Showing posts with label Special Friends. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Special Friends. Show all posts

Saturday, March 25, 2023

Remembering Our Friend Jack Helton

Hey Friends,

This is Odie reporting in from Florida! I hope this finds you doing well.

I am here today to remember one of our wonderful friends, Bro. Jack Helton from California. Bro. Jack made his move to Heaven last week. He is sorely missed by his dear family and friends! Please keep all of his family in your prayers as they navigate their new normal.

We had the honor of knowing him for almost 20 years. I count it a blessing to have been his friend. They are grandparents to several of our California friends. In fact, Bro. and Sis. Helton were my adopted California great grandparents. Grandpa Jack and Grandma Wilma just is the natural thing to call them.

I found this picture of Dad and Grandpa Jack from the last time we saw him in November 2019. I am glad that I captured this memory.

He was a great person to be around. His smile and laughter lit up the room. I loved to listen to his stories. He always had another story ready to go. I think he was happiest talking about his family.

Bro. Jack and Sis Wilma Helton were sweethearts until the end. They were inseparable. I do not remember ever seeing one without the other.

He would sit beside me and say, "Have you heard mine and Wilma's story?" Grandma Wilma would say, " Oh, Jack, she does not want to hear that story" I always loved to hear him tell it!

Grandpa Jack said his buddy showed him a picture of his new girlfriend, Wilma Weeks. He told the buddy she would not be his girlfriend for long. Grandpa was smitten with the beautiful girl in the picture. He would laugh as he told me that story and say, I won her over. He knew what he wanted from the first time he saw Grandma Wilma's picture.

Their marriage was blessed with 3 children, 9 grandchildren, 29 great grandchildren, and now a great great grandchild. We love the whole Burris, Helton, and Hilton clan!

Bro. Jack was an excellent singer! It was a joy to hear him sing every time we could. He loved to worship God through singing. I will treasure my memories of being in church with him.

Today He is singing with the Heavenly choir. I know he is in Heaven worshipping God face to face. Grandpa is happy and healed. 

I look forward to seeing our dear friend soon. Heaven continues to get sweeter with each passing day.

Thanks for reading! See you next time.

Thursday, March 2, 2023

Happy Birthday Pastor Kenny Morris

Hey Friends,

This is Odie reporting in for this post on Thursday. I hope you are having a wonderful week. We have been blessed with a super great week.

The revival services at Ellisville First Assembly have been refreshing to our souls. God has allowed us to experience His sweet presence in each service. My heart is full and running over. We still have two more services this week. I am expecting great things to happen! I wish you could be here too.

Prayer Request

Please keep praying for my grandparents, Martha and Eugene Boggs. Four weeks ago, Mamaw fell, and her recovery process has not been good this week. I am hoping and praying for God to turn things around! We had a really good prayer for her last night! I believe God can heal her completely!

Happy Birthday, Pastor Kenny Morris

Today is a very special day on our calendar. Pastor Kenny is 73 years young today! We have been privileged to celebrate several birthdays with him through the years.

I am so thankful God allowed us to connect with Bro. Kenny several years ago. We gained a precious friend when we met Pastor Kenny Morris and quickly became like family!

Now it is hard to remember life before the Morris family was part of our life. Bro. Kenny and Sis. Joan Morris are my  Grandmama and Granddaddy! We are incredibly grateful for their love and friendship!

Happy Birthday, Granddaddy! We love and appreciate you more than our words can express! I hope you have a fantastic birthday full of many blessings from God! We are thrilled to celebrate you today.

Thank you for reading. Come back tomorrow for a revival in pictures post. I have collected some good photos this week.

Tuesday, February 21, 2023

Blessing of Surprise Visitors

Hey Friends,

Welcome to a Tuesday post from Odie. I hope you are having a good day. This will be a busy day for me. I will share more details in a later post.

Friday morning, I received news that Bro. Johnson George and his wife, Sis. Binu were passing through Ohio. They contacted Dad to see if they could come to see us. Dad told them I was home. 

They called me, and I was delighted to hear from them! The plans were set into motion. I am so thankful our schedules worked out so they could visit me. 

I jumped into the highest gear I could find to get my home ready for company. I desired to be the best hostess I could be on short notice. We enjoyed coffee, cookies and a chat together! 

God brought this couple into our lives during City Reach Phoenix. We quickly became friends. We rarely get to cross paths with them!

We have been in revival meetings at their churches in both Arizona and Michigan. Also, they have invited us to join them several times for Zoom services in India.

I really enjoyed our surprise visit together on Friday! God knew what He was doing when He planned out that day for all of us! I needed the fellowship and encouragement. 

Soon it was time for them to travel again. We had a sweet time of prayer together before they left! I was thankful to feel God moving with the three of us praying together. 

Bro. Johnson and Sis. Binu, thank you for spending part of your day with me. It was an honor to have you here! I am looking forward to seeing you again in the future! I love and appreciate you both!

You never know what a day might hold! God is in the details of all things! I was blessed to welcome my dear friends to my home.

Thank you for reading! See you later.

Tuesday, February 14, 2023

Celebrating Our Friend Drew

Hey Friends,

This is Odie writing today. Happy Valentine's Day! I hope you have a fantastic day! Thanks for spending a moment of your time with me.

I have loved spending time with my grandparents on my visit home. Papaw and I have fun asking Google to tell us jokes. Yesterday Google told us a joke for Valentine's Day. It made me laugh! I decided to share it with you.

Joke Time
Q: Why was the fly nervous at the fruit market?
A: It was on a date. 🥁

Celebrating Drew 
I wrote a post two years ago introducing you to one of our favorite friends, Bro. Drew Spencer. We can click here to read more about him.

Earlier this month, he had a birthday. My "Drew Man" is now 15! I chose to give him a blog shout out today to celebrate his birthday month.

I can not believe he is growing up. Where did the time go in just the blink of an eye? Now he is in high school. From the time he was born, he has held a very special place in our hearts!

It has been a blessing to watch him grow up! God has allowed him to overcome many obstacles that life has placed in his path. Now he is a fine young man that loves God with all of his heart!

Drew is a superhero in my book! I love his smile, determination and kind heart! It is a privilege to be on the friend list of, Drew Spencer!

My parents were able to see our dear buddy last summer. I missed getting to be with him! Mom supplied me with these pictures for this post.

Drew Man,
We love you so much! Thank you for being a bright spot in our lives! I hope you have a fabulous year! I am looking forward to seeing what God has planned for you! We will always be Team Drew! Hopefully, we can see you again somewhere down the road!

Well, I will close for now. Thanks for reading. See you later!

Thursday, February 9, 2023

Pictures From 2015-Twenty Years of Continuous Evangelism

I recently published a Mile Marker celebrating twenty years of continuous evangelism. I appreciate all of the good feedback in that post. Thank you.

It included links to compilations of pictures from the first ten years and a bunch of pictures from our eleventh year, 2013. Then I posted a gaggle of pictures from 2014. Today I have a pack of pictures from 2015.

I am so happy we have thousands of pictures on Mile Markers. It has been a joy going through them the last few days. I hope you enjoy the pictures. If you ever desire to see more, they are all archived here on Mile Markers.

Thank you for stopping by.