This past Monday I received an excited phone call from our partner in the gospel, Daphne German from the Hemley Road church of Christ. On last Sunday they had their first baptism of the year, and in the church’s brand new baptistery. A 51 year old widow was baptized by brother Billy Spalding. What joy the church shared as they witnessed this event.
The baptistery is not trimmed out yet, but it held warm water (a very positive thing since the church has no heat, or A/C for that matter) and this was the first of what will be many, many baptisms at HRC. The baptistery was a love gift from a sister church at La Place, Louisiana. When they learned that their brothers and sisters in Bayou La Batre were in need they responded. Many thanks to the church in La Place for their expression of charity.
Since its inception after Hurricane Katrina, the Hemley Rd church has had no less than 10 baptisms each year. For a congregation with only a few mature believers they are doing a wonderful job of getting out the gospel and loving the people of the Bayou. They have an on going food pantry, still repair citizens houses and give tons of clothing, food, and furniture each year, facilitate an on going Grief Share ministry, and put the gospel in shoe leather in their community.
Never have I met any Christians who are more determined, live more sacrificially, and are more filled with faith than Christ’s ambassadors at HRC. Against overwhelming odds and in the face of severe opposition they have continued straight ahead. They live by faith and are bringing hope and deliverance to the folks of the bayou through their Christ centered ministry and message.
I thank God for our friends at Hemley Rd church in Bayou La Batre, Alabama. They have many needs, not the least of which is an air conditioning unit for the church building, the fellowship building, and the house on the property. Last summer when the temperatures were in the high 90’s they fed children, had classes, and worshiped with only a couple of fans to move the air. They have ministered all winter without heat, but have continued because of the warmth of their hearts.
Do you know an HVAC contractor who loves God? Tell him about the needs at HRC. Why not stop fretting about the decline of the DOW index and invest that money in something with an eternal benifit? At a minimum, please put these dear people on your prayer list and lift them to our Father.
I couldn’t be prouder of my forever family at the Hemley Rd church of Christ in Bayou La Batre. Many thanks to them for being examples of what a church should look like. May God continue to bless them and you.
For the very good news about Jesus,
Thanks for sharing the encouraging news. I pray that God will continue to bless that congregation.
Praise God, It is great to know there are those preaching Jesus among us!
No doubt Hemley Road is doing an outstanding job in Bayou La Batre. I am the webmaster for the Portcity Church of Christ in Mobile and I also preach once a month at Hemley Road along with two other brothers from Port City. Daphne and Billy are such perfect examples of servants for the Lord. I am so encouraged every time Anne and I visit with them. I was speaking with Daphne and Billy a week or so ago about their website. She said they had one and she gave me your url address. I assume that someone is keeping it current. You can view our website @ portcitycoc.org. I also notice brother Fudge has a link on this page. What a great guy! I have learned so much from him.
Membership is growing at Hemley Road and I feel honored to be a part of that ministry.
May God bless,
C. F. Godwin
It is actually a WordPress blog. And no, I very seldom get anything from them to add to the blog. It would be great for someone who is more local to keep up with it for them.
You are correct, they are wonderful examples of what salt and light looks like in a community.
Thanks for what you are doing there. May God bless you as you work for Him.