Soon after, I met two pastors—one very senior, apparently quiet, a writer and left-handed to boot (good man), the other a younger man but still middle-aged, very outgoing and friendly, warm-hearted, congenial (also a good man). I enjoyed church services in both places, experienced joy of incredible Georgian hospitality. A Duchess from Florida observes, ‘I loved living in Georgia, found Georgia people the friendliest people. We lived close to Peachtree City, would go to Starbucks there. That one place impressed me every time we went—people were nearly all Christian and they would be talking about their services, about God, or witnessing. The atmosphere was wonderful….We enjoyed our time of fellowship, next time tea & crumpets for sure. May God bless your ministry….The Duchess.’
Later, I attended sessions taught by a pastor for people in his community who, due to jail sentences for deeds done under the influence of alcohol or drugs, or deeds done in a fit of rage, had to attend classes in either being free of substance abuse, or in anger management. The pastor brought the course to the county administration, and he was trained in teaching the course. The county inspected and approved the course, and him as a certified teacher of it, so now he has this ministry to his community as well. Happy for him and for them.
Then I came across an old photo of a minister and his family and his daughter’s friend who had visited India when I was a child. The daughter’s friend, seeing that photo, says, ‘That trip changed my life forever. It made me realize how much the world needs Jesus.’
And then I came across photos of my aunt, Ferne Scism Ackley, whom some readers will know. She now lives in a senior citizen’s center. Her hearing is bad, but she would enjoy letters. Her address is
6921 N Roberts Ave
Portland, OR 97203
Please pray for the Scissom, Vigil, Dykes and other related families. James N Scissom passed away. Please pray for their comfort in bereavement. He's a great man who pastored for years in Colorado. He was living in retirement in Arkansas. Pray especially for his dear wife, Faye Scissom, as well as his kids Valerie Vigil, Terri J Dyke, Anita Scissom Simmons, and his many grandchildren, including Hannah Joy Vigil, Theo Vigil, Alexander Vigil, Darren N. Dyke and others (I certainly don't have the names of them ALL). They will need comfort in the passing of their father and grandfather.
And sometime, if you want to be Instagram friends, you can look back through old photos and see me in duet with Hal Kennedy on 'I've Got a Reason for Living Right'. Thanks for his friendship, too.
And a friend showed a photo of a wedding in which her mom and mine were bridesmaids. Thanks for the photo and the consideration that made you send it.
And then, in contrast to this news about people who are old or who have passed away: I spoke briefly at an Alabaman youth convention. It's called VIRAL—I hope I don't get ill! I also enjoyed the people tremendously. A lady who attended said, ‘Your words spoke to our youth: Before choosing your career, think about what can be used to help other people around the world as well. That will go with them forever, Kingdom minded!’ Amen, yes.