“The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.”

~James 5:16b~

Mrs. Avis Sullivan is in North Oaks, but may be able to return home soon. After a couple of weeks at home, she’ll have surgery. Please keep “Miss” Avis, one of our special friends, in your prayers. Your prayers will be greatly appreciated.

Ann Trappey called to request prayer for the son of a friend. Brett Errickson of LaPlace was in the new base in Afghanistan that was overrun by militants this weekend. His family has not heard from him and requests prayers for Brett and the others serving to protect us.

Mr. Jimmy Tolar is doing well following his latest back surgery. He was able to be at church last night. Keep praying.

Mrs. Anne Hurst is now associated with the North American Mission Board. She is excited to be able to serve in ministry again. Keep her in your prayers as well as those with whom she will minister.

Braden Alford had a good day yesterday with no apparent problem from the head injury. Thank God his fall did not create a bigger problem.

Please continue to pray for the many volunteers, including International World Changers, as they minister around the world this summer. Pray many lives will be touched because of those who care to give of themselves to help minister to others. The Hatchels are working with one team this week and another one next week. Pray for all the IMB personnel as they coordinate volunteer teams. Pray for safety as traveling involves many miles and different countries. Pray for luggage and ministry materials to arrive safely and on time. Pray for receptive hearts.

Marvelous Monday was again a very special night. I hope you were able to be there. The service was followed by a time of fellowship that was well attended. The next Marvelous Monday will be led by Dr. J.P. Miles, Dennis Walker, and Bob Raborn. I’m already looking forward to another special service.

Even though a specific country is named in this request, you can replace that country with numerous other country names and still have a very important prayer request. Add a few other country names to this request as you pray.

MISSIONARY PERSONAL NEEDS. Pray for a missionary as he transitions from language school in Bangkok to life and ministry in another part of Thailand. Pray that the Lord will help him grow in his comprehension and speaking ability and that he will build good relationships with local people, both believers and non-believers. Ask the Lord will use Him mightily to further His kingdom in that province.

Patsy M. Smith
Smith, Mrs. Patsy M. First Baptist Church, Amite, at 1 p.m.
Published in The Advocate on 7/15/2008

Harry Herman Helmrich Jr.
Born Nov. 28, 1936, in Amite, to the late Irma Ellen Anthony Helmrich and Harry Herman Helmrich Sr., he passed away Saturday, July 5, 2008, in Baton Rouge, at age 81. Mr. Helmrich was a forester and a U.S. Marine veteran of World War II who proudly loved and served his country in the invasion of Okinawa. He was member of First Christian Church, Society of American Foresters, Nicholson Post 38 of the American Legion and the Cruisin Cajuns. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Yvonne Perrin Helmrich; two sons, Michael Harry Helmrich and companion Jackie Marie Nigro, and Orien Mark Helmrich and spouse, Catherine Farrar Helmrich; and three grandchildren, Christopher Mark, Catherine Rebecca and Philip Casey Helmrich. Visitation at First Christian Church, 8383 Old Hammond Highway, Baton Rouge, 70809, on Thursday, July 17, from 9 a.m. until memorial service at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the music ministry of First Christian Church of Baton Rouge.
Published in The Advocate on 7/15/2008

Edgar Eugene Adams Sr.
Adams Sr., Edgar Eugene McKneely Funeral Home, Kentwood, at 11 a.m.
Published in The Advocate on 7/15/2008

“At the name of Jesus every knee should bow…” (Philippians 2:10).
Mike Benson, Editor

A GOOD FRIEND of mine recently sat in my office thinking out loud about whatever came to mind…

The topics ranged from his marriage (which had its share of disappointments), to his future plans for ministry, to the quality of his walk with the Lord. As the conversation continued his mood became increasingly thoughtful — not gloomy, but quietly and deeply reflective, the kind of mood no one ever feels in a fast-food restaurant.

My friend, I should point out, is a committed Christian, a gifted counselor, and an unusually clear thinker. His life has known a few trials, but nothing remarkably different from what most middle-aged men have experienced. His friends describe him as friendly, hardworking, loyal, and sincere. A few see his spontaneous fun-loving side. Everyone agrees he’s a solid, well-adjusted Christian.

After nearly an hour of reflective rambling, his thoughtful mood shifted into a profoundly sad, almost desperate, loneliness. As though talking to no one in particular, he quietly said, “I wonder what it would be like to feel really good for just ten minutes.” (Larry Crabb)

“Have you not known? Have you not heard?

The everlasting God, the LORD,

the Creator of the ends of the earth,

neither faints nor is weary.

His understanding is unsearchable.

He gives power to the weak,

and to those who have no might He increases strength.

Even the youths shall faint and be weary,

and the young men shall utterly fall,

but those who wait on the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles,

they shall run and not be weary,

they shall walk and not faint.”

~Isa. 40:28-31~



Thanks for being there to pray each day. Your prayers mean so much to so many. Also, feel free to share praises, requests, and updates so others will know how to pray.

Anna Lee

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