Linda Longoria Benefit Sing
JENA – A special benefit concert is set for Saturday, August 16, at 7 p.m., at Midway Baptist Church for Linda Longoria, wife of Evangelist Lyndon Longoria. She was recently diagnosed with stage three multiple myeloma cancer.
Evangelist Longoria, of DeRidder, is well known in this area as he has preached hundreds of revival services in LaSalle Parish churches and surrounding areas.
Groups performing at the benefit include: Kingdom Bound, The King’s Messengers, The Franklin Family, and the Olla First Baptist Praise Team.
Linda, 60, was first diagnosed with cancer on May 12, the couple’s 29th wedding anniversary. The cancer covers 70 percent of her body. She is receiving treatments in Lake Charles and Houston, Texas. Myeloma cancer affects the plasma cells in bone marrow. Future treatments will require bone marrow transplants.
Lyndon Longoria has had to cancel several revivals because of his wife’s illness, meaning his income was drastically affected. A love offering will be received at the concert, with all money collected going to the Longorias for living and medical expenses.
CLINTON, Miss. – Bible study combined with sports and time for fellowship on the Mississippi College campus all week for 16 children from First Baptist Church in Monroe, La.
They were on campus for Centri-Kid camp to close out a busy summer for the Baptist-affiliated university.
MC leaders reported a record 10,000 campers on hand from 14 states. MC’s summer camp season lasted for two months.
The July 27-31 camp at MC brought the energetic Monroe kids – third through sixth graders – to the MC campus to spend much of their time focusing on God, said Pam Jones, the children’s minister at the church.
Each day, “the children learned how each person has a part of the greatest story ever – God’s story,” Jones said on a rainy Wednesday. “God has a wonderful plan for each of us in life. It is our job to get to know God more.”
The theme of the camp was “Lights, camera, action!” And what is often a phrase used on Hollywood movie sets is very appropriate for the scene at Mississippi College. “God has provided our script for life – the Bible,” Jones said.
The church group from Louisiana joined counterparts from Mississippi, Alabama, Florida, Arkansas, Tennessee, Texas and other states to worship, spend time quietly praying and studying Bible lessons. Kids from Monroe and other communities always looked forward to time for OMC or Organized Mass Chaos. The event, she said, allowed kids to perform tasks and work together to reach a goal.
With the campers getting ready to leave their MC dorm rooms, pack up and say their goodbyes, Jones, who traveled to the central Mississippi camp with two of her children, was delighted about their stay at MC.
“Our children left camp with a new excitement for the Lord!” she said. “It’s great to spend time getting to know God more and having fun.”
Other leaders from Monroe’s First Baptist Church making the trip included Terry Slawson, Bruce McClung, Kristine Bricker, Chris Allums, Michele Wilson, and Karen Burney. This is the sixth year for the Monroe, La., church to attend the camp at Mississippi College.
Coleman, Fish lead seminar
SHREVEPORT – Billy Graham said, “Few books have had as great an impact on the cause of world evangelization in our generation as Robert Coleman’s The Master Plan of Evangelism. More than 3 million copies of this book have been sold.
Coleman is to be at Summer Grove Baptist Church Saturday, Oct. 18, “to share in his journey in discipleship and evangelism with our community,” according to a press release sent out by Pastor Rod Masteller and Mack McCarter.
Roy Fish, highly-regarded evangelism professor at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary for many years, will join Coleman. Fish wrote the book’s study guide.
The seminar – The Jesus Way to Develop Leaders – is to take place from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 18 in the banquet room at Summer Grove Baptist Church in Shreveport.
“This is indeed a rare opportunity to share in the journeys of two men who are truly leaders in the spiritual disciplinEs of discipleship and evangelism,” Masteller and McCarter wrote.
A love offering will be taken to offset the speakers’ expenses and an honorarium, but there is no charge for the seminar.
The seminar is, however, limited to space available – and the event is open to the public – so pre-registration is advisable. Call 318.425.3222 or online at www.communityrenewal.us.
Onsite registration is to begin at 8:30 a.m. on the day of the seminar, at Summer Grove. The hosts recommend participants read The Master Plan of Evangelism before the seminar. The $12.95 text is available on a first-come basis for $5/each for those who pre-register.
This event was arranged by Community Renewal International, which has its roots in Shreveport. Mack McCarter is founder, Tom Watt is director of the renewal team. For more information, see the above website.
HOUMA – As previously reported in the Message, First Baptist Houma is building a school set to open this fall.
“We have had some setbacks from weather and the permit process, but progress is being made,” reports Billy Stevens, discipleship pastor. “We have already had two churches come to work on the school – one from Tennessee and one from Georgia. Bellaire Baptist of Bossier City is coming in August.
“We need one more church scheduled to come and help in the building process,” Stevens continued. “We need your help to complete the school before the fall term starts.”
In an area where sin and rebellion are considered virtues, God’s grace is abounding much more, according to the church’s website: www.fbchouma.com. Houma is home to the second largest Mardi-Gras parade in the nation, where most are employed in the oil field industry, and 78 percent of those who have any level of religious profession say they are Roman Catholic.
It is located in the bayou country of Louisiana, Cajun country, which means a heavy French influence, great food, and awesome fishing. It is a wonderful and fun place to live, and an amazing place to serve God.
In this interesting culture, First Baptist Church has been steadily growing by the grace of God, the website continues. The church has grown from an average worship attendance of 350 to more than 1,000 in the last eight years.
Hurricane Katrina caused the Houma community and surrounding communities to grow by about 20 percent.
“We saw 80 people come to be baptized this past year,” reports Pastor Steve Folmar. “There were no revival meetings or special outreach campaigns. God’s people invited their friends to come to Christ and to church, and they did. We have outgrown our facility and are working on designs for a new campus.
“However, we have come to realize that if we are to ever make serious kingdom headway here, we must also get involved in the educating of children,” the pastor continued. “The school is a total act of faith. We are praying God’s people will help us with the labor to complete this project before school starts.”
Call the church office at 985.851.2520 for more information, and to volunteer to bring a work crew to Houma in August. Kids can help!
Housing, meals and a great missions experience are all provided, Folmar said.
Helpers are needed for
What to bring: Sleeping bag or air mattress, towels, tools, spending money: This is swamp tour country. Fun!