From Chatagnier to China


Tommy Morris, Jr.

About 3 miles due south of what is now Chatagnier, Louisiana lies the peaceful, small Chatagnier Baptist cemetery. This peaceful place stands in the middle of a beautiful Louisiana Cajun prairie (formerly Faquetiaque Prairie). During the early 1950’s as a small child I used to be able to count the graves with my fingers. Not like that anymore!

On this same plot of ground once stood the original structure of The Chatagnier Baptist Church. When I close my eyes, I can still picture the simple white wood frame structure in my mind. I can see the vestibule, the sanctuary, the pews, the pulpit, the choir loft and the baptistery. I can remember hearing the gospel being preached both in the winter and summer there. In the winter everyone in church wearing coats to stay warm and in the summer with members fanning themselves with anything they could find to stay cool. The preachers would preach with the utmost “urgency”, many times removing their dress coats and having to use handkerchiefs to wipe a face full of perspiration. Many times the preacher’s voice was loud enough to be heard all the way in Eunice. Then in the very next sentence when inviting lost sinners to come to Christ that same preacher’s voice would soften up so much that you could have heard a pin drop on that old wooden floor. Many a poor wondering lost soul came to know Jesus as their savior in that tiny wood frame church. Oh what precious memories?

This congregation of Chatagnier Baptist church members was not wealthy or professional people by any means. What they were was hard working Cajun farmers with their wives and little children who loved the Lord Jesus Christ with all of their hearts. They wanted to serve him as faithfully and as best they could until it was their turn to go on to heaven.

Just like today, the Chatagnier Baptist church long ago faced many challenges from the world. But then as now every member no doubt knew well the meaning of the verse in Romans 8:37 where the apostle Paul said “Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.” And there is no doubt in my mind that every old Chatagnier Baptist church member who is now in heaven knew well the meaning of what is now known as “The Great Commission. ” The Lord Jesus Christ instructed His church in Matthew 28:19-20 “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.”

When it came to missions and helping missionaries around the state of Louisiana and around the world, this tiny little Baptist church in Chatagnier was never lacking. These precious Godly people would sacrifice, scrimp and save and GIVE in order for our Lord’s Great Commission to be carried out. Not only giving in the monetary sense but also in giving of themselves at every opportunity to be a living witness for our Lord Jesus Christ. Truly this tiny little Baptist church would never let the Great Gospel light ever be put out in this rural community or anywhere else. But this light shined then and keeps on shining in this the year of our Lord two thousand and ten.

God’s holy word says in Isaiah 55:11 “So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.”

There are many times in scripture that we see where Almighty God works through “many generations” to get his word accomplished. Nevertheless his word when it goeth forth will not return to him void or “useless” but will “prosper” in the thing whereto God’s sends his word. This has been accomplished today, even though many generations have come and gone since the founding of the little tiny prairie Chatagnier Baptist Church .

As of today, (July 20, 2010) Almighty God once again confirms his Word as “TRUTH.”

Ann Christian Pulling, the daughter of David and Sarah (Morris) Pulling of Eunice, Louisiana is returning today after an extensive missionary trip to China with other students from Louisiana State University . The Gospel was shared there in the face of “persecution.” HOWEVER SOULS WERE SEEN TRUSTING CHRIST AS THEIR SAVIOUR. These brave Christian student missionaries even had some bibles confiscated we believe as of this writing but God’s Holy Word rang true once again.

But why you ask do you write of this or even mention this at all here in this article about the tiny Chatagnier Baptist church? It is because that Ann Christian Pulling’s mother, Sarah Morris Pulling, is the daughter of Ann Lynn Young Morris. Ann Lynn Young Morris is the daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Noah Young--Mr. & Mrs. Noah Young were members of that little tiny band of believers known as Chatagnier Baptist church.

I am sure the old saints of Chatagnier Baptist church are rejoicing in heaven tonight as I pen these words. Just think about it, when they started this little tiny church many, many years ago they had no idea that one day that “same gospel” message that was preached there would one day be carried by one of its own blood relatives, Ann Christian Pulling, to China .

Revelations14:13-And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them.

Tommy Morris
1 Timothy1:15-This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief.