I forgot to include the lyrics to “God on the Mountain”.
I forgot to include the lyrics to “God on the Mountain”.
Please pray for Bro. Darrell’s dad. He had a spell that suggested a possible heart attack. Mr. Miller is considering whether or not to have an angiogram. Pray for the right decision for him.
Buddy Morris is doing well. Next week, he will have chemo Wed. – Friday. Keep praying for him.
Glenda Harrell is doing well and looking forward to getting back in her own “wheels”. Please continue to pray for her.
Nick Lascaro of Amite passed out yesterday. Today, he’s having open heart surgery at St. Tammany. Pray all goes well for him.
David’s weekly report. He’s not feeling well, but continues to look forward to tests that may identify his problem. Please keep praying.
Pray for Jeana Russell Lee-Newton. She continues to need surgeries to eliminate infection in her body. She has certainly had more than her share already.
Bryan Tate will be in Houston for a few weeks while he receiving treatment at M.D. Anderson.
A resident of Amite passed away on Wednesday, August 28, 2018 in Amite. He was born June 27, 1951 in Independence and was 67 years of age. He was a member of St. Helena Catholic Church and retired from the Town of Amite City. He is survived by his mother, Frances Currier; 2 brothers, Mike Currier and wife, Rowanna, and Dennis Currier. Preceded in death by his father, Joseph M. Currier; and a brother, Gerald Currier. Visitation at St. Helena Catholic Church Hall from 9:00AM until 11:30AM. Memorial Services will be held at St. Helena Catholic Church at 12:00 Noon on Tuesday, September 4, 2018. Services conducted by Fr. Howard Adkins. McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, in charge of arrangements. For an online guestbook, visit http://www.mckneelys.com.
Bonnie Jean Shirley was a native of Kentwood and resident of Denham Springs. She died at 6:48 a.m., Tuesday, August 28, 2018, at Golden Age Nursing Home, at the age of 81. Bonnie was a graduate of the Gilfoy School of Nursing, affiliated with Baptist Hospital, Jackson, Ms., in 1959. She retired from Methodist Hospital, Houston, Tx., where she worked with Drs. Michael Debakey, George Noon and Manus O’Donnell in the Cardiac Cath Lab and PACU during the decades when revolutionary scientific advances were being pioneered in cardiovascular surgery which became standard practice worldwide. Visitation will be held at McKneely Funeral Home, Kentwood, La., Sat., Sept. 1, from 9:00 a.m. until the religious service at 11:00 a.m., conducted by the Rev. Don Turner, First Baptist Church of Kentwood, interment to follow at Woodland Cemetery, Kentwood. She is survived by her sisters, Vernice Cook of Brookhaven, Ms., Delores Shirley of Denham Springs, La., and Catherine Middleton of Terry, Ms., and brothers, James Shirley of Baton Rouge, La. and Harmon Shirley of Brookhaven, Ms., as well as many nieces and nephews. Bonnie was preceded in death by her parents J. H. and Nora Dunnam Shirley, sisters Elsie Vest and Inez Stephens, and brother Vernon Shirley. The family would like to thank the nurses and staff of Golden Age Nursing Home for the wonderful care extended to Bonnie. For an online guestbook, visit http://www.mckneelys.com.
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I’m happy to report that Bro. Chip Sloam and Martha are home and getting some good rest there. Continue to thank God that Bro. Chip’s brain tumor was not a real problem.
Glen Magee, Jr.‘s procedure went well. Glen and Lisa will soon be home. Thank-you for praying for them.
A resident of Greenwell Springs, LA passed away on Thursday, August 23, 2018 at Nottingham Regional Rehab Center in Baton Rouge. She was born October 20, 1950 in New Orleans and was 67 years of age. She is survived by 5 sisters, Lilly Bovard and husband, Buddy, Faye Dunlap, Bobbie Confer and husband, Terry, Jan LaBorde and husband, Lance, and Dale Rochel; and numerous nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by parents, Delta Richardson and Albert Ashmore; adopted parents, Oliver and Ann Rogers; 2 sisters, Birdie Ashmore and Annie Beach; 2 brothers, Albert Ashmore and David Aucoin. Pallbearers will be Michael Cardy, Terry Confer, Skip Verdin, John Rufini, William Rufini, and Daniel Rufini. Honorary pallbearers will be Buddy Bovard and Lance Laborde. Visitation at McKneely Funeral Home, Kentwood, from 10 a.m. until religious services at 1 p.m. on Saturday, August 25, 2018. Services conducted by Rev. Donnie Easley. Interment New Zion Cemetery, Kentwood. For an online guestbook, visit http://www.mckneelys.com.
By Brandon Elrod
Growing up in Clarkston, Ga., every year, Sam Abebe got his backpack full of school supplies from Clarkston International Bible Church (CIBC) through the church’s annual back-to-school event. Today, several years later, Abebe serves as CIBC’s student pastor.
“Those seeds planted my foundational worldview of who I believed God to be,” Abebe said. “When I was 18, because of that foundation, I knew that Jesus died on the cross for me.”
Abebe’s parents immigrated to the United States from Ethiopia in search of the opportunity that the nation had to offer, and those backpacks met a need that allowed the church to build a relationship with his family. It took several years—Abebe even moved away from Clarkston for a time—but those gospel conversations had taken root and eventually changed his life.
On August 4, 2018, Clarkston International Bible Church (CIBC) distributed 2,000 backpacks to families in need during its annual back-to-school bash. The North American Mission Board’s (NAMB) Send Relief ministry cooperated with churches to help double CIBC’s number of backpacks distributed. Clarkston, Ga. is one of the most diverse cities in the United States and helps resettle refugees from around the world. NAMB Photo by Greta High
CIBC focuses its ministry on meeting physical needs and helping people find spiritual life through the power of the gospel. Trent DeLoach, pastor of CIBC and a Send Relief missionary with the North American Mission Board (NAMB), leads the church to open pathways of serving the community.
On August 3, CIBC once again held its annual back-to-school bash and with the help of Send Relief, NAMB’s mercy ministry arm, gave away over 1,000 backpacks primarily to the international and refugee families in Clarkston.
“If the only thing we ever did was give our free stuff, that would be a horrible ministry model,” DeLoach said. “The way we justify these large-scale distributions is because there’s intentionality when it comes to year-round ministry and follow-up with the families. You have to have that piece.”
Mission teams from churches across the region helped pack 3,750 backpacks. Backpacks not distributed during the CIBC event were given to schools and to other ministry partners in Clarkston to serve families in need.
In order to distribute more than 2,000 backpacks filled with school supplies to families in Clarkston, Ga., dozens of volunteers and several churches had to come together. The North American Mission Board’s (NAMB) Send Relief ministry came together with Clarkston International Bible Church to cooperate with other churches and ministry partners to serve the city of Clarkston. NAMB Photo by Greta High
In New Orleans, another Send Relief missionary, Kay Bennett, also utilizes backpacks as a ministry tool to meet physical and spiritual needs. Bennett has managed the Baptist Friendship House for over 20 years, where she serves and loves the needy and vulnerable in the city.
Bennett also hosts a back-to-school party for underprivileged families where she gives away backpacks filled with school supplies to children.
“I was in the Send Relief meeting, sharing about the back to school party that we have every year,” said Bennett. “We usually do about 600 backpacks, and one of our leaders asked, ‘Well, can you do 5,000?’ and I just said, ‘Yes.’”
With only a month to prepare, Bennett was a little wary about making such a huge leap, but “the Lord always provides” she said after dozens of churches, Woman’s Missionary Union and other partners provided the supplies needed to fill the backpacks.
On July 14, 2018, the Baptist Friendship House hosted its annual back-to-school bash for the community of New Orleans, serving food, providing games and giving away backpacks filled with school supplies to families in need. Typically, the Baptist Friendship House gives away around 600 backpacks, but Send Relief, a ministry of the North American Mission Board, partnered to help the BFH pack 5,000 backpacks. Photo submitted by Kayleigh White
While the back-to-school party for local families was a major avenue for distribution, Bennett also uses backpacks to minister to survivors of human trafficking.
“Those backpacks actually build trust because the survivors see that you’ve given them something,” said Bennett. “You’ve brought them something, and that says, ‘I care about you.’ And so that begins to build a relationship.”
That relationship, then, allows Bennett the opportunity to connect those who have been trafficked with a way out, whether that’s through staying at the Baptist Friendship House or returning them home to family.
“Human trafficking takes place everywhere,” said Bennett. The backpack ministry “is something that every church throughout the world could do because it meets a need, builds a relationship and changes a life,” she said. “I would encourage every church to get backpacks.”
The backpack may be the first step that enables a human trafficking survivor to build a life of his or her own, but it can also be the first glimpse of hope that allows Bennett to point to the life-changing power of the gospel.
While Send Relief sends backpacks to its Ministry Centers, the ministry also wants to empower local churches to start similar ministries in their own communities.
First Baptist Church Greeneville, Tenn. has served its community through a backpack ministry for several years, partnering with NAMB and Send Relief for the last three years.
In previous years, the church visited apartment complexes and served food as they handed out backpacks. This past year, they partnered with local service organizations and hosted an event at the church on July 27. Between three and four hundred people attended, and 42 came to know Christ.
“NAMB is a resource that I know I can go to,” said David Green, pastor of FBC Greeneville. “I call and ask, ‘You got 300 backpacks?’ and they say, ‘We will ship them tomorrow.’ The availability has been fantastic, and they’re easy to work with. For the past three years, they’ve been a real blessing.”
Send Relief president David Melber says virtually any church or ministry can use backbacks for ministry for just about any group they are trying to reach.
“This is an easy, hands-on ministry any church can do,” Melber said. “Every community has groups of people in need. Backpacks filled with items that can help meet those needs will help a church serve and build bridges for the gospel at the same time.”
Send Relief has tools available on its website to help any church kickstart a backpack ministry for weekend food programs, back-to-school events, refugees, children in foster care or for human trafficking restoration. Simply click this link or visit www.sendrelief.org/backpacktools for more information.
Brandon Elrod is a writer for the North American Mission Board.
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Update on Josiah Huckaby
Josiah is doing really well. They gave him a strong IV antibiotic yesterday & today. He has definitely responded to it & his labs are reflecting that. The doctors feel it is ok to swap him back to the original oral antibiotic we started earlier this week. His echo showed that his pulmonary hypertension seems to be pretty much unchanged…which is a huge praise in itself! He is still requiring a little more oxygen than what he is allowed to come home on. If all continues to go well & they can get him down to home oxygen, he will probably be able to come home Monday. Thanks for all the prayers!!! To God be the glory!
I’m thankful to hear that John Dyer of Amite is now cancer free after months of chemo and radiation. Join the family in thanking God for John’s progress.
Continue to pray for those who have long-term illnesses. As you pray for the person who is sick, please also pray for their caregivers.
Today, we will have a project day at FBC, Kentwood to work on items of Operation Christmas Child. We will meet in the fellowship hall from 9 A.M. to noon. Everyone is invited to come help (“DO”).
Jimmy R. Williams is doing better. He will have an angiogram today. Pray for Jimmy and Linda today.
Glenda Harrell‘s heart procedure will be on September 4th. Keep her in your prayers.
Willie Hebert, my cousin’s husband, is having some heart issues. Please add Fran and Willie to your prayer list.
Pray for the four cancer patients from FBC, Kentwood as they are receiving chemo or radiation or testing for the next step this week.
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Today, I’m thankful for a good day at church yesterday!