October 2010

Real Hope for the Hungry in Memphis


MEMPHIS, Tenn. – She didn’t go anywhere without her house shoes.

Sheri Shockey’s wide feet fit in nothing but her blue men’s slippers.

She walked out of the front door of the Brinkley Heights food pantry in Memphis, carrying a brown paper sack full of food. A man greeted her as he passed, “You ought to come and join us for church one day.”


Black church leaders gather in Nashville for Sunday School training

By Staff, LifeWay Communications

NASHVILLE, Tenn. –  Black Church leaders from across the country will gather in Nashville Oct. 22-23 to participate in training sessions specially designed to help strengthen Sunday Schools and address issues within the context of traditions and culture of the Black Church.

LifeWay’s National Black Sunday School Conference, held at LifeWay Christian Resources, offers training for every level of church leader including pastors, ministers of education, Sunday School directors and age group Sunday School leaders.


Universal Pen Pal Project needs help from students

NATIONWIDE – Christian youth have the opportunity to be an international missionary without leaving home.

The Universal Pen Pal Project of the Fellowship of Baptist Educators is an organization sponsored by the Southern Baptist Convention’s International Mission Board. This group is recruiting junior and senior high school students in the United States to be pen pals with same-age students in other countries, especially nations where missionary activity is restricted.


Ministry warms laps and hearts

COLFAX – Scripture gives clear confirmation that people are called and chosen to accomplish specific tasks, says Kevin Hathorn, pastor of Colfax Baptist Church.

“People are gifted with talents that are coupled with their spiritual gifts in order to bring glory to the Father in Heaven as their service is rendered to others,” the pastor said. “Colfax Baptist Church is truly blessed to have one whose spiritual gift of service, coupled with her talents, is bringing warmth to the hearts of those she meets.”

Marilyn Shipman’s talents for being creative shows her love of service to others. Out of her calling to the Lord’s service she is sharing her talent of quilting through the making and giving away of lap quilts – a ministry she started earlier this year – which grows with every gift.  




Carl Gulde (wife Clarenda), new as pastor Bethel Baptist, Colfax.
Ron Flurry resigns New Ebenezer Baptist, Castor.
Derrick Addison, new as pastor Christian Baptist, Florien.
Doug Allen (wife Marsha), new as pastor First Baptist, Blanchard.


Evangelist overcomes cancer, Cerebral Palsy to speak at Calvary Monroe

MONROE – A year ago, Steve Freeman of Colonial Heights, Va., was scheduled to be the speaker at revival services at Calvary Baptist Church in Monroe.

However, on the day before he was to fly out, doctors informed him that the cancer he thought was gone had returned.

“When he went in for a routine catscan and blood work, we found out that he had a blood clot in his lung and the cancer had come back,” Lisa Freeman, his wife, wrote on the couples’ Caring Bridge page. “Now the course of action is blood thinner shots for the blood clot, and chemotherapy to treat the cancer. We are hoping to finish up the chemotherapy sometime in mid December.”


When There's No Time for Your Marriage

By CHARLES SELL, HomeLife Magazine

Sharing his frustration with our men’s group, Tim grumbled: “I don’t always get home early enough to spend time with the kids in the evening.

“During the late afternoon, my boss will ask me about a project or give me something to do that keeps me at the office later than I want to be.”


God provides chapel at Bayou Dorcheat Correctional Center

By PHILIP TIMOTHY, Message Staff Writer

MINDEN – With the help of God, one man’s vision is rapidly turning into reality.

Warden John Lewis, a member of First Baptist Church Haughton, wanted a chapel built on the grounds of the Bayou Dorcheat Correctional Center, which is located inside the National Guard’s Camp Minden, to help fill a need at the facility.

With the help of First Haughton, First Baptist Church in Arcadia, the Louisiana Baptist Builders, some willing volunteers and project coordinators Bill and Joyce Temple the need is going to be met – and much sooner than he had hoped.


Cripps earns grand champion crown at Baptist Golf Fellowship Fall Tourney

By JOANNE BRECHTEL, Administrative Editor

ALEXANDRIA – The 2010 Louisiana Baptist Golf Fellowship Fall Tournament recently hosted its two-day event at Links on the Bayou Golf Course in Alexandria. The tournament is co-sponsored by the Louisiana Baptist Message and the Louisiana Baptist Foundation.

Monday medalist play presented an opportunity to play the round with friends or acquaintances, making it a special time of fellowship as well as presenting challenges.

“The greatness of God and the beauty that He has created in His world is re-emphasized during play,” one pastor said.

Winners of this event were recorded in the following categories by ministers and laymen. The grand champion winner was Ples Cripps of Dry Prong, a layman.

Winners in the minister’s division of the medalist round included: