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Doing Godís work makes fast friendscomment (0)

October 7, 2004

By Betty Baggott


It is a long winding road between Opelika and Roanoke. Every time I make the journey my thoughts linger for a few moments in LaFayette.

A saint of God lives there, Vivian Hughley. For some 48 years Vivian has played the role of encourager in my life. When my husband, Bob, was alive her constant notes were a source of joy for him. She was always supportive of pastors and families, loved by those in the ministry. I send a “shooting prayer” as I call it, as I drive by her house.

First Baptist Church, Roanoke, has a story about loving a pastor and appreciating his hard work. So much so that Bill Dean is back as the pastor at First, Roanoke, after being away for some 40 years.

To see the love the people have for Bill and Shirley Dean touched me deeply. I believe so much in my heart that God blesses a church that loves and supports its pastor.

This night was quite a change for Roanoke’s usual Wednesday night prayer meeting attendees.

Steve Dean, education, music and youth director, invited the congregation to witness firsthand the way the  youth service was carried out in the youth building.

What an experience — to see how much a church loves its young people, not just by the surroundings but people supportive of their kind of  music and doing everything possible to keep them involved.

Blessed by friends

What a blessed night in Dothan, at First Baptist Church. I was hosted by the women’s ministry of First, Dothan. Spending the night with cherished friends Bobbie and Earl Dove, I marveled all over again at the friends God gives to those of us in His work. Hearts bonded together through the years — there is nothing like serving the Lord and being involved in the lives of God’s people. To see a woman like Lorie Jordan, head of the women’s ministry, dedicated to her place of service and reaching other young women.

While I visited with so many old friends and met new ones, I did miss seeing my dear friend Nadene Maddox.

Nadene always came when I spoke any place near Dothan. Like many former pastor’s wives in churches she was a mentor for me. She was a great lady. She went home to be with the Lord some weeks ago. She and her husband Sam (who was the pastor of First, Dothan, for so many years) have touched so many lives. He too is with the Lord now.

Touching the lives of people — that is the praise I heard about the new pastor at First, Dothan, John Fain. He is a people person and seems to love his role as a minister. Receiving the newsletter each week I have been amazed at the happenings at First, Dothan. By his side and loved likewise is his wife, Debbie. First, Dothan, has a good pair.

Sunday after Sunday members of Eastern Hills Baptist Church in Montgomery hear outstanding sermons by their pastor Rick Marshall. He and wife, Judy, have served there for some time. The love relationship and the support of the people remains strong.

On a recent visit I marveled at the presentation of Candace McIntosh, executive director of Alabama Woman’s Missionary Union (WMU) and a member of Eastern Hills. Her part on the program was to support the Kathleen Mallory State Missions Offering.

Her heart was broken by the wrath of Hurricane Ivan. She shared how WMU, along with the state convention, had played such a part in helping the stricken areas. I was impressed with the child care service that WMU provided for mothers.

If there is one thing you can glean from this article it is the message that there is nothing like being involved with God’s people and observing how God uses each one to carry out His mission of winning the world to Christ and helping the saved to mature in the Word, find joy and experience some part of heaven here on earth.

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