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But God Ministries — Providing jobs, changing lives in the Delta

by ANNA CLAIRE O’CAIN          Just a couple months from now, one of MCL’s favorite missions organizations will celebrate its 10th anniversary. But God Ministries            (BGM) started its work in Haiti and has since expanded into the Jonestown...

Palmer Kennedy becomes head of school at Jackson Academy

By KATIE EUBANKS   Fulfilling his calling        In 1738, future Methodism leader John Wesley reluctantly attended a meeting on Aldersgate Street in London, heard a reading from Martin Luther’s preface to the book of Romans, and felt assurance of his...

Word of Life Highland Colony celebrates 1 year

By KATIE EUBANKS Word of Life Highland Colony celebrates 1 year        In June 2019, Word of Life Senior Pastor Joel Sims was watering his grass when, in his words, “the Lord dealt with me in a real big way that we would do a work in Madison County.”      Joel...

Matt and Stacey Ayars — How God brought them from Haiti to Mississippi

By KATIE EUBANKS     Matt and Stacey Ayars How God brought them from Haiti to Mississippi   Imagine accepting a job in a foreign culture in another country, preparing to move in a couple months — and then suddenly being told you no longer have months,...

Fostering hope — How foster care has changed this Fondren family’s life

By KATIE EUBANKS   Fostering hope How foster care has changed this Fondren family’s life      When I ask 10-year-old Octavius why he was sad to leave his previous foster families — even the ones he didn’t like — he gets quiet.       Just a few minutes ago, when...

Tasting the eternal — How this Southern-born artist found her calling in the south of France

By KATIE EUBANKS   Tasting the eternal How this Southern-born artist found her calling in the south of France        Jill Steenhuis didn’t know if she had any artistic talent.       She didn’t know if she’d ever get to visit       Paul Cézanne’s studio in...

KIEL HIGGINBOTHAM Sharing the gospel through Mississippi FCA

By SARAH MCLAUGHLIN   Kiel Higginbotham Sharing the gospel through Mississippi FCA         “We were ready to share with you not only the gospel of God but also our own selves, because you had become very dear to us,” the apostle Paul wrote in his epistle to...

Writing love songs for the wife he lost, Tommy Rice knows he’ll see Deborah again

By KATIE EUBANKS   Writing love songs for the wife he lost He knows he’ll see her again — for now, he’s sharing their story       Longtime realtor Tommy Rice of Raymond lost the love of his earthly life in January 2019 when his wife, Deborah, succumbed to...

Surviving separation, capture, and the Hanoi Hilton

By KATIE EUBANKS   Surviving separation, capture, and the Hanoi Hilton          In honor of Veterans Day, MCL recently interviewed Tupelo residents Col. Carlyle “Smitty” Harris, a retired Air Force pilot, and his wife, Louise, about the hardest eight...

Chanda Roby comes full circle with REAL Christian Foundation

By KATIE EUBANKS   Chanda Roby comes full circle with REAL Christian Foundation        Genesis One Christian School in Mendenhall is where Chanda Roby first remembers learning about heaven.        “When I look back (on) my spiritual life and educational...

TOUGH QUESTIONS — How to help a suicidal friend

By DR. FRED HALL, LPC   QUESTION: I have a friend who said he is having suicidal thoughts. How do I help?          ANSWER:  Thanks for your question, reader. Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in America. Nearly every 11 minutes, someone dies from suicide. With that in mind,...

HEALTH & WELLNESS — Confessing my struggle with bulimia

By CHRIS FIELDS          The Bible admonishes us to confess our sins to one another. This is a Christian discipline we are all reluctant to practice, for the sake of perceived shame and potential judgment from fellow brothers and sisters, but the reason Christ urges us to practice this...

OUTSIDE IN — What is your identity?

By CHRIS BATES          On a trip several years ago, we got to spend more than a week near San Cristobal, Nicaragua, digging ditches and working on other projects. My daughter and I met the rest of the team once we arrived in country. We anticipated that it would be a trip filled with...