Plans go wrong for lack of advice;

many counselors bring success.

~Proverbs 15:22 (NLT)~

From Angela Shockley

Prayer request for all college students who are preparing for finals. Many students in the community begin testing Monday.

Pray for high school and college seniors as they take make plans for next step in their lives.

Joan Hagan is home after having some breathing problems following surgery. Her foot that was injured in fall last week is much better. Please keep her in your prayers.

Felix Estevan Irving Sr.
A resident of Morgan City, he died at 1:07 p.m. Thursday, April 24, 2008, at Thibodaux Regional Medical following a long illness. He was 82, a native of Amite and a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II, receiving the Asiatic-Pacific Ribbon, the Victory and the American Area and Radio Award. Visiting at Jones Funeral Home, Morgan City, on Saturday, May 3, from 8 a.m. until funeral rite at 10:30 a.m., the Rev. Chrispin F. Smith, officiating. The East St. Mary Veteran Funeral Squad will perform at the graveside service. Entombment in Morgan City Mausoleum. Preceded in death by his wife and parents. Survived by his son, Felix II and spouse Betty Irving, of Lawton, Okla.; daughter, Sharon Ann Irving, of Morgan City; brother, Eugene Sr. and spouse Sylvia Irving, of Hammond; sister, Rubie Mae Frazier, of Greensburg; uncle, Leroy “Brother” Tucker, of Amite; two aunts, Helen T. Rankin, of New Orleans, and Jennie T. Morris, of Los Angeles; a host of cousins, nieces, nephews, two grandchildren, a great-grandchild, five godchildren and a close friend, Mozella Triggs, of Patterson. Donations may be made to U.A.E. Comprehensive Center for Prostate Cancer, Office of Development W.T.I., 530 3rd Ave. S., Birmingham, AL 35294-3300.

Rapid Response Team Deploys

Following Virginia Tornadoes

The Billy Graham Rapid Response Team has deployed their crisis-trained chaplains in response to the tornadoes that tore through Virginia on April 28. According to news reports, the tornadoes damaged more than 140 homes and injured at least 200 people. The largest volume of damage is in Suffolk, Va., located in the South Hampton Roads area of southeastern Virginia.

“The deployment will be centered in Suffolk,” said Jack Munday, director of the Billy Graham Rapid Response Team. “We currently have two chaplains on-site in Virginia and are expecting that the number will increase over the coming days as we seek to meet the needs of those affected by these storms.”

The deployment will be in support of the Emergency Operation Center; the Virginia Department of Emergency Management; and Operation Blessing, based in Virginia Beach, Va.

Once again, the Rapid Response Team will work alongside Samaritan’s Purse, a disaster relief organization also headed by Franklin Graham. “We value our relationship with Samaritan’s Purse,” says Munday. “In most tragic situations like this, there are many needs—physical, emotional, and spiritual. When our two groups work together, it allows us to respond in a comprehensive way to all of these needs.”

This is the Billy Graham Rapid Response Team’s eighth deployment of 2008, following deployments to Jackson and Lafayette, Tenn., and Clinton, Ark., following the deadly tornadoes in the region; Northern Illinois University following the Valentine’s Day shooting of several students; Kenya, Africa (a training deployment educating pastors and church leaders in how to respond to the violence in their country earlier this year); and Piedmont and Delta, Mo., following flooding earlier this month.

Please pray:

* for the survivors of this tragedy
* for the chaplains who will be ministering on the scene
* that many will come to know Christ in the midst of sorrow

I hope you have some time today to read some of these articles.

Baptist Press

FLORIDA–Soldier killed with Bible nearby.

CHINA–Jailed Chinese Christian faces new charges.

TENNESSEE–Urgent action needed against CBS’ ‘Dexter.’

TENNESSEE–‘Expelled’ producer pleased with box office.

ARKANSAS–Church lost, 7 killed in Ark. Storms.

NICARAGUA–New homes in Nicaragua show Christ’s love.

TENNESSEE–CULTURE DIGEST: Only 5% of adults tithed last year, Barna says.

LOUISIANA–FIRST-PERSON (Kelly Boggs): Pop culture & teen stars.

I don’t know who wrote this, but it was sent to me by Mr. K.K. Kennedy.

Although things are not perfect
Because of trial or pain
Continue in thanksgiving
Do not begin to blame
Even when the times are hard
Fierce winds are bound to blow
God is forever able
Hold on to what you know
Imagine life without His love
J oy would cease to be
Keep thanking Him for all the things
Love imparts to thee
Move out of “Camp Complaining”
No weapon that is known
On earth can yield the power
raise can do alone
Quit looking at the future
Redeem the time at hand
Start every day with worship
To “thank” is a command
Until we see Him coming
Victorious in the sky
We’ll run the race with gratitude
X alting God most high
Y es, there’ll be good times and yes some will be bad, but…
Z ion waits in glory…where none are ever sad

Be safe!

Anna Lee


Friday, May 2, 2008



“We have this treasure in jars of clay,

to show that the surpassing power belongs to God

and not to us.

We are afflicted in every way,

but not crushed;

perplexed, but not driven to despair.”

~2 Corinthians 4:7-8, ESV~

Dear Intercessors, this is Eleanor Witcher of the International Prayer Strategy Office, asking you to pray for those in despair.

After the elections in Pakistan, there was a glimmer of hope that things would improve. Everyone had hopes that democracy was going to be the savior of their country. Sadly, there are still suicide bomb attacks regularly; and new officials are as helpless to control the madness as ever before. Pray that Pakistanis will understand that nothing will ever replace the complete provision of salvation through Jesus.

Caazapa (kah-sah-PAH), located in southeastern Paraguay, is the least-evangelized department (province) in all the country. It is well-known by the Paraguayans as being the hub of occult activity. Consequently, Caazapa ranks number one nationally in suicides, especially among young people. The Gospel has penetrated this dark place, and a Baptist church has been planted in the small town of Tava’i. But there is still so much to do.

D, a woman in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, was contemplating suicide on October 20, 2007. But Southern Baptists were praying for the Operation GO team from Mississippi that day, as they drove to San Miguel and prayerwalked the area where D lived. The next day, team members knocked on her door and gave her a Gospel of John. A national team member led her to Christ. Soon after that, D began to grow in the knowledge of her new faith, and she now comes to the local house church, which is part of a network of house churches.

* Please pray for those who are contemplating suicide, whether from personal or political motivation, that they will have opportunity to hear the Truth of Jesus.

* Thank God for rescuing D and bringing her new life.

* Intercede for those you may know who are suffering from despair. Pray the Lord will intervene, revealing His surpassing power.

Joan Hagan did not come home yesterday, but hopes to do so today. Please pray for Joan in the coming days.


May 2, 2008

“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~


A couple weeks ago, you heard about sharing your faith using the wordless book. Let’s learn another way people tell their friends about Jesus…

A team from South Carolina just had a sports camp with children in Niger. That’s in West Africa. The kids came each morning to learn to play kick ball. They had never played before, so it was fun watching them learn a new game. They often changed sides and were very happy when anyone scored. It didn’t matter which team they were on-someone scored! After the game each day, the team and children sat under the trees and listened to stories from the Bible. The children were able to memorize John 3:16. The last day of the camp, the team used the “EvangeCube” to share the entire Gospel story. The children listened and understood. Please pray for the children that they will now ask Jesus to be their Savior.

A woman and her daughter asked Jesus into their lives when a friend told them the Gospel. The friend used the “EvangeCube” to help tell the Gospel. The mother pointed to the picture of heaven on the cube, and said, “I want this. This is where I want to go.” The weeping mother then picked up a picture of her son and said, “I need a third room in heaven for my son.” Please pray that this mother’s teenage son will accept Jesus as his Lord soon. Pray that the mother and daughter will grow in their faith, and will help others learn about the place God is preparing for them in heaven.


Please pray for my friends, SY and ER. I want them to be a Christian. They like to jump rope and we play at the park together. SY lives in a house close to my house. Thank you! AVERY, age 7 (Pacific Rim)

Please pray that I will be able to learn Spanish quickly. JESSIKA, age 14 (South America)

Please pray that the end of this school year will go well: final tests, packing to move to The States and starting college. RUTH, age 18 (West Africa)

Please pray for my cousin because he isn’t following the right path. Pray that an experience or person will help him see Christ’s light. ANA, age 11 (South Asia)

I am going to go to a boarding school for the first time. The school is in a different country than I have lived in. Please pray for me that I will make good friends and not be homesick. ALBERT, age 12 (Pacific Rim)


“In my church our choir is made up mostly of girls my age. Even though we don’t have any instruments to accompany us, we love to sing. Some of us sing high and some of sing low, but we love to sing, dance and smile as we worship Jesus. Pray for other young girls like us in West Africa, that they too would be able to hear the message of Jesus, come to know Him and sing His praises.” ALI, age 10 (West Africa)


“And they continued steadfastly

in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship,

in the breaking of bread, and in prayers…

and the Lord added to the church daily

those who were being saved.”

~Acts 2:42-47~

Joan Hagan is hoping to be able to come home today.

Kenneth Birch has had gall bladder surgery and is already home. Pray for him as he recovers.

Mr. Henry Harris continues to be in ICU at North Oaks. Your prayers will be greatly appreciated.

Mike Nason is in Our Lady of the Lake in Baton Rouge. Please remember to pray for him.

This email from my cousin’s wife was sent out yesterday. My aunt and uncle sent it onto me. Please continue to pray for M as she waits to hear about the body scan, as she takes college finals this week, and as she is a mother and wife.

Thank you for praying!


I have had several e-mails over the last couple of days so if you are wondering what is happening with me I am unfortunately in a holding pattern. I had my full body scan last Friday which I thought went great. I was in and out very quickly. I have my appointment with the oncologist this coming Monday the 5th to get the results and he will tell me what is next. Please pray that the cancer is contained and has not spread. The worst part right now is just knowing that it is there and no one is doing anything to stop it yet!!!

I am in the middle of finals week at school and cramming like crazy! Please pray I can stay focused on my school work and not think about the cancer….I can not even begin to tell you how hard that is!

Thank you all so much…I love you all and I am strong and positive because I have Jesus and all of you!!!


Bobby Lee Kirby
Bobby Kirby died Tuesday, April 29, 2008, at Lakeview Regional Medical Center in Covington. He was 78, a native of Osyka, Miss., and a resident of Greensburg. He worked as a machinist at Exxon for 10 years and worked at Gulfsouth in Ponchatoula for 17 years. Visitation at Amite Church of Christ, Amite, on Friday, May 2, from 9 a.m. until service at noon, conducted by Brother John Fulda. Interment in Greensburg Cemetery, Greensburg. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Myrtle Willis Kirby, of Greensburg; daughter, Carolyn Beth Kirby Blouin and husband Selwyn, of Gurley; daughter-in-law, Kathy Kirby; and four grandchildren, Katie Kirby, Zane Kirby, Lex Blouin and Beau and wife Andrea Merritt Blouin. He was preceded in death by his parents, John V. and Mamie Frazier Kirby; two brothers, Johnny Edward and Zelion Quinn; infant daughter, Madeline Gail Kirby; and son, Timothy Randall Kirby. Pallbearers will be Selwyn Blouin, Beau Blouin, Lex Blouin, Zane Kirby, Dennis Kirby and Bob Harvin. Honorary pallbearers are Carlton Drew, Roger Navarra and Emerson Newman. Bobby Kirby served in World War II as an airplane and engine mechanic in the U.S. Army. He was a member of the Amite Church of Christ and on the board of directors of the Amite Church of Christ Daycare. Memorial donations may be made to The Crossroads Youth Ranch, 62300 Russell Town Road, Roseland, LA 70456 or St. Jude Children’s Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105. Share sympathies, condolences, memories at http:// http://www.charletfuneralhome .com.

‘Saw Man’ Shares Jesus After Disasters
By Mickey Noah
VANDUSER, Mo. (BP)–As the guys on the Arkansas disaster chainsaw team — tired after a long day of working a recent Missouri storm — ate their dinner at a local Southern Baptist church, the big, burly man who came in was impossible to miss. Imagine John the Baptist with a Stihl chainsaw.

Dressed in blue denim, with a full, graying beard and huge hands, Tom Stanton dropped by their table and asked if they needed any chainsaws sharpened.

“The Saw Man,” as Stanton is called, didn’t have to ask twice. Any operator of a chainsaw knows that a dull chainsaw is useless, and sharpening chainsaws is a prickly job best left to experts. And The Saw Man is just that.

Stanton’s unique chainsaw-sharpening ministry is valuable to Southern Baptist disaster relief chainsaw teams who respond to ice storms, tornadoes, hurricanes and other disasters.

Stanton, 53, calls Deer River, Minn. — about 100 miles south of the Canadian border — home. Until last October, he pastored a small church there.

Now, his “day job” is running a shear/scissor sharpening business.

Stanton’s disaster relief ministry began 2001 when a major tornado hit Siren, Wis. The following day — after a sleepless night — he felt “called” to go to Wisconsin.

“I had no clue what I was going to do,” said Stanton, who first learned to sharpen chainsaws as an 18-year-old logger in Montana. “My first paycheck was a chainsaw.

“In Wisconsin, I found guys who didn’t know how to file chainsaws. So I volunteered and started sharpening. People came out of the woodwork. I sharpened chains with a file for three days until a preacher got me a 12-volt rotary tool. Then I sharpened for another 10 days.”

That was the beginning of Stanton’s chainsaw-sharpening ministry. He doesn’t know for sure but figures he’s sharpened thousands of chainsaws in the wake of disasters, including Hurricane Katrina. He doesn’t charge a penny.

Financially, how does Stanton cover his expenses? What about $3-plus-a-gallon gasoline for the Ford pickup truck he must drive to disasters? What about tools? Lodging? Food?

“God provides,” Stanton said. “The people are really generous with me.” He said God gave him his sharpening business back home, which provides most of his day-to-day financial needs.

“Through the years, God has provided for me miraculously with a small camper/trailer, a generator and even with my truck, given to me by a Christian friend from my hometown. Last year, someone gave me a GPS so I won’t get lost!”

These days, Stanton is too professional to use files or even his original rotary tool to sharpen saws. Now he uses a Dremel tool.

“Dremel Company now provides me with all my tools. In fact, I was invited to their plant in Racine, Wis., to teach their people how to use their tool.” With the Dremel device, Stanton does not have to remove the chain from the chainsaw to sharpen it, which saves significant time and effort.

During the first two weeks after Hurricane Katrina, someone estimated that Stanton sharpened 2,000 chainsaws in Louisiana and Mississippi. He worked as many as 20 hours a day.

“Since I can leave the chain right on the saw, I can pull up to a bunch of guys and easily sharpen 10 saws an hour,” Stanton said. “When I have someone to hand me the saws, I can do 16 an hour. Hand-filing takes up to 20 minutes apiece. This helps the disaster relief teams get back to work faster.”

Why would a man who’s had both hips replaced — and who last year suffered a heart attack requiring 10 stents — chase natural disasters around the country to sharpen chainsaws for strangers?

“It’s really hard for me to stand back and see somebody else hurting,” Stanton said. “I’ve been crippled up through the years. Since 1997, I haven’t been able to do much physically for people except for chainsaw sharpening. It’s a tremendous need.”

Stanton even has a Bible verse, Ecclesiastes 10: 9-10, that reflects his ministry: “… the one who cuts wood may be endangered by doing it. If the axe is dull, and one does not sharpen its edge, then one must exert more strength….”

“God has allowed me to see many people make professions of faith in Jesus Christ. I go to disasters, sharpen chainsaws and tell people how to avoid the world’s greatest disaster,” which Stanton says is rejecting Christ.

At a disaster site, Stanton witnesses to the public during the day as he sharpens their chainsaws. He gives out tracts and New Testaments from a five-gallon pail he calls the “Bucket of Hope.” At night, he sharpens chainsaws for disaster relief workers, including those from Southern Baptist teams — counseling, challenging and encouraging Christian men in their walks with God.

Stanton would like to see his chainsaw sharpening ministry go full-time.

“I’d love to go to fires, ice storms, snowstorms — do it full-time if the Lord opened up the door for it.”

He’s also eager to train others on the fine points of chainsaw sharpening. In fact, he’s taught two classes for the Mississippi Baptist Convention.

“I’d love to teach chainsaw sharpening as an evangelistic ministry to every association — just to equip people to get out there. I’m just praying that God will raise up more people to do what I do.”

Fritz Wilson, Florida Baptists’ director of disaster relief and recovery, has known Stanton for several years, working several hurricanes and other disasters with him. He calls Stanton a “super” Christian with a unique ministry.

“He comes in and sharpens our saws, and then goes out in the community and offers to sharpen anyone’s saw,” Wilson said. “Tom has a unique ministry and uses sharpening to parallel the Christian life and walk. He tells people that we can’t be good tools for Christ unless we stay sharp.”

In 2007 alone, the North American Mission Board tallied thousands of tree-removal jobs performed by disaster relief volunteers throughout the United States. While state Southern Baptist conventions provide the manpower and most equipment, NAMB coordinates multi-state disaster responses and partners with national relief groups like the American Red Cross and Salvation Army to ensure vital services reach the most critical-need areas quickly.

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

AT THE END of her first quarter at the university, Lenora came home and announced: “I am not going to church anymore…!”

Her parents were shocked. “Lenora, what happened?” wailed Mom. “You have all those awards for perfect attendance! And you’ve always seemed glad to worship God.”

“I no longer believe in God; he is a myth,” she replied bluntly. “Dr. Phillips has taught me the truth.”

“How did Dr. Phillips teach you that God is a myth?” asked her dad.

“It really wasn’t hard. He pointed out that apples do not grow in the Tigris-Euphrates Valley.”

“Well?” Lenora’s father was inquisitive.

“Dad.” Lenora was impatient. “That being true, the first story in the Bible, the creation story, is a myth. The Garden of Eden was in the Tigris-Euphrates Valley, so Eve could not have eaten an apple as the Bible says. And if that story is a myth, what not all the others?”

“Hold on a minute, Lenora. Let’s answer three questions. First, do we know the location of the Garden of Eden? No. Second, do we know the nature of the climate in the Garden? No. And third, what kind of fruit was forbidden? The Bible does not say. The myth here is the apple. Did Dr. Phillips read the Scriptures?”

Lenora shrugged her shoulders and walked away. To Lenora, her dad was a good, old-fashioned man. Dr. Phillips was her authority. Facts no longer mattered to her. She had decided that all truth is relative, and what she had come to believe was right for her. Nothing else mattered. (Robert L. Waggoner)

KneEmail: “Beware, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief in departing from the living God” (Heb. 3:13).

Today is the National Day of Prayer. In Kentwood, the event will be celebrated at the City Hall monument at from 12:30 – 1:00 this afternoon. You are invited to attend and bring others with you. You can find more information at

If you are unable to attend a prayer rally, you can have prayer wherever you are. The main point is to pray for our great nation!

Anna Lee

Wednesday Addition

Mrs. Velma Anthony is in North Oaks. She had to have a stent. Her husband has been having some problems too. Pray for both of them. Thank-you.

The latest word is that Joan is doing well. If this continues, she may be able to come home tomorrow. Keep praying for good progress.

David was involved in a fender-bender about noon today when a man ran a red light. Nobody was hurt. Thank God for His protection for David and the other man too!

Wednesday Addition

Please put the family of Jonathan Owens on the Prayer Link. Jonathan, a 17-year old senior who would have graduated on May 20, was killed in a car accident on his way to school yesterday. He was the son of Rev. and Mrs. George Owens of the Mt. Hebron, MS community. Bro. George and Kenny are very good friends and hunting buddies. Thanks. Janet A. Hammons

Kenny is Jan’s brother-in-law.


“But you will not even need to fight.

Take your positions;

then stand still and watch the Lord’s victory.

He is with you, O people of Judah and Jerusalem.

Do not be afraid or discouraged.

Go out there tomorrow, for the Lord is with you!”

~2 Chronicles 20:17 (NLT)~

Joan B. Hagan’s surgery has been changed from 7:30 to 8:30 this morning. Joan expects to be in the hospital overnight and return home tomorrow. Please pray for Joan today.

Mr. Henry Harris continues to be at North Oaks. As you pray for him, pray for “Miss” Emma as she faces the days before her.

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

“HERE IS A great eternal truth…

Life cannot be divided into compartments in some of which God is involved and in others of which He is not involved; there cannot be one kind of language in the church and another kind of language in the shipyard or the factory or the office; there cannot be one kind of conduct in the church and another kind of conduct in the business world. The fact is that God does not need to be invited into certain departments of life, and kept out of others. He is everywhere, all through life and in every activity of life. He hears not only the words which are spoken in His name; He hears all words; and there cannot be any such thing as a form of words which evades bringing God into any transaction. We will regard all promises as sacred if we remember that all promises are made in the presence of God.” (William Barclay)

“That you may approve the things that are excellent,

that you may be sincere and without offense

till the day of Christ.”

~Philippians 1:10~