THE HEIGHTENER                                  

"Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall exalt you."  -James 4:10


August 14, 2007

Number 33




Mission Updates

Pacific Islands

It is marvelous to be back in our beloved Fiji Islands. Words can never be found to express our feelings when we step off that plane and set our feet back on Fijian soil. I am not only expressing my heart, but the heart of Mary, our children, and our grandchildren. Ever since our grandchildren made that trip to Fiji last year, they are always asking, “Grandpa and Grandma, we want to go to Fiji again.”

On this trip, most of my work would be in Nadi, Lautoka, and Sa.  I would make a one-day trip to the Eastern side of Viti Levu, to Suva, the capital of the Fiji Islands.  I would be in Fiji for twenty-six days on this first stop in Fiji.

We conducted the PIBC courses for the western side of the main island of Viti Levu in Lautoka.  Lautoka is situated about halfway between the town of Nadi and Ba.  We had about 17 students to take the PIBC courses on “Job, Song of Solomon and the Gospel of John.”

Robert and Mary Martin

Massena, New York

We have three baptisms to share this quarter.  The first is Bob Compo who is about 38 years old.  Bob has been studying with Paul Slayko of the Dekalb congregation.  The first time I met Bob was at his baptism, so do not know him well, but the Dekalb congregation speaks well of him, and I expect he will be a strength and encouragement to that work.

Debbie Bero was also immersed into Christ this month.  Several of us from Massena have been studying with Debbie for about a year and a half now.  She is always full of questions and is eager to learn.  Debbie has a number of health problems that are hindering her, and also faces some opposition from family and friends who are passionate about her not leaving her traditional Native American religion of “Longhouse.”  Please keep her in you prayers.  She has the potential to open many doors for us for other study opportunities.

Finally, Ellyn Hall, who is somewhere around thirty-eight years old, was also baptized into Christ this month.  She has been attending a Bible study at Mike Stephenson’s home, along with a number of other visitors.  Her husband, Terry, also comes with her to the study.  Both of them have hearts to serve and readily jump in whenever someone needs assistance.

The home Bible study being held in Mike Stephenson’s home is currently one of our most exciting outreach efforts.  There are generally 3 to 5 visitors, and it is well supported by other members.  Please pray that the souls attending this study will be receptive to God’s Word.                                         John and Denise Kashorek


Georgia Outreach

GOOD NEWS!  Our mission teams have frequently gone to Swainsboro to maintain the property, to encourage the only couple meeting there, to canvass the area, enrolling folk in correspondence courses, and to meet from time to time with brethren from near by Soperton who drive in on Lord’s days to conduct services.  More than a few efforts have been made to secure a man and his support that could revive the work. Even though we have been within what seemed a stone’s throw in securing this need several times over the past three years, until recent weeks nothing had fully materialized.

We are thrilled to report that Ronnie and Sue Ulrey will be moving to Swainsboro mid-July to began working with a group of about thirteen (initially), most of whom will be driving in from the Statesboro area and other surrounding areas. One or two families live in Swainsboro and will be a part of the “new” work. Ronnie is a sound and faithful gospel preacher with many years experience.  The Ulreys have been friends of ours since the mid fifties of the previous century.  Sue is a jewel and a dedicated Christian.  They are extremely excited about the prospects of a good work. In recent “trial runs” we have had 19, 23 & 13 in attendance.

While Ronnie is completing previous appointments Phillip Gray and this writer will speak for the small group each Lord’s day awaiting his arrival.  My wife and I will drive our camper into Swainsboro and work with the Ulreys for an indefinite period of time while the work is being stabilized.

Central Church in Valdosta is assuming the lion’s share of the needed financial support.  Hill View church in Birmingham, Alabama, Allenhurst and Richmond Hill, Georgia. churches, as well as one anonymous donor, and hopefully others, will supply the remainder of the needed funds.         Robert W. Gray




Dear Cedar Grove Family,

We cannot thank you enough for all the help with Lindsay & Will’s wedding reception.  We want to thank all of those who helped set up and clean up, those who wre so willing to let us borrow different items, those who helped with music and video as well as all who took time out to come and help us celebrate this wonderful occasion.  As always, our dear brothers and sisters came through with flying colors.

            We love you all.

The Hodges & the Adamacks


Dear Cedar Grove Church Family,

Thank you for the card and words of encouragement.

We appreciate all you do to help 21st Century Global Missions recruit, educate and encourage communicators of the gospel in their language, culture and country. 

We plan to be with you on August 26 at the morning service to report and give you an update on the work. 

Mercy and peace,

            J. C. Enlow


Sunday was a record breaking day at Cedar Grove in terms of attendance.  It’s a trend we want to see continue. 

With 114 present for Bible Study, we reached a higher mark than we would usually have for Bible School Emphasis.  It was a Sunday School record. 

There were 159 in attendance at the morning assembly.  That was second only to April 8 for 2007. 



An ice cream and finger food fellowship meal is planned for August 19 after the evening service.



Saturday, August 18 will be another workday for our building project.  It’s time to finish the roof, beginning at 7:30 a.m. 



We have a number of special speakers and events coming up this fall at Cedar Grove:





Recent tests have revealed discouraging news for Heather Moore; it is believed that the malignancy has invaded the brain area.

Joyce Smith had to spend a few days in the hospital last week.

Barbara Massey’s mother, Freddie Roddenberry, fell last week and has been in a lot of pain.

Ed Kelly was sick Sunday.

Continue to remember Evelyn Bohannon, Susan Carson, Nell Peters, J. W. Raines, Richard & Joyce Smith, Geneva White and Heather Moore.



THOSE TO SERVE - August 19, 2007


Chris King

Song Leader

Doyle White

Opening Prayer

Greg Cannon

Lord's Table

*Bill Moore


*Jim O'Brien


Jimmy Pulliam


Jim Warren

Scripture Reading

Dick Massey


     Psalm 28:6-9

Closing Prayer

Dave Hamby

Welcome -PM

Romeo Brinkley

Song Leader

Doyle White   

Opening Prayer

Joe Maddox

Scripture Reading

Phil Hamby


Psalm 19:7-10

Closing Prayer

Trent Burnett

Communion Preparation

Sally Ray

Nursery Attendant


Joyce Shelton




RECORD 8/12/07

Bible School


Worship AM


Worship PM


Wednesday Bible Study



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