But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.

~1 John 1:7 (NIV)~



Rhonda Howell Ward

Six cases of West Nile cases LA. 2 in EBR parish. One was me. Three are in hospital and can lead to death. Wow, thank you Lord.


Bobby Spinks

We have been asked a lot about my last hospital visit and I realized that I haven’t updated you guys, sorry 😂😂, more importantly, thank you for making me feel loved!!

My ultrasound revealed that I have only one detectable tumor.
The good news is that there is only the one.
The not as great news is that it is somewhat large. We were told to expect something about the size of a grain of rice or sesame seed. The tumor looks to be over an inch. This means a couple of things: I have probably had this for a long time (the most likely scenario) or it is growing rapidly. It also means that I will be able to keep the other parathyroid glands!!
The best news is that the size of the tumor will make it easier to find and remove in surgery which means less exploration.

I have a few more appointments and things to take care of prior to my surgery but I am excited to be parting ways with this little scallywag in the near future. Thanks for your prayers!!



Latest update from Amber Prine Ragan

Update (6:30 PM) The nurse just came out to talk to us. Amber is still in the final stage of surgery. She explained that Dr. Lang is in the final stages of closing her up. They should be finished within the next hour. Once they are finished we will meet with the surgeon to get the final report. We were told she would be in recovery for 1 – 2 hours before we would be able to see her. We have been so overwhelmed with all the comments, text and calls from all of our family and friends. Amber will love reading everyone’s comments. We feel your love for Amber but most of all we feel the POWER of your prayers. We will post another update tonight once we get more information from the surgeon.

“Always do what you are afraid to do.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson




Allen Jay Dedon

Posted: Thursday, July 19, 2018

Crain Funeral Home


Gained his Angel Wings July 18, 2018. Allen is amazing, he is a fighter and has a spirit for adventure, no tree is ever too high for Allen to climb and he loves playing sports. Allen fought osteosarcoma for 2 years and never once stopped smiling or joking and his favorite person to pick on was his mom, who he regularly made jokes about. Building things with his dad is always fun and no one can ever tell what the final result will be until it’s finished. Allen has a light so bright everyone sees it when they meet him and instantly falls in love with him.

Survived by:

Mom: Sheila Allen

Dad and Step-mom: Jay and Cass DeDon

Brothers: Gavin DeDon and Jordan DeDon

Step-Brother: Alex Florez

Step-Sister: Josey Florez

Maternal Grandmother: Mary Jane Allen

Paternal Grandparents: Charles and Linda DeDon

Paternal Great-grandmother: Sara DeDon

Also several aunts and uncles, numerous cousins and many friends.

He was preceded in death recently by his paw paw Lonnie Allen.

Visitation will be at Crain Funeral Home Friday July 20th from 4 pm until 7 pm. A funeral service will be held in the funeral home chapel at 7 pm Friday with Rev. Darryl Miller and Rev. E.J. Didon officiating.

Honorary Pallbearers are Gavin DeDon, Jordan Dedon, Drew Roberts, Christopher Allen, Peyton Allen, Hayden Allen, Connor DeDon, Alex Florez, Jonah Holmes, Jaren Scivicque

In lieu of flowers, the family prefers donations to the Allen DeDon Osteosarcoma Research Fund at


Read the Bible

  • Isaiah 1
  • Job 31
  • Ephesians 1



Mission Projects Day

  • Saturday, July 21
  • FBC, K Fellowship Hall
  • 9 A.M. – Noon
  • Everyone is invited
  • Making items for local and international missions
  • Bring fabric scissors or rotary cutter if you have them
  • Opportunity to get a shoe box and some items for it



Have a wonderful day as you “walk in the light”!

Anna Lee








Dear friend, do not imitate what is evil but what is good.

Anyone who does what is good is from God.

Anyone who does what is evil has not seen God.

~3 John 1:11~




Update on Yvonne Birch

 Yvonne had four by-passes yesterday morning.  She did well.  Continue to pray for her as she has some recovery time at the hospital and at home.  Thank-you for praying for her.



Update on Linda Callihan

Mom had her stitches removed and a good report from the oncology surgeon at MDA. The not so good side was this type of cancer is aggressive as it spreads like a virus. It can reappear anywhere in her body. Because of this, she will need 25 radiation treatments. We are working to schedule when the treatments will begin. Again, we appreciate all the prayers and support. – Robbie Lynn



Amber Prine Regan

Amber is a daughter, a wife, a mother, and a teacher as are some other members of her family.  Many of you will recognize the Prine name from her Osyka relatives.  She had a reoccurrence of cancer and will have a ten hour surgery at MD Anderson today.



Glenda Harrell

Glenda will have her surgery next Wednesday.  Please be praying for her.



Ann Hyde Ballard

February 11, 1933 – July 17, 2018

A resident of Roseland passed away on Tuesday, July 17, 2018 at her home surrounded by her loving family and friends. She was born February 11, 1933 in Chesbrough and was 85 years of age.

Ann was a loving mother, grandmother, great grandmother, and friend to all she knew. She began her career as a nurse and later went on to own and manage numerous family businesses.

She is survived by her daughter, Renee Ballard Durio and husband, Russell; 2 sons, Jimmy Ballard and wife, Aimee, and Freddie Carl Ballard and wife, Pearl; 12 grandchildren, Rachel Ballard, Robert Ballard, Leslie Cuti, Trenton Ballard, Jennifer Davenport, Keri Thornton, Bryan Saint, James Ballard, Josh Ballard, Logan Ballard, Baylor Blanchard, and Emilee Edwards; 14 great-grandchildren; brother, Bill Hyde and wife, Mary; sister-in-law, Sally Higgins.

Preceded in death by husband, Freddie Ballard; parents, Charles and Ethel Hyde; 2 sisters, Rita Lea and Elizabeth Stevens; 2 brothers, Charles and Johnny Hyde.

Visitation at First Baptist Church of Arcola from 9 a.m. until religious services at 1 p.m. on Friday, July 20, 2018. Services conducted by Rev. Bob Simpson. Interment Spring Creek Cemetery, Spring Creek. McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, in charge of arrangements. For an online guestbook, visit


Alan Didon of the Folsom area also passed away.  He was 13.  Bro. Darryl Miller had the privilege of telling him about Jesus and leading him to salvation as well as baptizing him about two weeks ago.  His arrangements are incomplete at this time.  Please be in prayer for the family.




Read the Bible 

  • Esther 9-10
  • Psalm 88
  • Galatians 6



Children in Action

A terrible thunder storm and heavy rain did not stop a room full of children for missions last night.  We worked to “do” missions for some local and international projects.


Mission Project Day

Saturday, from 9 – Noon, in the fellowship hall of FBC, Kentwood, we will be doing more mission projects.  If you are available and interested in missions, please feel free to join us in making items we will be using for our Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes.


“Young” Ladies’ Birthday Party

  • Tuesday at 11 A.M.
  • The Cafe
  • Celebrating July birthdays



Livia-and-The Hairclips



I believe in prayer!  Join me in praying for these needs and for many other needs.  Pray also for missions and get involved in “doing” them in ways that you can.

Anna Lee






“But as for me, my contentment is not in wealth but in seeing you and knowing all is well between us.

And when I awake in heaven, I will be fully satisfied, for I will see you face-to-face.”

~Psalm 17:15 TLB~


“Face to Face with Christ, My Savior” –



Read the Bible

  • Esther 7-8
  • Job 30
  • Gal. 5



Pray for Yvonne Birch as she has by-pass surgery at 7:00 in Covington.



Please pray for a long-time friend, Rhonda Howell Ward, who has West Nile virus.



I also heard that Mrs. Ann Ballard passed away.  She was a sweet lady who always knew everyone by name and asked about their family.  Pray for her children, Jimmy and Renee, and their families.




The Children in Action will meet at 6:00 tonight and will be painting witness rocks and working on a Operation Christmas Child project.



Saturday will be a Project Day at FBC.  Anyone who loves missions and loves crafts is invited.  We will meet in the fellowship hall of FBC, K from 9:00 – Noon.

Anna Lee











                 “If God gives us wealth and property                                                  and lets us enjoy them,                                                              we should be grateful and                                                    enjoy what we have worked for.

It is a gift from God.”

Ecclesiastes 5:19 GNT



Bro. Justin Craft and his family have moved in as the new pastor and family at Line Creek Baptist Church.  Pray for them and the church in this new ministry.


Howard Williams has had ups and downs the last couple of days.  Keep praying for him and his family.


Update on Buddy Morris (Caring Bridge)

Chemo round 1…Done ✅

Journal entry by Ellen VandeVuss — 

Chemo round 1 is done.  Last week Daddy got chemo 3 days in a row, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday.  Thankfully he has had no side effects from it yet.  In fact on Wednesday he seemed to have more energy and was very talkative.  The nurse told us on Thursday that there were steroids in the first day medication.  Regardless it was a welcomed change and we all enjoyed the afternoon.  After the second and third day he did not have the burst of energy, but he had no complaints.

He does not complain of being in as much pain now, and we are thankful for that.  He is having a little trouble walking because of his leg that is swollen.  The swelling in his leg did seem to improve after chemo but has not gone away completely.

We plan to enjoy the next two weeks with only one doctor appointment and weekly blood work.  The second round of chemo is scheduled for August 1,2,3.  This is what we know for sure.  We have learned that things can change quickly.  For now the plan is for him to have another scan after the second round of chemo and see how the chemo is working.  We will have an appointment with Dr. Rameriz (the neuroendocrine specialist) after the scan to determine the next steps.

We cannot thank you enough for all of your prayers.  Please continue, and join us in thanking God for the good days that he is having.

May the Lord bless you.  May you enjoy the good things that come all the days of your life.  
Psalm 128:5

Yvonne Birch‘s by-pass surgery is scheduled for 7 A.M. tomorrow.  Please be in prayer for her.
Linda Callihan is scheduled to learn her treatment plan today.  Please pray for Linda and her family.

Rebecca Kay Forman

November 29, 1946 – July 14, 2018

Rebecca Kay Forman, a resident of Kentwood, passed away on Saturday, July 14, 2018 at Kentwood Manor Nursing Home. She was born November 29,1946 in Hattiesburg, MS and was 71 years of age. She worked as a bookkeeper for Garner Trucking and was a member of First Baptist Church of Kentwood. She is survived by her brother, Bill Prine (Jeanette), Clarksville, TN; sister, Rena Prine Bufkin (Jimmie), Wesson, MS and numerous nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by her husband, Noel Forman; son, Shannon Forman and her parents, Wesley and Lorena Prine. A Memorial Service will be held at 10 AM on Saturday, July 21, 2018 at First Baptist Church of Kentwood. Services conducted by Rev Darryl Miller. McKneely Funeral Home, Kentwood, in charge of arrangements. For an online guestbook, visit





Read the Bible

  • Esther 5-6
  • Ps. 87
  • Gal. 4




Saturday, we will be working on mission projects at FBC, Kentwood from 9 A.M. to Noon.  The is no membership or age requirement.  I hope to see many of you there.  We will be in the fellowship hall.  You may want to being a few rocks, some hotel soap, yarn scraps, or narrow ribbon with you.



May your day be blessed as you bless the life of someone else!

Anna Lee







Monday’s WMU Report

I have to tell you God blessed us so much at the WMU meeting this morning. For the first time ever, I chose not to invite a speaker, but to let our ladies show some of their mission projects. Wow! The ladies did a wonderful job bringing in lots of crafts to share and lots of items to give away.

We had a number of first-time ladies today. I wish I had a good count, but I don’t. Trust me, many of those ladies who came for the first time will be back for our next meeting in September.

We sang Christmas carols today. I never would had come up with that idea, but Judy Noonan did. It was wonderful!
We had an opportunity to look around at all the items the ladies are working on for various mission projects. Ladies were taking notes and taking pictures so they can reproduce some of what they saw.

Two ladies who gave testimonies showed up without my knowledge. One was Linda Graves of East Fork. In her testimony she share about spending time in a hospice facility where she was expected to die. Instead, she walked out to live to do more ministry. This included singing for us again. She received a standing ovation.

Another lady shared that she had cancer again. Her ministry is to make quilts for cancer patients with the help of some volunteers and donations that are sometimes given. She offered her beautiful quits to us today to share with others who are dealing with cancer. Ladies from different churches walked out of the meeting today with those wonderful quilts. All the lady asked for was a picture for her to keep. May each quilt bring comfort to a cancer patient. May we repay her with our donations!

We shared information about bowl and spoons for shoeboxes, “witness” rocks to leave anywhere, bandana dresses, t-shirt jump ropes, felt tic-tac-toe boards, and MANY other ideas we are using to minister to others.

Mallory Hatchel, a MK from Prague, gave a family update. Meg Stevens shared a devotional and led us in praying for missionaries who have birthdays today.

Ladies brought many dishes of wonderful food. I heard more than once, how the ladies really did know how to cook.

Back to the main point, I chose not to invite a speaker for today’s meeting. God chose to send us two very special ladies. We all shared our love for God and our desire to help fulfill Matthew 28. May we live our lives studying about, praying for, and doing missions. If we don’t, ….?




This was shared on a Facebook page for Ladies of Two Rivers Baptist Churches.  If you are not a member of this group, but would like to be one, please send me your Facebook name so I can add you.


Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.

~James 1:12~



Pray for Howard Willians and his family.  Shortly after turning 90, he became very will.  His brothers and their wives are at his bedside.  Pray for peace and comfort.



Lewiston and Hillsdale have VBS this week.  Pray all goes smoothly and that many boys and girls will have the opportunity to attend this week.  Roseland’s VBS will be the last week of the month.




The WMU “Show and Tell” about mission crafts will be this morning at SCBC.  The meeting begins at 10 and ends with a covered dish meal.



Read the Bible – Today, reflect on God as “Victor” and catch-up on any readings you missed this week.



I hope to see many of you this morning.  You will be encouraged to do missions.  That’s a good thing!  

Anna Lee













 This day I call the heavens and the earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses.

Now choose life, so that you and your children may live

~Deuteronomy 30:19~

Bible Reading Plan
  • Esther 3-4
  • Job 29
  • Galatians 3


Please continue to pray for Yvonne Birch as she “does nothing” for a few more days while waiting for by-pass surgery Wednesday in Covington.
Robbie  Lynn C. Kirby sent me this update on her mom, Linda Callihan.  She also posted it.  I’ll share for those who may not have seen it.
Mom has been healing and resting. The hardest part has been finding how to function while taking it slow. Those who know mom can chuckle at this. We have learned that after care is better by comparing week by week and not day by day. We are preparing for the next step of care per MD Anderson and radiation. The prayers, meals, donations, and other support has been amazing. Thank you.




Devon-and-A Shoebox





  • Today is the day to announce the WMU “Show and Tell” meeting at Spring Creek Baptist Church tomorrow at 10 A.M.  We will all learn more about how we can be hands-on with our mission activities.  There will be crafts that everyone is capable of doing.  Come find the ones you want to do for missions.  The meeting will be followed by a covered dish lunch.
  • Saturday, we will have another project day for missions from nine to noon.  At the end of the meeting, you will be about to get a “shoebox” and get five items my out “stash”, including some of the items we have crafted on our project days.  You may want to bring some of the following items: medium size rocks to paint, clean, used t-shirts, highlighters, pony beads, hotel soaps, scissors, and pens.
  • The following Tuesday, July 24th, we will have out monthly “Young” Ladies’ Birthday Party at The Cafe.  Ladies being honored this month are Bobbie Magee,Barbara Erwin, Janice Hornsby, Martha  Griffith, Debbie Bales, and Anne Hurst.  Please make a special effort to contact some ladies to remind them of our gathering.
  • The children who meet for missions on Wednesday nights are spending July doing mission projects.  They are enthusiastic about missions and about making things to share.  We meet at 6 P.M.  This Wednesday, they are encouraged to bring rocks which they will paint for a local mission project.



Have a wonderful day today studying God’s Word and worshipping Him with others.  Sunday School begins at 9:15 and worship at 10:30.

Anna Lee