I was honored recently to speak at a special ladies’ meeting during the annual Bible Conference held at Unity Baptist Church in Ripley, Mississippi. The pastor’s wife, Donna Barefield was the very gracious hostess for the ladies’ event.Their church is known as “the church in the cotton patch.”
I wanted to have my picture taken in the cotton patch, but because of the cold and wind decided against it. There was a beautiful flower arrangement with cotton balls interspersed in it.
An extra special treat was to speak to Christen Dillard, granddaughter of Paul Stovall, who had been a deacon chairman at Bellevue.She had been in the Children’s New Members’ Class that I taught for 34 years at Bellevue. What a blessing to see that she is now a pastor’s wife at Dumas Baptist church in Dumas, Mississippi.
For twentyone years this church has hosted this conference and this year paid most of the expenses for 150 pastors, missionaries and wives to attend. The ladies of the church cook and serve breakfast, lunch and supper from Monday through Wednesday. When I was there for lunch it was like a giant potluck meal. The food was delicious, made with loving hands.
Donna, the pastor’s wife, invited me back again next year. How I look forward to going again to “the church in the cotton patch!” Virgie Crutchfield, a widow friend of mine drove with me and helped watch for the correct directions to the church. I loved having her along with me. We agreed that this was a rare privilege and we would look forward to going again next year, the Lord willing. We’ll meet you “in the cotton patch!”
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