Thursday Addition

Jan Hammons just called to say Slater Brown, a former Sumner student, was killed last night. He wife is the former Becc Huber. Arrangements are incomplete at this time.

Jan said Josh Lampton, a current Sumner student, was killed in a motorcycle accident.

Please be in prayer for the families involved as well as the entire Sumner High family as they deal with two deaths.

Thursday

Then Jesus said,

“Come to me, all of you who are weary

and carry heavy burdens,

and I will give you rest.

Take my yoke upon you.

Let me teach you,

because I am humble and gentle,

and you will find rest for your souls.

For my yoke fits perfectly,

and the burden I give you is light.”

~Matthew 11:28-30 (NLT)~

Jesse Dean was in the emergency room until a room became available yesterday afternoon. He’s in room 4015 and is feeling much better. Keep praying for Jesse, Majel, and the family as well as the medical staff at North Oaks.

He is doing fine. He will need to be on the blood thinner for 5 days then he can go home. So far everything else is fine. All of his doctors have been by to see him.

Thanks,
Jennifer

Mrs. Jeanette Rhodus came home briefly, but is back at North Oaks. She is scheduled to begin chemo soon. Please put “Miss” Jeanette on you daily prayer list if she is not already there.

Donald Garner’s gall bladder surgery is scheduled for today at Lacombe. Please pray for all involved.

Please continue to pray for the Hill family of the Jackson, MS area as they prepare for the funeral for little Aaron. Once again, if you have not already done so, please check out Aaron’s web page.

http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/aaronhill1

Joan Hagan’s surgery is scheduled for April 30th. It is not too early to begin praying for that!

Chuck Pittman will have a PET scan today. He only has one more chemo treatment scheduled. Pray for Chuck and his family as they fight this battel together.

Chuck’s mom, Mrs. Bertha Pittman, is still at North Oaks. She is about the same. Please pray for her and for her family as they help the medical staff care for her.

Mr. Henry Harris is feeling better and able to get out some. Please continue to pray for Mr. Henry and “Miss” Emma.


Annie Armstrong Easter Offering

Goal: $13,000.00

Received so date: $9357.85

Big Ten from TeamRomany, April 2008


1. Please pray for Gayle as she makes plans for a ladies’ conference with the women of Isuratei, Romania. The conference will be held in May and Gayle will be busy working out details of the event this month.
2. Please pray for youth who meet for Bible study in the Hill’s home on Monday nights and at Lacul Dulce on Friday nights. Thank God for their faithfulness to attend. Pray that they would grow in their walk with the Lord and that their lives would be a testimony of Christ’s transforming power.
3. Please pray for those seeking the Lord’s will about their place in Romany mission work.
4. Bro. Petrache, a Romany pastor from Lacul Dulce, Romania recently suffered a stroke affecting his left side. He is better and we ask that you pray for his complete healing. Pray also for his family during this difficult time. Pray for his needs to be met. Medicines and healthy foods can be both challenging to access and expensive for Romany families.
5. Pray for the Hills as they are evaluating some of their ministry habits and assessing their goals and objectives. Please pray that God will bless them with wisdom and show them how he wants them to focus their time and efforts.
6. Please pray for the Hill’s 8 year-old granddaughter, Madison. Please pray that God would meet her needs.
7. Please pray for Joe and Julie Silby and their children Ryan, Avery, and Hannah. They are being appointed in Dallas, Texas this week to join teamromany. They will arrive in the Czech Republic in early July. Please pray that their house and car sell.
8. Please pray for the Hatchels as they make plans to host a Disciple Now weekend for elementary aged MKs (Missionary Kids) in the Czech Republic. The event will be in early May, but they are making plans for the Bible studies and activities now.
9. Pray for Boyd as he meets with Romany teenagers on Friday evenings for soccer and Bible study. Pray that the teens would be open to the message he shares.
10. Pray for Jennie as she meets with women on Tuesday night for encouragement, fellowship and discipleship. Pray that the time she spends will help the women grow in their relationships with Christ.

CARPENTER

KneEmail

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

THAT’S PROBABLY WHAT Joseph and Mary’s neighbors said many times…

What was he like as a child? There are some fanciful and apocryphal stories about Jesus performing various miracles as a child. On one occasion, supposedly, he didn’t feel like building the piece of furniture his father had asked him to build, so he enlisted the aid of squirrels and birds to hammer the nails and shape the wood.

But if that was all there was about Mary’s son Jesus, then he wouldn’t have been very special, would he? We get only glimpses of him as a young man. There is the self-assured twelve-year-old who sat with theologians and scholars discussing God’s law (Luke 2:41-49). When his frantic parents scolded him, he made that enigmatic statement about “being in my Father’s house.” Somehow the carpenter’s shop did not seem to be his destiny! His answer verged ever so closely to a scolding in return, and remarkably, his parents let it pass.

They knew there was something about their son.

There is so much that we are curious about. Did he play with neighborhood friends? Probably. Did he go to a local synagogue school and become a bar Mitsvah, a son of the covenant? Yes, all Jewish boys did. The Bible tells us that he grew “in wisdom and stature, in favor with God and man.” Obviously it is vital to grow in favor with God, but it is impressive that he earned the respect of the community, too. Young men seem to work so hard at earning the community’s fear and disrespect these days!

And we wonder when exactly it became clear to Jesus that there was something about him that was unique. When he proclaimed his message as an adult, he was fully conscious of his uniqueness. “Anyone who has seen me has seen the father,” Jesus declared (John 14:9). To see Jesus act, and hear him speak was to catch a glimpse of God himself.

This was no mere magic act. This was God himself, with us (Matthew 1:23). Yes, there really is something about Mary’s son. Come and see him. (Stan Mitchell)

“Is this not the carpenter, the Son of Mary, and brother of James, Joses, Judas, and Simon? And are not His sisters here with us?” So they were offended at Him” (Mark 6:3).

Thanks for being there to pray each day. You and your prayers mean so much to so many! If you have a praise report, a prayer request, or an update to share. please feel free to do so. Others will pray with you!

Anna Lee

Wednesday

“In my distress I called upon the Lord,

and cried out to my God;

He heard my voice from His temple,

and my cry came before Him,

even to His ears.”

~Psalm 18:6~

 

 

 

Please continue to pray for Scott and Faith Hill, their extended families, and their friends in the loss of little Aaron.

Praise report from Selena Morgan on Kaden Underwood

Thank everyone for their prayers for Kaden Underwood. His heart surgery went well. He has had a wonderful recovery and is home a week earlier than expected. Thank you all so much for praying for him and his family through this very difficult time.

Jesse Dean

Dad is back at the hospital with a blood clot in his right lung. They are watching it closely and have him on medication. He will be there for at least 5 days. Please keep him in your prayers.

Thanks,

Jennifer

Jennie served as a MK teacher for two years in Santa Catarina.

SANTA CATARINA, BRAZIL (sahn-tah cah-tah-REE-nah). In February, you prayed for the need for more workers in the Frei Damiao “favela” (community), not knowing that during that same week, the entire community was attempting to recover from severe flooding that left 800 families homeless and sent water surging through other homes at heights of 5-6 feet. Local workers praise God that the Jardim Eldorado congregation and staff members at their community center (CADI) in Frei Damiao were able to provide immediate shelter for 60 families, feed more than 400 people three times a day for several days, and provide emergency first aid. Thanks to financial aid from the IMB disaster relief funds, families who still had homes and cooking facilities received food baskets, mattresses and cleaning supplies. Those whose homes were destroyed are receiving concrete blocks to rebuild a basic framework for their home. Staff members from the CADI and volunteers have worked long hours to match donations of clothing and furniture with the long lists of needs they compiled in the days following the flooding. God has provided opportunities during this crisis for Pastor R, his congregation, and new believers within the community to show Christ’s love to thousands. They ask you to pray that many lives will be permanently changed through Jesus as a result of these contacts.
http://ronalana.wordpress.com

PAKISTAN. R, an Urdu literacy teacher, has been facing threats and persecution recently. Last month you were specifically praying for the five students who said that they believed that Isa is who He says He is. R was trying to meet with each one individually to talk more about this truth. She was meeting with BB, one of the five, in BB’s home. BB’s husband came home while they were meeting, and he became very angry at R for being in his home and meeting with his wife. He told her that he knew what she was doing–trying to change his wife’s beliefs. He told her never to come back to his house again and that he knew where she lived. Please pray for BB to be safe, and pray that what she has learned about Isa will lead her to a saving faith in the one true God. Pray for some way that R may be able to see BB and make sure she is all right. Since this has happened, R has had to stop the Urdu class in that area. But God has already opened another door for a new class to be started in another area, this time with 16 women! These women are eager and excited to learn. Please pray that they will be excited and open to hearing stories from the Bible three days per week as well. http://www.go2southasia.org/

MISSIONARY PERSONAL NEEDS. Please lift up two semester student workers on the island of Mauritius. Pray that they will adjust well, form lasting friendships, build relationships with the university students with eternal results, and continue to seek the Lord daily. Pray that they will be encouraged by God through His Word and reminded of their call. Ask God to bless the ideas, visions and goals they instill in the lives of all whom they come in contact with, and pray that they will function well with the other workers on the island.

Christy Quin Wharton sent new pictures of her children. Let me know if you would like me to send them to you.

One of the coaches at school shared this:

Daily Rules from God for 2008


1. Wake Up!! Decide to have a good day. ‘Today is the day the Lord hath made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.’ Psalms 118:24

2. Dress Up!! The best way to dress up is to put on a smile. A smile is an inexpensive way to improve your looks. ‘The Lord does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at outward appearance; but the Lord looks at the heart.’ I Samuel 16:7

3. Shut Up!! Say nice things and learn to listen. God gave us two ears and one mouth, so He must have meant for us to do twice as much listening as talking. ‘He who guards his lips guards his soul.’ Proverbs 13:3

4. Stand Up!!… For what you believe in. Stand for something or you will fall for anything.. ‘Let us not be weary in doing good; for at the proper time, we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good…’ Galatians 6:9-10

5. Look Up!!… To the Lord.
‘I can do everything through Christ who strengthens me.’ Phillippians 4:13

6. Reach Up!!… For something higher. ‘Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not unto your own understanding. In all your ways, acknowledge Him, And He will direct your path.’
Proverbs 3:5-6

7. Lift Up!!… Your Prayers.
‘Do not worry about anything; instead PRAY ABOUT EVERYTHING.’
Philippians 4:6


God answers Knee-Mail.


Have a great day!

Anna Lee

Tuesday Evening – Jesse – Post 2

Larissa just called again. The clot is in the lower right side of the Jesse’s lungs – the best place for it if there has to be one. Jesse is still not in a room, but hopefully will have one soon. Jesse has lost 42 pounds lately. As you pray for the clot to dissolve, pray for Jesse to regain some strength. Thank you so much for praying.

Tuesday Evening – Jesse Dean

Jesse started to hurt in his chest about 2 P.M. this afternoon. Majel took him back to North Oaks. Jesse has a blood clot in his lungs. He will be in the hospital on blood thinners for five days. The doctor thinks they can dissolve the clot. Please be in prayer for Jesse, Majel, and the family as Jesse has had one problem after another for the last five weeks.

Larissa and Jason ask that you pass the word along so others can pray too. Thanks!

Tuesday Afternoon – Aaron Hill (Angel)

Our Aaron is at home with the angels held tightly by our Lord. We got to hold him and rock him as he left this earth for a much better place. One of our doctors even rocked him with us and several cried with us. No more pain and suffering. We had not held him in 3 weeks, so we were thankful for this last opportunity on this earth. He only knew 2 weeks away from the hospital and we are thankful for each minute we had him.

We came here with Aaron to get a “new” heart for him. On Friday, he got this heart after 2 open heart surgeries and 2 heart caths. Some time between Saturday and yesterday morning, Aaron sustained a massive brain injury. No one knows the cause except our Lord. All the doctors are baffled and said it was not a clot or bleed, but severe swelling. The swelling was too much for Aaron to handle.

We can’t begin to express our gratitude for all your prayers. We know our Father heard each one and they gave us comfort. Aaron felt peace from them as well. Even though we did not get a miracle healing of our son, we were blessed to have him with us for just over 7 weeks. Maybe that was our miracle.

We love you all.

Aaron touched many lives during his few weeks on earth. I know many of you have sent emails or talkes personally with me about Aaron. His short life reminds me of the Dale Evans Rogers book, Angel Unaware. You can also see for yourself by going to caringbridge.org and typing in aaronhill1. You see see that thousands followed his short life and many wrote notes of encouragement. Some of you may want to do the same.

http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/aaronhill1

Tuesday

“The secret things belong to the LORD our God,

but those things which are revealed

belong to us and to our children forever,

that we may do all the words of this law.”

~Deut. 29:29~

Aaron Hill – 3:38 P.M. Monday

Please pray for a miracle. Aaron was rushed down for a CT scan earlier and it showed a very bad brain injury. The doctors have told us they don’t know why it happened, but they have given us no hope for Aaron. It is so bad that they said his heart may stop. Please play that God will manifest Himself in a miraculous healing of Aaron. If that is not His will, please pray that He will not allow him to suffer.

Aaron Hill – 3:32 A.M. Tuesday

Scott and I have been with Aaron all night, praying and waiting on a miracle. Please continue to pray.

Baptist Press had wonderful articles. I think as you read them you will agree. Can’g you just imagine how wonderful the service was Sunday when Franklin Avenue Baptist Church had their first service in their church since Katrina. Please read these articles. They will make your day!

Baptist Press

April 7, 2008

LOUISIANA–In New Orleans, joy abounds as congregation returns home. http://www.bpnews.net/BPnews.asp?ID=27774

LOUISIANA–Franklin Avenue: pre- and post-Katrina. http://www.bpnews.net/BPnews.asp?ID=27775

LOUISIANA–Luter acknowledges his transparency. http://www.bpnews.net/BPnews.asp?ID=27786

TEXAS–Texas raid prompts First Baptist ministry. http://www.bpnews.net/BPnews.asp?ID=27776

LOUISIANA–Jena, La., envisions ‘new beginnings.’ http://www.bpnews.net/BPnews.asp?ID=27777

TENNESSEE–ELECTION 08: Clinton vows to fight for ‘gay rights.’ http://www.bpnews.net/BPnews.asp?ID=27778

TEXAS–Jayhawks buoyed by Coach Self’s faith. http://www.bpnews.net/BPnews.asp?ID=27779

TEXAS–Winningest N.C. player: ‘God is enough.’ http://www.bpnews.net/BPnews.asp?ID=27780

TEXAS–ESPN’s Hubert Davis receives Wooden award. http://www.bpnews.net/BPnews.asp?ID=27781

TEXAS–Disgraced Baylor coach seeks forgiveness. http://www.bpnews.net/BPnews.asp?ID=27782

TEXAS–All-star guard ready ‘to honor God.’ http://www.bpnews.net/BPnews.asp?ID=27783

LOUISIANA–FIRST-PERSON (John L. Yeats): The feet of a rejoicing pastor. http://www.bpnews.net/BPnews.asp?ID=27784

ALABAMA–FIRST-PERSON (Ginger Plowman): Dangerous denial. http://www.bpnews.net/BPnews.asp?ID=27785

Upper Room Daily DevotionalAsking for Help

Asking for Help

Read Psalm 31:1-5

Jesus said, “I tell you the truth, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.” And he took the children in his arms, put his hands on them and blessed them.
-Mark 10:15-16 (NIV)

“MAMá, fix it!” cried Mateo as he handed me one of his toy cars and a tiny piece of yellow plastic.

Examining the little car, I saw that the steering wheel had come off. I fitted the piece back into place and returned it to Mateo.

“Here,” I said; “it was the steering wheel, see?”

“Yes,” he responded. Never taking his eyes off the car, he took it from me and placed it alongside his other toy cars.

This incident made me think. Mateo, who is barely two years old, has complete faith in my ability to fix things. Though he has exhausted his own resources, it does not occur to him that there could be no solution. He simply looks for other options.

Mateo’s request was simple and trusting. It reminded me of the importance of maintaining a child’s perspective, one that is pure, humble, and trusting. How good it is to set aside our pride at excelling in everything! We can turn the broken pieces of our lives to God our Father, and say, “Papá, fix it!”

Laura Gattinoni (Buenos Aires, Argentina)
Prayer
Loving God, we place our lives in your hands. Guide our steps as we go forward in our journey. Amen.

Thought for the Day
When solutions elude us, we can rest in God’s love.

Prayer Focus

Those reluctant to ask for help

 

 

Rest in God today!

Anna Lee