“Commit yourself to instruction;

listen carefully to words of knowledge.”

~Proverbs 23:12 (NLT)~


Please continue to pray for our country.


A Call to Prayer for our Country!


Rev. Franklin Graham

  • We need to pray for PEACE, because “the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God” (James 1:20).
  • Pray for PERSPECTIVE, because “the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere” (James 3:17).
  • Pray for PATIENCE, because of God’s “kindness and forbearance and patience” toward us all (Romans 2:4).
  • And pray for an OUTPOURING of His wisdom and direction for our leaders and officials who are dealing with this crisis. Ask God to change hearts and heal this divide in our nation.
  • We need to pray for PEACE, because “the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God” (James 1:20).




Most of out local churches will have services inside or outside their church buildings today at their usual time.




Wilbur Gene Parker

March 03, 1945 – May 27, 2020

A resident of Kentwood, LA, passed away on Wednesday, May 27, 2020 at his home. He was born March 3, 1945 in Osyka, MS and was 75 years of age. He was a U. S. Air Force Veteran and a retired industrial electrician with IBEW Local #995. He is survived by his 2 brothers, Wesley Parker and John Parker (Janice); nieces and nephews, Travis Parker, Cassie Parker, Bridget Parker Magee (Juan), John Mitchell Parker (Tabby), Amanda Freeman, and Jason Parker (Tori). Preceded in death by parents, John Wesley Parker and Myrtis Newsom Parker; brother, Floyd W. Parker. A Memorial Service will be held at New Zion Baptist Church at 10:00AM on Tuesday, June 2, 2020. Services conducted by Rev. Larry Blades. McKneely Funeral Home, Kentwood, in charge of arrangements. For an online guestbook, visit




Jerry Spring

June 16, 1934 – May 27, 2020

Jerry Spring, 85, of Amite, LA passed away Wednesday, May 27, 2020, from natural causes. Jerry was born on June 16, 1934, to Mattie Lee Lewis and Samuel Emmett Spring in New Orleans, LA.  He attended Possum College in Amite, LA.  Jerry enlisted with the United States Air Force in December 1951, and served during the Korean War Conflict until he was honorably discharged in December 1955, as S/SGT.  He was a Lineman for LP&L.  At the time of his death, he lived in Westminster Albany Apartments where he made many friends.  His family says he was a simple man that loved joking and laughing.  He is preceded in death by his mother Mattie Lee Lewis, father Samuel Emmett Spring, and step-father William Claude Wilkinson.  He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Greg and Tonilyn Spring, grandchildren Remy and Danna, and numerous family members. A grave site ceremony will be held on Wednesday, June 3, 2020, at 11:00am at Spring Cemetery in Amite, LA.  In lieu of flowers, his family asks that a donation be made in memory of Jerry Spring to Quad Area Community Action  Agency @ McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, in charge of arrangements. For an online guestbook, visit




The Hope Center is now open at its new location south of the big curve in highway 51 on the west side of the highway.  It is back from the highway, but visible from highway 51.  They are open Tuesday – Saturday.  The Hope Center is operated Two Rivers Baptist Association.




Read the Bible in 2020 – May 31

  • 2 Samuel 17:1-29
  • John 19:23-42
  • Psalm 119:129-152
  • Proverbs 16:12-13



Have a wonderful Lord’s Day!

Anna Lee














Blessed are the peacemakers,

for they will be called children of God.

~Matthew 5:9~


Minneapolis pastor leads in peaceful protests after Floyd’s death


We watched the television in horror until the wee hours of the morning knowing there has to be a better way for people to express their opinions.  This article, the first one I found this morning, supplies answers.

May this young family and other Christian families continue to seek a way lead others in a peaceful way.  Pray for pastors and other Christians as they unite in an acceptable protests.

If there must be protests, let them be peaceful.  Let’s pray for all the destructive protests to end.  May others see and follow the examples of this and other peace-loving pastors.  P

Pray for the families involved, the police, the judicial and political leaders, and each person who needs to express their opinion.  Pray for the owners of businesses damaged and destroyed.

May God’s people be able to lead others in a way that causes no more harm to people or property.  May others choose to follow good examples.




Read the Bible in 2020 – May 30

  • 2 Samuel 15:23-16:23
  • John 18:25-19:22
  • Psalm 119:113-128
  • Proverbs 16:10-11



Make wise decisions about worship services this weekend.  

Anna Lee






Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it.

Proverbs 22:6




VBS at FBC, Kentwood

  • July 6-10 (Not June) – delaying for a month
  • 8:30 – 10:30 A.M.
  • PS4 – 5th Grade
  • Focus on small groups
  • Wearing of masks is optional.
  • Registration at FBC, Kentwood



Please pray for Easton Strickland, Tommy Strickland’s youngest grandchild.

  • Need prayers for my youngest grandson, Easton Strickland, he was blown off a inflatable water slide. He has a skull fracture and is being sent to BR pediatrics. (May 25th)
  • Update on Easton Neurologist cleared him and took off his neck brace. He should go home today. He has to stay on the couch for 12 weeks. A little swelling in his liver, she said? The cracked skull, concussion, bruises, and scrapes.. Other than that, he’s ok. He doesn’t remember it, or almost anything for several hours after. They said he probably never will.
    Thanks for the prayers (May 26th)



Robbie Lynn Callihan is celebrating seven years of being clear of pancreatic cancer.  Thank God for this awesome report.




Scott Tolleson (Shreveport, LA)

Scott is my first cousin who is in his early 60’s.  He is now on hospice care for Huntington’s Disease.  Please pray for Scott and his family during this very difficult time.  He has several family members who are also dealing with this horrible disease.  Please pray for Scott and is family.  I wish I could erase HD from existence!  Is is a very cruel disease and continues to show its terrible power in the Tolleson family.



Zilpha Lea Varnado Smith

February 18, 1925 – May 27, 2020

A loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend went to her heavenly home on Wednesday, May 27, 2020, of natural causes. She was 95 years old. Zilpha Lea was a devout Baptist who loved people, gardening, traveling, playing games, and spending time with her family and friends. She leaves behind to cherish her memories, her loving daughters, Connie Oubre and husband, Bootsie, Cathy LeJeune and husband, Brian, Richelle Latham and husband, Bert; 4 grandchildren, Bruce LeJeune and wife, Jennifer, Kimberly Cleveland and husband, Darryl, Zachary Oubre and wife, Becky, Alisha Lee and husband, Dustin; 11 great-grandchildren, numerous nieces, nephews, and many dear friends. She will be missed by all who knew her. She was preceded in death by her parents, Ashford and Mae Varnado; her husband of 51 years, Dick Smith; brother, Donald Varnado; sister, Myrthe Erwin; and granddaughter, Monica Latham. The family would like to thank Golden Age Healthcare of Denham Springs for their loving care. Visitation will be held at Spring Creek Baptist Church in Kentwood on Saturday, May 30, 2020, from 10:00AM until 12:00PM with a service at 12:00PM conducted by Dr. Danny Smith. Interment will follow in Spring Creek Cemetery, Kentwood.  Serving as pallbearers will be Bruce LeJeune, Tyler Genre, Andrew Genre, Don Gates, Mark Varnado, and Dustin Lee. McKneely Funeral Home, Kentwood, in charge of arrangements. For an online guestbook, visit




Phyllis Adams Yarbrough (sister of Nancy Stokes)

Phyllis Adams Yarbrough, 61 a native of Lockport and resident of Mathews, passed away on Friday, May 22, 2020.

She is survived by father, Adolph Joseph Adams; her sons Joshua Hill and Tyler Yarbrough and daughter Michele Hill Wilson; sisters Martha Boone Kozen, Christine Adams Melancon, Nancy Adams Stokes, Dale Adams Comeaux, and brother Dan Adams; grandchildren Cullen and Abigail Hill and Cody and Cash Wilson.

She was preceded in death by her mother Hilda “Sue” Gibbons Adams; sister Kathleen Adams Baudoin and brother John Paul Clifton.

The family will have a private memorial service.

I am in Christ and Christ is in me. Claim that all day every day. -Phyllis Yarbrough

Samart-Mothe Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.



Read the Bible in 2020 – May 29th

  • Exodus 8:1-9:35
  • Matthew 19:13-30
  • Psalm 24:1-10
  • Proverbs 6:1-5




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Make today count for something, someone important to you!

Anna Lee





“When I shut up heaven and there is no rain,

or command the locusts to devour the land,

or send pestilence among My people,

if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves,

and pray and seek My face,

and turn from their wicked ways,

then I will hear from heaven,

and will forgive their sin and heal their land” .

2 Chronicles 7:13–14 (NKJV)


Turn To Jesus: Calling Women to Pray

led byAnne Graham Lotz

DATEPentecost Sunday
May 31st, 2020

TIMEFor the same one hour:

5:00 PM to 6:00 PM | PT
6:00 PM to 7:00 PM | MT
7:00 PM to 8:00 PM | CT
8:00 PM to 9:00 PM | ET

Please join us as we pray through these Prayer Points:

1. We Are Compelled to Cry Out:

…By our problems:

  • The collapsing world around us
  • The devastating virus
  • The disastrous economy

…By God’s promises:

Even now,” declares the Lord, “return to Me with all your heart, with fasting and weeping and mourning.” Rend your heart and not your garments. Return to the Lord your God, for He is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love, and He relents from sending calamity. Who knows? He may turn and have pity and leave behind a blessing…Joel 2:12-14

2. We Are Confident as We Cry Out:

3. We Are Contrite as We Cry Out:

  • We live like practical atheists, no longer acknowledging the one, true, living God.
  • We have worshipped gods of pleasure, wealth, technology, pornography, drugs, alcohol, entertainment, sex and sports.
  • We have put our hope in ourselves, trusting in our own knowledge, strength and ability.

4. We Are Clear in Our Requests:

  • O Lord, listen! O Lord, forgive! O Lord, hear and act! For Your Name’s sake. (Daniel 9:19)
  • Forgive us. Protect us. Defend us. Comfort us. Deliver us. Heal us.
  • Shine the light of Your glory into the darkness that is covering our land. (Isaiah 60:1-2)
  • Pour out Your Spirit on all of us. (Acts 2:17)
  • Make us bold to rise up, to live for You, and to share the hope of the Gospel. (2 Timothy 1:7)





I saw a sign about VBS at FBC, Kentwood in a member’s yard.  I’m waiting for details on VBS.  I’ll share them later.  In the meantime, please pray for Vacation Bible School, 2020 in our various churches.  




I would like to remind you to check with the various area churches sites about their livestream services.  One especially good thing is that we can view services at a convenient time from home and can view multiple services, not all at the same time.  For those still on lockdown, this is a great opportunity.  It is also a good opportunity for those who have time for multiple Bible studies during the week – all from the comfort of home.




Please pray for Mrs. Mickey Cade.  She was able to return home yesterday.  Be thankful for the progress she has made since her fall.   Also, please pray for those helping with her care.




The Covid-19 virus has not gone away.  It is still extremely important for older people and/or those with a compromised health situation to be on guard.  Our nursing homes, which are designed to care for our older folks who require special help, seem to be the place where most of the cases, and deaths, occurred.  Please spend some time in special prayer for the patients and the staff of each facility.




Read the Bible in 2020 – May 28th

  • 2 Samuel 13:1-39
  • John 17:1-26
  • Psalm 119:81-96
  • Proverbs 16:6-7



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Continue to pray for the children of our area.  It’s time for summer vacation break to begin!

Anna Lee







And Mary said: “My soul glorifies the Lord 47 and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior.

Luke 1:46-47



Marilyn Alford Kelly

December 2, 1938 – May 23, 2020

MARILYN JEANELL ALFORD KELLY,  age 81, of Slidell, LA, passed away on Saturday, May 23, 2020. Beloved wife of the late Stanley Everett Kelly. Mother of Keith Alan Kelly (Nathalie), Kevin Dale Kelly (Susan) and Karen Kelly Groom (Brett). Daughter of the late Ralph Davis Alford and Margie Bankston Alford. Sister of  Walton Ellis Alford (Peggy) and the late Gaylon Ralph Alford (Peggy). Also survived by 6 grandchildren, Tristan and Saoirse Kelly, Logan and Ronan Kelly, Emma and Ethan Groom and several nieces and nephews. A native of Bolivar, La. and a longtime resident of Slidell, La. She was a retired School Teacher with the St. Tammany Parish School System. She was a longtime member of First Baptist Church, where she was very active in volunteering her time and energy.

Relatives and friends of the family are invited to attend the Memorial Services at First Baptist Church, 4141 Pontchartrain Blvd., Slidell, LA., on Saturday, May 30, 2020 at 11:00 A.M.


Visitation at the church on Saturday  after 9:00 A.M. until funeral time.

Donations to First Baptist Church Pantry Ministry, preferred, in lieu of flowers.




Read the Bible in 2020 – May 27th

  • 2 Samuel 12:1-31
  • John 16:1-33
  • Psalm 119:65-80
  • Proverbs 16:4-5



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Today, I’m thankful for God watering most of my flowers all week and David watering the rest.  What is one thing you are thankful for today?

Anna Lee



“Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the LORD your God is giving you.

~Exodus 20:12~

I think this is a good verse to ponder today since we are between Mothers’ Day and Fathers’ Day and like my first principal said, “Everybody has a mother and a father!”




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Read the Bible in 2020 – May 26

  • 2 Samuel 9:1-11:27
  • John 15:1-27
  • Psalm 119:49-64
  • Proverbs 16:1-3



Ricky Russell is slowly improving.  He said he appreciates your prayers.




This “stay at home” time is different in different families.  Some, with children, center life around them.  Couples, young or old, have each other to communicate with and care for.  Others, with a single, older person may not be so busy, but possibly more lonesome than usual.  Some still have school or work to keep up with daily.  Others, just have another 24 hours at home and alone.  Today, think about and pray for others around you who may be alone or in need.

Anna Lee












“Call to me and I will answer you.

I’ll tell you marvelous and wondrous things that you could never figure out on your own.”

~Jeremiah 33:3 (The Message)~




Mr. Buddy Waller is in North Oaks, but will possible be coming home today.  Please keep him in your prayers.




Dora Lee Brown Miller

April 03, 1938 – May 23, 2020
Dora Lee Brown Miller, age 82, passed away on May 23, 2020. She was born April 3, 1938 in Roseland, LA, the daughter of Jessie Lee Ricks Brown and Frank Brown. She married Shelby W. Miller of Hillsdale, LA on July 12, 1956.
Shelby and Dora Lee established their home west of Kentwood after their marriage, and raised three children there on their dairy farm. Dora Lee was a dedicated wife, mother, grandmother, and nurse. When her oldest child was in college she enrolled in nursing school and went on to obtain her nursing license. Dora Lee was employed at Hood Memorial Hospital in Amite, LA and Our Lady of the Lake Hospital in Baton Rouge, LA for approximately 25 years. She was also a proud volunteer with the Veterans of Foreign Wars organization in her community.
Anyone who met Dora Lee would know within a matter of minutes that her family was her pride and joy. Her role as a selfless and dedicated mother and grandmother was truly her calling in life, and she was a natural caretaker. 
Dora Lee is survived by her children Mary Fay Williams (Mickey), Shelby Lane Miller (Carroll Jo), and Terry Miller (Joetta); her brother Nick Brown; her grandchildren Erika Sledge, Danielle Miller, Shellie Amedee, Lanny Miller, Daniel Miller, Taylor Miller, Alex Williams, and Christy Brooks; great-grandchildren Coll, Swayze, Everly, Tucker, Jax, and Eli.
Dora Lee was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, and her sister Johnnie Fay Brown Saizan.
A private service will be held at McKneely Funeral Home in Kentwood, LA on May 27, 2020. Internment at Woodland Cemetery, Kentwood, LA.  For an online guestbook, visit


HAMMOND – Today, the Louisiana State Police is deeply saddened to inform the public that Trooper George Baker has succumbed to injuries sustained in the performance of his duties.

Trooper Baker sustained severe injuries during the early morning hours of Wednesday, May 20, as he joined with other Troopers assisting the Hammond Police Department with a vehicle pursuit.

Baker was a 33-year-old, 10-year law enforcement and military veteran. A vigil of family, friends, and his fellow Troopers remained at the hospital from the very beginning until his passing.

Trooper Baker is survived by his wife Heather, their young daughter Harper, his parents, his sisters, and his extended family.

Trooper Baker served as a Trooper at Louisiana State Police Troop L since November of 2017 and is the first LSP line of duty death since Senior Trooper Steven Vincent, Troop D, in August of 2015. Troop L has not lost a Trooper in the line of duty since the passing of Trooper Rudolph H. Miller on September 8th, 1962. Trooper Baker is the 30th Trooper to lose his life in the line of duty in the history of the Louisiana State Police.

Trooper Baker had a lifelong desire of becoming a Louisiana State Trooper. In preparation for that goal, he spent 8 years in the United States Marine Corps Reserve including one combat deployment in the Middle East. He began his law enforcement career with the Greensburg Police Department, where he worked for 4 years. He then served the St. Helena Parish Sheriff’s Office for 3 years before joining the Louisiana State Police.

In a statement to Troopers, State Police Superintendent, Colonel Kevin Reeves said, “Trooper Baker passed today leaving our hearts heavy but full of pride as he exemplified our values of duty, selfless service, and personal courage.” Even after his death, Trooper Baker continues to show his commitment to community and selfless service by donating his organs so that others may live. Arrangements are incomplete at this time, but Trooper Baker will be afforded full honors earned with a line of duty death.

For information on providing assistance to the Baker family during this tragic time, please visit and direct donations to the Louisiana Troopers Charities – Trooper Baker.


As you pray for the Baker family and friends, remember this death touches the lives of all the troopers and their families.  Please pray for them too.




Today is Memorial Day.  I haven’t know many who died while serving in the military, but our country was founded because of brave men and women who lived extraordinary lives so we can have that freedom.

Over the weekend we watched a Bill Gathier special, “God Bless the USA”.  If you haven’t seen it lately, you may be able to see it today if you search for it.  I have seen it before and would gladly watch it again today.  My family passed on to me a deep love for God and our country and for those who have helped to make a country the special place it is.  I hope I have passed that on to my children and grandchildren too.




Read the Bible in 2020 – May 25

  • 2 Samuel 7:1-8:18
  • John 14:15-31
  • Psalm 119:33-48
  • Proverbs 15:33



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FBC, Kentwood is getting back on its full schedule.  If you feel comfortable being there, please join them.  If not, tuning in is a great opportunity to feel a part of the church and to hear all the messages from Bro. Darrell.  Be smart in making this decision.



Due to David’s health and the pandemic, we spend most of our time at home.  Thankfully, we can see our church services three times a week while at home.  I certainly miss my church family and friends we would see all through the area.  Because of losing some of that weekly contact, we miss out of hearing of needs I would normally put on The Prayer Link.  Wendy Alford Fowler and James Rimes have helped me be informed in the last few days.  I would appreciate if you would send me messages about needs by clicking on “Contact” on this site and sharing.  You can also call us, but we are enjoying some time outside daily and may miss your call.  Please, leave a message.

Anna Lee