“Trust in Him at all times, you people;

pour out your heart before Him;

God is a refuge for us.”

~Psalm 62:8~

Please continue to pray for Mrs. Annie Bell Harrell. She has another appointment today. Her problem seems to be getting worse, not better.

Please add my mother, Dot Smith of Roseland, back to your prayer list. We saw her doctor Friday. Tests are being done to determine the problem.

MISSIONARY PERSONAL NEEDS. A missionary couple asks: “Please pray for our son and his wife. They have both suffered a myriad of health issues during their three-year marriage. These issues are putting a strain on many areas of their lives. Please pray for complete healing, and ask that they will deepen their relationship with the One who provides the blessings in their lives.”

Monday, October 6, 2008

“In the beginning was the Word…

In Him was life,

and the life was the light of men.”

~John 1:1a, 4, NKJV~

Dear Intercessors, this is Eleanor Witcher of the International Prayer Strategy Office, asking you to pray for South Asians.

Hindus across South Asia are preparing for Durga Puja, one of the biggest festivals of the year. Idols are selling in a fury and department stores are spending thousands to encourage customers to shop for new clothes so they will look their very best. Restaurants are creating special Durga menus, and the air is filled with the heavy smell of incense. It is party time.

People spend money they do not have in order to display bigger and classier idols of Durga than their neighbors. Durga is one of many Hindu goddesses, and the holiday celebrates her coming into Hindu homes. The celebration ends with the images of Durga being immersed in a river or body of water. It is really a very sad time for believers to witness such intense idol worship.

Later in the month is the beginning of Divali, a six-day festival that is shared by Hindus, Sikhs, Jains and some Buddhists. Known also as the Festival of Lights, Divali celebrations are marked by fireworks, clay lamps and, increasingly, electric lights similar to those used during Christmas. Light represents knowledge and the victory of good over evil. Darkness represents ignorance and all the negative forces of wickedness, violence, lust, anger, envy, fear, etc. Some believe that lighting a lamp allows the beauty of the world to be revealed.

Can you see the spiritual truth imbedded in this festival?

* Please pray that South Asian Christians will boldly let their light shine throughout Durga Puja and Divali.

* Ask the Father to shine His light during this dark time so the people will turn to Him and not to the host of gods that they idolize.

* Minister to your South Asian neighbors during the month of October, helping them to see that the Light of the world has been revealed and has sealed the victory over darkness for all eternity!

Revival services at FBC, Kentwood continue tonight at 6:30 P.M.

Deacons for the week:

  • Smiley Conerly
  • Roy Turner

Daily Strength for Daily Needs

Mary W. Tileston

October 6

I had fainted, unless I bad believed to see the goodness of the Lord in he land of the living.-PS. xxvii. 13.

I will surely do thee good.–GEN. xxxii. 12.

Thou know’st not what is good for thee,
But God doth know,–
Let Him thy strong reliance be,
And rest thee so.

Let us be very careful of thinking, on the one hand, that we have no work
assigned us to do, or, on the other hand, that what we have assigned to us
is not the right thing for us. If ever we can say in our hearts to God,
in reference to any daily duty, “This is not my place; I would choose
something dearer; I am capable of something higher;” we are guilty not only
of rebellion, but of blasphemy. It is equivalent to saying, not only, “My
heart revolts against Thy commands,” but “Thy commands are unwise; Thine
Almighty guidance is unskilful; Thine omniscient eye has mistaken the
capacities of Thy creature; Thine infinite love is indifferent to the
welfare of Thy child.”

Have a marvelous Monday!

Anna Lee


Be careful how you think;

your life is shaped by your thoughts.

Proverbs 4:23 (GNT)

My sister is working on an update on Callie Jo Burnette. Keep praying for her and her family.

Mrs. Annie Bell Harrell continues to have a very difficult time with her inner ear problem. She spent some time in the emergency room at North Oaks Thursday. Please continue to pray for her and Mr. Phillip.

Pray for Jason Alford as he has his first day in a couple of months without crutches. Continue to pray for him as he continues physical therapy.

Pray for Debra Bush and her family as the memorial service for her husband is held this morning at 10:00 at First Baptist Church, Kentwood.

Kathleen Lowe
(November 5, 1948 – October 2, 2008)

Kathleen Lowe was born November 5, 1948 and passed away at 1:16PM, on Thursday, October 2, 2008 at the Hood Memorial Hospital, Amite. Kathleen was 59, a native of Amarillo, TX and a resident of Amite. She is survived by her aunt, Kaye Matthews, Amite.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time.

An on-line Guestbook is available at

McKneely & Vaughn Funeral Home, Amite, is located at I-55N & Hwy 16W next to Coggins-Gentry Ford.

Revival services will begin in the morning at FBC, Kentwood. Sunday’s worship services begin at 10;30 A.M. and 6:00 P.M. Come and bring a friend or family member.



The following insightful piece appears in “Chicken Soup For the Kids’ Soul”:

My dad says I am ENORMOUSLY GORGEOUS. I wonder if I really am.

Sarah says you need to have beautiful long, curly hair like she has. I don’t.

Justin says you must have perfectly straight white teeth like he has. I don’t.

Jessica says you can’t have any of those little brown dots on your face called freckles. I do.

Mark says you have to be the smartest kid in the seventh-grade class. I’m not.

Stephen says you have to be able to tell the funniest jokes in the school. I don’t.

Lauren says you need to live in the nicest neighborhood in town and in the prettiest house. I don’t.

Matthew says you can only wear the coolest clothes and the most popular shoes. I don’t.

Samantha says you need to come from a perfect family. I don’t.

But every night at bedtime my dad gives me a big hug and says, “You are ENORMOUSLY GORGEOUS, and I love you.”

My dad must know something my friends don’t.

–Carla O’Brien

We all need to be reminded from time to time of that which makes us beautiful. We look for beauty in the clothes we wear or the make-up or the tan. True beauty is found much deeper.

“Do not let your adornment be merely outward — arranging the hair, wearing gold, or putting on fine apparel — rather let it be the hidden person of the heart, with the incorruptible beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is very precious in the sight of God.” (I Peter 3:3-4)

Have a great day!

Alan Smith
Helen Street Church of Christ
Fayetteville, North Carolina


Anna Lee


“I have set you as a light to the Gentiles,

that you should be for salvation

to the ends of the earth.”

~Acts 13:47~

Today, I’m going to start with a thought my daughter-in-law, Becki, shared on her blog. She periodically writes thoughts, mainly about her family, in a very special way. Read for yourself.

RelatedPeople often tell me how cute Peyton is and and as her moma I happen to agree with them. Of course when they say she also looks just like me, well…that is just icing on the cake! I mean, if she is cute and they think she looks like me…well you do the math! But seriously, I like knowing that there is a resemblance between me and her. It shows that we are related.

After hearing someone make another comment yesterday about Peyton and I, I started thinking, as tickled as I get to hear that about Peyton, how much more tickled is God when He hears that about one of His children. I want people to be able to see the resemblance between me and my heavenly Father. I want them to know that He and I are related. I just hope that He doesn’t view me as the “odd ball” family member we all seem to have.

When people look at us, do they see a strong resemblance to the Father? Do they see a little resemblance? Do they see any resemblance at all?

Cottage Prayer Meetings Tonight:

  • Mary Young
  • Andy and Betty Taylor

Many people in our church and community are in need of our prayers. I’ll remind you of a few, but please prayer for the ones I list as well as others.

  • Mrs. Annie Bell Harrell
  • Mrs. Margaret Callihan
  • Glenda Schilling
  • Joan Hagan
  • Mr. Charley Kuss

Some names from outside our community that you can also include on your prayer list

  • Mrs. Frann S. Clark
  • Mr. Riley Clark (Veteran’s Home)
  • Mrs. Lucille Pledger (moved to nursing home last week)
  • Rev. and Mrs. Landrum Salley
  • Mrs. Betty Bethel

LAST FRONTIER. Beggar children, ages 8, 9 and 11, walked several miles to get to a believer’s house. Their clothes were soaked from the long walk in the rain, as their only umbrella was broken. They had no shoes, yet their smiles were bright and wide. The believer was happy to see the children. She had not seen these children in awhile. They and other beggar children like to come to her house to get food, water, and sometimes a bath in clean water with soap. They don’t have enough money to go to school. They are unable to read. She sat with the children under the porch roof in small chairs, reading to them and serving them as the heavy rains fell outside. She prayed with them as well as gave them books and crayons. They had never had crayons before and looked at them curiously, needing a demonstration. “Lord, help these children to know You!” the believer prayed silently. Please pray with her for these children and others like them to know Jesus.

FOCUS ON WEST AFRICA: CARRYING LIVING WATER TO A THIRSTY PEOPLE. God is using churches of all sizes to evangelize and plant churches in West Africa. He continues to call out laborers into the white harvest fields of this region of the world. During the West Africa Summit in April 2008, forty-five churches made decisions to partner at some level in West Africa. Please begin now to intercede for the next West Africa Summit that will be held at First Baptist Church in Hendersonville, Tennessee, on Nov. 5-7. This summit has great potential for increasing partnerships between Southern Baptist churches in the United States and unreached people groups in West Africa. Ask God to once again stir the hearts of His people to bring the Good News to those without a witness in West Africa. As you remember this summit, ask Him how you, too, can be involved.

MUSLIMS: PRAYING BEYOND THE WALL. As Muslims continue to celebrate Eid up-Fitr, the holiday that marks the end of the month of fasting, pray that many will realize that all their personal efforts to win God’s favor have been futile–for man’s righteousness is as filthy rags to our holy, righteous Creator. Pray for these people to begin to seek Truth: from friends who are believers, through evangelistic literature or Scriptures they have been given, through radio or television programs, or on the Internet. Pray for Muslim men and women to seek and find righteousness, everlasting hope, and true joy in Jesus Christ–a true and eternal reason to celebrate!

BRAZIL. Please pray now for two very important ministry events taking place this month and next. First, pray for the Tent of Hope ministry project that will take place this month, beginning on Oct. 5. The Tent of Hope ministers to the hundreds of thousands of religious pilgrims coming to Belem during the festival of Cirio. Some walk barefoot or crawl many miles to participate in this yearly event. Pray for those from the IMB, the Brazilian Home Mission Board, and other Great Commission Christian groups taking part in evangelism and social-ministry impact events. Pray especially for the three-day My Hope Brazil (Billy Graham Association) preparations and programs to be televised on Brazilian national television on Nov. 6-8, and for many Christian homes that will invite lost friends to watch the programs with them!

PRAY TO THE LORD OF THE HARVEST (Matthew 9:36-38): JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA (joh-HAHN-is-burg). A heavy burden is on the hearts of Eastern Metropolitan Evangelism Team members for the northern areas of South Africa where a multitude of people live who need Jesus. A volunteer team from Alabama joined Wade Coker on Sept. 25 and will continue ministering through Oct. 2 in the Malamulele area of Limpopo province among the Tsonga-Shangaan people. The team worked with three struggling churches to train them during a two-day conference. Now they are going out in the neighboring villages, proclaiming the gospel message of Jesus Christ. Please ask the Lord to work through His servants to strengthen these churches and to draw many to faith in Christ. Pray that the Lord will call out missionaries to serve in this area where there is no IMB missionary presence.

Please pray for womens fellowship meeting on 2nd October 08.

please pray for ministry at Shenoy nagar& Red hills in Chennai India.

please visit my webpage

Bro. E.K. Nathaniel

Baptist Press

October 1, 2008

WASHINGTON–U.S.-Muslim engagement key to security, prosperity.

MASSACHUSETTS–Boston-area Arabic Baptists ‘reaching out.’

MICHIGAN–ELECTION 08: Mich. voters weigh legalizing embryonic stem cell research.

LOUISIANA–Bayou community welcomes Baptist help.

TEXAS–In Galveston, Baptists help kindle hope.

TENNESSEE–Financial freedom gets New Testament boost.

TENNESSEE–Navy chaplains’ requests yield Bibles, books.

TEXAS–FIRST PERSON (Keith Collier): Hurricane relief showcases cooperation.

KANSAS–FIRST-PERSON (Phil Boatwright): DVD addresses tough faith questions.

Virginia Massey Guy
(October 9, 1936 – October 1, 2008)

Mrs. Virginia Massey Guy was born on October 9, 1936 and passed away at 6:25AM, Wednesday, October 1, 2008 at the St. Helena Parish Nursing Home, Greensburg. She was 71, a native of Mississippi and a former resident of Denham Springs and resident of Greensburg.Arrangements are incomplete at this time.

An on-line Guestbook is available at

A J Hart
(March 24, 1956 – September 25, 2008)

A J Hart
Mr. A J Hart was born March 24, 1956 and passed away at 12:17PM on Thursday, September 25, 2008 at the North Oaks Medical Center, Hammond. He was 52, a native of New Orleans and a resident of Independence. A J was the son of Mrs. Helen Johnson & late Ernest Hart of Independence. He is also survived by 3 sons, Brad Hart, Scotty Hart, & Jason Hart of Brookhaven, MS; 3 sisters, Frances Failla, Independence, Geraldine Howell, Loranger & Mary Hart, Hammond; a brother, Willie Hart, Independence; 2 grandchildren, & numerous nieces & nephews.

Preceded in death also by his 2 sisters, Peggy Hart & Sandra Sue Hart.

Visitation will be at the McKneely & Vaughn Funeral Home, Amite, on Saturday, September 27, 2008 from 6:00PM until 9:00PM and on Sunday, September 28, 2008 at the Little River United Pentecostal Church, Tickfaw, from 1:00 PM until Religious Services at 2:00PM with Rev. Adriene Spikes, officiating. Interment in the Church Cemetery.

An on-line Guestbook is available at

McKneely & Vaughn Funeral Home, Amite is located at I-55N & Hwy 16W behind Coggins-Gentry Ford.

Frances Smith Corkern
(December 6, 1944 – September 29, 2008)

Died at 6:44PM on Monday, September 29, 2008 at North Oaks Medical Center in Hammond, LA. She was a native of Tylertown,MS and a resident of Independence, LA. Age 63 years. Visitation at McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, from 9 a.m. on Friday until religious services at 12 Noon on Friday. Interment Tangipahoa Cemetery, Tangipahoa, LA. Survived by 2 daughters, Peggy Sue Landers and Donna Marie Landers, 2 sons, James Ray Johnson and Thomas Earl Johnson, 10 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Frances Ann Johnson Golmon, parents, Roy Earl and Ollie Estell Smith, 3 brothers, Roy Earl Smith, Jr., Chester Clark and James Smith, 1 sister, Elowese Clark.

Have a terrific Thursday!

Anna Lee


My dear brothers and sisters,

be quick to listen,

slow to speak,

and slow to get angry.

James 1:19 (NLT)

Jason Alford said he was down to one crutch (and a knee brace?) and hopes to be free of crutches soon. Physical therapy is working! Pray for Jason as he continues to imporve and as he puts more weight on his leg and expects it to perform as if there had been no injury.

Several people have important doctor visits this week. Pray for them.

OCTOBER 1, 2008

“I will praise You, O Lord,

among the peoples;

I will sing to You among the nations.”

(Psalm 57:9)

WORLD LEADERS. “Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence” (1 Timothy 2:1-2). Please pray today for Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung of Vietnam (southeastern Asia).

A note from Ed Cox, director of the IMB’s International Prayer Strategy Office:

Thank you so much for your faithful intercession each month for the many conferences and events hosted by the International Mission Board. May God’s blessings abound…

Thank the Lord for the 248 missionaries who will be commissioned today, October 1, for their overseas ministry assignments. They have successfully completed their eight-week field personnel orientation and will be departing very shortly. Please lift them and their families up before the Lord as they say their goodbyes. Several of the participants are still awaiting reception of their visas, and some of them have homes to sell prior to departure. Your prayers will be greatly appreciated. May the Lord show Himself mighty on their behalf…

Pray for our October 6-13 Stateside Assignment Conference, which will provide a time of debriefing, equipping and inspiration for 214 of our missionaries and 109 missionary kids (MKs). May each one of them be refreshed and renewed during these days…

Intercede for the IMB’s Global Advance Council, a gathering of key mission influencers who support the work of the IMB. Pray for Billy Hoffman and the rest of his team as they prepare for the October 8-10 event. May each participant experience safe travel and “divine leadership” as they meet together…

Ask God’s blessings on IMB home office staff as they participate in the “Lead Like Jesus” simulcast leadership conference on October 17. May our Father speak into each heart through the many speakers. May lives be transformed through the indwelling power of the Holy Spirit…

Please lift up our October 20 through December 18 Field Personnel Orientation (FPO) session. This session will group 254 of our newest missionaries and 109 MKs for a time of equipping and spiritual enrichment prior to their first term of overseas ministry. May the Lord bless them with excellent health, keen minds to learn, and open hearts to experience fully all He has planned for them during these days of orientation…

Intercede for the 34 new missionary candidates who will be attending the October 21-24 Candidate Conference. Ask the Lord to bless them with safe travel to Richmond, to guard their children from illness and accidents during their absence, to reveal His perfect plan for their lives, and to bless the consultants with an extra ounce of His wisdom. May each candidate leave Richmond with a clear understanding of where God would have him/her serve Him…

In closing, I would like to ask you to pray for God’s blessings on the IMB staff as they serve you and our missionaries with faithful and caring hearts. May they sense God’s loving presence each step along the way…

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

“The LORD make His face shine on you,

and be gracious to you;

the LORD look with favor on you and give you peace.”

(Numbers 6:25-26, HCSB)

Dear Intercessors, this is Eleanor Witcher of the International Prayer Strategy Office, asking you to plead for peace.

“Peace” was the number-one prayer request of the pastor of the church in an Internally Displaced People (IDP) camp just outside of Goma, Democratic Republic of the Congo. Previously the camp was located seven miles farther away, but because they were attacked by rebels, they were shifted closer. The camp is home to 60,000 people. When viewing pictures of the camp, it is apparent that the people there had little hope. Usually when photographing children, they are happy to be in pictures, but these photos were of distracted, discouraged children with few smiles. The IDP live in tents that look very much like the tops of the old covered wagons traveling the American West in the 1800s. These tents are even smaller.

The second prayer request from the pastor was for the spiritual and physical needs of the people. The planting season, May and the first of June, has long since past. They now look to plant in 2009.

The Congo Team further shares, “We have heard of a group of pastors in the East who have been called by God to take the gospel to the rebels in East Congo. Pray that God will make a way for them to share His Word and to bring salvation to these rebels. Pray also that the many, many people who have suffered at the rebels’ hands will be able to forgive them. Other positive information is being shared about good results coming from the East Congo area. Rejoice and please continue to pray!”

* Please pray with these Internally Displaced People for “peace” in East Congo.

* Ask God to provide for both their spiritual and physical needs.

* Ask the Lord to shine His face and favor on these who are suffering.

Baptist Press

September 30, 2008

WASHINGTON–Congress moves to protect unborn babies.

SOUTH KOREA–Bobby Welch connects with Korean evangelicals.

SOUTH KOREA–Welch encourages chaplains in Korea.

SOUTH KOREA–Welch exhibits F.A.I.T.H. in Korea.

TEXAS–Baptist relief at 3.7M meals & counting.

TEXAS–Galveston Baptists share reports, plan ahead.

LOUISIANA–Churches become post-Ike relief hubs.

KANSAS–FIRST-PERSON (Phil Boatwright): ‘Fireproof’ adheres to the laws of movie-making.

LOUISIANA–FIRST-PERSON (Keith Manuel): Fall celebrations.

Cecil C. Little, Jr.
(February 5, 1953 – September 30, 2008)

U.S. Veteran Died at 12:30 a.m. on Tuesday, September 30, 2008 at Kentwood Manor Nursing Home in Kentwood. He was a native of Amite, a former resident of Roseland, a current resident of Kentwood and a U. S. Army Veteran. Age 55 years. Visitation at McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, from 9 a.m. until religious services at 11 a.m. Thursday. Services conducted by Rev. Jerry Blackwell and Rev. Jason Skipper. Interment Wilmer Cemetery, Wilmer. He is survived by his parents, Cecil C. Little, Sr. and Mary Belle Little, Roseland; son, Christopher Bennett, Roseland; granddaughter, Krysta Holton; sister, Gloria D. Rowe, Kentwood; 2 brothers, Stanley D. Little, Franklinton and Larry G. Little, Prairieville. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Hulon and Irma Little and Abner and Esther Brown, Sr.

Cottage Prayer Meeting

Wednesday – Fellowship Hall

Join us as we pray for revival. If you cannot be there, pray on your own. Pray for :

  • Revival leadership
  • Musicians and choir
  • People who will be in attendance
  • Members to renew their relationship w/God
  • Those who need to form a relationship w/God
  • Follow-up after the revival

Make today another wonderful Wednesday!

Anna Lee




“I have called upon You,

for You will hear me, O God;

incline Your ear to me,

and hear my speech.”

~Psalm 17:6~



Hurricane Ike is hitting Houston now. Please continue to pray for all the people in the path of Ike.

Pray for members of the Billy Graham Rapid Response Disaster Teams, Southern Baptist Rapid Response Teams, and others as they respond to the needs following Ike.

From Melinda Russell (Stateside assignment in Texas):

Roger and I arrived home this evening from our 13 days of traveling (taking Kyle to Union then on to visit with friends and attending a missionary appointment service in GA). We had a great time and I will share more in the October prayer letter.

I wanted to share with you two prayer requests. Yesterday Karla Geddes (Team Romania in Galati) mother went home to be with the Lord. She had been fighting cancer for ten years. Karla has been in Missouri with her mother for the past three weeks. Karla will be flying home on the 13th immediately after the service. Praise the Lord, Karla and her Mother had some very special times together these past few weeks. Pray for Karla as she makes the flight back home alone, and pray for Troy and the children in RO without her.

Pray also for the Banks family. Today/Friday afternoon (Bucharest time) Wes’ parents arrived for a two week visit from Jonesboro GA. This was Mr. Banks first visit to RO. They had left the airport and were traveling into Bucharest when they were hit head on by a car that crossed the double lines. The only one hurt was Mr. Banks. He broke his leg (compound fracture). He had broken this same leg a few years ago. He is currently in the emergency hospital. He will need surgery. They are hoping it can be done on Monday. Wes is staying with him in the hospital tonight (Friday). Pray for Charlie that he can rest well, for healing of his leg, and for a great surgeon to do the surgery. Pray for the rest of the family. As you can imagine they are shaken up. Also today the 12th is Tamara’s birthday and Coulter will be 5 on the 14th. Pray for them all to feel God’s love as he holds them in his arms.

Thank you for praying!



Yesterday was two years since David’s heart valve replacement and by-pass surgery. We thank God for the great success for that surgery and the two great years he has had since surgery.

You may find several of these articles interesting. Note the new missionaries commissioned in Georgia – where Melinda Russell said she had been.

Baptist Press

September 12, 2008

SOUTH KOREA–9/11 remembered by soldiers in Korea.

WASHINGTON–Chaplains’ freedom to pray is congressman’s concern, not retreat.

TEXAS–Baptists gear up for post-Ike challenge.

TENNESSEE–IN THEIR OWN WORDS: John McCain and Barack Obama on abortion.

NORTH DAKOTA–N.D. woman spends $6,500 to bring ‘Fireproof’ to her town.

MISSISSIPPI–Gulf Coast churches celebrate new facilities.

LOUISIANA–Baptist volunteers busy in Baton Rouge.

FINLAND–EKG transcends culture, Baltic missionaries told.

GEORGIA–83 new international missionaries appointed.

WASHINGTON–ERLC urges U.S. action on Orissa violence.

TENNESSEE–INTERNATIONAL DIGEST: Saudi official kills daughter for conversion.

KENTUCKY–FIRST-PERSON (R. Albert Mohler Jr.): Leading their flock off a cliff.

Leon “Pete” Broussard, Jr.
(November 5, 1927 – September 12, 2008)

Mr. Leon “Pete” Broussard, Jr. was born November 5, 1927 and passed away at 12:50AM, September 12, 2008 at his residence. He is the son of the late Leon B. & Mathilda Broussard. He was 80, a native of Baton Rouge and a resident of Kentwood.

Mr. Pete is survived by his wife, Beverly Morgan Broussard, Kentwood; a daughter, Donna Blevins, Jackson; 3 step-daughters, Barbara Lee Bourgeois, Atlanta, GA, Constance “Connie” Copperfield, Tampa, FL, & Amanda Juneau, Greensburg; 3 step-sons, John Wayne Smith, Mt. Hermon, Glenn Hedrick, France, & Gary Hedrick, France; Also preceded in death by a daughter, Geraldine Lege’, a sister & 2 brothers.

A memorial mass will be Saturday, September 27, 2008 at St. Jude Catholic Church, Greensburg, at 3:00PM with Fr. Joe Camilleri, officiating.

McKneely & Vaughn Funeral Home, Amite, in charge of arrangements.

An on-line Guestbook is available at


“I sought the Lord, and He heard me.”

~Psalm 34:4a~





Kids on Mission Pray

Prayer requests

“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


Some of the children you meet in school come from other religions. This month, a few of your classmates may be celebrating the month of Ramadan. It’s called a pillar of the Muslim faith. All month long, strict Muslims will fast (not eat any food) during the day. Then they will get together with friends and family to feast each evening. Many Muslim families will also spend extra time reading or listening to the Koran. The Koran is the book of instruction they follow. It is always read in public places in the Arabic language. Most Muslims do not understand Arabic, so they might not understand what they are reading or hearing.

In Central, Eastern and Southern Africa, Muslims work hard all day to set up tables and chairs, prepare food, and get the music ready. About 10:30 at night, everyone gets together for a big party. Women come in elegant and colorful clothes. But no one knows Jesus.

In lots of places in Northern Africa and the Middle East, it is over 120 degrees during the daytime. Really strict Somali Muslims do not eat or drink anything all day long. Think about it. Women are cooking outside over hot stoves. Children are fasting for the first time. Please pray for them not to get sick from the heat and not drinking any water.

Pray for your Muslim classmates and Muslims all over the world. Pray that they will want to read the Bible and hear what God has to say about the love of Jesus. Ask God to help them find Bibles in their own languages and to help them understand the truth they read and hear from the Bible.


Pray that I will make more friends. SEALIE, age 8 (Pacific Rim)

A friend of mine, Anna, died in a bike accident and we were really good friends. I am still trying to get over it. Please pray for me. KELLY, age 11 (Pacific Rim)

I live in Nepal and my Dad is the L.C. That stands for Logistics Coordinator (a person who helps others find a house, organize travel, make plans for visitors, and more). Nepali language is mostly Hindi and has the same script (letters). “Daal Baat” is rice and lentils. We eat that some times. My prayer is that my dad will be even more helpful in his work (but he’s very helpful!) Thank you. Also, I want to have the Nepali people learn more about Jesus. TAMARA, age 11 (South Asia)

Please pray that my friends become Christians. Please help me to do better in math

CALEB, age 11 (Pacific Rim)

Please pray for my family. We have moved to another country…I am a person of few words JONATHAN, age 12, (Central, Eastern and Southern Africa)

Please pray for me to do well in school and make good friends. I like to tell people that Jesus loves them, it is fun to be a missionary kid. ELIJAH, age 6 (South America)

Please pray for the people of Madagascar. Even the ones who believe in Jesus have beliefs tied to their ancestors. It can be very hard for my family and quite frightening in October when the people parade the bones of their ancestors around town. None of my friends at school are Christians, and it is very difficult to be a light in the darkness. Thankfully, more and more missionaries seem to be coming to Madagascar. LYDIA, age 13, (Central, Eastern and Southern Africa)

Pray for my temper and the way I treat my sisters and parents. Pray for my friend that is lost (her name is Ishu). KRISTA, age 12 (South Asia)

Pray that I have a new friend, all my friends moved away. HANNAH, age 7 (Pacific Rim)

Please pray for people to be receptive and open to the gospel. Pray for us to be able to reach them. Pray, too, for people all over the world to listen to God when He calls them to the mission field. So many more need to be reached and there aren’t enough people telling them. ANN, age 17, (Central, Eastern and Southern Africa)

MISSIONARY PERSONAL NEEDS. Please pray for missionaries Chris and Katie Nalls, who will begin studying Portuguese in September. Pray that God will bless them with many opportunities to converse with people. Since they were both journeymen in the country of Mozambique and are now returning as a married couple with a precious baby, they already know some Portuguese. Pray that they will recall all the Portuguese that they knew before, and ask for a good adjustment to Maputo, Mozambique. Pray for them as they juggle language study and family time. Finally, ask God to strengthen them and encourage them, giving them diligence and perseverance as they study.

As we thank God Hurricane Ike is going to have only a slight effect on our area, pray for those in the path of the storm. Pray for wise decisions as preparations are made. Pray for smooth traveling for those who evacuate. Pray for quick and adequate response of disaster relief agencies.

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John 18:37

In fact, for this reason, I was born,

and for this I came into the world,

to testify to the truth.

He was deserted by his followers. He was attacked by his enemies. He was rejected by the religious leaders who were looking for him. He was following a course of action that was not his first choice. He was tired. He was embarrassed.

But, He didn’t retaliate. He didn’t curse or blaspheme the desire of His father. He listened to the rebukes and kept silent. He was calm, respectful, and gentle.

The storm came into Jesus’ life and the chaos revealed his true identity. He knew the moment for his life. His purpose on the earth was coming in bright light.

I’ve wondered at times about my purpose, my contribution, and my ‘after it’s over worth’ bottom line. Apart from the Master, there is only a fleeting feeling of worth and importance. Apart from bringing attention to the Master, my best efforts are only selfish and short-sighted. Apart from interacting with others about eternal matters, crisis will implode our goals and reveal our weaknesses.

‘To testify, to bear witness’ means to give credit to God for the good, to direct other’s attention to eternal matters, and to focus upon divine and spiritual truth. Testifying doesn’t always mean in public, on the platform, or ‘church talk’. ‘Testifying’ is relaying true information about experiences, not only crimes or misdemeanors, but spiritual realities. What you haven’t experienced, you cannot share with another. What we have experienced should not stop with us. Pass it along.

So what?

1) Have you / have I experienced a life-changing reality with God which is shaping each day of my life?

2) Am I sharing that experience with others which will shape theirs and my eternity?

3) Does my purpose or passion change or evolve with time, experience, and situation?

Happy Friday! Make today count!

Anna Lee

Thursday – 2nd Addition

Big 10 from teamromany September 2008

1. FARM debriefing will be held in Romania on September 26-27. Please pray for the students who will take part. Pray that this weekend will allow them to share their experiences with others who participated in the project. Pray that our team will learn from this year to make next year’s projects even better.

2. Pray for Ladislav, a Romany musician in Brno. Pray that he would begin to seek the Lord.

3. Teamromany will hold a summit on October 9-10. IMB missionaries who work with Roma throughout Central and Eastern Europe will meet in Prague to share ideas, resources, and plan future ministry.

4. Please pray for our outreach group in Ostrava, Czech Republic. International World Changers worked with us in the Muglinov community in July. As part of the follow-up from the evangelism that took place then, we formed a Bible storying group. Pray for the new believers and those who are seeking as they learn God’s word and how it can change their lives. Pray for Boyd and Joe as they travel to Ostrava for these sessions.

5. Please pray for our park ministry in Brno, Czech Republic. On Friday afternoon, teamromany members go to a park in the primary Romany neighborhood. They play games and interact with members of the community. God is using this time to help us develop relationships and share the Gospel. Pray that those who here will begin to respond in faith.

6. Pray for Boyd as he travels to Poland for a strategy coordinator meeting on September 17-20. Pray for Jennie and the children as they remain in Brno.

7. Thank God for a volunteer team from Bob and Gayle’s home church, First Baptist Dyer, Tennessee, who are in Braila, Romania with the Hills this week. The volunteers are leading Bible studies in homes each day. Thank God for their witness.

9. Please pray for Daniel as he ministers in Romany communinities around Cluj, Romania. Pray for his strength and stamina as he works many long days.

10. Pray for Joe and Julie Silby as they have begun full-time Czech language study. Pray that God would give them recall of the information they have learned and opportunities to be a witness for Christ even during this time of language study.

Last month we asked you to pray for our MKs and our homeschooling Moms as the new school year started. We’re all off to a great start. Thank you for praying.

Thank you for praying with us and for us.


Daniel Byrd – Romania

Boyd and Jennie Hatchel – Czech Republic

Bob and Gayle Hill – Romania

Joe and Julie Silby – Czech Republic