SATURDAY, 6/18/22

The visitation and memorial service for Michelle Fore’s father takes place this afternoon in D’Iberville, MS.  Visitation begins at 3:00PM and the service begins at 4:00PM.  Keep praying for the Seymour family.

The arrangements for Miss Martez are as follows:  visitation Monday at the church from 5:00 – 8:00PM.  Visitation at Serenity Funeral Home on Tuesday from 9:00 – 11:00AM.  Celebration of life service at 11:00AM on Tuesday from Serenity.  Pray for Norman and the family.

There “may” be some changes to our schedule tomorrow.  I will post an entry this afternoon with a definitive word.

The team in Guatemala built six houses (minus the concrete), had a soccer clinic and worked on the girl’s fifteenth birthday party which takes place this afternoon.  All is well.

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

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FRIDAY, 4/17/22

A graveside service for J.R. Ellerman will take place this morning at 10:00AM at Jubilee Memorial Gardens in Daphne, AL.  Pray for the Ellerman family during this time.

A visitation will take place with the Jerry Seymour family (Michelle Fore’s father) tomorrow, 6/18, beginning at 3:00PM and lasting until the 4:00PM service.  Everything takes place at the Heritage United Methodist Church, 4322 Popp’s Ferry Road, D’Iberville, MS.  Pray for the Seymour family.

The Martez Richerson family will meet with the funeral directors this afternoon.  I will post those arrangements once they are finalized.  Keep praying for Norman and family.

The team, minus one, arrived safe and sound on GRACE Mountain yesterday afternoon.  All is well and the missing person should arrive today.  Pray for the team as they go build houses today.

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

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Dale Ellerman’s father passed from this life shortly before 8:00AM today.  Pray for Dale’s mother, Dale and the rest of the family. Arrangements pending.

Michelle Fore’s father very unexpectedly passed from this life this morning.  Michelle’s parents live in Biloxi, MS.  We have prayed for Michelle’s mother numerous times as she is battling a malignancy.  Pray for Michelle’s mother, Michelle and the rest of the family.  Arrangements pending.

Miss Martez Richerson is at home but is not doing well.  Her children are all staying with her and Mr. Norman 24/7.  It appears the end is near as far as this earthly life is concerned.  Pray for Miss Martez and the family.

Steve Morris did not have his test this past Monday due to the doctor not being able to be present.  Keep praying for Steve & Virginia.

Continue to pray for Myrtle Bowden.

I do not have an update on whether Bill Goff or Lanell McConnell have been moved to rehab facilities.  Just keep praying.

Shawn Felps did not have any blockages per his heart cath on Monday.  Praise the Lord!

I am not sure if Rick Bradley’s father was discharged from the hospital.  Regardless, keep praying for Mr. Bradley.

Tim & Peggy Knighten continue to pray and wait.  Keep praying with them.

I am very grateful to our deacons and their support of this pastor.  Great brothers in the Lord!

A team of thirty five folks will travel from Dallas, Texas; Atlanta, GA (Wetumpka, AL team) and Mobile, AL tomorrow morning heading to Guatemala.  Pray for traveling mercies.

The revival services at Iglesia JET in Guatemala went very well.  Thank you to Evangelist Michael Mason for a job very well done in preaching the Word!  Pastor Jerry Godoy did an excellent job in translating.  Pastor Adan was a gracious host pastor.  Soy & Deidra were excellent hosts to Dr. Michael.  To God be the glory!

My first few days in Guatemala have been pretty full attending the revival service on Monday, in counseling sessions, leading a morning devotion for the South Carolina team and getting ready for the arrival of our team.

By the way, yesterday, June 14, marked the fifth anniversary of Soy, Deidra, Lizzi, Sydney & Audrey moving to Guatemala.  Wow, what an amazing five years!  Only God!

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



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MONDAY, 6/13/22

Good morning from the Mobile airport where Lisa are waiting to board a plane to Atlanta where we will connect to a flight to Guatemala City.  Many thanks to Eddie Albritton for transporting us to the airport at 4:00AM.  (I was not real happy with the fuel “surcharge” ($25) he added to the ticket but it is what it is!

Shawn Felps is having a heart cath this morning.  Pray for the doctors to get a clear picture of what is taking place with his heart.

Dale Ellerman’s father has been admitted to a hospice facility.  He has declined physically very quickly.  Pray for Mr. Ellerman, Mrs. Ellerman, Dale and the entire family.

Bill Goff remains in the hospital but “may” be moved to a rehab facility today.  What a great Christian gentleman!  Pray for Bill.

Lanell McConnell is also in the hospital with a broken ankle due to a fall.  She is in good spirits and is witnessing to everyone who comes in contact with her.  Pray for quick recovery.  I “think” she will be looking a entering a rehab facility too.

Rick Bradley’s father is scheduled to be discharged from the hospital tomorrow, 6/14.  Keep praying for Mr. Bradley.

Steve Morris was not in our services yesterday which most likely means he was not feeling well.  Virginia was present but I did not get the opportunity to speak to her.  Pray for Steve.

Tiffany told me that her mother, Myrtle Bowden, was doing ok.  Continue to pray.

Tim Knighten continues to patiently wait on further word from M.D. Anderson Hospital.  Keep praying!

A team of thirty something folks will be flying from Mobile and Atlanta this Thursday to make up our first GRACE Ministries team of the Summer.  Pray for them as they make final preparations to leave.

Speaking of mission trips, Johnny & Charlene Sessions had a great trip to Kentucky last week  with the Mobile Baptist Builders.  Good stuff.  Interested in learning more about the MBB, contact Johnny!

We were blessed with a good day in our services yesterday.  Ian did a nice job of leading our musical worship in Brad’s absence.  Addison hit it out of the park last night!  Thank God for His blessings!

It seemed that our VBS went well last night.  Thank you to all who are making this happen!

Friendship family, please mark the dates of July 20 – August 28, 2022 on your calendars as we will enter a season of prayer and fasting.  Then, on Sunday, August 28, we will conclude that period of time with a special offering for the purchase of the eighteen acres that adjoins our back forty.  Our goal is one hundred and thirteen thousand dollars.  With God, we can do this.  We will do this with His help!

I shared a bit of our vision in last night’s service as we look to move forward with some changes.  I have been consulting with our deacons for months now regarding this possibility.  More details to come!

Church wide fellowship on Sunday, July 3, beginning at 5:00PM.  Stacey Dyess will be the lead chef as he will cook up some awesome pork (think Porky)!  The members of the Friendship family are asked to bring potato salad, baked beans and desserts.  It will help if you sign up for this gathering.

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



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FRIDAY, 6/10/22

Bill Goff remains in the hospital after having his hip surgically repaired.  The family is trying to find a rehab facility for Bill.  As normal, Bill is in good spirits and has a great attitude.  Pray for Bill!

Rick Bradley’s dad also remains in the hospital.  The plan is for him to be there until at least this coming Tuesday, 6/14.  Keep praying for Mr. Bradley.

Keep praying for Myrtle Bowden as she continues to battle her malignancy at home.

Steve Morris will have a more extensive test this Monday, 6/13.  Pray for the doctors to get a great view of what is taking place in Steve’s body.  Steve continues to trust God!

Miss Martez Richerson remains at home under the care of her family.  Pray for Martez, Norman and the family.

Sonny Bates will most likely be heading back to New Orleans in a few weeks due to some numbers that are going in the wrong direction.  Pray for Sonny, Jeanette and the doctor.  By the way, Jeanette is having pain in her hands which is not good when you are a pianist.  One of Sonny’s & Jeanette’s granddaughters broke her arm while doing gymnastics.  (One more reason that I do not do gymnastics)

My cousin, Bradley Turrentine, had part of one kidney surgically removed this past Monday.  The lab work shows that he has stage two kidney cancer.  The doctor thinks it was contained.  They have a plan in place over the next six months.  Pray for Brad.

Kendall Falana contacted me and asked us to pray for his father who has been diagnosed with a malignancy.  Join me in praying for Mr. Falana.

We have a team of thirty seven heading to Guatemala this Thursday, 6/16.  Pray for them as final preparations are made.

Evangelist Michael Mason will travel to Guatemala today where he will preach revival services at Iglesia JET tonight, Saturday, Sunday and Monday.  Pray for those folks to experience real revival!

Regular schedule on our campus this Sunday morning and evening!

VBS this Sunday, 6/12, from 5:00 – 7:00PM.  Pray for VBS!

Not sure how Bro. Abel’s fundraiser went last night.  Probably not as good as mine this past Sunday.  Just saying!

I enjoyed some of a Grand Bay watermelon from Sessions Produce last night.  It was delicious!

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

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If all goes as planned, Lisa and I will land in Mobile at 8:30AM, drive straight home in order for me to shower and be in the 10:00AM service.  It really depends on the ATL to MOB flight being on time or early!  Otherwise, Bro. Jerry will teach in my absence.

Pray for Robert Baria as he is having some health issues.  If he is not better this morning, Roseanne will take him to the hospital.

There is a surgery scheduled to take place today.  I am not at liberty to say who is having surgery but do ask you to join me in praying that all goes well.

Keep praying for Myrtle Bowden as she continues to battle her malignancy.

I am sure that I am missing some prayer needs but God knows.

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

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Our oldest daughter, Deidra, celebrates a milestone birthday today, 6/6.  Lisa and I wish her the best!  Our original plan was to be in Guatemala with her today but the State Farm convention changed those plans.  Happy birthday, Deidra.  We love you!

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FRIDAY, 6/3/22

Unless something changes that dictates otherwise, this will be my last blog entry until Thursday, June 9.  So, let me hit the highlights.

Please continue to pray for those on our prayer list including the unspoken requests.  Thank you!

Stacey & Gayla Dyess messaged me last night asking prayer for Stacey’s nephew’s wife as she is carrying twins.  The mother is being transported to Houston, Texas in order to try and save the babies.  They have twin-twin transfusion syndrome.  Join me in praying for this family!

My sister, Melissa, will have a surgical procedure done today.  Blowing up her kidney stones?  Something along those lines!

Johnny & Charlene Sessions leave today for a mission trip to Kentucky.  They are part of the Mobile Baptist Builders.  Pray for Johnny & Charlene along with the others involved in this ministry.

Regular schedule on our campus this Sunday morning and evening.

Our 2022 Vacation Bible School begins this Sunday, June 5, at 5:00PM.  Ends at 7:00PM.  This will be our Sunday evening normal through June and July.

We will have our regular evening worship service beginning at 6:00PM during the nights of VBS.

We are in the process of getting the names of those who plan to attend the barbecue fellowship and cake auction on Sunday, July 3, beginning at 5:00PM.  Not an absolute that you sign up but it definitely helps us have sufficient food.  You can sign up in any of our worship services.

First Baptist Church of Grand Bay will welcome their new pastor, David Thomas and his wife, Dana, to their church this Sunday, June 5.  Pray for Pastor & Mrs. Thomas along with the First Baptist Church family.

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



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THURSDAY, 6/2/22

Myrtle Bowden has received a shot the past two days and will do so again today.  Keep praying for Myrtle.

Rick Bradley’s father remains in the hospital and will possibly be there for another two weeks or so.  Keep praying for Mr. Bradley.

Keep praying for Miss Martez Richerson.

Good day in our services yesterday.

Regular schedule on our campus this Sunday morning and evening.  VBS begins at 5:00PM.

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

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The service for Marie Brooks’ sister, Libby, takes place today at noon from the chapel of Holder-Wells Funeral Home in Moss Point.  It will be preceded by two hours of visitation with the family.  Pray for this family.

Steve Morris had the swallowing test which revealed no blockage.  The doctor wants to do a more comprehensive test.  Steve says he has been swallowing better the past few days.  He has his second therapy treatment today.  Keep praying for Steve.

I do not have an update on Dale Ellerman’s father but ask that you keep praying.

Regular schedule on our campus this morning and tonight.

Today, we will begin the sign up process for our July 3 barbecue fellowship.  We just need to get a general idea so as to have sufficient food, drinks, et cetera.

Our VBS begins this Sunday, 6/5, at 5:00PM and will end at 7:00PM.  Pass the word!

I pray that you will have a great first day of June with Jesus!

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