Two handsful of pennies is a small contribution Larry Boudreaux hopes will help reach 1 billion souls for Christ.
Boudreaux put pennies on the pews last week at Covenant Community Church in Central. The pennies were to remind fellow church members to spread the word about an upcoming event at the church featuring speaker James O. Davis, founder of Cutting Edge International and co-founder of the Billion Soul Network.
“I told people, ‘You could pick (a penny) up and put in your pocket or you could put it in the collection plate,” he said. “I’m asking you to invite people and remember that penny.’’
Davis is set to speak at 6 p.m. Feb. 18 and 10:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. Feb. 19 at the nondenominational church, 22325 Greenwell Springs Road, as part of the church’s Winter Missions Emphasis 2012.
“His preaching is powerful, relevant and solid Bible messages that will inspire, encourage and equip you,” Boudreaux said of Davis.
Davis helps head the Billion Soul Network, a collation of more than 1,300 Christian ministries and denominations and 400,000 pastors working to build 5 million churches for a billion-soul harvest.
“It sounds impossible,” Boudreaux said. “But then if you really think about it, nowadays with electronics and networking and all that kind of stuff, it’s really not that hard. For example, if I tell you about it and you tell two people … it can happen.”
Boudreaux, 67, a retired salesman and an author, is passionate about getting as many people as possible to hear Davis, who also spoke at the church last year.
So Boudreaux, an elder at his church, challenged his church to go beyond the neighborhood.
“We’re inviting everybody,” he said. “We’re inviting people we’re in contact with at work. We just want them to hear the message and make their minds up.
“I can’t save anybody,” he said. “I can show you the Bible … But until you’re ready, you’re not going to be saved.”
For more information on the series, call Boudreaux at (225) 261-7808. For more on Davis, go online to http://www.jamesodavis.com.
‘Miss Flo’ honored
Thirty years of working in the nursery at The Chapel on the Campus church was a labor of love and an educational experience for Flora “Miss Flo” Baugh.
“I loved my job and I loved taking care of the babies,” she said. “A lot of people think you’re teaching the children. No, these children are teaching me what they wanted and what they needed. Just pay attention to them.”
Baugh, 70, retired last month after caring for hundreds of children and some of their children in the youngest nursery at the church.
“She has probably rocked half of Baton Rouge in our nursery over the years and loved over children and prayed over the children as she rocked them,” said the Rev. Steve Johnson, one of the pastors. “She’s a very, very sweet woman.”
Baugh started working at the nursery when her only son was a teenager. “I always told (the babies) I loved them. They showed me affection and I showed them.”
Baugh’s main responsibility was helping in the nursery during the Sunday morning services. She also worked during choir practices and just about any other time she was called.
“Whenever they needed me, I was always available and never late,” she said.
While she spent Sunday services at The Chapel on the Campus, Baugh didn’t miss Sunday school at Mount Herman Baptist Church, where she has been a member since she was 9 years old.
“I’ve always enjoyed Sunday school,” she said. “In Sunday school, you can talk back to the teacher and ask questions. In church, you just have to sit there and listen to what the pastor’s telling you.”
But Baugh had a part in two services in her last months on the job.
The first was a joint service for The Chapel on the Campus and The Chapel in the Oaks in October.
More than 2,000 members attended the service in the football stadium at the Oaks off Siegen Lane, where Baugh was recognized.
In December, Baugh was presented with a quilt with a square for each year she served. Every square was signed by children rocked by Baugh or by their parents; there were more than 300 signatures.
“I keep it on my couch and no one better not touch it,” Baugh said of her prized quilt.
Karen Doughty is speaking out again on the radio — hoping to help, minister and bring awareness to child sex abuse.
Doughty’s “The Lighthouse: A Rescue Radio Ministry” broadcast debuted Tuesday on WPFC AM, 1550 with a call-in format and will be heard at 10 a.m. each Tuesday.
“I will definitely be giving out information and resources and things of that nature that is pertinent to child sex abuse,” said Doughty, who holds a bachelor’s degree in social work and a master’s in criminal justice from Southern University in New Orleans.
A survivor of child sexual abuse, Doughty also wants to stress to victims how to overcome the abuse.
“Considering that one in three girls and one in five boys are molested before the age of 18, it is necessary that ongoing education and advisement on the subject be readily accessible,” Doughty said. “Understanding the nature and characteristics of child sexual abuse from the standpoint of the child victim and the adult he or she becomes is important to the awareness factor which can help healing and possibly prevention.”
Doughty is a volunteer at the Rape Crisis Center counseling victims of rape and survivors of child sexual abuse. She is the author of “Empowered to Uproot the Seed of Abuse.”
The radio broadcast also can be heard online at http://www.wpfc1550am.com.
For more information, call Doughty at (225) 223-9107 or email email@example.com.
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