I have two specific prayer requests.
1. Please pray for April Lloyd our teacher at BASS Christian Elementary. She has been hospitalized and we continue to monitor her condition.
2. Please pray for Linda Anderson, our retired ABC manager who has suffered a badly broken leg.
Thank you for your prayer support for these two special people.
May is a busy month for all of us. Graduations and BASS Camp meeting are just a few weeks away. Can’t tell you how thankful I am for Elder Fancher who does the lion share of putting our camp meetings together. I believe he does a superb job. Martin is heading to North American Division office this morning to get training in how we can better prepare our territory for disasters. Martin will work with the local churches in how they can be better prepared to serve their communities. You know all too well we live in very storm area of our country.
There will be some shuffling of positions at the Gulf States Conference Office this summer. We have a great team right now and I believe we can even get better. I believe these changes will improve and equip us to serve our pastors, teachers and constituents at a higher level.
We have some transitions happening within our conference. We will have openings in Huntsville Central and Birmingham 1st. We are actively working on these openings at this time. We covet your prayers for us to find the right person to carry on the good work that has been done in both of these districts.
Jerome Edmeade has announced that he will be leaving at the end of this month. We will miss this fine young man who really made a difference for Jesus everywhere he went throughout this conference. We never heard a complaint made against Jerome but we heard a lot of praise. I said this at Executive Committee and I’ll say it again, “Jerome is one of the finest young men I’ve ever met.” He has worked closely with Brian Danese and I know they have formed a special relationship. Jerome has grown as an individual and a leader here in our conference. He has continued to educate himself and he is actively in the process of taking tests to receive his CPA. I believe Jerome will be successful in where and whatever God leads him to do.
Jerome and Andrea Edmeade
I spent a Sabbath with Pastor Bill & Burnette Gager. I began my morning preaching at DeFuniack Springs, a great small church in our conference. The people are so service oriented and filled with joy. I just get fired up every time I join them. I then drove to Bonifey and preached there. I enjoyed my visit with the Bonifey Brothers and Sisters, they too are a great small church. I just want to say and be clear, I love our small churches that we have in our conference. They are servants of their communities. The impact that a group of 20-30 people can make is incredible. As our hearts become engaged with the lost of our communities, our hearts grow larger. We reflect the One we profess to serve. God multiplies our efforts.
When I return home from Camp Meeting this year, our daughter Trisha and her husband Chuck will be at our home. It will be so nice to have family visit us. I just can’t tell you how excited I am that they are coming. I was talking to Trisha the other day and she said, “In two weeks, four days, and 6 hours we will be in Montgomery.” I think she loves her parents!! Can’t wait to see them.
Trisha and Chuck
Hope I see a lot of you at BASS Camp Meeting this year. Our Wednesday and Thursday speaker is going to be life changing. If you have a teenager in your home please make every effort you can to get them to hear Susanne. You won’t be sorry. Our weekend meeting speaker is a good friend and special servant of Jesus, Mike Tucker. He always brings thought provoking messages. See you at Camp Meeting!
God bless you,
Until next time