“Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves,

for the rights of all who are destitute.

Speak up and judge fairly;

defend the rights of the poor and needy.”

~Proverbs 31:8-9 (NIV)~




Read the Bible in 2020 – June 3

  • 2 Samuel 20:14-21:22
  • Acts 1:1-26
  • Psalm 121:1-8
  • Proverbs 16:18



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Families have needs.  In the last few days, three families have asked for prayer.  Today, I hope we will pray for struggling families. I’m thankful they recognize their need and know that prayer can help them meet any need.  I’m not even sure what all these needs are, but I know my God does.




Our friend, Buddy Waller, needs out prayers.  I’m so thankful we got to know him.  He has such a sweet, gentle spirit.




Others. like Smiley Conerly, Buddy Morris, and Bryan Tate, have had a series of ups and downs.  Pray for these three men and others in a similar situation.




I know doctors and other medical professionals don’t often get to tell their patients they are going backwards, but it happened to David Monday.  He was told he was getting better and better, the unexpected in the world of oncology.  David’s blood level was 11.4 Monday, the best it has been in five years, a while before we knew about his big health problems.  We give God, and the many who have prayed for David, all the credit.  We are thankful for each day and try to make the best of each one.




Pray for churches as decisions are being made about “regathering” of area churches.




Let’s continue to pray for our country.   We need peace, love, understanding, love,  caring, calm, concern for others, etc.  All of these are available through Jesus.




I hope you pray daily.  It can be so much more than a good habit.  May we all learn to turn to God more often.

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





“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





“Since only your rules can give me wisdom and understanding, no wonder I hate every false teaching.”

~Psalm 119:104 (TLB)~





Renee Faith Deck Terrell has surgery yesterday.  All went well.  Pray for her as she goes through a healing period.




Ricky Russell had his surgical procedure repeated yesterday, a week after the first one.  Pray the results and the recovery are better this time.  As you pray for Ricky, please pray for Brenda, Jeana, Vernon, and Susan (his sister that I realized I left off last week).




Read the Bible in 2020 – May 19

  • 1 Samuel 24:1-25:44
  • John 10:22-42
  • Psalm 116:1-19
  • Proverbs 15:20-21



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Thanks for praying for these and other needs today.  Enrich you life by reading the Bible and Baptist Press.

Anna Lee













Teach me to do your will, for you are my God;

may your good Spirit lead me on level ground.

~Psalm 143:10~




Please continue to pray for Dollie Frazier and her eye issues.




Mrs. Ferrie Gene Blackmon is hospitalized due to a possible mini stroke.  Please keep her in your prayers.




Kristin Ray had rotator cuff surgery.  Pray for her as she recovers.




Mrs. Mickey Cade is recovering from ankle surgery at a rehabilitation facility.  Please pray all goes well for her there so she can be back in Kentwood soon.




Marion McKenzie, Henry MeKenzies brother, seems to be progressing.  Keep him in your daily prayers.




Nita Russelll has tested negative still and has been moved back to the nursing home from the hospital.




Ricky Russell made it home.  Brenda said he is moving “slowly” following his heart procedure.  Please continue to pray for Ricky.  Thank God Ricky was finally able to have this procedure.




Read the Bible in 2020 – May 14

  • 1 Samuel 15:1-16:23
  • John 8:1-20
  • Psalm 110:1-7
  • Proverbs 15:8-10



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I think many of these articles will be interesting to you.
Have a wonderful day.  David and I have found that our quarantine time is not too much different than our routine life except for the frequent hand-sanitizing and the masks we wear when we are not at home.   May we all learn to accept and appreciate the “new normal”!
Anna Lee


“Your word is a lamp for my feet,

a light on my path.”

~Psalm 119:105 (NIV)~




Read the Bible in 2020 – April 27

  • Judges 7:1-8:17
  • Luke 23:13-43
  • Psalm 97:1-98:9
  • Proverbs 14:7-8




Nita Russell Miller is doing better and now tests negative for the virus.  She is not allowed to go back to the nursing home for thirty days, so she will be staying in the hospital as she regains her strength.  Pray for her and her family as she continues to improve.  Thank God for her improvement.




Lloyd Hayden of Arcola had a light stoke that has only left a little weakness.  He is scheduled to return home today.  Pray for him as he returns home for recovery.  Lloyd will get good care from four generations of ladies in his family.  Thank God for Lloyd’s good news.




Ollie Simmons is also doing better.  (Maybe I should call today Good News Monday.)  He has improved and will probably “bust out” of the hospital today.  This is another reason to thank God today.




While I’m on this line of thinking and thanking God, I would like to share again how much David has improved.  From being too weak to get up from a chair, needing blood (23 units), hospitalizations, a walker, a cane, tremendous weight loss, no appetite, malnourishment, more trips to the. doctor than I can count, etc., he is GREATLY improved.  Our neighbors are even reporting to other neighbors that he is working in the yard (and LOVING it).  I send Jennie pictures of him outside and working.  Her first word is “AMAZING!”.  We have an amazing God who has decided He has a reason to leave David here for His purpose.  We are so blessed.




I hope you were able to watch and enjoy some church services yesterday.  We were.  I want to remind you that the church services from numerous churches are available  online for us to view on other days of the week, not just on Sundays.




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Annie Armstrong Offering for North American missions273 million people in North America are lost, without Jesus in their hearts.

Giving helps give those millions an opportunity to live for Jesus!

Anna Lee

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“Oh, that they would always have such a heart for me, wanting to obey my commandments.”

~Deuteronomy 5:29 (TLB)~




Ollie Simmons, young son of Stan and Bethany, had a successful knee surgery yesterday.  The results were better than hoped for.  Please continue to pray for Ollie.




I think the new methods of having church, drive-in and tune in, are really catching on.  Even some of the smallest churches are now getting involved in one way or the other.   David and I have enjoyed being able to “tune-in” to several services each Sunday.



FBC, Kentwood invites you to “tune-in” on Facebook or YouTube.

  • Sundays at 10:30 A.M.
  • Sundays at 6:00 P.M.
  • Wednesdays at 6 P.M.



This is Cooperative Program Sunday.  Some churches will be celebrating with a drive-through missions offering.  The Cooperative Program is vital in the work of our churches.




Read the Bible in 2020 – April 26

  • Judges 6:1-40
  • Luke 22:54-23:12
  • Psalm 95:1-96:13
  • Proverbs 14:5-6

I hope you realize that we have read one-fourth of the Bible so far this year, a small portion each day.  If you haven’t joined in yet, it is never too late to jump in and read with us.  If you get behind, it only takes a little extra reading to catch up.  I did just that yesterday.  In fact, I am a little ahead.

Hardcopies of the reading plan will be available at FBC.  Call and ask that a copy be set aside for you.

Another option is to refer to a list on your phone or computer.  The site is:

The last option is to listen to it being read for you.




One option for having Sunday School with your family online is

You may want to set aside some time each week to do this with your family or to share it with your family to watch in their home.  Then, you can talk about it with them.




Let’s make sure our friends and families know about all these ways to have a substitute for gathering together at our churches during this time.

Anna Lee