Friday Afternoon

Mrs. Ona M. Gill Schillings
(November 26, 1914 – October 30, 2008)

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Mrs. Ona M. Gill Schillings
Mrs. Ona M. Gill Schillings, a very devoted Christian wife & mother was born on November 26, 1914 and passed away at 7:50PM, Thursday, October 30, 2008 at Hood Memorial Hospital. She was 93, a native of Spring Creek and a resident of Kentwood. Mrs. Ona was the daughter of the late Huey Gill & Myrtis Simmons Gill. She is survived by her daughter: Glenda Schillings, Kentwood; a sister: Ozell Fairburn, Kentwood; 2 special nieces and also her caregivers; Linda Breeland, Amite & Ivy Womack, Kentwood; numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

Preceded in death by: parents, Huey and Myrtis Simmons Gill, husband of 63 years, Hillery Schillings, infant daughter Linda Schillings, 4 sisters, O.V. Kennedy, Merlie Varnado, Chloie Bateman, and Mavis Ditto: 2 brothers, Gilmon H. Gill and Curtis W. Gill.

Mrs. Ona was a lifelong member of Spring Creek Baptist Church for 60 + years.

Dear Mom & Dad, It has truly been a precious gift straight from God to be able to take care of the both of you. It’s been a wonderful time, something I wouldn’t trade for anything in the world. Love, Glenda

Visitation will be at Spring Creek Baptist Church after 9:30AM on Saturday, November 1,2008, until Religious Services at 1:00PM with Dr. Danny Smith officiating. Interment in the Spring Creek Cemetery.

An on-line Guestbook is available at

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

Diane Newman Brown
Date of Birth: October 13, 1953
Date of Death: October 30, 2008
City: Hammond
State: LA
Funeral Home
or Sponsor: Harry McKneely & Son Funeral Home
2000 N. Morrison Blvd
Hammond, LA 70401-1555
Visitation and Services: Friends will be received Saturday, November 1, 2008, at the Harry McKneely & Son Funeral Home in Hammond, from 6 – 9 p.m. and on Sunday, November 2nd, after 8 a.m. until the chapel services at 10 a.m..
Interment will follow in the Arcola-Roseland Cemetery, Roseland, Louisiana.
Obituary: Mrs. Diana Newman Brown, 55 years old of Hammond, Louisiana, died Thursday, October 30, 2008, at her residence. She was born on Tuesday, October 13, 1953, in Hammond, daughter of Harold Benton Newman and Bonnie Sue Alford Newman. She was a homemaker. Surviving are her husband, Randy Brown; daughter, Rebecca Brown Stewart; granddaughter, Keeley Sue Stewart; sister, Kay N. Ott; 2 brothers, Keith and Matt Newman. She was preceded in death by maternal grandparents, Bessie and Bill Alford; and paternal grandparents, Anita and Shelby Newman. Friends will be received Saturday, November 1, 2008, at the Harry McKneely & Son Funeral Home in Hammond, from 6 – 9 p.m. and on Sunday, November 2nd, after 8 a.m. until the chapel services at 10 a.m.. Interment will follow in the Arcola-Roseland Cemetery, Roseland, Louisiana. An on-line Guestbook is available at


“O Lord, God of my salvation, I have cried out day and night before You. Let my prayer come before You; incline Your ear to my cry.” (Psalm 88:1-2)

Continue to pray for Emily Panter in Texas and for her family and friends spread across the world.

Pray for Mr. Bud Callihan as he has surgery today. Pray he has a peace about the process. Remember his family during this time.

Continue to pray for Mr. James Lee Hutchinson. He said he was trying to do everything right so he could hurry and get out of the hospital.

Continue to pray for Freida Angeletti as she improves after the procedure that was done in Baltimore Monday. Pray she will soon be healthy enough to return to minister in Romania.

Pray for the Brown family and the Schillings family as they make funeral arrangements for their loved one today.

(Kids on Mission Pray)

“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


Have you ever heard an unexpected sound in your house? Maybe a tree branch was scratching on the door or the wind made something slide across a table. A young family in South Asia was cleaning at their new home when they heard a noise. They looked around, listened, and put down the things in their hands—water and cookies—then went to another room. Not two minutes later, they heard the sound again. They just knew someone was in their apartment. They ran back to where they first heard the sound just in time to see a monkey. The monkey had come in through the balcony door. Now it was sitting out on the balcony, watching them, AND eating their cookies! The things that happen in South Asia!

Another time, the family and two other workers were driving down the road. Remember, this is South Asia. There was a cow in the middle of the road, and it would not budge. The father honked and honked at the thing, but it just sat there. One of the other workers got out of the car and went up to the cow. She prodded the cow until it slowly got up and moved out of the way. She got back in the car and said, “I’ve always wanted to do that.” The things that happen in South Asia are really pretty funny.

Thank God for people who are willing to live in a place where they see monkeys and cows almost every day. This young family has a little girl who will celebrate her first birthday this week. People in South Asia give sweets to their friends on their own birthdays, so this family is going to bake a huge batch of cookies. They are going to take some to all their neighbors in their new apartment building. Please pray that they will be able to make new friends and be able to tell the friends about Jesus’ love.

Maybe YOU could give your neighbors some sweets and tell them that Jesus loves them too!


Pray that the people will have enough money and jobs. KARIS, age 6, (Central, Eastern and Southern Africa)

Pray for my family. Sometimes we miss home and miss friends and family. ROWAN, age 10 (South Asia)

Please pray that those who are dying will feel better. Pray for the boys and girls of my school that they will get good grades HANNAH, age 7, (Central, Eastern and Southern Africa)

Please pray for my friend SK to come to know the Lord. Pray too for friends at my sports class. Please pray that God will give me right words to say to them. HANNAH, age 7 (Pacific Rim)

My brother in America built a satellite for a competition, and he won. NASA is going to fly it. Thank God for making him smart and helping him win. MARCUS, age 12 (South Asia)

Please pray for the people in the slums that do not have a lot and need to know God. CALEB, age 16 (Central, Eastern and Southern Africa)

Pray for my grandfather to obey Jesus. HANNAH, age 8 (Pacific Rim)

Thursday Evening

Mr. Bud Callihan is in North Oaks to have surgery on a carotid artery tomorrow. He’s in room 4012. He was still in the admission process when we saw him and did not know anything about time for his surgery.

Mr. James Lee Hutchinson is in ICU, but doing better that he was yesterday. Pray for him as he gets the care he needs to get better. Remember “Miss” Barbara too.

Debbie Miller is progressing nicely. She will see her doctor again next week. Continue to keep her in your prayers.

Frann S. Clark shared this:
Jason & his wife Cheryl are my prayer partners in Germany. (IMB) He mentions Janis on the blog. That is his mother. They recently moved to Albuquerque where his father is pastor.
I have had two or three e-mails from him yesterday & today.
Checking the blog is the best thing.
1st e-mail is below.

God Bless You

Wednesday, October 29, 2008 1:42 PM
Subject: Special P request

Hey All,

Please say a prayer for my sister Emily, she experienced a major medical
emergency following the birth of her 5th child this week. It is a little
unclear (and frustrating) from half-way around the world to figure out
exactly what is happening, but for now she appears stable. She is far from
safe though. Pry also for her husband and 5 children the oldest of which is


You will want to read from the blog. Start at the bottom and read to the top.

David’s niece, Diana Newman Brown, passed away suddenly this afternoon. She was 55. Pray for her husband, Randy, daughter, Becky Stewart, granddaughter, Keely, parents, Harold and Bonnie Sue Newman, as well as other family members.

Faye Agnes Bass
(January 1, 1936 – October 30, 2008)
Died at 5:15AM on Thursday, October 30, 2008 at her residence near Independence, LA. Age 72 years. Visitation at McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. on Saturday. Religious Services at Evans Funeral Home, Floala, AL at 3 p.m. Tuesday. Services conducted by Rev. Harvey Bass. Interment Greenwood Cemetery, Floala, AL. Survived by 3 sons, Thomas E. Cutrer, Independence, Carman A. Cutrer, Independence, Thimothy D. Cutrer, Independence, 1 daughter, Susan E. Cutrer, Nashville, TN, 8 grandchildren, numeroual great-grandchildren, sister, Frances Trahan, Houma, brother, Casey Jones, Baton Rouge. Preceded in death by husband, James Ivey Bass.

Christian Rebecca Gabriel
(February 9, 1987 – October 30, 2008)
Died at 12:03PM on Thursday, October 30, 2008 at Ochsner Hospital in Jefferson, LA. She was a resident of Amite, LA. Age 21 years. She is the daughter of Parker C. “Chuck” and Becki Ricks Gabriel, Amite. Also survived by sister, Tina Louise Gabriel Doughty and her husband, Jason, brother, Parker C. “Charlie” Gabriel, III, paternal grandmother, Shirley Gabriel. Preceded in death by brother, Clay Milford Gabriel, maternal grandparents, Milford and Betty Ricks, and paternal grandfather, Parker Gabriel, Sr. Funeral Arrangements are incomplete at the time. For an online guestbook, visit

I know this is a post with lots of prayer concerns. Please pray for each one. Thanks so much!
Anna Lee

Friday Afternoon

Scott Fairburn had an accident yesterday morning and was airlifted from KHS to OLOL where he is in ICU. Please pray for Scott, his family, and the medical staff caring for him.



Greenlaw Baptist Church will hold their revival beginning Sunday Oct. 26th. thru Oct 29th. Dr. Victor Walsh will be bringing our messages to us. After the Sunday morning services we will have Dinner on the Ground. Bring a covered dish and join in with us during this revival. There will be no Sunday night services.
Our night services with begin at 7:00 p.m. Monday night Oct. 27th, Tuesday night Oct. 28th, Wednesday night Oct. 29th.

(Mary Ann Cutrer)

Big 10 from teamromany October 2008

1. Please pray for Cornel as he makes plans to travel to Romania next month. He will be teaching a course for the Romany Bible Institute. The session will be held Nov. 11-15.

2. Please pray for the wife of Pastor Costel in Spiru Harel, Romania. His wife has had continuing health problems. When she went to the hospital recently to have a tumor removed, it was discovered that she was two months pregnant. Doctors are trying to postpone surgery until after the birth of the baby. Please pray for her health and for the health of the child.

3. Pray for national leaders who will be following up from volunteer teams who served this summer. Pray for them as they disciple new believers.

4. Pray for a dental team that will minister in Giurgiu, Romania in early November. Pray that they will be able to share the gospel as they meet the physical needs of Roma.

5. Pray for Romanian pastor, Brother Ben, who is facing many difficulties. Pray for his strength and health.

6. Pray for Romany students who have returned to high schools and universities. Pray that the Christian students will remain faithful witnesses and stay committed to the Lord and follow through on their commitment to education.

7. Last month we asked you to pray for FARM debriefing. It was a great time for the students to share what God did in the places they served this summer. Thank you for praying for that event. Please pray that God would prepare students to participate next year.

8. Please continue to 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.

9. Please continue to pray for our park ministry in Brno, Czech Republic. Pray that God would prepare a place for us to meet during the winter months so that we can continue the relationships we have built in this neighborhood.

10. Last month we asked you to pray for the summit for missionaries serving among the Roma. I am sending these requests from Prauge during a break during our sessions. The time with colleagues has been wonderful. We have been sharing ideas, resources, and prayer requests. Thank God for calling out workers to minister to the Roma. Pray that we would be encouraged and equipped as we return to minister in our Romany communities.

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


“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