From The Director’s Desk
The annual meeting for the Washington Baptist Association was a good afternoon and evening of reports, fellowship and worship. Our thanks again to Wagarville Baptist Church for hosting the meeting and all those who prepare the food for the evening meal. A big thank you to Bro. Ricky Revette for the message and for Bro. Frank Jones who brought the special music by playing the piano for the meeting. Next year the annual meeting will be held at Millry Baptist Church and we are planning to have an associational wide choir, so we are inviting all those who sing to be ready because all those who sing in their home church will be invited to sing in the associational choir.
The Fire in the Field tent Crusade, with Frank Shelton, Evangelist; Shannon Knight, worship leader; Dr. Terry Long, Director of Missions Choctaw Association, and John Bush , event planner, held at Butler was a very spirit filled and encouragement filled revival. Their were many young people who prayed to received Jesus as their Savior as the team was able to get into several schools in Choctaw and Washington counties along with several decisions made at the revival during the five evenings the revival lasted. It filled a great need in my life and it really challenged all of us to do our very best for Jesus because He gave His very best for us and to all who will come unto Him for salvation.
As the year is quickly approaching the Holiday season and by the time the next news letter we will already be in the Thanksgiving Season, I would just like to reflect on this past year .
First, I just thank the Lord for all of our churches and the good servants you all are for Jesus Christ. Every church that I have been in this year has blessed me because I see how Jesus has changed your life and the life of your church. This may not be always visible to you but I see it. I just what to say to you all keep up the good work for the Kingdom of God and keep bragging about our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Next, I would like to say thanks to all of our volunteers. With out you the work that goes on in The Caring Hearts Center and here at the Food Ministry, we would not be able to do want we do. All the work that you do goes back into Washington County to help meet many needs that would never have been met without you, again thanks!
I also would like to thank all the volunteers on Christians on Missions. This year was not as active as past years but we did meet several needs in the county like building at least 12 wheelchair ramps, repairs on the inside of some homes and putting a metal roof on a double wide trailer. These are just a few and I know there were many over smaller projects that these volunteers did in the county . Again without you none of these projects would have gotten done, so thanks for all your hard work.
I would like to thank our secretary , Ms. Mildred Butler for all the hard work she puts in here at the office and at the Caring Hearts Center. Without her much of what goes on here would not get done, so thanks Mildred!
I also need to thank the Lord for my wife Wilene daughter Crystal and son Bobby. You all make life worth the living.
Just a few years ago in today's politically correct environment, where we are careful not to offend anyone, a fourth grader wrote this as his report on the origins of the Thanksgiving Holiday. “The pilgrim's came here seeking freedom of you know who. When they landed, they gave thanks to you know who. Because of them, we can worship each Sunday, you know where.”
1 Thessalonians 5:18-” In everything give thanks; for it is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”
“ As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter just words, but to live by them.”
President John F. Kennedy.