Nicaraguan pastor visits FBC Eupora


His passion and his energy drew in the crowd at First Baptist Church of Eupora.

With the help of interpreter Shawn Moore, Pastor Miguel Mena served as the guest speaker at FBC Eupora this Sunday, sharing his passion for saving the lost and touching lives for Jesus Christ.

Mena is the pastor of the church in Nicaragua that the mission teams from FBC Eupora have worked with for the past two summers. Mena was visiting family in the United States and stopped by to pay a visit to meet the church family that has been such a big part of his ministry to the people of Nicaragua over the past two years.

“It was great to have Pastor Mena with us for the weekend,” said Rev. Travis Gray of FBC Eupora. “Although we speak different languages, his love for Jesus is still contagious.” Continue reading

Disaster relief efforts to aid Hurricane #Harvey victims in Texas


Someone on The Weather Channel said Hurricane Harvey has affected 50 counties in the state of Texas. In comparison, Mississippi has 82 counties.

Those 50 counties represent a lot of need following a disastrous hurricane that continues dump rain on the area.

As Texas residents struggle to find food and shelter, neighbors in Carroll and Montgomery Counties have been quick to respond to the need. Several churches, schools., businesses and other organizations are responding by helping collect items most often needed in a crisis.

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Nicaragua Mission trip was a life-changing experience


“A trip like this completely changes your views on missions,” said Rev. Travis Gray of First Baptist Church of Eupora

Gray was one of a group from First Baptist Church of Eupora who traveled to Nicaragua this summer to help an up-and-coming church. This summer marks the second year a team from FBC Eupora have traveled to Nicaragua. And as part of that commitment, the pastor of the partner church in Nicaragua is travelling to the United States this week and will be at FBC Eupora to speak and get to know church members who have done so much to help his congregation.

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Rocking Winona #662ROCKSWINONA


 It began about three months ago when Sherrie Palmertree found a painted rock on the window ledge of Hobby Lobby in Olive Branch.

She had read about the rock painting craze in larger communities and was so excited to find her first painted rock.

“I screamed with excitement,” Palmertree said. “I scared my friend that was with me she thought something was wrong. She had not heard of this craze.”

When she returned home to Winona, Palmertree looked the page up that the rock belonged to and began reading. She decided this was something fun she wanted to do with her grandkids in Winona this summer.

Three months later, the Facebook group, 662 Rocks Winona has received 1,000 likes and hundreds of comments and photos of local people painting rocks, giving clues to where the rocks are hidden and photos of people finding rocks. Most found rocks are re-hidden within the community to keep the fun going. While some people may keep their found rocks as souvenirs, most are back in the community for someone new to find them. Continue reading

Mission Hope is changing lives


Rebecca Lancaster volunteers in the Mission Hope store.

Hope is at the core of everything they do.

Mission Hope in Winona has recently moved to a new location – a larger building to share the hope of Jesus Christ while providing hope and help to families in need in Carroll and Montgomery Counties. As of March 1, the program is now located at the old truck stop building at the corner of Highways 51 and 82.

“Much work has been done on the building and there is much to be done,” said Bro. Randy Dees, director of Mission Hope. “Ninety-five percent of the work done has been by volunteers. We invite the public to come visit us and see what we have to offer to the community.” Continue reading

Love from ‘STEW’-art


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Dale May and Jack May look on as Benny May and Kevin May tend the cookers full of Brunswick Stew at the Stewart Fire Department.

Once a month, this group gets together for a time of prayer and a great breakfast.

The Stewart Community Men’s Brotherhood meets once a month for Prayer Breakfast at one of four churches in the area for a time of food, fellowship and devotion. The men from the host church will prepare breakfast, including scrambled eggs, grits, biscuits, sausage gravy and every good thing. Apparently, you will not find a breakfast casserole at the buffet. More than one wife has been informed “that’s not a guy thing.”
Men from throughout the community are invited to join the fun at 7 a.m. on the first Sunday morning each month before regular church services. Members are part of Stewart Baptist Church, Tri-County Baptist Church, Pine Forest Baptist Church and Poplar Creek Nations Baptist Church. The men from the host church arrive at the church kitchen at about 5 a.m. the morning of the breakfast.

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#ENDITMOVEMENT — Red ‘X’s to raise awareness about modern slavery


enditRed “X”s are everywhere today.

While it is not a topic much discussed in America, the last Thursday in February has been designated “Red X” Day to raise awareness  that 27 million people are being held in slavery around the world.
Human trafficking, bonded labor and forced labor are all part of a “hidden” population of slaves around the world. The CNN Freedom Project defines slavery as “occurring when one person completely controls another person, using violence or the threat of violence to maintain that control, exploits them economically, pays them nothing and they cannot walk away.”