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Rufus Crowder

This is the church that I grew up in. My parents (Billy and Mary Lois Crowder) made me go to church every Sunday morning, Sunday afternoon, and Sunday night!!! There was no such thing as you did not have anything to wear. As a young kid, I wore these shiny suits that changed colors in the sunlight! I am so thankful that my parents made me go to church. It helped mold me into the person that I am today.

As for Reverend Benford, he is one-of-a-kind. Still driving...still visiting the sick and shut-ins as we called them...Always giving hand-outs and hand-ups to those in need. He was then and still is now from the old school when every parent knew each others children and helped to keep them all out of trouble. Thank you Reverend Benford for being steadfast and helping to shape a community of believers within the 100 year history of Rising Star Missionary Baptist Church. May God continue to bless you and bless all of us with your guidance! And those suits...hmmm...that is entirely a different story!

Tamala Robinson

My brothers and I grew up from babies until adulthood in Rising Start Church. My paternal and maternal grandmothers were some of the original members of the church. I am so grateful for Rev. Benford because there are not many Pastors and teachers of the word like him anymore. He tells you exactly like it is whether you like it or not. He expounds on the word and does not try to sugar coat it for anyone to like or dislike. Right is right and wrong is wrong according to the bible with him. I am so grateful for vacation bible school as a kid, because that is when we learned so much about the books of the bible and the beatitudes that we had to learn by the end of vacation bible school. We were taught the bible and biblical songs through his teachings. He loved and still loves the kids. He took us to Astroworld, vacation bible school picnics in League City, Tx and so much more. He would pick you up for Sunday School and Church. Rev. Benford is a rare breed in today's society and I thank God for him because from age 5 to 47 I still remember so much from Rising Star MIssionary Baptist Church and carry those life lessons with me throughout my adult life as well as have passed those lessons on to my children. Rev. Benford baptised me and my 2 brothers and I was married in the church. Yes indeed, Rising Star Missionary Baptist Church is a part of me and I a part of it. I have nothing but fond memoris of the church and the Pastor. I still go back from time to time and visit with my mother because my family is still a part of the church.

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