Jan
31
2008
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THURSDAY, 1/31/08

Bro. Jerry did come home from the hospital late yesterday afternoon.  I will probably go ahead and let him have today off – without pay! 

Carla Felps Kyser is having a port placed in her today in order to begin her chemotherapy treatments on Monday. 

Shannon Young did well in his surgery and came home.  Wendy Johnston continues to need your prayers as does Vaughn Womack. 

Jerry Whitmore did a very nice job of teaching us last night and I appreciate his spirit!  I am a blessed Pastor.

Any person who did not pay their deposit for the GRACE ’08 summer trip or Wild Week but plans on being a part of either of these events needs to contact me personally as soon as possible.  The best way to contact me is by phone at 445-5416 and leave a voice mail which in turn goes directly to my e-mail.  (That is true for anyone trying to reach me by phone as I don’t always check my cell phone voice mails)

I ask all of you to keep praying for the upcoming revival with Evangelist Ken Freeman.  The dates are Sunday, 2/10, through Wednesday, 2/13. 

Our “adopted” daughter, Hien, (pronounced Henny) turns 16 years old Monday, 2/4.  We are hosting a surprise party for her tonight.  T. Garrett, you and Johna are invited as are all of our out of town readers.  Pray for Hien! 

“In this life you shall have tribulations!”  I believe the Bible to be true.  Just found out that Kim French is going on our upcoming GRACE trip.  Why me, Lord?  That thing about not having more placed on you than you can bear is really being tested on this one! 

I hope you have a great Thursday with Jesus.

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Jan
30
2008
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WEDNESDAY UPDATE

Bro. Jerry Hovel was on his way to the hospital for his surgery this morning when he was involved in a single vehicle accident on I-10.  He was taken by ambulance to one hospital only to be transferred to a trauma center an hour or so later.  Long story short – he has a broken collar bone and is bruised fairly badly but will be sent home at some point this afternoon.  Thanks to all of those who prayed and to those who went to the hospital to wait in the waiting room with his family. 

Wendy Johnston was admitted to the hospital yesterday afternoon and the doctor thought she had pneumonia.  However, at 1:00AM this morning they informed her that she has a blood clot in one of her lungs which has broken into three pieces.  She is having some difficulty breathing and is receiving blood thinner by shot.  She will be in the hospital for several more days as they try to prevent any more clots from forming. 

I had an uneventful trip to Montgomery and back and Wilfred was grateful that I attended his mother’s funeral service.  It was a good service. 

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Jan
30
2008
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WEDNESDAY, 1/30/08

The thing that has dominated my thought life and prayer life for the past 24 hours or so has been Carla Felps Kyser’s situation.  The doctor found several spots with activity yesterday which means she is now going to receive six treatments of chemotherapy.  She will begin next Monday, 2/4, going three weeks, taking a week off, and then going three more weeks.  A scan will then be performed to see what is happening and a decision made then as to the next step.  Carla has an upbeat and positive attitude.  I ask you to fervently pray for Carla during these next seven weeks. 

Miss Exie Woods was moved to a rehab center on Monday.  I am not sure how long they anticipate her being there but pray that this will help in the recovery process.  Vaughn Womack continues in his battle against leukemia.  He has finished his first round of treatment and is now in a waiting period but will remain hospitalized during this time.

Shannon Young is having a surgical procedure done today.  As I understand it, they are going to replace his pace maker and defibrillator.  Bro. Kerry will be with him for this surgery. 

Bro. Jerry Hovel is having an outpatient procedure performed today too.  I don’t know if he wants that known but too late now!  Pray for all of these aforementioned needs!

I am leaving fairly early this morning to attend the funeral service for Wilfred Johnson’s mother.  It will take place from the Cornerstone Bible Church in Montgomery, AL.  Jerry Whitmore will fill in for me this morning.  Lord willing, I will be back for the evening Bible studies and service. 

Today is deadline Wednesday.  GRACE ’08 and Wild Week deposits are due as are all orders for the gourmet apples. 

The presidential primaries are nearing the “full swing” mode with super Tuesday rapidly approaching.  Folks in Baldwin & Mobile counties have the unique opportunity to vote today or next Tuesday, 2/5.  I am going to try to vote today just in case something prevents me from doing so next week.  I encourage all registered voters to go vote!  Again, do not take political advice from Josh Woods.  T. Garrett Wright says he is a political guru but I would not feel so comfortable taking his advice either!  LOL!

You need to read Mark Mast’s comment added to yesterday’s entry. 

Pastor Travis, talked to our friend yesterday and we are good to go.  Bret, why you leaving me hanging?  Shari, check your e-mail from last night.  Queen, do something!

Hope you have a great Wednesday with Jesus! 

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Jan
29
2008
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READING THROUGH THE BIBLE

Sorry that I haven’t posted the assigned readings for the past couple of weeks.  Here are the rest of this week’s and Sunday’s: 

Tuesday, 1/29 – Exodus 35-37
Wednesday, 1/30 – Exodus 38-39
Thursday, 1/31 – Exodus 40
Friday, 2/1 – Leviticus 1-3
Saturday, 2/2 – Leviticus 4-6
Sunday, 2/3 – Leviticus 7-8

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Jan
29
2008
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TUESDAY, 1/29/08

This technology baffles me!  I posted yesterday afternoon and went online last night to read something only to discover that my entry wasn’t on the website.  I don’t really know what I did but after pressing a few buttons and saying a prayer I found it and was able to post it last night.  Sorry for the delay! 

Yesterday’s entry was late so I am making up for it today as this one is being posted at 1:15AM. 

I have seemingly made enough mistakes recently to do me for a great while.  Someone came by yesterday to make me aware of one I made in recent days and all I could do was apologize, ask for forgiveness, and move on.  I am thankful that God forgives and forgets!  I like grace! 

Another one of my more recent mistakes was brought to my attention by one of our blog readers.  Last Friday, I mentioned the missionary couple serving in Ethiopia and had been led to believe they were with the IMB.  However, my assumption was wrong!  I apologize for that mistake too and ask for your forgiveness and understanding.  The husband, children, and other family members still need our prayers as they deal with this tragedy. 

Wilfred Johnson is the retired president of the seminary in Chimaltenango, Guatemala and is our next door neighbor on GRACE mountain.  His mother, 98, passed away yesterday morning around 6:30AM.  She lived in Montgomery, Alabama.  I don’t know the arrangements but do ask that you pray for Wilfred and his family during this time of grief. 

I have some Yankee friends celebrating their birthday today.  Elizabeth Compagner from Michigan is celebrating her 26th birthday.  Miriam Mast from Canada is celebrating her 16th birthday!  I guess that means a new car, the right to date, and other benefits – right Mark?  Happy birthday Elizabeth & Miriam!

If you live in Mobile County and will be out of town next Tuesday, 2/5, then I encourage you to go vote tomorrow, 1/30, in the presidential primaries.  Each registered voter needs to vote!  If you need to know who to vote for, please don’t ask Josh Woods as he is so off base in his political views!  I know Kerry & Sherry raised that boy better! 

I hope you will have a great Tuesday with Jesus! 

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Jan
28
2008
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MONDAY, 1/28/08

This entry is way late but my day has been fairly crazy and busy up to this point.  I could have squeezed in an entry ealier but it would have been a rushed job and T. Garrett really gets upset when I make mistakes.  (I think that I am realizing he IS indeed Beth’s son!)  I thought Deidra, Lindsey Hatcher & Jennifer Wetterer were my harshest critics but I was wrong – that honor belongs to Mr. T in New York City!

Good day yesterday as God blessed our services.  It was a joy to have Lee & Wendy Chandler join the Friendship family during the 10:30AM invitation.  Personally, I thought Mitchell Foxx did a great job in the evening service of just being transparent and allowing us to see what God has done and is doing in his life.  Welcome Lee & Wendy into the Friendship family and pray for Mitchell. 

I did not get to see Miss Exie this morning as the nurses were in her room doing some type of a procedure.  I did see Vaughn Womack and he is doing well as he will receive one more bag of treatment.  The doctor tells him that it will then get bad for a few days.  Pray for Vaughn. 

I received an e-mail from Jeff Long (Africa) telling me that his sister-in-law has received a miracle in her battle with lung cancer – praise the Lord! 

Pastor Travis, I have not been able to make contact with our preacher friend but will keep trying.  He must be out of town. 

Bret, you going to give me any details on your meeting which took place last night? 

Laurie Chandler celebrated the big “50” yesterday!  (And she looks so young!)  Diane Bryant and Korie Fontenot are celebrating a birthday today.  Korie is 17 and Diane is a few years older!  Happy birthday ladies! 

We are in our final week of Upward basketball.  Bro. Benny has done a nice job of coordinating these leagues this year.  Our awards ceremony will take place Saturday night at 7:00PM. 

This Wednesday, 1/30, is deadline Wednesday – for the Wild Week deposits, for the GRACE summer trip deposits, and for the gourmet apples orders. 

Hope you have a good afternoon and evening with Jesus! 

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Jan
25
2008
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FRIDAY, 1/25/08

God is good!  He blessed me with traveling mercy as I have driven 21 1/2 hours in the past 37 hours arriving home at 2:00AM this morning.  The snow accumulation was fairly significant in the eastern part of Kentucky but there was none of the white stuff west of Lexington. 

The funeral service for Miss Jackie was a blessing as Pastor J.C. Bond and Tim Burnett did a nice job in sharing the Gospel.  I was especially proud of Tim as he simply told the family and friends in attendance exactly what it takes for a person to go to Heaven. 

Vic was very thankful for each person who has taken the time to send their condolences via the funeral home’s website.  I have attended hundreds of funerals in my life but that is the first one where it was snowing as the grave side service was taking place. 

As I was arriving home this morning, Tim was supposedly leaving Kentucky to come home.  Vic will stay in KY for a week or so.  Pray for traveling mercy for Tim.  Perhaps some of our folks could help with meals for Tim & Aaron during Vic’s absence. 

Anthony & Amber Mathenia are IMB missionaries to Ethiopia.  Amber, 28, was in Memphis this past Tuesday while Anthony was on a mission trip.  Amber and their two children were in a Jeep Laredo when they were struck on the driver’s side by another vehicle.  The children were in their car seats and were not injured.  Amber’s physical life was taken.  There will be a visitation tonight in Millington, TN and a service tomorrow at 1st Baptist Millington.  Pray for this family during this difficult time. 

The group from Byron Center, MI is travleing today to Guatemala.  Pray for their safety too.  Louise e-mailed me to say that the Moline group had a great week and were wonderful folks.  I thank God for the folks partnering with GRACE Ministries in Guatemala!  We are blessed! 

Sorry that I don’t have an update on our folks in the hospital but I didn’t hear any word yesterday and I don’t figure the staff wants to receive a call at 3:00AM.  I will assume that no news is good news!

I hope you will have a great Friday with Jesus.

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Jan
24
2008
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MISSION TEAMS & SNOW

It looked “snowy” when I got up this morning but none of the white stuff was falling.  However, that has changed significantly now as it is snowing pretty hard.  Tom Compagner, Ross Genzink, or Mark Mast – can one of you come drive me to Olive Hill?  (When you hear later this morning about the 30 car pile up on I-64 east in KY that will be me!)  Pray that I can get out of this stuff later today in order to go home!

Dave & Donna Westhouse and their team from Moline, MI are traveling home from Guatemala today.  Don & Ruth Nederhood and their team from Byron Center, MI leave for Guatemala tomorrow.  Pray for these respective teams as they travel. 

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Jan
24
2008
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THURSDAY, 1/24/08

Good morning from somewhere east of Lexington, KY!  I was able to leave at 1:15Pm yesterday and arrived at I-64 at 11:00PM.  I think I am about 70 miles or so away from Olive Hill, KY which is where the funeral service for Miss Jackie Roe will take place today at 1:00PM.  (Once I got to TN then I had to keep driving because I wasn’t going to spend the night in TN!)

Bro. Jerry e-mailed me to say that we had a really strong attendance in our morning service yesterday (must of heard that I was out of town) and a good attendance in last night’s service.  Jamie Hall told me that Sean Garrick did a nice job of teaching our senior high students.  He even gave Josh Mott food & drink at the close of the service – nice guy!

Tina Rivers Wilkinson and Heidi Rivers Butler had an uncle, Ronnie Rivers, to pass away Tuesday but I do not know the arrangements.  Please pray for Ronnie’s mother and the entire family during this time of loss.

Bro. Jerry also told me that Miss Exie had a not so good day yesterday according to Kerry Woods.  Janice Moreland’s mother has been placed in a local hospital but I am not sure the problem.  Vaughn continues to receive his treatment but I don’t have an updated word. 

I visited with Gerald & Brenda at Buddy Poiroux’s visitation yesterday afternoon at Serenity before heading north.  Again, I think Gerald is having surgery today. 

Deidra told me via the phone last night of a young couple serving as missionaries.  He is a graduate of Mid America Seminary where Deidra is in her final semester.  This couple came home and he went on a mission trip.  The wife was killed in an automobile accident Tuesday night.  They were flying him home but I don’t think he knows the end result of the accident.  I will perhaps have more details in my next entry but please pray for this young missionary. 

I am concerned for my friend, Eric Folkers, from the Vriesland Reformed Church in Michigan.  He led a student group to Nevada this past summer and I read last night where they arrested a lady for having three trees cut down that were federally protected.  (I find it odd that trees get federal protection in the US but unborn humans don’t)  You would have to know the whole story to understand my concern! Is Eric going to jail? LOL!

My plans are to attend the visitation and funeral today and then drive to Decatur, AL.  (This will keep me from having to drive through Knoxville again) I hope to let my sister-in-law, Sue, treat me to supper as she leaves to return to China on 2/1.  I then plan on driving home unless my body says no! 

I appreciate the folks who have prayed for me and those who were willing to make this trip with me.  It is good to be blessed with a great church family.

I hope you have a great Thursday with Jesus.   

P.S. – Parents of our middle school and high school students are to remember the Wild Week ’08 meeting this Sunday night. 

P.S.S. – College and high school students participating on a GRACE trip this summer must submit their gourmet apple orders by next Wednesday, 1/30. 

P.S.S.S. – It could have been worse last night as I could have been driving through Arkansas!  Good morning Bret!

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Jan
23
2008
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WEDNESDAY, 1/23/08

Again, I waited a little later to post in order to give an update on Miss Exie.  She was alert and had a strong grip on my hand with her left hand.  She even spoke a word or two – not real plainly but plain enough to understand somewhat. 

Vaughn Womack did receive the port yesterday and also received his first treatment to fight against the leukemia.  I think this series of treatment will consist of seven days.

We will have a regular schedule today with Bro. Jerry preaching in the 10:00AM & 7:00PM services.  Sean Garrick, Bible teacher at Faith Academy, will be our guest in the senior high Bible study tonight at 6:00PM. 

There will be a Missions Committee meeting this Sunday afternoon at 4:30PM, a Finance Committee meeting at 5:00PM, and a very important meeting for all parents interested in their children (6th – 12th grades) attending Wild Week this summer immediately following the evening worship service.  Please don’t forget that Mitchell Fox will be sharing during our 6:00PM service this Sunday.

The meeting with Reggie Quimby and the others went very well yesterday.  I think it was an informative time for all of us and I do believe more Alabama Baptists will be using the mission house in days ahead.  We are also going to be introduced to some Baptist churches in the Chimaltenango area which will allow us to build a relationship with them for ministry purposes. 

I am going to be out of pocket for the next couple of days as I will be driving to Ashland, Kentucky for Miss Jackie Roe’s funeral service.  So, there may not be an entry tomorrow just depending on where I am and if I have a connection to the internet.  (I’ll be near TN and I am sure Al had ample connections placed in his home state when he invented the internet so I should be good to go)

I am going to attend the visitation for Gerald Poiroux’s brother, Buddy, this afternoon before leaving for KY.  I think Gerald is scheduled for surgery tomorrow.

I hope you have a great Wednesday with Jesus.  If possible, go to a church service. 

   

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