Jerry Vines Blog
Flakes Formula. Guinell Freeman. You may not have heard of Flakes formula. It was the standard used by thousands of Southern Baptist churches to build Sunday Schools that became the envy of the Christian world.
I would not expect many to know about that these days. But, Guinell Freeman? If you haven't heard of her, you have missed out on knowing one of the finest, most elegant Christian ladies of our generation. She went home to be with her beloved Lord Jesus this week, at the age of 83.
Guinell Freeman was Educational Director of First Baptist Church, Jacksonville, Florida for forty years. God used her to build one of the largest Sunday Schools and Christian discipleship ministries in the nation. And, oh yes, she followed Flakes Formula.
Guinell never married. She literally gave her life to the Lord and His work at First Baptist, Jacksonville. On many, many occasions when I would be returning at night from a preaching engagement, I would go by the church and find Guinell still there, working.
Dr. Homer Lindsay, Sr., brought her to Jacksonville right out of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. In those years she, and her fellow staff member, Fran Hawk, were required to make and give a written report on 50 visits per week. You read that right. Not per year. Not per month. Per week!
It was a sight to behold to watch her work with her lady directors. I lovingly called them "Guinell's Guerillas." She led them into battle for the Lord. You'd best not get in their way!
Ms. Freeman was not only a dedicated servant, she was an elegant Christian lady. Always impeccably dressed, she epitomized what a Christian woman should be. She dearly loved Janet and me, and our children. We dearly loved her.
I believe Guinell Freeman will be listed as one of our Southern Baptist "greats" alongside Lottie Moon, Annie Armstrong, and a host of unnamed and unsung "Marthas and Marys" who have made the Southern Baptist Convention what it has been and I pray what it shall continue to be.
Goodbye for now, Guinell. We'll have a great time in Heaven, shouting on the hills of glory.
Flakes Formula? Probably won't see that in Heaven.
Guinell Freeman? Don't miss out on seeing her!