East Booneville Baptist Church is reaching out to the community with a message of support for those who are grieving.

The church is preparing to relaunch its weekly grief support classes with a special event set for 6:15 p.m. on Wednesday, January 19 featuring Christian author and radio personality JJ Jasper.

EBBC Pastor Steve Howell said they’re excited to welcome the community as they share love and support for those dealing with grief.

Howell said grief is something everyone will experience in their lives and by coming together in a class setting led by a trained counselor as well as others who have gone through their own journeys they can learn to understand their feelings are normal and see what to expect as they go through the process.

“It helps them to see others are going through the same thing and their feelings are normal,” he said.

The grief class had been on hold for the past several months due to the pandemic and other issues and they’re looking forward to bringing it back.

Howell said he felt Jasper was the perfect person to kick off the restart.

The radio personality and best-selling author is best-known for his nationally syndicated morning radio program heard on American Family Radio. He’s also the author of “Losing Cooper: Finding Hope to Grieve Well”. The book tells the very personal story of his family and the tragic death of their five-year-old son Cooper.

Through his own personal experience, he shares how to deal with shock, loss and grief from a Biblical perspective.

Howell said the grief program is one of the numerous classes offered as they work to meet the needs of the community. They also offer a Living Free class offering faith-based help with substance abuse in coordination with Living Free Ministries.

Howell said they also plan to launch a new parenting class in the near future.

“We’re just trying to use our Wednesday nights to minister to the community,” he said.

Banner Independent Editor

Managing editor of the Daily Corinthian’s sister newspaper, Booneville’s Banner-Independent, Brant Sappington has been a member of the Daily Corinthian family since 2001.

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