Larry’s Lines. . . .
By Larry Murphy, Executive Director
As you read this article I will be in the beautiful country of Kenya in East Africa. I will be traveling with the second most beautiful woman in the world, my daughter. She and my wife, both outside and inside, are the two most beautiful, godly women I know anywhere. After me personally traveling to Kenya since 2003, some 30 plus times, this is the first trip for my daughter. Schools, marriage, and children have always hindered her, though my son-in-law and my wife have been with me before.
My daughter and I are going to help Leon Hays prepare for a team of 14 that are coming after us. We will work with the team for a week before we head home, and they will stay and finish up a few more days of ministry. Pray for my daughter as this will be the longest she will have been away from her three year old son, our grandson. Then to go half way around the world is going to be an adventure. My grandson will be in good hands with my son-in-law and my wife and other grandparents.
I am looking forward to doing ministry with my daughter who has been on other mission trips through the years and truly felt called to go to Kenya this year. Am I a proud dad? You bet! Proud of her for being open to God’s calling and stepping out to do whatever it is she can do. We will visit a widow's group, schools, orphans, speak in churches, participate in one-on-one evangelism, medical clinics and more.
I also want to challenge many more of you to be open to maybe going to Kenya next year. By the way, the team coming a week after we arrive is 10 women and three men. Those ladies are also leaving their families to travel half way around the world.
What is keeping you from doing ministry in Kenya, in Tennessee, or anywhere? We have several partnerships in our association and we are always looking for people to go and minister. Could you be the one to make a difference for the name of Jesus in someone’s life? Acts 1:8 says, “But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.”
Many of you are on mission this summer to many places, foreign and at home, and we are praying for all of you. Also, we are praying as you travel in His name!
Let me close by asking two questions. If not you, who? If not now, when?
Association Office Holiday Closing
The association office will be closed July 3 and 4 to observe Independence Day.
Pastors Conference will not meet on Monday, July 3.
Fourth Annual Children’s Prayer and Play Retreat
Saturday, July 8 • 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Malesus Baptist Church and Malesus Park
(Hwy. 18 in South Jackson)
A fun time for children in first through sixth grades. Everyone should bring a sack lunch. Drinks and cupcakes will be provided. T-shirts can be ordered. To register or for more information contact Patsy Maples at (731) 234-8524.
Madison-Chester Association of Baptists
Administrative Team Meeting
Monday, July 10
Crockett County Baptist Association
Executive Committee Meeting
Tuesday, July 11
First Baptist Church, Alamo
Southern Baptist Convention
Baptist Men’s Emphasis Sunday