May the Lord smile on you.

~Numbers 6:25 (NLT)~

Mrs. Faye Price had tests this week. Pray for her as doctor recommendations are being followed.

Several missionaries have reported answered prayers in regard to visa and health issues. Please pray missionaries will remain faithful in times when their faith is tested while on the mission field.

Summer ministries to the Roma are continuing at full speed:

  • We received work from Jan Hammons’ niece who just returned from church camp that she made the connection between the Roma she learned about and Jennie’s family. The partnership between Team Romany and Baptist camps is in year two. Thank God for this partnership and the support it brings to Team Romany.
  • Summer missionaries have arrived from American and Romania.
  • New missionaries have arrived and will participate in two weeks of World Changers camps before even moving in their apartment.
  • The first International World Changers group has arrived with another group due new week. Bro. Brady Haynes and his students will be among those in the second group. Bro. Brady Haynes was a a former student minister at FBC, Kentwood.
  • Jennie and her children are traveling today to minister with Boyd and the World Changers for the next two weeks.
  • Pray for the Roma in the villages where ministry will occur. Pray for receptive hearts.
  • Pray for a love of missions to develop in the hearts of some of those who are volunteering with the Roma ministry this summer. Pray for receptive hearts as God speaks to the volunteers.

Baptist Press

July 11, 2008

MYANMAR–Myanmar relief focuses on SE Asia partnership.

NEW YORK–ELECTION 08: Obama says he’ll ‘never back down’ on abortion.

LOUISIANA–Baptists rally to needs of the homeless in New Orleans.

MASSACHUSETTS–Celebration to mark 50-year work in N.E.

TEXAS–FIRST-PERSON (William A. Dembski): A faith healer’s farce.

TENNESSEE–Draper: Healing entails God’s sovereignty.

VIRGINIA–Cancer fight didn’t deter missionary’s call.

WASHINGTON–Jury declines to indict abortion doctor Tiller.

TENNESSEE–INTERNATIONAL DIGEST: Beijing police evict activist as US congressmen visit.

LOUISIANA–FIRST-PERSON (Kelly Boggs): When no one’s looking.

I can relate to this devotional. I’m sure you will too.



The story is told of a little girl who went to visit her great-grandmother. The elderly lady had hair that was white. Her face was covered with wrinkles. As the little girl looked at her, she asked, “Grandma, are you an old lady?” With a twinkle in her eyes, her great-grandmother said, “No, honey, not exactly. But I must say I’ve been young for a mighty long time.”

Old age is a strange thing. Very few of us actually think of ourselves as being old. As one 85-year-old man (Bernard Baruch) put it, “To me, old age is always fifteen years older than I am.” And that’s about right. When I was a teenager, anyone who was 40 years old seemed ancient. But when I reached the age of 40, I didn’t feel like an old man. But those people in their mid-50’s sure were old. Now as I have passed the age of 50 myself, those folks are looking younger and younger all the time!

But, whether we want to or not, whether it’s something we look forward to or something we dread, every single one of us is getting older. There’s no getting around that fact. Every time the sun rises and every time the sun sets — even every chime on the grandfather clock — serves to constantly remind us that we’re all growing older. We’re older today than we were yesterday and tomorrow, if the Lord sees fit to bless us, we will be older still.

According to statistics, we live in a society that’s rapidly growing older and older. In this country, in 1900, the average life-span was only 47 years. Right now, the life-span of an average American is about 75 years of age. And it is expected that within a few decades, as the “baby boomers” get older, the life expectancy for males will be 86 years and for females will be 92.

David said in Psalm 90:10, “The days of our lives are seventy years; and if by reason of strength they are eighty years, yet their boast is only labor and sorrow; for it is soon cut off, and we fly away.”

You would think that most people would be excited about the prospect of living longer, but sadly, that’s not the case. A lot of people are afraid of getting old. Even David expressed this fear when he prayed to God, “Do not cast me off in the time of old age; Do not forsake me when my strength fails….Now also when I am old and grayheaded, O God, do not forsake me, until I declare your strength to this generation, your power to everyone who is to come.” (Psalm 71:9,18).

I think Jonathan Swift was right when he said, “Every man desires to live long, but no man wants to be old.” There are a couple of reasons for that. I’ll share them in the next TFTD.

Have a great day!

Alan Smith
Helen Street Church of Christ
Fayetteville, North Carolina

Have a wonderful weekend. Be sure to give the Lord His share of your time this weekend!

Anna Lee

Friday Afternoon

We’re home from taking Braden and Peyton Alford to their home in Rome, Georgia. We thank God for the good times and the safe trip.


Kids on Mission Pray

July 11, 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





N is a 14-year-old girl who lives in Thailand. She spends a lot of time at her dad’s barber shop; and one day, she met some people who speak English. N’s dad encouraged her to practice speaking English with them, but she was a little shy. The family members talked to her in Thai instead of English and then N was very interested. The family told N they were Christians. That was new to N. She did not know much about Christianity. They shared the Good News of Jesus with N and invited her to come to English classes.

For several weeks, N has not missed a class! She reads Bible stories and wants to learn about God. Please pray that N will ask Jesus to be her Savior. Pray that her dad will keep on letting her come to Bible study. Pray that he will become a Christian too.


Please pray that the children on my street come to know Jesus. ANDREW, age 5 ½ (Pacific Rim)


Please pray for my friend who is now a follower of Christ. He became a Christian, and his family turned away from him. It’s not like they don’t love him anymore or anything like that! They’re just having a hard time realizing that he’s not a Muslim anymore. ABIGAIL, age 11 (Northern Africa and the Middle East)


Pray for my friend NK, he is going through a really hard time now. MARY, age 16 (West Africa)


Pray for my Bible study with other kids. Pray for our church and the people who do not know Jesus. MACAYLA, age 8 (Central and Eastern Europe)

Peter Anthony Lupo, Jr.
(January 27, 1926 – July 10, 2008)

Died at 6:30PM on Thursday, July 10, 2008 at North Oaks Medical Center in Hammond, LA. He was a native and resident of Amite, LA. Age 82 years. Visitation at McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, from 9 a.m. on Saturday until religious services at 11 a.m. Saturday. Services conducted by Rev. William Hyde. Interment Amite Cemetery, Amite, LA. Survived by wife, Kay Malone Lupo, Amite, step-daughter, Karen Adams Brown, Mandeville, 3 step-sons, Jack Malone Adams, Amite, Rick Adams, Metairie, and David Adams, FL, 4 sisters, Rosalie Carter, Hammond, Mary Hyde, Tickfaw, Fran Durio, Amite, and Josephine Stevens, Chesbrough, 7 step-grandchildren, Hannah Brown, Trey Adams, Zack Adams, Hayden Adams, Devaney Adams, David B. Adams, and Andrew Brown. Preceded in death by parents, 2 sisters, and 3 brothers.

Thursday Night

Big 10 from teamromany July 2008

1. Thank you for praying for Lisa Kail and her team Gibson County, Tennessee who lead a camp from Romany youth in Romania June 29-July 5. Earlier this week I spoke with two young people who attended the camp and they commented on the excellent Bible study times. The campers especially enjoyed holding block parties in communities around the camp facility. Pray for those who heard the gospel presented during these events.

2. FARM students depart for their ministry locations this week. The three who are serving with Boyd and Jennie have already arrived and are hard at work. Please pray for all of the Romany summer missionaries as they serve this summer. Pray that their ministry will strengthen existing work and lead to new areas of openness.

3. International World Changers (IWC) volunteer teams will serve with teamromany in both Romania and Czech Republic this summer. We will have nearly 300 students serving alongside us. Pray for the students as they minister in Romany communities. Pray that all of the logistics for these large teams will go smoothly.

4. Thank you for praying for the Banks family as they moved to Braila, Romania. Please continue to pray for them as they study language and pray about how and where God wants them to minister.

5. Please pray for Katie Steele, a student summer missionary from Missouri who is serving in the Czech Republic. Pray that she will develop meaningful relationships with Romany girls that will allow her to share her faith.

6. Thank you for praying for the Silby family. They have arrived in the Czech Republic. Pray for them as they adjust to living overseas, get settled and begin to study the language. Pray for the Silbys and Jennie Hatchel and her children as they travel to Ostrava Saturday to join Boyd in working with the IWC teams there for the next two weeks.

7. Thank you for praying for us as we looked for an apartment for the Silby family. We found a nice apartment in a great location (downtown) close to a tram stop, two grocery stores, the language school, and the Brno Baptist church.

8. Please continue to pray for American students who will attend Lifeway’s Centrifuge camps this summer. Their missions’ emphasis will be on the Roma. Pray that those who attend will learn more about the Roma, be encouraged to pray more for the Roma, and will give generously to the missions offering.

9. Please pray for Daniel as he has just returned to Romania after months in the US. Thank God for the opportunities he has had to share about God’s work among the Roma while in the US. Pray for Daniel’s strength and energy as he is hosting 3 volunteer teams in the first three weeks he is back on the field.

10. Please continue to pray for Cornel and Erica as they make plans to be married next month. Pray for Erica’s strength and health as she has been sick lately.

I’ll post the Friday Prayer Link Friday afternoon.

Until then, God bless!

Anna Lee


Judy Easley called to say her new grandson, Tyler Easley, is doing. He seem to be progressing well after first losing a little weight. Mom is home, but Judy has been taking her to the hospital for two feeding times a day. Pray Tyler continues to gain weight and the family will all soon be at home together. Thank you for your prayers the the Easleys.

Joan Hagan called to say she was able to see a doctor yesterday. Tests have been scheduled for Wednesday at North Oaks. Please be in prayer for Joan on a daily basis. Your prayers are always welcomed.

This is an old devotional, but always a good reminder.


An elderly man lay dying in his bed. In death’s agony, he suddenly smelled the aroma of his favorite chocolate chip cookies wafting up the stairs. He gathered his remaining strength, and lifted himself from the bed. Leaning against the wall, he slowly made his way out of the bedroom, and with even greater effort forced himself down the stairs, gripping the railing with both hands.

With labored breath, he leaned against the doorframe, gazing into the kitchen. Were it not for death’s agony, he would have thought himself already in heaven: There, spread out on the kitchen table were literally hundreds of his favorite chocolate chip cookies. Was it heaven? Or was it merely one final act of heroic love from his devoted wife, seeing to it that he left this world a happy man?

Mustering one great final effort, he threw himself toward the table. His aged and withered hand made its way to a cookie at the edge of the table, when his wife suddenly smacked it with a spatula.

“Stay out of those,” she said. “They’re for the funeral.”

She’s not the only person to save something for a funeral that should have been shared long before. It often seems a shame that flowers are sent at a funeral rather than beforehand when they could truly be enjoyed. Many of the comments made at a funeral reflect the realization that we didn’t express our feelings adequately to those we love while they were alive: “What a wonderful friend she was. I never told her how much I appreciated what she meant to me!” “I hope he realizes how much I loved him!”

If someone means something special to you, don’t save it for the funeral. Share it with them now!

“Therefore comfort one another and edify one another, just as you are doing.” (I Thess. 5:11)

Have a great day!

Alan Smith
Helen Street Church of Christ
Fayetteville, North Carolina


“But the LORD said unto Samuel,

Look not on his countenance,

or on the eight of his stature;

because I have refused him:

for the LORD seeth ot as man seeth;

for man looketh on the outward appearance,

but the LORD looketh on the heart.”

~1 Samuel 16:7~

From Kathy Dyer:

Anna Lee, please include me in your prayers for health concerns. We are waiting for test results on a procedure done at Oschner’s last week.

Also please include Mrs. Mildred Thompson in prayer. Mrs. Mildred was my first Sunday School and Missions teacher. Although she had no biological children, she has mothered each child who ever sat at her knee learning those first Bible stories. She has faithfully served our church and influenced countless lives. Up until this summer she has continued mision work, community outreaches, and conducted daily devotionals at an area nursing home. Now in her late eighties she is faced with leaving her home for nursing care for herself. Please pray that she grows stronger and adapts to her new life.

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

“When I am afraid, I will trust in You” (Psalm 56:3, HCSB).

Dear Intercessors, this is Eleanor Witcher of the International Prayer Strategy Office, asking you to continue praying for those who suffered through the earthquake of May 12th in China.

As many as 90,000 Chinese people perished as the earth reeled beneath them. Tragically, most of those who died did not know Christ. An evidence of God’s grace in the wake of the devastating earthquake was the spontaneous travel of many Chinese Christians to the affected area. Willing to help in whatever way needed, they also arrived aware of the pressing need for the peoples of China to know of Christ’s love. Pray that God will greatly use those who continue to minister in the quake zone.

Many of the 5 million people who were left homeless are still living in temporary shelters, and for some of them, it will be many months before life is back to normal. Officials estimate that reconstruction of earthquake-devastated cities will take at least eight years, and it is feared that some of them will never be rebuilt. Psychological scars might take even longer to heal.

A. said, “We’ve had the worst winter in 50 years, and now the worst earthquake in 30 years. I’m afraid.” The workers shared how Jesus is more powerful than nature. Ask the Father to continue comfort A. and so many others with the reassurance that He is trustworthy.

Please intercede for God’s protection as well over the 5,500 children who were orphaned by the earthquake. Pray that loving families can be found for each of the children, and that many will be placed in Christian homes. Ask God to heal their hearts following their profound loss.

* Please pray that those who saw and experienced unthinkable grief will come to know the Comforter who can bring healing to their hearts.

* Pray that during this time of great need, Christians will faithfully demonstrate God’s love.

* Intercede for more workers to proclaim Christ’s love to the 1.2 billion Chinese people who still do not know Christ.

Eugene L. Ott Jr.
Eugene L. Ott Jr., 84, of Osyka, died July 6, 2008, at Aston Court Retirement Center in McComb.

Visitation is 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Hartman-Sharkey Funeral Home in McComb and 9 a.m. Thursday at Osyka Baptist Church until services there at 10 a.m. The Rev. Percy Frazier and Dr. Milton Kliesch will officiate. Burial will be in Osyka Cemetery.

Elbert A. Kuyrkendall
Elbert Allwyn “Sticks” Kuyrkendall, 70, of Tampa , Fla., and formerly of Kentwood, La., died July 2, 2008, at his home in Tampa.

Visitation is 9:30 a.m. Friday at Hartman-Sharkey Funeral Home in McComb, until services there at 1 p.m. Burial will be in Magnolia Cemetery.

Befriending Iraqi Children is Crucial, Major Says

Baptist Press

Posted on Jul 8, 2008 | by Erin Roach

During his deployment in Iraq, Air Force Maj. Chris Gay learned firsthand that a key component of succeeding in the war is befriending Iraq’s youth and showing them a level of kindness and goodwill they may never encounter otherwise.

Gay now is stationed at Hill Air Force Base in northern Utah and is a member of Mountain View Baptist Church in Layton. A division chief with the 507th Aircraft Sustainment Squadron, he was deployed with an Army unit based in Baghdad from last September through April.

During that time, he visited the largest of eight internally displaced persons camps in Iraq. The camp housed more than 2,500 Iraqis who fled their homes during terrorist and sectarian violence.

When he discovered the children there didn’t have sufficient clothing and blankets to cope with the winter weather, Gay organized a campaign to have his Sunday School class at Mountain View Baptist send boxes of garments that he could pass out to the children.

“I have two kids myself, so I had compassion for the kids,” he told Baptist Press.

In the process of completing what he dubbed Operation Warm Winter, Gay said he gained a better understanding of the Iraqis living in the camp.

“Soccer is a really integral part of life there in Iraq. I haven’t met an Iraqi kid that didn’t love to play soccer or didn’t want a soccer ball,” he said. “What a lot of people don’t realize is we have troops out there every day that interact with the local populous, and if you can win over one kid — I’ve heard stories of this — if you get the children to like you and to appreciate you, they in a lot of ways protect you.

“There have been several instances where our guys were out on patrol and they had been in the area a lot and they befriended kids and gave them soccer balls and other things,” Gay said. “The kids would tell them, ‘Don’t go there. Don’t go down that way,’ and they were protecting our guys from getting into an ambush or getting into an area where there were [improvised explosive devices]. There are numerous instances of kids protecting the troops because they had befriended them.”

If churches want to know what’s useful for soldiers in Iraq, Gay suggested sending soccer balls.

“It’s just one way of interacting with the kids and getting them to understand who Americans are, that we’re there to be friends and not to hurt them,” he said. “We’re there to help, and soccer balls are the way to do it because all the kids love soccer balls. We only had maybe 50 soccer balls to give out, and there were more than 500 kids. The kids would have rather had soccer balls than clothes. That’s just how important it is to them.”

Despite ongoing criticism of the war in Iraq, Gay said he knows the United States is there for good reasons that may not be immediately obvious.

“In my opinion, the war in Iraq is really more of a spiritual war, but we’re not really fighting it that way,” he said. “The only way that Iraqi society is really going to learn a difference than what they’ve been taught all their life is for us to be there and to be an influence by showing them love and kindness. They don’t get a lot of that in their culture, and this is just one means of opening a door to be able to do that.

“There are so many things about the war that I don’t like, but at the same time, having been there, I realize the need for being there. It’s really more of a need for influencing the next generation because it’s a generational process. It’s not something that’s going to change overnight,” Gay said. “It’s going to take a generation of kids growing up around Americans and understanding what we believe and how we interact before there’s really any change in that area of the world.”

The major said it’s unfortunate when he encounters people in the United States who have made up their minds about the war without asking him about his experience on the ground there.

“We are making a tremendous difference,” he said. “A lot of it is just our presence alone and our interaction, showing kids there are other ways of doing things. Being there, you’re an ambassador of the U.S., and you don’t go out and overtly profess your Christianity, but there are so many other ways just by showing them love that are so different than the way their normal culture is, that they see a difference.”

Gay said Americans may not realize the opportunities they have to help protect the soldiers all the way from the homeland. For instance, Special Forces groups may consist of 12 or 15 men living and working on their own in an Iraqi community to weed out terrorists and bring peace. A lot of their safety, Gay said, comes from how well the community accepts them and approves of their presence.

If churches or individuals could send soccer balls and other items that soldiers could distribute to the children in those communities as goodwill offerings, Gay said it would serve two purposes.

“It provides something to the Iraqi kids and to the community, but it also provides protection for our service members. A lot of people don’t realize that simple act of giving somebody a soccer ball could have a big impact on somebody’s son or brother or dad being able to come home.”

Gay said he’s not yet sure whether he’ll repeat Operation Warm Winter when the weather turns cold again, but he has given some thought to the fact that in addition to soccer balls the children in Iraq need school supplies.

“What would really be helpful in the long run would be if you could get a project together where you could get backpacks full of school supplies and send them over. That would be very useful for the kids because they have very limited resources when it comes to those sorts of things,” he said. “If I were to do a follow-up project, it would probably be the backpacks.”

Tuesday Afternoon

Thomas Troy “Tom Tom” Baham
(June 11, 1990 – July 4, 2008)

Thomas Troy

Thomas Troy “Tom Tom” Baham passed away at 11:50PM, July 4, 2008 at the Children’s Hospital in New Orleans. He was 18, a native of Independence and resident of Loranger. “Tom Tom” was a student at Loranger High School and a member of the Loranger Wolves Football Team which “Football” was his greatest love. He was also a member of the Loranger Baptist Church Youth Group. Relatives and friends of the family are invited to attend the visitation at the McKneely & Vaughn Funeral Home, Amite, on Tuesday, July 8, 2008 from 5:00PM until 9:00PM and on Wednesday, July 9, 2008 from 8:00AM until Religious Services at the Funeral Home Chapel at 10:00AM with services conducted by Rev. Marshall Wallace & Rev. Mike Hegwood. Interment will be in the Lawrence Cemetery

“Tom Tom” is survived by 2 Sisters: Crystal Barnes, Loranger and Brandy Baham, Independence, A Brother: Ricky Barnes, Amite, His Girlfriend: Montana Tycer, Loranger, 3 Nieces: Delaina McGee, Loranger, Alaysia Mitchell, Independence, Allyson Barnes, Amite, 4 Nephews: D.D. McGee, Loranger, D’Antae McGee-Loranger, Chase Barnes, Amite, Trevor Barnes, Amite and numerous extended family & friends. Preceded in death by: Parents, Thomas Robertson & Ophelia E. Baham, and Grandmother, Ophelia Baham.

An on-line Guestbook is available at The Funeral Home is located at I-55N & Hwy 16W next to Coggins -Gentry Ford.


Be completely humble and gentle;

be patient,

bearing with one another in love.

~Ephesians 4:2 (NIV)~

Joan Hagan did not make the appointment yesterday. Please pray for her as she makes future plans.

Several people have had back problems lately. Pray for each one as they get the help needed to return to good health.

Marvelous Monday was very good last night. If you missed it, you missed a special night. The next Marvelous Monday will be led by Bobby Eads and Tim Daniels with Becky Daniels at the piano. I hope to see you there at 7 P.M.

Eugene Ott Jr.

Eugene Ott, Jr., 84, of Osyka, died July 6, 2008, at Aston Court Retirement Center in McComb.

Visitation is 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Hartman-Sharkey Funeral Home in McComb, then 9 a.m. Thursday at Osyka Baptist Church until services there at 10 a.m. The Rev. Percy Frazier and Dr. Milton Kliesch will officiate. Burial will be in Osyka cemetery.

The family requests no flowers. Memorials may be sent to Community Hospices of America, 140 N. 5th St., Suite B, McComb, MS 39648.

Additional information was unavailable.

(I didn’t know Mr. Ott well, but I really liked him. I know he will be greatly missed in Osyka.)

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

PROBABLY ALL OF us remember of the story of Abraham’s intercession on behalf of the city of Sodom (Genesis 18:16-33)…

Not only was Abraham unable to find fifty righteous souls within the city, he was even unable to find ten righteous people within the city, so God’s judgment was unleashed.

With a slight variation, if I were to ask the question, “Can you find 100 people in your city who love God?” I think you could answer in the affirmative and have little problem finding them. But now, what if I were to ask, “Can you find 100 people in your city who hate sin?” Now that may be a different proposition altogether.

I think we could easily find 100 people who love God, but I’m not sure we could find 100 people who hate sin. Today, our problem may not be so much a problem of “love,” but a lack of properly directed “hatred.” Paul said that we should “abhor that which is evil…” (Romans 12:9).

Friends, learning to love God is easy because of who He is. Learning to hate sin takes a little more work, but it’s work in which we must grow and mature. Give it some thought. (Steve Higginbotham)

“Let love be without hypocrisy.

Abhor what is evil.

Cling to what is good”

(Rom. 12:9).

Have a great day!

Anna Lee