WEDNESDAY, 11/15/23

There will be no morning service on our campus this morning.  Our folks are encouraged to attend the visitations/funeral services for either/and Georgia Crawley (Serenity) and Larry Brown (Heritage).  Keep praying for these families, please!

Regular schedule on our campus tonight beginning at 6:30PM.

The Lord blessed Deidra, her girls, Lisa and me with a good day of travel yesterday.  Special thanks to deacons Eddie Albritton and TJ Vice for driving us to the airport early yesterday morning.  Yes, it was a long day as it took us right about three hours to cover the thirty miles from the airport to GRACE Mountain.  Thanks to Chino and Edgar, Jr. for meeting us at the airport and bringing us to the mountain.

A group of friends were waiting upon our arrival and that was an emotional time especially for Deidra.  The girls were happy to see their friends.  Deidra had to gather herself for a few minutes before getting out of the vehicle.  It played out just I thought it would once I knew folks would be present.  God is faithful.  We have had great support in the USA and great support here too.  Thank you, Jesus.

We were greeted by two folks in the Mobile airport yesterday morning who assured us of their prayer support.  One was from Mobile and one from Semmes.  I had no idea that they even knew of the situation but they were extremely kind in expressing their support for our family.  God is good!

Received a message during the night of someone in the states talking about how memories of Soy hit them at random times and it affects them.  I completely understand.

Just know that I love the Friendship family.  They can send me a letter of termination today and all I would be able to say would be “thank you it has been a great ride!”  The support given to us since 9/30/23 has been beyond amazing!

Pray for Bro. Abel and Bro. Dylan as they minister in my absence.  Great guys!  Pray for our nine deacons as they also minister.  I could not ask for better men to serve as deacons at time like this!  (And I do not even like deacons.  Just saying!)

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


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TUESDAY, 11/14/23

Our first prayer need this morning is to pray for those families who have lost loved ones over the past couple of days. The celebration of life service for Miss Georgia Crawley and the one for Larry Brown will both take place tomorrow at noon. Larry’s will take place from the chapel of Heritage Funeral Home in Escatawpa, MS while Miss Georgia’s will take place from the chapel of Serenity Funeral Home in Theodore, AL. Pray for these families as they walk through their respective valleys.

Also, Pastor Jorge Garcia’s father passed away in Cuba. It is my understanding that Pastor Jorge will be flying to Cuba today. Pray for traveling mercies and for the family as they deal with the loss of this family member.

Please continue to pray for Bobby Chandler as he is in a hospice care facility. Pray for Laurie and the family as they wait beside him.

Larry Crawley is still taking treatments in his battle against a malignancy. Pray for the Lord to touch him physically.

Word came yesterday that Herbert Benefield suffered a stroke while undergoing a procedure in a local hospital. I have no other details but do ask that you pray for Herbert and his family.

Pastor Mack Morris’ daughter continues to need our prayer support.

Remember, no morning service on our campus tomorrow. We will have our evening service and classes beginning at 6:30PM.

On a personal note, please pray for Deidra, Lizzi, Sydney & Audrey as they are traveling back to Guatemala today. Obviously, this is their first time back to Guatemala since the passing of Soy. I have likened it to having a scab on wound indicating that the wound has begun the healing process. In my opinion, the scab will be ripped off today which will bring a different time of grief and mourning. God is faithful and we trust Him. Lisa and I are traveling with our daughter and granddaughters. I am very grateful to the deacons and the church family for being most gracious, kind and understanding to me during this difficult season.

It was great to see Mike & Carla Parker yesterday and then to have a surprise visit from my brother, Eddie, his wife, Sue, and their grandson, Grayson.

I continue to hear from folks whom I have not seen or heard from in years. How nice is that! Thank God for family and friends!

Sorry for this delayed entry but just now getting internet service.  Thank you for understanding.

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

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Larry Oneal Brown, affectionately known as Larry, passed away peacefully on November 12, 2023, in Ocean Springs, MS. Born on March 13, 1948, in Pecan on Bayou Heron , Larry was the baby of 12 children. He was a beloved figure in his community and will be remembered for his loving, handy, and thoughtful nature.

Larry was a hard-working man, retiring from the International Paper Company and the Jackson County Roads Department. His dedication, reliability, and work ethic were admired by his colleagues. Larry was always ready to roll up his sleeves and lend a hand, a testament to his unwavering dedication to his community. Beyond his professional life, Larry had a myriad of interests that highlighted his love for nature and craftsmanship. He was a skilled beekeeper and a master woodworker, creating beautiful pieces that showcased his talent and patience. Larry also enjoyed shrimping, an activity that connected him to the natural beauty of his home state. As a relic collector, he had an eye for historical artifacts, each item telling a story that fascinated him. Larry had a special love for tractors, a passion that harked back to his rural roots and symbolized his love for hard work and the land. Larry was a man of many talents, but above all, he was a man of kindness, love, and thoughtfulness. His family, friends, and community will remember him for his big heart and the way he touched the lives of those around him. His legacy will live on in the hearts and minds of all who knew him. Larry Oneal Brown was not just a man, but a symbol of love, dedication, and kindness. He will be dearly missed but never forgotten.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Nathaniel Richard and Mary Edna (Stork) Brown, and his siblings, Olive Lorena Hart, Robert Lee Brown, Marion Richard Brown, and Cecil Paul Brown.

Larry was a devoted family man, cherishing his 55 years of marriage to his beloved wife, Joyce Elaine (Brinkman) Brown. Their love story was one for the ages, a testament to their dedication and commitment to one another. His children, Susan (Keith) Powell, Neal Brown, and Lessley Eger, were the pride of his life. Larry was always there to lend a hand, share wisdom, or simply lend a listening ear. He was a proud grandfather to Jacob (Nicole) White, Alexandria (Billy) Creswell, Shannon (Kelly) Morel, and Garrett Eger. His great-grandchildren, Sawyer and Seth White, Scarlett and Grayson Creswell, and a soon-to-arrive baby boy Creswell, brought immense joy to his later years. Larry was the beloved brother of Mary Catt, Shirley Schmitz Clyde, Clarence, Kenneth, Lonnie, and Sidney (Stephanne) Brown. His family circle extended to numerous nieces and nephews, each of whom held a special place in his heart.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to all the nursing staff at Ocean Springs Hospital MICU and the Hospice floor.

In lieu of flowers please make donations in honor of Larry Oneal Brown to the following:
Ochsner Multi-Organ Transplant Institute -1514 Jefferson Hwy, Jefferson , LA 70121 or
Singing River Cancer Center – 3535 Bienville Blvd Suite 220, Ocean Springs, MS 39564

Visitation will be held from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 15, 2023, at Heritage Funeral Home in Moss Point, MS. Funeral service will follow in the funeral home chapel beginning at 12:00 p.m. with Bro. Jeff Saksa officiating. Interment will be held at Orange Grove Cemetery.

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Georgia Phillips Crawley went to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ at her home in Grand Bay November 11, 2023, surrounded by her loved ones.

Georgia was born at home on February 2, 1936, in Antioch Mississippi. She is preceded in death by her parents James Otho Phillips and Eunice McNeil Phillips.

She is survived by her husband of 65 years, Delaney Crawley, children Larry Crawley, Marilyn Crawley, David Crawley (Diane) Iris O’Brien (Joby) and Grandchildren, Nicole Taylor (Chris) Rachael Sigsbee (Shane) Ivey O’Brien, Emma Sakon (Ethan) Sage O’Brien, Savannah Crawley, Jack O’Brien, Jorgia O’Brien, Amelia Lee Crawley, Great Grandchildren, Truett Taylor, Riley Mae Sigsbee, Tag Taylor and Shepard Sigsbee.

Georgia was a great lover of family, music, food, education and ministry. At eight years old, she sold two calves which she raised to buy her first piano. At the age of twelve, she became the church pianist at Antioch Baptist Church. She later learned to play the organ and would play piano and organ for multiple congregations for over seventy years. She taught piano lessons for the better part of her life. She was often found sitting at her piano playing hymns from her childhood, late into the night.

In High School, she won the state championship in Mississippi for her cherry pie. This earned her a trip to the National 4-H Convention in Chicago, IL.

She graduated from Jones Junior College and Mississippi University for Women (the “W”). She met Delaney Crawley, a Mississippi State student, whom she met at the “W’s” BSU Valentine’s banquet. They fell in love and were married nine months later. She graduated in 1957 with a Bachelor of Fine Art’s Degree in Home Economics.

Following Delaney’s graduation, they moved to Mobile, Alabama and finally settled in Grand Bay. In 1969 Georgia started Magnolia Springs Christian School, where she taught first and second grades. She later went on to earn her Master’s in counseling from the University of South Alabama and became a Guidance Counselor for Theodore High School.

She and Delaney started Children’s Church, a new concept, at Friendship Baptist in Grand Bay which continues to this day. They also started an inner-city ministry in the Happy Hill’s area in Mobile. In 1973 Georgia and Delaney started a telephone hotline ministry, to lead others to faith in Christ with a three-minute Gospel presentation. They later expanded this ministry to Washington D.C.

In 1974 they worked with Here’s Life Gulf Coast through Campus Crusade for Christ (CCC) and were also in charge of showing Christian films in the local theaters in Mobile. They felt called into part-time Christian Ministry with Here’s Life America (CCC), while Delaney continued to work with the U.S. Navy.

In 1976 Georgia and Delaney led CCC’s “I Found It” campaign for the Mobile area.

In 1978 Georgia and Delaney were called to part time staff with CCC.

When ‘The Jesus Film’ was released, their lives were changed forever, and they joined CCC’s Jesus Film Project. Georgia and Delaney took ‘The Jesus Film’ to Haiti in 1982. Realizing the great impact of the film, they both left their jobs and launched into full time Christian ministry. They soon became the field reps for The Jesus Film Project and spent the next 41 years taking ‘The Jesus Film,’ and the Gospel of Christ to over 40 nations.

In addition to showing ‘The Jesus Film,’ drilling water wells, discipling and starting new churches, Georgia would lead women’s conferences while Delaney discipled the men.

Taking the Gospel of Christ to the ends of the earth, Georgia and Delaney found themselves hundreds of miles up the Amazon River, in the Arctic of Siberia, and in the deepest parts of the African Congo. They lived in Moscow, The Republic of Georgia and The Ukraine.

In 1997 they retired from Campus Crusade and started ‘Here’s Life Africa,’ in Tanzania and seven surrounding nations. In 2013 they left to start a new ministry, ‘Mission To Zambia,’ which continued up until 2023.

Georgia helped to start the current food pantry at Union Baptist Church and was also a member of Union Baptist’s Dixie Dulcimer Players.

Growing up in the rural in Mississippi, education was of utmost importance to Georgia, and she was very proud the education of her children and grandchildren. She was always counting the schools of higher learning where her immediate family had studied.

The most important thing in Georgia’s life was that her children and generations that follow, would walk with The Lord. She taught her family how to have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. She died with perfect peace, and she would love for you to experience that same peace she had through Christ.

“But, as it is written, “What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man imagined, what God has prepared for those who love Him.” (1 Corinthians 2:9)

The family would like to thank Adonis Caring Hands for ministering to their parents in their time of great need.

Services will be held on Wednesday, November 15, 2023, from the chapel of Serenity Funeral Home at 12 o’clock noon. A visitation will begin at 10:00 a.m. until service time. Interment will follow at Serenity Memorial Gardens.

In lieu of flowers, the family would ask that donations be made to the food pantry at Union Baptist Church, Grand Bay, Alabama.

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First, let me announce that there will be no morning service on our campus this Wednesday, 11/15.

The visitation and service for Miss Georgia Crawley will take place at Serenity Funeral Home in Theodore, AL.

The visitation with the Larry Brown family will take place this Wednesday, 11/15, beginning at 10:00AM and lasting until the noon service time.  Both visitation and service will take place at the Heritage Funeral Home in Escatawpa, MS.  Burial will take place in the Orange Grove Cemetery.  Pray for Elaine and the entire Larry Brown family.


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MONDAY, 11/13/23

Larry Brown, Elaine’s husband, passed from this life last night.  Pray for Elaine and the family as they walk through this valley.

Pastor Alfredo Garcia’s father passed away yesterday.  He lived in Cuba and Pastor Alfredo will he traveling there for the service.  Pray for the Garcia family.

Keep praying for Bobby & Laurie Chandler and their family.

The visitation and service for Georgia Crawley will take place this Wednesday, 11/15.  Visitation with the family from 10:00AM until the noon service time.  Pray for Delaney and family.

Good day in our services yesterday with two professions of faith in our morning service.  Praise the Lord!

The retirement reception for Bro. Jerry Hovel went well.  Thank you to each person who helped and to all who attended.  Bro. Jerry will be with us for the evening service on December 10.  Otherwise his time on staff here has ended.  Thank you Bro. Jerry for twenty-one plus years of service.  Pray for Bro. Jerry & Miss Tena in this new chapter of their life.

The evening service saw the Friendship family extend a call to Pastor Alfredo Garcia to come alongside our Spanish ministry beginning in January serving as the pastor of that ministry.

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

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SUNDAY, 11/12/23

Miss Georgia Crawley passed from this life yesterday morning. Serenity Funeral Home is handling the arrangements which have not been completed at this time.  Pray for Delaney and the family.

Please continue to pray for Bobby Chandler as he remains in a hospice facility.  Pray for Laurie and the family too.

Our friend in Michigan, Kristie Potts, remains hospitalized.  She continues to lose weight which is not a good thing.  Pray for Kristie, John and their family.

Retirement reception in our Christian Activities Building for Bro. Jerry Hovel this afternoon from 2:00 – 3:30PM.  Everyone is invited to attend.

Regular schedule on our campus today – morning and evening.

Experiencing God small groups beginning at 4:00PM today.

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

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SATURDAY, 11/11/23

Happy twelfth birthday to our granddaughter, Lizzi.  We love Lizzi and are praying that she will have a great day.  Happy birthday, Lizzi!

Happy Veterans Day!  A huge “thank you” to those who have served our country!  To quote President Truman – “Our debt to the heroic men and valiant women in the service of our country can never be repaid. They have earned our undying gratitude.” 

Adrian Bates is getting married today!  Congratulations!  Pray for the ceremony to be a special spiritual time!

We will host a retirement ceremony for Bro. Jerry Hovel tomorrow afternoon from 2:00 – 3:30PM in our Christian Activities Building.  All members of the Friendship family are invited to attend.  A basket will be available for cards, gift cards, money.

Regular schedule on our campus tomorrow morning and evening.  Join us!

Larry Brown, Bobby Chandler and Kristie Potts remain at the top of my prayer list.  Kayla tells me that Hannah is doing very well in her recovery.  Pray for these folks!

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


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FRIDAY, 11/10/23

Bobby Chandler remains in the hospice facility.  Pray for Bobby, Laurie and the family.

Larry Brown remains in an intensive care unit.  Keep praying for Larry, Elaine and family.

Hannah Hatcher continues to recover at home from her surgery.  Keep praying.

I heard from Roseanne Baria this week and Robert is still hanging in there.  He gets knocked down but, in typical Robert fashion, he gets back up!  Pray for Robert & Roseanne.

Our friend, Kristie Potts, is in the hospital and is obviously having some difficulties.  Pray for Kristie, John and the family.

Remember, there will be a retirement reception for Bro. Jerry Hovel this Sunday afternoon, 11/12, from 2:00 – 3:30PM in the Christian Activities Building.  Gifts are accepted and appreciated.  Contact Clara Broadus if you want to help with this reception.

The Thanksgiving meal for the senior adults within the Friendship family will take place this Thursday, November 16, in the CAB from 10:00AM until noon.  Contact Sherry Howell if you want to help with this ministry opportunity.

Regular schedule on our campus this Sunday, 11/12.  Going to be a great day so join us!

Our blog readership has seemingly hit an all time high as it now stands at eighteen!  Can you believe it?

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

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Elaine Brown’s husband, Larry, was taken to the hospital via an ambulance early, early Monday morning.  He was placed in an intensive care unit and remains there this afternoon.  He has been battling a malignancy, has heart issues, and has suffered a stroke.  They are doing more tests to determine the extent of the damage and to make a treatment plan.  Pray for Larry, Elaine and their family.

MAJOR CHANGE – the Thanksgiving meal set for Thursday, 11/16, (one week from today) WILL take place.  Sherry Howell is coordinating this meal and she needs some help.  Younger folks are needed to do either a sweet potato casserole, a dessert or bake and carve a turkey.  If you will help, please contact Sherry or you can call her mother, Clara Broadus.  Again, this is for next Thursday, November 16, 2023.

Why the change?  Yes!  LOL!  (Remember, I had a seizure!)

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