Please continue to pray for all those who have colds, flu, sinus, allegy problems, etc. The doctor offices are full! Drug stores are busy! These health issues are affecting the young, the old, and those in the middle. I’ll not try to give you a list of people who are suffering from these problems, but will just name one. As you pray for him, you can add all the others yourself.

Mansell Stinson has been sick for several weeks. Since he is one with other issues related to diabetes, the problems are more serious for him. He has basically been at home lately. We all know that Mansell doesn’t play his guitar, he’s sick. Please pray he will be well enough to be back at church tomorrow.

If you haven’t been sick, you have much to be thankful for. Tell God how thankful you are!

Friday Evening – Faith Hill and Baby Aaron

Frann Clark sent these today. She has sent them earlier, but for some reason got them back.

Just checked the web site & found the following. It was posted Tuesday night at 9:35. Nothing there for today yet.

There is a picture posted & he looks great–color, build

God Bless You

I am so happy to announce that Aaron entered this world last night around 9:20 CST weighing in at 6 lbs 9 oz and 19 inches long. His mother informed me that he came out screaming (could be that he was screaming at her since her epidural wasn’t given early enough and he just thought you were supposed to scream). He did not have to be incubated and isn’t on oxygen at this time (PRAISE GOD). He is being evaluated today to see what will need to be done. Scott is with him now and Faith is getting ready to go over to CHOP to be with him and she sounds great. I will keep you updated.

Hello everyone-just a quick note as we post these photos of little Aaron. We have had a long day here at the CICU, but really haven’t heard anything from the heart team on a plan. One of the drs did mention this morning that they are looking hard at his mitral valve and a possible additional problem there. We have been anxiously awaiting any more news on this issue, but there has been none.

Please pray for clarity in evaluation of Aaron’s heart and that God will show the cardiologists and surgeons the right path to take for his surgery and treatment. We hope to have some more information tomorrow to allow for more specific prayer, but right now we’re in the dark.

Aaron has only been in this world 24 hours, but we love him deeply already. We love you all for caring for him and praying for all of us.
Well, it appears that you have all summed it up very well with your comments about little Aaron. He does look quite a lot like his older brother and thus, like his daddy! These boys are chips off the old block for sure. It’s a good thing I married a handsome guy. J

Today brought about a lot of news and change after a couple of frustrating days of not knowing what was going on. First thing this morning, Scott and I got to hold Aaron. The doctors decided to stop giving him prostaglandin, also. Then right after lunch and another echo, we got to help with his first feeding. Then about 9 o’clock tonight, he got moved to a private room. This is all good news that bears some explaining to be sure.

Aaron has a complex set of heart defects consisting of double outlet right ventricle (DORV) with a subaortic ventricular septal defect (VSD), mild left ventricle hypoplasia and mild mitral valve hypoplasia. He also has mild pulmonary stenosis. This combination of defects and the physiological makeup of Aaron’s heart are allowing his heart to work well enough to provide sufficient oxygen to his lungs and body at this point. After they stopped giving him prostaglandin (to keep his PDA open and the blue and red blood mixing), his oxygen levels are still ok.

After evaluating Aaron’s heart several times since his birth, the doctors have now decided it would be best to hold off on repairing his various heart defects until he is a little older, if possible. This will allow him and his heart to grow and get stronger, giving the doctors a chance to make a better assessment for repairing his heart in one operation instead of several. Of course, having Aaron undergo only one major heart operation is preferable to several. This can be accomplished if his mitral valve is able to function well enough to sustain his heart function for a few months until surgery. Because of this new goal, they would like to keep Aaron here for 2-4 weeks to evaluate him continuously and guard against any potential problem with his mitral valve or other defects.

Of course, this plan is subject to change if Aaron’s heart cannot sustain this function. The next few days will be critical in determining his care. There is a meeting amongst the surgeons next Tuesday where Aaron’s case will be presented for review. We are waiting to see if he continues to do well and to hear what the doctors have to say after they discuss Aaron’s treatment plan next week.

We realize this is a long post and too much information to really grasp (we are struggling ourselves), so we hope it makes some sense. Scott and I covet your continued prayers as each day passes, mostly for Aaron, but for us as well. We are still commuting b/t New Jersey and Philadelphia and are very tired. We are hopeful that we can get a room at the Philadelphia RMH soon so we can visit the hospital more easily and so that we can spend some more time with my mom and Levi, as well. We apologize that we cannot return each call, email and message to us, but please know that we appreciate each and every one. We could not do this alone and are thankful for each of you and the strength we gain from the knowledge that you are lifting us up before our Father.

More good news from today. Aaron was moved to the cardiac step down unit early this morning, before we even arrived. The is the “lowest” level of care here at CHOP, so we think this is a good thing (even though we’re once again sharing a room). We can only go home from here!For now, we have been instructed to work on getting Aaron to feed well. After all, he didn’t get to eat anything for more than two days. They are watching his oxygen levels and will look at his heart again on Monday, most likely. After the surgeons’ meeting on Tuesday, they should tell us a)how long they want us to stay here locally/or in the hospital and b)when they will want to do surgery to repair Aaron’s heart. We have heard “a month or two” and “three or four months,” so we’re not really sure what to expect. Please pray that God will make the plan clear to the doctors. Of course, we are hopeful that we can come home in a couple of weeks to return later when Aaron is stronger, but we want to make sure God directs this entire situation.

We were pleased to learn today that we got a room at the Philly RMH, so Scott, Mom and Levi are busily moving in there from Camden while I stay with Aaron. Thanks to everyone for praying for this convenience issue. 🙂

We love all of you and thank you for loving us. We will send more news and pics asap.

Not to us, O Lord, not to us; but to Your name be the glory, because of Your love and faithfulness. Psalm 115:1

Thanks to Cheryl for reminding us of this wonderful scripture. 🙂

Friday Afternoon – Obituaries

Jayden Nicole Lange
(February 21, 2008 – February 21, 2008)

Jayden Nicole Lang, infant daughter of Lyndsey Ann Lang of Tickfaw, died at 8:00PM on Thursday, February 21, 2008 at the North Oaks Medical Center. Graveside Services will be held at the Arcola-Roseland Cemetery on Saturday, February 23, 2008, at 1:00PM. Survived by: Mother, Lyndsey Ann Lange, Grandparents, Melissa & David Connelly, Rodney “Buff” & Marie Lange, Great-Grandparents, Jim & Barbara Benningfield, Gordon & Brenda Lange, Uncle, R.J. Lange, Numerous Great Aunts & Uncles, Numerous Cousins. Preceded in death by Great Great-Grandparents, Bapt Woodly & Margaret Beddingfield, Great Uncle Clyde Beddingfield, Great Grandmother, Margaret Ann Foster.

Beverly Ann Swenson
(January 2, 1956 – February 19, 2008)


Beverly Ann Swenson, 52, of Council Grove, KS, passed away Tuesday, February 19, 2008, at St. Francis Hospital in Topeka, KS. Beverly was born January 2, 1956 in Jackson, MS to Ivy Lea and Vera Mae Jenkins Miller. She attended Southeastern Louisiana University and received her BSN degree. She married Gary Swenson on March 3, 1990 in Council Grove. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Council Grove. Beverly enjoyed cooking, canning, gardening and traveling. One of her favorite things to do was bringing seafood from Louisiana and cooking it for all her family and friends. She loved cats and dogs and enjoyed spending time with her dog Max. She worked as a nurse in Louisiana and also as a home health nurse in Manhattan and Emporia. Survivors include her husband, Gary Swenson; father, Ivy Lea “Butch” Miller of Kentwood, LA; 2 step-sons, Matthew Swenson & wife, Jamie and Mitchell Swenson & wife, Rene, of Topeka, KS; 4 grandchildren, Avary, Aidan, Cora, and Caden Swenson; 2 brothers, Michael Miller & wife, Polly and Larry Miller & wife, Wanda of Kentwood, LA; 6 nieces, 1 nephew, 3 great-nieces and numerous other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her mother, Vera Miller and father-in-law & mother-in-law, Adrian and Violet Swenson. Visitation will be at McKneely Funeral Home, Kentwood, from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. on Monday and from 8 a.m. until funeral services at 10 a.m. Tuesday. Services conducted by Rev. Joey Miller. Interment will be at Line Creek Cemetery, Line Creek, LA. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital or to American Diabetes Association.

Friday – Obituary

Carol Ann Carter, 49 years old of Tickfaw, LA, died Thursday, February 21, 2008 in North Oaks Medical Center. Carol was born on Wednesday, June 18, 1958 in Independence. She was a Secretary at Midway School for 21 years. Surviving are ; husband, Mitchell Ray Carter; daughter & son-in-law, Keri Rivers Puls and Travis Puls Sr.; son & daughter-in-law, Ryan C. Rivers Sr. and Mindy Rivers; son, Dustin Ray Carter; mother, Frances Leto Rocha; 4 grandchildren, Ryan Rivers Jr., Layne Rivers, Travis Puls Jr.and Noah Rivers; 3 sisters, Linda Alessi, Debbie Cascio and Jeanette Patanella; Uncle Joe Leto; Carols dog Champ Carter; mother and father-in-law, Jimmy Ray and Lavearn Mills Carter. She is preceded in death by ; father, Pete Rocha ; grandparents, Annie Costa and Joe Leto Sr.. Friends will be received Sunday, February 24, 2008, at the Harry McKneely & Son Funeral Home in Hammond from 6p.m. until 9:00p.m. and on Monday from 8:00a.m. until 9:30a.m. Services will be held at Mater Dolorosa Catholic Church, Monday, February 25, 2008 at 10:00a.m. Interment will follow in the Colonial Cemetery, Independence, Louisiana 70443.

Friday’s Devotional



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

Mike Benson, Editor

THE STORY OF “Goldilocks and the Three Bears” has the fair-haired heroine in search of what suited her perfectly; not too hot, not too cold, not too hard, not too soft…


It all had to be just right. That’s pretty typical of human nature is it not? We prefer things to be just right. But how do we know? Isn’t it just a matter of our preferences? That might work for things like porridge or beds, but it doesn’t work for everything.


When the Bible gives the warning that the word of God isn’t to be added to or taken from, it is saying it is just right. We may not always agree with what God has to say in the Bible. We might prefer that it said some things differently. Altering God’s word carries some pretty serious consequences (Revelation 22:18-19). This actually identifies one of the key issues of mankind’s relationship with God. When a discrepancy exists between His word and our preferences, what will happen? What will change? Us? Or will we try to change God’s word? Or, will we just walk away as if nothing were amiss?


The fact is, God’s word does not change. Actually, it cannot change. If we attempt to alter it, it’s no longer God’s word, but ours. His word still stands. That is what is behind Jesus’ words, “the Scripture cannot be broken” (John 10:35).


God’s word, as it is, is just right. If we’re not comfortable with it, it is us, not it, that needs to change. God’s word is just right to make us just right (David Deffenbaugh, Bill McFarland)

“Whatever I command you,

be careful to observe it;

you shall not add to it nor take away from it.”

Deut. 12:32


I hope you are finding time to read God’s word on a regular basis.
Anna Lee

Friday – Baptist Press

If you have been keeping up with Union University, you will enjoy reading these articles. I especially enjoyed the fourth one.

February 21, 2008

TENNESSEE–Union classes restart with optimism.

TENNESSEE–Union to break ground for student housing.

TENNESSEE–Union service marks new beginning.

TENNESSEE–Precious possession recovered from rubble.

TENNESSEE–Tornado unites Lady Bulldogs, rivals.

TENNESSEE–Textbook donations exceed expectations.

TENNESSEE–Collegians nationwide rally to help Union.

TENNESSEE–FIRST-PERSON: ‘Union’ speaks truth in its name.

Friday – Death

Nathaniel “Nate” Shropshire Sr.


A resident of Baker and a native of Osyka, Miss., he died Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2008, at 3:45 a.m. at Lane Regional Medical Center, Zachary. He was 63. Visiting at Winnfield Funeral Home on Saturday, Feb. 23, from noon until religious service at 2 p.m., conducted by Mark Dillard, pastor. Interment in Winnfield Memorial Park. He is survived by his wife, Marzettie Berry Shropshire; daughter, Sylvia Daniels; five sons, Aaron Shropshire, Nathaniel Shropshire Jr., Antione Deemer, Lawrence Berry and Troy Berry; three sisters, Annie Coleman, Rose Shropshire and Mary Owens; 12 grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, and godchildren, Juanicka Trusclair, Karlencia Calvin, Jericka James and Tamika Piper. He was preceded in death by his mother, Sarah Shropshire; father, Lee Taplin Sr.; brother, Lee Taplin Jr.; and son, Gregory Shropshire. Please sign the guestbook at


All of you should be of one mind,

full of sympathy toward each other,

loving one another with tender hearts and humble minds.

1 Peter 3:8 NLT

Billy Carl Strickland said his shoulder is now doing much better. Thank you for your prayers for him.

Mr. Raymond Anthony continues to have several health issues. Please be in prayer for him.

Ben Trappey is making a decision about a mission opportunity between the time he completes his medical classes and graduates. Pray for him and his family as he follows the Lord’s leadership in this important decision.


Kids on Mission Pray

February 22, 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



Give thanks to God for a chance to have an English club in a Central Asian village. Christian workers met with the regional school superintendent, and he listened with a half-frown on his face. The workers told him why it would be good for students to learn English. It can help when tourists come to town and want go sightseeing. The Christians waited for the superintendent’s answer when we asked, ‘Will you let us have a club like this for children in the village school?’ With the same strict look on his face, he barked out, ‘I allow it!’.

He said they could have a club at every school in the region. They were told they could use any of the classrooms. Wow! That was more than the workers had hoped for. Pray that God uses these clubs to help Christians make friends with teachers, students and families. Pray for this superintendent that he will learn about Jesus and learn to love Him. Pray for all the children that they will fall in love with Jesus too.


e are moving up north. Please pray for my hamsters to live on the plane. RB, age 10 (East Asia)

My dad goes to many places teaching and training the Indian believers. He helps them see how they can begin churches and help people believe in Jesus. Pray for my dad as he travels lots now. Pray that we can have good family times. RACHEL, age 10 (South Asia)

I need help speaking the language. PRESTON, age 8 (Central and Eastern Europe)

One family went with a church group of Bangladeshis to a slum in their city. A few days before, a cooking stove had been left on by accident and a fire broke out. 18 families lost everything. The church group gave each family some food, clothes, and a Bible in Bangla. Please pray for the people in this slum that they may learn to trust God and accept Jesus as their Lord. CHARITY, age 11 (South Asia)

Please pray that my family will stay strong and healthy. SL, age 9 (East Asia)

Thursday Afternoon – Obituary

Joe Rick

(June 16, 1925 – February 21, 2008)

Mr. Joe died at 6:30AM, Thursday, February 21, 2008 at his residence in Roseland. Visiation at the McKneely & Vaughn Funeral Home, Amite, Saturday, February 23, 2008 from 8:00AM until Religious Services at 10:00AM in the Funeral Home Chapel. Services Conducted by Bro. Gary Martinez. Interment in the Hughes Cemetery. Survived by 2 Daughters: Patricia Sparacello, Loranger, Elaine Weaver, Amite. 4 Sons: Joseph “Joe” Rick, Jr., DeRidder, Dorman A. “Drew” Rick, Sr., Loranger, Tennis L. Rick, Roseland, Chris A. Rick, Kentwood. Preceded in death by his wife: Melva Hughes Rick, Grandson, Scottie Rick. Mr. Joe was an avid Hunter & Fisherman.