Sunday – Marshall and Aaron

Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,

I will fear no evil, for you are with me;

your rod and your staff, they comfort me.

~ Psalm 23:4~

Today is a beautiful day in PA, but our hearts are very heavy. Aaron’s friend Marshall did not make it through his surgery last night. His little body just could not handle it anymore and today he is home in Heaven. There are no words to describe the grief we feel or even fathom the pain Jennifer and Jeremiah are going through today. Please pray for them and their family.

After the loss of Marshall, it is hard to report good news for our Aaron. He had a good night last night and they plan to take him off his ventilator today. His heart rate is down in the 130s this morning–lower than it has ever been, so we are pleased. He is still very swollen and sedated, but better. We are so thankful for all the prayers for healing for Aaron. We pray that God’s will and our desires for closing the residual holes in Aaron’s heart are one in the same. He is a mighty God and He could close these VSDs with a touch of His hand.

Sunday – Update on Jesse Dean

Update on Jesse Dean

Jesse’s problem has been identified as an infection which will be cultured. His pain is under control now. The knee will be drained tomorrow. Jesse is in a semi-private room at North Oaks for now, but hopes to get a private room.

Please pray for Jesse, Majel, other family members, and the medical staff as they care for Jesse.

Sunday – Addition

Melissa Johnson just called with a request for the Johnson family. Brooke and Kayla’s uncle, Jamie Johnson of Jayess, MS, died in a house fire last night. He was alone, so details are not clear at this time. Jamie’s wife, Judy, was working in Baton Rouge. Jamie’s parents, Frances and Herman Johnson of Summit, have already lost one son, Jackie. Pray for them and the other member of the family as they deal with this loss. Pray for Judy Johnson and her children. Pray for Brooke as she travels home from Florida and for Melissa and Kayla as they go to be with the Johnson family this morning. Thank you for your prayers.


“Or what man is there among you who,

if his son asks for bread,

will give him a stone?

Or if he asks for a fish,

will he give him a serpent?

If you then, being evil,

know how to give good gifts to your children,

how much more will your Father who is in heaven

give good things to those who ask Him!”

~Matthew 7:9-11~

Jesse Dean

Majel had to bring Jesse to North Oaks tonight because he was in so much pain with his knee. They are waiting for him to be put in a room till Monday when the doctor is going to do something to reduce the swelling.

(Harrell and Susie Sharkey)

Churches Help Ease Pain of Flood Victims

By Staff

North American Mission Board

March 28, 2008

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)–Southern Baptist churches served as shelters and volunteers helped residents clean up after major flooding in the Midwest left at least 17 dead and nearly half of Arkansas’ counties declared as disaster areas.

Flooding that began March 18 and started receding March 24 displaced hundreds of people in the southeastern part of Missouri, many of whom took shelter in churches including the First Baptist churches of Delta, Marble Hill and Ellington.

First Baptist Church in Piedmont served as a launching point for a Missouri Baptist disaster relief mass care feeding trailer from the Cape Girardeau Baptist Association, which served 2,000 hot meals to workers and victims. A shower trailer from the Jefferson Baptist Association is still on site at Piedmont, officials said.

Fed by torrential rains, the Meramec and Mississippi Rivers swelled to near-record levels, displacing hundreds and killing at least five in that area, one of whom was Walter Baker, a deacon and a member for more than 50 years at First Baptist Ellington.

As Baker was crossing the bridge over the swelling creek that separated his home from his hardware and machine shop, a camper trailer floated down the creek, destroying the bridge and throwing Baker into the rushing waters.

Jim Stewart, pastor of First Baptist, said he and numerous church members aided in the search effort as best they could during the flood, but by the time the 81-year-old Baker was found, it was too late. Baker had been active in the community, local chamber and the church, Stewart said.

“He never missed a Sunday, [he] taught the youth for a time and taught Sunday School. He was a great missionary in our community. He was never afraid to tell you about Jesus or invite you to church,” the pastor said.

The flooding has touched 70 of Missouri’s 114 counties, prompting President Bush to declare parts of the state federal disaster areas eligible for FEMA assistance. The Mississippi River crested at 45 feet at Cape Girardeau, 13 feet above flood stage.

First Baptist Marble Hill housed 20 people the first night of the flood when Hurricane Creek, which bisects the community, separated people from their homes.

“Some kids who got out of school early couldn’t get home to their families,” Fred Ritter, pastor of First Baptist Marble Hill, said.

A community of about 1,500, Marble Hill is getting used to turning to First Baptist for help. A few weeks ago during an ice storm, more than 50 people showed up to sleep in the church’s family life center.

“We don’t really have a community center, so our church has become the place to go in a disaster,” Ritter said. “It’s been a great way to minister, and the Lord is watching over us.”

Even though the waters are back to a manageable level, Rick Seaton, director of the Missouri Baptist Convention’s disaster relief fleet, said work is far from over. The North American Mission Board is sending an incident command team to coordinate the monumental mud-out and cleanup efforts, and volunteers, trained or not, are in high demand.

“We need a lot more in-state volunteers,” Seaton said. “If you have had Southern Baptist/Missouri Baptist disaster relief training in any area but have not specifically had mud-out training, you are still welcome to help with mud-out. Training will be provided on site. Please let us know the dates you would be available and someone will contact you if/when you are needed.”

For information about Missouri disaster relief or to volunteer, contact Gwen Martin at or call 1-800-736-6227.

In Arkansas, Gov. Mike Beebe has declared nearly half of the state’s counties disaster areas, hundreds of homes have been damaged and roads are still closed in several counties. Heavy rains began pounding the state March 17, prompting the deployment of Arkansas Baptist disaster relief volunteers. At least one Arkansas resident has died in the floods and another is missing.

Robby Tingle, head of the Arkansas Baptist State Convention missions ministries team, said a group of Arkansas Baptist volunteers was involved in flood relief efforts in Mountain View, and others were expected to arrive March 27 to help with mud-out and cleanup efforts.

Tingle said assessment teams also are attempting to contact Baptist leaders in Des Arc, DeValls Bluff and Clarendon, where floodwaters continue to rise, to receive an update on their needs. As floodwaters recede in many areas of Arkansas, Tingle said ABSC relief workers would be deployed to access damage. At that time, additional relief crews will assist in mud-out and cleanup efforts as needed.

So far one Baptist church in Arkansas has reported damage. Floodwaters damaged the fellowship hall of White River Baptist Church in Oil Trough and, before receding, threatened the sanctuary. Arkansas Baptist officials have offered financial resources to several ABSC churches to help them minister to their communities.

In Illinois, Dorrisville Baptist Church in Harrisburg provided food and shelter to 50 people over a four-day period after heavy rains caused severe flooding in the southern part of the state. Disaster relief recovery teams from Dorrisville and McKinley Avenue Baptist Church, also in Harrisburg, are assisting in area cleanup efforts.

According to local emergency management agencies, 75 businesses and 60-80 homes have been affected by the flooding. The forecast for the area calls for more rain.

Farther north, in east central Illinois, the town of Watseka is still recovering from two major flood events in the last two months. Watseka Baptist Church sustained serious structural damage and is meeting in a local museum while church leaders make decisions about the church building’s future.

The small, aging congregation did not have flood insurance for the 113-year-old church building and the Illinois and Federal Emergency Management Agencies have denied them assistance. The Illinois Baptist State Association has given the church $5,000 from its disaster relief fund while other Illinois Baptist churches and the surrounding community also have provided assistance.

Compiled by Erin Roach of Baptist Press with reporting by Brian Koonce of The Pathway in Missouri, Stella Prather of the Arkansas Baptist News and Lisa Sergent of the Illinois Baptist.

This is the season when we give to the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering. We never know when or where some of the emergency funds will be needed. If you have not already contributed, please consider doing so. If you have already contributed, please consider giving again.



“At the name of Jesus every knee should bow…”

(Philippians 2:10).

Mike Benson, Editor


YOU ARE NOT the product of evolutionary chance…

You are the handiwork of a skillful Weaver.
“Your body is made up of microscopic cells so small that the letter O on the this page would contain between thirty to forty thousand of them. Each cell is a world in itself, containing as estimated two hundred trillion tiny molecules of atoms…Each cell has its own specialized function and each works to an intricate time table which tells it when to grow, when to divide, when to make hormones, and when to die. Every minute of every day, some three billion cells in the body die and the same number are created to take their place. During any given moment in life of any one of these cells, thousands of events are taking place, each one being precisely coordinated at the molecular level by countless triggers. The human body has more than a million million of them-a million in each square inch of skin, thirty billion in the brain, billions of red blood cells in the veins.” (John Phillips)

“I will praise You,

for I am fearfully and wonderfully made;

marvelous are Your works,

and that my soul knows very well.”

~Psm. 139:14~

Have a wonderful Lord’s Day!

Anna Lee

Saturday Evening

Checked the site & beat the e-mail notice.
Things are looking better for Aaron & Marshall. Please pray for them & both families.
Frann Smith Clark

Tonight things are much better than they were this time yesterday. Aaron has made progress throughout today. He got some plasma and packed red blood cells and looks much better. The doctors have been giving him meds on and off throughout the day to try and help him recover from the cath. He is stable, but still has a long way to go. Please keep praying for Aaron and pray specifically that God will close the holes in his heart with His mighty healing hand…

Please say a prayer for Marshall tonight as well. He has had an offer of a heart. The transplant team is on site harvesting the child’s organs, so things are not final, but the heart is not damaged and is Marshall’s blood type so it will more than likely happen. Please pray for Jennifer and Jeremiah and their strength as Marshall undergoes his lengthy surgery and pray for the family who made this great sacrifice to save a child’s life when theirs was lost.

Update on Conner Corkern

HAPPY BELATED EASTER! I got lots of yummy baby food and a few fun musical toys…like my duckie!

Well, last Monday I posted how uneventful a week I had been having…well that all changed Monday afternoon. Momma was driving me to my doctor’s appointment (to get my monthly synagis injection). Well, while momma was driving on the interstate to Hammond she heard me make a weird sound. She looked back at me and I was having a seizure. The last time I had a seizure was last July. Momma was very scared and immediately pulled the car over to check on me. The last time I had a seizure momma and ReeRee had to give me my solu cortef shot because I was very unresponsive and lethargic. But thank goodness immediately after my seizure I went to sleep and was fine. We got the doctors office and called my Neurologist. We were instructed to get some blood work done and check out my sodium levels. They came back fine and I had to move my Keppra (seizure medicine) up from 2 mls to 2.5mls. Ever since then I have been fine…but still keep me in your prayers! 🙂 Thanks Mrs. Jennifer (my favorite nurse practitioner) for taking such good care of me.

Other than that I have a sore throat because of all the pollen in the air. My sinuses are draining and I can’t eat my formula! Only pedialyte and gatorade….the formula makes me gag. Also since my seizure my days and nights have completely been mixed up. The two days after my seizure I slept alot….that is what I do after my seizure. It wears me out. So, now I sleep all day and am awake for momma at night! She is thankful that she is off all week for Easter break and can spend all her time with me and Aaron! We are also planning on going to Global Wildlife this week. I am so excited…Aaron is too! I’m trying to put up some new pics from fundraisers and other new pics of me…so let’s see if I can do that!? I might need help Scott! 🙂 This Saturday we are going to the Healing Mass with the Father Seelos Relic at Holy Ghost at 4pm. I am soooooo excited! If you know anyone who needs some healing….please come! Oh, and the best news of all was on Good Friday…March 20-I was on the front page of the Daily Star….if you want you can check it out at and search my name! I’m FAMOUS! Yay!!!!

Okay, gotta go eat some yummy bubble gum flavored pedialyte now…yum yum! Thanks for your continued support….oh if you are bored you can check out some kids who have been to China blogs….very good reading material!,,,

Love you all!

-Connor man

Saturday Update – Aaron Hill

Early Saturday morning posting
Frann Smith Clark

I have drawn such strength this morning from the messages and posts. Last night was very tough for Aaron and his mom and dad. Aaron did not do well after his cath and it seemed like he wanted to go to heaven to be with God. They finally let us in to see him about 7 and he looked awful. Much worse than after his surgery. His heart was doing the same thing it did after surgery-racing uncontrollably then slowing, then racing again. The doctors thought he was ok, then his blood gases started looking bad. We sat in his room for almost 3 hours as 3 doctors and 3 nurses worked feverishly to help Aaron. I have never seen someone get as many drugs, blood products, ECHOs, x-rays and tests as he got. I have never been so scared before.

The doctors are not sure why Aaron did not handle the cath well. They were concerned he might have a brain bleed or an infection, or his heart might have been injured by the catheters. It is still unclear whether he has an infection, but all else looks ok. He is still very critical, but somewhat stable. Scott and I know that it is only by your prayers that Aaron did not become an angel in Heaven last night.

Scott and I continue to struggle with seeing Aaron this way. He seemed so perfect an unharmed before we handed him over for surgery. Now there is not an inch of flesh that isn’t covered by ivs, stickers, lines, bandages, sutures, etc. We pray that one day this experience and the images of seeing Aaron struggle will be a distant memory.

Please continue to pray for Aaron as the weekend progresses. His surgeon wants to see how he does over the weekend and evaluate the need for another surgery on Monday.

Love to all.

As I was working on this post I got a call from Mrs. Barbara Baugh. She wanted to tell me about Aaron. Bro. Joe and “Miss” Barbara had a grandchild born at the same hospital, CHOP, as Aaron. Because of Mississippi connections, the Baugh family and the Hill family have discussed the difficult decisions parents have to make to care for their babies. “Miss” Barbara was calling this morning to ask for prayer for Aaron and his family. She had no idea there was a Kentwood connection, Mr. George R. and Mrs. Myrtle Smith!

Please continue to pray for Aaron, Scott, and Faith Hill and all the other family members as they have a hard time today. As always, you prayers are greatly appreciated!