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Mart and Holly McMullan Celebrating sobriety, faith and love

By KATIE EUBANKS          Mart McMullan starts each morning the same way: “The very first thing I do is go to my office and ask God to keep me sober,” he says, sitting with his wife, Holly, at their dining room table in Madison.     For more than 10 years...

Olivia and Chris Kneip: Running the race

By ANNA CLAIRE O’CAIN      People in the Flowood area might know Olivia and Dr. Chris Kneip through their competing in triathlons, or from their work as a teacher and orthopedic surgeon respectively. But many do not know how God used difficult times in the Kneip’s...

Deryll & Sherry Stegall: Finding happiness in Christ

By KATIE EUBANKS        It’s become a tradition at MCL cover shoots to capture photographer Deryll Stegall giving his favorite directive: “Happyyyyyy!”           We all need a little encouragement to look happy for pictures sometimes. And with his affable,...

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.  CEO Dr. John Damon shares about Canopy and the services they provide —...

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 soft place to fall when life gets crazy.      When thinking about...

Magnolia Speech School — Building on a firm foundation

 By ANNA CLAIRE O’CAIN        Since the 1950s, Magnolia Speech School in Jackson has served children with hearing and speech impairments. From the school’s early days in the late Elizabeth “Libba” Matthews’ home to its current facility in Jackson and soon-to-be...

Felecia Marshall — How God turned 1 woman’s tragic loss into a calling

By ANNA CLAIRE O'CAIN        The story of Grant Me Justice begins with a tragedy that no mother would ever dream of having to endure: the loss of a child.   Felecia Marshall, Prentiss native and mother of the late Alexia Krushét Buckhalter, shares how God turned...

How 1 teen learned to ‘Embrace Grace’ — and her unplanned pregnancy

By COURTNEY BUZEK          Curtnisia’s day starts out like any other teenager’s. She wakes up and gets ready for a busy day of high school, where she is an honor student. Like other 16-year-old girls, Curtnisia enjoys hanging out with friends and being part...

Dick and Melodie Tunney — From arena shows to ‘Carols by Candlelight’

By KATIE EUBANKS          When Dick Tunney and Melodie Ware joined a gospel group called Truth on the same day in 1980, they were as different as could be.        Melodie was a rule bender, while Dick — “to a pharisaical degree,” he admits — was a rule...

The Formans: Finding their purpose in foster care and adoption

By ANNA CLAIRE O’CAIN          “We always wanted a big family,” says Adrienne Forman, native of the Franklin County community of Roxie, and wife of nine years to Alex. “We weren’t able to have children naturally, so that’s kind of what got us into foster...

TOUGH QUESTIONS — My spouse and I can’t agree on a school

By DR. FRED HALL   QUESTION: My husband and I can’t agree on where to send our child to school next year — an expensive private Christian school, or a public school where she’ll encounter God knows what. Neither of us is budging. How do we decide?   ANSWER:       Thanks for this question,...

OUTSIDE IN — Strength in Numbers

By CHRIS BATES          We had been waiting and anticipating for months to breathe the cool morning air and step into the chilly river water in far western Montana. Much preparation went into our fly rods, drift boats, food and other gear. There are many things revitalizing about...