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Volume LXIII No. 3 www.frenchcamp.org Fall 2018 In this Issue: Staff Members Honored

Support Our Houseparents

Tom Bowen Remembered

Gratitude

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House Parents—Supporting their Success The special calling to lead young people in a residential setting is crucial to the success of French Camp’s work among children and teenagers. House parents from all around the country have come to One Fine Place to pour their hearts, minds, and strength into the dear ones under their care. Please make a point to undergird their efforts with your daily prayers. Pass this paper to key people in your church to pray monthly or at prayer meetings. Praying regularly for French Camp house parents is key to their success changing the path of young lives.

Pray for Our 2018 Houseparents • Barrett Home - Mary Jane and Don Winter • Buchannan Home - Carolyn and Russ Akers • Cook Home - Stephanie and Terry Carmichael • Day Home - Sarah and Steve Arrowood • Flowers Home - Paige and Lance Gallagher • Griffin Home - Cindy and Dennis Cox • Heidelberg Home - Mitzi and Joe Watkins • His Way/WFCA Home - Haley and William Paul Lofton • Moriah Home - Reni and Wally Bumpas • Taylor Home - Joy and Randy Martin • Turpin Home - Cindy and Mike Thompson And the many other staff that substitute in the homes to give these houseparents a short respite one day a week.


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The President’s Perspective: Privileged Attention Do you ever find yourself in a dizzying swirl of thought and activity? Sometimes I feel like I am riding a bucking bronco with so many things to do, so many directions to go, and so many things that compete for my thoughts and attention. It can be chaotic! We live in a fast paced world with the “advancement” of technology and communication and it often seems like we never get a break. C.S. Lewis*, a British philosopher and theologian, had this to say about God’s attentions: God has infinite attention, infinite leisure to spare for each one of us. He doesn’t have to take us in the line. You’re as much alone with Him as if you were the only thing He ever created. As I think about this statement, it brings a great reminder and joy to my soul. While my life is sometimes busy and feeling a little out of control, God never is! He always has time to spend with me, and I do not need to make an appointment, or wait in line. While I am with Him, he is not easily distracted by his watch or phone. His attentions are infinite and He is ready and willing to spend time with me. In the Bible, David wrote of God’s great attention to him during a time of distress. I love the Lord, because he has heard my voice and my pleas for mercy. Because He inclined his ear to me, therefore I will call on Him as long as I live. David had been in a very tight place running for his life! How about you? Would you like to have someone who gives you their full attention night or day, no matter what the circumstances? The call never goes to voicemail and no appointment is needed. God stands ready to receive us, not on our own merit, but based on the merit of His unconditional love found in the sacrificial gift of His son Jesus. Is your heart heavy today? Why not call out to God and ask him to help you in your time of need? No appointment necessary. *C.S. Lewis is perhaps best known for his work,The Chronicles of Narnia, which has sold over 100 million copies and has been transformed into three major motion pictures.

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BOARD OF TRUSTEES H. Donald Brock.........................Greenwood Dave Fair............................................Oxford Glenn Galey, Secretary...............Hattiesburg Toxey Hall III.....................................Canton G. Carey Hauenstein...........................Laurel Carson Hughes, Vice Chairman........Jackson Scott Kiewit........................................Laurel Lee Lampton.....................................Jackson John Lynch.................................Brookhaven Chuck McBride............................... Madison Brooks Mosley..................................Jackson Tommy Peaster, Vice Chairman............Flora Hugh Potts, Jr., Chairman............ Kosciusko

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Mission Statement French Camp Academy, a Christ-centered home and school, exists to serve young people and families for the glory of God.


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Russ and Carolyn Akers Honored as Staff Members of the Year 2018 Staff Members of the Year Russ and Carolyn Akers have quietly served as houseparents in Buchanan Home for 28 years and counting! With a strong testimony to God’s goodness, they are wonderful role models of what a family should be. They joyfully live out lives of obedience in submitting to human authority as unto the Lord. Russ and Carolyn have been married for 44 years and are parents to two daughters (Somer, FCA Class of 1999 and Amber, FCA Class of 2004) and grandparents to Nevaeh, Arista, Dominic, Joe Luke, Autumn, Taylor, and Bryant. They have also been houseparents and positive role models to hundreds of young ladies over the years. Many of their girls still consider them as parents whom they seek counsel and encouragement from in their adult lives. Russ graduated from Wesley College with a degree in Pastoral and Biblical Studies. During his time with FCA, Russ has worked in Maintenance and the Horse Program where he rebuilt two horse barns. He is a volunteer with the French Camp fire department and Emergency Medical 1st Responder and pastors Marvin Hill Methodist Church in Cumberland, MS. Russ is a gifted singer and enjoys using his talent in school plays. He spends his evenings teasing the Buchanan girls. Carolyn graduated from Nazarene Bible College with a degree in Christian Education. While ministering as the primary houseparent in Buchanan Home, Carolyn teaches Sunday School and helps with girl’s Bible Study. Additionally, she formerly taught Christian Family Living for several years. A gifted actress, Carolyn performed in all school plays and is known for her one-person drama—The Ragman!

During their rare free time, the Akers enjoy reading, camping and canoeing, watching sunsets and spending time with their children and grandchildren. They continue to serve the Lord with joy in Russ’ battle with Parkinson’s disease. Their longevity in the Buchanan Home is amazing and they continue to give God all the glory. v

Not to us, LORD, not to us, but to your name be the glory, because of your love and faithfulness. Psalm 115:1 Psalm 115:1 has been selected as the pivotal scripture for the 2018-19 FCA Team. During Faculty and Staff Orientation in August, mornings were spent worshiping and studying God’s Word together and committing all the glory the Lord will bring to French Camp Academy back to Him. To God be All the Glory! v

Board Member: Lee Lampton Lee Lampton has served on the FCA Board of Trustees since December 2004. Being on the Student Life, and Audit and Investment Committees give him a broad view of FCA’s ministry. Lee currently serves as a Board member to Ergon, Inc., a Jackson based corporation. Lee received his B.S. degree in Business Administration from Mississippi College. His wife, Maggi, and he are members of Lakeside Presbyterian Church in Jackson. They have two children, Amy and Lee, Jr. We are very blessed and thankful for Lee’s longstanding commitment to serving FCA and its young people. v


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Thomas Henry Bowen Jr. Small Effort. March 31, 1930 – June 25, 2018 For over 17 years Thomas (Tom) Henry Bowen, 88, a longtime resident of Jackson, served faithfully the ministry of French Camp Academy. Tom died peacefully at The Baptist Hospital in Jackson on June 25, 2018.

Big Impact!

One of the easiest ways to leave a gift to French Camp Academy in your estate— without rewriting your will—is by naming our ministry a final beneficiary of your IRA/retirement account or life-insurance policy. Transfer-on-death (TOD) or payable-on-death (POD) forms are a way of designating beneficiaries to receive your assets automatically at the time of your death without having to go through probate court. They also allow you to specify the percentage of assets each person or entity will receive.

A retired Mississippi Valley Gas Executive, retired Colonel in the Mississippi Air National Guard, former President of Chamberlain-Hunt Academy in Port Gibson, Mississippi, Elder and Deacon at First Presbyterian Church in Jackson, Mississippi, French Camp Academy Trustee and beloved husband, father, and grandfather, his hospitable demeanor and servant’s heart will truly be missed.

Simply contact the administrator of your IRA or life-insurTom loved people and people loved him. He never met a stranger. He had a ance account and request a change of beneficiary form. To fill compassionate heart for children and youth in need and spent his retirement years out the form accurately, you may need the following informaserving as President of Chamberlain-Hunt Academy from 1998 until 2000 and tion. from that point forward as a board member to both FCA and CHA. Tom faithfully served on French Camp Academy’s Plant and Property Board Committee Legal Name: French Camp Academy and gave invaluable insight as a member of the Board’s Executive Committee.  Federal Tax ID: 640321520 Mailing Address: Development Department, One Fine French Camp Academy is grateful for Tom’s leadership, his example of ChrisPlace, French Camp, MS 39745 tian service, his love for Mississippi, and devotion to the Lord.  v If you have questions about making a gift through a beneficiary designation, please contact Lance Ragsdale at You have made known to me the paths of life; you will make me full lragsdale@frenchcamp.org or 662-547-6482. v of gladness with your presence. Acts 2:28

Honor Gifts

Honor gifts show appreciation to a living person­–such as teachers, pastors, parents, etc., while helping students at FCA. To make an Honor Gift, you may use the form/envelope provided, designating the type of gift you are making. The honoree will be notified of your thoughtfulness. Amounts of gifts are never divulged.

April ABEL, ALICE, Lexington, MS Ms. Sue S. Nowell BARLOW, SCOTT, French Camp, MS Ms. Christie Malone BISSON, RYAN LOUIS, Saint Petersburg, FL Mrs. Brenda Bisson-James BLAND, ANNA NELL, Cedar Park, TN Mr. and Mrs. Griffin Bland CLARK, ROBERT AND SYLVIA, Louisville, MS Mrs. Ruby F. Webb HERRING, GARY, Flowood, MS Mr. and Mrs. Thomas H. Bowen, Jr. HICKS, DR. AND MRS. LEWIS, Lexington, KY Mrs. Elizabeth M. Mitchell HODGIN, ANN MARIE, Danby, VT Ms. Jean T. Brewer JACKSON, ALLISON, Shreveport, LA Mr. and Mrs. Randal Sallis JASCHINSKY, SIEGRIED AND HERTA, Midland, MI Mr. and Mrs. Reinhard Spittka JOLLY, DORIS, Okolona, MS Mr. and Mrs. John Lancaster LAMPKIN, MARGIE, Kosciusko, MS Mr. and Mrs. Steven A. Ostrem LANDRY, KATIE TAYLOR, Abita Springs, LA Mrs. Elizabeth Taylor Gough MCGUIRE AND FAMILY, REV. AND MRS. JUSTIN Mrs. Rachel C. Martin MCKNIGHT, RUSTY, McCool, MS Mr. Thomas A. Ward MINCHER, LARRY, French Camp, MS Mr. and Mrs. Bernard A. Sager

MORRISON, CLAIRE BOGGS, Long Beach, MS Mr. Michael C. Hester NACCARATO, MR. AND MRS. MICHAEL, Millington, TN Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Thompson SCHLOSSER, ADELE, Statesville, NC Kingsley, Inc. SMITH, DON AND MIDGE, Weir, MS Mr. and Mrs. Larry Bennett SOUTHERN EYE CENTER, Hattiesburg, MS Anonymous THOMPSON, MR. AND MRS. JERRY, Houston, MS Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Rowlett THORNTON, KELLY, Corinth, MS Mr. and Mrs. Thomas M. Coleman TISDALES, Germantown, TN Mrs. Kitty B. Meyers TURNAGE, MR. AND MRS. DAVID, Kennesaw, GA Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Thompson WALKER AND FAMILY, KAREN, Fairbanks, AK Mr. and Mrs. Steven A. Ostrem WILTSHIRE, DONNIE AND FRAN, Carrollton, MS Mr. and Mrs. James Sanders YEARBER, KEVIN W., Marietta, MS Mrs. Lenore Griffin

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ALLEN, GABRIEL, Jacksonville, FL Mrs. Polly Hope Allen BAIRD, BLONDA Mr. and Mrs. Steven A. Corbitt BREWER, MADELINE Mr. and Mrs. Steven A. Corbitt CARRE, JANIE Mr. and Mrs. Steven A. Corbitt

CATCHINGS, JODI, Savoy, TX Mr. and Mrs. Mike Catchings CHEEK, MICHELLE LEONARD, Kosciusko, MS Ms. Sue S. Nowell CHESTNUT, BETSY Mr. and Mrs. Steven A. Corbitt CHISOLM, SUE Mr. and Mrs. Steven A. Corbitt DAVIS, JANIE Mr. and Mrs. Steven A. Corbitt DEMPSY, DEBBIE Mr. and Mrs. Steven A. Corbitt DOWNING, DIANNE, French Camp, MS Mrs. Amy D. Veerman FULTON, BECKY Mr. and Mrs. Steven A. Corbitt GRANBERRY, JACKIE, Raymond, MS Mrs. Dorothy Davis Miley & Louise Miley Griffing GRANTHAM, NAN, Fulshear, TX Mrs. Dorothy Davis Miley & Louise Miley Griffing HICKS, NANCY NEELLEY, Nashville, TN Mrs. Dorothy Davis Miley & Louise Miley Griffing HURDLE, ALAN, Holly Springs, MS Mr. and Mrs. Alan C. Hurdle HYLAND, DEE, Vicksburg, MS Mrs. Martha Ann May Klaus KIMBROUGH, NANCY STONE, Coffeeville, MS Mr. and Mrs. John E. Kimbrough, IV LITTLE, BETTY AND VIRGINIA GREEN, Clinton, MS Mrs. Linda Garrett LITTLEJOHN, LARRY, French Camp, MS Mr. Thomas A. Ward MAEHLMANN, ED AND MARGARET, French Camp, MS Ms. Delores Sheridan Wolf MARTIN, MR. AND MRS. BARRET, Natchez, MS Mrs. Rachel C. Martin

MCKAY, LANNY, Abbeville, SC Mr. and Mrs. Leonard James Giacone MYERS, CATHY, Forest, MS Mrs. Geri Bagley PERRY, COLIN, French Camp, MS Senator and Mrs. Gary Jackson RICHTER, SHERLEY, Starkville, MS Mrs. Dorothy Davis Miley & Louise Miley Griffing RIDGWAY, MELISSA Mr. and Mrs. Steven A. Corbitt ROBERTSON, LEA ANN Mr. and Mrs. Steven A. Corbitt RUCKERT, ERNIE AND GINNIE, Durham, NC Mr. John K. Roessner, III SHURDEN, SUSAN, Mathiston, MS Mr. Adam Terry SMITH, SYLVIA Mr. and Mrs. Steven A. Corbitt SOUTHERN EYE CENTER, Hattiesburg, MS Anonymous SURLEY, BROOKE Mr. and Mrs. Steven A. Corbitt TIPP, NAN Mr. and Mrs. Steven A. Corbitt VAN ARSDELL, SOPHIA, Urbana, IL Mrs. Dorothy Davis Miley & Louise Miley Griffing WILKINS, PATRICIA, Clinton, MS Mrs. Dorothy Davis Miley & Louise Miley Griffing WILLIAMS, NEVILLE AND OLGIA, Florence, MS Mrs. Martha G. Vance

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ASKEW, ROMA, Edwards, MS Mrs. Peggy H. Ditto

BYNUM, BECKY, Sharon, MS Ms. Sue S. Nowell COCKRELL, JOHN ROBERT, French Camp, MS Mr. Thomas A. Ward COLEMAN, THOMAS AND MARY, Corinth, MS Mr. and Mrs. Jeff Thornton DOWNING, RICHARD, French Camp, MS Mrs. Amy D. Veerman HARPER, KIM Mr. and Mrs. Tommy R. Harper HARPER, THOMAS JAYSON Mr. and Mrs. Tommy R. Harper LYONS, MAXINE, Noxapater, MS Ms. Patricia Triplett MARTIN, MR. AND MRS. WILLIAM C., Oxford, MS Mrs. Rachel C. Martin REDDITT, BILL, Boyle, MS Mrs. Cynthia R. Belenchia RICH, MR. AND MRS. CHARLES, French Camp, MS Mrs. Dorothy Davis Miley & Louise Miley Griffing SANFORD, HELEN, Carthage, MS Forest Grove Pres. WIC SCHULTZ, RANDY, Roswell, GA Mrs. Nancy M. Schaub SHARP, LEON AND ROSIE, Hamilton, MS Mrs. Wanda L. Sharp SOUTHERN EYE CENTER, Hattiesburg, MS Anonymous THE NOVOA’S , Moreno Valley, CA Kingsley, Inc. THORNTON, HUNTER, Corinth, MS Mr. and Mrs. Jeff Thornton WATTERS, ALICE Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Pittman


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Memorial Gifts

e strive to answer memorials and notify relatives as quickly and accurately as possible after they are received. When you send in a memorial, please include the name of the deceased, the complete address of the person you wish notified and your complete address. Important: IF YOU DO NOT INCLUDE A NAME and ADDRESS OF A RELATIVE OR FRIEND OF THE DECEASED, WE WILL BE UNABLE TO NOTIFY ANYONE OF YOUR GIFT. Follow the same procedure for honor gifts. (A blank form and envelope appear in this issue.)

April ALLEN, JOHN SAMUEL, Ethel, MS Mrs. Polly Hope Allen ANDREACCHIO, J. R., Dalewood, MS Mrs. Ann Vincent BALL, JERALD DAVIS, Jackson, MS Mrs. Sharon Provenzano The Mundell Family Ms. Lorelee Ray Mr. Floyd Ball BALLARD, JR., HUGH L., Ethel, MS Mrs. Jeanette Oakes BARBEE, ILA AMANDA TURNER, Charlotte, NC Plantation Manor Garden Club BARRETT, RACHEL Mr. and Mrs. A. E. Austin BATTE, JOHN C. Mr. and Mrs. Walter L. Dowdle BILLINGSLEY, GLORIA S. Mr. and Mrs. Thomas H. Bowen, Jr. BLACKWELL, BILL, Escatawpa, MS Mrs. Kim Blackwell BOUNDS, MICHAEL E., Jackson, MS Mr. and Mrs. S. R. Bounds BOURLAND, WILLIAM, Memphis, TN Mr. and Mrs. David A. Craig BROTHER OF MRS. RICK NOLBERT James and Ellen Turner Revocable Trust BROWN, ARTHUR, Indianapolis, IN Mr. and Mrs. Johnny H. Favara BROWN, ERLINE, Starkville, MS Mr. and Mrs. Jim McGarr BROWN, ROSEL, Harlem, GA Mr. Edward L. Brown BUFORD, III, LEWIS S. S. Buford Cotton Co. III, Inc. BUSH, NICHOLAS, Monroe, LA Mrs. Gloria Bush BUSH, ROY W., Marion, LA Mrs. Gloria Bush CADE, BETH, Kosciusko, MS Mr. and Mrs. Lewis S. Freedman CAGLE, JAMES, Kosciusko, MS Mr. and Mrs. John E. Shaw Mr. and Mrs. Jimmy Jenkins CALK, ANN ELIZABETH JONES, Atlanta, GA Mrs. Nora Deen Link Maloy CARPENTER, EVELYN Mr. and Mrs. A. E. Austin CHAMBLISS, BRENDA MONTGOMERY, Starkville, MS Mrs. Frances T. George CLARK, HARLAN, Hattiesburg, MS Mrs. Athena B. Davies COGGINS, HUBERT AND SADIE Mr. and Mrs. Frank E. Record COLEMAN, KENNETH, Philadelphia, MS Mr. and Mrs. Lonnie Graeber COOK, MR. AND MRS. WILLIAM, Jackson, MS Miss Helen Elizabeth Cook COOK, SR., KELLY G. Mrs. Patsy Ann Cook COOPER, DOT, Byram, MS Mr. Ashby Atkinson Jr. CUNNINGHAM, ERMA LOUISE Mr. and Mrs. A. E. Austin DAY, LOUIE E., Clarksdale, MS Mr. and Mrs. William L. Overton DINKINS, DIANE DION, Madison, MS Mr. and Mrs. Thomas H. Bowen Jr. ELLISON, JOHN RAYFORD, Lexington, MS Mr. and Mrs. A. E. Austin FISHER, ADELAIDE RILEY Mr. and Mrs. A. E. Austin FISK, SHARON Mr. Bryant Smith FRAZIER, PEGGY, Corinth, MS Mr. and Mrs. Samuel C. Kemp FULTON, CHERRY ANN, Brandon, MS Mrs. Catherine N. Hester GILES, JAMES R., Clarksdale, MS Mr. and Mrs. William L. Overton HARRIS, MARY BELLE Mrs. Dwight T. Watts HAWKINS, THAD, Gulfport, MS Mr. and Mrs. Michael Joseph Quayle HEAD, ROBERT B., Starkville, MS Mrs. Marilyn Head HEARON, TOMMIE, Ethel, MS

Mrs. Jeanette Oakes HICKS, GRADY AND CHLOE Mr. and Mrs. Emmet A. Nichols HOOD, SYLVIA, Greenwood, MS Mrs. Nell Salley HOUSTON, GRACE WALDEAN Mr. and Mrs. Ramond Stokes and Family Dr. H. Duane Stokes HUTTON, JR., JAMES, Tchula, MS Mr. and Mrs. A. E. Austin JENKINS, SWEP Mrs. Beth Jenkins JOHNSON, JOHN, Starkville, MS Mr. and Mrs. Tom G. DeWeese JOHNSON, MR. AND MRS. ROBERT M. Mr. and Mrs. Ty E. Gable JONES, BERNARD BRYAN, Tchula, MS Mrs. Nora Deen Link Maloy JONES, FLORA KATHRYN Mrs. Barbara Marshall Ms. Karen Susie Price Mr. and Mrs. Jeff Warren Lee University of Mississippi Medical Center KALLAM, MRS. JAMES G., Birmingham, AL Mrs. Athena B. Davies KENNEDY, JOHN, Fort Collins, CO Ms. Rachel J. Sullivan KIMBALL, MARGARET ADAMS Mrs. Kelli Simmons Ratton KING, TINA, Philadelphia, MS Dr. H. Duane Stokes Regions, Jackson, MS LAMMONS, MIKE, Lexington, MS Mr. and Mrs. A. E. Austin LAMPTON, JR., LESLIE B., Jackson, MS Mrs. Robbie Hughes Mr. and Mrs. Thomas F. Gilbane, Jr. Mr. Thomas Knudson Dr. and Mrs. Kirby P. Walker, Jr. Mrs. Sadie Wright Mr. and Mrs. J. M. Caldwell Mr. and Mrs. Wirt A. Yerger, Jr. Dixie Limited Partnership Dr. and Mrs. G. Boyd Shaw Mr. and Mrs. Toxey Hall, III Mr. and Mrs. Edward H. Williford Mr. and Mrs. Emmitte J. Haddox LAND, RITA DABBS, Starkville, MS Mr. and Mrs. Hubert E. Hunter Mr. and Mrs. William F. Dabbs, Jr. LANDING, KATHERINE, Virginia Beach, VA Mr. Roy E. Smith, Jr. LATHAM, MAVIS O’BRIANT BROWN COCKROFT, Canton, MS Mr. and Mrs. Thomas G. Peaster Ms. Sandra M. Rasberry Mrs. Lea L. Stewart Mrs. Charlotte E. Nowell Mr. and Mrs. John Kelly Moore Mrs. Catherine O’Briant Mr. and Mrs. Dave Latham Mr. and Mrs. John M. Sumner, Sr. Mr. and Mrs. Carson M. Hughes LAWRENCE, ROBERT E., Corinth, MS Mr. and Mrs. Samuel C. Kemp LEDBETTER, WILLIAM HICKS, Yazoo City, MS Mrs. Ann Dabbs Presley LINK, MINNA DEEN JONES, Yazoo City, MS Mrs. Nora Deen Link Maloy LOFTIS, JR., JOHN, Conyers, GA Mr. John L. Loftis, Sr. MAGEE, ARCHIE MALOY, Brandon, MS Mr. and Mrs. Junior E. Craft MAGEE, MR. AND MRS. ARCHIE Mrs. Carolyn Lyle Jones MARTIN, WILEY RAY, Sumrall, MS Mr. and Mrs. Larry J. Bleakney Jr. MASSEY, PAUL, Starkville, MS Mr. and Mrs. Charlie Morgan, Bryce and Brittany MATHEWS, III, HUGH LEIGH, Benton, MS Mr. and Mrs. Clayton S. Ellis Mr. and Mrs. Reece Vaughan MAYES, WILLIAM Mr. and Mrs. Ray Gibson, Jr. MCBRAYER, JAMES, Brandon, MS Mr. Richard L. Harrison MCCLURE, SARA CROWE Mr. and Mrs. Jimmy Jenkins MCINNIS, III, JOHN ROLAND, Pearl, MS Mrs. Iska B. Kersey, II

Mr. and Mrs. John Scott Harvey Mr. and Mrs. Bob R. Huddleston, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Denny Blaylock Mr. and Mrs. Thomas M. Hontzas S. S. Buford Cotton Co. III, Inc. Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Smith Ms. Tasha Holliday Mr. and Mrs. W. A. Hayward, Jr. Mr. Richard L. Harrison Mrs. Marilyn M. Blackburn Mr. and Mrs. Mike Barth Mrs. Lenore Griffin Women in the Church, Brandon Pres. Church Morgan Sod Farms Mr. Brad Castle Mr. and Mrs. John W. Eads Mr. and Mrs. Joe Jordan BHS Class of 2002 MCINTIRE, KEITH, Louise, MS Mrs. Annie K. Melton MCNAMEE, MERITT Women in the Church, Brandon Pres. Church MEEKS, RUTH KEASLER, Carrollton, MS Dr. and Mrs. Jimmy Hays MITCHENER, ANNABELLE Mr. and Mrs. Douglas L. Varney MOSLEY, JOSEPH THOMAS, Starkville, MS Mrs. Mary S. Bell Mr. and Mrs. Douglas L. Varney Mrs. Frances T. George MYERS, PAUL, Madison, MS Mr. and Mrs. Thomas H. Bowen, Jr. NEWMAN, III, JAMES WALTER, Jackson, MS Trustmark National Bank, Jackson, MS NICK, JR., EMIL LEO, Greenville, MS Mrs. Eleanor Wasson Fielder OVERSTREET, MICHAEL HAROLD, Oxford, MS Mr. and Mrs. Thomas G. Smith PARKER, CLARA, Carrollton, MS Mr. and Mrs. Kevin Walters PARKER, LAURY ROBISON, McComb, MS Mr. and Mrs. Mark L. Hollingsworth PHILLIPS, TIM Mr. and Mrs. Charles A. Melvin PITTS, GEORGE Mr. and Mrs. Jimmy Jenkins POOLE, PAUL, Liberty, MS Mr. and Mrs. Jack Barnett POPE, ANNE WALKER Ms. Sue S. Nowell PUTT, MIKE, Senatobia, MS Mr. and Mrs. Charlie Morgan, Bryce and Brittany RAYE, MARION, Eupora, MS Mrs. Helen Eidson RECORD, BILL AND EDNA Mr. and Mrs. Frank E. Record REID, MARTHA JANE, Ackerman, MS Mrs. Jeanette Oakes Mr. and Mrs. Bobby Gene Cooper RICHARDSON, MR., Montgomery, AL James and Ellen Turner Revocable Trust ROBERTSON, JAMES COOKE Mrs. Frances T. George RONE, JR., RALPH MCWHORTER, Ethel, MS Mrs. Hope C. Ellis Mrs. Jeanette Oakes Mr. and Mrs. John E. Shaw ROSS, ELISABETH, Isola, MS Mr. Emmitt Fred Ross SAM, FRANCES Mr. and Mrs. Thomas G. Smith SCOTT, GLADYS SUITOR, Corinth, MS Mr. and Mrs. Samuel C. Kemp SHARPE, SR., MR. AND MRS. BYRON Mr. and Mrs. A. E. Austin SHELTON, MAVIS, Kosciusko, MS Mary Thornton Bible Class SIMMONS, JOYCE, Belden, MS Morgan Sod Farms SMITH, RAY VON Mr. and Mrs. L. Jerry Williams SMITH, ROBERT HOWELL, Oxford, MS Mr. and Mrs. Thomas G. Smith SMITH, TEENY, Virginia Beach, VA Mr. Roy E. Smith Jr. SPENCE, HILDA ANN Mr. Rayford W. Poole SPENCER, LINDA, French Camp, MS Mr. and Mrs. James L. Spencer STATON, MICHAEL

Mr. and Mrs. Bill Manning STEVENS, JOANNE, Forest, MS Mr. W. H. Stevens STOREY, JUANITA T., Tallulah, LA Mrs. Margie Johnson SUMMERS, DORIS Mr. and Mrs. John E. Lynch TATE, LARRY Mr. and Mrs. Tom G. DeWeese THOMAS, DOT, Starkville, MS Mr. and Mrs. Tom G. DeWeese THOMPSON, WARREN S., Starkville, MS Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Wood TILLERY, PRICE Mrs. Traci Jean Tillery TREADAWAY, MR. AND MRS. W. T., York, AL Mrs. Traci Jean Tillery TURNER, CHARLES MONROE, Moss Point, MS Ms. Stacie Buckley Mrs. Maxine Nelson Turner TYLER, MARGIE Mr. and Mrs. John C. Henegan TYNER, LAVEY Mr. and Mrs. Tom G. DeWeese UPCHURCH, WALTER L., Lexington, MS Mr. and Mrs. A. E. Austin VOWELL, ALBERT, Carthage, MS Mr. Van Ray Bowman WALDROP, MAX L., Aiken, SC Mrs. Elizabeth Robinson Waldrop WALLACE, ELIZABETH BELOTE, Memphis, TN Mrs. Geri Graeber Pitts WALTERS, JUANITA Mrs. Cheryl L. Grimm WELLS, KENNETH Dr. H. Duane Stokes WOODARD, JR., JAMES WALKER, Terry, MS Mrs. Dorothy M. Weathersby Mr. and Mrs. Cory Ezelle Ergon Foundation, Inc. Mrs. Adilaid P. Maddox and Pam, Nixon and Families Mr. and Mrs. Richard Jackson Ms. Shirley Koiner Mrs. Carol Eubanks Hoover Mr. Neil Stanton and Friends & Staff at Ergon West Virginia Mr. and Mrs. T. H. Kendall, III Mr. and Mrs. Ben C. Daws Mrs. Janice C. Smith Mr. and Mrs. William H. Cox, Jr. Mrs. Betty Oswalt Mr. and Mrs. Steve M. Edwards WOODARD, MRS. JAMES Ms. Deena McInnis WORLEY, DOT Mrs. Sara Jane Borkey Buchanan WRAY, WAYNE, Florence, MS Ms. Mary W. Biggers YATES, BONNIE SUE HOLT Mr. and Mrs. Donald E. Yates

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ACREE, GROVER R. Mrs. Carol Jean Robertson AINSWORTH, GARY Mr. and Mrs. William Steve Owen, III ANDERSON, GRAYSON W., Houston, TX Mrs. Speight W. Anderson ANDERSON, JIMMY, Raymond, MS Mr. and Mrs. Carl Voss ATWOOD, VIVIAN, Vicksburg, MS Kathryn and Kelly Loyacono BABB, BERNICE W. Mr. and Mrs. Samuel C. Kemp BALL, CARROLL Mrs. Thomas H. Bowen, Jr. BALL, JERALD DAVIS, Jackson, MS Friends of Mississippi State Hospital, Inc. Mrs. Eloise McEwen Ms. Bettye H. Quinn BEALE, JOANN, Sarasota, FL Mrs. Betty S. Allen BETHANY, CHRIS, Lexington, MS Mr. James Grantham BLAKE, MAURINE Burger King Coffee Group BOONE, NELL, Columbia, NY Mrs. Veronica Kuhlemann BOUCHILLON, MARYANN, Louisville, MS

Ms. Sheryl G. Fox BRENDLE, SHIRLEY, Virginia Beach, VA Mr. Roy E. Smith, Jr. BROWN, MARY MCCORMACK, Vicksburg, MS Mrs. Martha G. Vance BYRNES, BILLY Mrs. Thomas H. Bowen, Jr. CADE, BETH, Kosciusko, MS Mr. and Mrs. Lewis S. Freedman CAMPBELL, LELA DELL, Terry, MS Mr. and Mrs. Jim McGarr CARSON, THOMAS GORDON, Kosciusko, MS Mrs. Jo Ann Carson CARVER, MERVYN, Weir, MS Mr. and Mrs. Danny R. Fultz CHADIC, JOHNATHON CHRISTOPHER, Jackson, MS Mr. and Mrs. Charles F. Craig COGGINS, HUBERT AND SADIE Mr. and Mrs. Frank E. Record DIXON, DORIS, Yazoo City, MS Mr. and Mrs. Rocky Bond DOBBINS, DAVID L. Mr. and Mrs. Samuel C. Kemp DREWRY, JAMES B. Mr. and Mrs. Samuel C. Kemp EILAND, GENCYE MITCHAM Ms. Emry Duckworth FONDREN, WAYNE, Oxford, MS Mrs. Peggy Jean Fondren Mr. John Fondren, Jr. Mr. James Fondren FONTENOT, MAE Mr. and Mrs. Joey Herbison FORTNER, FRANCES ANNE Mr. and Mrs. Julian B. Williamson FULLER, GILES, Greenwood, MS Dr. and Mrs. Tom Dewey GAVROCK, BETH, Atoka, TN Mr. and Mrs. Walter B. Robinson GORDON, MIKE, Greenville, MS Ms. Mary Cathy Bramuchi GRIFFITH, SR., ROGER LEE, Tuscumbia, AL Mr. and Mrs. William F. Lacey HARDISON, ROBERT C. Mrs. Thomas H. Bowen, Jr. HEAD, ROBERT B., Starkville, MS Mrs. Marilyn Head HEARON, TOMMIE, Ethel, MS Mr. and Mrs. John E. Shaw HERRING, DORA, Starkville, MS Mr. and Mrs. Kevin Walters HOLLIS, DWIGHT Mrs. Thomas H. Bowen, Jr. HOOKER, JOHN BERNARD Mrs. Jerry Tickner HOVAS, JANE CONN Mr. and Mrs. John Terry Gibbs HULL, III, SHERMAN C. Mrs. Ollie Hull HULL, JANICE EASTBURN Mrs. Ollie Hull HUTCHISON, DOROTHY JEAN, Weir, MS Ms. Pam King JAMES, KNOX, Greenwood, MS Dr. and Mrs. Tom Dewey JENKINS, SWEP Mrs. Beth Jenkins JONES, FLORA KATHRYN Mr. Billy J. Jones JONES, SARA THOMAS FEILD, Kosciusko, MS Mrs. Nora Deen Link Maloy JONES, SARA VIRGINIA, Tchula, MS Mrs. Nora Deen Link Maloy KELLY, FAIRIE, Itta Bena, MS Mrs. Carolyn B. Richardson Ms. Charlyn Avery Lubin KEMP, CARROLL Mrs. Mary C Mitchell KING, TINA, Philadelphia, MS Mrs. Helen Thomasson LACEY, JR., JAMES H., Mer Rouge, LA Mr. Robert H. Cauthen LAMPTON, DOROTHY LEE CRUM, Jackson, MS Mrs. Thomas H. Bowen, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Jimmy D. Vickery Mr. and Mrs. Edward H. Williford Mr. Dale B. Pedrick Dr. and Mrs. Kirby P. Walker, Jr. Mr. Robert Stockett Mrs. Ann W. Gaudet


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Student Orientation 2018 Team Building!

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Welcome Week!


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Gratitude Changes Everything When new staff member Karen Leach learned part of her duties would be supervising a daily work crew she was nervous. “I didn’t know what to expect but I knew I wanted to connect with the girls and help them connect with the Lord,” she says. Karen came up with the idea to create each girl a gratitude journal. Each day when the students arrive at the Welcome Center, Karen greets them with a short devotional and time to write down the things they are grateful for that day. It’s become a great opportunity for the girls on Karen’s crew to refocus and move into their afternoon activities with an appreciative attitude and smiles on their faces.

Upcoming Events Rain Down Ministries: Path to Manhood September 28-29, 2018

Second Time Around - Grandparents Raising Grandchildren November 15-16, 2018

Breaking the Chains: Experiencing Freedom January16-18 2019

Back to the Garden: Breaking the Chains of "Normal" Marriage February 4-5, 2019

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5 Nights of Prayer Would you make time to pray for us in October? The first 5 nights in October we are encouraging our ministry partners to stand with us in fervent prayer for the following: Night One:

FCA students have multiple needs based on life situations. Pray for perseverance as they each address challenges, reach for new life goals, and take guided steps that will change the trajectory of their lives.

Night Two:

Pray for FCA House parents who work daily with the ones in their care. Eleven sets of parents from all around the country are called to meet the emotional, physical, social, and spiritual needs of young people.

Night Three:

FCA Family Ministry kicked-off last year by providing life-changing retreats, counseling, and resources for families of our young people. Pray that God would use this targeted ministry to re-adjust marriages and families.

Night Four:

The FCA Life Coaching program pairs staff with students looking to start the next phase of their lives. These students need career direction, a clear understanding of their gifts and abilities, and someone to walk through goals to get them across the finish line and set-up for the next phase of their lives. Pray for over 60 adults who are serving as Life Coaches and the senior students being mentored by them.

Night Five:

Counseling plays a major role in our program to children and teenagers. Some need a little, others need a lot, and a few none at all. Pray that our counselors will have discernment and godly wisdom as they lead our youngsters through the bumps and bruises of their lives and allow healing to begin.

Sign up for monthly prayer letters by logging onto our website at frenchcamp.org. We’ll keep you posted and loaded down with prayer bullets every month! v

I would like to give more but I need income security. Many people want to help French Camp Academy but hesitate because of concern for their future. Financial security can be received through a charitable gift annuity, a written agreement by which an individual or couple makes a gift to French Camp Academy and in return receives a guaranteed income for life. Many have enjoyed the benefits of this commonly used giving tool. The rate of interest on a charitable gift annuity is based on a person’s age. An individual usually receives a higher rate than a couple. Also, the older the annuitant, the higher the interest rate. Charitable gift annuities have tax advantages. For instance, a portion of the interest income received is tax-free. The annuitant will also receive an income tax charitable deduction the year the gift is given. If the annuity is purchased with an appreciated asset there is a partial saving on the capital gains tax.

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It’s time to order Christmas Honor Bread from FCA for friends and family Get your list to us by November 1 and we will guarantee delivery before Christmas. Your minimum contribution of $25 per loaf to FCA is a triple blessing—for you, the recipient, and for FCA. Mail or email (jwsenyard@frenchcamp.org) your list as soon as you can. Make your donation, marked for purchase of Christmas Honor Bread. We will take care of the rest. Call us if you have any questions: (662) 547-6482. v

FCA Delights in Missions John Piper once said, "Missions is the overflow of our delight in God because missions is the overflow of God's delight in being God." This statement resonates here at FCA as we hunger for opportunities to serve on the mission field. This summer seven youth and three adults traveled to Wales encouraging local churches, hosting Holiday Bible Club for neighborhood children, and leading Bible studies with Welsh youth. Please pray for French Camp Academy as it works deliberately to be a place of comfort and encouragement teaching a true delight in God.

But he said to him, “I will not come, but rather will go to my own land and relatives.” Numbers 10:30

Go Ahead—Smile! AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support French Camp Academy every time you shop, at no cost to you. Simply go to smile.amazon. com on your computer or mobile device. From the list of charitable organizations select French Camp Academy to receive donations from eligible purchases. From then on every eligible purchase you make at smile.amazon. com will result in a donation to FCA. v


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Memorials continued

LAMPTON, JR., LESLIE B., Jackson, MS Mr. and Mrs. John C. Henegan Mr. and Mrs. John R. Bise, IV Mr. and Mrs. Jimmy D. Vickery Mr. Robert Stockett Mrs. Ann W. Gaudet Mrs. Thomas H. Bowen, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Dolan D. Self, Jr. LATHAM, MAVIS O’BRIANT BROWN COCKROFT, Canton, MS Ms. Corinne Fox LINK, MINNA DEEN JONES, Yazoo City, MS Mrs. Nora Deen Link Maloy LOFTIS, JR., JOHN, Conyers, GA Mr. John L. Loftis, Sr. LOUGHNER, LEE, Boulder City, NV Kingsley Inc. LOVERN, EMILY RENE’, Vicksburg, MS Mrs. Ollie Hull MAPLES, DAN ELLEN Mr. and Mrs. Watts C. Ueltschey, Sr. MCDUFFIE, CAROL, Jackson, MS Mrs. Margaret Graeber Clark MCINNIS, III, JOHN ROLAND, Pearl, MS Mr. and Mrs. Sammy Dantone, Jr. MCLELLAN, TRACY, Oxford, MS Mrs. Eloise M. Alderman MOM, Lena, MS Mr. Edward D. Green MOSLEY, JOSEPH THOMAS, Starkville, MS Mr. and Mrs. Steve Kean Mrs. Whitney Burns MULLEN, VODA, Kosciusko, MS Mrs. Sandra J. George MURPHY, AMANDA, Vestavia, AL Mr. and Mrs. Kevin Walters NORQUIST, SR., SAMUEL GRIFFIN, Yazoo City, MS Mr. and Mrs. Rocky Bond Ms. Frances A. Barbour NORWOOD, VIRGINIA FRENCH EASTERLIN Dr. and Mrs. Thomas B. Thames Miss Elizabeth Nichols PARKER, TRAVIS, Camden, MS Forest Grove Pres. WIC, PCA PARSONS, ED, Edwards, MS Mrs. Peggy B. Cannada PATTON, JAMES A., Sheffield, AL Mr. and Mrs. William F. Lacey PERRY, JULIA G., Jackson, MS Miss Edith L. Perry PERRY, SANDRA, Greenwood, MS Mr. and Mrs. Eugene A. Stansel, Jr. PICKENS, CYLE D. Mrs. Mary Kay Burden RAULERSON, DAVID Ms. Era Lee Weil, Tommy and Carl RECORD, BILL AND EDNA Mr. and Mrs. Frank E. Record REID, MARTHA, Ackerman, MS Mrs. Annie K. Melton RICHARDSON, SHARON M., Hattiesburg, MS Mrs. Connie Hogue ROBERTS, MARY, Louisville, MS Ms. Debra Fairbank ROBERTSON, ELIZABETH BERT Mrs. Carolyn B. Richardson RONE, JR., RALPH MCWHORTER, Ethel, MS Mr. and Mrs. Charles W. Ritter, Jr. Mrs. Sandra J. George ROSS, RALPH, Leland, MS Sanders Home Health Equipment, Inc. Mr. and Mrs. John Terry Gibbs SCHMIDT, JULIUS Mrs. Sandra J. George SEGARRA, LISA Mrs. Judee O’Grady Fearn SHORASH, ANIS Loxley Presbyterian Church SHUMAKER, MICHAEL, D’Lo, MS Mrs. Dorothy Hilton SITRA, CAROLYN ATKINSON, Austin, TX Mrs. Mildred Stevenson SKINNER, JEAN, Macon, MS Mrs. Helen Thomasson SMITH, TEENY, Virginia Beach, VA Mr. Roy E. Smith, Jr. STEVENS, JOANNE, Forest, MS Mr. W. H. Stevens SULLIVAN, JR., WARREN WARE, Tunica, MS Mr. and Mrs. Bobby Gookin The Graeber Family TIGRETT, DAVID, Franklin, TN Brandon Presbyterian Church TURNER, HUGH ELLA, Madison, MS Mr. and Mrs. Richard B. Flynt VANDERBURG, UNA ORAFINE, Olive Branch, MS Dr. and Mrs. Bela J. Chain, Jr. VARSEL, GARY, Kosciusko, MS Mr. and Mrs. Al Ray

WEATHERS, VIRGINIA Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Bob Robinson WEEKS, ALBERT, Brookhaven, MS Ms. Margaret Vicki Kinsey WHITMIRE, ELEANOR HUTCHISON, McCool, MS Mr. and Mrs. James Waide and Ava Ms. Shellie Mahaffey MSU Foundation, Inc. Dr. and Mrs. Sam J. Denney, Jr. Ms. June Evans WILLIAMS, JACK, Morgan City, MS Mrs. Carolyn B. Richardson Mr. and Mrs. Eugene A. Stansel, Jr. Mrs. Mary Kathryn McDowell WINDHAM, BO, Heidelberg, MS Mr. and Mrs. Tom Howells WOODARD, JR., JAMES WALKER, Terry, MS Judge and Mrs. James C. Sumner Mr. Thomas Joe Ogletree Mr. and Mrs. Mark Jicka Ms. Jennifer Collins Mrs. Betty Jo Smathers Mr. and Mrs. George C. Hand, Jr. YATES, BONNIE SUE HOLT Mr. and Mrs. Donald E. Yates

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ARNOLD, JR., FRANK STEELE, Madison, MS Mr. Robert N. Stockett Mrs. Grace Hull BARBER, ANNETTE DUNCAN Dr. and Mrs. Kirby P. Walker, Jr. BARLOW, GENE, Clinton, MS Mr. and Mrs. Harold Barlow BARRETT, MINNAH Ms. Marianna Measells BLAKE, MAURINE, Jackson, MS Mr. and Mrs. Stan Coring BONNEY, WILLETTE, Duncan, OK Mrs. Grace Hull BOUCHILLON, MILTON, Louisville, MS Ms. Sheryl G. Fox BOWEN, JR., THOMAS HENRY, Madison, MS Mrs. Dorothy M. Weathersby Mrs. Suzanne Clay Mr. and Mrs. Richard Sevier Ms. Lynne Green Mr. and Mrs. Walt Dallas Mr. and Mrs. Henry M. Drake, Jr. Mrs. Ellen M. Morgan Mrs. Peggy B. Cannada Ms. Susan S. Turner Mr. and Mrs. Robert E. Farr, II Mrs. Julia Yandell Mr. Joseph T. Drake, III Dr. William S. Cook, Jr. BRIGHT, ROBERT AND EDDIE Mrs. Doris N. Bright BROWN, L. W., Starkville, MS Mr. and Mrs. Jim McGarr BRYANT, RAY MARVIN Ms. Sandra N. Gullo CADE, BETH, Kosciusko, MS Mr. and Mrs. Lewis S. Freedman CAGLE, JAMES, Kosciusko, MS Mr. and Mrs. Al Ray Mrs. Annie K. Melton CARVER, MERVYN, Weir, MS Mr. and Mrs. Ronnie Bryant The Vine Ministries CLARK, BART, Jackson, MS Mr. and Mrs. J. O. Tubb COX, MOLLY, Philadelphia, MS Dr. H. Duane Stokes CRAGON, GWIN, Madison, MS Mrs. Julia Yandell CROWE, FRANKLIN D. Mr. and Mrs. David A. Craig CUNNAN, GLORIA N. Mrs. Roma Jean Holmes CURLES, WALLACE AND IRENE Dr. and Mrs. W. Wayne Curles CURRAN, GLORIA, Yazoo City, MS Mr. and Mrs. Thomas G. Peaster Mr. and Mrs. Cecil J. Cartwright DAY, WOODY, Clarksdale, MS Mr. and Mrs. Lonnie Graeber DODD, ANNA CAMPBELL Mr. and Mrs. John A. Campbell DOSS, ROY DERRELL, Oxford, MS Mr. and Mrs. Scott Holmes DOUGHERTY, KEVIN, Mobile, AL Mr. and Mrs. Thomas G. Smith DUNCAN, BILL, Meridian, MS Dr. and Mrs. Dan Hank Singley, Jr. DUNLAP, DON Mrs. Goree’ D. Robins WHITMIRE, ELEANOR HUTCHISON, McCool, MS Ms. Lucy Brady

ENGLISH, SR., MALCOLM LEWIS Mr. and Mrs. William W. Wicht, Jr. Leonard Lowrey Sunday School Class Ms. Linda Foshee Mr. and Mrs. William David Shull NAIFA - Hattiesburg Mrs. Lynn McElhaney FLOYD DEAN, CHARLINE, Magee, MS Mr. Van Ray Bowman FLYNT, STEPHANIE BELL, Brandon, MS Mr. and Mrs. Richard B. Flynt FRAZIER, MIKE, McKinney, TX Mrs. Jane Estes FULCE, TOMMY, Ackerman, MS Mr. and Mrs. Charlie Morgan and Bryce & Brittany GARRETT, THOMAS Mrs. Christine W. Garrett GREEN, JR., HENRY T., Kosciusko, MS Mr. and Mrs. Jimmy Jenkins GREER, WILEY Mr. and Mrs. Charles F. Craig HAMILTON, EZRA, Kosciusko, MS Mr. and Mrs. Dolan D. Self, Jr. HARVILL, JR., JOHN Mr. and Mrs. Andy H. Perry HOLMES, JONATHAN, Tulsa, OK Mr. and Mrs. James G. Powell HOVER, WILLIAM ROSS, Hattiesburg, MS Mr. and Mrs. Keith Hood HUTCHISON, WILLIAM BRYAN AND JEAN, Weir, MS Mr. Randy Lewis Watkins JACKSON, BOB, Collierville, TN Mr. and Mrs. Jerry C. Nix JENKINS, SWEP Mrs. Kristine E. Owen JOINER, ZACH, Carthage, MS Mr. and Mrs. Tony Kinton JONES, BOBBY, Houston, TX Mr. and Mrs. David Herrington JONES, GLENDA J. Mrs. Mary Payne Hairald JONES, KENNETH JOE Mr. and Mrs. Dewitt Carmichael, Jr. KEADY, JR., WILLIAM C., Kosciusko, MS Sand Springs Presbyterian Church Mrs. Nancy B. Billups Mrs. Alice H. Jordan Mr. and Mrs. William A. Mitchell Mr. and Mrs. Charles W. Ritter, Jr. Mrs. Sue H. Webb KELLY, ERIN Mr. William M. Bost, Jr. LEPARD, RENA, Goodman, MS Mr. Terry Lepard LINK, WILLIAM MARTIN, Bentonia, MS Mrs. Nora Deen Link Maloy LONG, LEON, Eupora, MS Mr. and Mrs. John E. Shaw MANGUM, JR., J. W., Hattiesburg, MS Mrs. Anita R. Hearon MAROON, JACK Mr. Marvel Joe Hale MCCORMICK, JUNE WHITE, Memphis, TN Mrs. Geri Graeber Pitts MCWHIRTER, JIMMY, Louisville, MS Mr. and Mrs. John Mitchell Mrs. Jane Estes Mr. and Mrs. Bobby Gene Cooper MITCHELL, DOUGLAS MARK Mr. and Mrs. James Sanders MITCHELL, JR., CHARLES G., Lexington, KY Mrs. Elizabeth M. Mitchell MOORE, KEVIN, Grenada, MS The Gift Box NICHOLSON, BARBARA, Greenville, MS Mrs. Barbara P. Nick NUNAN, T. RUSSELL, Decatur, GA Miss Sarah Elizabeth Nunan PERRY, SR., GEORGE C., Jackson, MS Miss Edith L. Perry PRINCE, BENNY Mrs. Martha W. Hogue PRISOCK, WESLEY Mrs. Nell Parker Lyon RAWLS, LIZETTE L., Hattiesburg, MS Mrs. Anita R. Hearon RICHARDSON, JACK, Yazoo City, MS Mr. and Mrs. James W. Crook Mr. and Mrs. Cecil J. Cartwright Mrs. Patsy Parker WALLACE, ROBERT LAYMON, Florence, MS Ms. Shelia Harlow RONE, JR., RALPH, Ethel, MS Mr. and Mrs. Al Ray SAFFA, ELLEN MARTIN Ms. Marcia Embt SAGELY, LARRY Longview Baptist Church SEIFERT, NORMA

Mrs. Geri Graeber Pitts SHELTON, MAVIS, Kosciusko, MS Mr. and Mrs. Jimmy Jenkins SHOOK, PATSY Mrs. Christine W. Garrett SMITH, CAROLYN LANDING, Virginia Beach, VA Mr. Roy E. Smith, Jr. SMITH, ETHEL VANNESTRAND, Virginia Beach, VA Mr. Roy E. Smith, Jr. SPEAKS, LOUIS ALBERT, Madison, MS Mrs. Martha W. Hogue STEVENS, JOANNE, Forest, MS Mr. W. H. Stevens STOKES, JAMES, Natchez, MS Mr. and Mrs. Carl Voss STONE, LEILA WERLEIN, Vicksburg, MS Ms. Sheila W. Stone STUBBS, BONNIE Mr. and Mrs. Al Ray TABOR, FRANCES Ms. Sheryl G. Fox TUCKER, MARTHA NETTLES Mr. and Mrs. R. Bruce Thornton, Jr. TURNER, CHARLES MONROE, Moss Point, MS Mrs. Kim Blackwell Mrs. Maxine Nelson Turner VAUGHAN, MARGIE, Benton, MS Mr. Darrell Glisson Mr. and Mrs. Cecil J. Cartwright Mr. and Mrs. James W. Crook

WALLACE, ROBERT LAYMON, Florence, MS Mrs. Ruth B. Gunn Mr. and Mrs. A. D. Buffington Ms. Irene M. Vantrease WALTERS, JUANITA, Bastrop, TX Mrs. Cheryl L. Grimm WALTON, HILDA WASSON, Kosciusko, MS Mr. and Mrs. James G. Powell WATFORD, E. FRED AND BERNICE SOWELL, Canton, MS Mrs. Lelia Watford Eldridge WEEKS, BILLY, Nashville, TN Mr. Don E. Porter WELLS, JR., WARNER MCNEILL The Graeber Family WELLS, WILLIAM T., The Woodlands, TX Ms. Sandra N. Gullo WHITMIRE, ELEANOR HUTCHISON, McCool, MS Mr. and Mrs. Steve M. Edwards Mrs. Polly Hope Allen WILLIAMS, DAN, New Jersey Dr. and Mrs. Kirby P. Walker, Jr. WINSTEAD, DON Mr. and Mrs. Bobby Gene Cooper YATES, BONNIE SUE HOLT Mr. and Mrs. Donald E. Yates YATES, MARIE GARY, Eupora, MS Mr. and Mrs. William H. Cox, Jr.

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Please call Lance at (662) 547-6482 to let us know if you can help out with any of these: • Truck for Horse Department – ¾ or 1 Ton Class • Suburbans, Mini-Vans, Sedans for Home and Development Department use • Mini-Truck or Side by Side UTV for Academics/Athletics • Commercial Kitchen Equipment – New Council House Kitchen • Planer – Woodshop • Grounds Equipment – Pole Hedge Trimmer, Blowers, Swing Blades, Wheel Barrows, Steel Rakes, Limb Loppers • 20’ – 24’ Slant Load Gooseneck Horse Trailer with 4 or 5 Horse Capacity • 4 Wheel Drive Tractor for horse arena maintenance

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Working at French Camp Academy is much more than a job...it's a life ministry! The staff and faculty make up a team that lives, works, worships, eats, and plays together with the students. Interested in joining our team? Find current employment opportunities at www.frenchcamp.org/contact#employment-panel v


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“Cornerstone Community” at French Camp Academy For over 133 years French Camp Academy has counted on people like you so children and teenagers can count on us! We’re now recognizing our monthly donors with a new program… the Cornerstone Community. Yes, donors have been giving faithfully each month for a long time and now we’re naming this wonderful and much-needed generosity. Now that we’ve named it we want to let all our donors and friends know this is a great way to build young lives at French Camp Academy!

Benefits of the Cornerstone Community • You provide funding that we can count on to serve those who count on us. • By being a member of the Cornerstone Community, you help French Camp provide consistent support for young people needing opportunities that change the trajectory of their lives. • Generous people who give monthly give French Camp the ability to plan for the future and respond quickly to campus ministry needs.

How it works • Each month your gift to French Camp Academy is billed to your credit card or bank account. You can adjust your giving amount at any time by simply editing your online profile or by calling 662-547-6482. • You will receive a tax receipt for your cumulative annual contribution at the end of each fiscal year. • If you prefer to mail in your check monthly, you will receive your tax receipt monthly as well. • Sign up online to join the Cornerstone Community as a monthly donor. • You can also call 662-547-6482 for more information. Contributing monthly to the work of building lives at French Camp Academy has never been more important and more convenient. Please consider joining the Cornerstone Community today! We’re counting on you! v

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French Camp Academy Alumni News

Returning Home

French Camp Academy is blessed to have an amazing faculty and staff pouring their talents and energies into building young lives for the glory of God. Our staff comes from near and far, and there are a significant number that are simply returning home. As author Simon Sinek wrote, “When we work hard on something we believe in, it’s called passion. When we work hard on something we don’t believe in, it’s called stress.” That alumni passion is a tremendous asset to the students of FCA. They have been in their shoes, sat in their classes, eaten in the dining hall, and cheered in the same stands. There is a unique opportunity for them to connect to students. They understand. Priscilla Anderson, FCA girls’ basketball coach said, “I am proud to be back working at FCA. I had the pleasure to come in and replace my high school coach *Martha Ward. I spent 12 years away from French Camp and I NEVER wanted to be back here, but God had other plans for my life. I learned so much from Coach Ward and my other teachers as a student here. It’s an awesome opportunity to work alongside them. As an FCA student, I met so many different people from different places.   FCA truly is a microcosm of society— meaning that the diversity that is here is a small sample of what it’s like in the world today. Being at FCA taught me how to interact with all kinds of people with different needs and backgrounds. I hope to be able to teach this generation how to love and respect all people, regardless of their background, color, religion (or lack thereof ), or special needs. Each person is made in Christ’s image and we should treat them as such.” Every student who has walked across the graduation stage has been taught life lessons throughout their time here from a variety of influential faculty and staff members. In fact, the Class of 2018 listed over 60 staff members who had been a major influence in their lives. FCA Alumni who return to work here feel a responsibility to pass on those life lessons to the next generation of students. One recent graduate stated, “Regardless of whether they are a Bible teacher or not, every teacher displays the love of Jesus to their students. French Camp truly feels like home to me, and I have become part of the family”. v *Coach Martha Ward passed away in January of 2018 after a long battle with cancer.

Alumni Giving Back! French Camp Academy is blessed to have a number of alumni who are giving back. They were each blessed by being here, and now they pour their energies in building young lives for the glory of God. Dorothy Anderson, ‘88 Priscilla Anderson, ‘04 Shellie Anderson, ‘96 Scott Barlow, ‘96 Tonya Barlow ‘97 Laura Chesser, ‘97 Lee Ann Chesteen, ‘91 Wes Chesteen, ‘07 Courtney Collins attended Jason Crowder, ‘96 Shawna Grice, ‘96 Brittany Henderson, ‘03 Grady Henderson, ‘11 Mollee McKnight Henderson ‘11 Johnnie Lou Henderson, ‘64 Lisa Henning, ‘87 Bruce Hosket, ’80 Kim Hosket, ‘86 JoAnn Kirkpatrick, ‘77 Anne Claire McKnight, ‘14 Hunter McKnight, ‘14 Rusty McKnight, ‘84 Nedra Henderson Rushing, ‘96 Andrew Stevens, ‘13

Alumni Upcoming Events – Make 2018/2019 a Year to Come HOME! This year, make an effort to visit French Camp and celebrate God’s love with those who love you. Bring your yearbooks and photos and all those great stories you tell. We want to see them, to hear them, and so do those you lived it with. Alumni Day is scheduled for May 5, 2018. Mark it on your calendar as a time that you won’t soon forget! Come to other events, too. For more information, call the French Camp Development Office at 662-547-9464.

Harvest Festival October 13, 2018 Homecoming October 19, 2018 Take a Senior to Supper TBA, 2019 Rodeo April 12-13, 2019 Alumni Day May 4, 2019


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Here is a small selection of some of the auction items for this year! Don't miss your chance to bid on one of these works of art! #FCHarvestFest French Camp Community Club

Benefit Auction October 13, 2018, 9:30 am Music • Horse & Carriage Rides • Crafts Sorghum Making • Country Store • Food

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Harvest Festival 2018 What better way to celebrate the changing of the seasons than a good old-fashioned fall Harvest Festival! October 13, 2018 marks the 67th annual Harvest Festival sponsored by the French Camp Community Club. The fundraiser benefits the local churches as well as FCA. The main attraction is the Auction where you can bid on handmade items— arts, crafts, quilts, squirrel feeders, furniture, picture frames, and more. Shop the Country Store for jellies and jams, sweet treats, and other homemade and handmade goodies. The Historical District will be filled with traditional arts and crafts demonstrations. Enjoy watching the sorghum mill before buying some to take home. Children will delight in horseback and buggy rides and lots of good food will be available. Bring your entire family and come join us for this fun day! v

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