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‘Little man, spiritual giant:’ Wendell Agee baptized 125 in 5 years — in his 80s

KARNS, Tenn. (BNC) by Steve Higginbotham — My good friend, co-worker, and brother in Christ, Wendell Agee, departed from this life Oct. 26 to be with his Lord.

I met Wendell and his wife June when we moved to Knoxville a little over five years ago. During these past five years, Wendell and I have been on mission trips together, worked in the jail ministry together, and been fellow-encouragers. Continue reading “‘Little man, spiritual giant:’ Wendell Agee baptized 125 in 5 years — in his 80s”

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
Elvis impersonator Chuck Baril with 90-year-old Elvis East

Elvis is in the house

MAURY CITY, Tenn. (BNC) by Jerrie Barber — And that was the truth as announced last night at 6:45 p.m. to about 175 friends and family of Elvis Scarbrough East. They had met to surprise her on her 90th birthday. She was born Oct. 28, 1924, more than ten years before Elvis Presley. Continue reading “Elvis is in the house”

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

Deacon recognized for special talents, uses gifts for fellow Christians

rick-hinsonCLEVELAND, Tenn. (BNc) — A deacon with the East Side congregation was recently highlighted in the Cleveland Daily Banner newspaper for his special talents.

Rick “Bear” Hinson shapes artifacts and manmade materials by both hand and machine to perfect his artistic creations.

Hinson creates fountain and ball-point pens, but has also done T-shirts, fan collectibles, portraits and customizing on Harley-Davidson motorcycles.

One of his designs done for Earth Day sold tens of thousands of T-shirts.

Rick has designed T-shirts and fan collectibles for music artists Faron Young, Willie Nelson, Bill Monroe, and the Louvin Brothers, among others.

Rick uses his talent in the Lord’s church as well.

East Side minister Jeff Archey told the story to BNc.

“I recall a sister in Christ who lost her father, and he had military honors at the cemetery. After the 21-gun salute, Rick walked over and picked up a couple of casings. Shortly thereafter, he presented a custom-made pen from one of the carbine casings to this dear sister. I will never forget the expression of joy on her face. Rick’s gesture reminds her of her father in such a kind, good, and most unique way.”

Rick’s work as a deacon with the East Side congregation addresses their multiple mission efforts around the world and needed support on behalf of the elders.

“He is one of the finest, most genuine servants I know — a true blessing to our labors at East Side,” Jeff said.

Thanks to the Cleveland Daily Banner for the report and photo.

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

Tribute to slain Alabama sister Sharon Wellington

Sharon Wellington, from FacebookEditor’s note: Sharon Wellington was killed Nov. 30 by an unknown assailant.

ATHENS, Ala. (BNc) by Joy Watkins — I have heard people say “live your funeral” and although I thought I knew what they meant, it wasn’t until the events following the death of our dear sister Sharon Wellington, that I fully understood its meaning.

I was reflecting on all I knew about her and realized that she herself wrote the words I need to express my thoughts and feelings. From all who have posted or commented about her, who have reached out to family and friends to offer words of comfort, it is evident that she touched many lives. I have never known anyone touch the lives of so many people she had never met. These days will help us face the more difficult ones ahead as we recall how she was prepared for her appointment to meet the Father. Continue reading “Tribute to slain Alabama sister Sharon Wellington”

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

Former Brazil missionary Bill Jordan remembered

Former Belo Horizonte, Brazil, missionary Charley Huffman reminisced today about Bill Jordan, who served in the same city in the 1970s. Bill passed away Monday, Feb. 6. His last residence was in Yellville, Ark. We reproduce Charley’s email by permission.

Brazil missionary Bill Jordan
Brazil missionary Bill Jordan

Bill Jordan had a heart attack while we were playing volleyball at camp one day. We rushed him to the heart hospital, where my wife Joyce stayed with him in the emergency room to interpret for him, since he had been in Belo Horizonte only a short time and spoke little Portuguese.

The Brazilian doctors said he needed to go to the USA for open-heart surgery, since he had been in Brazil for such a short time and everything was strange to him. However, the commercial airlines refused to fly him in that condition. Continue reading “Former Brazil missionary Bill Jordan remembered”

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

Okla. saint noted for work with intellectually challenged

DURANT, Okla. (BNc) — Oklahoma TV station KXII has named Joy Curtis one of its “12 who Care,” for her work with the intellectually challenged.

A little over a year ago, Joy joined several others to create Bridging the Gap Together, Inc., a non-profit that creates jobs for those with special needs at the Good Deal Thrift Store.

Joy’s husband John became the pulpit minister at the 7th and Beech congregation in Durant in Aug., 2001. Continue reading “Okla. saint noted for work with intellectually challenged”

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

Lella Harris Stripling celebrates 100th birthday

by Barbara A. Oliver, Managing Editor

005p1BULLARD, Tex. (BNc) – On Oct. 31, 1909, twin girls, Lella and Ella Harris, were born at Peachtree Village in Tyler County, Tex. On Oct. 31, 2009, the Bullard church celebrated Lella Harris Stripling’s 100th birthday and honored her twin sister Ella Harris Keele, who died in July.

Their baby brother, Homer will be 95 on Nov. 25.

When asked what he could tell me about Lella Harris Stripling, Richard Fedell, one of the ministers for the Bullard church, said, “Have you got three days?”

Friends and relatives gathered at the fellowship building of the church to celebrate with Lella. While over 350 people signed her guest book, only 45 were family members.

“That shows you how well she is loved,” said Fedell. Continue reading “Lella Harris Stripling celebrates 100th birthday”

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

Zorns recovering from traffic accident

by Paul Cockrell, Munford, Ala.

SYLACAUGA, Ala. (BNc) — After two weeks in a Birmingham hospital, Frances Zorn, wife of Lads to Leaders/Leaderettes founder Jack Zorn, came home from the hospital on Wednesday. Continue reading “Zorns recovering from traffic 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

IGH Speaker Winford Claiborne Suffers Stroke

FAYETTEVILLE, Tenn. (BNc)- International Gospel Hour speaker Winford Claiborne suffered a stroke this past week. Continue reading “IGH Speaker Winford Claiborne Suffers Stroke”

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