Urgent Appeal for Hurricane Victims


As we work in three locations in Texas to help victims of Hurricane Ike, Samaritan’s Purse President Franklin Graham calls for prayer, volunteers, and financial help.






“Unless you are faithful in small matters,

you won’t be faithful in large ones.”

Luke 16:10a (NLT)

Servants do every task with equal dedication. Whatever they do,

servants “do it with all their heart”

(Colossians 3:23 NIV).

“If you think you are too important

to help someone in need,

you are only fooling yourself.

You are really a nobody”

(Galatians 6:3 NLT).

These are some of the verses that come to me via email this morning. I think it no coincidence they arrived on our day of prayer walking at church. Not only did we have people (9) who went to church to prayer walk, but we also had another group (6) who went to the church to do upkeep/repair. Those who did the prayer walking and those who were doing upkeep/repair, with the exception of one, been involved in OnMission in Kentwood (which will formally happen next week and informally happen all week).

Menial tasks were not below Jesus!

Major tasks were not too big for Jesus!

This is the attitude needed by people in all churches where members reach out to bring others “into the fold”. I thank God for each of those who prayed and worked this morning. I think God for the insight He provided and for the burdens and projects He laid on hearts of His people.

If He has been speaking to your heart and you have not yet responded, it’s not too late. You’ll be richly blessed as you take on the menial and the major tasks He gives His people to do. Remember, it’s never too late to get involved.

Have a satisfying Saturday!

Anna Lee


“My voice You shall hear in the morning, O Lord;

in the morning I will direct it to You,

and I will look up.”

~Psalm 5:3~

Mrs. Annie Bell Harrell is still not feeling her best, but was present at church yesterday morning. Please keep her in your prayers.

Mrs. Susie Wells said she was doing much better. Thank God for her progress.

Mike Nason will be having eye surgery in September. You can begin to pray for him now.

Kathy Dyer’s surgery is today. She’s the speech teacher at Spring Creek. Please keep Kathy and her family in your prayers.

Mrs. June Russell of Chesbrough fell and broke her hip. She’s in North Oaks. Please add her to your prayer list.

Missionary Moment

To Party or To Pray
Missionary KENNETH DILLARD serves as campus pastor at the University of Cincinnati. He meets with students for personal discipleship, plans ministry events, and interacts with other campus ministers, faculty, and staff. Located in an area surrounded by Greek houses, students involved in Baptist Collegiate Ministries search for ways to connect with the hundreds of students who would rather party than pray. His wife, MARY, is a partner in marriage and ministry. God’s love is being shared on college campuses across America, thanks to your participation in the Cooperative Program. This week, pray for the students to be open to hearing the Gospel. Deuteronomy 16:17 “Everyone [must appear] with a gift suited to his means, according to the blessing the LORD your God has given you.”

Praying for Protection
Both GARY and MARGARET SIMONDS (names changed for security reasons)use their vocational fields as avenues for sharing Jesus with those in Northern Africa and the Middle East. Gary works in the business world as a consultant on leadership and management for young professionals. Margaret is a physician providing quality medical care at a refugee clinic. Patients have opportunities to see the JESUS film, speak with national believers, and receive free Bibles. People are coming to Christ, but many are fearful of openly acknowledging they are followers of Him. Pray that God will send people with open hearts to the business seminars and the clinic. Also pray for the protection of new believers.

Giving to God has always been in relation to the amount God gives to people. A major difference in Old Testament and New Testament giving was the use made of the gift given. Christians give to help win others to faith in Christ.

Be extra careful to be safe and healthy in the rain.

Anna Lee


“Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me,

for I am gentle and lowly in heart,

and you will find rest for your souls.

For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”

~Matthew 1:29-30~

Judy Easley reports her new grandson, Tyler Easley, had a good first week at home. Pray for Tyler’s family as they continue to give him the special care he requires because of his premature birth. Thank God for the progress Tyler has made so far and for the way God has made His presence known to the family.

Mr. Bobby Raborn continues to do well as he continues to recover from double knee surgery.

Mr. Frankie Gehringer continues to improve. Pray for him as he tries to be patient with the speed of the recovery process.

A request has been made for prayer for Mr. Robert “Bobby” Thompson. Mr. Bobby lives in Amite and is married to Mrs. Ruby Thompson.

Sharon Martin’s dad, Mr. Erlo LaBauve, will be having some heart tests at North Oaks today. Sharon’s uncle will also be in North Oaks undergoing other tests. Please pray for these folks.

Pray for Alice Bankston, a teacher at Sumner, as she deals with newly diagnosed cancer. She’s was able to start school with her students Friday.

Pray for Bucky and Colbye Erwin as the time quickly approaches for the birth of their first child. Colbye is staying with her family in Mississippi to be near her doctor and hospital.

Pray for Karen Miller as she adjusts to a new position – secretary at Roseland Elementary. She is receiving on-the-job training because she was not hired in time to get the training before school started.

Please continue to pray for teachers and students as school will be underway in all area schools today. Pray for a minimum of interruptions so the maximum learning can be accomplished. Pray teachers and other staff members will be able to influence young lives in ways other than just material in a textbook.

Pray for AWANA as it begins next Sunday at FBC, Kentwood. Pray for all involved. Pray for Scriptures to be learned and applied to young lives. Pray for missions to be instilled in these children.

Children’s Choir will begin next month. Plan to add choir to the Wednesday schedule for your children and grandchildren.

Pray for how God would have you involved in On Mission in Kentwood on the 30th. There is an assignment for anyone who wished to participate – young, older, male, or female. Come receive a blessing as you bless someone else.

Big 10 from TeamRomany August 2008

1. FARM students complete their ministry assignments and return home this month. Please pray for them to finish strong. Thank God for the way in which they were able to enhance existing ministry and begin new ministry points. Thank God also for their own spiritual growth as they saw God use them to share His Good News in many communities. Pray also for Katie Steele, an American student summer missionary, who is serving in the Czech Republic. Pray that God will continue to provide opportunities for her to minister in Romany communities.

2. Thank God for the ministry of International World Changers (IWC) teams who served with teamromany in both Romania and Czech Republic this in July. They were able to open doors for ministry in new areas. They provided a positive witness for Christ and shared the Gospel with many. Thank God with us for changed lives as a number of Roma prayed to receive Christ. Pray for teamromany members as they provide follow-up.

3. Please pray for the Silbys as they begin language study, continue to get settled in and adjust to the culture.

4. Daniel’s car was broken into last month and he suffered significant material loss. Please pray for him as he clears up all the details from this event. Pray for him as he is hosting several volunteer teams this month.

5. The Banks family is thankful for God’s goodness to them. They are grateful for their new apartment in Brailia, Romania. The apartment and location are a great match for their needs.

6. Pray for the Banks family as they visit the villages of Viziru and Valea Canepii to follow-up on outreach work started by the Hills and Insuratiei mission pastor. Pray for protection, favor, and boldness to share the Gospel in these villages. Pray for the new believers to open their homes for Bible study and discipleship.

7. Pray for Tamara and Jennie as they begin a new year of homeschooling. Tamara will be teaching Wesley and Coulter and Jennie will be teaching Mallory, Miles, Madison, and Mason. Pray for the Silby children (Ryan, Elizabeth, and Hannah) as they begin new schools in the Czech Republic.

8. Pray for Cornel Tuns as he marries Erica Bartsch this Saturday. This is an answer to Cornel’s prayers. He’s thankful for God’s goodness.

9. Thank God that the Hatchels received their residency visas which are valid for one year. Please pray for the Hills as they begin the visa renewal process in Romania. Pray that the process will go smoothly and swiftly.

10. Pray for the Hills as they take a team of Romany young people on a mission trip to Sighisoara, Romania. Pray for that God will change the lives of both the youth participating in the project and the people they will minister to.

Thank you for praying with us and for us.


Wes and Tamara Banks – Romania

Daniel Byrd – Romania

Boyd and Jennie Hatchel – Czech Republic

Bob and Gayle Hill – Romania

Joe and Julie Silby – Czech Republic

Deacon Hospital Visitation this Week

  • David Alford
  • Jesse Dean

Please contact these men if you know of any need.

Margarette Catha

Margarette Catha, 93, died at her home in Cleveland, Tenn., on Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2008. She was born on Aug. 5, 1915, in Kentwood, to the family of William Thomas and Mary Ann Catha. She worked as a clerk/stenographer in the Baton Rouge area with Charity Hospital, Federal Emergency Relief Administration, Public Welfare Office, Louisiana State Department, War Manpower Commission, U.S. Recruiting Department and Department of Employment in Cleveland and Chattanooga. In 1949, she began her work in Cleveland, Tenn., as the executive secretary to the Church of God, where she worked for 31 years. She retired at the 1980 General Assembly. She was a longtime member of the North Cleveland Church of God, where she once taught a children’s Sunday school class, was in the Crusaders Choir, was on the board for Women’s Ministries and was a member of the Unity Sunday school class. Survivors include several nieces and nephews in Florida and Louisiana; her special friends, Beulah Mae Murphree and Grace Golden, of Cleveland; and her caregivers, Cathryne Blocker and Ramona Hyberger; along with personal assistants and support from Amedisys Hospice. She was preceded in death by her parents; and four sisters, Leila Catha Langlois, Oris Catha Seefield, Loleat Catha Carlson, Grace Catha Gaines; and two brothers, Advil and Troy Catha. Celebration of Life service at Grissom Funeral Home, Cleveland, Tenn., on Monday, Aug. 11, at 2 p.m., conducted by the Rev. Mitch Maloney. Visitation begins at noon. Interment at the Woodland Memorial Cemetery in her home town of Kentwood, on Tuesday, Aug. 12, at 4 p.m. Memorials may be made to the Smoky Mountain Children’s Home, Attn. Margarette Catha Scholarship for Needy Children, P.O. Box 439, Sevierville, TN 37864 or the North Cleveland Church of God, Attn. World Missions Fund or the Building Fund, Cleveland, TN 37311.

“At the name of Jesus every knee should bow…” (Philippians 2:10).
Mike Benson, Editor


BEFORE ENTERING THE broadcasting field, Jim Valvano led the North Carolina State University basketball team to a national championship…

Then cancer developed in his lower back. Invited to address the Duke University squad, Jim had this to say: “Life changes when you least expect it to. The future is uncertain. So, seize this day, seize this moment, and make the most of it.”

God gives us an urgent directive in Hebrews 3:13, “Exhort one another daily, while it is called ‘Today,’ lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.” Why is there such a strong insistence on today?

It may be that today, this very day, could be the last one in our time here on earth. Today may be your last opportunity to obey God’s plan of salvation, or to share His love with a friend or loved one.

James has this warning about presuming upon our tomorrows: “You do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away” (4:14).

Seize the opportunities that God gives you today. That’s sound advice-not just for basketball players, but for all of us. (Vernon C. Grounds)

“You do not know what will happen tomorrow.

For what is your life?

It is even a vapor that appears for a little time

and then vanishes away.”

~Jas. 4:14~

Thank God for the slow, steady rain we are receiving this morning. Have a great week!


Don’t forget the associational church council meeting tonight at FBC, Kentwood. It begins with supper at 6 P.M.

Anna Lee


“You do not know what will happen tomorrow.

For what is your life?

It is even a vapor that appears for a little time

and then vanishes away.”

~Jas. 4:14~




Pray for Jana P. Benoit as she is now on bed rest. She’s expecting her second son in September.

Pray for those who will participate in On Mission in Kentwood today.

Thank God for the youth from Simpson, La. who led the sports camp last week. The children reported a good experience. Pray for “eternal” results.

Please pray for Bucharest Christian Academy! Below is a note from BCA’s school director, Jennifer Lipp.

July 25, 2008

Dear Family and Friends,

1 Last Day May 2008 021.jpgnew family enrolled in BCA this week.

1 teacher resigned (she and her husband were reassigned to ministry in another city).

4 positions are still actively being recruited for (secondary science and social

studies, business manager, and administrative assistant/receptionist).

9 teachers need more financial support before returning to BCA in early August.

26 days left until the 2008/2009 school year starts at BCA (August 20).

75 students (approximately) will be walking through the doors on that day…expecting teachers (or at least their parents will :)).

?? number of times I have laid all of this before God, asked for wisdom, reminded Him of His faithfulness to us in the past, and told Him we are trusting in Him for the future!

GOD… Able. Sovereign. Good. Trustworthy. Faithful. Thanks for your continued prayers for our needs-I look forward to seeing how He provides! And, if you or someone you know would like to invest in the lives of amazing kids like the ones pictured here, please let me know. I can guarantee you grateful parents, (mostly) compliant students, and great colleagues!

With expectation and joy,

Jen 🙂

Pearl Bush Pearson
(June 22, 1924 – July 25, 2008)

Earth has no sorrows that heaven cannot heal. Died at 7:38 a.m. on Friday, July 25, 2008 at her daughter’s residence in Baton Rouge, LA. She was a native of Bush, LA and a resident of Baton Rouge, LA. Age 84 years. Visitation at St. Elizabeth Catholic Church, Kentwood, from 9 a.m. on Monday until religious services at 2:00PM Monday. Services conducted by Fr. Joe Camilleri. Interment Woodland Cemetery, Kentwood, LA. Survived by daughter, Sheila Ann Pearson and her finance’, Brett Hoggat, son, Clyde W. Pearson and his wife, Lynne P. Pearson, 2 granddaughters, Shelley P. Alexander and her husband, Scott Michael Alexander, and Kristi P. Rounds and her husband, Chad Michael Rounds, 3 great-grandchildren, Payton Michael Alexander, Emma Claire Alexander, and Ave Madelyn Rounds. Preceded in death by husband Clarence B. Pearson, 8 siblings, parents, Henry and Irene Bush, Pallbearers will be Clyde W. Pearson, Scott Michael Alexander, Payton Michael Alexander, Chad Rounds, Brett Hoggatt, and Keith Hoggatt. Our sincere gratitude and thanks to Brett Hoggatt who gave so much of himself the last 3 weeks of her life. McKneely Funeral Home, Kentwood, in charge of arrangements.


An angry motorist went back to a garage where he had purchased an expensive battery for his car six months earlier. “Listen,” the motorist grumbled to the owner of the garage, “when I bought that battery you said it would be the last battery my car would ever need. It died after only six months!”

“Sorry,” apologized the garage owner. “I didn’t think your car would last longer than that.”

We live in a day and time when we expect everything to come with a lifetime warranty. We don’t want our battery to ever wear out. We don’t want our car to ever wear out. And yes, it’s even true that we don’t want our bodies to wear out. But each and every day we are reminded of what Peter said:

“All flesh is as grass,

and all the glory of man as the flower of the grass.

The grass withers, and its flower falls away,

but the word of the LORD endures forever.”

~I Peter 1:24-25~

We live in a world composed of that which is temporary. Nothing which is material will last forever. All will eventually fade. All will eventually pass away. Only that which has its foundation in God and His Word will live on.

May you live your life so as to be grounded in that which will never be destroyed!

Have a great day!

Alan Smith
Helen Street Church of Christ
Fayetteville, North Carolina

Make a difference to someone today!

Anna Lee