Jan
31
2018
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WEDNESDAY, 1/31/18

“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 GRACE Mountain!  We had an uneventful day of traveling yesterday and arrived here around 3:45PM.  Got unpacked and then I had about a two hour meeting last night regarding the construction of our medical clinic.

The decision has been made to move Brianne’s grandmother to the palliative care floor in the hospital.  Continue to pray for Miss Cheryl and her family as they walk through this difficult time.

Jayden was released from the hospital late yesterday afternoon.  He will be checked again in a few days.  Thanks for the prayers.

Keep praying for Larry Whitehurst.

Kirk & Michelle Lightfield are presently in Oklahoma.  Kirk’s brother has been battling cancer for four years and is now doing well.  Pray for that situation.

Regular schedule this morning and evening.  Bro. Jerry Hovel will be preaching in my absence.

One of these days I am going to write about our experiences at Singing River Hospital.  I know you can hardly wait!

I get to go back into the city today.  How exciting!

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

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Jan
30
2018
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TUESDAY, 1/30/18

“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 being written from the Mobile airport and will be short and sweet.

Brianne Woods Seymour’s paternal grandmother is not doing good.  Please pray for her as well as her family during this difficult time.

Ever had your day planned out only to have it not go as planned.  My Monday was “full” and then it got “fuller” as the doctor decided to admit Jayden into the hospital.  He is jaundiced and they wanted him under the light.  Obviously, this upset mom and grandmother so I headed to the hospital and stayed with Dana & Jayden as long as I could.  Doctor seems to think it will be tomorrow before Jayden is discharged.  Prayers appreciated.

I was up most of the night packing and getting ready to leave for Guatemala.  I am joined by Soy, Deidra, Lizzie, Sydney & Audrey.  I will be joined by a team on Thursday and the Taylor family is going home.  Pray for us to have safety in our travels today.

I will be blogging as I have information to share.  Bro. Jerry will be preaching in my absence.

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

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Jan
29
2018
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MONDAY, 1/29/18

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

Becky Hatcher and her oldest sister spoke at Mr. Benedict’s celebration of life yesterday afternoon and both did a nice job of remembering their father.  Thanks to those from the Friendship family who traveled to Hattiesburg to support Becky and family.

Larry Whitehurst is getting better vision wise.  He thought about coming to our services yesterday but I advised him to not do so just to be on the safe side.  Keep praying for Larry’s vision to return.

Brianne Woods Seymour’s paternal grandmother has been admitted to the hospital.  She has recently been diagnosed with multiple health issues so pray for Miss Cheryl, Kerry, Tim and the family.

Ethan and Brittney Nelson brought their little girl, Charleigh Nicole, home from the hospital yesterday afternoon.  All is well. What are those three boys going to think about a sister?

Thank you to each person who helped with the Mission of Hope breakfast yesterday morning.  It went well with tons of food!  We enjoyed having the men in our early service.

Our second morning service was down attendance wise.  I know there is a lot of sickness going around and I certainly do not want folks coming to the services if they are contagious.  I do want those of us who are healthy to be present each time possible.  Our evening attendance was good and I am grateful.

Soy, Deidra, Lizzie, Sydney (we hope) and Audrey return to Guatemala in the morning.  Lisa and I are sad/happy to see them go.  (Ok, Lisa is sad.  I am happy!  LOL!)  We will miss them tremendously but are grateful they are following God’s will for their life together as a family.  Pray for Lizzie as she will begin school on Thursday and will be baptized by fire into the Spanish language.  I suspect that in a few months she will be teaching Soy & Deidra Spanish.  Thank you for supporting this family prayerfully, financially and emotionally.

Lord willing, I will be on the same plane as the Taylor family tomorrow.  A team arrives on Thursday and I need a day or two to get ready for them.  I will miss this Sunday, 2/4, but have plans to be back in the pulpit on the following Sunday, 2/11.

Bro. Jerry Hovel will preach in my absence this Sunday, 2/4, and Jeff Holifield will share about the work of the Gideons too.  We will receive an offering for the Gideons during each of our three services.

Today will be a very full day for me as I try to get packed and everything else done in order to leave tomorrow.  Translated – probably no sleep for me tonight.  What else is new?

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

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Jan
28
2018
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OBITUARY FOR BECKY HATCHER’S FATHER

Obituary for Quentin Benedict

Quentin Earl Benedict, 97, of Hattiesburg, Mississippi, passed away on January 27. He was born February 20, 1919, in Campbell County, Kentucky, to Clarence and Bertha Brown Benedict. Quentin was a member of Main Street Baptist Church in Hattiesburg. He graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a B.S. in chemical engineering, obtained certification as a professional engineer, and earned a masters in business from the University of Southern Mississippi.

He married his childhood sweetheart, Luella Hodge Benedict, in 1942. They were blessed with six children, five daughters and one son. He spent many of his leisure hours along the Black Creek near Purvis, canoeing and scouring likely camp sites for Native American artifacts, which were later donated to the University of Southern Mississippi. Quentin was a Bible scholar and teacher who taught Sunday School classes from his teen years until the end of 2017. His travels took him on numerous cruises and on trips throughout the United States, the Caribbean, Europe, the Orient, and the Middle East. He was a faithful and long-serving volunteer at Wesley Medical Center. He also participated in the construction of many of Hattiesburg’s Habit for Humanity houses.

Quentin’s professional career was spent in petroleum refining, working in Kentucky, Oklahoma, and Kansas, Mississippi, Louisiana, and California. After retiring from full-time jobs, Quentin continued to work as a professional consultant well into his nineties. His expertise led him to tackle refining projects throughout Mississippi, in Louisiana and West Virginia. He also served on the faculty of William Carey University as an instructor and manager of the book store.

Quentin was preceded in death by his wife of 74 years, Luella, his parents and four siblings: Bessie Benedict, Clarence Benedict, Helen Benedict Simmons, and Robert Irvin Benedict. He is survived by a sister, Clara Lea Benedict Dempsey, and his children: son Mark Benedict; daughters, Patricia Valadez, Carol Simmons (Jack), Sue Helms, Connie Benedict, and Rebecca Hatcher (Stan).

His grandchildren are Mark Polk, Melinda Robinson (Mike), Jay Simmons, Alice Simmons, Jeffery Mitchell (Missy), Deborah Cunningham (Jacob), Robert Benedict (Catherine) and Mark Russell Benedict (Charlotte), Ross Hatcher (Betty Clair), Ryan Hatcher (Kayla), Bethany Alcantara (Rene), and Reed Hatcher. He is also survived by nineteen great grandchildren and four great-great grandchildren.

Quentin has donated his body to the University of Mississippi Medical Center. His memorial service is Sunday, January 28, 3:00 p.m. at Forrest Funeral Home, Hattiesburg, with visitation at 1:00 p.m., prior to the service.

The family requests that memorial donations be made to the Benedict Scholarship Fund at William Carey University, 498 Tuscan Avenue, Hattiesburg, Mississippi 39401.

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Jan
27
2018
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SATURDAY, 1/27/18

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

Ethan and Brittney Nelson welcomed their fourth child, first daughter, into this world yesterday afternoon at 5:29PM.  She was a couple of weeks early based on Brittney’s due date but she weighed five pounds and thirteen ounces.  Congratulations to Ethan & Brittney and their three sons!

Thanks to the members of the Friendship family who attended the visitation and memorial service for Ted Ezell yesterday.  I appreciate it.

Dana and the baby were discharged from the hospital yesterday morning.  All is well with them.  We are grateful.

Basketball today beginning at 8:00AM and then awards ceremony beginning at 5:00PM.  Pray for this ministry.

Bus workers’ meeting today at 8:30AM.  Pray for this ministry too.

The men from the Mission of Hope will be fed breakfast at 7:15AM tomorrow and then will join us for our 8:00AM worship service.  Thanks to Carl Ray Moulds and all those helping with this ministry.

Regular schedule tomorrow morning and evening.  Pray, attend and bring someone with you.

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

 

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Jan
26
2018
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FRIDAY, 1/26/18 – UPDATE

They have admitted Brittney Nelson into the hospital and have induced her labor.  She is thirty six weeks into her pregnancy but has been having high blood pressure issues recently.  I visited with Ethan & Brittney this afternoon and they are simply playing the waiting game.  Pray for Brittney and this precious baby.

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Jan
26
2018
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FRIDAY, 1/26/18

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

The visitation with the Ted Ezell family takes place today from noon until the 1:00PM graveside service.  This will all take place at the Pinecrest Funeral Home and Cemetery.   As I mentioned in yesterday’s entry, I hope some members of the Friendship family will attend this service honoring the life of a very faithful member of the Friendship family during his days in Grand Bay.  Ted was a good friend to this pastor and I am grateful.

The celebration of life service for Courtney Hubbard was the largest one I have ever personally witnessed.  The high school gym was packed!  I heard someone say the capacity was around two thousand.  Just an amazing crowd to remember an amazing young lady.  Keep praying for Mark and the family.

Dana and the baby are scheduled to be discharged from the hospital this morning.  I am in hopes that I can bring them home before heading to Ted’s service.  Dana has great motherly instincts and is doing a really good job.  Still tired and sore but I guess that comes with the territory.  Thank you for your prayer support.

Service at the Mission of Hope tonight beginning at 7:00PM.  Bus leaves church at 6:15PM.  Everyone invited!

Our final Saturday of this season’s basketball takes place tomorrow beginning at 8:00AM.  There will be an awards presentation beginning at 5:00PM.  Pizza and soft drinks will be served.  Katelyn Johnson needs three or four folks to help her serve these items.  If you will help, please contact her.

Bus worker’s meeting at 8:30AM tomorrow morning.

Breakfast for the men from the mission at 7:15AM Sunday.  Food needs to be in the fellowship hall no later than 7:00AM.

The NFL is apparently in damage control mode.  After rejecting the AMVETS ad in their written Super Bowl program they have now decided to involve fifteen Medal of Honor recipients in the game’s coin toss.  I am probably wrong but I think if the Super Bowl television ratings were to bottom out then the NFL might change their position on some matters at hand.

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

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Jan
25
2018
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TED EZELL OBITUARY

Ted Ezell, 75, of Mobile passed away on January 23, 2018 with family by his side. He was born June 1, 1942 in Destin, FL and was a longtime resident of Mobile and Grand Bay, AL. Ted served in the US Army, graduated from the University of West Florida and was an active member of Dauphin Way Baptist Church and Friendship Baptist Church for many years. He was a devoted husband to his wife, Kathleen Hughes Ezell, who preceded him in death. A dedicated father and grandfather, he is survived by his three sons and five grandchildren: Steven R. Hughes (Lesia) of Ackerman, MS and their children Katie Corley (Charles) and Drake Hughes, James E. Hughes (Kim) of Fairhope, AL and their children Mary Kathleen, Calvin and Hunter, and Thomas G. Hughes of Mobile, AL. He was a wonderful and giving man who loved his family and loved Jesus. We rejoice that his pain is over, and he is now with his Lord and Savior. The family will receive friends at 12:00 on Friday, January 26 at Pine Crest Funeral Home and Cemetery, 1939 Dauphin Island Parkway, Mobile, AL. Graveside service will immediately follow at 1:00. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to GRACE Ministries, P.O. Box 756, Grand Bay, AL 36541.

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Jan
25
2018
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THURSDAY, 1/25/18 – SECOND ENTRY

Since I posted the earlier entry today, I have made my way to the hospital to be with Dana.  She is doing good.  However, I found a very tired young lady, a very sore young lady and a young mother who is breastfeeding her baby every couple of hours.

We, as a family, are very appreciative of every prayer and every act of kindness shown to Dana up to this point.  We cannot adequately express our thanks enough.  However, “Dr.” Dad has decided that Dana does not need company today.  She needs rest and the baby will have some “boy” stuff done.  I surely hope this does not offend anyone and I appreciate you understanding.

Dana could be discharged today but the greater likelihood is that she will come home in the morning.  Folks are welcome to visit us on the hill.

Again, we thank you for your prayers and support.  We are blessed!

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Jan
25
2018
1

THURSDAY, 1/25/18

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

The visitation with the Courtney Hubbard family takes place tonight from 5:30PM until the 7:00PM celebration of life service.  Everything takes place at the Ocean Springs High School gym.  Pray for Mark, the children and the rest of the family.

Learned yesterday afternoon that Ted Ezell was promoted from this life to his heavenly home early Tuesday evening.  Ted was a wonderful person!  There will be a visitation with Ted’s family tomorrow, 1/26, from noon until around 1:00PM at the Pinecrest Funeral Home on Dauphin Island Parkway in Mobile.  A graveside service will begin at 1:00PM.  It is my strong conviction that as many members of the Friendship family as possible need to go show their respect and appreciation for Ted.  I realize that Ted has not lived in Grand Bay for years but he and Miss Kathleen were faithful members of the Friendship family during their time here.

Lisa and I were blessed with the birth of our eighth grandchild yesterday afternoon.  Long day but Dana did well.  Thank you for praying.  Jayden Everett made his appearance right before 5:00PM.  He checked in at six pounds and thirteen ounces.

The Lord gives and the Lord takes away blessed be the name of the Lord!

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

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