Lyman Hearlbut Sheppard, Jr

Lyman Hearlbut Sheppard, Jr., age 85, a resident of Washington, NC died Tuesday, November 23, 2021 at Vidant Medical Center in Greenville, NC. A funeral service will be held 3:00 pm, Sunday December 5, 2021 at the Pinetown Missionary Baptist Church. The family will receive friends from 2:30 pm until the funeral hour at the church.
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Missionary couple still “on mission” after leaving the mission field

International (MNN) — What do you do when the Lord calls you to be a missionary, but then you’re forced to leave the mission field?. That’s the question that faced American missionary couple Warren and Brenda Pfohl. Their story was recently shared by Jesus Film Project. Despite frustrating circumstances, this...
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China Connection: Missionaries in the 1920s

When one thinks of Concordia’s historical connections, China does not often come to mind. However, Concordia has a unique, unsuspected link to China dating back nearly 100 years: four women that eventually came to work at Concordia served as missionaries there, predominately in the 1920s. Ruth Gilbertson, who came to...
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Missionhurst Fr. Giordano dies

Missionhurst Father Joseph Giordano died Nov. 29 at age 78 following a brief illness. Father Giordano lived in Missionhurst’s Dominion House retirement home in Arlington. He retired in 2019 after serving as rector for six years at Missionhurst in Arlington. After his retirement, he remained active in the community, including...


The Diocese of Orange will hold the Retirement Fund for Religious collection Dec. 4-5. The parish-based appeal is coordinated by the National Religious Retirement Office (NRRO) in Washington, D.C. Proceeds help religious communities across the country to care for aging members. Last year, the Diocese of Orange donated $227,176.60 to...
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I Never Signed Up For This

For every missionary who takes up their cross and follows Christ to the ends of the earth, there are parents and family members whose lives are affected by the calling. This group never chooses to offer themselves, to share in the sacrifice, and yet they must. Will the pain result in bitterness or healing? This was a decision I was forced to make when my family heard the call.

Chromatic Black Launches The Children's Short Film Showcase

LOS ANGELES, CA / ACCESSWIRE / November 30, 2021 / CHROMATIC BLACK in partnership with UNLEASHING GIANTS has launched the 1st ANNUAL CHILDREN'S SHORT FILM SHOWCASE. In honor of World Children's Day, this showcase will feature films that are written, directed, and produced by children of Pasadena and San Bernardino California.

The Langston Beautiful Club celebrates 41 years of community-wide Prayer Breakfast on Dec. 11

The Langston Beautiful Club of Langston, Oklahoma will celebrate 41 years of community-wide Prayer Breakfast on December 11, 2021 from 8:30 am – 9:30 am in person or virtual at New Hope Missionary Baptist Church in Langston, OK. The Club was founded on December 19, 1932 and accepted to the Oklahoma Federation of Colored Women’s Club in April. The Club is affiliated with the Southwest Region and the National Association of Colored Women’s Clubs, Inc.

Norma (Halo) Luce, missionary, longtime Northfield Jr/Sr High School staff member, great-grandmother

Norma (Halo) Luce – 87, of Waterbury Center, passed away on Saturday November 27, 2021, at the McClure Miller Respite House in Colchester. She was born to Louis Halo and Beatrice Mitchell on August 12, 1934, in Queen City Park, South Burlington. She graduated from Cathedral High School in 1952 and began her career in secretarial work, spending 21 years at Northfield Jr/Sr High School. There, she was an integral part of keeping the school running smoothly.

Brenda Zimonich

Brenda Zimonich, age 60 of Zeeland, passed away Sunday, November 21, 2021. She is survived by her husband of 42 years, Mark; her twin daughters: Crystal and Heath Flanery, and Kate and Craig Jacobs; her grandchildren and great-granddaughter: Kinsey, Jonathan, Kayla (Bailey), Jaden, Kara, and Liam; her mother Arlene Foss; her brothers: Rick Foss, and Bruce Foss; her sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law: Denise and Bruce Woldering, Louann Reed, Laurie, and Terry Brown, Karen and Rusty Holland, Shawn Zimonich, several nieces, nephews, cousins, an aunt, and an uncle.

Alusine and Mariama Bundu

My ministry with Christian education in Kabala, Sierra Leone is part of my lifelong calling to serve the underprivileged. My life is a living testimony. I was born into a Muslim family and encountered Christ at a traumatic moment in my life. I envisage my work in Kabala to serve as an inspiration to the students and a motivation to Muslim parents to allow their children to have Christian education. My prayer is that these children, through Christian education, will encounter Jesus’ love and compassion, and they will accept Him as their Lord and Savior.

Smith, Lauritz Kay

Lauritz Kay Smith , 72, passed away peacefully Thanksgiving morning, November 25, 2021 in Dayton, Idaho surrounded by his family. He was born June 4, 1949 in Murray, Utah to his excited parents, Kay Lauritz and Norma Boulter Smith. He was raised on a poultry farm in the foothills of Draper, Utah where he learned to work and gained a lifelong love of animals and nature. Lauritz graduated from Jordan High School in 1967 and was later called as a missionary to the Southwest Indian Mission, where he gained an unwavering love for the Navajo culture, people from all walks of life, and Jesus Christ. He had met a cute gal, Lynda Jarvis, in high school and upon his return they reconnected with each other and have rarely been apart since. Lauritz and Lynda were sealed for time and eternity in the Salt Lake Temple June 10, 1971. They were blessed with eight children whom he loved dearly. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, December 1, 2021, at 11:00 a.m. in the Clifton First Ward Chapel, 170 W 100 N, Clifton, Idaho. The services will be live streamed and may be watched Wednesday at 11 am (MST) by clicking on the link in his obituary at . A viewing will be held at the Webb Funeral Home, 1005 S 800 E, Preston, Idaho on Tuesday evening, November 30th from 6:00-8:00 p.m. and Wednesday, December 1st from 9:30-10:30 a.m. at the church prior to the funeral. Burial will be in the Dayton City Cemetery. Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at