“Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart
be acceptable in Your sight, O LORD,
my strength and my Redeemer,”
Psalm 19:14, NKJV

Kathy Shields, who will be going on the mission trip with Wheels for the World wrote, “I also collect used wheelchairs, walkers, and crutches on an ongoing basis for this organization.”

Prayer requests
“Let the little children come to Me, and don’t stop them, because the kingdom of God belongs to such as these,” Luke 18:16b
Japanese Neighborhood Watch…

Mrs. H is a senior neighborhood watch volunteer in Japan. She looks out for the safety of children walking to school every day. Lots of times, she says ‘hi’ to one of the missionary kids in Sendai. This young girl decided to give Mrs. H a “JESUS” film in Japanese for the new year.

In Japan you say, “Thank you for looking out for us this past year; please continue to show us your favor in this new year as well.” Please pray that Mrs. H will watch the whole “JESUS” film. God cares for Mrs. H just like she cares for the young missionary girl when she walks to school. Please pray that she will trust in Jesus for salvation.


Please pray for my brother. PHILIP, age 10 (South Asia)

We have people that we are witnessing to and they are open to learning about Jesus; but some of them just have a horrible time accepting Christ. I hope people will pray for them so they will want to come to Christ. NATHAN, age 13 (East Asia)

Please pray for my friend who is confused about the way to heaven. He thinks all religions lead to heaven. Please pray he will learn about Jesus. JOEL, age 13 (South Asia)

Pray for those who steal to stop. Pray for everybody in my country to be healthy and nobody to be poor. CAMERON, age 9 (Central, Eastern and Southern Africa)

My family is starting new churches called house churches. People meet in a house and have worship every week, just like you do at a big church in the United States. But when we get too big for the house, we don’t build a building. We start another house church. Please pray that the idea of house churches will grow. EMILY, age 13 (Central and Eastern Europe)

KOMpray: Kids on Mission Pray is a work in progress. We offer prayer requests about children-children around the world who are just learning about Jesus and Missionary Kids (MKs) who share His love along with their parents. The goal is to encourage children of all ages to pray and trust God to answer!

We welcome your input at

Lenno Powell
Lenno Powell, beloved and cherished husband of Patsy Kelley Powell, of Thibodaux, slipped the furling bonds of Earth to travel home to live eternally with his Heavenly Father on Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2008. Visiting at Thibodaux Funeral Home, Thibodaux, on Friday, Feb. 15, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Visiting resumes at the funeral home Saturday from 9 a.m. until religious service at 10 a.m. Interment in St. John Episcopal Cemetery, Thibodaux. Lenno was the adored father of Steven Kelley Powell, of Thibodaux, and John Len Powell, of Gonzales; and proud grandfather of Trevor, Tanner and Taylor Powell, all of Thibodaux. Lenno was the center of the family universe. He loved his daughters-in-law, Denise and Bernadette, as though they were his own daughters. He cherished his brother-in-law, Bill Kelley, and his wife, Sue, and his sister-in-law, Audrey Powell, as family along with sister-in-law, Janet and husband Robert DesJardins, of Chapel Hill, N.C. In the community, he joyfully celebrated his brotherhood with a galaxy of treasured friends. Lenno was the dear uncle of Nancy Gill, Chris Powell, Robert Powell and Kari Kirby, all of Jackson, Ala., Brian Kelley, of San Diego, Andrea Andraschko, of Anchorage, Alaska, and Bill Des Jardins, of Burlington, Vt. In all ways, with joy and gratitude, Lenno patterned his life to that of his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Lenno was a native of Malcolm, Ala., where he was ordained to the gospel ministry at age 18 after graduating from Citronelle High School. He was the second son of John Snowden and Maude Jones Powell, who along with his brother, Robert Carey Powell, preceded him in death. Lenno proudly regarded his education and never missed a single day of attendance from first grade through earning a B.A. degree from Mississippi College in Clinton, Miss., and claiming a T.Ed. degree at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. He was a good scholar and a popular campus leader, voted most outstanding freshman. His classmates also voted Lenno a campus favorite all four of his college years. He was named to the National Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges. He served as president of the Baptist Student Union while at college and his classmates voted him most handsome man on campus. Mississippi Baptists twice commissioned Lenno as a student summer missionary, where he served in New Mexico and Nevada with the Pima and Papago Indians. He also served a second summer in Hawaii. Lenno preached in countless churches throughout Mississippi during his college days and served Holmes Junior College as its Baptist Student Union director before entering the seminary. Lenno met Patsy at Mississippi College and they enjoyed a four-year courtship, crowned with a long and happy marriage. In June 2006, they celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with their family. Their golden day was highlighted by an exchange of poems from earlier anniversaries and Lenno’s gift to Patsy of a golden coin, which Lenno had forgotten, had been foretold to Patsy in anniversary poetry 50 years earlier. Lenno loved being a Christian father to his sons, Steven and John, and fondly guided them through the rites of passage to adulthood. Lenno baptized his sons into the family of God, and officiated in the Christian marriages of Steven to his lovely wife, Denise, and son John to his beautiful wife, Bernadette. Among his most prized accomplishments, Lenno counted the opportunity of teaching his sons to be gentlemen, to be honest, to accept responsibility and to be industrious. Lenno sponsored and helped coach his sons’ summer baseball teams, taught them how to water ski, how to fly kites, how to ride a bike and the skill of motocross. John and Steven, along with precious grandsons Trevor, Tanner and Taylor, finessed the art of hunting and fishing at Lenno’s side. Touring the St. Johns River in Florida, Lenno, with son John and best friends Bud Cotton and George Sherwood made angling history when all four caught championship-size bass, fulfilling their boyhood dreams. And although Lenno was Alabama born, his family taught him to be a Louisiana man. Sons John and Steven, after graduating as engineers from LSU and becoming LSU Fighting Tiger fans, celebrated their father’s own rite of passage into the Purple and Gold. Mr. Powell graduated from the seminary with honors and served as president of the student body. His letter to the future Class of 2059 is enclosed in the cornerstone of the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary Chapel along with letters written by Dr. Leo Edlemann, president of the seminary, in 1959. During his ministry, Lenno was pastor of Ellison Ridge Baptist Church, Louisville, Miss., Ruth Baptist Church, Brookhaven, Spring Creek Baptist Church, Kentwood, and First Baptist Church, Thibodaux. Mr. Powell founded many churches, including University Baptist Church in Thibodaux. Lenno was a popular pulpiteer, preaching revivals and Louisiana Baptist Convention special meeting sermons. After his retirement from the ministry, Mr. Powell carved a successful career in the real estate industry. As a real estate broker, Lenno served the state of Louisiana as chairman of the Louisiana Real Estate Commission during the administration of Gov. David Treen. At one time, Mr. Powell developed five important subdivisions in north Lafourche Parish. Mr. Powell was a past president of the Bayou Board of Realtors. During the past 18 years, Mr. Powell concentrated his expert land talents as a real estate appraiser and consultant. Always civic minded, Mr. Powell loved the community of Thibodaux. He was a member and officer of Thibodaux Kiwanis Club, and held membership in Rotary International, serving as program director for many years. Lenno was a member and past president of Nicholls State University Century Club. Mr. Powell, along with his good friend Pearce Didier, was an early founder and officer of Thibodaux Chapter of Ducks Unlimited and held a long membership in the Coastal Conservation Association. Lenno served faithfully on the board of directors of the Bayou Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse. His business office was frequently visited by countless numbers of friends and associates who sought Lenno’s advice. Nature lovers, Lenno and wife Patsy were especially fond of Louisiana live oak trees. Look carefully and you will see their oak groves all along Bayou Lafourche. In lieu of flowers, Lenno can be remembered by gifts to the children’s education resource Wisdom Rocks! P.O. Box 1409, Thibodaux, LA 70302. Wisdom Rocks! is a nonprofit organization that promotes the preservation of coastal wetlands.

“At the name of Jesus every knee should bow…” (Philippians 2:10).
Mike Benson, Editor

JOSEPH IS AN example of adversity evangelism…

He was sold into slavery by his brothers (Gen. 37:25-36). However, Jehovah was with Joseph (Gen. 39:2, 3, 21, 23) in adversity and Joseph used opportunities to tell people about his God.

Joseph told Mrs. Potiphar about God. When she tried to seduce him, Joseph told her he could not “do this great wickedness and sin against God” (Gen. 39:9).

Joseph told the butler and baker about God. When told about their dreams, which they could not understand, Joseph asked: “Do not interpretations belong to God” (Gen. 40:8)?

Joseph told Pharaoh about God. When called into Pharaoh’s presence to interpret a dream, Joseph answered, “It is not in me: God will give Pharaoh an answer…what God is about to do he hath declared unto Pharaoh…what God is about to do he hath showed unto Pharaoh…the thing is established by God, and God will shortly bring it to pass” (Gen. 41:16, 25, 28, 32). Pharaoh was so impressed that he said: “Can we find such a one as this, a man in whom the spirit of God is? And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, Forasmuch as God hath showed thee all this, there is none so discreet and wise as thou: thou shalt be over my house, and according to thy word shall all my people be ruled: only in the throne will I be greater than thou” (Gen. 41:38-40).

Joseph told Asenath about God. When she bore his sons, Joseph used names that told about his God. With Manasseh, Joseph said, “God has made me forget all my toil, and all my father’s house” (Gen. 41:51). With Ephraim, Joseph said, “God hath made me fruitful in the land of affliction” (Gen. 41:52).

Joseph told his brothers about God. In his dealings with his brethren, Joseph referred to God (Gen. 42:18; 43:29; 45:5-9).

Joseph could have done a lot of things in adversity, but he chose to evangelize. We will have to get to heaven to know how successful Joseph was in his efforts. It is, however, interesting that it was Joseph’s steward who told Joseph’s brothers that “your God, and the God of your father, hath given you treasure in your sacks” (Gen. 43:23). (James E. Rogers)

“And He said to them,
‘Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.'” Mark 16:15

Have a wonderful day!
Anna Lee

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