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Dec. 2 – Isaiah 9: 6-7

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One of today’s articles is about the faith of Johnny Cash. It will be released as a movie Monday – Wednesday, next week. You may enjoy reading the article and possibly even seeing the movie.

Continue to Pray for Andy Taylor and Betty.

TODAY’S PRAYER FOCUS

Pray for patients in hospitals and for those who sit in the chair next to the patients.

REPORTS FROM OCC PROCESSING CENTERS

I have been especially interested in where “Shoeboxes” are being shipped. This is some of what I read in yesterday’s reports.

Dallas -> Honduras & Peru

Charlotte -> Madagascar, Burundi, Philippines, Hard to Reach Countries

Southern California -> El Salvador, Thailand

Interesting Facts:

  • Filler is used to add to boxes that are not FULL. Some churches send filler in place of or in addition to packing “Shoeboxes.
  • Items like liquids, food, and sharp items like knives are removed. These items are likely to damage other items in the box, be dangerous to the children, or aare not allowed through customs.
  • Items are not removed for any other reason because the workers know each item that is sent is sent for a purpose and the boxes are all prayed over numerous times. Stories are shared about items that seem to be unfit for a child or a particular locations, but later it is learned there was a need or special desire for that item. Example: A child in a hot country received a heavy winter coat and moves to another country where it is much colder within weeeks. It’s a God Wink! We don’t know God’s plans. Another example: A packer sends almost all art supplies. The receiver is very artistic and hopes for a career as an artist. Last example: One box for an older boy contains baby items only to go to a boy with a baby sister who benefitted from the contents. God Wink! This are true accounts I have read or been told.
  • Usually the “Shoeboxes” are the only gift a child receives that year or ever receives.
  • Usually only one box will be given to each child through Samaritan’s Purse. That plan is often questioned, but there are so many children in poor countries that the organization works hard to keep reaching other children each year with the Good News of Jesus and our gifts.
  • Thank-you so much for your donations of gifts, money, and time. Please pray for the boxes to have safe travel to children each year.

Cheryl Ann “Coonie” Coon

April 13, 1966 – November 29, 2022

A resident of Kentwood, LA, passed away on Tuesday, November 29, 2022 at North Oaks Medical Center in Hammond, LA. She was born April 13, 1966 in Independence, LA and was 56 years of age. She is survived by her husband, Chad Coon; children, Trevin Lewis, Brock Lewis (Kelsey), Chasity Coon (Danielle Davis) and Dayton Lewis; grandchildren, Greyson Lewis; 2 sisters, DeLisa Zeigler (Gary) and Leah Pouncey (Ricky, Sr.); 1 brother, Christopher “Kit” Williams; 4 nephews, Michael Dean, Jr., Justin Blades, Ricky Pouncey, Jr., and Ryan Pouncey; 9 great nieces and nephews; 2 sisters-in-law, Pam Brister (Jeff) and April Coon; 3 special friends, Angel Parker (Adam), Rita Aron, and Adlyn Renee “Sissy” Rioux. Preceded in death by her mother, Carolyn Tarver; father, Gordon Williams, Jr.; brother, Jon Michael Williams; maternal grandparents, Addie and Virgil Allen; paternal grandparents, Gordon, Sr. and Lenora Williams. Visitation at McKneely Funeral Home, Kentwood, from 9:00AM until religious services at 11:00AM on Saturday, December 3, 2022. Services conducted by Bro. Greg Stewart. Interment Arcola-Roseland Cemetery, Arcola, LA. Pallbearers are Ricky Pouncey, Ryan Pouncey, Brady Lewis, Blayne Lewis, Dalton Rioux, and Justin Blades. Honorary Pallbearers are Ricky Pouncey, Sr. and Gary Zeigler. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations to McKneely Funeral Home. For an online guestbook, visit http://www.mckneelys.com.

PRAYER FOCUS TODAY

Try to remember to pray for the person who sits in the chair by the hospital bed of a loved one.

Anna Lee