On Friday, I received votes from two families who were active members of my church in Birmingham. I must admit I did not know they were subscribers. I have so many memories of growing up in Birmingham, Alabama, where I was born. The church, Good Shepherd Pentecostal Holiness Church, where I was pastor for nine years was no more than 4 or 5 miles from where I was born in the Hillman Hospital, a small building that is part of the magnificent University of Alabama Medical Center and Medical College. It is said to be the oldest hospital in Birmingham. It opened in 1888 on Birmingham's Southside to provide medical care for the poor, regardless of race or gender. So, now you know, I did not come from a wealthy family. My mother had been a missionary to China for nine years prior to her marriage to my father. My dad was a bio-vocational minister/church planter/pastor. I was born December 15, 1932. I thank God for the parents He gave me, my older sister, Mary Evelyn, and my large extended family on my mother's side that lived in Birmingham. My mother was a Payne, and her brothers and sisters often gave me pain, but I soon learned how to give it back.
When I get the time, I will count up all the votes that have been cast. Some of you sent your letter with your vote on Friday. They will count in this campaign.
May I thank all of you who voted. You are such an encouragement to me. It's good to get your remarks and that you read Hugh's News the first thing every morning.
I pray that God will continue to bless all of you, and that God will grant me wisdom, strength, joy, peace and glowing health. It takes a lot of work to produce Hugh's News, and I am indebted to so many people who help me. I want to thank once again, Mel Tinney, my webmaster who resides in Pepin, WI. He is the one who sizes every photo you see in Hugh's News, and does a multiple number of things for me and Hugh's News behind the scenes.