Feb
17
2018
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SATURDAY, 2/17/18

“Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you.” (Ephesians 4:32)

Good morning from Birmingham, Alabama.

Bro. Benny McGath and our bus workers will meet at 8:30AM today before going out to visit on their respective routes.  Pray for this ministry.

Addition – Found out after I had posted this entry that Caroline Ford has been admitted to the hospital.  That is all I know at this point.  Pray for Caroline.

Pray for the Stacey Creal Moore family today as they gather for her celebration of life service at noon.

Larry Whitehurst leaves tomorrow heading back to Jacksonville, Florida to meet with his doctors.  Pray for traveling mercies and a good report from the doctors.

Regular schedule tomorrow morning and evening on our campus.  In hopes that many members of the Friendship family will be faithful.

It was exactly thirty nine years ago today that I met with the bus workers of the Friendship family for the very first time as their newly hired bus director.  I remember that meeting like it was yesterday.  Where has the time gone?  I never imagined the journey God had for me beginning February 17, 1979.  The absolute best part of that journey?  Meeting a young lady named Lisa Clark who would become my wife fifteen months later.  I will forever be grateful to Bro. Johnny Tucker for introducing me to Bro. Robbie Howard a month prior to 2/17/79 and to Bro. Robbie for advocating me being hired as Friendship’s bus director.  What an integral part of my life did Bro. Robbie and Miss Peggy become and I am still impacted by them to this very day.  So many great memories!

It was good seeing my parents, Sue and Josh at breakfast yesterday.  The best part?  Eddie picked up the ticket!  I simply do not see my parents often enough and I realize that but never seem to change it.

Met Lisa and Gina at an Exit on I-65 and Gina hurriedly left to go spend the weekend with Lawson and his family.  Lisa is now in “heaven” and it has nothing to do with being with me but has everything to do with being in the Riverchase Galleria!

Enjoyed a bowl of Brunswick stew at Full Moon Bar-b-que yesterday afternoon.  A North Alabama staple that is not even on the radar in South Alabama.

Lord willing, I will travel up to Hanceville, Alabama this morning to watch the Danville High School girls play in the North Regional basketball tourney.  This will give me a great opportunity to see just about everyone who lives in the Danville area including Pastor Jack Bailey, Pastor Joe David Bailey and a host of long time friends.

Lisa and I have a ministry opportunity or two this afternoon.  Pray those go well.  We will then head South and, Lord willing, will be present for all three services tomorrow.

Our Finance Committee meets tomorrow afternoon at 4:15PM in the 20-29 classroom.

I pray that you will have a great Saturday with Jesus.

 

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Feb
16
2018
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FRIDAY, 2/16/18

“Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you.” (Ephesians 4:32)

Good morning from Nashville, TN.  Eddie drove from Kalamazoo down to Nashville last night.  We stopped for about four hours of sleep and are now heading to meet our parents at the Cracker Barrel in Hartselle, Alabama.  My nephew, Josh, will then take me to Birmingham to get my car and I will later hook up with Lisa & Gina.

Thank you to those who prayed for the celebration of life service for my Aunt Alice.  Things went well and for that I am very thankful.  Uncle Harley, Tony, Troy & Josh were extremely gracious to me and I am grateful.  There was a really good attendance at the visitation as well as the actual service.  I met cousins that I have never met before and saw lots of folks that I did not know.  I was honored to be a part of that service and I am grateful for the influence Aunt Alice had in my life.

Our bus workers will meet in the morning at 8:30AM.  Everyone invited to join them.

Stacey Creal Moore passed from this life on Monday, 2/12.  There will be a visitation tomorrow from 11:00AM until the noon service time.  The visitation and service will take place at the St. Elmo Bible Church.  Pray for Wade, Brooke and Rebecca along with the rest of the family as they walk through this valley.

I pray that you will have a great Friday with Jesus.

 

 

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Feb
15
2018
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THURSDAY, 2/15/18

“Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you.” (Ephesians 4:32)

Good morning from Kalamazoo, Michigan.  The only disappointing thing to me thus far is the temperature.  It is forty three degrees here!  What is up with that?  It is February and it is supposed to be cold!  Oh well, the locals are happy!

There is someone within the Friendship family in need of our prayer support today.  I ask you to join me in praying for them.

I am heading to Grandville, MI first thing this morning to allow Dr. Derek Draft to do some dental work on me.  What a great guy!  What a great dentist.  He has always been so very kind to Lisa and me.

Our family will have a private time from 11:00AM until noon and the friends will visit until the 2:00PM service time.  At least two of Alice’s sons will speak, my brother, Eddie, will deliver the eulogy and I will bring the message.  I simply ask that you pray for the service.  I am honored that Uncle Harley, Tony, Troy & Josh have asked me to take part in this service remembering Aunt Alice.  What a sweetheart she was!

We had some time with family last night and will have more today immediately following the service.  Eddie & I will then begin the drive to Hartselle, Alabama.  We may drive through the night or we may stop at some point along the way.  Time will tell.

Regular schedule for the Friendship family this Sunday morning and evening.  Hope to be joined by many members of the Friendship family.

I pray that you will have a great Thursday with Jesus.

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Feb
14
2018
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WEDNESDAY, 2/14/18

“Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you.” (Ephesians 4:32)

Happy birthday to my older brother, Eddie.  I hope he has a good day.

Hey guys, it is V Day!  I bought Lisa a gift card yesterday and then spent more on the V Day card than I did on the gift card!  Whatever happened to those ninety nine cents cards?  I definitely need to buy one at discount tomorrow or Friday and keep it to use next year!  Highway robbery!

Good morning from the Birmingham airport.  I left Grand Bay at midnight and arrived at the airport at 4:00AM.  I only made two stops that totaled about ten minutes.  Traffic was very light and the deer stayed on the side of the road – thank God!

Regular schedule today – morning and evening.  Bro. Jerry will preach in my absence.

I am flying to Cleveland, Ohio where Eddie will meet me and then we will drive the four hours or so to Kalamazoo, MI.  We have a family meal tonight and then the service tomorrow afternoon at 2:00PM.  Eddie will do the eulogy and I will bring the message.  Pray that all goes well.

I would tell you how I am getting home but you would just be confused.  It involves Lisa, Gina, Lawson, Eddie, the Danville girls basketball team, et cetera.

The Faith Academy boys won their game decisively last night.  They now advance to Dothan for the regionals.  The girls advanced on Monday night.  Both teams will play on Monday.  Lord willing, I hope to attend to support Anna.

I pray that you will have a great Wednesday with Jesus.

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Feb
13
2018
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TUESDAY, 2/13/18

“Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you.” (Ephesians 4:32)

Word came to me last night of the passing from this life of a Grand Bay resident.  I do not feel comfortable putting the name on this blog yet but will do so in time.  Just pray for the family during this most difficult time.

The Friendship family is very blessed right now in that we have no members in the hospital.  That is good considering how much sickness has been going on everywhere.  We give God the praise.

We are on a regular schedule tomorrow morning and evening.  I think most of you are aware that I will not be present which makes four consecutive Wednesdays for me to miss.  That has never happened in all the years of my ministry.  The birth of a grandchild, two Wednesdays in Guatemala and now the passing of an Aunt.  I have missed two consecutive Wednesdays a number of times but never three and certainly not four.  I am thankful that Bro. Jerry is here to preach/teach in my absence.

Gina and I went to watch Anna and the girls of Faith Academy play last night.  They slaughtered the other team.  So much so that we left at halftime as the score difference was thirty nine points.  Gina only went in order for me to feed her at Steak & Shake before the game.  She has learned well from her sister, Daphne, and her cousin, Jamie.

Lord willing, I will drive to Birmingham during the night and catch an early morning flight tomorrow.  This is going to be a by air and by land trip.  Too much to explain but it is all good.

I pray that you will have a great Tuesday with Jesus.

 

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Feb
12
2018
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MONDAY, 2/12/18

“Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you.” (Ephesians 4:32)

This entry is late.  I apologize.  I was up much earlier but just could not make my fingers type.  Actually could not engage my peanut brain!

The celebration of life service for Helen Jarvis takes place this morning at 10:00AM preceded by one hour of visitation with the family.  Everything at Mobile Memorial Gardens Funeral Home.  Pray for Bonnie and the family.

The service for my Aunt Alice will take place on Thursday, 2/15.  Lord willing, I will catch a flight on Wednesday morning heading that way.  I plan to be back in Grand Bay at some point on Saturday.  Thank you for praying for this family.

Larry Whitehurst goes back to Jacksonville, FL next week to consult with his doctors.  He is still having some issues and continues to need our prayer support.

Well, I have to say “to God be the glory!”  He did great things in our midst yesterday.  I also have to say a huge “thank you” to the members of the Friendship family for their faithfulness.  I was anxious about yesterday’s attendance and you proved me wrong.  Now, we did not set any records but we had a good attendance especially considering the rain, the sicknesses and the public schools being out this week.  God is good!  You are faithful.  I am grateful!

Anna and the girls play tonight at 6:00PM.  Win and advance to Dothan for regional play.  I believe they will win.

Bobby left for Spring Training yesterday morning.  Going to miss having Bobby in our services.  Go Nats!

I pray that you will have a great Monday with Jesus.

 

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Feb
11
2018
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SUNDAY, 2/11/18

“Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you.” (Ephesians 4:32)

Happy birthday to my parents!  Yes, they share the same birth date three years apart.  My dad is now 82 years old and mama is now 79 years old.  I hope they have a good day!

The arrangements are still pending for my Aunt Alice’s service.  The family meets with the funeral directors at some point today.  I am honored that Uncle Harley and the boys have asked me to preach Aunt Alice’s celebration of life service.  So, I will be leaving at some point this week to honor their request.  Aunt Alice was definitely a good one and will be missed greatly by her family.

It is shortly after 2:00AM as I write this and it has been raining for the past hour or so.  You know what they say about Baptists and rain, right?  Put that with the fact that we have a good number of the Friendship family out of town plus the sicknesses that have been going around and it will drive a pastor crazy if the thinks too much about it.  So, I am in hopes that the members of the Friendship family who are in town and who are physically well will be in their rightful place this morning and evening.

I thank God for a safe, uneventful day of traveling yesterday.  I left GRACE Mountain at 3:30AM and landed in Mobile at 5:00PM.  I appreciate Soy taking me to the airport at such an early hour.  I felt pretty “odd” when he started crying and hugged my neck as I got out of the vehicle at the airport.  Next time I will just get a shuttle!

I pray that you will have a great Sunday with Jesus.

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Feb
10
2018
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SATURDAY, 2/10/18

“Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you.” (Ephesians 4:32)

Friday evening greetings from GRACE Mountain in Guatemala.  I stayed behind two days after the team left primarily because yesterday, 2/8, was Sydney’s fifth birthday.  She is our fourth oldest grandchild and she was glad to have her “Papi” celebrate the actual day with her.  I also had a meeting yesterday and another one today.  Plus, I was able to observe Deidra and the work she is now doing in the feeding center.  By the way, she is doing a great job!  (Yes, I am biased)

The visitation with the Cheryl Haynes family takes place today, 2/10, from noon until the 2:00PM service time at the Serenity Funeral Home in Theodore.  Pray for Brianne and the family during these days.

Word came to me either Thursday night or Friday morning that Helen Jarvis passed from this life on Thursday, 2/8.  If my calculations are correct, Helen was ninety six years old.  In these latter years I have had the privilege of visiting her in the convalescent facility where she lived.  Helen was a sweet lady.

The visitation with the family will take place at the Mobile Memorial Gardens Funeral Home on Monday, 2/12, from 9:00AM until the 10:00AM service time.  Pray for the family during this time.

I received word on Friday afternoon that one of my maternal Aunts, Alice Gettig, had just passed from this life.  It appears that Aunt Alice suffered a massive heart attack.  Arrangements are pending.  Pray for her husband and three sons.  Her oldest son, Tony, was the narrator for our adult Christmas musical this past December.

Regular schedule Sunday morning and evening.  Lord willing, I will be in the pulpit for all three services.  I sure hope many members of the Friendship family will be in attendance too.

I am going to be honest in saying that it was tough telling Lizzi, Sydney & Audrey good bye.  Lizzi gets it more than the other two do.  Friday has been an emotional day for me and I am normally not an emotional person.  However, I am blessed to see our daughter and her family in the center of God’s will for their lives.

I pray that you will have a great Saturday with Jesus.

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Feb
08
2018
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GRACE Ministries Blog 2/7/18

A very strong finish for this GRACE team.  The entire team made their way down to the My Special Treasure School to feed them breakfast and then to listen to the students as they sang four songs.  The entire morning was a very, very special time.  Deidra organized the meal but the ladies from Michigan did an excellent job of cooking it.  Then all of the team was involved in serving eggs, sausage, oatmeal, bread, drinks, et cetera.  Very blessed experience.

The medical team then hurried to their last clinic.  I do not know the numbers as I simply failed to ask but I do know they had a good day.  Dr. John Nicely once again did a great job coordinating the medical side of this trip.  (So much easier to do whenever Jenn Solis is not present to complain)

Dean Kapenga did such a great job of leading the building team that he was able to fly home Wednesday morning.  The building team stayed around MST a bit longer before coming back to GRACE Mountain.  They then painted on the inside of the mission house as well as the outside of the feeding center addition.  They did a nice job.

The women from the surrounding areas were still talking about the two days of conference led by Tess Scholz.  A very nice job!

Supper at Pizza Hut was followed by share time in the upper room for about an hour and a half.

The entire team will leave GRACE Mountain at 2:45AM Thursday, 2/8, heading to Chicago, Grand Rapids and Greenville.  Pray for traveling mercies.

This team has been a huge blessing.  Great spirit.  Great attitudes.  Great work ethic.  Just overall great experience with no drama – awesome!

Thanks for checking on them and thanks for praying.  Pray them safely home!  Blessings!

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Feb
07
2018
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GRACE MINISTRIES BLOG 2/6/18

The team had a really good Tuesday of ministry.  It was a short day/long day scenario.  Our morning devotion began at 6:30AM and by 7:30AM the medical team was on the road heading to the coast.  They saw four hundred folks and got back to the mission house between 7:30 – 8:00PM.  Long, but productive, day for them.

The building crew had the short day as they did not arrive in the village until noon.  They made fairly quick work of the three concrete jobs and closing up those houses.  They then dedicated all sixteen houses.  They were back on GRACE Mountain by 5:30PM or so.

The building crew also fed the students at My Special Treasure school.  Once again this was a blessed time of ministry.

Krista Arendsen and Carla Mast were paint machines yesterday.  They did some painting in a local elementary school and then painted inside the mission house.

Jeff Eckert worked on plans for the facility that will eventually be used by our medical folks.  He met with the architect.  It was a good day in that area too.

So, much was accomplished yesterday to the glory of God.  Thanks for reading.  Thanks for praying.  Blessings!

 

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