GoSpeak Ministry: Prayer Writing Month

GoSpeak launches 3rd annual Prayer Writing Month

WINONA, Miss. (BNC) — The GoSpeak ministry launched its Prayer Writing Month today with the first prayer on the Believing Prayer website.

This year is the third event.

Prayers are published daily during the month on the Believing Prayer site. Members of the body of Christ are encouraged to write as well.

The idea came from American national events such as the National Novel Writing Month and National Poetry Writing Month.

The GoSpeak site provided a list of seven suggestions on how to participate.

Randal and his wife Vicki have lived and worked in Brazil since Nov. 1984. They have three children, two daughters-in-law, and four grandchildren. He likes to read novels in his back-porch hammock. http://randal.us
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‘Just one of them things.’ A phrase for good and bad, and death

BELMONT, Miss. (BNC) by Adam Cozort — I have the honor of speaking at the funeral of a kind-hearted and generous sister in Christ who passed on to her reward Sunday night, at age 87. Nothing came easy for Sister Norma Taylor.

She worked hard through many situations that would have brought down other people. She raised six children and two of her grandsons after they lost their parents. She was humble and generous, sometimes to a fault, but her love for her family and her fellow Christians was never questioned.

In the time that I knew her, Sister Norma had a phrase that she used regularly that truly embodied her approach to life. Continue reading “‘Just one of them things.’ A phrase for good and bad, and death”

Randal and his wife Vicki have lived and worked in Brazil since Nov. 1984. They have three children, two daughters-in-law, and four grandchildren. He likes to read novels in his back-porch hammock. http://randal.us
Bonnie Sue Rushmore, Oct. 2014

World Evangelism Foundation worker Bonnie Rushmore passes

WINONA, Miss. (BNC) — Bonnie Sue Rushmore died May 18 of pancreatic cancer in Jackson. She and her husband Louis worked with World Evangelism Foundation, making mission trips to several countries. Continue reading “World Evangelism Foundation worker Bonnie Rushmore passes”

Randal and his wife Vicki have lived and worked in Brazil since Nov. 1984. They have three children, two daughters-in-law, and four grandchildren. He likes to read novels in his back-porch hammock. http://randal.us

Video: GBN on Houston’s crimp on morality and religious liberty

SOUTHAVEN, Miss. (BNC) — Watch the video of last night’s live panel on “The Christian and Politics,” featuring discussion of the Houston mayor’s broad subpoena of documents from pastors. The Gospel Broadcasting Network video begins in the middle of a phone conversation with a Christian professor of law.

http://youtu.be/-2mxqIJnrSo

Randal and his wife Vicki have lived and worked in Brazil since Nov. 1984. They have three children, two daughters-in-law, and four grandchildren. He likes to read novels in his back-porch hammock. http://randal.us

Gospel preacher Guy Hester passes at age 77

guy-hesterCORINTH, Miss. (BNc) — Guy Ferrell Hester, 77, passed away Thursday, Dec. 5, at Magnolia Regional Health Center in Corinth.

Brother Hester was born Feb. 15, 1936 in Vernon, Ala., to the late Sherlie (S.F.) and Clora Price Hester. He was a minister and preached for 64 years.

He served as a full-time minister for congregations in Alabama, Arkansas, Indiana, Iowa, Mississippi, and Tennessee. He did foreign and domestic mission work, and helped to found and direct the Vreed-en-Hoop School of the Bible in Guyana, South America. Continue reading “Gospel preacher Guy Hester passes at age 77”

Randal and his wife Vicki have lived and worked in Brazil since Nov. 1984. They have three children, two daughters-in-law, and four grandchildren. He likes to read novels in his back-porch hammock. http://randal.us

Ohio program ‘Light From Above’ joins Gospel Broadcasting Network

Program logo for "Light from Above"
Program logo for “Light from Above”

OLIVE BRANCH, Miss. (BNc) — The Gospel Broadcasting Network (GBN) announced in February that David Kenney’s “Light from Above” program will be included in its programming.

“Light From Above” is sponsored by the West Good Avenue congregation in Wadsworth, Oh., and produced at WCTV studios.

The program won Runner-Up for Best Religious Program in the 2012 WCTV Clapper Awards and was submitted to GBN for consideration in their programming. Continue reading “Ohio program ‘Light From Above’ joins Gospel Broadcasting Network”

Randal and his wife Vicki have lived and worked in Brazil since Nov. 1984. They have three children, two daughters-in-law, and four grandchildren. He likes to read novels in his back-porch hammock. http://randal.us

Mississippi church helps over 2,200 victims of Feb. 10 tornado

Tornado destroyed homes in Hattiesburg MS
Tornado destroyed homes in Hattiesburg MS

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (BNc) — The congregation of Kensington Woods has helped over 2,200 people in the aftermath of the Feb. 10 tornado, preacher Mike Benson said today.

The tornado hit on a Sunday between 5:00-5:30 p.m. It left a path 21 miles long, causing 83 injuries, but no deaths. Two Mississippi counties, Lamar and Forrest, were hit.

Major damage and destroyed homes totaled in the hundreds: 340 homes in Forrest County, 220 homes in Lamar County. Continue reading “Mississippi church helps over 2,200 victims of Feb. 10 tornado”

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M. Clarence Sparks, Jr. dies at 80

by Tom Childers

LAKE CORMORANT, Miss. (BNc) — Gospel preacher, farmer and businessman, Clarence Sparks, Jr. passed away on Wednesday, Sept. 5, at his home after an extended illness.

Sparks was born on October 4, 1931 to Clarence, Sr. and Louise Pounders Sparks and was a lifelong resident of DeSoto County. He leaves behind two daughters, Kim (Jewel) Wallis of Lake Cormorant and Kara (Bobby) Shreeves of Olive Branch and one grandson, Matthew Wallis. He was preceded in death by his wife of fifty-seven years, Connie Sparks. Continue reading “M. Clarence Sparks, Jr. dies at 80”

Barbara has been involved in missions for over 25 years, both in the field and in publishing.

GBN channel rated in the top 10 Roku channels

OLIVE BRANCH, Miss. (BNc) — The Gospel Broadcasting Network (GBN) channel announced that it has been rated in the top 10 by Roku users.

With the hundreds of Roku channels available, the ranking is a great honor. It shows that those who have subscribed to the channel have enjoyed what they have seen on the network. GBN extended a special thank you to all its viewers for their support. Continue reading “GBN channel rated in the top 10 Roku channels”

Barbara has been involved in missions for over 25 years, both in the field and in publishing.

Preacher’s wife and son murdered in Miss.

Les Ferguson familyGULFPORT, Miss. (BNc) — Karen Ferguson, 45, and her son, Trevor Cole Ferguson, 21, were found dead yesterday, Oct. 10, in their home.

The murder suspect, Paul Ellis Buckman, was later found dead in his apartment by police, according to a report by the area newspaper, SunHerald.

The AP reported that a neighbor saw the alleged murderer in the Ferguson home after the family’s 5-year-old son ran to her house, crying and screaming that “the bad man who hurt my brother” was now hurting his mother. Continue reading “Preacher’s wife and son murdered in Miss.”

Randal and his wife Vicki have lived and worked in Brazil since Nov. 1984. They have three children, two daughters-in-law, and four grandchildren. He likes to read novels in his back-porch hammock. http://randal.us

Biloxi MS church appoints elders

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BILOXI, Miss. (BNc) — The Rodenberg church appointed elders yesterday, Aug. 21, after a year’s study about elders and spiritual leadership, and gathering congregational input, said preaching minister Bill Denton.

The elders are (from left) Joe Powers, Bill Denton, Russ Butcher, and Dwain Jones.

Mark Hodges, preacher and elder with the Long Beach church, participated in the ordination ceremony.

Photo: Bill Denton

Randal and his wife Vicki have lived and worked in Brazil since Nov. 1984. They have three children, two daughters-in-law, and four grandchildren. He likes to read novels in his back-porch hammock. http://randal.us

GBN oversight moves to Southaven church

DALTON, Ga. (BNc) — The overseeing eldership of Gospel Broadcasting Network is passing oversight to a new group of elders.

In an undated PDF file released some days ago, the Highland church elders announced that they would “pass the torch” to the Southaven, Miss., congregation. Continue reading “GBN oversight moves to Southaven church”

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Update: Preacher and wife murdered at home in Miss.

FULTON, Miss. (BNc) — A retired preacher and his wife were found murdered at home late Friday night.

Fred and Mildred Joy House, ages 77 and 79, were found by their son Tom at approximately 9:30 p.m.

Tom preaches for the Plainview congregation, in the Fulton area (see his Polishing the Pulpit bio).

Itawamba County Sheriff’s Department apprehended Jake H. Carpenter, 29, of Fulton, as a suspect in the homicides, according to WTVA, after he was found driving the couple’s car in Russellville, Ala., early Saturday morning. Continue reading “Update: Preacher and wife murdered at home in Miss.”

Randal and his wife Vicki have lived and worked in Brazil since Nov. 1984. They have three children, two daughters-in-law, and four grandchildren. He likes to read novels in his back-porch hammock. http://randal.us

Preacher dies in house fire

by Ken Thomas

COLUMBIA, Miss. (BNc) — Jimmy W. Cox, 82 year-old preacher for the church in Columbia, Miss., and his wife Shirley, age 61, died in a fire that left little but ashes.

The fire occurred about 2 a.m. Monday, Jan. 10. Jimmy had been a newspaper man in Columbia for many years, but had spent his last several years trying to keep a small congregation going. He also wrote several articles for Magnolia Messenger as well as in the local paper. His first wife, Mattie, had died in 2004, and her death was recorded in Magnolia Messenger. They had three children, daughters Llene Poles and Nancy Tolbert, both of Mobile, Ala., and a deceased son, Jimmy Cox, Jr. Continue reading “Preacher dies in house fire”

Barbara has been involved in missions for over 25 years, both in the field and in publishing.

J.A. Thornton dies at 90

BOONEVILLE, Miss. (BNc) — Long-time gospel preacher and writer, Jean Armor Thornton, 90, died Monday, Oct. 11, 2010, at Scott-Del Personal Care Home in Booneville.

Thornton was a member of the Booneville church. He served on the President’s Advisory Board at Freed-Hardeman University for over 40 years and he was a past chairman of that board.

Thornton is survived by two daughters, Jeanita (Jim) Estes of Booneville and Joyce (Ralph) Gilmore of Jackson, Tenn.; one sister, Julia (Bobby) Milstead of Florence, Ala.; one brother, John L. (Peggy) Thornton of Hendersonville, Tenn.; nine grandchildren, Jennifer (Jon) Nieuwboer, Jill Lewis, Rachel (Evan) Aldridge, Rose Gilmore, Tim (Tammie) Estes, Steve (Nicole) Estes, Jay (April) Estes, Jon Estes and LeAnn (Jeremy) Jones; 10 great-grandchildren; his second wife’s children, Ann Langford of St. Petersburg, Fla., and Barry Pardue of Booneville. He is preceded in death by his first wife of 58 years, Delphia H. Thornton; his second wife, Jewell Thornton; an infant daughter and an infant son; and one sister and four brothers.

Memorial gifts should be sent to the J.A. Thornton Scholarship Fund at Freed-Hardeman University, 158 E. Main St., Henderson, TN 38340.

Barbara has been involved in missions for over 25 years, both in the field and in publishing.

Guy Hester celebrates 60 years of preaching

by Tim Hester

CORINTH, Miss. (BNc) — As a young man, Guy Hester began his preaching career at a small country church in Northeast Arkansas. Since then he has spent the last 60 years proclaiming the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Guy says his greatest asset during his preaching career has been his wife of 57 years, Shirley. Guy and Shirley have four children (two sons and two daughters), ten grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren, with one more to be born soon.

Their influence in the work of the kingdom encouraged both their sons to become preachers, and their daughters to marry preachers, thus adding to a family line of preachers which includes Guy’s dad (deceased), three brothers (one of whom is deceased), an uncle (deceased), two nephews and one of his grandsons.

Although Guy received his formal education at both Freed-Hardeman College (now University) and Indiana State University, his greatest training as a gospel preacher came from two other sources. Continue reading “Guy Hester celebrates 60 years of preaching”

Barbara has been involved in missions for over 25 years, both in the field and in publishing.

Paul W. Walden laid to rest

BRANDON, Miss. (BNc) — Paul W. Walden, gospel preacher and missionary from Brandon, Miss., passed away Feb. 19 at the age of 78.

Funeral services were conducted Feb. 22 at the North Brandon church with Milton Sewell and Paul’s son-in-law David Fields speaking.

Bro. Walden was born in Tupelo, Miss., on Sept. 13, 1931. Brother Walden accomplished much for the Lord in his life. He is perhaps best remembered for his work as an interim preacher in the middle Mississippi area, having served a number of congregations in this capacity.

He was serving the Lord’s church at Morton, Miss., at the time of his death. He also did a tremendous amount of mission work in the Caribbean, especially in Cuba. He made many trips to this island, where he taught and baptized hundreds.

Paul leaves his wife Larue, two sons Wayne and Wade Walden and one daughter Rene Walden Fields and eight grandchildren. He also leaves hundreds of grieving friends and brethren.

Paul was a unique, very godly man who had a burning desire for souls. He is already being missed. “Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them,” (Rev. 14:13).

Barbara has been involved in missions for over 25 years, both in the field and in publishing.

MS: church hosts benevolence debate

by Guyton Montogomery, minister, Northside church

MERIDIAN, Miss. (BNc) — The Northside congregation hosted a Bible debate on church benevolence Jan. 21-22.

Thursday night Patrick Donahue of Huntsville, Ala., affirmed that, “The Bible does not authorize use of the church treasury for social meals.” John T. Polk II of Dover, Tenn., denied. Continue reading “MS: church hosts benevolence debate”

Randal and his wife Vicki have lived and worked in Brazil since Nov. 1984. They have three children, two daughters-in-law, and four grandchildren. He likes to read novels in his back-porch hammock. http://randal.us

Miss. church hosts Preacher’s Files lectures

THEO, Miss (BNc) — The Theo church in north Mississippi will host the fourth annual Preacher’s Files Lectureship July 31-Aug. 2. Continue reading “Miss. church hosts Preacher’s Files lectures”

Randal and his wife Vicki have lived and worked in Brazil since Nov. 1984. They have three children, two daughters-in-law, and four grandchildren. He likes to read novels in his back-porch hammock. http://randal.us

Missions director stable after hunting accident

FULTON, Miss. (BNc) — J.C. Enlow, director of 21st Century Global Missions, is in critical but stable condition after a hunting accident. Continue reading “Missions director stable after hunting accident”

Randal and his wife Vicki have lived and worked in Brazil since Nov. 1984. They have three children, two daughters-in-law, and four grandchildren. He likes to read novels in his back-porch hammock. http://randal.us