March 2012

Woodrich, Baptist Builders roll up the miles serving God

By Philip Timothy, Message Staff Writer [img_assist|nid=8023|title=Jeff Woodrich|desc=|link=none|align=left|width=79|height=100]STATEWIDE – The fact that Jeff Woodrich, Mission Builder and Campers on Mission Strategist for the Louisiana Baptist Convention, bought a new truck five months ago isn’t news. The fact he’s put over 30,000 miles – an average of 6,000 miles a month – during that time is.  Because of the amount of jobs (18 presently under way) statewide, Woodrich finds himself in the middle of the road a lot these days as he travels to oversee the different projects.


CompassionNet equips churches to meet needs of lost, suffering

By Diane Chandler, Regional Reporter LACOMBE – Randy Poole knows compassion. He got an up-close lesson when he helped his sister-in-law Debbie get back on her feet after she served a seven-year prison term. He and his wife Cindy bought her a car, found her Section 8 housing, gave her cash and even vouched to get her a job as a hairdresser at a friend’s salon. But Debbie blew it all, choosing instead to quit her job within months by simply not reporting to work for two weeks, instead moving to another state to be with her friends.


Memorial Longville reaches out to its community

By Staff, Baptist Message DERIDDER – Oxen are nothing more than steers trained as draft animals that are more than 4 years old. More than 500 people from Beauregard Parish learned about oxen and their power March 17, when they were given the opportunity to ride in a pioneers-type wagon pulled by two oxen owned by Walter Coleman’s R+ Oxen Ministry. This was one of several activities that took place in Beauregard Parish’s indoor arena by Beauregard Memorial Baptist Church near Longville, where Mark Norwood is pastor. About 125 attend services.


Louisiana Milestones

By Staff, Baptist Message ARRIVALS/DEPARTURES Perry Sanders died March 26 in Colorado Springs, Colo. He was 84, and pastor at First Baptist Lafayette for 47 years when he retired in 2006. Services were March 28 in Lafayette. Jimmie Tupper, new as pastor of First Kinder. Russell Hinson, resigned as pastor of Beech Ridge Walker. Danny Mann, new as youth minister at Hebron Denham Springs. Pastor: Joe Alain. J. Russell DeVore, resigned as pastor of Glade Branch Cravens. Henry (wife Hazel) Laird, new as pastor of Glade Branch Cravens.


M-Jam helps girls to get ‘fired up’ to do missions

By Ginger Culpepper, Special to the Message [img_assist|nid=8035|title=MJAM Lafayette|desc=Worship was as much a part of M-Jam as were the other parts of the annual event: learning about missions, meeting missionaries, making new friends and thinking of ways to be a missionary even before becoming a teenager.|link=none|align=left|width=640|height=427]LAFAYETTE – “I’m excited and fired up about what God is going to do in your lives and communities,” Children/Youth Mission Education Strategist Kimberly Aguillard told the girls and boys at M-Jam.


IMB welcomes 61 new missionaries at Trinity

By Laura Fielding, IMB Communications [img_assist|nid=8037|title=Praying for missionaries|desc=Family and friends gather around the International Mission Board’s newest missionaries to pray for them during a special service March 21 at Trinity Baptist Church in Lake Charles where 61 new missionaries were appointed.|link=none|align=right|width=640|height=427]LAKE CHARLES (BP) – He was a rebellious punk rock skateboarder who openly renounced his family’s faith, telling his parents that “God was a joke.”


Taking part in history: LC visited by presidential candidates

By Kalee Christian, Louisiana College Wildcat Media PINEVILLE – College students are very opinionated. They have their favorite stars, brands, bands, sports teams, fast food, TV shows, iTunes playlists, apps, and a host of other categories that appear important to them. However, Louisiana College students are in the midst of forming more meaningful opinions, different from the relatively insignificant ones previously mentioned. Three of the four Republican presidential candidates made appearances at Louisiana College during the week of March 19.