“The LORD does not look at the things people look at.

People look at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.” 

~1 Samuel 16:7 NIV~




Operation Christmas Child is celebrating ten years of “The Greatest Journey”.

  • The 12-lesson Bible study teaches participants how to follow Christ and share Him with others.
  • It is currently taught by over 920,000 volunteer teachers in more than 100 countries.




Fall Food Round-Up for the LA Baptist Children’s Home – It’s a good idea to bring your items in now, so you won’t forget them later.  The truck will be at our church on Monday,  September 16, so get your items in by the 15th.




Scripture Writing – August 19 – Romans 1:17





Please continue to pray for all the local families that have had deaths in the last few weeks.




Please continue to pray for our students during the first weeks of a new year.  College students are beginning to move into their dorms now.  Pray the value system the parents taught them will be remembered and honored.




Make a point of doing something special for a ministry of your church this week.

Anna Lee





Sunday – God’s Day!

   This is the day that the Lord has made;
    let us rejoice and be glad in it.

~Psalm 118:24 (ESV)~




Please continue to pray for Melinda Russell and others who have had procedures/surgeries.  I mention her name in particular because she is out of our country and undergoing medical treatment.  Also, please pray for those who will have procedures/surgeries in the coming week.





The Fall Food Roundup for the LA Baptist Children’s Home is only four weeks away.  Be sure to get your items to the church for the September 16th pickup.  Some of the items they need are:

  • Bottled water
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Dishwasher detergent
  • Canned fruit
  • Paper towels
  • Sugar




I’m looking forward to peeking in bags today at church to see what you have brought for Operation Christmas Child.  David and I are always excited to prepare shoeboxes so children will receive some small gifts and an opportunity for them to “meet” Jesus.

  • The Greatest Journey discipleship course is offered to show children how to know Christ and share Him with others.
  • Children lead their families to faith in Christ and new churches are born.



Please continue to pray for the family of Douglas Glass, a Zachary fireman from Osyka who was killed on his way to work Friday morning.    I will post an obituary when it is available.




Scripture Writing – August 17  & 18

  • I Corinthians 13:12
  • James 1:27




Have a great Lord’s Day!
Anna Lee










For no one is cast off by the Lord forever.

Though he brings grief, he will show compassion, so great is his unfailing love.

~Lamentations 3:31-32~

Another update on Kristi Alford:
Kristi Alford having her last treatment today . Please pray the side affects aren’t so awful . She had a rough time last night . But I am so thankful she was able to do her last treatment for this week today . Now she will have a 21 day rest period . Lord I ask u to infuse her with supernatural strength. Let this 21 day rest renew her strength like that of a eagle . Soaring to heights in her health that she could never imagine happening . U Lord can hold back the bad effects of these treatments. While healing her body completely. Using the hard thing to bring out the very best thing in her life . A Healed Well Body . What a great testimony this will be and has been . We Praise & Thank U Jesus . Psalm 103 1 Bless the Lord oh my soul & all that is within me bless his holy name 2: Bless the Lord oh my soul & forget not his benefits 3:Who forgives all of our iniquities. Who HEAlS all our diseases Kristi . 4: Who redeems your life Kristi from destruction, who crowns you Kristi with loving kindness & tender mercies . 5:Who satisfies your mouth with good things . So that Kristi your youth is renewed like the eagles . Praying His Word over you everyday.
Another update on Bryan Tate:

The travelers made it home. Not in time to Meet the Jackets though. They wanted to be back In support of Brody who’s a senior this year. A pharmacy mix up and Lake Charles traffic delayed them.

But Bryan got a good report. Total remission! He will still have to complete the 16 months of maintenance. Best News is he won’t have to travel to Houston for one day each month during the three months he’s home. He has been put back under Dr Saux’s care for the monthly infusions and can take them in Covington! Every 4th month he will be in Houston for a month to do the immune therapy.

Thank you for the prayers that have been sent in his name . Asking for Continued prayers as he continues on this journey. He will always be connected to MDA for follow ups. Just so fortunate to have received the best care from the doctors, nurses, staff and our special “angel” there.

God is faithful to his promises.





Debi M Wilkinson also made it home from MD Anderson.  She makes monthly trips to Houston.




It’s back to school time.  Some schools have already begun a new year.  Others will do so soon.  Please say a special prayer for the Tangipahoa Parish School System which will be working without much of the technology they have depended on.




Scripture Writing – August 10 – Lamentations 3: 31-32




The Louisiana Baptist Children’s Home will soon be collecting food for the annual Fall Food Round-Up and picking up at FBC, Kentwood on Monday, September 16th.  Some of the items they need the most are:

  • BBQ Sauce
  • Disinfectant Spray
  • Flavoring for Baking
  • Instant Potatoes
  • Velveta Cheese




Operation Christmas Child 

A donation of $9.00 is critical for the project.  It provides for

  • Collection of the shoeboxes
  • Processing
  • Shipping to over 100 countries
  • Training in local churches
  • The “Ministry Partner Guide”
  • The “Greatest Gift Gospel” Booklets

Give online through “Follow Your Box” to receive a tracking label and discover the destination of your shoebox gift.

I often hear people say something about the cost of shipment.  My reply is that in years of shipping personal packages overseas, I can seldom send a shoebox-sized box for less than $50.00.  The $9.00 fee seems very reasonable to me.




This morning we will be making a count of what we have at this point.  Park near the patio area to help.  

Anna Lee







“Mary said: ‘My soul glorifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior.’” 

~Luke 1:46-47 NIV~


Coming soon!  The annual Fall Food Roundup for the LA Baptist Children’s Home is next month.  Items will be picked up on Monday, September 16th at FBC, K.  Some of the items they need the most are:

  • Bottled water
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Canned fruit
  • Instant oatmeal
  • Paper towels
  • Salad dressings
  • Sugar



Deborah Bales shared this request for prayer.

“I am asking for prayer tonight for Kristi Alford . She’s at MDA taking harsh treatment for ovarian cancer . She has been cancer free for 2-3 yrs & it’s back again . Tonight is a bad night for her . Today was her 3rd treatment many more to come . She has to stay well enough to continue taking the Chemo . At this point the cancer is in-operable . The Drs hope is the tumor will shrink enough they can go in remove it . But tonight she’s desperate for all the prayers she can get . We as Christians know when we seek after the Lord he hears & he will answer . Pray for Jeremy her husband Eli her baby boy who is 10 & Logan & Noah Bales our two grandchildren & Sue Schexnayder her Mother who is with Kristi .. Logan called her Mother earlier Kristi was to weak to talk to her . Plz pray for Kristi Alford tonight she’s needs our prayers.”




Dollie Frazier needs prayers for her eyes.

“I am at the Eye Doctor again. I came this morning and Dr. Rhodes checked my eyes out again. My right eye is swollen a little. My left eye has been giving lots of problems. It looks like a gray film over it and felt like something is in it. Dr Rhodes said it appears the retina in my left eye is torn. Therefore I am seeing another Eye Specialist here in Hammond this evening to have a second opinion. He is the specialist who does surgery on torn retina of eye.
Prayers please…I have seen the other Specialist this evening to find out I have had a stroke in my left eye. I will put drops in eye. Have blood test done tomorrow. Trying to make appointment for a Neurologist whereas I have had a stroke in the left eye. Earliest appointment is Sept. 19, 2019 in Baton Rouge.
Thanks for prayers”




Tessie Jane Strickland

August 6, 1954 – July 25, 2019

Tessie Jane Brabham Strickland was born on August 6, 1954 in Marrero,
Louisiana. Being born on her daddy’s birthday, she was his birthday present.
Tessie was a quiet child that always managed to win the hearts of those around

She was a member of New Zion Baptist Church for most of her life. In fact,
she met the love of her life while attending a Sunday School party. She and
Tommy were married for almost 48 years. They raised their four sons in the New
Zion community of the sixth ward of St. Helena Parish. They have 11
grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren.

Tessie loved to travel with her family, especially to the town of Silverton.
One of her favorite things to do was riding trails through the mountains.
She and Tommy were always the life of the party when they stepped on the
dance floor. They won several contests, including a grand prize for a dance off.
Tessie attended college at Southeastern Louisiana University and
graduated with a Bachelor of Arts at Baptist Christian College in Shreveport,
Louisiana (while raising her four sons).

or a total of 27 years Tessie demonstrated her love for teaching and made
a positive impact in lives of students at ASC, Mt. Hermon, Kentwood Elementary,
and Spring Creek Elementary.

As an active member of the St. Helena Sixth Ward fire department, Tessie
served as both the secretary of the board and a firefighter.

Her patriotism was evident since Tessie always flew an American flag in
their yard, often over a flower bed of red, white, and blue flowers.
By just looking at her beautiful yard, everyone knew that Tessie had
inherited her mother’s green thumb. As a life-time member of the Kentwood
Garden Club Tessie served as an officer many times. She proudly won Yard of the
Month and Yard of the Year several times.

Tessie is survived by husband, Tommy Strickland; sons, Joseph Strickland,
wife Paula; Timothy Strickland, wife Becky; Charlie Strickland, wife Jessica;
Trenton Strickland; brother, Jessie Reed; sisters, Ruth Blackmon, Theresa
Blackmon, and Thelma Schenk.

She went to her heavenly home to join her mother, Carmelita Barrios
Brabham; her father, Thomas Joseph Brabham; her brothers, Edgar Joseph Reed
and Timothy Brabham; and her brothers-in-law, Hugh Wayne Blackmon, Bobby
Strickland, Eddie Earl Strickland.

To know Tessie was to love her, and no amount of time would have ever
been enough to have had her with us. But we praise God for her life and her love
and we wait for the day when we will see her again. In the sweet bye and bye. . .
our spirits will sorrow no more.

Visitation will be Saturday evening at New Zion Baptist Church.  The funeral will be Sunday afternoon at 2 P.M.




Scripture Writing for August 9 – Proverbs 19:11




Operation Christmas Child – We will be at the church about 8:30 this morning to paint, sort, craft, etc.  Feel free to join us.  Saturday, about the same time, we will do our counting to see where we stand at this point.  Feel free to join us.



God has given us this day.  Are you thankful?  What part of this day will you give back to him?  What will you do?

Anna Lee


“Never walk away from someone who deserves help; your hand is God’s hand for that person.

Never tell your neighbors to wait until tomorrow if you can help them now.” 

~Proverbs 3:27-28 The Message/GNT~




Scripture Reading and Writing – “Patience and Perseverance” – 2 Corinthians 6: 3-5




Pine Ridge Methodist Church will serve their buffet breakfast as their monthly fundraiser Sunday morning at 8:00.  You are welcome to participate.  The breakfast is delicious.




Keep Operation Christmas Child in mind when you do your regular shopping.  There’s many things available that will be helpful in the “shoeboxes”.  Some ideas for you today:

  • 5″ flashlights from Walmart
  • Extra batteries for flashlights
  • Highlighters
  • Glue sticks
  • Ivory soap
  • Washcloths
  • Small baby dolls
  • Marbles
  • One-subject notebooks
  • Crayons
  • Calculators

You can leave your items in the church office or in the classroom next to the choir room at FBC, Kentwood.




Coming soon – Fall Food Roundup for the Louisiana Baptist Children’s Home – Pickup at FBC, Kentwood will be Monday, September 16th.  They need family-size quantities.  Some of their most needed items are:

  • BBQ Sauce
  • Bottled Juice
  • Children’s Cereal
  • Cleaning Supplies
  • Dishwasher Detergent
  • Flavoring for baking
  • Canned Fruit
  • Jell-O Pie Filling and Pudding
  • Kool-Aid
  • Instant Oatmeal
  • Paper Towels
  • Pickles and Relishes
  • Spaghetti Sauce
  • Sugar

If it is easier to give money than to buy and transport food to the church, a check is always welcome and allows them to get items that are still needed.  This once-a-year collection has to feed the children in all the cottages at the children’s home for a year.  Be generous.




Don’t live a life focused you yourself, but focus your life on other people.  There is a great old hymn “Others” that comes to mind this morning.


Have a great Saturday!

Anna Lee