“Be imitators of God, therefore,

as dearly loved children and live a life of love,

just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us

as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.”

~Ephesians 5:1-2, NIV~



Friday Night Update on Jordan Russell:

Thank you for continuing to pray for Jordan. He is doing better but still has a ways to go even before going home. The doctor decided to keep Jordan’s trach in until Monday since his throat is still swollen making it hard to breathe through his nose and mouth. Pray he can keep nourishment down. He tried eating this afternoon but got sick. He gets easily anxious or stressed. Please pray he will take it easy as he begins to take liquid or soft foods like Boost, jello, pudding and even ice cream. He is still in ICU but may be moved to a regular room Saturday.

Thank you for praying for Jordan and us.


Melinda and guys

I talked with Beth before and after Kyle Brabham went to the doctor yesterday. Kyle is doing well, but experiencing pain. Pray for him as he continues to recover from surgery.

Richard Dunn continues to be at East Jefferson, but plans to come home Sunday or Monday. Pray for Richard and Kathy as they make the transition to their home.

Jason Dean has been having problems with his tonsils most of the week. Pray for him as he continues to try to get well.

Baptist Press

August 15, 2008

CHINA–‘God is my biggest fan,’ Olympics rower says.

CHINA–FROM THE OLYMPICS: With memories of Phelps, teacher heads to the classroom.


TENNESSEE–Relief workers monitor needs in Georgia conflict.

WASHINGTON–LIFE DIGEST: Abortion doctor pleads not guilty in believer’s death.

TEXAS–Katrina tragedy still grips missionary’s call.

KENTUCKY–Beth Moore simulcast reaches 70,000 women.

LOUISIANA–FIRST-PERSON (Kelly Boggs): We need more men like these.

ARKANSAS–FIRST-PERSON (Emil Turner): Heroism.


The following humorous piece was sent to me author unknown:

ATTENTION CHILDREN: The Bathroom Door is Closed.

Please do not stand here and talk, whine, or ask questions. Wait until I get out.

Yes, it is locked. I want it that way. It is not broken, I am not trapped. I know I have left it unlocked, and even open at times, since you were born, because I was afraid some horrible tragedy might occur while I was in here, but it’s been 10 years and I want some PRIVACY.

Do not ask me how long I will be. I will come out when I am done.

Do not bring the phone to the bathroom door.

Do not go running back to the phone yelling, “She’s in the BATHROOM!”

Do not begin to fight as soon as I go in.

Do not stick your little fingers under the door and wiggle them. This was funny when you were two, but not now.

Do not slide pennies, Legos, or notes under the door. Even when you were two this got a little tiresome.

If you have followed me down the hall talking, and are still talking as you face this closed door, please turn around, walk away, and wait for me in another room. I will be glad to listen to you when I am done.

And yes, I still love you.


I know that every parent (and especially every mother) can relate to that. Sometimes it seems that there is no hope of any privacy. No matter where you go, little steps are heard right behind you. You try to hold a private conversation and little ears are listening. There’s no getting away from it!

That’s true of God as well. Though we may sometimes wish that we could get away from Him for just a few minutes, there’s no way. Listen to how David put it:

“Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.” (Psalm 139:7-8, NIV)

Though, at first, it may seem that God’s continual presence is something to dread, David realizes that there is great comfort in such knowledge:

“If I rise on the wings of the dawn,

if I settle on the far side of the sea,

even there your hand will guide me,

your right hand will hold me fast.”

(Psalm 139:9, NIV)

God’s omnipresence means that He will always be there to take care of us, no matter where we may be. Instead of being something to fear, His presence is something which gives us comfort.

Take comfort today in knowing that you can never get away from God — not even by closing the bathroom door!

Have a great day!

Alan Smith
Helen Street Church of Christ
Fayetteville, North Carolina

Have a great weekend!

Anna Lee

Friday Addition

Please add Allie Daigle to the prayer link. She is the 3 year old daughter of Jenny and Jason Daigle and has been diagnosed with a rare benign tumor on the bottom of her foot near the heel area. Jenny (her mom) will be hospitalized early next week to have their new baby. As soon as she has the new baby, Allie must have surgery to remove this tumor. She is also the grandchild of Julia (my sister) and David Currier. Allie is expecting a new brother and has a sister, Lillie, that is a second grader at Spring Creek. There have been lots of tests done this past month on Allie adding to the stress of the family moving to a new home also so just keep all of them in your prayers. We pray that the diagnosis is correct and that it is indeed benign; the doctors at Children’s Hospital feel very strongly that is benign.

Thank you,
Tammie Roberts


“I cried to the Lord with my voice,

and He heard me from His holy hill.”

~Psalm 3:4~

Thursday Night Update on Jordan Russell:

Just a note to let you know Jordan is awake and off of the ventilator. He still has the trach. He is in pain so he can have pain med every hour if he needs it. They did give him a medicine this afternoon for nausea that also makes him sleepy which was good since after waking up this morning he was having problems at times going and staying a sleep. Tonight they gave him a relaxing med to help him sleep better. He did have some ice chips this afternoon. The trach is very uncomfortable to him so pray it comes out Friday morning. I am heading up there first thing since Roger has a book review due for his summer school class and has to do some other online stuff for the fall semester.

Pray Jordan rests well and the trach comes out Friday. Pray he does well as he begins taking liquid nourishment. AND yes pray his throat heals without any more problems!

It was great seeing his golden brown eyes and smile today.


Melinda and guys

Friday, August 15, 2008

“…as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, so we too may walk in a new way of life” (Romans 6:4b, HCSB).

Dear Intercessors, this is Eleanor Witcher of the International Prayer Strategy Office, praying with you for new house churches and their outreach.

A cell church in Tijuana chose the name New Life Baptist Church. One of the men said that he liked the name because it describes where most of them are. They desire to put away their old lives and to put on the new life they have in Christ. Pray fervently that others-family members, neighbors, co-workers and friends-will come to that same desire.

There was an outreach among the Rural Xhosa of South Africa and 60 people accepted Christ as Savior. Follow up continues and N, a local, national pastor is planning to start a new church. Pray that the people will grow closer to the Lord daily and that they will tell others about this major decision in their lives.

In the aftermath of Kenya’s violence in early 2008, some Nairobi Christians are fearful about returning to their churches. Pray that leaders will be successful in teaching that God can be worshipped anywhere. Intercede for Nairobi Christians who are reluctant to return to traditional Sunday services, asking that they find peace in house churches.

In recent months, you have prayed for a small church start in Petropavlovsk. The Lord is hearing and answering your prayers. At a recent service, one teenager, M, began asking questions about God’s transforming power. While everyone was gathered around the table for a time of fellowship and tea that evening, M announced that he had decided to give his life to Christ. He was warmly welcomed into the family of God.

* Please pray for unity among members of these young churches.

* Ask the Lord to speak to the hearts of non-Christians in the areas of these congregations so that they will welcome the witness of believers.

* Pray for new believers as they learn to walk in a new way of life.

Baptist Press

August 14, 2008

CHINA–Nancilea Foster’s next challenge: Diving debut at Beijing Olympics.

CHINA–Olympian finds victory over insecurity & fear.

WASHINGTON–Beijing coerces churches not to meet July-October.

CHINA–LETTER FROM CHINA: On the breakdown of missionaries.

ARKANSAS–Gunman enters Baptist bldg. after killing.

SOUTH AFRICA–Ostrich ministry is hope for South Africa.

SOUTH AFRICA–Zimbabwean farmer faces death & forgives.

TEXAS–FIRST-PERSON (Penna Dexter): On abortion, is this what you mean?


“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


Everyone is buying school supplies-notebooks, shoes, clothes. It can be a lot of fun! I always liked going back to school because I got to see my friends again. I missed going to the pool, but I liked being with my classmates. Several MKs sent us prayer requests because they are getting ready for college. They live in foreign countries but will move to the United States, leaving their families overseas.

Here are some requests from some MKs in Central, Eastern and Southern Africa:

IAN, age 18, asks, “Pray for me as I start university at Liberty this August. Pray that I’ll stay with the Lord on the straight and narrow.”

MARIA, age, 18, left Kenya and asks us to pray that she will stay strong in her faith & convictions-that she will continually seek Christ and keep Him first in her heart. And that her life will always tell of God’s love, grace and mercy.

SARAH, age 18, is pretty nervous. She is not going to a Christian school so asks we pray for her to stay faithful to Jesus. Her parents will have children on 3 different continents, so pray that her family will remain strong.

ELIANNA, age 17, wants us to pray for her family while she is away, and please pray for AIDS victims that they may learn the truth about Jesus Christ and the eternal life that He can offer.

KIMBERLY, age 17, prays for her adjustment. I want my relationship with God to flourish rather than suffer. Also, it will be difficult to adjust to the American way of life – very difficult. Pray that God will lead her to a strong Christian group of friends and a good church that is on fire for God. Kimberly wants us to pray for her family-“I will miss them so much. Also, my father travels a lot for his job. So this will be difficult, and not just because I have to leave.”


My mommy is having a baby. Please pray for her and for the new baby. Also pray that the people in White River will have enough food and clothes. CALLIE, age 6, (Central, Eastern and Southern Africa)

Please pray for my brother that he would stop his bad habits. PHILIP, age 10 (Pacific Rim)

One of my sister’s best friends still comes by our house to visit. She has been a Christian for about three years. My mom shared Bible stories with her, her grandmother, aunt, and cousins. This believer has been treated really bad by her grandmother. Her grandmother even took her Bible. But that has not stopped her from believing in Jesus. One day she said … they can take my Bible but they can never take Jesus out of my heart. Please pray for this believer and for her grandmother, aunt and cousins. Pray that they will come to believe in Jesus just like my friend. DILLON,age 15 (West Africa)

The language in Malawi is called Chichewa. Please pray for the Muslims in Malawi. NATHANEL, age 11 (Central, Eastern and Southern Africa)

I get scared at night that my parents will get hurt really bad. My dad is sometimes going in and out of a country where Christians get hurt. (It’s called persecution) Please pray that I will not get scared at night and that God will keep my parents safe.

RACHEL, age 10 (South Asia)

Help me get better at reading. JULIANA, age 5 (Pacific Rim)

I would appreciate it if you prayed for my patience. I want to be able to not have a quick temper. ALISSA, age 11 (South Asia)

Please Pray for my grandma because she has breast cancer, and she’s not a Christian. Also, pray for my grandpa because he doesn’t have a job yet, SAMI, age 10, (Central, Eastern and Southern Africa)

Earlier this year, there was a lot of flooding where I live. Many people have lost their homes. There’s not a lot of drinking water for the people. Churches in Luanda, Angola are giving food and drinking water to the people. Please pray for the churches as they help. VERONICA, age 12, (Central, Eastern and Southern Africa)

Please pray for some people I met that they get better. They have tumors in their necks. Please pray that they get more money because the people where I live are very poor. JARED, age 6, (Central, Eastern and Southern Africa)


They kept coming! A group of volunteers and summer interns in Tokyo were out sharing 5 Minute English at a local train station. Remember the prayer request we had in the spring? The students hold signs up at train stations and scream “5 Minute English!” The Japanese stop to have an English conversation, and the students tell them about Jesus. Late one day the students put the signs down and got ready to leave. BUT the Japanese people kept coming to talk. Two hours later the team finally left! Please pray for God to continue to keep the door open for the Tokyo Team to do 5 Minute English in Japan.

Pray for the needs mentioned by these missionary kids. May their prayer requests ring in our ears all day today.

Anna Lee

Thursday Afternoon Still

Update on Jordan Russell (nothing this afternoon yet):

I am fixing to head to the hospital hoping to see my Jordan’s golden brown eyes today. Roger left awhile ago and was able to talk with the doctor when he came in to check on Jordan. They are going to start weaning Jordan off the sedation so he can wake up. PRAY! He will awake calmly, will stay calm and not try to talk, cough or anything else that can cause the bleeding to start again. Pray Jordan will not get stressed out as he learns this is not Monday but Thursday and what all he has been through.

Thank you for praying for him and for us.


Melinda and guys


Be devoted to one another in brotherly love.

Honor one another above yourselves.

Romans 12:10 (NIV)

Bucky and Ccolbye Erwin’s baby’s names is spelled “Ryleigh”. Everyone is doing well.

James Lee and Barbara Hutchinson has a new great grandson, Christian Hayden Holmes.

Mrs. Blanch Wheat is back at home in Kentwood with a sitter. If you know “Miss” Blanch, you know she wants to be in her own house. Pray for her and visit her. You’ll be richly blessed.

Mike Nason has experienced some additional problems lately, but is doing better. Please continue to remember him in your prayers.

Mr. Raymond Anthony and Mrs. Avis Sullivan continue to be in rehab in Hammond. Pray for them as they work to overcome problems associated with recent surgeries.

Dr. Earl Council’s sister will have hip replacement surgery next week. Please be in prayer for her. I think the surgery will be in Florida.

Mr. Frankie Gehringer is slowly recovering, but needs our continued prayers as he does so. Pray for his family as you pray for him.

Ashley Miller of Hillsdale received a good report.

Sharon Martin’s dad, Earlo LaBauve, is back at home and doing well. Thank you for praying for him.

JoAnna Wallace Gualtieri
(July 25, 1939 – August 3, 2008)

JoAnna Wallace Gualtieri
JoAnna Wallace Gualtieri, 69, passed away on August 3, 2008. JoAnna was born in Memphis, Tennessee July 25, 1939. She was a resident of Kentwood, Louisiana during her growing up years until moving to Hobbs, New Mexico and graduating from Hobbs High School. She is survived by her husband of 23 years, Angelo Gualtieri of Tooele, Utah; one daughter, Rene’ (Marshall) Tucker and husband, Houston, TX; and one son, Keith Marshall and wife, Ogden, Utah; stepchildren, Kathy Martinez, Sherry West and Mariea King and husband; sister Aimee Wallace Theobald in Lexington, KY; eight grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by her father Josiah Nettles Wallace and mother Annie Gill Wallace, Kentwood, and siblings Douglas Nettles Wallace and Alice Wallace Shirley. JoAnna loved sewing, cooking, singing and any craft she could put her hands and heart to. A memorial service was held Thursday, August 7, 2008 at 6pm at the Tate Mortuary in Tooele, Utah. JoAnna’s children, Rene’ Tucker and Keith Marshall would like to hear from JoAnna’s family and friends. Please feel free to contact Rene’ at 10326 Pine Pass Drive, Houston, TX 77070.

Nellie Mae Lea Lee
(September 24, 1912 – August 11, 2008)

Nellie Mae Lee Lea, 95, passed away on August 11, 2008 at Atlantis, FL. She was a resident of Line Creek near Kentwood, LA from 1929 until 1998. She was born on September 24, 1912 in Jackson, LA and lived there until she married Orris Harmon Lea and moved to Line Creek. She was preceded in death by her husband and two children, Orris, Jr. and Eleanor Mae and a daughter-in-law, Mary Lea. She is survived by her daughter, Tommie Jean Chorpenning and son- in-law, Jack, her son, Robert N. Lea, her 6 grandchildren, Jack Smith Chorpenning, Frank Chorpenning, Rebecca Casceoli, Mark Lea, Terry Monaghan, and Tracy Mansfield. She also has 8 great-grandchildren. Visitation will be at McKneely Funeral Home, Kentwood, from 10 am until the service following at 1 pm on Friday, August 15, 2008 in the funeral home chapel. Interment will be at the Line Creek Cemetery near Kentwood, LA.

Tena Singleton Bridges
(January 1, 1918 – August 13, 2008)

Tena Singleton Bridges died at her home near Kentwood, LA on Thursday, August 13, 2008. She was born in the Lewiston Community of Tangipahoa Parish, LA to Robert Hinson Singleton and Alma Boyd Singleton on January 1, 1918. She married Willie Bates Bridges of St. Helena Parish and they had eight children, Betty, Monnie, Billie, Maurice Jay, Thomas “Pud”, Garland “Rocky”, Rhonda Coleen and Raymond Curtis “Curt”. She is survived by daughters, Betty B. Wales, Monnie B. McNabb and her husband, Johnny McNabb and Billie B. Bullock; son, Maurice Jay Bridges and wife, Judy Birch Bridges; 13 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren and 10 great-great-grandchildren; sister, Merlin S. Cox. She is preceded in death by her husband and parents as well as her sons, Thomas, Garland and Curt; daughter, Rhonda, parents, Robert Hinson and Alma Boyd Singleton; brothers, Wilson, Jack, Ollie and Roy; sisters, Mae, Nina, Verlie and Helen. Visitation at McKneely Funeral Home, Kentwood, from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. on Thursday and from 8 a.m. until religious services at 10 a.m. Friday. Services conducted by Rev. Danny Smith. Interment New Zion Cemetery, Kentwood, LA.


A joke heard around the Pentagon goes like this:

One reason the Services have trouble operating jointly is that they don’t speak the same language.

For example, if you told Navy personnel to “secure a building,” they would turn off the lights and lock the doors.

Army personnel would occupy the building so no one could enter.

Marines would assault the building, capture it, and defend it with suppressive fire and close combat.

The Air Force, on the other hand, would take out a three-year lease with an option to buy.

It seems to me that there was some misunderstanding regarding the “securing” of a location in Palestine in the first century as well.

“On the next day, which followed the Day of Preparation, the chief priests and Pharisees gathered together to Pilate, saying, ‘Sir, we remember, while He was still alive, how that deceiver said, “After three days I will rise.” Therefore command that the tomb be made secure until the third day, lest His disciples come by night and steal Him away, and say to the people, “He has risen from the dead.” So the last deception will be worse than the first.’ Pilate said to them, ‘You have a guard; go your way, make it as secure as you know how.’ So they went and made the tomb secure, sealing the stone and setting the guard.” (Matthew 27:62-66).

The Jewish and Roman leaders’ idea of “securing the tomb” meant putting a big rock in front of it. Unfortunately for them (but fortunately for us), Jesus’ idea was to secure the tomb’s place in history by rising from the dead. Mere rocks are unable to hold back the one who created the universe! What hope is ours because of what happened that glorious morning nearly 2,000 years ago! Praise God for the resurrection of His precious Son!

Have a great day!

Alan Smith
Helen Street Church of Christ
Fayetteville, North Carolina

We may be victims of miscommunication periodically, but we can rest assured God does not have that problem. His message to us is clear and unchanging.

Anna Lee