Suppose a brother or sister
is without clothes and daily food.
If one of you says to him,
“Go, I wish you well; keep warm and well fed,”
but does nothing about his physical needs,
what good is it?
James 2:15-16 (NIV)
Mrs. Marie Sims is doing better. She continues to be watched in ICU at North Oaks. Please be in prayer for her and her family.
Pray for Jimmy Tolar as he prepares for surgery early next week.
Dear Praying Friends,
This prayer letter will be of a different kind. We have had some great adventures lately, but we need your help in prayer. We have gone to look over the ministries and the town of Craiova; we have seen the ministries of others in the area around Craiova, and we even have a line on an interesting place to stay until December when we could move into the Wagstaff’s apartment while they are gone. We have seen all of this, but we have not discerned the Lord’s will concerning our involvement.
I awoke early this morning and went to prayer, and stopped for breakfast before continuing to seek Him, but—–‘it must have been something I ate (perhaps the aged milk on my cereal)” because I have been ill all day. Therefore, we have no answer from the Lord yet. Would you help us? Please go to the Lord on our behalf, and ask Him to reveal His will concerning this question—
“Should we leave Bucuresti and move to Craiova to involve ourselves in that local ministry? We need to be able to give an answer soon.
This is the most practical use of a prayer network that I can think of—when we need to know an answer, we join together to pray for the Lord to reveal His will. Thank you for praying and for serving Him in this way. We need you. All our love to you and your’s, Bob Craig
Update from the McKinney mission trip to Romania:
Thank you for asking! It was the most wonderful yet. Parkway has partnered with a church in Bucharest for three years to plant a church in the village of Odobesti. The small group of believers there are now like close friends so it was wonderful to worship with them, go door to door again, and then do a VBS for the children on Mon. & Tues. We got to see the renovated church building that Parkway funded. On Wed. & Thurs. we worked with another mission church in Bucharest, evangelizing in the surrounding neighborhoods and at a Roma apartment complex where they teach writing & reading (from the Bible) and play Bible games with the children. (I thought of Boyd & Jennie so much because I know they had probably been there.) Friday we went to a new village where the mission church is hoping to plant a church. They had us go door to door to visit with people to get a “feel” for the village…”ripe unto harvest.” It was wonderful to get to see God advancing His Kingdom there. . . Thanks again for your prayers. In His Love, Dianne
Delores Elaine Walker Larin
(October 23, 1932 – July 1, 2008)
Dolores Elaine Walker Larin died July 1st, 2008, at age 75. She is survived by brother and sister-in-law, Dannie E. Walker, Jr. and Iris Walker, brother Wade Walker, nieces Shannon Walker Parker, Darlene Walker Brecher, Joy Walker Garbett, Jan Walker Bennett, Donna Morgan Varnado, Angie Walker Wilson, and a nephew Bryan Morgan. She is also survived by two great-nieces, five great-nephews and a great-great nephew. She was preceded in death by her husband Julius C. Larin, Jr., her parents Dannie E. Walker, Sr. and Myrtie McDaniel Walker, a sister and brother-in-law Nancy Juana Walker Morgan and Devon Morgan. Services will be held at McKneely Funeral Home in Amite with visitation from 9:00 a.m. until time of the funeral at 11 :00 a.m. on July 3, 2008, with Father Peter Hammett and Rev. Ray Varnado officiating. Interment will be in the Walker Cemetery, Wilmer, Louisiana. Pallbearers are Lavell Parker, Ronald Brecher, Christian Garbett, Gary Bennett, Bryan Morgan, and Bart Wilson. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Holy Family Catholic Church, 1318 Bickham Street, Franklinton, LA 70438 or Lakeshore Hospice, 2659 N. Causeway Blvd., Mandeville, LA 70471.
Douglas Milton Baham
(April 21, 1942 – July 2, 2008)
Died at 11:40 p.m. on Wednesday, July 2, 2008 at his residence near Greensburg, LA. He was a native of Independence, LA. Age 66 years. Visitation at Red Bluff Baptist Church, Greensburg, from 9 a.m. on Friday until religious services at 1 p.m. Friday. Services conducted by Rev. Starrett Cleveland. Interment Red Bluff Cemetery, Greensburg, LA. Survived by 4 daughters, Julie O’Brien, Greensburg, Lisa Baham, Walker, Jennifer Baham, New Orleans, Tonya Baham, New Roads, 2 sons, Pee-Wee Baham and his wife, Renee, Greensburg, Mitchell Baham and his wife, Lynn, Albany, 4 step-children, Cindy Williams and her husband, Larry, Denham Springs, Donnelle Cresie, Denham Springs, Polly Gerald, Denham Springs, Eugene Baham, Denham Springs, 5 sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Mabel and Chuck McMaree, Greensburg, Dollie and Albert Frazier, Greensburg, Ella and Walter Welch, Greensburg, Albert and Shirley Rodriguez, Holden, Dewitt and Theresa Effler, Frost, 24 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren, and numerous step-grandchildren. Preceded in death by wife, Julia Ann Baham. McKneely Funeral Home, Kentwood, in charge of arrangements.
Bobby McDaniel, Sr.
(Died July 3, 2008)
Mr. Bobby McDaniel, Sr. died at 11:35AM, July 3, 2008 at the Flannery Oaks Guest House in Baton Rouge. Arrangements are incomplete but the guest book may be signed at this time.
(Died July 2, 2008)
Mr. Gary McNabb died at 8:59PM, Wednesday, July 2, 2008 at Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center in Baton Rouge. Arrangements are incomplete but the guest book may be signed at this time.
Deacons for the Week
June 29-July 5
- Larry Miller
- Henry McKenkie
July 6-July 12
- Jimmy Tolar
- Lloyd Hayden
Nursery Workers for Sunday, July 6
- Lesley Bridges
- Brandy Glass
- Lalia Edwards
New Sunday School Year begins Sunday, Sept. 7th
Marvelous Mondays begin at 7 P.M. each Monday in July
July 7th: Youth -> Student Life Camp
July 21-25 – Children’s Sports Camp at FBC, Kentwood
September 29-Oct. 4 – Senior Adult Trip – Jubilee Conference in Gatlinburg
July 13 – Baby shower for Colbye Erwin
Answering the Call to Minister Hope
Even with soaring gas prices – they came. In fact, they came from all across the United States, more than 250 of them, stepping out of their comfort zones, putting aside their own day to day challenges. But they’ll tell you they came because they felt “called” to do so.
From June 23-26, men and women with a compelling desire to bring hope to people in the midst of crisis gathered at the Billy Graham Training Center at The Cove in Asheville, N.C. to answer that call.
Some came from service in disaster related areas, seeking training to better provide emotional and spiritual care as a RRT Chaplain. Others came to better understand the pressing needs of hard-hit communities and to be part of the solution, as God would lead.
Extending the Arms of Mercy
Following historic floods that have left large swaths of devastation and despair across the Midwest, the Billy Graham Rapid Response Team of crisis-trained chaplains has deployed to Terra Haute, Ind., Baraboo, Wis., and Cedar Falls, Iowa. They have also deployed to Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
Chaplains began working in Terra Haute early last week, on the heels of a similar deployment to Columbus, Ind. Teams arrived in Iowa and Wisconsin on Saturday. The chaplains currently ministering in the cities are talking and praying with victims of the floods and making contact with local church and civic leaders.
“When the flood waters came, they washed away much more than possessions,” says Jack Munday, director of the Billy Graham Rapid Response Team. “It’s our mission to bring a light and a hope to those who have seen nothing but darkness since the rain first began to fall.
(Kids on Mission Pray)
July 4, 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
There they were-25 smiling faces looking up at the teacher. Twenty-five children learning to say “my name is” but it sounded a lot more like “mayonnaise!” These children live at the Children’s Home near Petropavlovsk in the Russian Federation. I know you’re asking it-say what? How in the world to you say Petropavlovsk? Okay. That’s what the children were thinking when their English teachers were asking them to say “my name is.”
Let’s see if we can do it-Pe-tro (like your dog or cat rowing a boat-pet-row) pav (like your pet’s foot with a ‘v’ at the end–pawv) lovsk (like…like…like I can’t think of a thing! But it’s a little like loaves of bread with a ‘k’ on the end-loavesk). Pet-row-pawv-loavesk-Petropavlovsk!
HER GIFT TO GOD
There are a lot of Chinese people living in Canada. I went to http://www.peoplegroups.info and found out that 568,453 people from China live in thirteen Canadian provinces. A province is kind of like a state here in the US.
One of those half a million Chinese is a young girl who told her mother that she wanted to give an offering at church. She’s a Christian. After adding up all her money, she had $2.24. The girl told her mom that she would give one half. How much is that? Half of $2 is $1; half of 24 cents is 12 cents-so she was going to give $1.24. Okay, enough math!
The very next week, the little girl told her mother she wanted to give another offering. Mom asked, “How much will you give this week?”
To her mother’s surprise, the girl responded, “I want to give it all!” Then she told her mom about a memory verse she had learned, “The wildflower doesn’t need to spend money and the birds-God gives them food.” Find Luke 12:22-28 in your Bible to read what Jesus said.
Chinese Christians in Canada are sometimes tempted by money and all the nice stuff they can buy. That’s just like you and me. We can be tempted to want the newest game or clothes. Pray for the Chinese Christians at Truth Baptist Church and Abundant Life Chinese Baptist Church that they will come to God with the faith of a child. Pray that all of us will be willing to “give it all” to God.
Thank God for America and the many freedoms we have. Thank Him for those so willing to fight for freedom today and in our past. May God continue to bless America. May American honor God by living for Him on a daily basis.