritual war, but we’re not really fighting it that way,” he said. “The only way that Iraqi society is really going to learn a difference than what they’ve been taught all their life is for us to be there and to be an influence by showing them love and kindness. They don’t get a lot of that in their culture, and this is just one means of opening a door to be able to do that.

“There are so many things about the war that I don’t like, but at the same time, having been there, I realize the need for being there. It’s really more of a need for influencing the next generation because it’s a generational process. It’s not something that’s going to change overnight,” Gay said. “It’s going to take a generation of kids growing up around Americans and understanding what we believe and how we interact before there’s really any change in that area of the world.”

The major said it’s unfortunate when he encounters people in the United States who have made up their minds about the war without asking him about his experience on the ground there.

“We are making a tremendous difference,” he said. “A lot of it is just our presence alone and our interaction, showing kids there are other ways of doing things. Being there, you’re an ambassador of the U.S., and you don’t go out and overtly profess your Christianity, but there are so many other ways just by showing them love that are so different than the way their normal culture is, that they see a difference.”

Gay said Americans may not realize the opportunities they have to help protect the soldiers all the way from the homeland. For instance, Special Forces groups may consist of 12 or 15 men living and working on their own in an Iraqi community to weed out terrorists and bring peace. A lot of their safety, Gay said, comes from how well the community accepts them and approves of their presence.

If churches or individuals could send soccer balls and other items that soldiers could distribute to the children in those communities as goodwill offerings, Gay said it would serve two purposes.

“It provides something to the Iraqi kids and to the community, but it also provides protection for our service members. A lot of people don’t realize that simple act of giving somebody a soccer ball could have a big impact on somebody’s son or brother or dad being able to come home.”

Gay said he’s not yet sure whether he’ll repeat Operation Warm Winter when the weather turns cold again, but he has given some thought to the fact that in addition to soccer balls the children in Iraq need school supplies.

“What would really be helpful in the long run would be if you could get a project together where you could get backpacks full of school supplies and send them over. That would be very useful for the kids because they have very limited resources when it comes to those sorts of things,” he said. “If I were to do a follow-up project, it would probably be the backpacks.”


Tuesday Afternoon

Thomas Troy “Tom Tom” Baham
(June 11, 1990 – July 4, 2008)

Thomas Troy

Thomas Troy “Tom Tom” Baham passed away at 11:50PM, July 4, 2008 at the Children’s Hospital in New Orleans. He was 18, a native of Independence and resident of Loranger. “Tom Tom” was a student at Loranger High School and a member of the Loranger Wolves Football Team which “Football” was his greatest love. He was also a member of the Loranger Baptist Church Youth Group. Relatives and friends of the family are invited to attend the visitation at the McKneely & Vaughn Funeral Home, Amite, on Tuesday, July 8, 2008 from 5:00PM until 9:00PM and on Wednesday, July 9, 2008 from 8:00AM until Religious Services at the Funeral Home Chapel at 10:00AM with services conducted by Rev. Marshall Wallace & Rev. Mike Hegwood. Interment will be in the Lawrence Cemetery

“Tom Tom” is survived by 2 Sisters: Crystal Barnes, Loranger and Brandy Baham, Independence, A Brother: Ricky Barnes, Amite, His Girlfriend: Montana Tycer, Loranger, 3 Nieces: Delaina McGee, Loranger, Alaysia Mitchell, Independence, Allyson Barnes, Amite, 4 Nephews: D.D. McGee, Loranger, D’Antae McGee-Loranger, Chase Barnes, Amite, Trevor Barnes, Amite and numerous extended family & friends. Preceded in death by: Parents, Thomas Robertson & Ophelia E. Baham, and Grandmother, Ophelia Baham.

An on-line Guestbook is available at www.mckneelyvaughnfh.com. The Funeral Home is located at I-55N & Hwy 16W next to Coggins -Gentry Ford.