A CUP OF ENCOURAGEMENT — What do you call your father?

 By LAURA LEE LEATHERS          Many years ago in Augsburg, Germany, my Sunday school teacher, Mary Nell, and I met once a week to pray together. Our weekly prayer times stopped when she...

Canopy expanding solutions with new school

By ANNA CLAIRE O'CAIN          Canopy Children’s Solutions, based in Jackson, is a nonprofit organization providing a host of interventions for children in all 82 Mississippi counties. ...

THIS IS MY STORY — How ‘I’ll pray for you’ changed my life

By MARK HIKES        Prayer is a huge part of our journey with Jesus, but I didn’t always think that way. If you’d asked me 20 years ago if I believed in God, my answer would have been, “Sure …...

MISSION MISSISSIPPI MOMENTS — How we can be unified without being uniform

By PASTOR REGINALD WALKER          The focus for this month’s Mission Mississippi Moments article, as we endeavor to delve deeper, is Deeper Understanding. Our scripture reference is found...

AS I SEE IT — When mothers have to be fathers

By DAN HALL   For your Maker is your husband —     the Lord Almighty is his name — the Holy One of Israel is your Redeemer; he is called the God of all the earth. – Isaiah 54:5, NIV   “For...

Southern Christian Services for Children and Youth — How 1 family’s lives were changed through adoption

By JAMIE HIMES        Did you know that in the United States, more than 20,000 youth exit the foster care system every year without a family?      They have no one to call, no support, and no...

THIS IS MY STORY — I am not enough — but He is

By EMILY HUNT   I was 13 years old when I gave my life to Christ and accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior.  I had gotten pretty involved with the youth group at my church. I had friends...

LIVING MY CALL — How modeling has grown my faith

By KATIE EUBANKS          BeBe (pronounced “baybay”) Rayborn is a freshman communications major at Mississippi State University — and a model with The Industry Model Management in New York...

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