Thursday, July 30, 2009

Thankful for Health Care

Health care in our country is so wonderful and I personally am grateful for it. My mother-in-law has been in and out of the hospital for a couple of months now, and in looking at the care she has been receiving, I say, "we are a blessed people and nation!"
I went to Sri Lanka a few years ago with a medical team in the aftermath of the Tsunami that killed thousands and left more wounded and homeless. And comparing our health care with that of other nations, it is like looking at opposite ends of a spectrum. What we have here in the United States is totally awesome! I appreciate all the doctors, nurses, and hospital staff that work tirelessly to provide excellent care.
John's mom, Helen has pneumonia this go-round, and is receiving antibiotics and breathing treatments while in the hospital. John and I have been taking turns staying with her so she won't be alone. Today is my turn again, so I'm off to the hospital...
Blessings to you all today,

When you feel distressed, grieved, tired or hopeless, God is there to bring peace, calm, and hope, or anything you need. All we have to do is call on Him and He not only promised He'd be there for us, but He promised He'd give us revelation on how to pray for each circumstance.

Jeremiah 33:3
"Call on Me and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things which you know not."

Thursday, July 23, 2009

The Kingdom is the Lord's and He rules over the nations.

This article was published in The Natchitoches Times July 21, 2009...

Ministry continues mission of feeding the hungry
More than 42 volunteers from six area churches assembled and distributed food to 300 families in July.

In random order are Patty Doughty, Ryan Palmer, Elizabeth Lirette, Renee Lirette, Thomas Lirette, Stevie Lirette, Christopher Lirette, Anthony Lirette, Nicholas Lirette, Kate Bergeron, Kayla Bergeron, Ashley Bergeron, Justin Bergeron, Kim Hennigan, Missy Hennigan, Leneigh Hennigan, Olivia Steinke, Maria Steinke, Emmalynne Steinke, Johannah Steinke, Akeem Hall, Stephen Bonner, Sedejah Hall, Dana Holmes, Shundale Holmes, Emanda Hollingsworth, Quanisha Holmes, Alma Grigsby, James Carter, Quilla Anthony, Margaret Brooks, Helen Walters, Jo Ann Knighton, Jasmine Ayatey, Pat O'Con, John Jarvis, Betty Milner, Sherry Shaunessey and Paula Jarvis. Not shown are Sherrill Milner and Tricia Steinke.
Published: Tuesday, July 21, 2009 7:56 PM CDT

The flocks are fed in Robeline. Triune Ministries founders John and Paula Jarvis of Robeline and more than 40 volunteers from area churches work together to feed approximately 300 families per month. Volunteers from Redeeming Love Fellowship in Shreveport, United Methodist Church and River Community Churches in Natchitoches, Marthaville First Baptist Church, United Pentecost Church and Rivers Of Water Churches in Robeline join forces to assemble and distribute boxes of food for families meeting low-income guidelines. The Robeline Food Pantry, housed in the former Robeline Elementary School building, began in 2001 when they distributed food to 40 families.Paula Jarvis said, "We are outgrowing (that building) and hope to move the operation into the gymnasium in the near future. We need donations of about $350,000 to get the gym operational.
"The food bank is open to families within a 25-mile radius of the facility. "Although we would never send anyone away that needed food," said Jarvis. "There is a group from Coushatta that comes to pick up food for several households in that area because last year two pantries closed, one in Natchitoches and one in Winnfield. "The program relies on monetary donations from the public to make the grocery purchases. A one person household will receive about 25 pounds of food and two or more living in a household will receive 50 pounds. "Each month there are different food items, but I will say that we try to give the best food possible. This month, in addition to the bulk boxed food, we gave everyone a 9 pound turkey," she said. The program has reached many over the years, from both the giving and receiving sides of the grocery counter. It was founded on a desire to help others. "God called us to this area to help those in need, and to help those who want to help those in need. It has been a blessing," said Jarvis.
Distribution is from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. the second Saturday of each month.
Call 472-8610 for qualification details or to donate to the food bank or gym fund.
Thank you Natchitoches Times for your article.
His is the power and ours is the privilege!

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Governor's Reception


This weekend we had some very special and honored guests at the Keegan-Cook House. Governor Bobby Jindal was among the dignitaries... He flew in by helicopter and landed at a small field a few blocks from here. What a wonderful blessing to have him at our home and to connect with him and with the other elected officials. We thank God for the opportunity and thank the city officials for bringing the business to our town.

Pictured above is my mom, Betty Milner, me, Bobby Jindal, my hubby John, and Mayor of Robeline Tommy O'Con.

This is the front entrance of the Keegan-Cook House and pictured are Missy and Leneigh Hennigan.

We had plenty of food as you will see in the next few pictures...

Summer fruit, vegetables, cheese, crackers, dips and relishes.

Cascading vegetables. And over 100 beautiful home grown tomatoes. Thank you Kathy, they were delicious!
Cheesecake squares.
Dessert table with chocolate covered strawberries, and cheesecake squares.
Mini meat-pies, melt in your mouth cheese pinwheels, and little smokies wrapped in bacon and brushed with sweet b.b.q. sauce.
B.B.Q. Brisket, rolls, specialty breads, and pasta salad.
Pictured here are Missy and Leneigh Hennigan. Their mom Kim and the two of them are responsible for these luscious chocolate covered strawberries. They were as delicious as they were beautiful! Thank you!
Here is John welcoming our first guest... Mayor Tommy O'Con.

Pictured here is Mayor Wayne McCullen, me and my mom, Betty Milner. Where's dad? He's missing out on all the pictures.

Pictured above are Police Juror Jesse Hoffpauer, Mayor Tommy O'Con, Sherriff Victor Jones, Mayor Wayne McCullen, Senator Gerald Long, Governor Bobby Jindal, Representative Rick Nowlin, and Mimi Stoker.
Rudy Hennigan with Bobby Jindal. Rudy is responsible for the photography. Thanks Rudy!
Behind the scenes where all the real action takes place! Mom and Kathy Ellzey preparing the delicious food for 100 people. John's mom is not pictured here because she had some blood pressure problems and John took her to the hospital Saturday. She's doing much better and should be home soon.

City Clerk Betsy Jordan, Kim Hennigan, and look, there's dad!

Pictured above are Kathy Ellzey and Missy Hennigan... two of the most important honored guests and two of those that made it all happen. Without them no one would have had anything to eat! Not pictured are the other honored guests, Betty and Sherrill Milner, James Carter, Dana O'Con, City Clerk Betsy Jordan, Kim and Leneigh Hennigan.

Pictured above from left to right: John Jarvis, Natchitoches Mayor Wayne McCullen, Representative Rick Nowlin, Betty Milner, Sherrill Milner (he finally made it to the photos!), Paula Jarvis, Sherriff Victor Jones, Senator Gerald Long.

And they're off! The secret service, the state troopers and Governor Bobby Jindal are headed off to the helicopter and to their next destination.

Here's my wonderful husband John on the back porch.

It was a really nice weekend and we are thankful that God was mindful of us and we are thankful for the favor God has shown us.

Psalm 115:12-13The Lord has been mindful of us; He will bless us; He will bless the house of Israel; He will bless the house of Aaron. He will bless those who fear the Lord, both small and great.