Category Archives: Disaster Relief


For the grace of God has appeared

that offers salvation to all people.

~Titus 2:11~

Peggy Luce, wife of Rev. David Luce, is now cancer free.  After she heals from surgery, she will begin radiation.  She taught school at Oak Forest when he was a pastor west of Amite.

Betty Fussell is able to travel for medical treatment and tests and then return to her home. Pray for her, her family, and her friends.

Mary Frances Graham, sister of Jimmy Tolar, will be having surgery tomorrow in Houston.  Join with her family in praying.


Shira Easley, a friend to many, passed away Tuesday afternoon.  Thanks to those who gave me the message.  I was waiting for an obituary before posting, but have been informed that there will be a delay in getting the family together to make funeral plans.  She loved her Lord and served Him in many ways including missions and disaster relief where she was a chaplain.


Read the Bible Today – Deuteronomy 24-29 and Psalm 61-62.  My guide included readings on February 29, so I had to double up today.


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But he knows the way that I take;

when he has tested me, I will come forth as gold.

My feet have closely followed his steps;

I have kept to his way without turning aside.

~Job 23:10-11 (NIV)~

I have been blessed to have know many Christians whose lives preached this message!

“Trusting Jesus, That is All”


Did you locate some PAPERBACK Bibles for us to give to the inmates at the Tangipahoa Parish Jail?  Bring them to a box beneath the stairs at the office entrance or beneath the stairs to the balcony.  This is a good ministry and one we can all participate in.  We can us new or used Bibles, complete Bibles or New Testaments.  They must be PAPERBACKS to be accepted by the jail.


Friday Morning Bible Study – Completing John this week and receiving study guide for the book of Ezekiel.  We plan to study chapters 4-8.  Mrs. Bessie Hayden requested we do this study.

Monday – Associational WMU meeting at FBC, Greensburg at 10 A.M.  Come to learn about North American Missions and the Annie Armstrong Week of Prayer which is next week.  Everyone is invited to join us.


Get ready to learn about mission work in North America.  I think we can all agree that we need to be a stronger Christian nation.

Anna Lee


I’m sorry to be late.  I had to wait for Jason to restart the server.

Love is patient,

love is kind.

It does not envy,

it does not boast,

it is not proud.

Don Meadows‘ surgery went well.  He’s home and doing well.  Thank you for praying for him.

Bettye Fussell‘s daughter shared this yesterday.

We just want to say a special “THANK YOU” to everyone that has called, text, sent flowers/cards and come to visit my Mom during this hard time. We are amazed at all of the love and support that everyone has shown her. Just to update everyone, she will hopefully be transferred this afternoon from Southwest to Ochsner’s in New Orleans to begin her chemo treatment. Please keep sending prayers her way as she begins this new journey. We know God is in control and we are ready to fight this fight!! Thank you and We love you all!!

Melinda Russell recently joined her husband in China where he is working.  Her mother passed away in Texas, so now she is flying back.  Pray for her as she travels and as the family celebrate her life.

Bro. Stan Statham requests prayer for a volunteer.

BASELA Family- please be praying for Bro. Michael, a Disaster Relief Volunteer from Arkansas who fell from a roof in New Orleans East yesterday while working on a home. He has significant injuries but is in good spirits. I will update after I visit him in the hospital later this morning. -Bro. Stan


Bible Reading Plan – Numbers 19-21 and Psalm 46


Bro. Stan shares information about Hope Center.

This will be our last week of 1/2 off our winter clothes, shoes and coats. We will be putting out our Spring/Summer clothes February 21st. Come visit us this week for some great values!! Open Tuesday – Friday from 9:00 to 5:00. 985-247-2235


This is love: not that we loved God,  

but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.

~1 John 4:10 (NIV)~

“Jesus is the Sweetest Name I Know”


Mark your calendar for these extras.

  • Tonight – Children’s missions at 6 P.M.
  • Tomorrow  – Third Thursday Gathering at 6:30
  • Friday – Bible Study of John 19 at 10 A.M.
  • Tuesday – “Young” Ladies’ Birthday Party at 11 A.M.


Enjoy a little cooler weather.

Anna Lee


If any of you lacks wisdom,

you should ask God,

who gives generously to all without finding fault,

and it will be given to you.


Koltyn Gafford is better and back at home.  Thanking God for his improvement.

Tammy Meadows had surgery yesterday in Hammond.  Please pray for a good recovery.

Majel Dean is fine.  It was Susie Sharkey who had to be taken back to the doctor.  Susie is home now and doing better.

James Allen has been hospitalized.  Pray for him and his caregivers.

Pray for Jill Brister’s brother, Darin Fontz, and his family.

Phillip Strickland is doing better with his treatment.  He was able to come pick up his daughter from missions class.  We had a few minutes to talk.  Please continue to pray for this family.

David went back to the local eye doctor yesterday.  Things have switched around.  Now, his eye pressure is good, but his vision is not as good as it was Friday.  The specialist also called to check on him and changed his medication again.  We are hanging in there with all the appointments.  God has carried us through these many months.  Pray for David and his doctors.


The Children in Action class collected money for making purchases for victims of the tornado in Hattiesburg.  Some adults helped by making purchases too.  Yesterday, David and I had the privilege of delivering a vehicle full of toys, toiletries, cleaning supplies, food, etc. to New Testament Baptist Church which is on the next street over from William Carey University which was closed due to all the repairs going on there.  The NTBP sustained serious damage, but the people were serving a hot meal to storm victims and preparing for today’s give-away.  They were so pleased with our delivery.  I showed them one of the totes that the CA children signed in class last week.  Their hearts were touched.

The area sustained significant damage to most buildings and was being patrolled by state police units to help save what the tornado did not take away from the people.  In talking to some church members, we learned there had been four deaths in that area.

I’m thankful for….

  • Children and church members who gave to help others.
  • Baptist churches working together to help a community.
  • New Testament church being on the giving side when they certainly deserved to also be receiving side of the disaster.
  • The death toll there was only four despite all the damage.
  • Our opportunity to be blessed by being there and praying with the people.


Our Louisiana Baptist Disaster Relief teams are out and helping.  Pray that God will lead you to volunteer is you have been trained.  If you are not trained, find another way to help.  Pray for all the volunteers who are helping.


Read the Bible – Numbers 1-4, Psalm 40, and “Numbers” video

Baptist Press


Friday Morning Bible Study – John 18

Saturday – Valentine Banquet at 6 P.M.


“We Tested Our Tornado Plan” by Waylon Bailey –


We ought always to thank God for you, brothers and sisters,

and rightly so, because your faith is growing more and more,

and the love all of you have for one another is increasing.

~ 2 Thessalonians 1:3 (NIV)~

“My Faith Looks Up to Thee”


Enjoy the crispness of the air this morning as you thank God for another day.

Anna Lee




“You have heard that it was said,

‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’

But I tell you, love your enemies

and pray for those who persecute you,

that you may be children of your Father in heaven.

He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good,

and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.

~ Matthew 5:43-45 (NIV)~


Pray for Majel Dean.  She had to return to the hospital following knee surgery because of fever.

Debbie M. Wilkinson has been diagnosed with a form of cancer that has spread to her liver.  She is returning home after being at M.D. Anderson.  Pray for her and for her family.

Michael Catalanotto had a serious stroke.  He’s still in North Oaks.  Please pray for him as he goes through extensive rehab.

Koltyn Gafford has a virus.  He is at the hospital getting some help because his situation makes the virus much more difficult to remedy.

Maddie, daughter of Jamie Lynn Spears, is reported to be alert and responsive.  Join the family in thanking God for this miracle.

The New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary reports no tornado despite much damage in their area.  With all the tornadoes yesterday, God surely protected us.  It could have been much worse in SE Louisiana yesterday.  As items for tornado relief are delivered to Petal, MS today, we have a more local need to address.  LA Baptist Disaster Relief teams will be “on the ground” doing damage assessment and giving the service of chaplains in eastern New Orleans today.  Check back tomorrow to learn of new needs.  Thank God for protecting the people during the seven tornadoes.  No lives were lost.


Today’s Bible Reading – Leviticus 26-27 and Psalm 39


Children on Mission, youth, and  adults will meet tonight at 6:00 at FBC,K.


Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart,

as working for the Lord,

not for human masters.

  ~Colossians 3:23~

“To the Work” (In light of the tornadoes and all those who need material and spiritual assistance)


Join me in thanking God for sparing so many lives and so much property yesterday.  Pray for those affected.

Anna Lee





Consider the blameless, observe the upright;

a future awaits those who seek peace.


Please continue to pray for Debbie R. Miller, her family, and her caregivers.


Contact has been made for the delivery of tornado relief items to Hattiesburg/Petal, Mississippi.  Due to the 90% thunderstorm probability, the trip will be delayed until tomorrow.  That gives you today to add to the items we will be delivering.  Thanks to adults who contributed and to the children’s mission program that purchased a tote full of toiletries.  


Baptist Press

Bible Reading – Lev. 24-25 and Psalm 38

Louisiana Baptist


Children in Action – Wednesday evenings at 6 P.M.

Bible Study – John 18 – Friday at 10

Valentine Banquet – Saturday evening


“LORD, You have heard the desire of the humble;

You will strengthen their hearts.

You will listen carefully.”

~Psalm 10:17 HCSB~

“Hear Our Prayer, O Lord”


Be extra careful driving today.  Stay dry.

Anna Lee


Turn from evil and do good;

seek peace and pursue it.


David saw the retina specialist Friday afternoon.  David’s vision is very good, but the current issue is pressure in both eyes.  We’re thanking God for the vision improvement and praying the three medications he is using will get the pressure under control.  Thanks to all of you who have prayed for him and who ask about him when you see us.  We are very appreciative for the love you have shown us.

Susan Rimes continues to have back and arthritis issues. Pray she can get good mobility with minimum pain.

Please continue to pray for Debbie R. Miller and her family.

Please pray for Mike Catalaotto who has had a major stroke.  As you pray for him, please pray for his family.

Mrs. Margaret Callihan was at the church (wake) yesterday.  She is getting much stronger.  Her children are doing a good job of caring for her as her health continues to improve.

The service yesterday for Mrs. Kathryn Kuss was wonderful!  What a special, unique lady she was.  It was good to visit with all her family and hear some of them, the preachers, and Bernice Dickerson during the service.  “Miss” Kathryn was properly honored, but will be missed.


Bible Reading Plan (join the

Chapter 2 - God's Covenant with Abraham
• Read Leviticus 19-20
• Read Psalm 36
• Read Leviticus 21-23
• Read Psalm 37
• Read Leviticus 24-25
• Read Psalm 38
• Watch Torah: Leviticus
• Read Leviticus 26-27
• Read Psalm 39
Chapter 2 - God's Covenant with Abraham
• Watch Read Scripture: Numbers
• Download Poster (Mark it up as you read!)
• Read Numbers 1-4
• Read Psalm 40
• Watch Theme: Holiness
• Read Numbers 5-7 (skim)
• Read Psalm 41
• Read Numbers 8-10
• Read Psalm 42

You’ll likely find the second half of Leviticus less weird. You’ll read about all the different festivals Israel was to observe as a reminder of what God has done in their lives, as well as moral purity laws that are intended to set Israel and its priests apart from surrounding nations. Keep in mind, even though these laws aren’t as bloody as the sacrificial rituals, they are still exploring the same core ideas that you find in the first half of Leviticus. Chapters 1-16 lay out the rituals and symbols of God’s love and forgiveness for sin and defilement, while chapters 17-27 explore the new way of life the Israelites are to embrace (either turning away from sin, or avoiding it in the first place). These laws call Israel to a high degree of moral purity and social justice that were major steps forward in comparison to their Canaanite neighbors. As we jump into Numbers, we will begin with a great census as the Israelites mobilize for movement out from the shadow of Mt. Sinai.

Tornado Victims – If you have any items for the tornado victims, please get them to the stairwell at FBC, K tomorrow.

Suggestions – toiletries for the students in the dorm, toys for children, household items for kitchens and bathrooms.

For the word of the LORD is right and true;

he is faithful in all he does.

The LORD loves righteousness and justice;

the earth is full of his unfailing love.

~ Psalm 33:4-5 (NIV)~

“The Love of God”


Have a wonderful Lord’s Day.  Allow Him to be King today and every day.

Anna Lee


Many are saying of me, “God will not deliver him.”

 But you, LORD, are a shield around me,

my glory, the One who lifts my head high.  

I call out to the LORD,

and he answers me from his holy mountain.  

I lie down and sleep;

I wake again, because the LORD sustains me.  

I will not fear

though tens of thousands assail me on every side.

~Psalm 3:2-6~


Susie Sharkey had her second shoulder surgery yesterday.  The doctor found a lot of damage.  She is not to use her arm for six weeks.  Pray for Susie as she tries to be “good” and patient.

Rusty Williams is improving!  His lungs are clearing of pneumonia.  Keep praying.

Mrs. Peggy Luce (Rev. David Luce’s wife) – Shared by daughter, Debbie

I’m a couple days late in updating everyone about my mother, Peggy Luce. She had another lumpectomy on Monday and 2 lymph nodes removed. She will meet with the surgeon in 2 weeks as well as get results from biopsy on lymph nodes. If that comes back clear, she will take preventative pill. If there is any cancer in the biopsy, she will take radiation. The news is much better than we thought at first, and she is feeling very well. We really appreciate all the prayers and kind thoughts from our friends and family. God has been so good to her and so faithful through this storm! We give all praise to Him! Please continue to keep her and my dad in your prayers!!!

Debbie Miller is now living in room 318 at St. Helena.  Pray for her as she makes this adjustment.  Pray for her family too!

Bible Reading – Lev. 11-13, Psalm 33, and video, “Holiness” (


Friday Morning Bible Study – 10 A.M. in Fellowship Hall

Children in Action

The children packed a tote of new toys to go to the children in Petal, MS who lost their homes in the recent tornado.  One of the purposes of Children in Mission is to “Do”. They certainly are doing!  As we circled around the gifts to pray for the children, a first grader prayed over the gifts.  The prayer came from her heart.  It was beautiful!

It is not too late to bring your items for the tornado victims.  Items will be delivered next week.  Get your items in by Sunday.

“Our Best”


Give your best today!

Anna Lee


“The LORD is my strength and my defense;

he has become my salvation.

He is my God,

and I will praise him,

my father’s God,

and I will exalt him.

~Exodus 15:2~

Susie Sharkey has re-injured her shoulder.  Pray for her as she has a repeat shoulder surgery tomorrow.  Your prayers will be appreciated.

Rusty Williams is bette, but still sick.  Jimmy is better, thanks to his medications, but Elaina now has the flu too.  Expand your prayer list.

Carl Wayne Stevens is continuing to improve.  Keep praying for him.

David Lanier

October 03, 1934 – January 28, 2017

Joey Capdeboscq, Jr.

April 04, 1963 – January 27, 2017


Bible Reading for Today – Leviticus 5-7, Psalm 31, and Video on Atonement (Biblical Group – You may have to look to the left or right to fine the right one.)



Louisiana Baptist


“At daybreak, LORD, You hear my voice;

at daybreak I plead my case to You and watch expectantly.”

~Psalm 5:3 HCSB~

“Joy Comes in the Morning”


Tornado Relief – Think of all the items you would need to replace if your home was destroyed suddenly.  Think of all the items you would need to replace if your dorm room was destroyed suddenly.  If this touches your heart and you are able to make some purchases to help, please do so and then bring your items to the stairwell at the office entrance of FBC, Kentwood.  The items will be delivered to Petal Baptist Church so they can be distributed to those who need them the most.  Thank-you for helping.


It is more blessed to give than to receive.

Anna Lee


Be completely humble and gentle;

be patient, bearing with one another in love.

~ Ephesians 4:2 (NIV)~


I was handed a prayer request for Oscar (11) who is in a child abuse situation.  I know you will want to pray for Oscan and others around him.

Continue to pray for Rusty Williams.  He’s made improvement, but is still in ICU.  Pray he soon recovers and no one else in the family catches the flu.

Billy Blount, formerly of Roseland, passed away.  Pray for the Blount family.


Bible Reading Plan – Leviticus 1-4, Psalm 30, and video on Leviticus (

Friday Morning Bible Study – John 17




Tornado Relief – Items are being collected for people in Petal, MS who were affected by the recent tornado.  Please bring your items to FBC, Kentwood and leave them under the stairwell by the office entrance.  Suggestions – sheets, towels, toiletries, and tools.  Thanks so much for caring and sharing.


“Look at the birds of the air.

They don’t plant or gather crops.

They don’t put away crops in storerooms.

But your Father who is in heaven feeds them.

Aren’t you worth much more than they are?”  

~Matthew 6:26~

“Aren’t two sparrows sold for a penny?

Yet not one of them falls to the ground without your Father’s consent.”

~Matthew 10:29, HCSB~

“His Eye is on the Sparrow”


Start your week off right. by doing something that makes a difference in someone’s life.

Anna Lee



Joshua said to them,

“Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.

Be strong and courageous.

This is what the LORD will do

to all the enemies you are going to fight.”


Today, I’m asking prayer for a former teacher who is also the wife of a Baptist pastor who served in our area a number of years ago.  Dr. and Mrs. David Luce live in the McComb area now.  “Miss” Peggy has stage two breast cancer.  Her daughter, Debbie Clark” wrote: “….my sweet mamma has been diagnosed with stage 2 carcinoma in her breast. We found out a few weeks ago, and she will undergo another surgery on Monday. They believe they can ‘clean out a little more’ with this surgery, send off again with a biopsy from lymph nodes and give a preventative pill for her to take until we get results. She may have to undergo radiation, but her bone scan came back clear. This is actually better news than we thought at first. I’m so very thankful that this has been detected pretty early. Please pray for my mom and dad. God is so good, and He’s got this!!!”


John R. “Joe” Battalora

April 26, 1920 – January 27, 2017

Disaster (tornado) Relief:  Don’t forget to bring your items to church Sunday or early next week.  Deposit your items under the stairwell at the office entrance to the church.


Scripture Reading – Exodus 32-34 and videos (Exodus 19-40, The Law. & Heaven + Earth – All found at

Waylon Bailey’s

Thom S. Rainer’s blog –


Don’t forget the Mission’s March for the Lottie Moon Offering Sunday morning.

“When [the wise men] had gone, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream.

‘Get up,’ he said, ‘take the child and his mother and escape to Egypt.

Stay there until I tell you, for Herod is going to search for the child to kill him.’

So he got up, took the child and his mother during the night and left for Egypt,

where he stayed until the death of Herod”

~Matthew 2:13-15a NIV~

“Trust and Obey”

Be an encourager through words, gifts, time, etc.

Anna Lee