Wednesday Afternoon

Jason Alford learned he severely stretched three of four ligaments in his knee and fractured his tibia. He is now wearing a $1,000.00 knee brace and using crutches. Pray for him as he is unable to put any weight on his leg for the next 8-12 weeks. Thank God that, as of now, surgery seems not to be required.

Jordon Russell, son of IMB missionaries on stateside assignment in Texas, had surgery to remove his tonsils Monday in Texas. Bleeding problems developed. A tracheotomy and ventilator became necessary. Jordon is still sedated, but hopefully will be able to awaken soon. He will be unable to talk for a while. His vital signs have remained strong. For that, his family is very thankful. Please continue to pray for Jordon and his family as they continue to face these unexpected complications. (Jordon is a recent graduate of Bucharest Christian Academy in Romania.)

Kyle Brabham’s surgery is scheduled for 8:00 A.M. in the morning at North Oaks. Kyle’s family will appreciate your prayers.

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.


Join with others in following my example, brothers,

and take note of those who live

according to the pattern we gave you.

Philippians 3:17 (NIV)



Pray for Jason Alford as he gets MRI results today in Rome, Georgia.

Please continue to pray for Greg Fortenberry. Greg was involved in an accident Memorial Day and has been hospitalized for twelve weeks at Ochsner Hospital. The plan is to try to move him to Hammond this week. Pray for Greg and his caregivers as they continue to watch over him.

Baptist Press

August 12, 2008

CHINA–Prayer helped outfielder reach the Olympics.

CHINA–Archer ties Olympic mark, but loses next round.

NORTH CAROLINA–Olympian to teach at Baptist school.

CHINA–LETTER FROM CHINA: Ignorance about China is inexcusable.

TENNESSEE–2008 Baptist Hymnal makes official debut.

CALIFORNIA–Out-of-state donations key to Calif. Prop 8’s success.

CALIFORNIA–DNC gave $25,000 to defeat Calif. amendment.

CALIFORNIA–‘Prejudicial’ language to stay on Prop 8 ballot.

KENTUCKY–FIRST-PERSON (R. Albert Mohler Jr.): Confusing the ‘gay marriage’ issue.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008


“A joyful heart is good medicine,

but a broken spirit dries up the bones.”

Proverbs 17:22, HCSB

Dear Intercessors, this is Eleanor Witcher of the International Prayer Strategy Office, asking you to pray for medical ministries.

In 2005, an earthquake ravaged the northern areas of Pakistan, destroying the fragile infrastructure of this nation. God’s people are still responding with medical assistance. Recently a team of college students came to assist a mobile medical clinic team with childcare, health data collection, and fellowship with the Pakistani women. Within 20 minutes of setting up, they had a long line waiting to see the woman doctor. The students painted the children’s hands and played games while the women listened to stories from the Word told in their own language. The doctor saw more than 80 patients in only seven hours. For many of these women, it was the first time someone had come to listen, hear their troubles, and help them.

As the result of a prayerwalking trip among the Kano Katsina Fulbe, a ministry is now offered in an area of 17 Nigerian villages. The chief and the health workers (all Muslim) offered to let Christian workers use their clinic. The team agreed saying, “If we do that, we would also like to share about the way of Jesus.” Their response? “That is OK with us.”

A medical team from Alabama is currently in Guatemala holding a medical clinic in a Kekchi village. The VIC Team in Colombia has begun nutrition groups in several areas of the country for malnourished children under 5 years of age and for expectant mothers. A dental team will arrive in Guinea August 15. This is the first clinic hosted by the Fulbe Futa Team.

Summer student workers are in Rio de Janiero, Brazil, assisting dentists and other doctors in clinics. After a pediatrician helped a family, they shared the gospel and a mother and daughter were saved!

* Please pray for the preparations for these various medical and dental clinics.

* Ask God to draw the patients to Himself as workers demonstrate His love in both word and deed.

* Thank the Lord for opening doors through practical means.

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

BE IT FOREVER understood that Jesus Christ never came into the world merely to explain what sin is…

Moses had for his mission the exposition of sin through the law; Christ has for His mission the eradication of it. Jesus did not apologize for sin; Christ never died so that sin might appear less sinful, that God might be less severe toward sin. Indeed, we never see sin to be so black as when we view its evil as revealed in the sufferings of Jesus, nor is God’s wrath ever more intolerable than when we behold it consuming His only begotten Son. No, Christ came to cure sin, not to cover over it, nor to make men forget the disease by drugging them with presumptuous thoughts of consolation but by absolutely removing that which is the cause of their dread and to make them whole. (Charles Spurgeon)

“It is not the healthly who need a doctor,

but the sick.”

Matt. 9:12




Share the Doctor with someone who is “sick”!
Anna Lee





“But from there you will seek the Lord your God,

and you will find Him

if you seek Him with all your heart

and with all your soul.”

~Deuteronomy 4:29~



Bucky and Colbye Erwins baby daughter arrived sometime Sunday night. I won’t attempt to spell her name because it has been several weeks since Bucky and Colbye told me the name. Thank God this young lady has arrived. Thank God for the Christian home she will have.

Bro. Bucky is the minister for youth and children at FBC, Kentwood.

Earlo LaBauve, Sharon Martin’s dad, had a stent put in his heart yesterday and was doing well. If all continued to go well last night, he will be released today.

Please continue to pray for Richard Dunn and his family during some difficult days.

Jason Alford had a MRI yesterday on his injured knee. He will get results Wednesday.

James Rimes shares this yesterday evening:

Larry Watts had carotid artery surgery this evening at St. Tammany Hospital. He is out of surgery and doing well. Please pray for him and the family as he faces by-pass surgery later
in the week.

Mrs. Avis Sullivan is scheduled to leave rehab in Hammond and return to Line Creek Thursday. Let’s pray for her as she completes her last days of rehab.

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

THE DISCIPLES WERE no different than we are…

Get a group of people together in any organization and there is a power struggle. Someone wants to be the big shot or the one most honored and respected or just the one who gets to tell everyone else what to do. There is the organizational appointed leader and then there is a leader unofficially chosen by the group that is to be led.

Sometimes these two leaders are on the same sheet of music and cooperate well and other times it is an adversarial relationship. The group leader always instigates the old “us versus them” controversy. You know, labor versus management, deacons versus preacher or whatever the division is in the particular group. Sometimes the adversity is hot and livid and other times it is more of a passive aggressive situation. You always get a “Yes, Sir or Yes Ma’am”, but there is always a problem getting a project accomplished on time or correctly. We have all worked in shops or served in churches like that.

So here we have the disciples debating which one is the second in command since Jesus was the Master. Peter was vocal and the first to declare Jesus as the Christ. John was closest to Him and was known by them as the one that Jesus loved. The others gave forth all their strengths and reasons why they should be the elder or leader among them. They may have gotten into a heated discussion over this. Peter was a firebrand so I am sure he lit a few fires in the discussions.

As in all our disputes and reasonings, Jesus saw the core problem and used a child to illustrate the true way to greatness in the Kingdom. The way up is down. Jesus came here for the little guy. He is the Alpha and Omega, the Son of God, the Mighty Counselor and the Prince of Peace who left glory to die for creatures that in comparison to Him were bacteria and bad bacteria at best. He came into the world as the son of a poor carpenter and was laid in a manger or cow trough. He was living as a poor, itinerant preacher and even had a fish provide tax money for Him and His followers. Yet, His followers were arguing about how great that they were when in their countrymen’s eyes they were only poor, illiterate fishermen. The sheer gall of it all is mind boggling until you realize that we do the same thing. (Ronald Shultz)

“Then a dispute arose among them as to which of them would be greatest. And Jesus, perceiving the thought of their heart, took a little child and set him by Him, and said to them, ‘Whoever receives this little child in My name receives Me; and whoever receives Me receives Him who sent Me. For he who is least among you all will be great'” (Luke 9:46-48).


“Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me,

for I am gentle and lowly in heart,

and you will find rest for your souls.

For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”

~Matthew 1:29-30~

Judy Easley reports her new grandson, Tyler Easley, had a good first week at home. Pray for Tyler’s family as they continue to give him the special care he requires because of his premature birth. Thank God for the progress Tyler has made so far and for the way God has made His presence known to the family.

Mr. Bobby Raborn continues to do well as he continues to recover from double knee surgery.

Mr. Frankie Gehringer continues to improve. Pray for him as he tries to be patient with the speed of the recovery process.

A request has been made for prayer for Mr. Robert “Bobby” Thompson. Mr. Bobby lives in Amite and is married to Mrs. Ruby Thompson.

Sharon Martin’s dad, Mr. Erlo LaBauve, will be having some heart tests at North Oaks today. Sharon’s uncle will also be in North Oaks undergoing other tests. Please pray for these folks.

Pray for Alice Bankston, a teacher at Sumner, as she deals with newly diagnosed cancer. She’s was able to start school with her students Friday.

Pray for Bucky and Colbye Erwin as the time quickly approaches for the birth of their first child. Colbye is staying with her family in Mississippi to be near her doctor and hospital.

Pray for Karen Miller as she adjusts to a new position – secretary at Roseland Elementary. She is receiving on-the-job training because she was not hired in time to get the training before school started.

Please continue to pray for teachers and students as school will be underway in all area schools today. Pray for a minimum of interruptions so the maximum learning can be accomplished. Pray teachers and other staff members will be able to influence young lives in ways other than just material in a textbook.

Pray for AWANA as it begins next Sunday at FBC, Kentwood. Pray for all involved. Pray for Scriptures to be learned and applied to young lives. Pray for missions to be instilled in these children.

Children’s Choir will begin next month. Plan to add choir to the Wednesday schedule for your children and grandchildren.

Pray for how God would have you involved in On Mission in Kentwood on the 30th. There is an assignment for anyone who wished to participate – young, older, male, or female. Come receive a blessing as you bless someone else.

Big 10 from TeamRomany August 2008

1. FARM students complete their ministry assignments and return home this month. Please pray for them to finish strong. Thank God for the way in which they were able to enhance existing ministry and begin new ministry points. Thank God also for their own spiritual growth as they saw God use them to share His Good News in many communities. Pray also for Katie Steele, an American student summer missionary, who is serving in the Czech Republic. Pray that God will continue to provide opportunities for her to minister in Romany communities.

2. Thank God for the ministry of International World Changers (IWC) teams who served with teamromany in both Romania and Czech Republic this in July. They were able to open doors for ministry in new areas. They provided a positive witness for Christ and shared the Gospel with many. Thank God with us for changed lives as a number of Roma prayed to receive Christ. Pray for teamromany members as they provide follow-up.

3. Please pray for the Silbys as they begin language study, continue to get settled in and adjust to the culture.

4. Daniel’s car was broken into last month and he suffered significant material loss. Please pray for him as he clears up all the details from this event. Pray for him as he is hosting several volunteer teams this month.

5. The Banks family is thankful for God’s goodness to them. They are grateful for their new apartment in Brailia, Romania. The apartment and location are a great match for their needs.

6. Pray for the Banks family as they visit the villages of Viziru and Valea Canepii to follow-up on outreach work started by the Hills and Insuratiei mission pastor. Pray for protection, favor, and boldness to share the Gospel in these villages. Pray for the new believers to open their homes for Bible study and discipleship.

7. Pray for Tamara and Jennie as they begin a new year of homeschooling. Tamara will be teaching Wesley and Coulter and Jennie will be teaching Mallory, Miles, Madison, and Mason. Pray for the Silby children (Ryan, Elizabeth, and Hannah) as they begin new schools in the Czech Republic.

8. Pray for Cornel Tuns as he marries Erica Bartsch this Saturday. This is an answer to Cornel’s prayers. He’s thankful for God’s goodness.

9. Thank God that the Hatchels received their residency visas which are valid for one year. Please pray for the Hills as they begin the visa renewal process in Romania. Pray that the process will go smoothly and swiftly.

10. Pray for the Hills as they take a team of Romany young people on a mission trip to Sighisoara, Romania. Pray for that God will change the lives of both the youth participating in the project and the people they will minister to.

Thank you for praying with us and for us.


Wes and Tamara Banks – Romania

Daniel Byrd – Romania

Boyd and Jennie Hatchel – Czech Republic

Bob and Gayle Hill – Romania

Joe and Julie Silby – Czech Republic

Deacon Hospital Visitation this Week

  • David Alford
  • Jesse Dean

Please contact these men if you know of any need.

Margarette Catha

Margarette Catha, 93, died at her home in Cleveland, Tenn., on Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2008. She was born on Aug. 5, 1915, in Kentwood, to the family of William Thomas and Mary Ann Catha. She worked as a clerk/stenographer in the Baton Rouge area with Charity Hospital, Federal Emergency Relief Administration, Public Welfare Office, Louisiana State Department, War Manpower Commission, U.S. Recruiting Department and Department of Employment in Cleveland and Chattanooga. In 1949, she began her work in Cleveland, Tenn., as the executive secretary to the Church of God, where she worked for 31 years. She retired at the 1980 General Assembly. She was a longtime member of the North Cleveland Church of God, where she once taught a children’s Sunday school class, was in the Crusaders Choir, was on the board for Women’s Ministries and was a member of the Unity Sunday school class. Survivors include several nieces and nephews in Florida and Louisiana; her special friends, Beulah Mae Murphree and Grace Golden, of Cleveland; and her caregivers, Cathryne Blocker and Ramona Hyberger; along with personal assistants and support from Amedisys Hospice. She was preceded in death by her parents; and four sisters, Leila Catha Langlois, Oris Catha Seefield, Loleat Catha Carlson, Grace Catha Gaines; and two brothers, Advil and Troy Catha. Celebration of Life service at Grissom Funeral Home, Cleveland, Tenn., on Monday, Aug. 11, at 2 p.m., conducted by the Rev. Mitch Maloney. Visitation begins at noon. Interment at the Woodland Memorial Cemetery in her home town of Kentwood, on Tuesday, Aug. 12, at 4 p.m. Memorials may be made to the Smoky Mountain Children’s Home, Attn. Margarette Catha Scholarship for Needy Children, P.O. Box 439, Sevierville, TN 37864 or the North Cleveland Church of God, Attn. World Missions Fund or the Building Fund, Cleveland, TN 37311.

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


BEFORE ENTERING THE broadcasting field, Jim Valvano led the North Carolina State University basketball team to a national championship…

Then cancer developed in his lower back. Invited to address the Duke University squad, Jim had this to say: “Life changes when you least expect it to. The future is uncertain. So, seize this day, seize this moment, and make the most of it.”

God gives us an urgent directive in Hebrews 3:13, “Exhort one another daily, while it is called ‘Today,’ lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.” Why is there such a strong insistence on today?

It may be that today, this very day, could be the last one in our time here on earth. Today may be your last opportunity to obey God’s plan of salvation, or to share His love with a friend or loved one.

James has this warning about presuming upon our tomorrows: “You do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away” (4:14).

Seize the opportunities that God gives you today. That’s sound advice-not just for basketball players, but for all of us. (Vernon C. Grounds)

“You do not know what will happen tomorrow.

For what is your life?

It is even a vapor that appears for a little time

and then vanishes away.”

~Jas. 4:14~

Thank God for the slow, steady rain we are receiving this morning. Have a great week!


Don’t forget the associational church council meeting tonight at FBC, Kentwood. It begins with supper at 6 P.M.

Anna Lee


“So they said, ‘Believe on the Lord Jesus,

and you will be saved–you and your household.’

Then they spoke the message of the Lord to him

along with everyone in his house.”

~Acts 16:31-32, HCSB~

The following thank-you note is for members of First Baptist Church, Kentwood from Boyd and Jennie Hatchel:

Thank you for the generous gift from Vacation Bible School this year. We are honored to be considered your missionaries. Thank you for your prayers, encouragement, and support of our ministry among the Roma.

The funds you gave provided for a number of great new initiatives for our team. Some of your funds are helping summer missionaries from Romania and America minister to Romany people in Brno. Some of your funds are helping with block party supplies like face paints, jump ropes, snacks, and sports equipment. Some of your funds are helping with follow-up visits in Ostrava from the work of International World Changers last month. Some of your funds are helping with the costs of a conference next month with our team members.

Prayers, encouragement, gift packages, and this gift are some of the many ways that you have shown your support and cooperation with our efforts. Thank you for your generosity, sacrifice, and service with our team. We are not your ambassadors – we are on the same team!

Blessings from Brno,

The Hatchel Family

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




GOD WAS ANGRY with their careless, shoddy methods of worship…

The animals they brought for sacrifice were not acceptable to Him because they were not the best of the herds and flocks. Instead, they offered stolen, lame, and sick animals.

While we may not be showing this degree of contempt toward God, sometimes we are too casual in our worship. A friend of mine made this observation about herself: “When I shop for simple things like soap or butter, I hardly think about it. But when I’m looking for a blouse to match a skirt, I shop very carefully. I go from store to store until I find exactly what I’m looking for.” Then she added thoughtfully, “I should pay that same attention when I am worshiping God. But sometimes I approach Him as casually as if I were shopping for a box of Kleenex.”

During our worship assemblies, we may fail to give God our full attention. We rush in late. Our thoughts wander. We need to discipline our minds so that we are not focusing on yesterday’s cares or tomorrow’s responsibilities. When we worship the Lord with all our heart, He will be pleased with us. (Dave Egner)

“You bring the stolen, the lame, and the sick. …

Should I accept this from your hand?” says the Lord.”

~Mal. 1:13~


“Declare His glory among the nations,

His wonders among all people.”

~1 Chronicles 16:24~

I forgot to mention Joan Hagan’s doctor’s visit Monday. He said she is progressing as expected. Please continue to keep Joan in your prayers.

Pray for Randy Simpson as he continues to have difficulty with speaking and hoarseness.

Please continue to pray for Richard Dunn, Chuck Pittman, and others who are undergoing cancer treatment.

There will be no evening worship services at FBC, Kentwood tomorrow. The regular worship services which have been cancelled for the summer will resume August 17th,

The associational church council meeting will be at 6 P.M. Monday at FBC, Kentwood.

Children’s Choir will begin on Wednesday nights beginning Sept. 3rd. AWANA will begin with a party this week and regular meeting next week.


I heard recently about a man who filled his car with gas at a self-service gas station. After he had paid and driven away, he realized that he had left the gas cap on top of his car. He stopped and looked and, sure enough, it was lost.

He thought for a second and realized that other people must have done the same thing, and that it was worth going back to look by the side of the road since even if he couldn’t find his own gas cap, he might be able to find another one that fit.

Sure enough, after only a short time of searching, he found a gas cap. He carefully wiped it off and slipped it into place with a satisfying click.

He told his wife as he climbed back into the car, “I may have lost my gas cap, but I found another one that fits and it’s even a better cap than the one I had – it locks…”

Oops! A locking gas cap is a great idea — but only if you have the key that opens it! Understanding the Bible is much the same way. Remember when Jesus first began speaking in parables — his apostles came to him for an explanation. They wanted the “key”, and Jesus gave it to them. Jesus said, “”To you it has been given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God.” (Mark 4:11).

The book of Revelation is a difficult (some would say impossible) book for people to understand, but it becomes a much easier task when you have the “key” explaining the symbolism of the numbers, colors and images found in the book.

Sometimes the ministry of Jesus is referred to as a “mystery”. Paul wrote often about the “mystery of the gospel” (Eph. 6:19), the “mystery of Christ” (Col. 4:3), or simply “the mystery” (Eph. 3:9). The word “mystery” means that it was something that was “hidden” for a while. All through the Old Testament, God was preparing for Jesus Christ to come to this earth, but no one fully understood what that would mean. The prophets foretold his coming, but they didn’t fully understand (I Peter 1:10-12). Even the angels didn’t know what God had in mind. But we do. We understand the significance of the crucifixion and the resurrection.

Give thanks to God for “the mystery which has been hidden from ages and from generations, but now has been revealed to His saints. To them God willed to make known what are the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles: which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.” (Colossians 1:26-27)

Have a great day!

Alan Smith
Helen Street Church of Christ
Fayetteville, North Carolina


Anna Lee

Friday Afternoon

Jason Alford fell about ten feet while hiking in Rome, GA with his four year old daugher, Peyton. The ER doctor said Jason shredded the ligaments in his knee. He has a knee brace and crutches for now. A specialist will be contacted to determine what needs to be done next. Thank God for allowing Jason’s injury to not be any worse. Thank God Peyton was not injured. Pray for Jason as he deals with pain in the coming days.

Minnie Newell Hinson
(June 10, 1942 – August 8, 2008)

Minnie Newell Hinson
Minnie Newell Hinson was born June 10, 1942 and passed away at 5:35AM, August 8, 2008 at St. Tammany Hospital, Covington. She was 66, a native and resident of Hillsdale, LA. She was the daughter of the late Robert Alton & Jennie Bennett Newell.

She is survived by a Daughter; Robbin Hinson Capobianco-South Gate, Michigan. 3 Grandchildren; Krystle Sloan Worley-Walker, Jeffery Lynn Sloan, Jr.-Baton Rouge & Victoria Ann Sloan-South Gate, Michigan. 5 Great-Grandchildren; Madison King, Cooper Sloan, Camron Sloan, Cayden Sloan & Kylee Worley. She was also preceded in death by 2 brothers; Robert “Butch” Newell & Herman Clifton Newell.

Visitation will be at the Hillsdale Baptist Church, Monday, August 11, 2008 from 10:00AM until Religious Services at 2:00PM conducted by Rev. Daryl Miller. Interment in the Hillsdale Cemetery.

An on-line Guestbook is available at

McKneely & Vaughn Funeral Home, Amite, in charge of local arrangements.

I had a good first day with students at school today. I talked with several teachers and several students who also reported a good first day. Thank God for these good reports.

On Mission in Kentwood will be the last Saturday (August 30th) of the month. Plan now to be a part so you can make a difference in the lives of some people in the Kentwood area. You’ll be greatly blessed as you do so.

Happy weekend!

Anna Lee