Apr
06
2020
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MONDAY, 4/6/20

“So, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience; bearing with one another, and forgiving each other, whoever has a complaint against anyone; just as the Lord forgave you, so also should you. Beyond all these things put on love, which is the perfect bond of unity. Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body; and be thankful.” Colossians 3:12-15 (NASB)

The church office is open today from 8:00AM until 3:00PM.  However, I strongly encourage folks to not get out for any reason as the medical folks think this is going to be the worst week yet for the virus.  How about our offering?  My suggestion is either mailing it (P.O. Box 756) or giving online this week.  This would be a good week to not go to the grocery store or any where.

I am still rejoicing over God’s blessings and the wonderful job the “terrific thirteen” did for forty eight hours this weekend.  Just amazing!

Mary Jackson was taken to a local hospital last night.  Not sure of any of the details but do ask that you join me in praying for Miss Mary.

Belvin McDonald remains at his daughter’s, Karen, house in Mobile.  He is thought to have some pneumonia and was placed on medication for it.  Keep praying for Belvin.

Tim Knighten is awaiting the results of his PET scan.  Keep praying for Tim.

Keep praying for Myrtle Bowden.  Likewise for Andy Hamil.

We were blessed with a good day in our ministry efforts yesterday.  I still do not like the concept but I understand the need for it right now. I appreciate all who are helping make getting the Word out possible.

This Wednesday, 4/8, I will lead our regular Bible study through Zoom beginning at 6:30PM.  I will ask Daphne to host the meeting and participants will have to be granted permission to enter in order to help us know who is joining.  We need for you to sign in using your name and not just “iPhone”, “iPad”, et cetera.  Also, I think it is best that once the teaching begins that all participants turn off their video portion so as to not distract others who are watching.  Living and learning.

Here are our plans for Easter Sunday 2020.  We will have a drive in sunrise service beginning at 6:00AM featuring the preaching ministry of Pastor Wes Bates.  We will then have another drive in service which will begin at 8:00AM.  We will then live stream a service beginning at 9:15AM.  This is a fluid situation as we will have to watch the weather and make some definitive calls maybe as late as Saturday afternoon.  Stayed tuned!

John Milton Ladnier’s garden is looking very good.  He is about one month ahead of me.  Mine is not fairing so well at this point as it needs rain.  I can honestly say that the garden has not been on the top of list priority wise as other things have weighed on my mind.  However, I hope to have something to pick come late May and then in June.  We shall see.

Lisa and I made the decision around 9:00PM this past Friday night to drive to Rocky Ford, Alabama to visit my parents on Saturday.  So, we left at 3:30AM and arrived back in Grand Bay at 7:00PM.  We drove around twelve hours for a three and one half hours visit but it was worth it.  Dad was very quiet but seemed to be doing ok.  Mama was not quiet – enough said!

Want to hear a really good interview?  The U.S. Surgeon General, Vice Admiral Jerome Adams, did one with Focus On The Family last week.  Kendall Falana sent it to me via e-mail.  You can go online and Google it.  It is like twenty something minutes long but you need to listen to all of it.  Really good stuff.  Thank you Kendall for sharing with me.

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

 

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Apr
05
2020
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FORTY EIGHT HOURS CHALLENGE VICTORY UPDATE

God showed up and He showed out!  Hallelujah!  Praise His holy name!  To God be the glory!

God used the “terrific thirteen” to lead the way in raising the finances to help feed the poorest of the poor in Guatemala.  Our initial goal was to provide bag lunches for one hundred twenty five families.  Those families represent the one hundred forty three students who attend Colegio JET.  That meant we needed $1,875 to reach this goal.

I was very optimistic that we could reach this goal because I know our blog readers.  The donations began to come in immediately and I then began to think we could do two weeks which would be $3,750.  That would be nice!

As the donations continued to come in I began to think that maybe $5,000 was possible.  Then that changed to me thinking about the “what if” we could get to $10,000 in only forty eight hours?

Well, we did not get $10,000!  The people gave, the Lord blessed and the final total given was $11,355!  Did I just hear a Baptist shout?  This one did!

We had folks from six states give to this challenge.  I am very proud of the Friendship family for the way they responded.  We had senior adults, widows, college students, unemployed folks, company owners, et cetera give.  We had siblings, Billie & Willie to give!  Ross, Tom & Nic all three came through as challenged!

The financial pressure is now completely off Soy & Deidra as they deal with the quarantine in Guatemala.  As a matter of fact, they are now in a position to help other ministries.  Every cent given will be used to feed folks in need with with the primary focus being on our Colegio JET students and their families.

Folks, thank you!  That seems woefully inadequate but what else can you say.  My brother, Eddie, is always a good one to have in your corner when you are raising funds for a worthwhile cause.  He just knows some stuff!

So, maybe now Deidra will be a little less critical of her dad and his daily blogs!  Probably not but at least she will sleep good tonight and will go to sleep with a smile on her face and a song of thanksgiving in her heart.  I know I will!  To God be the glory!

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Apr
05
2020
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FORTY EIGHT HOURS CHALLENGE UPDATE AS OF HOUR FORTY SEVEN

Ok, folks!  We are soooooooooo (I know that is not a word) close to reaching an unbelievable hallelujah goal in the 48 hours challenge.  How close?  Only twenty dollars away!  We have one hour remaining!  Let’s go!

 

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Apr
05
2020
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FORTY EIGHT HOURS CHALLENGE UPDATE AS OF HOUR FORTY TWO

We have just over six hours left until we reach the conclusion of our forty eight hours challenge.  Basically at this point we need one thousand dollars to reach an incredible figure that is probably going to make a Baptist or two shout!

So, I need our “terrific thirteen” to spread the word quickly and let’s finish strong!  If only ten folks would each give one hundred dollars then this shouting figure would be reached!  If twenty folks would each give fifty dollars.  If one person would just go ahead and give the one thousand dollars needed.  You get the point.

Thank you to each person who has given thus far!  The poorest of the poor in Guatemala are saying “thank you” even though they are not even aware of your gifts at this point.

Deidra and I are both amazed at the goodness of God and the generosity of His people.

The clock is ticking!  Let’s go!

P.S. – Final update at 8:00PM tonight.

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Apr
04
2020
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FORTY EIGHT HOURS CHALLENGE UPDATE AS OF HOUR TWENTY FOUR

Let’s just begin calling our blog readers “the terrific thirteen!”  You stepped up big time and we have been so blessed in the initial twenty four hours of this challenge.  I am sure that there have been others do the same but I know that my wife, Lisa, my sister-in-law, Sue, my niece, Jamie, and my friend, Pam Baker have all shared the blog with their friends on FB.  (Of course that was only twenty one friends total between those four but each one counts!).

So, how much has been received?  Well, I am not going to give you a total but I will tell you that we have reached our goal of providing a sack lunch for the one hundred and twenty five families of our Colegio JET students.  We have actually exceeded that goal.  Hallelujah!  To God be the glory!

Does this mean the challenge is over?  No way!  Someone sent me a message today asking if we had met the need?  Great question and I appreciate it.  My reply to that kind person was, “we will never ‘meet’ the need as there are an untold number of hungry people just in the El Tejar region of Guatemala.”

I am asking you to join me in pressing on as we hope to not only provide for our students and their families but also for our teachers/staff who have food needs as well as other ministries that have not been as financially blessed as we have at this point.  How much we will be able to do that totally depends on the next twenty four hours.  Please “share” this need with your family, friends, co-workers, neighbors, fellow church members, whomever!  Folks, we can do this by the grace of God!

Please know that GRACE Ministries pays zero salaries in the States and has zero overhead expenses in the States.  Translated – every cent given to GRACE Ministries goes directly to Guatemala.  One hundred percent!  We are blessed in this regard.  The gifts given in the last twenty four hours have been designated to feed the hungry and every cent given through this challenge will go to that purpose exclusively.  Just wanted to make sure you know this.

In the original blog entry last night I called out Tom Compagner, Ross Genzink & Nic Gray.  Two of those three have responded in a beautiful way!  Which one did not respond?  Come on now!  I will just say that the two who did respond are “above” the one who did not and leave it at that.  Just saying!

Tomorrow night, 4/5, at 8:00PM I will give a final update.  I so want to post an amount given that will cause all of us to simply say “that is so God!  To Him be all of the glory!”

One closing word – the very first person to contact me last night after the entry posted was someone who is going through a really tough patch right now in her life.  She and her husband graciously became the first to give as they bought six of the bags of food.  Man, was I ever humbled and blessed!  Absolutely awesome!  That is the spirit of this thing!

Folks, let’s go!

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Apr
03
2020
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A FORTY EIGHT HOURS CHALLENGE TO OUR BLOG READERS

Ok, I need all thirteen of our blog readers to listen up and hopefully respond to the challenge I am about to put before you.  As you know, the entire world is suffering in many ways because of COVID-19.  I know you share my concern for all who are affected especially those in the hospital because of the virus, those who have lost loved ones due to the virus, those on the front lines (health care workers) in this battle against this virus, and our government officials, beginning with President Trump, who are trying to navigate through this most difficult situation.

I think daily of the people in Guatemala.  Obviously, Soy, Deidra, Lizzi, Sydney & Audrey are in my thoughts continually.  (Ok, not Soy but it sounds so spiritual when I write it!).  I think of the teachers and staff at Colegio JET along with the staff and families of Iglesia JET.  I also think often of one hundred and forty three students from Colegio JET who represent approximately one hundred and twenty five families.  So many of these students come from very impoverished situations.  This world wide “shut down” means that they are struggling just to put food on the table for the next meal.  They truly have to pray “give us this day our daily bread” as they have no other options.

Soy, Deidra, the staff at Colegio JET and the pastors from Iglesia JET have been delivering food bags to the families of the Colegio JET students and to others in dire need.  Each bag contains beans, rice, honey, pasta, butter, oil, nutrient drink, salt, sugar, pancake mix, oatmeal, and flour for tortillas.  It is designed to last an average family for like seven to ten days.  The cost is only fifteen dollars per bag.  Therein is the problem for most of our students and their families – they literally do not have fifteen dollars even though it could provide food for their entire family for ten days.  Mama always told me that “you cannot squeeze blood out of a turnip!”  

Some folks have already graciously given and over one hundred bags of food were delivered this past Wednesday.  Praise the Lord!  Thank you as it is more blessed to give than to receive!

So, I am asking our thirteen readers of this blog to step up and join Lisa & me in providing enough money to purchase another one hundred and twenty five bags of food for these families.  I say join because before I started writing this entry I went online and donated enough money to cover sixteen families.  Trying to lead by example.

I am asking you to join Lisa and me by going online at www.shininglightabroad.com, clicking on the support now tab, and then enter an amount you will give.  To the right you will see a drop down menu that allows you to choose “bag lunches!”  You do not have to log in.  You can just give.  You can give in memory or honor of someone.  We gave in honor of Soy!  (Is that sweet or what!)

My goal is that by 8:00PM (48 hours) this Sunday night there will be enough money given online to reach this goal of one hundred and twenty five bags of food.  Will you join this effort?  Give enough for one bag, two bags, twenty bags?  Give five dollars, ten dollars, et cetera?  No gift is too small and obviously no gift is too large (Ross Genzink, Tom Compagner, Nic Gray)!

In the notes section of the giving area, please include this the following, “Deidra, I read your dad’s blog!”  She will say two things in her mind with the first being “why?”  The second will be “thank you and thank Jesus for providing food for the hungry!”

One final thing – would you give and then challenge others to join you?  To match or exceed your gift?  Remember, our goal is one hundred and twenty five bags paid for online at shininglightabroad.com by 8:00PM Sunday night, April 5, 2020.  We can do this and we can give God the glory!  Let’s go!

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Apr
03
2020
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FRIDAY, 4/3/20

“So, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience; bearing with one another, and forgiving each other, whoever has a complaint against anyone; just as the Lord forgave you, so also should you. Beyond all these things put on love, which is the perfect bond of unity. Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body; and be thankful.” Colossians 3:12-15 (NASB)

Tim Knighten will have a PET scan today.  Pray for Tim and those performing this scan.  Pray that the results are good!

Eddie’s dad remains in the hospital.  He is seemingly “some” better but still needs our prayer support.

Karla Bosarge’s biopsy will take place on Monday.  Keep praying for Karla.

Bob Evans’ biopsy has been postponed until April 20.  Pray this will not be anything serious.

Our schedule for this Sunday is live stream of music/worship at 8:00AM; Sunday School at 9:00AM and Power Up at 9:30AM.  We have to keep the number of folks in the auditorium at nine or less so we cannot have any extras.  Our Preschool Building is set up to handle nine folks who can see/hear the live stream on the video monitor.  This is really designed for those who do not have the means to watch the live stream at home.  Interested?  Please contact me so we can control the numbers.

Bro. Abel will host an online Discipleship Training class at 5:00PM on Sunday.  I plan on us having a Bible study hosted at 6:00PM Sunday too.

The Friendship family has done pretty good thus far in getting e-mail addresses and cell phone numbers to me at pastor@friendshipfamily.net.  However, we have tons more who need to do that like right now, please!  We are moving to a paperless office and we need this information.  Will you ask your family, friends, et cetera if they have done this yet?

I will most likely not post a regular blog tomorrow or Sunday.  At some point this weekend I am going to post one with a challenge to all thirteen of our readers.

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

 

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Apr
02
2020
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THURSDAY, 4/2/20

“So, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience; bearing with one another, and forgiving each other, whoever has a complaint against anyone; just as the Lord forgave you, so also should you. Beyond all these things put on love, which is the perfect bond of unity. Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body; and be thankful.” Colossians 3:12-15 (NASB)

We had two online Bible studies taking place simultaneously last night with one being led by Bro. Abel and the other being led by me.  Last week Jeff Holified and Rita Broome did an online Bible study with our Hispanic ministry but I do not know if that happened last night too.  Folks, for me it is simply not “normal” and I do not like it even a little bit.  However, I am doing whatever it takes at this point to help prevent the spread of the virus.  I am trying to be content!  We had around forty to forty five folks participating in the Bible study I led.  Not sure about the numbers for Bro. Abel’s group.

I do know that some folks went to the auditorium and prayed yesterday morning and then others went last night.  Thank you to the folks who were involved either online or in prayer.

If you are going to give an offering this week that is not online then please, if possible, bring it to the church office this morning by noon.  WT, please make the deposit this afternoon, if possible.

Remember, you can give online 24/7, mail a check to P.O. Box 756, leave a check made payable to Friendship Baptist in the drop box at my wife’s office or bring an offering of check or cash by the church office today between 8:00AM and 3:00PM.  Thank you for giving to the Lord through the church!

Let me encourage all thirteen of our readers to read the last couple of blog entries posted by Deidra.  They are good.  Maybe you will feel led to buy a bag lunch for a family in Guatemala.  This bag lunch will provide food for a family for several days.  This bag lunch only costs fifteen dollars.  The people in Guatemala are suffering big time and they will not be receiving stimulus checks or loans.  Maybe some of our long distance readers can encourage their family, church family, friends, et cetera to purchase bag lunches.  Go to shininglightabroad.com to read the blog entries and for more information.

Our online schedule for this Sunday, April 5, 2020, is music & message at 8:00AM, Sunday School lesson by Bro. Jerry Hovel at 9:00AM and Power Up lesson at 9:30AM.  Bro. Abel will lead a Discipleship Training online class at 5:00PM.  I am in hopes that Dale will lead another Bible study at 6:00PM.

How about those “testers” you mentioned the other day?  Great question.  Still waiting on some necessary equipment to arrive.  It will most likely be Saturday before I can make that announcement one way or the other.

We are doing pretty good with folks sending in their cell numbers and e-mail addresses.  Please send them to me at pastor@friendshipfamily.net.  Have not done it yet?  Do it right now while it is on your mind!

I failed to mention it yesterday morning but my older brother, Eddie, officially retired at the end of the day on March 31, 2020.  He worked for his company for forty one years.  Congratulations Eddie!  (He can now spend his ever waking moment taking care of our dad!)

Wash your hands repeatedly!  Do not touch your face!  If you even feel like you might be sick, stay home!

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

 

 

 

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Apr
01
2020
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WEDNESDAY, 4/1/20

“So, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience; bearing with one another, and forgiving each other, whoever has a complaint against anyone; just as the Lord forgave you, so also should you. Beyond all these things put on love, which is the perfect bond of unity. Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body; and be thankful.” Colossians 3:12-15 (NASB)

Yes, our own Deanna Wetterer tested positive for COVID-19.  She has basically gone through the worst of the virus now and immediately went into self quarantine the very moment she displayed the first sign of possibly having the virus.  As I stated yesterday, her attitude is great and her faith in the Lord is greater.  Keep praying for Deanna.

As you know, I do not do FaceBook.  Someone sent me a message last night saying that “some” women within the Friendship family were blowing this story up on FB and, if you did not know better, you would think there is an epidemic of this virus within our church family.  I do not know how many “some” is but I do say, “come on ladies, we are better than this!”  Men too.  It is very likely that with proper testing there could be other cases within the Friendship family and/or South Mobile County.  So, we need to call each other to prayer and not be trying to be the first one to get the “word” out or to sensationalize a story.

Tim Knighten sent me a message yesterday giving me permission to share his story.  Tim has suffered from kidney stones in years gone by and during that time they found a spot on one of his kidneys but it was nothing of concern.  So, when he was recently told that there was a spot on one of his kidneys it was not a concern.  However, he just got the news late last week that this new spot is on his other kidney and the medical folks feel it is malignant.  So, he will have a PET scan this Friday to help the doctors get a more detailed look.  As I mentioned this past Sunday, Tim’s faith is strong and he has a peace that comes from God.  Pray for Tim!

Bob Evans recently had some medical tests done and the doctor is concerned about a spot on his liver.  The doctor is calling for more testing.  Pray for Bob.

Karla Bosarge is still waiting on further instruction as to what is next with her thyroid.  Keep praying for Karla.

Andy Hamil is also in that “holding pattern” as the doctors decide their next move.  Pray for Andy.

Word came to me yesterday that Warren “Blo Joe” Guidry has pneumonia in the lower part of one of his lungs.  Pray for Blo Joe.

Myrtle had another treatment this past Monday.  She did not have a good night Monday.  Keep praying for Myrtle.

Carol Lucky remains at home and on dialysis.  Keep praying for Carol.

We are going to have the auditorium open today from 10:00AM until 11:00AM and then again from 6:30PM until 7:30PM in order for folks to come and pray.  This will also be a time for folks to bring their offering – cash or check and place it in one of the offering plates on the platform.  Please enter the West side door and exit through the front doors.  This will allow us to maintain social distancing while coming and going.  If you are sick, do not come.  If you are uncomfortable about being out, do not come.  We are honoring the government’s mandate of having nine or less in attendance at any given time.  Bro. Abel will be in the auditorium this morning and Bro. Jerry will be there tonight.

I will be doing a Bible study via Zoom beginning at 6:30PM tonight.  Bro. Abel will be doing likewise for our students.  I am not sure about Bro. Abel but I will only have forty minutes total so please sign in on time.  Daphne Hutto will host the Bible study I will be leading.  Contact her at daphnehutto@gmail.com if you have questions or need more information on how to log in.

Thank you to each person who sent your e-mail address and cell phone number to me via e-mail yesterday.  It was a very good start but we need many, many more to do likewise.  Deacons, church leaders, help us here.  Do it right now so you will not forget!  Bro. Jerry & Bro. Abel are working on getting all of the data entered into the computer so we can go paperless.

How about forty eight degrees for a low last night!  Thank you Jesus!  Thank you Aninha Barrett for recognizing my delight with such a temperature.

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

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Mar
31
2020
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PRAYER MEETING/BIBLE STUDY LOG IN INFORMATION

Here is the information for the study tonight:

Topic: Prayer Meeting/Bible Study
Time: Apr 1, 2020 06:30 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us04web.zoom.us/j/579766787

Meeting ID: 579 766 787

Our daughter, Daphne Hutto, will be hosting this meeting.  If you have questions or need more information please contact her via e-mail at daphnehutto@gmail.com.  Please note that we can see you during this time of interactive Bible study.  Translated – Jason Taylor put a shirt on, please!

Bro. Abel will be hosting a student ministry Bible study at the same time.  I will post those details once I have them.

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