Friday on the Coast
I spent most of today getting things ready for Sunday. Bible class, power point, bulletin, sermon ... it was a quiet morning and I was able to get a lot of it done. This evening Maggy and I are watching a few movies at home and just relaxing. Will Collins and Brittany Fish are in town working with our teens. They are both students at Faulkner University that helped us during the summer. They plan to come back 6 or 7 times before the end of the year to follow up and keep things going. Tonight they are cleaning out the youth classroom and tomorrow will paint it...along with the teens. They also plan to pass out several bags of groceries and invite people to come to worship Sunday. They do need some funding for these trips down, if that is in any of our reader's interest. I appreciate so much their interest that extends beyond thier summer mission. Our teens love them and appreciate them as well. Tomorrow Maggy and I plan to have breakfast with Chris and Susan Lockhart. They are in Mobile to finalize some business left from their move to the Atlanta area. It will be good to see them. I have missed my friend Chris very much, although we do stay in touch via telephone. I will never forget his weekly trips over to help me during the height of the recovery effort. David Kilbern Jr has had significant health problems from his childhood. David Sr and Elaine have taken him to doctors across the country to ensure that he had the best care and the most effective treatments. In spite of his illness and missing enormous amounts of school, David Jr was able to graduate with his class. He went on to college at Mississippi State, and ended up working for Northrup Grumman. I think it is fair to say that without David Jr, the computer systems of that company would be in jeopardy. David never did find the right girl to marry. There was no way he could have predicted what would have to happen for that girl to walk into his life. It actually took a 'girl' named Katrina to come in and destroy the lives of everyone on the Coast. Volunteers started pouring in, enabling the recovery effort to operate at full steam. I received a call from a college student in Oklahoma named Karen Potter. She wanted to come down and spend the summer volunteering, and she would write a paper about her experience for college credit. Karen didn't back down from any job that was placed before her. She toted sheetrock. answered the phone. helped with deliveries, ran orientation for new groups, and fell in love. With David Jr. And even better, he fell in love with her. Tomorrow David and Karen are going to be married. Both of them have been on quite a journey through life to get to one another. I rejoice with them that God has brought them together, weaving together an intricate answer to prayers spoken long ago. Larry James leads the compassionate from relief to renewal. John Alan Turner talks about the top five shortstops. Danny Sims contemplates Starbucks. Not Only Jail, But A Beating Too! Some people just deserve it. Tornadoes Destroy Homes, Kill One Person in Arkansas and Missouri. Pascagoula Shows South Misssissippi How It's Done! Manatees in Mobile! God's Kitchen May Be Moving. Robbie Wood's New Blog.