Jul
29
2021
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THURSDAY, 7/29/21

Good morning from blog central.  Trying feverishly to beat the 5:15AM publication time set by the lovely Elizabeth Westbrook!

On a very serious note regarding prayer needs – Lee Sessions has been in the hospital since Monday after several trips to the emergency room in the days prior to Monday.  His physical condition has deteriorated and he is most likely facing heart valve replacement surgery.  Lot of stuff going on in his life.  Pray for Lee, Elizabeth and the family.  Pray diligently!

Keep praying for Buddy Brewer.  Pray for Miss Vinnie.  Miss Vinnie is simply one of the best followers of Jesus that I have ever known.  I put her in the class of Miss Kathryn Edwards and Miss Mary Sue Thompson which know one at Friendship, with the exception of Sonny Bates, understands but believe me when I say that is a very, very good class!

Good attendance in yesterday morning’s service.  Not nearly as good in the evening.  However, the spirit in both services was excellent.

There will be a meeting to discuss the proposed land purchase this Sunday afternoon at 4:00PM in the church auditorium.  Larry Whitehurst is the point man on this matter.

Senior adults, a final determination will be made today as to our “field trip” for next Thursday, August 5.  Stay tuned!

Elizabeth Westbrook shared some news with me yesterday that stunned me!  Oh my!  (Triplets, really?)

It is 5:15AM.  Hope you have a great Thursday with Jesus.

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Jul
28
2021
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WEDNESDAY, 7/28/21

I am amazed that it is already July 28, 2021!  I may get the Christmas decorations from the attic today as tomorrow will be Christmas Day.  (Actually I do not do Christmas decorations, Lisa does, but it sounds good!)

Regular schedule on our campus this morning (10:00AM) and evening (6:30PM).

No new updates on the folks I listed yesterday as needing our prayer support.  Keep praying!

Ok, let me be honest.  I went a week or so without any blog entries.  Why?  Two words – Elizabeth Westbrook!  What?  As I remember it, she told me that if I cannot have an entry posted by 5:15AM then just not to post anything at all.  Well, Guatemala is an hour behind Alabama so that meant having it posted by 4:15AM which meant being up by 3:30AM.  Could not do that every day so I just followed Elizabeth’s mandate.  Now you know the “rest of the story” and I feel much better!

Rex Looney celebrated yesterday’s blog entry by having lunch at Big Bob’s in Decatur!  Are you serious?

There are two things that Dr. Rex does not know.  First, Brad & Daphne were in North Alabama over the weekend and they brought me sandwiches from Southern Hickory BBQ.  Best bbq sandwiches ever!  I prefer them over Big Bob’s!

Second, Jennifer Davis cooked chicken and dumplings yesterday and I was the recipient of some of those – oh my!  I do like bbq but if had to choose a last meal between bbq and Jennifer’s dumplings then the dumplings win hands down.  (Please do not tell her this as I do not even like her.  I do like Pastor Shirlon!).

To my Yankee friends – I sent you guys an invitation and asked for a rsvp.  Some far it has basically been crickets!  For weeks you have blown my email up and now you go silent!  Typical Yankees!  LOL!

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

 

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Jul
27
2021
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TUESDAY, 7/27/21

Happy birthday to my sister-in-law, Sue!  How old?  Yes!  I am very thankful to the Lord for Sue as she is an excellent daughter-in-law to my mama.  No one could be any better than Sue has been/is to mama.  Thank you Sue!  I hope her birthday is the best!

A blog entry from me?  Are you serious!  I am!  Where have I been?  Exactly!

Miss Willie Roberts has been in the hospital for the past few days.  I spoke to her son Sunday night and she is improving.  Pray for Miss Willie.

Miss Vinnie’s son, Buddy, is waiting on a PET scan so the doctors can determine which direction to take in treating him.  Keep praying for Buddy, Miss Vinnie and the family.

Aninha Barrett’s nephew is a diabetic and recently had surgery on his foot.  The situation is more dire than originally thought.  Pray for Aninha’s nephew.

Katie Tillman’s family has been hoeing a tough row in recent days.  Pray for them!

As far as I know, we have nine folks in the Friendship family who have been battling the virus recently.  No one was hospitalized but one had to have an infusion.  Pray for these folks that each of them will make a quick and complete recovery.  If my numbers are correct, we have now had sixty seven folks within the Friendship family who have had the virus at some point since March of 2020.  Of that number, one was in the hospital when diagnosed and one other had to be admitted to the hospital due to breathing issues.  Three or four folks had to have the infusion.  So, we have been blessed.

How did the mission trip go?  Glad you asked.  A total of thirteen houses were built, around forty widows were treated to a meal at the mission house and received a bag of food, three or four food distributions took place, the children/young people in our feeding center were provided with two hot meals per day, relationships were built, relationships were renewed, a pulpit was built as was a chicken coop, et cetera.  God proved Himself faithful!

We are on a regular schedule tomorrow morning and evening.

Bro. Abel will take the “midnight express” to Six Flags over Georgia this Saturday, 7/31.  Pray for him and the forty folks going with him – bless them!

We will hear from the ad hoc committee regarding the land purchase this Sunday, 8/1.  As I understand it, the church will be asked to take action.  Make this a matter of prayer, please.

Senior adults, keep Thursday, August 12, open.  Details coming!

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

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Jul
19
2021
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MONDAY, 7/19/21

Good Monday morning from GRACE Mountain.

Bro. Jerry sent me a message sharing that the attendance in our two morning services yesterday was down.  That disappoints me but I am very grateful to those folks from the Friendship family who were faithful to attend.

Bro. Jerry also shared that there were four professions of faith in our VBS evangelistic service last night – praise the Lord!

Things in Guatemala are fine.  Lots of ministry taking place.  Team members have great attitudes.  All is well.

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

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Jul
16
2021
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FRIDAY, 7/16/21

Good morning from GRACE Mountain.  Eight folks arrived in two shifts yesterday as the three from Jackson, MS were on time while the five from Alabama faced multiple flight delays in getting here.  These eight join eight others who were already here and we are set for a good day of ministry.  Pray for these folks as they minister over this next week.

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

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Jul
14
2021
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WEDNESDAY, 7/14/21

Good Wednesday morning from GRACE Mountain.  All is well here.

Regular schedule on our campus this morning and evening.

Miss Vinnie’s son, Buddy, had two more stents placed in his heart.  Keep praying!

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

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Jul
13
2021
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TUESDAY, 7/13/21

You just never know what a day will hold!  You know that “the best laid plans of mice and people” thing!  As soon as I posted yesterday’s blog entry, Delta sent me (and all of the others waiting in Gulfport) a note saying our flight had been delayed from a 6:00AM departure to an 11:00AM departure.  My connecting flight would be leaving at 9:00AM (Alabama time) and Delta only flies once daily to Guatemala.  “Houston, we have a problem!”  (Keep that thought in mind)

The lady at Delta could not have been any nicer in trying to help me get to Guatemala yesterday.  However, her best offer was to fly me from Gulfport to Atlanta to Salt Lake City to Los Angeles and then to Guatemala City.  Fly all day and then all night arriving in Guatemala at 5:00AM on Tuesday, 7/13.  I declined the offer!

Contacted United Airlines and got a 5:00PM departure from New Orleans which would arrive in GUA at 9:30PM.  Ok, we can make that work.  Left Gulfport heading home and decided to check once more on flying out of Mobile.  What?  A flight from Mobile on United also leaving at 5:00PM which would also connect in Houston and arrive in GUA at 9:30PM.  Perfect!  Life is good!

Got home and immediately began repacking luggage because I had lost a suitcase since I have status with Delta but not with United.  I had gone to bed around 11:00PM Sunday night and was awake at 12:15AM so I decided to lay across the bed for an hour or so.  Houston, we have a problem!  The flight out of Mobile was going to be delayed for two and one half hours which meant I would miss my connection.  Got on the phone with United, was put on hold and waited forty five minutes before deciding to head to Pensacola and catch a United flight which would connect in Houston and get me to GUA at 9:30PM.  I had to repack again because now I am down to one suitcase with twenty less pounds.

Got to PNS, checked in and life is good!  Wait, the flight from PNS has now been delayed due to a ground stoppage in Houston.  Not going to make my connection in Houston.  There was one other United flight that was scheduled earlier but it too had been delayed.  I figured it might go out earlier than my original PNS flight so the gate agent was kind enough to put me on stand by for that flight.  I was correct as that flight left the gate earlier than the other flight.  The gate agent put me on the very last row but I was grateful to be on the plane even if I did have to get up every time someone needed to use the toilet!  We arrived in Houston late but the flight to GUA was also delayed so I made the connection.  Arrived at 11:45PM Guatemala time.  Was on the mountain like an hour later.  I was tired as I did not sleep on either of the flights.

Went to open the door to the apartment building and it was locked.  Are you serious?  Knocked on Soy & Deidra’s bedroom window, called their names, called Deidra’s phone, hollered Eddie Albritton’s name – crickets and snoring.  Decided that I would just sleep in a vehicle but the doors were locked.  Could not sleep on the grass as it was raining.

Finally I simply hollered “supper is ready” and I heard Soy bounce out of bed!

It was not a good day of traveling but it could have been much worse.  I am blessed.  God is faithful!  It was a great forty first wedding anniversary!

I hope all is well back at the house.  Praying for you guys.  I pray that you will have a great Tuesday with Jesus.  I am going to bed!

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Jul
12
2021
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MONDAY, 7/12/21

Good morning from the Gulfport airport.  I am checked in and waiting for a flight to ATL and then a connection to Guatemala City.  Prayers for safe travel are appreciated.

As far as I know, Miss Vinnie’s son remains in the hospital.  Keep praying!

We had a good day in our services yesterday.  Folks, the Spirit has been excellent as we gather to worship.  I do not take that lightly.  We give God the glory!

Bro. Jerry, Bro. Abel, Bro. Dylan and our deacons all stand ready, willing and able to minister in my absence.  Do not hesitate to call on them.

Forty one years ago today marked the second most important day in my life as Lisa and I exchanged our wedding vows.  I definitely was the winner on that day and have won every day since then because of her.  Lisa is a sweetheart, a great wife, a great mother and a super grandmother.  I am blessed to have her in my life.

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

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Jul
10
2021
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SATURDAY, 7/10/21

Just received a call from Bobby Stork sharing that Miss Vinnie’s son, Buddy, got home from UAB last night.  He then got sick and was taken to a local hospital with heart issues.  Pray for Buddy, the medical folks, Miss Vinnie and the family.

Regular schedule on our campus tomorrow morning and evening.

VBS from 5:00 – 7:00PM tomorrow.

I pray you will have a great Saturday with Jesus.

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Jul
09
2021
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FRIDAY, 7/9/21

Roseanne Baria’s sister-in-law, Louise Pelletier, passed from this life on July 6.  There will be a visitation with the family today, 7/9, from 11:00AM until the noon service time.  The visitation and service will take place at Serenity Funeral Home in Theodore.  Pray for the Pelletier family.

Miss Vinnie’s son is scheduled to return home from UAB today.  Keep praying!

Regular schedule on our campus this Sunday morning and evening.  Lord willing, I will be in the pulpit for all three services.  I am praying for the Friendship family to be faithful to attend.

This Sunday evening, 7/11, will see us host our fourth night of VBS.  Times are from 5:00PM until 7:00PM.  Pass the word.

Deidra, Lizzi, Sydney & Audrey arrived safely to GRACE Mountain yesterday afternoon.  Smooth flights and they were through the Guatemala airport in less than twenty five minutes.  Thank you to each person who prayed and to those who sent notes of support and encouragement.

Life on the hill went back to somewhat normal yesterday with Deidra and the girls gone.  Lisa spent the night at Presley’s while Gina & I held the fort down.  A bit strange feeling right now.

I am not a huge fan of eating oysters.  (But I am a huge fan of Jason & Dana Taylor!)  Lisa loves oysters raw or cooked.  Once she left yesterday I found an oyster container in the refrigerator.  Apparently Lisa brought them home from her office.  I decided to do a little Spring cleaning.  I will just play dumb when she asks what happened?

The other day I went to go outside through the door leading to our garage.  Could not do it!  Why?  There was this huge watermelon blocking the exit.  It was so large that I could not move it.  Had to go out another door, get a chainsaw and cut it up!  I then began eating it.  It was delicious!  Where did it come from?  John Milton Ladnier.  The man can grow a garden!

I was crushed yesterday to learn that Pastor Jordan Lollar is no longer a reader of the blog.  Our number of readers has now slipped to eleven.  Folks, if we drop to single digits then I am done!  Just saying!

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

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