August 2002
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Prayer Forgotten

“The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much” is a well-known verse, but greatly forgotten in our busy day to day routine.

In the late 19th century E. M. Bounds penned the following in his book “Purpose In Prayer.” Does it have a familiar ring?


Strawberry Association will host a booth at Bedford’s Centerfest 2002 celebration on Saturday, September 28, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. It is estimated that 12-15,000 people pass through Centerfest. It is our desire to educate the public about our association, share tracts, provide a “Baby Changing Station,” and offer a cup of water to proclaim that Jesus is the water of life. We’re also planning to serve lemonade. (We hope to serve between 3-5,000.)

Visit our new Youth Page!!

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Thank You!

Lindsey Jackson and Mattie Gordon conclude their summer missionary service with Strawberry on August 10. We have been most fortunate and blessed to have them with us this summer. Their work in many of our churches will long be remembered. Please remember these young ladies as they return to their studies.

If you would like to send a personal word of thanks you can either e-mail or snail mail them at:
Lindsey Jackson
MTSU Box A589
1301 East Main St.
Murfreesboro, TN 37132

Mattie Gordon
1057 Steep Hill Lane
Vinton, VA 24179

Prayer Warriors Needed

Would you be willing to become part of an Internet prayer team? The idea is to allow visitors to place a prayer request on our Website that would immediately be sent to This mailbox in turn would automatically and confidentially forward the requests directly to you. You would then add these items to your personal daily prayer time. Please consider the great need of this ministry. If you are willing to commit to prayer, let us know at

Word of Truth Bible Institute

You are invited to the Word of Truth Bible Institute that meets at Rainbow Forest Baptist Church. The Fall Semester will begin on Monday evening, August 26, 6:30 - 9:30 p.m. WTBI is a 16-week overview of the Old and New Testaments and major doctrines of the Bible. It is a graded course open to members of all Christian faiths.

For registration details or more information, please contact Pastor Micah Young, Dean, at 540-977-1789, ext. 104, or Reginald Luck, Director, at 540-977-1789, ext. 155. You are welcome to monitor the first class—pre-registration is encouraged.

A Place for You in WMU!
Mrs. Rebekah Overstreet,
WMU Director
1813 Oakwood St., Bedford 24523
Phone: 540-586-2956

Women on Mission: Rainbow Forest is leading weekly devotionals at Oakwood Manor in August; Bedford will lead them in September. Morgans will host the August birthday party for residents of Bedford County Nursing Home; Thaxton will host it in September.

Brotherhood/Men’s Ministry
Rev. Larry Ross, Director
1560 Oakwood St., Bedford, VA 24523 * 540-587-8962

September 18-21
Norfolk, VA

Cost: $150 (lodging, meals, insurance, t-shirt, program)
(Registration Deadline: September 2, 2002)
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Paris Mission Team

Our Paris, France, mission team leaves on August 3. Team members are Kathy Smith, Colleen Taylor, Erin Taylor, Rhonda Goode, and Eleanor Weaver. Their primary task will be to prayer walk in many of the Muslim communities and distribute Christian literature. Please join the effort of your team by praying for them. We ask for the Lord’s protection and wisdom as they walk the many miles of Paris neighborhoods, for open hearts to the Gospel message, for local Christians to be stirred to follow up in continued ministry, and further blessing on the Strawberry Association as God entrusts us with bigger and more responsible tasks.

Focus on Our Family

Charles Edmonds has announced his retirement as pastor at Big Island, effective September 30. We thank both him and Carol for their ministry in the association, and we wish them well in retirement.

Mentow’s VBS enrollment was 156. The offering was divided, with SBA receiving $415.45 and Donnie & Nancy Slusher receiving $915.45 towards a dental clinic in the Amazon.


September 1 - Mike Jones (Sedalia)
September 11 - Seaburn Daniel (Mount Hermon)
September 12 - David Henderson (Bedford)
September 15 - Steve Manuel (SBA)
September 21 - Barbara Manuel (SBA)

Wedding Anniversaries

August 20 Tim & Ruby Dooley (Bethlehem)
September 1 Charles & Carol Edmonds (Big Island)
September 11 Rick & Cheri Dellinger (Music Evangelist)

SBA's Mission

Under the Lordship of Christ, to equip, support, and involve our family of churches in meeting the spiritual and physical needs of a changing community and world.

If you don’t believe in cooperation, just observe what happens to a wagon when one wheel comes off. —Copied

Please have items for the September newsletter written and in the associational office by Thursday, August 22.

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