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Rain, rain, oh how we are loving and being thankful for the rain we've been getting,
here is hoping that the farmers and those who grow our food are getting enough to fill
A group of people from Salem Baptist Church have been busy carrying out the Lord's
command to go forth and tell the world the good news.
One of the team, Sue Rowloand, who went to Bristow, Okla., has given me the details
of the trip. They were guest of members of the True Vine Indian Baptist Church. This is
a small church just established two years ago, but the members are so dedicated and
very appreciative of the work done by our people.
The men in the group did some carpentry work, which included a concrete slab that will
be the foundation for a storage shed. They also installed some hand rails and did trim and
grout work. Each member of the team of nine donated $100 to buy a hot
water heater and refrigerator for the church as these were needed to prepare food.
Salem also contributed an air conditioner as it was very hot and they need for one was great.
Sue also told me that groups from the Baptist Association have been on mission trips to
New York, Slovenia and England. More about this later.
We also had a young man, Ray Maxey, who has returned from a mission trip to Haiti. Ray
told about the pitiful condition of the people there and how appreciative they are of help
from us. I will write more about his trip at a later date.
Our Vacation Bible School is in progress this week we are hoping for a good turn-out .
Sue and Bill Rowland have been enjoying having their daughters Deanna Knight, from Florida,
and Rhonda Smothers, of Olive Branch, visiting this week and, of course, the grands are
what make life worthwhile.
Leslie Lewis tells me she and family have recently had a wonderful vacation at Orange Beach, Fla.
Shelley Taylor is continuing to improve after her recent surgery. Leslie's uncle,
James Rutledge, is also home from hospital and is doing very well after a bad motorcycle accident. Get well wishes to both of them.
Also, we would liked to wish Barbara, Leslie's mother, a belated happy birthday, Her birthday was
on July 7.
My sister, Nellie Dawson, also celebrated a birthday on July 8. Her guests were her son, Col. David
Dawson, and his wife Lisa, of Olive Branch. As well as myself and my son, Austin. We all came bearing
gifts. David and Lisa brought lunch.
Last week I told you about Spyder Cook being in hospital in Oxford. He was suffering from a reaction of
medication he had been taking. He is now home and improving. Get well wishes to him.
This is all my news for now. I leave you with this, from the late American author Pearl S. Buck.
She says you can judge your age by the amount of pain you feel when coming in contact with
a new idea.