In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.

~James 2:17~




Please pray for Jeana Russell Lee-Newman.  It seems she is headed for another surgery.  She requests prayers the infection can be cleared without having an additional surgery.




We saw Jimmy and Linda Williams.  He still has some heart issues that are being addressed.  Please pray for him.




Pray for David as he continues to undergo tests to identify his problem.  Thank-you!




Camp Living Waters had a fire recently that burned a she, mowers, etc.  Now, they have a new problem.

My apologies for anyone who has been trying to contact us this week. Last Thursday we were hit by lightning. More specifically we lost phone system, internet, computers, printer, kitchen a/c and a few other things. We now have telephone and some internet. Kitchen staff is very thankful to Darrin Fairburn for working through the night to get air back to the kitchen. One day at a time. When God is at work Satan has to work overtime.

What can you/we do to help?




Kay Bennett serves at the Friendship House in New Orleans.  I shared about them yesterday.  Here is another inspiring article about the work done there.

Operation Christmas Child – Yves-and-A Scarf
Read the Bible
  • Isaiah 30
  • Psalms 102
  • 2 Timothy 2



Please continue to pray for and minister to the many in our community who are undergoing treatment for cancer.  

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.” 

~Matthew 5:43-44 NIV~



Our mission team of 35 who were in Haiti made it to New Orleans about 1:30 this morning.  Thank God for watching over them.  The five Hammond people from The Mission Church hope to leave Haiti today.  Pray for them to be able to travel safely too.



Debbie Bales had a heart test that showed good results.  Not only was she at peace during the testing, but she was able to help calm another lady who was stressed out about having a nuclear stress test.  Debbie says thanks to all who prayed for her.



Please continue to pray for Bro. Darryl and his family as they deal with sick and aging parents.   I miss seeing his parents at church.



Yvonne Birch called yesterday to ask me to add her name to the prayer list.  She learned she will have five by-passes next Wednesday, the 18th.  She asks for your prayers.  As you pray for her peace during this time, please also pray for Dr. Breaux and other medical staff who will be working with her at Lakeview Hospital in Covington.



Read the Bible

  • Neh.6-7
  • Job 27
  • 2 Cor. 12



Pray for the children from FBC, K as they complete camp and return home.  I think they will get back about 2 P.M.  Pray that lives were changed during this time.



Despite our VBS always being the first week of June, many other churches are having their VBS now.  Pray young lives are touched by the various VBS opportunities.



Dates to remember

  • July 16 – WMU at SCBC (Show and tell for crafting for missions)
  • July 21 – Mission Project Day at FBC from 9:00 to noon
  • July 24 – “Young” Ladies’ Birthday Party at The Cafe at 11 A.M.



The new college & career age Sunday School class is meeting in the house across the street from the FBC fellowship hall at 9:15 each Sunday.



Today, I will be at the church working on mission projects.  If you wish to join me call me early this morning or come to the church when you can.



The Children in Action class will meet at 6 P.M. tonight and will work on some fun mission projects to share with others.  Come join the fun as we learn by doing.



Pray for missionaries around the world as they serve to tell others about Jesus.



Pray for out Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes.  Once again, yesterday, I had the opportunity to tell a store clerk about OCC.  They just have to ask how I am using all the things I get to purchase.  I, like some of you, cannot let the opportunity pass without sharing about this wonderful ministry.  I get to inform children about Jesus and inform clerks about the OCC ministry at the same time.

Anna Lee











“But you are a chosen people,

a royal priesthood,

a holy nation,

God’s special possession,

that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.”

~1 Peter 2:9 NIV~



Read the Bible 

  • 2 Kings 6-8
  • Ps. 70
  • Rom. 11



Jimmy McGraw of Amite has been battling cancer for a while.  Today is a good day to pray for him and his family.  He’ll be returning to M.D. Anderson as soon as possible to see his doctor there.



Steve Sanders‘ surgery went very well.  Now, pray for him to remember not to use that arm until the hand can heal properly.



VBS is next week at FBC, Kentwood.  There will be a big kick-off event tomorrow night at 5 P.M.  Bring your children all week to learn about God and to have fun at the same time.



Camp Living Waters is again in need of nurses to volunteer to work as a team to be there for boys and girls this summer.  If you are a nurse, please contact them and see how you can help with their summer program.  Thanks!



When the weather gets hot like it is now, I stay in my house, my air-conditioned vehicle, and go to church and businesses there there is air conditioning.  Please pray for those who do not have working AC systems during this hot weather.  Help those who do not have AC or AC that is not working at this time.

Anna Lee


I know that everything God does will endure forever; nothing can be added to it and nothing taken from it. God does it so that people will fear him.
~Ecclesiastes 3:14~




Please continue to pray for Mr. Elwood Courtney, 99, of Holden.




Josiah Huckaby

Update: Josiah has continued to become more stable over the last 3 weeks and Urology has decided they want to move forward with his kidney surgery. It is scheduled for Monday, April 30th. We don’t have a specific time yet. This will be the last know surgery and it will be the longest one so far…taking about 3 hours. This is a huge praise because when we talked about this in December, the doctor was very hesitant about doing the surgery and she felt it was best to wait until we just couldn’t wait any longer. Now they are eager to get it done so that he won’t have to come back for surgery once he comes home. The nurse practioner seemed pleasantly surprised on Saturday when she was talking to us about his current vent settings. He is currently on an older model home vent which is bulky and makes mobility for him a little more difficult so our goal is to try to swap him to the newer home vent after surgery. They were hesitant about the idea a few weeks ago but now they are confindent with the future change. Josiah has been to playgroup twice now and hopefully we will get to go outside tomorrow for the first time ever (weather permitting). He loves his custom stroller and enjoys just sitting in it. He continues to make more talking noises over his trach. He has 6 teeth that I can see…his tongue stays in the way so he could have more.  He has finally started trying to roll to the left…he has always favored rolling to the right. And of course he’s always silly, smiling, and laughing! To God be the glory!!!



Pray for Joanne Seymour, formerly of Amite and one of my former students, as she undergoes surgery in New York today.



Eyvonne Ricks
August 20, 1935 – April 23, 2018

Eyvonne Ricks, a resident of Denham Springs, passed away on Monday, April 23, 2018 at Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center in Baton Rouge. She was born August 20, 1935 in Kentwood and was 82 years of age. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Kentwood and IRA #84 Order of Eastern Star. She loved spending time with family and friends, scrap booking and putting puzzles together. She is survived by her 2 sons, Layton Ricks, Jr. and wife, Susan, Denham Springs, Ronnie Ricks and wife, Susan, Canton, MS; daughter, Judy Ricks Garcia and husband, Larry, Denham Springs; 11 grandchildren, Angela, April, Layci, Nancy and Brett, Rondi, Rob, Joel and Kristin, Heather, and Lucretia; and 14 great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by the love of her live of 59 ½ years , Luther L. Ricks, Sr.; parents, George and Ada Lou Tidwell; sisters, Lillie Mae Easley and Norma D. Christopher; granddaughter, Jessica N. Garcia and grandson, Larry Garcia, II. Visitation at McKneely Funeral Home, Kentwood, from 5 PM until 8 PM, Wednesday and from 8 AM until religious services at 11 AM Thursday, April 26, 2018. Services conducted by Rev. Leo Miller. Interment Woodland Cemetery, Kentwood. Pallbearers will be Brett Miller, Brien LeBlanc, RP Scritchfield, Gary White, Michael Temple, and Mason White. Honorary Pallbearer will be Rob Ricks. In lieu of flowers please make donations to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or to the American Heart Association, 10 Glenlake Parkway  NE South Tower, Ste 400, Atlanta, GA 30328. For an online guestbook, visit



Camp Living Waters article –




Read the Bible

I Sam. 7-9
Eccl. 9:11-18
Acts 4

Copies of the Bible reading plan for May-December are available at FBC, Kentwood.




This afternoon and evening, please be praying as a film team videos at FBC, Kentwood today for a future promotional video about missions.  The plans are to make this one segment of the Georgia Barnett Week of Prayer for Louisiana missions.

Anna Lee



For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.

~2 Timothy 1:7~


Bobby Forbes’ surgery went well yesterday.  A rod was placed in his arm to support the brittle bone.  Please continue to pray for Bobby and Janie.



Jimmy Alford, brother of Kay Roberts, is having some tests done Thursday.  I know Kay will appreciate your prayers for him.



Deputy Nick Tullier is recovering for pneumonia and is out of ICU.  Please continue to pray for Nick and his family.




Camp Living Waters had a fire in a maintenance building yesterday.

Be in prayers for Camp. Lost maintenance shop with tractor, golf cart, two lawn mowers directors camper and everything else in shop. No one was in the shop or injured.
Churches, it is time to step up and help our local church camp.
Read the Bible
  • I Sam. 4-6
  • Ps. 49
  • Acts 5



“Young” Ladies’ Birthday Party today will honor Mrs. Othell Williams, Mrs. Catherine Yarborough, Mrs. Annie Bell Harrell, Gail Brister, and Virginia McKenzie.  See you at The Cafe at 11 A.M.



I hope you are getting outside and enjoying some of the beautiful weather God has provided.

Anna Lee


“Therefore I exhort first of all that

supplications, prayers, intercessions,

and giving of thanks be made for all men,

for kings and all who are in authority,

that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life

in all godliness and reverence.”

~1 Timothy 2:1-2~


Good news from Rev. Rod Smith!  Under the watchful eyes of a speech therapist, Rod was able to swallow honey and chocolate pudding.  He will have 12 more sessions of speech therapy.  Pray for continued improvement.




Jim Brent passed away.  From Mary Criswell:  My last brother joined the rest of my family around 4 am. Jim was with his family and slipped away peacefully! Any oldtimers that may be so inclined may wish to make donations to the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation or a charity of their choice! A Memorial Service will be held at a later date!

Robert “Nick” Lea, Jr.

November 09, 1949 – July 10, 2017

Read the Bible – Ezekiel 28-30 & Psalm 39
Baptist Press
Operation Christmas Child – “Dana and the Hygiene Items” –
Missions for elementary children – Tonight at 6 P.M. at FBC, Kentwood
     We will be learning about missionaries who live in the desert area.  Bring your children for fun learning experiences.
Judgement House – Anna, the church secretary at FBC, Kentwood will be happy to share dates and times for the Judgement House at Woodland Park Baptist Church in Hammond.  Call her at 229-8111.
Children at Camp Living Waters will be returning today.  Let’s continue to pray for their young lives and for the children who will be going to camp for the remainder of the week.
Song of the Day – “I Was Glad”

(This is not exactly what I was looking for, but you can probably sing it the way I learned it as a child.)



How wonderful it is for parents to recognize how much their children are learning at church, but it is only because of parents who faithfully see that their children are present that churches can teach their children.  Let’s take time to thank God for parents who faithfully get their children to classes (Sunday School, Missions, Bible Drill, VBS, etc.).  What a blessing it is to see families sitting together, sometimes three or more generations of a family, on a regular basis at church.  As you thank God for those who are present, pray also for other families who have opportunities to begin this wonderful experience for their children.
Anna Lee


But let justice roll on like a river,

righteousness like a never-failing stream!

~Amos 5:24~


Bettye Fussell will be having surgery at the end of the month.  She’s looking forward to getting it done and moving on.  Pray for her, her family, and many friends.

Hal King has had complications to his heart surgery last week in McComb.  Please pray for his improvement.

Glenda McKean will be having shoulder surgery at the end of the month.  Pray for her as she goes through the steps in preparing for the “big day”.


Kristi Womack’s dad passed away.  Please be in prayer for the entire family as they face the coming days.


Read the Bible – Ezekiel 25-27 and Psalm 38


Operation Christmas Child“Shanika & Sherika and the Notebooks”



Continue to pray for the boys and girls attending the area Vacation Bible Schools this week as well as children and youth at church camps.  It is a busy, but wonderful, season in our churches!



Enjoy this great time of the church year as so many things are happening for our children, weddings are taking place, new babies are being born, shoeboxes are being packed, etc.

Anna Lee


But Peter and John replied,

“Which is right in God’s eyes:

to listen to you, or to him?

You be the judges!  

As for us, we cannot help speaking

about what we have seen and heard.”

~Acts 4:19-20~


Pray for Brock Forrest who hurt his knee Friday and is having to have injections to help his blood clot.


 Prayers please for my last brother, Jim (Brent)! He has Chronic Lymphocitic Leukemia! Currently on ICU in an Austin hospital! Outlook is not encouraging. Prayers for his wife Marty and family!                                                                                             Mary Criswell

Please pray for Fay Shoemaker and Gloria Gill who were unable to attend church yesterday.
Continue to pray for our friends who now live in nursing homes.  I’ve especially had thoughts this weekend about Debbie Miller who is in Greensburg.
Read the Bible – Ezekiel 22-24 & Psalm 37
Baptist Press
Pray for the children from some of our local churches who are at Camp Living Waters for the next few days.  Thank God for the adults who have gone to supervise them.
Much was earned at Bible Drill Class last night.  I’m so thankful for parents who get their children to church so the children can learn how to use their Bibles and understand what the Bibles is teaching us.
I’m already looking forward to teaching children in missions class Wednesday night. They are so precious as they learn.
Have a great week of telling others about Jesus or at least inviting others to church.
Anna Lee


One night the Lord spoke to Paul in a vision:

“Do not be afraid; keep on speaking, do not be silent.

For I am with you, and no one is going to attack and harm you, because I have many people in this city.”

~Acts 18:9-10~



Read the Bible – Ezekiel 16-18 & Psalm 35

Baptist Press



Mr. J.D. Smith is now at Hood Memorial Hospital.  Thankfully, he’s making good progress.  Please keep him in your prayers.



Taylor Creek Baptist Church is hosting a prayer time for the harvest.  It will be Tuesday, July 11.


Tonight, Rev. Darryl Miller will be introduced to the members of FBC, Kentwood.  Tomorrow, Bro. Darryl will be preaching at FBC.  You are invited to attend.


Continue to pray for the children of FBC, Kentwood who will be attending camp next week at Camp Living Waters



Operation Christmas Child – Waiting until the Christmas season will be too late to pack a shoebox for OCC distribution this year.  Now, is the time to do so.  We pack our boxes together at a packing party, but items need to be purchased now.  Suggestions are: flashlights with extra batteries, dolls, deflated soccer balls with a pump to inflate them, $1,00 calculators from a dollar store, and hairbrushes.  This year we cannot include candy or toothpaste.  Items you purchase can be brought to me at my Sunday School room before Sunday School.  I will store them until our packing party.

Operation Christmas Child –  “Vladimir and the Dental Floss” – 

Last night, I heard an adult tell a teenager how blessed he was to have been born in America.  This true story reinforces that idea.  Even better, is to be born again and to have a future home in heaven forever with Jesus!

Anna Lee


You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free.

But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh ;

rather, serve one another humbly in love.

Galatians 5:13



Don’t forget to pray for Linda K. Graves of East Fork as she begins her stay in Slidell.  I’m sure she would appreciate a text or a card, but mainly your prayers.

Andy Taylor’s brother, Hal King, will be having heart surgery in McComb today.  Please pray for Hal and for his family as well as the medical staff caring for him.

Deborah Bales’ mother is very sick.  Pray for peace and comfort for her.  Pray for her family as they sit with her.

Steve Scalise has an infection that has caused him to be moved to ICU again.  Pray for Steve, his family, and those caring for him.

J.D. Smith is doing well at rehab in Hammond.  He will soon be moved to Hood Hospital where he will continue his treatment/recovery from surgery.  Your continued prayers will be greatly appreciated.

Joseph Canale of Amite/Independence has learned of a very serious condition in the medical report yesterday.  Pray for him and for his family.

Bob Herrington, often know as the Chaplain of Bourbon Street, passed away.  May of you remember his by that title.  Some of you know him as the father of Dr. Rhonda Kelley of NOBTS.  You can want to read this article.



Operation Christmas Child – “Nadia and a Doll” –



Read the Bible Today – Ezekiel 9-12 and Psalm 33



Baptist Press



Many children of FBC, Kentwood will be attending camp at Camp Living Waters, beginning Sunday.  Pray their time in camp will be very important to their young lives.


Be careful of the high temperatures.


Serve others in some way today.

Anna Lee