Tuesday, February 28, 2006
Monday, February 27, 2006
Friday, February 24, 2006
Blind to the Truth
Wednesday, February 22, 2006
Good News Continues
Monday, February 20, 2006
Back Home Again
We started our Sunday at the Smith Street Church of Christ. I showed the adult class slides of our work down here. I spoke during the morning worship hour, and followed that up with a wonderful fellowship meal with the church family there. There was a great deal of interest in the work on the Coast, especially since several members have been down to help already. To the right are some of the brothers who have been down more than once. Most every church in town chose not to meet because of the weather. In the parking lot after worship we met a man who was looking for a church to worship with. Since he had missed our worship hour, he did agree to come in and eat with us. He saw more pictures of the work on the Coast and told us he was a construction worker and would like to come down to help! Amen! Isn't God amazing! The Smith Street Building (left) was nice ... but the people who we met there were outstanding Christian brothers and sisters! We felt so blessed to be a part of their assembly that day.
We rested Sunday afternoon (really recovered from eating too much). The weather was more foreboding Sunday night since it sleeted all afternoon, but several brave souls came out to hear the report at the Parkway Church of Christ. Some even came from Smith Street to hear it a second time! To the Right is a picture of part of the Parkway building ... I didn't get a great shot of the whole thing! They also have a beautiful facility, but the people are what make Parkway a special place! It was a good night and I appreciated those who came to hear about our Coast ministry. We spent a long time visiting at the Cecil and Patti May home after services. Patti's caramel pie was a great way to end a long day! Cecil and Patti have been friends of ours for many years. We are so thankful for their hospitality and the concern they have for our family. This morning we got up and headed home ... a nine hour drive. We arrived just after services began at Central tonight. We are having three "Good News Nights" with Danny Dodd. He did his usual great job tonight. Students from Magnolia Bible College are here to distribute invitations to the night services. Also we have new people here from Missouri and some returning from Georgia. It was good to see everyone and it's going to be good to have a night's sleep in my own bed! Good night!
Hey, it's good to be back home again. Sometimes this old farm feels like a long lost friend.Yes, and hey, it's good to be back home again. -- John Denver
Saturday, February 18, 2006
Thursday, February 16, 2006
No News Is Good News
Wednesday, February 15, 2006
500 Miles Away From Home
Tuesday, February 14, 2006
Home For A day
Sunday, February 12, 2006
Saturday, February 11, 2006
Friday, February 10, 2006
Next is Bill Ford (L), Robbie Wood (C), and Hugh Gower (R). Bill has been down here many times. He is from Senatobia, Mississippi. Robbie is one of 'ours', and Hugh comes to us from Calhoun, LA. Hugh is on his second trip to Pascagoula.
Below is the Hope Missions crew that will be flying back home tomorrow. They are an awesome bunch of Christian people!
Crew from Arkansas hard at work.
Maggy sitting on her new couch. Thanks Chris Lockhart for helping us pick them out and get them loaded over to the house, and unloaded into the house!
How new houses are to be built on the Coast.
There are both happy and sad stories to tell tonight. But, I will just share these images and let that be that.
On a Personal Note: I will have a nerve ending test on my hands tomorrow. I hear that it's a painful test, so give me a little prayer! Also, thanks to Gary Kirkendall, who wrote very kind things about me on his latest blogpost. I also enjoyed a conversation with my old friend Eddie Lewis today. That was a blessing.
Thursday, February 09, 2006
Wednesday, February 08, 2006
Monday, February 06, 2006
Sunday, February 05, 2006
Henry is hispanic and does not speak much English. He has a great heart and is a hard worker. He is always happy. One day he mopped and swept our entire church building ... a tough job. Through a mixture of broken English and hand gestures Henry made it clear to me that he wanted to be baptized and be a member of the Central Church. Perhaps when Tammy and Ramona Matthews get here, they can sit down and have a good Bible study with Henry, since they know how to speak his language. I am going to make an effort to learn some conversational Spanish. I've been wanting to, but this gives me more motivation. I also would like to offer some English speaking classes, but I'm not sure how to get started. I've written Dennis Mitchell for some information. He teaches those classes to international students at University Church of Christ in Monroe, LA. Anyway, I believe Henry is my brother in Christ. We communicate in smiles and hugs mostly. A J Olivares is one of our hispanic teens, and he talked with Henry for a while tonight. I should have gotten a picture of that, but I didn't think about it at the time.
Tonight we had a Super Bowl party at the church building. Since we have a crew here from Pennsylvania, they had a great interest in the game. We had a great time visiting and enjoying the game together. Our new brothers and sister were with us, giving us even more time to enjoy getting to know them. Tomorrow the crew from Hope Missions will get started on a week of intensive work. I can't wait to see what they accomplish.
This morning a brother offered to pay for my radio program if I would go back on the air. I will begin making those arrangments asap!
I think tomorrow we are going to address a problem we have in the fact that our seating is too limited on Sunday mornings. A great problem to have, yes? Yes! We've never had that problem in the 14 years I've been at Central!
We continue to keep needs lists updated as well as work crew reports at our church website: www.123Jesus.com . Any of you who have the ability, we would love for that website addy to be published in church bulletins and other places where Christians might access it. Thanks for your help in getting the word out!
Hope your week and mine will be one spent with our eyes wide open to the opportunities provided by our Father.
Below: Heather has a new security job and had a humorous moment with David Kilbern this morning!