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November 2016

Volume 3, No. 11 Covenant Spotlight magazine

ON THE COVER: Thankfulness in the storm /// Photo by Tara Baudoin. NEXT MONTH: Christmas /// Grace of giving & receiving /// Reason for the season

is your resource for hope and direction through the Bible. This publication aims to unite the body of Christ together with one simple goal: spread the word of God and His love throughout Louisiana – and have fun while doing it!

Foundations destroyed: Standing up for glory . . . 4 Benghazi & faith: Tanto Paronto . . . 6

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Lamentation: A place for weeping . . . 10 Samaritan's Purse: Cajun connection . . . 15

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Keith & Christy Boutte Jim & Cori Phelps AD & SPONSOR RELATIONS Cori Phelps LEAD DESIGNER Tiffany Wyatt AD DESIGNER Geneva Andrepont EDITOR Julie Hasling PUBLISHERS

Flooded Q & A: Silver linings . . . 17

GENERAL MANAGERS

Young ladies: Get real . . . 20 Adoption: Precious families . . . 21-23

Aubree Beck, Staci Boudreaux, Christy & Keith Boutte, Sally Creed, Angie Dumas, Julie Esta’, Amanda Elliott, Andria Fontenot, Pastor Alonzo Frank, Mike Fuselier, Sebastian Gorka, Julie Hasling, Pastor Dale Hoffpauir, Pastor Steve Horn, Charron Kelly, Jeanne Lantier, Ngozi Maduagwu, Kelton Marshall, Sr., Jennifer DeBough Miller, Kelly Mouisset, Cori & Jim Phelps, Jim Poole, Nick Sigur, Pastor Mike Walker, Tommy Waller, Cheryll White

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  o we ever thank God for judgement? Sounds crazy doesn't it? God is a just God and will always correct His children to draw them back to Him. Psalms 37:28 (NLV) says, “For the Lord loves justice,

and he will never abandon the godly. He will keep them safe forever, but the children of the wicked will die.”

Unite  Here at CSM, we seek not to judge but rather to mend. God is the ultimate judge and He alone is qualified to judge. Being about our Father’s business, we thank God for the times we're in. God's grace far exceeds His judgment and He is looking for His people to be guideposts to those who have not experienced His grace.

Choose  We will have elections this month and God will choose the direction we will be going into. Regardless of who is elected, the Kingdom of God will go forth to proclaim His Grace and Righteousness.    Ephesians 1:14 (NLT) emphasizes, “The Spirit is God's guarantee

that he will give us the inheritance he promised and that he has purchased us to be his own people. He did this so we would praise and glorify him.” With this issue and every issue of CSM, we will praise and glorify God! Amen!

Thank  This is the month America also celebrates Thanksgiving, a Christian holiday to thank God for His Grace upon us all. All are welcome to celebrate according to their beliefs, but the day was declared to thank and glorify the one true God. And thank Him we will!

Serve  In this issue, we have testimonies from people wanting to share how good God is in every situation. We cover the relief poured out in Acadiana and beyond from the historical flood. There were many faith-based groups volunteering in the relief efforts. Christy and I were to be able to experience firsthand the devastation to our community while volunteering with Samaritan’s Purse. We were humbled to serve not only with physical needs but also with spiritual needs in praying with each family we assisted. Many people lost everything and many gave time, money and elbow-grease to help their neighbor and beyond recover as best they could. This is still ongoing here in our community, as well as with our cspotlight.com

neighbors to the East in Baton Rouge and surrounding areas. Our neighbors further East along the eastern coast are also in recovery mode. There is no shortage of need for volunteers to be God’s hands and feet in this season.

Love  Additionally, November is National Adoption month and we share information on adoption, foster care and the adoption initiative to help those children who have a need to see the love of God in action. 

Honor  CSM is thankful, grateful and humbled by the gift Veterans have given the people of this nation. We not only want to mention Veterans Day, but honor these amazing people who chose to serve their country. May God bless those who served to protect this nation and the families who lost those who gave all. God we pray your abundant blessing on all Veterans and those in service today, in Jesus’ name.

Praise     CSM is always humbled and grateful to the many volunteers who support in so many ways to make this magazine possible. With articles, distribution, time and mostly prayers, we are truly blessed to work with you to share the gospel with so many.     We thank all advisors for helping fund this ministry and give our readers avenues and encouragement to walk with Jesus in these times.    We also thank our staff, who give more than required, every minute of every day. Thank you for giving life to this ministry.

Worship  Most of all Thank You Jesus! Our Lord, Our God, Our Savior who came from heaven to earth to set us free! All honor, all glory and praise to you Lord God Almighty!

Happy Thanksgiving CSM family! May God’s blessings, goodness and riches be upon you, through Jesus Christ our Savior, now and until He comes, Amen! Keith and Christy reside in Lafayette and have four children and one grandchild. They have a passion for people, our city and for seeing the Lord lifted up as a light and hope to others.

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If the foundations be destroyed

Standing up for the glory of the King

By Mike Fuselier

The Bible tells us that if the foundations are destroyed what can the righteous do? In other words, if we allow morality, values, law and order to be destroyed, what will become of our world? In America today, we are actually watching the Bible’s prediction that good would become evil and evil would become good come true. Isaiah 59:9 also describes our nation today. It declares that “justice is

pushed aside; righteousness stands far off because truth has been trampled in the street and honesty and truth is gone and anyone who stands for righteousness is attacked,” and that is where we are today.

Finding her greatness As a student of the Bible and of history, like Nehemiah, I could sit and weep for my nation and its condition. I am reminded of the words of Alexis de Tocqueville, the French diplomat, who traveled to America to find the secret of her greatness. He said he looked in the statehouses and the school houses but did not find her greatness until he entered her church houses and heard the fiery gospel being preached and then he understood. He then uttered this prophetic truth: “America is great because America is good; but if America ceases to be good then America will cease to be great.” 4

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Too silent too long Why has God’s truth been trampled in the streets of America? Why is evil being perceived as good? Why are the righteous being attacked? How have we allowed 60 million unborn babies to be murdered? Why has the very definition of marriage been perverted? How have we gotten to the point where we allow boys to go into bathrooms with girls? I believe that the church has been too silent way too long and the foundations have been eroded to the point that the very national structure is starting to cave in. For several reasons, many Christian leaders have acquiesced and allowed evil to flourish. We would do well to remember the warning of Holocaust martyr, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, who declared, “Silence in the presence of evil is evil itself, for not to speak is to speak and not to act is to act.” The American church has allowed the government to silence the voice of truth from her in exchange for prestige, tax deductions and acceptance. Like Esau, we have given away our birthright for a measly bowl of soup.

Mouths were shut We are living in a nation and culture that is hostile to our faith and our God much like

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Babylon where Daniel and his three friends were exiled. How did Daniel end up in a lion’s den and his three friends in the belly of a fiery oven? The answer is the same in both cases. Much like today, evil men who hated them and their God schemed, plotted and passed unrighteous laws, knowing these godly men would not bow down and disobey God. They were put in a place where they either compromised their faith and saved themselves or stood tall and glorified their God. We know the stories and when they stood for God, the mouths of ferocious lions were shut and a fiery furnace became a place of the presence of God. When they stood against evil, they were vindicated and their God was glorified. My brothers and sisters, it is high time that we wake up, pray up, stand up, and speak up for the glory of the King, for He has placed us here in America for such a time as this.

Mike Fuselier has been an educator for the past 28 years, and is serving in his 23rd year as City Councilman for the city of  St. Martinville. He has also been named as Louisiana State Coordinator for In God We TrustAmerica.

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Global movement of prayer

Moms in Prayer International By Jeanne Lantier

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hat if you could change the world – not just for today but for generations to come? At Moms in Prayer International, we believe that a mom can be the single greatest force for good in the lives of her children and the children around her. We believe that lives and whole communities are changed forever when moms gather together to pray. Moms can make the difference – moms just like you! Moms in Prayer International is a worldwide ministry devoted to covering every child and every school in prayer. Started in 1984 in Abbotsford, British Columbia, they are now headquartered in Poway, California and have prayer groups in over 140 countries. Moms in Prayer exists because one mom felt a burden to pray for her children with another mom… and they have grown into a global movement of prayer. A movement made of moms like you.

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I’ve been involved with moms in this prayer group at Lafayette Christian Academy for 7 years now, and it has really blessed me to see answered prayers for our children, teachers and other school staff. We believe that through prayer God releases His power on behalf of our children and schools. Our faith is in God who hears and answers our prayers. The core priorities are God first, family second and ministry or job third. I would be delighted to meet with you to get a group started for your school. Please contact me at jacl93@yahoo.com or call (337) 344-8710. Jeanne Lantier has been married to her husband Shad for 23 years and they have a young daughter.

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Echoes in ETERNITY

Battle Ready Interview with Kris “Tanto” Paronto By Jim Phelps /// Images courtesy of KrisTantoParonto.com

Kris Paronto, also known as Tanto, is a former Army Ranger and private security contractor who has been deployed to a number of high threat environments around the world for over a decade of his career. Many will recognize Tanto as a surviving hero, a member of the CIA annex security team that courageously responded to the attack in Benghazi, Libya, on September 11, 2012. The story of Tanto and all the other heroes of the team in Benghazi on this horrific night is told in the book and movie, 13 Hours.

In light of Veteran’s Day, Covenant Spotlight has recently had the opportunity to speak to him. In response to one of the questions: “What role has your faith played then, and now?” his answer included: Tanto: Having God in the military makes it strong. When I was in basic training, that was one of the things that kept me going in basic training is we always had the opportunity to go to church on Sunday. And I got to learn more about that. And you also learn that God has a lot to do with keeping you safe when you’re overseas or when you’re by yourself, getting you through tough times, even when you’re just going through training. When you’re going through Ranger school, and Ranger school is awful. Hate it. But looking up and knowing God’s got me. He’ll get me through the next day. I know it sucks. I can’t eat. I can’t sleep. But look what He’s given us. Look at all these trees I’m around. Look at this stream I’m inside of here. It can be awful, but God, it’s beautiful. And my faith is immensely stronger, especially from being overseas, because going overseas, you have to give yourself up. This is where God wants me. If I die on the battlefield, today, I’m going to die at peace with God because this is where He wants me to be at. I’m okay with that. And as that time comes to Benghazi, that was a culmination of my faith going up to and believing that God has me here. Hey, I’ve been deployed for 10 years at this point. I’ve been through a lot of stuff before 6

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Benghazi. This is going on, alright, that’s how I thought…alright, I got it. I’m good to go. God wants me here. Let’s go kick some butt. It keeps your head stable, and you don’t fight it. God’s got you. And if I die, then I die here. I’m not going down. I’m not going to quit. I’m never going to quit. You also just have to accept that that’s the path you’re on. So, it keeps you stronger when you’re overseas. And I’ve always said this: I’m my best person when I’m overseas. When I’m in the states, things are easier. I feel safer. You get a little lackadaisical. I’m just like anyone else, I’m fallible. But when you’re overseas, I don’t know, for some reason, you just feel stronger. You get stronger. You do. You realize that any given day, you could just die going to get a cup of coffee, and you realize how strong your faith is by just getting home safely from going to get a cup of coffee. Thanks, God, for keeping me safe while I went and got my cup of joe. People don’t see that, unless you’ve been overseas and you’ve actually fought. I don’t want everybody to do that. It’s a difficult lifestyle, but you really do come to a different understanding and in relationship with God. Read or listen to the entire interview online. Tanto summarizes the events of the attack in Benghazi, speaks to the accuracy of the book and the movie, expresses his concern for the deceiving narrative of today’s media, shares information about the nonprofit called Leading from the Front and gives a compelling charge to continue our mission, or “Charlie Mike” it.

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Jim Phelps and his wife, Cori, are passionate followers of Christ. Jim is particularly interested in mobilizing men and strengthening small groups.

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Hidden heroes in our midst

Thank you for your service

By Nick Sigur

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y dad was a war hero. I didn’t realize that until shortly before his death. Lying in his deathbed in a nursing home, in his lucid moments, he would tell stories of his service as a United States Marine in the Pacific in World War II. He was on Iwo Jima, in fact, he was at the foot of the hill when the famous photo of the Marines raising the flag was taken. He told me about his childhood friend who died in a muddy foxhole next him. I heard for the first time about him running telephone lines between foxholes while dodging Japanese bullets. In his eighty plus years of life he had never told me these things. He was quiet because it wasn’t a big deal

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to his generation. Fighting, and maybe dying for your country was just what you did. Dad came home to celebration and the thanks of a grateful nation. His part was lost, of course, in the stories of all the other war heroes who just wanted to get back to a life of peace. I went to Vietnam twice. My service was certainly less dangerous and dramatic than my Dad’s. We didn’t come home to tickertape parades or thanks. In fact, when the aircraft carrier on which I served crossed under the Gold Gate Bridge, garbage was dropped on us by war protestors as they called us “baby-killers.” Many years later, during a Promise Keepers meeting,

all Veterans were asked to stand and we were, for the first time, thanked and given a standing ovation. I admit that I wept. Perhaps with that background, you will understand my fury at callous care of Vets by the VA, failure to properly equip our warriors, and disrespect for our flag and national anthem. If you have served, even in a minor way like I did, please let me thank you for your service. Nick Sigur has practiced law and ministered with his wife out of their Broussard home for 34 years. Nick writes an almost daily blog at NickSigur.com. Email questions to  nick@nicksigur.com.

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Stylish Foodie

Little bit Cajun, little bit Asian By Angie Dumas

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usion Seafood is a restaurant offering Cajun-style goodness with an Asian flare with menu items like shrimp or catfish platters, chicken tenders, Fusion wings, Fusion lomein, fried rice, udon noodles, and salads. The look of the restaurant was simple, but had a very clean look. For our appetizer we ordered the snow crab salad topped with a special sauce. The salad had different textures with flavors. So good and refreshing! My husband ordered the butterfly shrimp with fried rice and a salad. The butterfly shrimp were fried golden brown and seasoned nicely. Served with shrimp fried rice and salad. The fried rice had nice sized shrimp with veggies. I ordered one of the lunch specials. The Korean tacos with french fries. The Korean tacos were made with pork,

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lettuce, pico and jalapenos. Served on corn tortillas and topped with a Korean BBQ sauce. The tacos were tasty, a nice balance of heat with different textures. The corn tortillas were a good choice. My only complaint with the tacos was that the raw bell peppers didn’t taste very good with the tacos. The fries were just average. As delicious as the tacos were, I was expecting a better tasting side dish. Overall our dining experience was good. The food was pretty good with great lunch options. There were a few items that I would like to go back and FUSION SEAFOOD try in the future. 2829 Johnston Street, Lafayette The location of the restaurant was Monday–Friday 10:30 a.m.–2 p.m., 4:30–8 p.m. perfect with the bowling alley nearby Saturday 11 a.m.–6 p.m. and located right on Johnston Street. Be Angie Dumas is the creator of DA'Stylish Foodie, sure to tell them that Da'Stylish Foodie dastylishfoodie.com. She and her husband Brian sent you. have two children and reside in Youngsville.

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Sounds of Christmas A Christmas tradition By Kelly Mouisset

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he holiday season is upon us already! It is time to give thanks for all that we have, share time with all those we love and celebrate the holidays with family and friends. It is a time to reflect on a year almost departed and a new one ready to begin. Time to break out the decorations, set tables and embark on the many traditions the holidays hold. It is hard to believe that Christmas is also around the corner and it is time for the Sounds of Christmas (formerly 12 Days of Christmas) Concert at Parc Sans Souci in Downtown Lafayette. In previous years, many people were able to experience the true spirit and meaning of Christmas, as they gazed upon the life sized nativity scene depicting the birth of Jesus, while they listened to local musicians singing their favorite Christmas carols. It is a time for families to unwind and relax during the busy season while sipping hot chocolate and eating Christmas cookies with friends and family. The life-sized nativity scene will be opened and lit up during the

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annual tree lighting ceremony during Downtown Alive! at 5:30 p.m. on November 23rd. The nativity scene will be open to the public through Christmas Eve. On December 10th, local musicians will be performing Christmas carols from 5–10 p.m. to help bring in the Christmas spirit. Last year one of our visitors said, “Seeing the life sized nativity scene lit up and hearing the Christmas carols brought Christmas to life for my family this year.” For a full listing of the event details, visit www.OneMinuteMinistry.net. If you, your youth group, club, fellow musicians or church would like to participate by singing, serving refreshments, painting faces or setting up, email kelly@OneMinuteMinistry.net or visit OneMinuteMinistry.net. Kelly Mouisset is the director of One Minute Ministry, OneMinuteMinistry.net, which provides daily devotionals and family-friendly events. She is the loving wife of Chris and mother to three amazing boys!

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There’s a place for lament Weeping for our cities after the flood By Pastor Steve Horn /// Photo by Amanda Jean Elliot

Saturday, August 13, 2016, is a day we won’t soon forget in South Louisiana. I am using a guided reading plan this year to read through the Bible in the year. My assigned reading for the day was the book of Lamentations. I am comforted to know that there is a whole book in the Bible devoted to the subject of weeping. Though our circumstances are vastly different, just as Jeremiah wept over his beloved city, Jerusalem, many of us are weeping over our beloved cities.

The book of Lamentations The book of Lamentations contains the cries of the prophet Jeremiah over the fall of his beloved people and his beloved city, Jerusalem. The literary structure of the book is striking. Jeremiah used the Hebrew alphabet in the first four chapters of the book of Lamentations. Chapters 1, 2, and 4 all have 22 verses. Verse 1 in each of those chapters begins with the Hebrew equivalent of “a.” Verse 2 in each of those chapters begins with the Hebrew equivalent of “b.” This continues through the 22 letters of the Hebrew alphabet. Chapter 3 has 66 verses instead of 22. In chapter 3 the same pattern flows except that it is tripled. Verses 1-3 begin with the Hebrew equivalent of “a.” Verses 4-6 begin with the equivalent of “b.” This pattern continues 10

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through the Hebrew alphabet to verse 66. For an unknown reason, this pattern does not exist in chapter 5. Chapter 5 has no striking literary structure, except that it has 22 verses like chapters 1, 2, and 4. The author’s intent for the structure is not known for sure, but most interpreters certainly feel that the author, through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, took his time to make this happen. The implication most usually noted is the complete anguish that this structure shows. That is to say, Jeremiah is implying from “A to Z,” I am in mourning over what has happened.

Hope in times of despair Lamentations 2:11 is a good verse that captures the emotion felt by Jeremiah and by us. “My eyes are worn out from weeping;

I am churning within. My heart is poured

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out in grief because of the destruction of my dear people, because children and infants faint in the streets of the city.” But, Lamentations is most known for the faith statement of 3:22-33. Even in the despair, desperation, and depression that consumes Jeremiah, he is still able to say, “His compassions never fail” (v. 22) and “Great is Your (God’s) faithfulness.” (v. 23) What a wonderful reminder for each of us! Even when things are at their worst, “Great is God’s faithfulness.” We can wake with this confidence each day. Pastor Steve Horn is head pastor of First Baptist Lafayette and believes the role of pastor is defined by Ezra 7:10 and Ephesians 4:11-13. He and his wife, Linett, have 2 wonderful boys and reside here in Lafayette.

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Healthy Cajun

Gratitude is a choice By Julie Esta'

to look for and focus on good things. Instead of reliving the wrongs of my childhood, God showed me the things to be grateful. I had an amazing example of a strong woman, raising us as a single parent and providing for us more than we needed. It was not perfect but is any parent? So today, having a heart of gratitude, I appreciate and honor my mother instead of complaining about her. Focusing on gratitude in all areas of my life has set me free to have a cheerful heart which is a good medicine!

MEXICAN CHICKEN BAKE

“A cheerful heart is a good medicine…”

Proverbs 17:22 (NCR). Having a heart of gratitude is truly a choice. Negative thinking comes naturally so we must make it a choice

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(Makes 10 servings) • 29 oz raw chicken breast or 20 oz, cooked & shredded • 1 1/3 C salsa verde • 2 ½ C mozzarella cheese, grated • 2 ½ C Mexican cheese blend, grated • ¾ C Greek yogurt • 15 oz 2% cottage cheese • 10 oz green chilies

• 1 large yellow bell pepper, chopped • 4 C raw spinach, chopped • ½ tsp cumin • ½ tsp chili powder • 4 tsp Purely Cajun Seasoning Preheat oven to 375º F. Cook chicken in pan all the way through then shred. Stir chicken, peppers, spinach, chilies, salsa verde, yogurt, and seasonings in bowl. Spread half chicken mixture in casserole dish. Top with half of cottage cheese, mozzarella, and Mexican cheese. Put remaining chicken mixture, cottage cheese and other cheeses. Bake for 45 minutes. Enjoy! Julie Esta' is a Certified Health Coach and owner of Purely Cajun Seasoning. She has witnessed many believers grow in their spiritual walk as they implement lifestyle changes to improve their eating habits and physical health.

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The world of Spice Queen Wishing you a “spicy” Thanksgiving Day By Ngozi Maduagwu

Welcome to the world of Spice Queen! As an avid traveller and lover of culture, I have always been fascinated by spices, herbs, teas, and oils — especially the ways in which they can be blended together to turn an ordinary dish into something extraordinary. I also love the way the smell of a certain spice blend or dish can brings back great memories or evoke positive emotions — like the smell of pumpkin pie on Thanksgiving Day! More recently, my interest in herbs and spices has expanded due to discovering the ancient medicinal and therapeutic properties that they possess and learning how regular incorporation of certain spices in one’s diet could help promote physical as well as mental health and wellness. High blood pressure, high cholesterol, and diabetes are three major health issues affecting many people today. Did you know that these issues may be prevented or controlled with the regular use of certain teas, herbs and spices, and that increasing your intake of healthy fats and oils could radically improve your health? Below are some spices, herbs, teas, and oils that may be beneficial in the prevention and control of these issues.

HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE HIGH CHOLESTEROL Almonds Cocoa Garlic Ginger Ginseng (Siberian) Green tea Onions Pumpkin seeds Sesame oil Tomatoes Turmeric

Almonds Basil Cinnamon Cocoa Fenugreek Ginger Green tea Oregano Pumpkin seeds Tomatoes Turmeric

DIABETES Basil Bay leaf Chile Cinnamon Cumin Garlic Ginseng Mustard seed Onions Rosemary Turmeric

This holiday season, Spice Queen LLC is bringing innovation to the world of natural remedies by encouraging the therapeutic use of spices, herbs, teas and oils to promote and sustain health and wellness. We have acquired reasonably priced organic spices that have been sourced from all over the world and will be supplying them right here in Acadiana! For more information, check us out on Facebook @Spicequeenllc and be sure to like our page for a chance to receive 10% off your first order.

Ngozi is the author and producer of the play, The Truth About Chastity, and also responsible for the newly adopted “Abstinence Day” recognized in the state of LA on May 31, 2016. She currently resides in Lafayette, Louisiana, loves to travel and share the love and joy of God.

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Importance of flood insurance

Facts homeowners and renters should know By Staci Boudreaux

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veryone lives in a flood zone. You do not need to live near water to be flooded. Floods can be caused by hurricanes, heavy rainstorms and water backup of inadequate or overloaded drainage systems. Most homeowners’ policies do not cover flood damage. protect your home, belongings and business with flood insurance provided by the National Flood Insurance Program. Almost anyone that lives in a community that participates in the NFIP can buy flood

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insurance. Flood insurance is available if you are in a high risk or low risk zone. Lowerrisk areas represent more than 20% of flood claims. So it’s still a good idea to have a flood insurance policy, even if you aren’t required to by your mortgage company. And a lower-risk area usually means lower, preferred insurance rates. If you don’t own your home, you still want to make sure that your personal belongings are protected from flood. Your landlord or apartment complex

may or may not have coverage for their building. It is up to you to purchase insurance for the items you own in your apartment or home. Purchasing a renter’s policy to protect from fire, wind, theft, liability and a separate flood insurance policy to protect your items from flood will make sure that you are protecting your property as much as you can. The recent flooding has many people taking a second look and reviewing all of their insurance coverage. There’s no better time than the present to sit down with

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your insurance agent to review the risks you face and make sure that you are protecting your most important assets. If you don’t have an agent that will spend time to review your unique situation, then give my office a call at 337-896-1134 to schedule a complimentary, no obligation review to ensure that you and your family are properly covered. Staci Boudreaux has been an Allstate insurance agent since 2004, with an agency in Carencro and Moss Bluff. She and her husband, Howard, live in Cecilia with their two children.

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EQUIP is a growing outreach of CSM, and is a monthly luncheon to help followers of Christ navigate and combat the cultural atrocities encroaching upon our society. As Paul writes to the followers at Philippi, we are also “put here for the defense of the Gospel” (Philippians 1:16). Our silence on cultural issues ends today. The EQUIP acronym stands for “Educated Questions to Understand and Inform People.” By asking thoughtful questions and gaining an understanding and knowledge of the Word as it relates to the cultural issue, we are able to lead informed conversations and understand an issue or perspective.

NOVEMBER 1st: Pastor Steve Horn On November 1st, our guest speaker will be Pastor Steve Horn, Head Pastor of First Baptist Church of Lafayette, starting the conversation with his topic “One Pastor's View on Voting: A Bunch of Things You Expected to Hear and Few Possible Surprises.” Please join us for this important discussion just one week prior to Election Day! All attendees please go to www.2717ministries. org/RSVP and also our FB page event page for location and details. Be sure to REGISTER! *Note: Speakers are subject to change due to their own scheduling changes.

Monthly word By Cheryll White

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/mar-too'-ree-onō/ noun — something that serves as testimony or proof of an idea. It can refer to speech, actions or objects that confirm something. #3142 Strong’s

Matt. 8:4, NLT, “Don't tell anyone about this. Instead , go to the priest and let him examine you. Take along the offering required in the law of Moses for those who have been healed of leprosy. This will be a public testimony that you have been cleansed.”

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Cajun connection A broadened perspective By Jennifer Miller, a volunteer with Samaritan’s Purse

“This has restored my faith in humanity,” affirmed Lafayette native Erline Daigle in the sweetest of southern Louisianan accents, as she peered out of her disheveled garage unto a sea of brightly colored orange t-shirts worn by volunteers who had taken up residence on her debris-laden front lawn for two consecutive days. Erline and Burt, her husband of 59 years, were one of ten, flood-ravaged homeowners with whom I had the privilege of becoming acquainted during my first volunteer deployment with nonprofit Samaritan's Purse, a nondenominational evangelical Christian organization providing spiritual and physical aid to hurting people around the world since 1970. 

Answering the call On a Friday evening, exactly a week after the deluge began in Louisiana, my husband and I shared heartache over the devastating flooding and decided to get involved. Three days later, I boarded a plane from Las Vegas to New Orleans on route to Crossroads Church, which would serve as my home in Lafayette for nine days during the deployment. A passionate connector and lover of humanity, I knew that where there is community, there is connection. Where there is connection, there are stories. Where there are stories, there are opportunities to share them.

Eternal souvenirs I had no idea what to expect, but previous travel experience reminded me, in Rick Steve’s words, “…the best souvenir of any trip is a broadened perspective.” From Lafayette, to Abbeville, to Port Barre, to Church Point, and all points in between, I witnessed first-hand what I refer to as the Cajun Connection, an undeniably powerful spirit of courage and determination shared in the vibrant Cajun community.  

Cajuns to the rescue Engaging in multiple interviews with distressed homeowners, like Elizabeth and Sean Wedlake, I learned that the record-breaking storm with no name dumped three times the amount of rain of

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hurricane Katrina, prompting awe-inspiring acts of kindness like the formation of the Cajun Navy, an impromptu group of residents with boats who hit the flood waters to rescue stranded victims.  

Delight amidst disaster As massive FEMA trucks plowed down the streets with mechanical cranes pulling up heaps of moldy, water-saturated personal effects with mighty scoops, the Red Cross and Salvation Army vans offered meals and cool drinks to sweating volunteers and wearisome homeowners. Delight amidst disaster. Delight in a shared sense of humanity. People looking out for each other, desiring to lend a helping hand. A simple, but profound revelation for many.  

Faith vs. clarity As humans, we seek clarity. We desire answers to life’s greatest mysteries. Mother Theresa in response to one man’s prayer request for clarity said, “I have never had clarity; what I have always had is trust. So I will pray that you will trust God.”  It seemed trust, an aspect of faith, was at an all-time high. I will never forget the humility on the faces of Steve and Ok Kim, South Korean residents in a remote Lafayette neighborhood as we gathered in a circle of prayer, hands clasped, to present the Billy Graham Bible signed by the volunteer team, the customary ending of any Samaritan’s Purse relief visit. Ok clutched the Bible and wept, “This is very special to us. We are so thankful for you coming to help,” as her husband thanked silently with repeated reverent bows of his head. 

The real blessing What a blessing to serve in a community swelling with love, connection, and appreciation, despite the complete disruption of daily life. Sincerest thanks to the Lafayette community, the Crossroads Church community, and to the Samaritan's Purse community for sending me home with a broadened perspective, and reminding me that in all things, we must remember to seek connection, not clarity.  

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From rain to faithful

Nouvelle Church of the Nazarene

By Pastor Dale Haffpauir

Rain. More rain. More rain. Sandbags. Rising. Intrusion. Evacuate. Flood. Neighborhood. Devastation. Shelter. Worry. Curious. Check. Cry. Pray. Vehicle. Gloves. Mask. Water. Wet. Furniture. Belongings. Memories. Wet. Carpet. Pad. Pry bar. Baseboards. Doorframes. Hammer. Chalk. 4 foot. Utility knives. Cut. Pull. Sheetrock. Insulation. Wheelbarrow. Shovel. Broom. Street. Debris. Pile.  Shop vac. Family. Church family. Friends. Neighbors. Strangers. Cajuns.  Help. Water. Together. Laugh. Tears. Sweat. Food. Supplies. Buckets. Spray. Exhausted. Sleep. Next house. Wet. Remove. Carpet. Flooring. Sheetrock. Wheelbarrow. Street. Water. Exhausted. Volunteers. Donations. Area churches. Samaritan’s Purse. Thankful. Amazing. Knowledgeable. Another house. Repeat. Fans. Dehumidifier. Insurance. No insurance. Government. FEMA. Questions. Answers. Frustrations. Temporary. Decisions. Family. Friends. Babysitting. Spray. Mold. Prevention. Plans. Permit. Purchase. Cabinets. Sheetrock. Tape. Mud. Paint. More donations. Grateful. Hopeful. Future. Jesus. Always. Faithful.

These are just a few words that describe a range of actions and emotions of so many in Acadiana and the Baton Rouge area over the past few months. It was so thrilling to see people working together to help their “neighbor.”

We made many wonderful memories working together and “being” the hands and feet of Jesus. We are grateful for the prayers and support of family and Nazarene churches across the nation. Our hearts and prayers are with the families that are still rebuilding!

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Trinity Bible Church and Kingwood Bible Church

Trinity Bible Church and Kingwood Bible Church

Found in the flood Amana Church

By Nick Sigur

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lost lots in the Historic Flood of 2016. My truck was totaled as was my septic system and much of our landscaping. I know I was extremely lucky since the water never got into our home. Not only was I blessed by minimal loss but I also benefitted from some great finds. I found that I can make do with less, a lot less. I no longer drive a pick-up truck. My new ride is a small compact. I know my house and yard are too big and not worth the energy and time they take to maintain. The thought that my home of nearly thirty years may soon need to be replaced by something smaller and less grand no longer seems a bad thing. I found the real value of church membership. Our church, Amana Christian Fellowship, was flooded. Carpet and floor molding had to be replaced. Our senior pastor and several church members had lots of water in their homes. Church members were on the scene well 16

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before any “government” help could arrive. The need to gut, clean up and start rebuilding was met by brothers and sisters in the Lord. The Lord had led our pastor a few months ago to start a food pantry. Its existence was a great blessing to many. Our church was not unique. The prompt, loving, and effective response of churches throughout the area headlined the recovery. When the Red Cross did arrive, it made a church parking lot its headquarters. Joint ministries of the Church like Samaritan’s Purse are still serving at the time of this writing. When tragedy strikes perhaps the need to be of help is as strong as the need for help. Those of us blessed with church membership had an immediate outlet for our need to roll up our sleeves, put on rubber boots and get to work. It’s a great blessing to help and to be helped by strangers as well as those we already know and love.

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The Dawson family

Don’s Wholesale and POSH

By Aubree Beck

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od put it on the heart of Donald Mendoza and his wife Danielle, owners of Don’s Wholesale and POSH pre-owned, to bless 20 families affected by the flood with $1000 each. Overwhelmed by the number of selfless people nominating others to receive these blessings, we ran across the story of the Dawson family. Bobby and Cheryl Dawson were nominated by their daughter-in-law, who shared their story and images of their destroyed home. Bobby and Cheryl, who are both disabled, had to be rescued by boat the Saturday night of the flood after about six hours of waiting in over two feet of water. Despite receiving 28" of water in their home and losing everything, this unique family has an outstanding

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perspective. “It's our retirement home, but it's a material thing. We have gained so much spiritually from what has happened,” says Bobby, former pastor and school administrator in St. Landry, Acadia, and Plaquemine Parishes. After leading this beautiful family in prayer, he returned the gesture and laid hands on us, praying for our wellbeing and the faithfulness of our team. What an honor to watch the way God has moved through this family. In blessing them, they in return blessed us with prayers and a new outlook on life. In the words of the Dawson family, “You just can't out give God.”

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Power of partnership

Kingwood Bible Church

By Jim Poole

Trinity Bible Church, which had 25 church families flooded, is partnering with Kingwood Bible Church in Texas to bring help and hope to uninsured families struggling to rebuild their homes. We asked Kingwood to recount their experience in Acadiana. How would you respond when a disaster happens to your neighbor? What began as a small, slow-moving tropical depression, combined with high atmospheric moisture in the Gulf, intensified along the coast, moved inland and stalled over southern Louisiana? One of the greatest national disasters! It rained up to 31 inches in just a few days, flooding thousands of homes in south Louisiana. What happened next? Neighbors and communities came together to remove water-soaked furniture, cabinets, carpet, clothes, and destroyed belongings and built mountains of debris along the streets. How did we (Kingwood Bible Church) get involved? Kristi from Trinity Bible Church in Lafayette shared the need with her sister, Melissa, who attends Kingwood Bible Church in Kingwood, Texas. Word went out, and nine men answered the call for help. Trucking in 120 sheets of sheetrock, they began repairing uninsured cspotlight.com

homes. Trinity families provided lodging and meals, including lunchtime deliveries at work sites. From Trinity members and friends, we heard, “What can I do to help?” Our second favorite question was, “Have you had anything to eat?” And, oh, the south Louisiana food was good! After 4 days of hard work, two houses were transformed from skeletons of wooden 2 x 4’s to homes with walls again. “This is amazing,” everyone echoed, not because of the amount of work that was done, but because of the single-minded focus on helping brothers and sisters in need. Everyone gave their all, doing whatever was asked, whether that meant correcting a mistake or encouraging a tired laborer. We joined hands in prayer every day with thankful hearts to God for bringing people together to help restore several families’ lives. We formed lifelong friendships. This verse became our guiding truth: “Count it all joy, my brothers and sisters, when you meet trials

of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.” (James 1:2-4 ESV)

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Gratitude in the storm

The Bayou Church

By Pastor Mike Walker

As the rains pounded and the Vermillion River rose and neighborhoods filled with water, the great people of Acadiana rose to great heights to assist all affected by the devastation. The character and resiliency of our community burned bright in those dark days. Followers of Jesus are taught from Scriptures to express gratitude regardless of circumstances. One can do this when we realize that we are simply stewards of what we have and that our ultimate home is elsewhere. While we live here now we shouldn’t abdicate responsibilities of supporting our communities and enriching the lives of others. Yet regardless of our situations we can be thankful. That is greatly illustrated in the life of Corrie ten Boom while she was in the German concentration camp, Ravensbrück. While

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imprisoned, her sister taught her to be grateful for the lice infestation. The reason was the lice kept the German captors from physically violating them. We all can learn the lesson of gratitude in difficult circumstances. Multiple business owners and home owners who lost many things in the flood expressed personally to me, “It’s just stuff. I can always get more stuff.” They captured the big picture. They know that God is sovereign. They know that their hope is in heaven not on this earth. Equipped with that perspective for renewal they can truly express the scripture, Lamentations 3:22-23 (NLT), “The faithful

love of the Lord never ends! His mercies never cease. Great is His faithfulness; His mercies begin afresh each morning.”

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Silver linings Chris & Angelle Chustz

Realizing you needed help, who first came to your assistance?

Our family and our church family, 24 people total.

Following the devastating floods, we talked to victims who were helped by volunteer and recovery efforts.

What impacted you most about the volunteers?

How has God used this trial in your family?

Words of advice for others facing trials?

That they just showed up and asked for something to do, bust out Sheetrock, remove cabinets/ countertops vacuum water, everyone jumped right in and helped with a smile... just the hands and feet of Jesus!

I've let go of allowing my title of a stay-athome-mom to define me and have a newfound freedom in it. And that we have more people in our lives that truly love us than I knew.

Prayers, worship and Bible study have. Strength is what people need most in this time when we have more than we can handle ... but my God can handle these situations, so we are going where He is leading…

To this day the only way to explain how we made it through financially is by the grace of God! We learned that God will see us through any tragedy and what was bad God turned around and used for good!

When the floors were being ripped out, my husband and I uncovered one of the verses we had wrote on the concrete. It was, "I can do all things through Christ who strengthen me." That became our motto and even today we live by those words.

My prayer was “God, I know you’ve got me. Please help me to believe that.” Every person was God answering my prayer. As you can tell, the impact of the volunteers was HUGE! God works through people.

The flood has caused love and faith to grow in our family. We know God is restoring and healing every part of us. That’s some lagniappe He’s throwing in the flood restoration deal. My insurance company doesn’t have that.

To push through the fear and trust Him in times of not knowing or having any control of the circumstances. He will always show up.

Trust God’s plan before it makes sense to us. Do your part by having a plan and proper preparations in place. Ask for help when you need. We are a mighty community and we bless others by allowing them to bless us whn God has led them.

Stacey Judice

Tons of firemen in our house tearing out walls cause that is what firemen do they take care of their own. But also the bayou church came in full force to help out our neighborhood!

Their compassion and giving up of their time to literally help others they had never met.

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During the storm, men in our neighborhood. When the waters receded, family and friends and our church family.

How many showed up. The kindness and generosity of others was humbling and for weeks, we’d have a “gratitude cry” at least five times a day (in public, too).

Rhett & Tiffany Wyatt

Our spiritual family from our church, Crossroads.

They showed up during the flood, while the waters were still rising in trucks and pirogues without the security of knowing they would get back to their homes. They were living faith in action that day.

For anyone dealing with loss, I would say this, “Let God know what you are thinking and feeling. Then, go find someone you trust to take care of you and let them know the same. You don’t have to pretend that everything is ok. If you fall apart, God will put you back together better than before.”

— Robby Dardeau

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Fame, faith and flaws

Get real!

By Charron Kelly Pressure to meet every expectation of this world, family, friends, and church, is real. At times these expectations sound so unrealistic, unsafe, and crazy. Lose this much weight in this place and gain this much in this one. Dress like this. Have this much muscle. Listen to this. Don’t talk to her. Learn this dance. Talk like this. Join this club. Make this team. Ugh, sometimes the pressures of this world will make you feel like you’re not enough, sad, and frustrated. But God has the ultimate plan for you. He can guide every step you take (Jeremiah 29:11, Psalm 37:23). But you have to decide now, if you’re going to live under the pressures of popular girls like Taylor Swift, Ariana Grande, Khloe Kardashian, and Beyonce’, or under the freedom of Christ. The idea that you actually can do and

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be every expectation instantly; only to feel accepted, is better known as the desire for fame. Fame, yes, you know, the feeling of being known, liked, talked positively about, expecting only “positive vibes”, no bad ones. Hooked on fame? Being rejected, left out, lonely, isolated, and confused, is not great either. But your desire for Christ can be and will be far greater than the desires to be popular. And, to sacrifice your beautiful flaws and your perfect faith for the sake of fame is to sacrifice yourself. God promises to never leave you (Deut. 31:6) and He desires you to live for an audience of one—Himself, which is a far greater reward. The only way to combat the desire for fame is to be grateful. Be grateful for how wonderful God made you (Psalm 139:14). Be grateful that He is yours and you are His.

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Be grateful that God knows all your flaws and yet accepts you and loves you. Thank God for being God. Ephesians 2:4-5, 8a says,

“But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in sin, it is by grace you have been saved… and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God.” First, ask Christ to help you, be you, next be grateful, and finally never trade in your flaws or your faith for fame. His love is what carries us all. Charron Kelly is the first lady of the Harvest Center Church, in Lafayette, where she serves alongside her husband of ten plus years. Together, they have three beautiful children.

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No Limit

God’s family, God’s way

By Kelton Marshall, Sr.

I remember the night they came to us – it was August 12, 2012 and now they are our kids. My son’s name is Kelton Marshall Jr. by his own choice, all for the glory of God. Our daughter’s name is Caneriya. We are raising them up in the Lord and are keeping them active. It just amazes me to see how God took two broken people and blessed us by entrusting us to be His hands and feet to these kids. I pray and lay hands on my children every night and teach them God’s Word. We also challenged them to have their faith in Jesus at all times. I tell them daddy will fail you, mother will fail you, but God will never fail you.

A double portion Today Kelton Jr. is 12 years old and Caneriya is 6 years old. They were 8 and 2 years old when they joined our family. Now they are growing up healthy and strong. They both make good grades in school and are very respectful. My son plays football and basketball for school and is also anointed to preach God’s Word to the next generation. Caneriya is so smart in school. She is eager to learn and to become a leader. What's so crazy is that we only signed up for a little toddler but God had other plans. God blessed me and my wife with the family of every man and woman’s dreams. We are so thankful.

The sheep mindset I think about the scriptures in Matthew chapter 25:34-35 & 40 (NLT), “He will place the sheep at his right hand and the goats at

his left. Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the Kingdom prepared for you from the creation of the world. For I was hungry, and you fed me… I was a stranger, and you invited me into your home. … I tell you

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the truth, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me!’”

No Limit We are so happy we answered God’s call. We are a blended family but we put Jesus in the center of everything. My book, No Limit, should be published before this article comes out. Its purpose is to help others see that when God touches one life it affects everyone else connected to him.

Forgiveness We are also preparing our kids to learn how to forgive because Christ Jesus forgave us at the Cross. I pray that one day my kids will have a Joseph moment from the Bible. If their parents ever come back into their lives like when Joseph’s brothers came back to Egypt, I want them to respond to them in love saying, “It wasn't you who brought us here, it was God who brought us here!” We all need to experience Jesus in the powerful way of forgiveness.

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I am also writing a book called Kelton Marshall Sr. and Kelton Marshall Jr. We love this life and wouldn't trade it for anything because we know the best is yet to come. Today we have the privilege to lead a life group at Our Savior’s Church in Broussard. My heart is to help in the best way I can and to tell the world about Jesus. Kelton Marshall, Sr. has been a member of Our Savior's Church Broussard for 10 years. Kelton and his wife live in St. Martinville, and have three kids.

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“God gave me a soft heart…”

An interview with Annabell Lanclos on God & being adopted Staff report

Often we hear the joy expressed in the testimonies of adoptive parents who have chosen to grow their families in this beautifully selfless way. In this interview, we’re sharing what little Annabell Lanclos has to say about how God changed her life by being the one adopted by a new family. Annabell: When I was 3 years old, I got taken from my family and I was heartbroken. I was separated from my brother and sister and it made me very sad too. I had bad thoughts of hurting myself. I had my first foster family and it made me very, very sad. Then they took me from there and then brought me to a home. My new home is very, very, very, very good! Because…because…because it was…they fed me, they took care of me, loved me and they took care of me a lot every day. And my heart was very happy once I came here, and God has did all my life – and did so much of my life.

He gave me a new home. He gave me everything I needed. God gave me a soft heart and he gave that stony heart off of this, and I had a good heart then I was very joyful. I was baptized and it made me very happy and I loved it. I got adopted one day, and I loved being adopted and it was the best day of my life! That happened at Dec. 19th, 2014! I go to a Christian school where I can go and pray. God gave me a new home, and my mom’s name is Michel, and Sienna’s name… my sister’s name is Sienna. My two brothers is Josh and Jordan, and I love my sister, my brother, my mom and my two brothers – they’re wonderful and I loved when I was adopted. God is so good and I am so blessed. LISTEN to Annabell’s sweet interview at cspotlight.com. We dare you to listen without smiling!

Acadiana ADOPTION Deborah

John

Deborah is a talented artist, she loves to draw and craft. She dreams of becoming a veterinarian. Deborah in an honor roll student and in the ninth grade. She is a member of school color guard and enjoys competing in band competitions. Deborah has a medical diagnosis that is managed with medication and diet. John is an adorable thirteen-year-old. He loves to cook and is very helpful in the kitchen. John has expressed a desire to become a famous chef one day. He loves animals, spending time outdoors, jumping on the trampoline and swimming. He is a very affectionate child, but is shy about asking for the attention. He is in seventh grade and a member of school band, where he plays the trumpet. John is a good student, but requires encouragement. ​ Deborah and John hope for a fun loving family that will welcome them into their home. For more information, please contact Lake Charles region DCFS at (337) 491-2056.

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Blessing of adoption By Sally S. Creed, LPC, RPT-S f you believe in Jesus Christ as your personal Savior, then you understand the concept of adoption. Ephesians 1:5 states:

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“He predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to Himself…” What this means is that God has adopted us as His children. Also, Romans 8:15 says, “but you

have received a spirit of adoption as sons by which we cry out, ‘Abba! Father!” God

graciously adopts believers in Christ into His spiritual family. We are also granted the privilege of being heirs with Christ.

Both sides I’ve worked with parents who have given their children for adoption and also children who have been adopted. Some don’t know they are adopted because their families choose to withhold the information until they feel it is the appropriate time. The healthiest thing for these children is

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to understand almost immediately they are adopted. I often tell them the cool thing about them is their parents knew them before they were adopted and actually chose them to be part of their family. Usually, this helps the child feel very special.

To the adopted Being adopted is a privilege. Someone who is not your birth parent has selected you to be a part of his or her family for the rest of your life. It is also a blessing because someone who loved you very much gave you up for a better life than your birth mother could provide.

Make it special If you have adopted a child, here are some suggestions for you to do: 1) Tell your child although they may not have come from your stomach, they have come from your heart. God put His love in your heart for them. Remind them you’ve prayed for them and God loaned them to you as a blessing. 2) If you haven’t yet completed the legal adoption and are waiting to do so, plan a “birth”-day party once the adoption is finalized. Create your own “birth” certificate, announcing the day that your child officially became a member of your family. Frame it for them to hang in their room. 3) Teach children to journal their feelings, even if it’s just a drawing. Help them learn to bring everything to God, especially if their hearts are troubled by missing family members. Work on creating a safe relationship for conversation and prayer. 4) Pray not only for your adopted child, but also pray for the birth mother. Ask God to give her peace about her sacrifice and to bless her in her life. Ask God to help your adopted child adjust and feel like a part of your family.

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her child up for adoption, you’re very brave and unselfish. You have blessed a family with someone they couldn’t have loved without your sacrifice. One of the things birth mothers constantly worry about is how the child will react to them if they ever meet again. Will the child understand their sacrifice, or will the child be angry? A great movie for these parents to watch is Like Dandelion Dust, which is a story of a mother who loved her son so much, that she allowed him to be adopted into a loving home. It shows the struggle these mothers go through. 1) My advice to birth mothers is to keep a journal. No need to write in it every day, just when a memory hits them or if they’re wondering what their child is doing. Write down thoughts and keep this journal forever. One day in the future, that child (who is now searching for answers) may contact them. Being able to hand them a journal of the struggles, the sacrifice and the unending love will help the grown child to understand this sacrifice and have their questions answered. 2) Always keep that child on your prayer list. Pray for them whenever you think of them. And pray for their family. God knows what you’re going through and He will watch over your child for you and heal your heart.

Precious event Adoption is a very precious event — for the child being adopted into a new family, for the birth parent who has made the loving decision to give the child a loving home, and for the adoptive parents to love a child they have prayed for. What a beautiful picture of how much God loves us! Sally Scott Creed is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Registered Play Therapist Supervisor who has been working with children and families for over 24 years. She has two adult children and resides in Lafayette with her husband.

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NOURISH

Fear not!

By Amanda Jean Elliott I am speaking this Saturday. In front of my home church. At a women’s conference. By the time this is printed it will be done and either I will have survived it or you’ll be reading this post mortem because a woman has gone to the afterlife from sheer nerves. God told me long ago I would speak and I should speak. And yet, I made a little rule for myself: I would not do public speaking. (I wonder if God laughs out loud at me?) It was my thing. Want to chair this gala? Sure. But, I won’t speak in front of the crowd. Want to speak to my Sunday School class of young girls? Ummm, what week? (And then I would make excuses until they gave up.) Every time I thought of speaking in front of a group of people I felt as nervous as the first day of junior high … all sweaty and ready to crawl out of my own skin. And so, instead of relying on the Lord for the how I just said “no.” A lot. Instead of looking at the “why” of my resistance I swallowed this little lie whole: “I’m not good at it and

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it makes me uncomfortable so I will not do it. I won’t do it. I don’t have to.” And I know now those words didn’t come from God Himself. They came from a place of fear and insecurity; they came from a place ruled by Satan where my weakness is too big a burden for the Creator of the universe. What is the big thing you refuse to do? Ask yourself why. (I’ll wait here while you do it.) Look deep at the ‘why’ of your refusal. Is it a holy caution or is it the author of distraction, discouragement and division? Want to do something that gives God only the glory? Endeavor to do the thing you absolutely cannot do without Him. Amanda Jean Elliott is a grateful believer in Jesus Christ, a newlywed, and mother to one wild child, Wilder, who is 4 and makes life divinely sweet. She is a writer and a Lafayette style editor and photographer.

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Priceless, the movie Interview with Joel Smallbone of ‘for KING & COUNTRY’

Inspired by true events, the Smallbone brothers share a dramatic story centered around the sex trafficking industry, in Priceless, which opened nationwide October 14th.

CSpotlight: With so many cultural issues in need of attention, why did you and your brother choose this particular storyline to focus on for your first film? Joel: The script for both the movie and the book is an extension of the Priceless message so deeply resonating with our community. We are moved as young men in the middle of the journey of marriage and family, understanding what it means to love a woman, to protect your eyes, to treat women in general with respect. I went to Ben about making a film on this topic, and he recalled editing a documentary—a 60-second piece of a man who had grown up in the world of slavery and the family was involved in recruiting slaves, prostitution and human trafficking. With a blurred face due to protective services, he shared that he had a massive conversion and used the system against itself to pull the ladies off the street. He ended up falling in love and marrying one woman he saved from slavery. We married these stories together, and handed off the synopsis to two screenwriters. We also decided to do a novelization of the film to give a deeper insight into the storyline and to allow people to get a glimpse of the movie before the release. CSpotlight: Priceless hits home on so many levels — what main message or call to action do you want the audience to leave with? Joel: Going forward, you naturally want people to be inspired by the art you portray, but there are two great themes happening—for about 30-minutes of the movie, it dives into the world of slavery, prostitution and trafficking. I hope as an external outlook the viewer is able to be challenged to do something about this issue—to learn and seek more information. But if you look at the wider scope of the film, I hope men are challenged to really fight for those that they love, to step up and step out to love well. For women, I hope they see that their definition is not found in their sexuality or appearance, or in their connection with a man. That they are in fact, image-bearers of God. cspotlight.com

CSpotlight: Your musical performances impact many, but how did your experience acting differ from your experience on stage? Joel: I play James Stevens, who has lived a very different life from me. Being from Australia, I had an amazing dialect coach to help me speak with an American accent, which was a challenging component. The most challenging was getting into his psyche and then out every weekend as a musician. I didn't have the privilege of just being on set for a month—I would be on set for 12 hours for five days, then (take) a red-eye for shows. I would dig into his character, his past, the loss of the love of his life to a tragic accident, him not taking care of his daughter, his daughter being taken from him—I've never experienced those things. But I had to keep shifting in and out of it, which exhausted me. The most challenging part of his character was that he was polar-opposite to me. CSpotlight: For those who may not be familiar with 'for King & Country' and your music—what drives your lyrics and your emphasis on women realizing they are "priceless" in our Father's eyes? Joel: One of the things that we have felt very moved to share about as a group is celebrating a woman's worth, and also charging us as men to love extraordinarily and that chivalry is alive and well. On occasion we are asked what does that really mean, when you put flesh to that statement in a modern context? Chivalry to us, in a romantic way to really respect, honor and love a woman well, but even beyond that with family, with our mums, our sisters to really celebrate the beauty, the strength and the dignity of a woman. CSpotlight: Any future movie plans in the works for the Smallbone Brothers? Joel: There are a few concepts that we have been discussing. At the end of the day, we are very focused on Priceless. If this film works, we believe we will have more opportunities. We also believe that if we are in touch with the the Creator, who is the Creator of art and all creativity, then our hope is with that inspiration to tell stories that are culturally relevant and creatively inspiring.

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What’s in your treasure chest? ss e n nd

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By Julie Hasling

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y husband and I were at the beach recently and one of the things I love to do is hunt for shells in the surf. My husband is so sweet to stand behind me with a bag to hold all the sea treasures. In between waves I would dive in, snatched one up, then hand it to him for safekeeping. On the first day I was surprised at all the shells I had collected in such a short time. Now people can be like beautiful sea shells – they are God’s treasures. As Christians we need to look for and reach out to them even if they are chipped or broken. Our heavenly

Father is standing with us and He sees every good deed and the people we collect into His Kingdom. One day we will be amazed when we realize all the lives we have influenced through humble acts of kindness. Jesus said in Matthew 34-36 (NLT), “Then

the King will say… ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the Kingdom prepared for you… For I was hungry, and you fed me. I was thirsty, and you gave me a drink. I was a stranger, and you invited me into your home. I was naked, and you gave me clothing. I was sick, and you cared for

me. I was in prison, and you visited me.’” Here Jesus asks us to do the simple things like visiting the lonely, the sick, or imprisoned. And when we clothe and feed the destitute, He assures us that we will not lose our reward. What are you searching for in life? Are you praying for a better life or to make other people’s lives better? Let this season be more than just food and drink, let it be your mission to restore relationships, encourage the downhearted, comfort the sick, visit the lonely, and cheerfully share what you have with others. In this way you will be filling your heavenly treasure chest! Julie is founder and president of Life With Father Ministries, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization (lifewithfather.org and lifewithfather@live.com) that ministers the gospel through social media, in prisons, and books.

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Military’s role

At home with the enemy

By Tommy Waller

In previous generations American patriots took an oath to protect the Constitution of the United States from all enemies both foreign and domestic. They trained hard to achieve proficiency in their military occupational specialty, and deployed overseas to fight foreign enemies. Whether backed by their whole nation – as was the case in WWII – or by only a portion of an ungrateful generation – as was the case during Vietnam – these warriors fought the enemy overseas, not at home. A decade ago, our American service members were deployed overseas to fight our enemies which at the time we called “terrorists.” Now, only 15yrs from 9/11, our nation’s political and military leadership expects local cops to protect not only American citizens but un-armed service members in recruiting centers and bases across the United States from what is our nation’s most dedicated enemy – the global Jihad movement. In the past, American veterans could take comfort in knowing that at least once they made it home, they would not have to face their enemies in their own towns and cities. Now, on the other hand, our nation’s leadership (political, economic, religious, and military) push hard to move “refugees” from Shariah-adherent countries into our homeland, purge the intelligence community, federal law enforcement, and DOD training curricula of any factual information on Jihadi doctrine, embrace Muslim Brotherhood front organizations practicing “Civilization Jihad,” and summarily censure anyone who questions the wisdom of this “willful blindness” toward our adversary’s disposition and doctrine. As a veteran myself, I am saddened by the fact that I now must meet my enemies at home. Nevertheless, I am ready. I just hope and pray my fellow patriots are ready too, because Jihad is here. It’s up to you to make sure it doesn’t stay. Tommy Waller served for more than a decade in the Marine Corps Force Reconnaissance community and is currently working to educate state and national-level policymakers on national security threats while serving as an executive with the Center for Security Policy. Learn more at securefreedom.org. cspotlight.com

Morality, security and the republic By Dr. Sebastian Gorka

Only 1 percent of the adult population in the United States serves in the military, meaning that approximately 2.1 million Americans are responsible for protecting and defending nearly 324.6 million people. Not only are they responsible for our safety and security, but they also are responsible for teaching ethics, morals, and leadership to the American people. More and more frequently, our schools fail to teach proper economic, political, and military history. Instead, they choose to almost exclusively teach social history framed as a history of victimization. While important, social history cannot be the only lesson taught to the next generation of U.S. leaders. Rather, they must be exposed to all realities of history and political culture and taught the importance of values, ethics, and belief systems in world politics. While the media and the Left wage their ongoing campaign against classic American ideals and the Western moral tradition, the military and its higher education institutions, paired with a few unique schools like Hillsdale College, Institute of World Politics, and Christendom College, strive to preserve this side of our culture. The military education establishment has long shouldered this additional duty, offering courses on leadership, the morality of war, the American century, and ethics. As a result, they have created a population of informed, morally grounded patriots that not only protect and uphold our values abroad, but also stand as a paragon of our values at home. These statesmen are and will continue to be the central pillar of America’s national security posture. The future of our republic depends upon them. We must increase or support of the military in its endeavor to keep the sense and tradition of our nation alive, particularly at this time in our history when anti-Americanism is so rampant not only abroad, but on our own soil and in our universities. Without it, the United States may slowly become unmoored from its founding principles. Dr. Sebastian Gorka is Vice President & Professor of Strategy and Irregular Warfare at the Institute of World Politics, Chairman of the Threat Knowledge Group, and author of the New York Times bestseller, Defeating Jihad. His website is thegorkabriefing.com.

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Little Lambs

Christmas Outreach

Ways to reach out to a child in need LESS THAN 100! We have less than 100 days till Christmas. Here at Little Lambs we have begun preparing to provide for 300+ children during the Christmas season. We would like to offer you an opportunity to become involved in the lives of these children. The children in our outreach have one or both of their parents behind bars. Some of the caregivers have no one to help them provide for these children during the loneliest times of the year. At each Christmas party, we will provide each child with (2)-$30 gifts and each family with a food box to take home and enjoy a Christmas dinner.

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There are a few ways that you can sponsor a child for Christmas or a family food boxonline at our website, www.innerfaithpm. com, mail into InnerFaith Prison Ministry P.O. Box 51574 Lafayette, La 70505, call 337-232-1060 OR there is a NEW WAY TO SPONSOR a gift on Amazon.com! To sponsor this NEW WAY, go to Amazon. com> Find List> Little Lambs Outreach. There you can purchase your gift and have it shipped directly to our office. Thank you for helping us to share the love of Jesus to the children of the incarcerated this Christmas season!!

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Without the Blood of Jesus, there is no salvation By Pastor Alonzo Frank

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o we really understand the importance and the power of the Blood of Jesus? Without the Blood of Jesus, there is no salvation, no justification, no sanctification, no deliverance, no power, etc. The Word of God says in Hebrews 9:22 (KJV), “…

without shedding of blood is no remission.” The pathway to power is soaked in the Blood of Jesus. If you truly want to walk in power with the Lion of Judah, you first have to be covered in the Blood of the Lamb. The older generation understood the importance of living under the Blood of Jesus. Everything was covered with the Blood. They would plead the Blood over everything — the

family, the home, the cat, the dog. To “plead” is a legal term, which is an answer to a judgement. When asked by a judge, “How do you plead?” the defendant answers, “guilty” or “not guilty.” This is also relevant in the spirit realm when the enemy comes accusing you of sinning and coming short of the glory of God. As a child of God you can say with boldness and confidence, “I plead the Blood.” The Blood is our defense. The Blood speaks for us. Without the Blood you have no power. There is no such thing as a Christian without the Blood. Jesus said that unless you eat my flesh and drink my Blood you have no life in you. (John 6:53) It is by and because of

the Blood of Jesus that we are saved today. 1 John 1:9 (KJV) says, “If we confess

our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” And it is more than just

confessing, it’s also forsaking. Repentance is more than just saying “I’m sorry” — repentance is a new way of living. The Bible says that those who are in Christ are new creatures. If repentance doesn't culminate in a changed life, it’s no different than a pig in the mud thinking to himself, “Boy I would love to be cleaned up,” but never making an effort to get out of the mud. True repentance is the gateway through which God’s grace enters to empower us to live a sanctified life. You may say “Jesus loves us just like we are,” and that is absolutely true. But He also loves us too much to leave us like we are. Pastors Alonzo and Ollie Frank are Senior Pastors at Spirit and Truth Church in Lafayette, LA., and serve with a fervent passion for God and a genuine compassion for people.

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Searching for a church home? Adonai's House of Prayer

601 E. Jane St., Abbeville Sundays, 10 a.m. Wednesdays, 7 p.m.

Alfa & Omega Bilingual

605 South College Road (337) 552-83338 Sundays, 11 a.m.

Amana Christian Fellowship Church

310 Milton Road, Maurice (337) 893-5728 Sundays, 10 a.m.

Assembly Christian Center 4201 E. Admiral Doyle, New Iberia (337) 369-8000 Sundays, 10:35 a.m. Wednesdays, 7:00 p.m.

The Bayou Church

2234 Kaliste Saloom Road (337) 984-8291 Sundays, 9 & 10:30 a.m.

Bethel Church 15147 LA 102, Jennings

Sundays, 9 & 10:30 a.m.

Calvary Baptist Church

4015 Moss St. (337) 269-0976 Sundays, 9:30, 10:30 a.m. & 5 p.m. Wednesdays, 6:30 pm

Calvary Chapel

111 Camellia Blvd (337) 962-3616 Sundays, 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays, 6:30 p.m.

Christ Church • Northside

800 Jefferson Blvd. Sundays, 10:30 a.m. • Opelousas

Campus

Sundays, 10 a.m.

Church Acadiana

4620 Hwy 90 E , Broussard (In Celebrity Theatres) (337)856-9902  Sundays, 10 a.m.

Church on the Rock 1411 E. Admiral Doyle New Iberia Sundays, 10 a.m. Wednesdays, 7 p.m.

Community Baptist Church

800 Rue De Belier Sun., 9:30, 11 a.m. & 6 p.m. Wednesdays, 6:30 p.m.

Cornerstone Cowboy Church 400 N. Lewis St., New Iberia (337) 365-9013 Sundays, 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays, 7 p.m.

Crossroads Church

150 Verona Drive (337) 234-4308 Sundays, 9, 10:45 a.m. & 12:30 p.m. 1st Wednesdays, 6:30 p.m.

Destiny of Faith Christian Church 1900-C Cameron St. (337) 231-5119 Sundays, 9 & 11 a.m. Wednesdsays, 7 p.m.

The Family Church 223 Stone Ave. (337) 234-0214 Sundays, 9 & 11 a.m.

Family Life Church 2223 Dulles Drive (337) 988-0030 Sundays, 9 & 11 a.m. Wednesdays, 6:30 p.m.

Faith Family

Fellowship

230 Robertson St., New Iberia (337) 365-0051 Sundays, 10 a.m.

Fellowship Biker

Church

835 W. Napoleon St., Sulphur (337) 842-3029 Sundays, 10 a.m.

First Assembly of God 3555 Verot School Rd (337) 857-0018 Sundays, 10 a.m. Wednesdays, 7 p.m.

First Baptist Church of Broussard 210 S. Morgan Wednesdays, 6:30 p.m. Sundays, 9:15, 10:30 a.m. & 5:30 p.m.

First Baptist Church

of Carencro     

242 St Pierre Blvd. (337) 896-8296 Sundays 10:30 a.m. & 6 p.m. Wednesdays 7 p.m.

First Baptist Lafayette

1100 Lee Ave. (337) 233-1412 Sundays, 9:45, 11:11 a.m. & 6 p.m.

First Baptist Milton 2535 E Broussard Road (337) 856-5402 Sundays, 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays, 6 p.m.

First Baptist Youngsville

Living Faith

Pathway Church

Living Glory

Philadelphia Church

Metro Life

Progressive Baptist Church

Miracle Place Church of Acadiana

1515 W. University Ave. Sundays, 10:30 a.m.

1320 Fortune Road Sundays, 10 a.m. Wednesdays, 6:30 p.m. 200 E. Butcher Switch Saturdays, 6 p.m. Sundays, 10 a.m. Wednesdays, 7 p.m.

623 Lafayette St. (337) 856-5806 Sundays, 10 a.m.

Freedom Baptist Church

1132 N. Martin L. King, Eunice (337) 523-8192 Sundays, 10:30 a.m.

Freedom Biker Church 2939 Cameron St. (337) 344-2658 Sundays, 10 a.m. Thursdays, 6:30 p.m.

Foundations Church 209 Southpark Road Sundays, 10 a.m.

The Harvest Center Church 903 E. Simcoe (337) 280-1040 Sundays, 11 a.m. Tuesdays, 7 p.m.

Hope Chapel

1797 Declouet Hwy. Breaux Bridge Sundays, 9:30 a.m. Thursdays, 6:30 p.m.

Ile Des Cannes Worship Center

434 Herbert Road (337) 303-1881 Sundays, 10 a.m. & 5 p.m.

Jubilee Nation Christian Ministries

4400 Moss St. (337) 205-4934 Sundays, 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays, 7 p.m.

Lafayette Vineyard 705 Bonin Road (337) 837-7060 Sundays, 10 a.m.

3210 Ambassador Caffery (337) 504-5004 Sundays, 9:15 & 11 a.m. Wednesdays, 7 p.m.

1110 N. Main St., Opelousas Saturdays, 6 p.m. Sundays, 11 a.m. Wednesdays, 7 p.m.

New Beginning Fellowship Church 519 Parkway Drive, Breaux Bridge (337) 442-6209 Sundays, 10:30 a.m.

New Kingdom Ministries

2032 NE Evangeline Thruway (337) 234-6868 Sundays, 9 a.m. Tuesdays, 7 p.m.

Nouvelle Church

105 Merchants Blvd. (337) 232-9279 Sundays, 10 a.m.

One Church Acadiana

1800 Chemin Metairie Sundays, 10 a.m.

Open Door

1709 Dulles Drive (337) 981-6438 Sundays, 9:30 a.m.

Our Savior’s Church

1201 E. Broussard (337) 839-8889 Sundays, 9, 11 a.m. & 5 p.m. 1st Wednesdays, 6:30 p.m.

Lighthouse Church 1300 Bertrand Drive (337) 261-8801 Sundays, 10 a.m. Wednesdays, 7 p.m.

2101 E. Simcoe St. Sundays, 11 a.m. Wednesdays, 6 p.m.

Redeemer City Church

Rivers of New Life 600 General Mouton Sundays, 10 a.m. Wednesdays, 7 p.m.

Riverside Church of Christ 200 South City Pwky. (337) 984-2035 Sundays, 10 a.m. Wednesdays, 7 p.m.

Spirit & Truth Church 1128 W. Simcoe Street (337) 234-0678 Sundays, 9:30 a.m. Wednesdays, 6 p.m.

Spirit of Faith Church

205 Touchet Road (337) 456-5315 Sundays, 10 a.m. Wednesdays, 6:30 p.m.

Trinity Bible Church 130 E. Broussard (337) 406-2801 Sundays, 9 & 10:45 a.m.

Trinity Christian

Methodist Episcopal 604 Lee Avenue (337) 234-3005 Sundays, 9:45 a.m.

Victory Family Worship Center

204 Apollo Road, Scott (337) 593-8994 Sundays, 9:30 a.m. Wednesdays, 6:30 p.m.

• Opelousas Campus

White Dove

Sundays, 10 a.m.

6408 Johnston St. (337) 984-4567 Sundays, 9:45 a.m. Wednesdays, 7 p.m.

200 W. Willow St. (337) 233-3387 Sundays, 8 & 10 a.m.

• Eunice Campus Sundays, 10 a.m. • Jennings Campus

• Crowley Campus

Life Church

1100 Camellia Blvd. #202 (337) 501-6612 Sundays, 10 a.m.

Sundays, 9 & 10:45 a.m. Sundays, 9 & 11 a.m.

Parish Church

328 Guilbeau Road (601) 606-0140 Sundays, 10 a.m.

1400 W. University Ave. Sundays, 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays, 6 p.m.

Youngsville Community Church 4129 Verot School Road Sundays, 9 & 10:30 a.m.

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BUSINESS LISTINGS

Additional businesses in the area partnering to bring you Covenant Spotlight each month!

Acceptance Capital Mortgage Corp. – Vernon E. Jenkins (337)453-0012, vjenkins@acceptancecapital.com, www.acmclafayette.com; NMLS# 111424, #2225. ~ Knowledgeable & Dependable Mortgage Loan Experts! ~ ASH Industries, Inc. (337) 235-0977, info@ashindustries.com, ashindustries.com ~ Transforming your ideas into mass-produced parts and products for every industry. ~ Brett L. Grayson (337) 706-7646, blgraysonesq@gmail.com, blgraysonesq.com ~ Attorney at Law specializing in criminal defense and personal injury cases. ~ Freedom Biker Church Lafayette -- Pastor Kent Duhon 2939 Cameron St., (337) 344-2658, www.freedombikerchurchlafayette.com ~ Sunday Hangout at 10 a.m. & Refuel Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. ~ Highway 2 Heaven Biker Church – Pastor Monty Van Horn 1608 W. Main Street, Gatesville, TX, montyvanhorn@vhmi.org, www.vhmi.org Julie Esta’ (337) 298-2078, julieesta@gmail.com, julieesta.ichooseoptimalhealth.com ~ Certified health coach helping to create healthy transformations. ~ Purely Cajun Seasoning Julie Esta’, (337) 366-0522, info@purelycajun.com, purelycajun.com ~ All-natural, healthy Cajun seasoning for all of your food. ~ Keller Williams Realty Acadiana – Lana Soileau 900 S. College, Ste. 100, Lafayette, 70503. Realtor, Licensed in LA, Keller Williams Realty Acadiana (Each Office Independently Owned and Operated.) (337) 735-9300, Cell (337) 945-1324, lanasoileau@kw.com ~ A Top Realtor who looks out for YOU! ~

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Covenant Spotlight magazine November 2016  

Unity in Christ, reflecting love in Louisiana • Thankful

Covenant Spotlight magazine November 2016  

Unity in Christ, reflecting love in Louisiana • Thankful