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.

Thursday’s Devotional Thought


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

Mike Benson, Editor


DURING THE GREAT Depression a good man lost his job, exhausted his savings, and forfeited his home…

His grief was multiplied by the sudden death of his precious wife. The only thing he had left was his faith, and it was weakening. One day he was combing the neighborhood looking for work. He stopped to watch some men who were doing the stonework on a church building. One of those men was skillfully chiseling a triangular piece of rock. Not seeing a spot where it would fit, he asked, “Where are you going to put that?” The man pointed toward the top of the building and said. “See that little opening up there near the spire? That’s where it goes. I’m shaping it down here so it will fit up there. Tears filled this good man’s eyes as he walked away. “Shaping it down here so it will fit up there” gave new meaning in his difficult situation.

Some of you who are reading this are going through terribly troublesome times. You are experiencing some heart-breaking sorrow. Or perhaps you are enduring some painful physical illness. Or it is something else — something too excruciating to talk to anyone about. The blows of the hammer and chisel hurt, don’t they? Hold on to your faith. Don’t let your difficulties get you down. They are only temporary. Glory is coming. It’s the harsh blows to the outward man that often bring the greatest strength to the inner man. Keep praying. Keep believing. The Master has to do some shaping of us down here so we will fit up there (Glad Tidings of Good Things).

“For our light affliction,

which is but for a moment,

is working for us a far more exceeding

and eternal weight of glory”

2 Cor. 4:17; cf. Rom. 8:28



When you are going through a trial in your life – and you will again and again – look to God. Keep your faith! God is there to help you though the good days and the not-so-good days!


Anna Lee

Thursday – FBC

Men’s Rally

  • Camp Living Waters, Loranger
  • March 3 @ 6 P.M.
  • Dr. Waylon Bailey, Speaker
  • Good food & music
  • Cost: Love offering
  • See Bro. Joey is you would like to attend.

Please pray for those going to the Student Life Tour in Hattisburg, February 29 – March1:

  1. Wendell Rhodus
  2. Job Hulkaby
  3. Paul Scott Schwartz
  4. Christian Sullivan
  5. Lauren Ard
  6. Ashley Wicker
  7. Haley Piner
  8. Jacob Daniels
  9. Jacob Moore
  10. Colton Splane
  11. Eli Allen
  12. Sarah Konzleman
  13. Gavin Gehringer
  14. Carey Darcey
  15. Kelsi Hayden
  16. Morgan Shockley
  17. Lily Edwards
  18. Laila Edwards
  19. Roy Turner
  20. Diane Turner
  21. Elisabeth Sanders
  22. Chinero Fowler
  23. Marty Simpson
  24. Bucky Erwin

Nursery Volunteers for Sunday, February 24th

  1. Gail Brister
  2. Sharon Martin
  3. Walter Dykes
  4. Kathy Dykes

Goal for Annie Armstrong Easter Offering – $13,000.00

Thursday – Hatchels

Pray for the Hatchels as they deal with sickness in the week before they depart for home. Mason had a virus Sunday and Monday. Then, Madison got it. Now, Boyd has the flu. Boyd has a trip to Birmingham and Memphis Tuesday. Pray he will be strong enough by them to make the trip.

They are trying to accomplish all the goals they had set. For example, Mallory wanted to go to an art museum. Jennie will take her today. Thank God for all the little things they have been able to do while on Stateside assignment.


Leroy Stringfield wrote from Prattville, Alabama:

. . . . We’re okay. The tornado his our subdivision about a half mile behind our house. Much devastation! We had no telephone,computer or t.v. from Sunday until this morning. I found a brief message from Landrum on the phone messages. So I’ve already contacted him this morning. Sorry about your close tornado. I remember as a 5 year old child in Kentwood that a deadly tornado in Amite deposited a doctor’s body high into a tree–permanent impression! . . . –Leroy

Bro. Butch Reviere is now home and recovering from the infection. Pray for him. His appetite will be back soon. You can minister to him with cards, calls, and homecooked meals. Please continue to pray for him.

Pray for Mrs. Jeanette Rodus. She’s in North Oaks in Hammond still trying to recover from her recent fall. I know she would appreciate your prayers and other ministry actions.

Mr. Henry Harris is feeling better. He had a good visit with his doctor yesterday. Thank God for Christian friends who check on Mr. Henry and help get him to the doctor when he is unable to drive himself. Please continue to pray for Mr. Henry and “Miss” Emma.

Karen Miller’s brother, Aubrey Perry in Alabama, just received another report on is melanoma condition. It was not good. He will begin nine weeks of a new treatment. Please be in prayer for him and his family. Bro. Joey and Karen will be traveling today to visit with him. Pray for them as they travel.