“This is what the Lord Almighty says:

Judge fairly and honestly,

and show mercy and kindness to one another.

Do not oppress widows, orphans,

foreigners, and poor people.

And do not make evil plans to harm each other.”

~Zechariah 7:9-10 (NLT)~

On Mission in Kentwood begins at 8:00 this morning. Even if you are late, come.

Curt Martin’s leg is better. Curt and his family will be among those eagerly participating in On Mission in Kentwood.

Thank God for allowing Curt to improve so he can work today.

David loves to work outside. This week he experience two potential problems, but God was looking out for him. A few days ago, David tripped and fell into a fire when he was burning some logs. He had a slight injury to one arm that only bothered him for a few minutes. Yesterday, he moved a log and found a swarm of flying insects. David did not get a single sting as they flew past him. Thank you, God!

Praise report on Melinda’s cousin’s wife:

Thank you for praying for my cousin’s wife. The note below was sent Wednesday and received Thursday. We were without internet here at home so I could not send you out the update. God in his infinite glory is showing M, her family, and us all how awesome he is in taking care of her needs. She appreciates everyone praying for her during this time.

We hope you have a great weekend. It is Easter weekend here. Pray for God’s presence to be felt in the hearts of Romanians this weekend. Pray they will truly understand the importance of knowing the Lord personally and walking hand in hand with him in their lives.

Hristos a inviat! (Christ is risen!) Adevarat a inviat! (Truly he is risen!)


I just received a phone call from the social worker at the doctor’s office. She informed me that there is a brand new law in the State of Texas that states they have to cover breast and cervical cancer under the Texas State Medicaid!!!!! The paperwork is submitted and this will be completely covered!!! Praise the Lord…burdens have been lifted and prayers are heard!!! Thank you all!!!

Keep praying, please!!!


Prayer requests from Melinda

June 8th-28th a team of students from California Baptist University (where I graduated from a long time ago) will be coming to minister in Bucharest. Please pray for them as they prepare to come. Please read Aura’s prayer request below for them for this coming Monday, April 27th and regarding the luggage for the trip.

Thank you for praying!


The California Baptist University team is having an art show Monday to raise money for their trip to Bucharest. Many artists have donated art pieces for them, so please pray for that many will come and they will exceed their goal!

Also start praying that they will not have problems with luggage allowance…they were told this week that because many airlines are changing baggage rules, they may only be allowed to bring and take back one piece of luggage. This creates problems for them and me because they were going to take back some suitcases for me. Pray that all will work out well and that the airline they are traveling with will not change their rules before this trip!


Pray for Mrs. Paula Jean Wall. She is completing treatment for cancer and trying to regain her strength.

Please continue to pray for Mr. Joe and “Miss” Othelle Williams. They battle continuing health issues.

A DEBT OF $0.00

The following story appears to be an “urban legend,” but is fun to read nevertheless:

In March 1992, a man living near Boston, Massachusetts received a bill for his as yet unused credit card stating that he owed $0.00. He ignored it and threw it away. In April he received another and threw that one away, too.

The following month the credit card company sent him a very nasty note stating they were going to cancel his card if he didn’t send them $0.00 by return of post. He called them, talked to them, they said it was a computer error and told him they’d take care of it.

The following month he decided that it was about time that he tried out the troublesome credit card figuring that if there were purchases on his account it would put an end to his ridiculous predicament. However, in the first store that he produced his credit card in payment for his purchases he found that his card had been canceled. He called the credit card company who apologized for the computer error once again and said that they would take care of it.

The next day he got a bill for $0.00 stating that payment was now overdue. Assuming that having spoken to the credit card company only the previous day and that the latest bill was yet another mistake, he ignored it, trusting that the company would be as good as their word and sort the problem out.

The next month he got a bill for $0.00 stating that he had 10 days to pay his account or the company would have to take steps to recover the debt.

Finally giving in, he thought he would play the company at their own game and mailed them a check for $0.00. The computer duly processed his account and returned a statement to the effect that he now owed the credit card company nothing at all.

A week later, the man’s bank called him asking him what he was doing writing a check for $0.00. After a lengthy explanation, the bank replied that the $0.00 check had caused their check processing software to fail. The bank could not now process ANY checks from ANY of their customers that day because the check for $0.00 was causing the computer to crash.

The following month the man received a letter from the credit card company claiming that his check had bounced and that he now owed them $0.00 and unless he sent a check by return of post they would be taking steps to recover the debt.

The man, who had been considering buying his wife a computer for her birthday, bought her a typewriter instead.

As I read that story, I couldn’t help but think of the debt that we owe because of our sin. “The wages of sin is death” (Rom. 6:23). But, for those who are in Christ, that debt has been canceled — we owe nothing. “There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.” (Rom. 8:1)

Despite that fact, though, Satan continues to make us feel that we still owe something (he’s not called “the accuser” for nothing!). But listen to these words of comfort:

“Then I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, ‘Now salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren, who accused them before our God day and night, has been cast down.’ And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death.” (Rev. 12:10-11)

Praise be to the Lamb whose blood makes it possible for us to have a debt of $0.00!

Have a great day!

Alan Smith
Helen Street Church of Christ
Fayetteville, North CarolinaYour too have a debt of $0.00!

Anna Lee

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