I have some great news to report. It is 12:30 a.m., January 2, 2007 as I write, and I have just returned home from Vanderbilt Hospital in Nashville. I spent part of the afternoon and all of Monday evening at the hospital with Bishop Jerry Payne and his family and friends.

This evening, Brother Payne underwent liver transplant surgery. When I left the hospital at around midnight, the doctors had sent finished the surgery and were sending him to recovery. It appears that the surgery was a success!

Please pray for Brother Payne that there will be no complications and that he will recovery quickly. Also, please join me in praying for Jewell, J.J., Julia and the rest of the family. I will report later as to his progress. God bless.