FCA Today Fall 2022

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Volume LXVII No.3 www.frenchcamp.org FALL 2022 TODAY
home
to serve young
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In this Issue: Home Sweet FCA Weekend Fun Student Orientation
French Camp Academy, a Christ-centered
and school, exists
people and
for the glory of God.

PuPPet theraPy at FCa

Hello: My name is Moo-lissa and I am a puppet. I live in the Counseling Center at French Camp Academy. I help children feel safe so they can share their hurts and struggles. I am a “spokes-cow” and am the “voice” for troubled children. Sometimes I talk, sometimes I sing—and sometimes I even dance. I am the star performer in counseling sessions.

Moo-lissa is an active participant in puppet play at FCA. What is puppet play? It is a play technique that can enhance well-being in children and help them take the first steps toward healing. It is where storytelling is born. It is where puppets have “speaking parts.” Puppet play creates the safe and sacred space where children can “act-out” their experiences. The counselor’s puppet interacts with the child’s puppet. The counselor promotes self-care and positive behavior. “Acting-out” gives children the ability to have a sense of control and reduces anxiety. The goal of puppet play is to build healthy relationships.

Puppet play allows children to be expressive and creative. Storytelling and role-playing come alive with puppets. Puppetry helps the counselor form an immediate rapport with children and is a non-threatening presence. Puppet play sets the stage where children can develop social skills, emotional regulation, and healthy coping skills. Through puppet play children learn to see another point of view—introducing empathy and compassion.

Through my counseling ministry at FCA, I am so very thankful that I can share with children that:

Christ loves you. Christ is your Hope. Christ is your Comforter.

1 Thessalonians 5:1—Therefore encourage one another and build each other up.

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The President’s Perspective: Life Together Makes Life Better

Last month I had the privilege of speaking to almost everyone living and working on the French Camp Academy campus.

Junior high students, high school students, residential and commuter students, house parents, teachers, and support staff were all packed in our church sanctuary. Every other month I host President’s Chapel as a way to encourage the FCA community and share from my heart.

As I thought about my calling, life, family, personal challenges, and opportunities, I found myself looking over this crowd of young people and adults once again feeling thankful.

I am thankful to be part of a community that allows young people from all walks of life, who have faced a variety of ups and downs, highs and lows, and many bumps and scrapes, to experience a loving and healing community. As I gazed into their faces, I was grateful to see a community of people, young and old, learning together, working together, and living life together.

Scripture tells us in Hebrews 10:24-25 that God’s people should be together as much as possible. Christ-centered fellowship is a means of grace God provides to grow in our relationship with Him and each other. “Iron sharpens iron.” When a commu-

nity of people come together over the things of God, people change for the better. Our faith is strengthened. Hope is restored, and we find ourselves loving and serving others better than we did before. Living life together in Christian community and fellowship makes life better!

French Camp TODAY

French Camp TODAY (USPS 210-100) is published quarterly in March, June, September and December each year by French Camp Academy, a non-profit, tax-exempt organization. Periodical postage paid at Hattiesburg, MS and all additional mailing offices. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to French Camp TODAY, One Fine Place, French Camp, MS 39745-9703.

F. Stewart Edwards, Jr. FCA President

As I looked over the crowd of faces at President’s Chapel, I also thought of you, dear reader. Many of you who read FCA Today have a heart for French Camp’s ministry to young people. Thank you! Many of you pray for its outreach. Thank you! And many of you give sacrificially to help fulfill needs and provide opportunities that these precious young people would not have if they were not part of this vibrant community. Thank you!

Though you are not physically here on the French Camp campus, you are helping make life better by supporting a community of people dedicated to helping young people grow.

If you have opportunities to introduce your Christian community to French Camp Academy, please make every effort. Caravan to mile marker 181 on the Natchez Trace Parkway and let us show you around. Who knows? A visit to French Camp might be just the thing God uses to make you better, too!

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Reporting in French Camp TODAY is intended to inform readers of the life and work of French Camp Academy, a Christ-centered home and school serving young people and their families for the glory of God. French Camp Academy is accredited by the State Department of Education, Jackson, MS.

We desire to hear from you. Please direct correspondence to Lance Ragsdale, Director of Development.

French Camp Academy

One Fine Place

French Camp, MS 39745-9703 662-547-6482 or 662-547-9464 www.frenchcamp.org

BOARD OF TRUSTEES

Sharkey Burke Brandon

Scott Castleman Ocean Springs

Dave Fair Oxford

Glenn Galey, Secretary Hattiesburg

Toxey Hall III Canton

G. Carey Hauenstein Laurel

Carson Hughes Starkville

Lee Lampton, Vice Chairman Jackson

John Lynch Brookhaven

Chuck McBride Madison

Brooks Mosley Jackson

Tommy Peaster, Vice Chairman Flora Hugh Potts, Jr., Chairman Kosciusko

F. Stewart Edwards, Jr., FCA President

Mission Statement

Better

gether

French Camp Academy, a Christcentered home and school, exists to serve young people and families for the glory of God.

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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. This year we welcome the Erwins and the Throgmortons to our FCA Family.

Tristen Throgmorten, an FCA Alum, said, “I am very happy and grateful to be back home in French Camp. It’s been a joy getting to know my dorm boys. I think of when I first came as a student in 2007 and rejoice in God’s goodness in my life. I’m excited to get this school year started. I’m just so glad I’ll be able to give back what was given to me.”

Kurt Erwin’s story is a bit different. “Michelle and I came to French Camp to visit family for the first time and quickly decided we would love to volunteer here. We both have done a little bit of construction work and there were traveling volunteers here already. We joined with them and worked both for the Academy and the church doing various things. During this time, we considered the possibility of becoming dorm parents. We both have a big heart for kids and have worked with them in different settings. After volunteering and working with French Camp for a while, our son turned 18 and we decided to head back home. However, the Lord continued to lay on our hearts that He had a desire for us to be here. A year or two later we were certain that it was what He was calling us to do, and we took the steps to start our new adventure here.”

Please make a point to undergird the efforts of these godly house parents 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 in changing the path of young lives. v

Pray for Our 2022 Houseparents

Buchanan Home Stephanie and Forrest Marx

Cook Home Ahna and Chris Mooney

Day Home Tristen and Dylan Throgmorton

Flowers Home Michelle and Kurt Erwin

Griffin Home Cindy and Dennis Cox

His Way/WFCA Home Cindy and Mike Thompson

Moriah Home Sarah and Steve Arrowood

Spencer-McCain Home Crystal and Curtis Holman

Taylor Home Joy and Randy Martin

Turpin Home Karley and Nathan Stevens

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A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in his holy dwelling. God sets the lonely in families, he leads out the prisoners with singing…Psalms 68:5-6

2022 Staff from FCA and Support Ministries

Micah 6:8 – Building a campus culture on God’s Word

For more than 130 years, French Camp Academy has shared the forever hope and peace found only in knowing Jesus Christ as Lord. Many young people needing life-changing experiences have changed their life trajectory in response. We accept children and teenagers from all over the United States as well as international students providing a safe place to live and learn, work opportunities, mentoring, and an academic foundation preparing them for the next phase of life.

Over 120 full and part-time staff members and many volunteers are called to support our mission working on location at our ministry in French Camp, MS. This dedicated team of passionate people is called to achieve the mission.

This year’s focus for ministry is Micah 6:8:

He has shown you, O man, what is good; and what does the  Lord require of you, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?

As staff and volunteers unpacked this key verse at FCA Connect, a week-long worship and team-building program, we learned from Dr. Elias Medeiros that God has set the standard for what is good. He has set His expectations for our lives and ministry. At FCA, when we interact with students, staff, volunteers, and visitors, our focus will be to:

Follow Christ’s Example walk humbly

Compassionate Toward Others loving mercy

Actions That Speak Truth acting justly

As you go before God in prayer, please pray that His Spirit will work these tangible fruits out in the hearts and lives of our staff and students. May God receive the glory! v

Engage Your Church

Opportunities to speak to church groups occur all through the year. It isn’t uncommon for an FCA representative to be on the road on a Sunday or Wednesday evening sharing the work of French Camp Academy to local churches.

One of the common questions asked is, “How can we help FCA?” There are 4 ways to help FCA as you think about engaging your church.

1. Pray! Prayer is the engine driving the mission of FCA forward. Make FCA a priority in your prayer life.

2. Speak! Invite an FCA representative to speak about the work God is doing on its campus. You will be encouraged.

3. Share! FCA has a vibrant bread program that you can share with those you love and/or do business with. Send a loaf of homemade bread to people on your list.

4. Host! Bring a group to FCA for a tour and lunch. Come and see for yourself the work you support through your generous investments.

To begin a conversation about how to engage your church, call Tom Dickson at 662.547.6482 or scan this QR code to learn more. v

Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the LORD, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust…Psalm 91:1-2.

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Cornerstone Community Provides Predictable Home Experiences

The consistency of your monthly gift is a cornerstone for our mission by providing guaranteed income that covers the daily needs of young people within French Camp’s care. FCA can plan ahead knowing that you are sustaining its mission monthly.

How it works

• Each month your gift to French Camp Academy is applied 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. Of course, you can mail your gift each month as well.

• You will receive a tax receipt for your cumulative annual contribution at the end of each fiscal year.

• Sign up online to join the Cornerstone Community as a monthly donor.

• You can also call 662-547-6482 for more information.

House parents, academic staff, program helpers, and all of us at FCA want you to know how much we appreciate your desire to help young people grow in its residential programs. v

Use shopping to strengthen God’s work at FCA!

Just a few simple steps will have you contributing to FCA every time you shop at Amazon. Each time you use Amazon Smile, Amazon will donate to the charity of your choice AT NO COST TO YOU!

1. Go to Smile.Amazon.com

2. Log into your account

3. Click on “Amazon Smile” in the left corner of the top banner

4. Select “French Camp Academy” as your charity

5. Each time you shop at Amazon, be sure to check out through Smile.Amazon.Com

Board Member

Spotlight: Charles McBride, Jr.

Charles (Chuck) McBride, Jr., joined the French Camp Academy Board of Trustees in September 2014. He recently accepted the position of Chairman of the Plant and Property Committee. He is employed with Telapex/CSpire in Ridgeland as Sr. Vice President and General Counsel. McBride, a practicing lawyer for more than 20 years, also has a background in engineering, military service, and business.

His professional and community affiliations include the Mississippi Bar, Federal Fifth Circuit Bar Association, Defense Research Institute, the MS Defense Lawyers’ Association, and the North Jackson Rotary Club. He is a graduate of the University of Mississippi School of Law, where he received his J.D., magna cum laude, and Mississippi State University, holding a B.S. in Industrial Engineering.

Chuck and his wife, Mary Allen, make their home in Ridgeland MS where he serves as Elder at Highlands Presbyterian Church.

All of us at French Camp are thankful for Chuck’s support, leadership, and encouragement. Thank you Chuck! v

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Home Sweet FCA

French Camp Academy is a place where young people can live in a safe and stable home. They come from many backgrounds. Each brings their own needs, dreams, fears, and talents. With the help of house parents, teachers, and other staff members, they are encouraged and loved.

Each of our homes provides a place where children and teenagers, boys and girls, can experience the benefits of living with godly, Christ-centered, married couples. Each home is a place providing safety, security, and stability. Young people find a place where they can grow.

The homes are places of belonging. The house parents make sure their homes are warm and welcoming. Wholesome activities, birthday celebrations, sharing chores, and meals are all part of family life in French Camp.

Seeing Christian principles lived out in a family setting is life-changing for our young people. They see a family that loves and forgives each other and that sacrifices time and energy for each other. We hope that our students will pattern their own lives after these loving relationships.

The center of FCA life is the home. Activities extend from the home to the church, athletics, school, and recreation. If the students are involved, so are their house parents. Being there during failures and successes, listening to their dreams and heartbreaks, makes all the difference.

Morality and good citizenship make for a better world, but only Christ gives life. We believe that the family and home are where young people embrace values. Therefore, our highest calling is to speak, teach, and live the Word of God. What greater joy can we have except to see our children walking in the truth. v

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Grace Evan—Vacation Bible School was a Blessing

FCA students and staff enjoy the generosity of churches every summer who come alongside to serve and help in many diverse ways. Grace Evangelical Church in Germantown, TN is one such church that sent a bus load of volunteers to lead Vacation Bible School. Using materials and creative props from their church VBS program, it was easy to load it all up on a bus, then set it back up in French Camp. The young people of FCA had a fun time and enjoyed the interactions with the Grace Evan volunteers, not to mention learning about God’s Word, His love for each one of them, and how to walk by faith in the world. Many thanks to our friends at Grace Evan!

If your church group is interested in doing a project at FCA, please contact Tom Dickson at 662-547-6482. v

Weekend Fun at FrenCh CamP aCademy

An education is not just Monday – Friday at French Camp Academy. Friday nights and Saturday afternoons are loaded with fun and games for both residential and day students. From flag football to enjoying Lake Ann’s water activities, all FCA students are invited to participate and enjoy being outside together on its beautiful 900-acre campus. At French Camp Academy, we believe that doing life together makes life better for all of us. For more information about enrolling your student at French Camp Academy, please call the Admission’s Office at 662.547.6484. v

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Student Orientation

Working with young people who come to French Camp for life-changing opportunities is a privilege and a responsibility. That’s why FCA staff work hard to help young people have a positive first week with their new and old friends. The transition to a new place can be difficult when anxiety boils to the surface. To help acclimate our young people, we create a two-day engaging experience prior to academic classes starting.

Using outdoor, adventure-based activities like low elements rope course in the woods, zip lines, small group discussions, and other activities not always found in your local school, teenagers learn the value of trust, teamwork, appreciating the diversity and differences of others, and recognize that everyone has strengths and weaknesses that can be leveraged or overcome.

As you think about the ministry of French Camp Academy over the weeks to come, please pray for the young people who just transitioned into our homes and classrooms. Pray that God will meet them where they are and begin the process of remaking them into His image, reforming their worldview, and reshaping the way they relate to others. v

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So this is what the Sovereign LORD says: See, I lay a stone in Zion, a tested stone, a precious cornerstone for a sure foundation; the one who relies on it will never be stricken with panic…Isaiah 28:16

Harvest Festival – How you can help?

Mark your calendar for Saturday, October 8th because you don’t want to miss Harvest Festival this Fall! Make it a day in the country with family and friends!

Not only come out and enjoy the day but help FCA by donating handmade items (quilts, furniture, birdhouses, picture frames, etc.) that we can auction on the Harvest Festival auction stage. The proceeds go to support French Camp’s ministry to young people. Call Lance Ragsdale at 662-547-6482 if you have items in mind and would like to discuss. v

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Food • Horse & Carriage Rides • Crafts • Antiques Sorghum Making • Country Store • Music October 8, 2022, 9:30 am Natchez Trace Historic Village, French Camp, MS Contact information: (662) 547-6482 www.FrenchCamp.org Benefit Auction
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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.

SMITH, DAVID AND CATHY, Oxford, MS Ms. Anne Carver

SMITH, JOE AND FAWN, Madison, MS

HILL, BEVERLY, Oxford, MS Mrs. Rachel C. Martin

MINCHER, LARRY, French Camp, MS Mr. and Mrs. Larry D. Fore

AprilARMSTRONG, RICHIE AND FAMILY, Kosciusko, MS

Ms. Sue S. Nowell

BAKER, JANIS, Oxford, MS

Mrs. Rachel C. Martin

BEATY, JERRY, Munford, TN

Mr. and Mrs. Larry Fulton

BEVILL, JIMMY AND PAT, Olive Branch, MS Ms. Anne Carver

DITTMER, JOE, Booneville, IN Mrs. Polly Hope Allen

HARRIS, MARK AND KRISTY, Gulfport, MS

Ms. Anne Carver

JONES, HENRY J., Florence, AL

Judge and Mrs. William T. Bundy Jr. Dr. and Mrs. Joe Ed Varner Jr. Mrs. Jan Jones Shultz

MOBLEY, JOSEPH, Starkville, MS

Mr. and Mrs. Ernest T. George III

PAYNE, JR., W. A., Hattiesburg, MS

Mr. and Mrs. John T. Barton

POWNALL, MARCIA, Plymouth, IN Mr. and Mrs. William W. Wicht Jr.

PUTMAN AND FAMILY, STEVE, Sallis, MS

Ms. Sue S. Nowell

RAMP, STEVE, Starkville, MS

Mr. and Mrs. Mark L. Hollingsworth

SHULL, ANDY, Oxford, MS

Dr. and Mrs. James L. Shull

Mr. and Mrs. James Duncan II

STANFORD, BILL AND MARGARITA, Clinton, MS

Mr. and Mrs. Bennie R. Nutt

THOMPSON FAMILY

Mr. and Mrs. William McKinley

TITTLE, MAURY B., Lynn, AL Mr. Joey Clingan

TURMAN, GRACE, Crystal Springs, MS

Mr. and Mrs. Eldon Pitts

UINSETT, AMANDA, Hamilton, AL Mr. Joey Clingan

May2022 GRADUATING SENIORS

Mrs. Susanne S. Wadsworth

ALLEN, GABRIEL PAUL, Kingsport, TN Mrs. Polly Hope Allen

ARNOLD, JOE PACK, Hattiesburg, MS

Mr. James B. Arnold Jr.

CARROLL, CHARLES, Houston, MS

Captain and Mrs. Joshua Gerald Carroll

CHAPMAN, MR. AND MRS. JOHN, Ethel, MS

Ms. Sue S. Nowell

DEES, SANDRA, Oxford, MS Mrs. Rachel C. Martin

ELLISON, LYNDOL BELL, Ethel, MS Mrs. Polly Hope Allen

Ensure your legacy includes French Camp Academy

JEROME, PAT AND KAY, Pickens, MS Mrs. Charlyne Cooper Jones Ms. Carol J. Alexander

JOHNSON, DAMERON LEONARD, Memphis, TN Mr. and Mrs. W. Stan Head

JONES, HENRY J., Florence, AL Ms. Janet Susan Griffith

KIMBROUGH, NANCY STONE, Coffeeville, MS Mr. John E. Kimbrough IV

LAWSON, ALEX AND BECKY, French Camp, MS Mr. Samuel Clemons

MACEDA, ED AND BETIANN Mr. and Mrs. Michael G. Coley MARKHAM, LINDA, Guin, AL Mr. Joey Clingan

POWELL, ROBIN, Jasper, AL Mr. Joey Clingan

PYLE, LISA, Newport News, VA Dr. and Mrs. Vander Warner Jr.

STONE, JOHN B., San Antonio, TX Mr. John E. Kimbrough IV

TAYLOR, MR. AND MRS. RON, Jacksonville, FL Mr. and Mrs. Don A. Milner

VINSON, CAMILLE, Ridgeland, MS Mrs. Ann Elaine Smith

WALDROP, MR. AND MRS. DENNY, Beaverdam, VA Dr. and Mrs. Vander Warner Jr.

JuneABBOUD, ELIAS, Lexington, MS Mrs. Mary Ann Stevens

BENNETT, CUTLER LEE, Winona, MS Mr. and Mrs. Warren Henning

BENNETT, ROWYN CAROLINE, Winona, MS Mr. and Mrs. Warren Henning

EDWARDS, DABNEY, French Camp, MS Mr. and Mrs. Carson M. Hughes GREEN, STEVE, Walnut Grove, MS Dr. H. Duane Stokes

HENNING, EMMA GRACE MASTRIPPOLITO, French Camp, MS

Mr. and Mrs. Warren Henning HORTON, SANFORD, Pearl, MS IPS

KELLY, JAMES, Spring Hill, TN Mr. and Mrs. William McKinley

LITTLEJOHN, LARRY AND JERE’, French Camp, MS Mr. Samuel Clemons

MANN, SHIRLEY, Lynn, AL Mr. Joey Clingan

MARION, TODD, Brandon, MS Mr. and Mrs. David K. Marion

MCMAHAN, CARRIE LYNN, Mountain Brook, AL Mrs. Polly Hope Allen

MEADOWS, JIM AND MARSHA, Highlands, NC Mrs. Willie M. Maxwell

PARKER, JEFF R., Jackson, MS Ms. Jane C. Gordon Parker

PATTERSON, DEBRA C., Oxford, MS Mrs. Rachel C. Martin

POSEY, CATHY, Northport, AL Mr. Joey Clingan

POWELL, ROBIN, Jasper, AL Mr. Joey Clingan

REED, CONNIE, Moselle, MS Ms. Sue S. Nowell

REESE, BRYAN, Owens Cross Roads, AL Mrs. Hallie Jeanne Herring

RIDDLE, MICHAEL, Guin, AL Mr. Joey Clingan

SULLIVAN, SABRA AND STAFF, Jackson, MS Mrs. Mary Ann Stevens

WARD, JERRY, Collierville, TN Mr. John D. McDowell

WARE, BRISTER, Brandon, MS Mr. and Mrs. Michael Joseph Quayle

WELLS, JANE, Oxford, MS Mrs. Rachel C. Martin

WHITE, MATTIE REECY, Kosciusko, MS Mr. and Mrs. Dewey W. White, Jr.

WILLIFORD, ED, Brookhaven, MS Mr. and Mrs. James Y. Palmer

Many supporters have included French Camp Academy in their estate planning. Over the years, we have observed that the easiest way to leave a lasting legacy to FCA is to use clear language similar to the examples below. Naming FCA in your Will can provide benefits for young people for generations to come. Consider using the suggested language in your Will.

Three of the most popular forms of beneficiary gifts:

1. Residual Gift:

Language commonly used: “All the residue of my estate, including real and personal property, I give to French Camp Academy located in French Camp, Mississippi.”

2. A Percentage of the Estate:

Language commonly used: “I give to French Camp Academy, located in French Camp, Mississippi, _______ percent of my estate.”

3. A Fixed Amount of Money or a Designation of Property:

Language commonly used: “I give to French Camp Academy, located in French Camp, Mississippi, $_______, (or describe the real or personal property, including legal description or exact location).

Also, if you no longer need a life insurance policy that you currently own, consider making French Camp the beneficiary. When you invest in the work of FCA, we will put it to work providing a safe, structured home and school environment for young people entrusted into our care. Contact Lance Ragsdale at lragsdale@frenchcamp.org or 662-547-6482 for more information. v

For a donation of $25 or more, family and friends share in the joy of your gift! Along with a loaf of bread, we send a personal letter wishing them a Merry Christmas and sharing the news of your thoughtful gift to French Camp Academy.

To order bread, e-mail Kathy Bentley at kbentley@frenchcamp.org or call 662-547-9464.

November 1st deadline for Christmas orders.

Scott Barlow receives the 2022 Staff Member of the Year Award. Scott serves FCA as Maintenance Director and goes above and beyond in his service to staff and students. Congratulations! Scott and his wife Tonya are both graduates of French Camp Academy.

Book your group to enjoy an immersive astronomy experience by calling 662547-7283. For more information visit our website at www.rainwaterobservatory.org

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A slice of French Camp bread, toasted with butter and jam, what a delicious Christmas gift!

MeMorial Gifts

We 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.)

Mr. and Mrs. James K. Williamson

Mr. and Mrs. Warren Henning

FREEMAN, JOYCE, West Point, MS

Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Johnson

AprilALEXANDER, CHARLES, Brandon, MS

Dr. and Mrs. Alfred P. Chestnut

ALLEN, JOHN SAMUEL, Ethel, MS Mrs. Polly Hope Allen

ANDERSON, GRAYSON W., Houston, TX Mrs. Speight W. Anderson

ARMSTRONG, JR., JAMES SHERREL, Madison, MS

Mr. and Mrs. John Lowe Smith

Mr. and Mrs. Wirt A. Yerger III

Mr. and Mrs. Cecil F. Heidelberg III Mrs. Grace Hull Mrs. Elizabeth Fair Minor

AUSTIN, EMILY

Mr. and Mrs. Randy White

BAKER, SR., MASON MCDANIEL, Oxford, MS

Mr. and Mrs. Bobby Howell

BARRY, BRYAN, Jackson, MS

Mr. Lonnie and Mrs. Patsy Graeber

BECKER, JEFF A., Jackson, MS

Mr. and Mrs. Jon D. Gatlin

BELL, GLADYS SIMS, Ethel, MS

Mrs. Polly Hope Allen

BEVERBURG, RICHARD A., Azle, TX Mr. Fleet Lassetter

BLACK, CAROLYN, McCool, MS

Mr. and Mrs. Johnny A. Belk

Mr. and Mrs. W. M. Blaine

BLACK, MAE

Mr. and Mrs. George Weaver

BLACKWELL, BILL, Escatawpa, MS Mrs. Maxine Turner Mrs. Kim Blackwell

BOYKIN, ROBERT, Jackson, MS

Mrs. Jeanne R. Boykin

BRAMLETT, THOMAS, Clarksdale, MS

Mr. and Mrs. William Chris Overton

BRASWELL, HURSCHEL O., Winona, MS

Mr. and Mrs. Warren Henning

Mr. and Mrs. Roger Ballard

Mr. and Mrs. Garry C. McDaniel

Mr. and Mrs. Hal K. Jackson

BREWER, VICKI LEIGH CAMPBELL, Picayune, MS

Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth E. Manis

BROCK, CLINTON, Kosciusko, MS

Mr. and Mrs. John E. Shaw

BROCK, PAUL, Walnut, MS

Mr. and Mrs. Samuel C. Kemp

BROWN, ROSEL SEIPP, Harlem, GA

Mr. Edward L. Brown

BULLEN, JR., WILLARD M., Lafayette, LA Dr. and Mrs. George T. Bates

CADE, BETH, Kosciusko, MS

Mr. and Mrs. Lewis S. Freedman

CALK, ANN ELIZABETH JONES, Atlanta, GA

Mrs. Nora Deen Link Maloy

CASSIDY, JAMES PITTMAN, Marks, MS

Mr. and Mrs. Charles H. King II

CHATHAM, JR., GERALD, Hernando, MS Mrs. Beth Jenkins

COOK, SR., KELLY GENE

Mrs. Patsy Ann Cook

CURCIO, DORA

Mr. and Mrs. William Chris Overton

DAY, ELBERT JACKSON, Madison, MS

Mr. and Mrs. C. Edgar Sentell

Ms. Patricia O. Robinson

DONALD, JR., JERRY L.

Mrs. Jeanette Donald

DONALD, SR., JERRY L., Louisville, MS

Mrs. Jeanette Donald

DOWDY, SUE, Greenville, MS

Mr. and Mrs. John L. Turner III

DUGAN, BOB, Brandon, MS

Mr. and Mrs. Marcus H. Anderson

DUNCAN, RON, Starkville, MS

Mr. and Mrs. Ernest T. George III

DYSON, THOMAS H., Jackson, MS

Mr. and Mrs. Dale Brooks

Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Lamar Maxwell Jr.

ELLIOT, KEN, Brandon, MS

Brandon Presbyterian Church

ELLISON, CHARLES

Mr. and Mrs. Mason Wheeler

FLOYD, MATTHEW

Mr. and Mrs. Donnie Floyd

FOOSE, JON, Yazoo City, MS

Mr. Lonnie and Mrs. Patsy Graeber

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TALLEY, DAVID ALLEN, Spring, TX Mr. and Mrs. William Graeber

TAYLOR, VIRGINIA N. Rev. and Mrs. John Gayden Harrell

TURNER, CHARLES MONROE, Moss Point, MS Ms. Stacie Buckley Mrs. Maxine Turner Mrs. Kim Blackwell

TURNER, O. J. Mrs. Betty Jean Slade

WALTERS, JOHN CHARLES Mrs. Marion D. Linde

WHITE, DORIS

Mr. and Mrs. Jim Stone

WILCHECK, MARY Mr. and Mrs. Sam C. Barry

WILLIAMS, RUTH ANN ORR, Raymond, MS

Mississippi Association of Self Insurers Pickett, Bradford & Associates, P.A. Ms. Audrey L. Peterson

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Mr. Charles Elon Bowering, Sr. Mr. Preston Williams Ms. Nancy B. Branigin

Mr. and Mrs. John R. Moncrief

Mr. and Mrs. R. Wayne Farish

Mr. and Mrs. George B. Pickett, Jr. Mrs. Mary Ann Stevens

Mr. and Mrs. James W. Smith, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Alvon H. Doty, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Albert Spann Mrs. Karen Peterson Keck

WILSON, CAROLYN NIX, Madison, MS

Mr. Leonard H. Wilson

WITHERS, PAULINE ADAMS

Mr. and Mrs. Donald Austin Simmons, Jr.

YERGER, IVAN BASS

Mr. and Mrs. C. Edgar Sentell

Ms. Barbara Moseley and Lonnie

YERGER, JR., WIRT ADAMS, Jackson, MS Mrs. Jan Mounger

Mr. and Mrs. James O. Stephens Mr. Roy H. Furrh Mrs. Jane W. Lord

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Campus Improvements

Like you would make improvements in your home and yard, French Camp Academy is striving to make things better for the young people who live and learn on its campus. Stuart C. Irby, Jr., former Chairman of the Board of Trustees, years ago said, “There is nothing too good for a French Camp student.”

This past summer, as lots of student ministry took place, our maintenance staff worked hard through the hot months of June and July by addressing the following areas:

• Old power lines and electrical transformers were replaced and are now underground on the boys’ side of campus.

• Foundations for new carports were prepared for Griffin and Heidelberg homes.

• A new fence was installed around the Panther Football Field.

• Surface re-grading for the Panther Baseball Field addressed drainage issues and a new outfield fence is forthcoming.

• A new playground area for the girls’ area is in the works that will feature an outdoor basketball court, pickle ball, 4-square, and other youth-friendly elements.

Praise God with us as we thank Him for our talented maintenance staff, third-party contractors who partner with us, and resources provided by God’s generous people. v

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NON-DISCRIMINATORY POLICY

French Camp Academy admits students of any race, color, national, or ethnic origin.

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www. WFCA.FM 662-547-6414 NEEDS LIST Please call Lance Ragsdale at (662) 547-6482 to let us know if you can help with any of these:
Sedan for Driver’s Education
Dual or Single Axle Trailer
90-100 HP Tractor for Bush Hogging
Mikasa Red 4 Square Rubber Balls (Outdoor Game)
Pickleball Paddle Sets (Outdoor Game)
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The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock…Matthew 7:25

Softball Grandstand Project Adopted by Alumni

If you build it…..They will come……What instantly pops into your mind when you hear that saying? No doubt, it would have to be baseball! The great American pastime of the century! Can you smell the popcorn, and hotdogs roasting? How about the crack of the bat and the roar of the crowd as the runner rounds third? Hopefully you have attended a game here at FCA and admired our beautiful baseball stadium! It is a classic

Did you know softball is the fastest growing female sport in America? Are you an FCA softball alumni? Are you a softball fan? Do we have any Coach Roberts fans out there? How about Coach Skidmore or Coach Chesser fans? We need to hear from you!

The FCA Alumni Association would like to see our girls Softball Grandstand mirror our baseball stadium! The Alumni Association is embarking on a capital campaign, and we are calling on all you FCA alumni to lead our team effort! If you love softball, if you love sports, if you love watching young people grow mentally, physically, and spiritually, then we need your support! v

Where are they now?

My name is Georgia Upshaw, and I was a student at FCA from 2015-2017. Prior to FCA, I grew up in an environment that didn’t provide what I needed to grow and mature. FCA was different! I knew love and care from house parents, teachers, and work crew supervisors at FCA. From being loved and cared for, I came to an understanding of Jesus’s love and care for me.

I attended Belhaven University and graduated in December 2020. I studied social work, biblical studies, and intercultural studies. During my time at Belhaven, I pursued ministry opportunities such as summer camp, childcare, and youth internships.

Currently, I am serving as a full-time ministry intern with Reformed University Fellowship. I get to share the love of Christ with college students at North Carolina State University. I spend my time meeting with college girls, hearing their stories, and mentoring them in Christ.

Through my time at FCA I learned how to sit and listen to others and walk with them through hardships. We all have a need to be known and loved. I get to do this every day through my twoyear internship. I am thankful for learning this model of ministry and personally experiencing it through my time at FCA. v

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Follow FCA Alumni Association on Facebook for more News! Macon Bentley, Class of 2022, receiving a scholarship from Mr. Ken Sullivan with the North Jackson Exchange Club. Macon is attending Belhaven University. v American design, a traditional wooden structure with wooden seating, and a wooden cover offering shelter from the harshest of elements! All painted in Panther blue of course!

Camp of the Rising Son Update

Lake Ann was abuzz all summer with splashing, singing, and laughter as the Lord blessed Camp of the Rising Son with an incredible camp season serving a record number of campers!

Campers were able to customize their camp experience by choosing their favorite activities from a selection of over 20 horses to sailing to zip lining into the lake. Two new activities were offered this summer just for the older campers—Corner Café (girls only) and Scout Summit (just for guys). These new activities offered a chance for in-depth discipleship conversations while doing exclusive projects and games. These new activities were truly a hit with the oldest campers!

One of the favorite parts of a week at CRS is the weekly theme events. This summer’s campers enjoyed fun nights including a Country Fair, Building Rockets, the traditional Big Hair/Slick Head talent show, and an Amazing Race. Campers also experienced creation up close—hiking into the woods to enjoy CRS’s famous camp stew cooked on a campfire followed by everyone’s favorite treat—s’mores! The older campers spend the night hammocking in the trees and going to sleep with the sounds of the crickets and frogs!

In Bible study, campers learned about the ten commandments and how that full obedience to God’s law leads to delightful freedom in Christ. Twenty-five campers received Jesus as their Lord and Savior and many more grew in their faith, memorized scripture, and had seeds of truth planted in their hearts. Each week the campers get to see a passion play of Jesus’ ministry on earth through the miracle of His resurrection. This offers many opportunities to share with campers and be able to tell them how God loves them so much He sent his only Son to die for them.

A “Teen Week” only for 14–16-year-olds was offered for the second summer. These campers unplug for the week and choose an activity area to specialize in while also spending the afternoons with free choice activities. A more in-depth worship and Bible study time started each morning challenging the teens to cling to the truth of God’s Word above everything else.

As they are leaving, many campers said that this was the “best week of my life” — exactly what CRS is aiming for! Registration for summer 2023 at CRS will open in October!

If you would like to support Camp of the Rising Son, please check out the donate link at campoftherisingson.com. Donations for scholarships or facility improvements help CRS continue to reach more campers and give them a terrific camp experience! v

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