February 2011

Evangelism conference speakers reach out with impassioned messages

KAREN L. Willoughby, Managing Editor

SHREVEPORT – Eight men from Louisiana preached during the 2011 annual Evangelism Conference, which took place Jan. 24-25 at Broadmoor Baptist Church in Shreveport, where Chuck Pourciau is pastor. 

Despite being the pastor of one of the largest Southern Baptist churches in the state, and one of the largest givers to Southern Baptist mission causes in the state, Pourciau sat in a side pew during the evangelism conference and during times of greeting, shook hands with as many people nearby as possible.

“Hi; I’m Chuck,” he’d say with a wide, friendly, folksy grin.

The warm fellowship that’s always part of the evangelism conference deepened into “something more,” many participants said, especially after the Monday evening service, when Charles Billingsley and the Broadmoor choir and orchestra led in an extended time of worship, which was followed by the heartfelt preaching of Rod Masteller, pastor of Summer Grove Baptist Church in Shreveport, and president for a second one-year term of the Louisiana Baptist Convention.[img_assist|nid=7033|title=Spirit-filled moment|desc=In the Monday evening service, LBC President Rod Masteller’s call for “Louisiana Baptists to all be on our faces before Him,” brought people streaming to the altar until there was no more room. Others throughout the worship center knelt or bowed their heads at their pews.|link=none|align=left|width=100|height=66]


Sellers Maternity Ministries celebrates 90 years of service

MARK H. HUNTER, Special to the Message

 EDITOR’S NOTE – Some names mentioned in this story have been changed to protect their privacy.

 CENTRAL [img_assist|nid=7055|title=Sellers Ministries|desc=Stanley and Marlene Cheatham donated his family home and property in Central to the Family Ministries in 2000, which was used as a satellite campus for residential child care. In 2007 the Cheatham Oaks campus was transitioned into the current Sellers home for pregnant young women.|link=none|align=left|width=100|height=73]– When Cassy Maxwell fled Houston, Texas, and her abusive boyfriend two years ago, she ended up in Baton Rouge homeless and pregnant.

 "I googled ‘maternity home, Baton Rouge’ and Sellers turned up," said the 20 year-old mother of Jonah Maxwell, now 21 months old. "It’s funny how God works and leads you to places."