Whitesburg KY

Visitor captures the area in photographs


Greetings from Eolia and the Eolia Christian Community Outreach.

“Correct, rebuke and encourage — with great patience and careful instruction.” 2 Timothy 4:2 NIV

We at ECCO bid our friends Florence and Don Billett farewell as they left Thursday morning heading back to Lancaster County, Penn. They had become a fixture at ECCO which the community enjoyed, especially when they sat in the swing on the front porch it was always an open invitation to “come and set a spell.”

Don and Florence are members of the River Brethren Church and their dress is plain like the Amish. Florence is a wonderful cook, with a quiet sweet countenance. Don just settled into our valley like a bug in a rug with his quick wit and jolly personality. But the thing that has really drawn the community to the Billetts is the way Don has captured the beauty of our area in his photos. He has made us see with new eyes, how truly blessed we are. Not one time have I heard a negative comment from these folks about our area, only how beautiful it is. And Don presented photos to prove it with simple things we take for granted, birds, butterflies, wildflowers, a bubbling brook at day’s end with beams of light filtering through the trees.

Don got some amazing picture of animals here, but he could never spot a bear. Which to those of us living here is just fine because we see them much more than we want to.

The day before the Billetts left, Brenda Sexton called saying a bear was seen at Ossie Lewis’s raiding their trash bin. Don grabbed his camera and he and Tony jumped in the car and headed for Smith Creek. Don got several good shots of a very large bear that didn’t seem to mind at all getting his picture taken.

On the way back they discussed how people fear bears and Don said he was more afraid of Tony’s driving than he was a bear. Tony replied with “Would you believe this old car can do 100 miles an hour between here and the house?” Tony said Don just looked up and started praying. Good times, good memories, good friends.

I’ll leave you with this thought for the day. “Stack every bit of criticism between two layers of praise.”

Community Bulletin Board: Gospel singing at the Eolia Community Park Saturday, Aug, 8, beginning 12:00 — free admission. Bible study each Monday at ECCO at 7 p.m., Kid’s Time each Friday 10-11:15 a.m. at ECCO, Good News Club each Wednesday 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the Eolia Mission for children 3 and up — call 633-5015 for transportation. Cumberland River Volunteer Fire Department meets 11 a.m. the second Sunday of each month at the Partridge station. Volunteers welcome. Partridge Lions Club meets 6:30 p.m. the first and third Tuesday of each month at the Ovenfork Senior Citizens Center. Come and bring a guest. Eolia Community Park Committee meets the third Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. at ECCO. All welcome.

This week our prayer list includes: Mitchelle Lewis, Denise Bedwell, Don Brown, Bear Hissom, Roger Shelton, Linda Sturgill, Seth Collins, Raymond Kiser, Ralph Nease, Stephanie Estep, Judy Branham, Jean Hampton, Lillian and Nora Walker, Kess “Rusty” Halcomb, Ruth Halcomb, Olivia Blair, Jack and Marie Snell, Dorothy Nease, Helen Chapman and Brenda Gross.

Also to be lifted up in prayer are those enslaved by drugs and alcohol, may they be delivered, the troops in Iraq, the United States and Iraq, our President and the leaders of our country, all the children hurt by war, and the ministry of ECCO.

Our address is ECCO, 135 Emily Lane, Eolia, Ky. 40826. Until next week from all the folks at ECCO, “God bless.”

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