“So faith comes from hearing,

and hearing by the word of Christ.”~

~Romans 10:17, NASB~

Speaking of the Bible, I heard it referred to as a library full on books last night.  I thought that was a good analogy.

Read the Bible in 90 Days: Day 39 (half way!)

Job 42:1 – Psalms 24:10

Mr. Edward McGehee was hospitalized last week, but is home now.  Remember Mr. Ed and “Miss” Jeannette in your prayers.

Mrs. Rena Cutres (100) fell last week.  Pray for her as she recovers.

Mrs. Helen Robertson (95) has recovered nicely from her broken hip and is now able to get to church with a caregiver.  Thank God for the progress of this amazing lady.

I got to visit with Mrs. Betty Bethel in Amite yesterday.  She looks good and missed people in this area.

Mrs. Magdeline Ford is doing well with her treatments.  Keep praying for her.

World Hunger: The Horn of Africa (Drought Crisis)

Pray for the people in the Hattisburg area the experienced the tornado and for those in the northeast with all the snow.

A little rain doesn’t cover up the Sonshine!

Anna Lee


“Your love for one another

will prove to the world that you are my disciples.”

~John 13:35 NLT~

Mrs. Fay Faller is home, but still undergoing tests.  Thank God for the lovely life she lived for so many years.

Jim Walley is home following surgery.  Pray he recuperates well as he waits for biopsy results.

Frances Gay has shingles again.  Pray she will not suffer a great deal and that they go away soon.

Pray for Dan Turner as he makes the adjustment to living at home again.  Pray for his caregivers to adjust to the new environment.

90 Days of Bible Readings: Day 38

Job 25:1 – Job 41:34

Human Needs Ministries: World Hunger Fund

May you allow Him to lead you today on His day!

Anna Lee


“God’s family is the church of the living God,

the pillar and foundation of the truth.”

~1 Timothy 3:15b GW~

Our mother, Hellen Morris, had a setback with her back after a fall she had Monday night. Please pray that she will regain the progress she had made. She really appreciates your prayers.
Rachel & Lauree

At about 10:00 this morning, Dan Turner will be released from rehab and going home.  He has made a lot of progress while hospitalized and in rehab.  Pray for him as he transitions to home and to additional rehab at home.  I know the family is thankful of each one of your prayers.

90 Day Bible Reading: Day 37

Job 8:1 – Job 24:25

I have no idea how many of you have been reading with me, but I know I’m not the only one reading.  I an thankful for this Bible reading plan and for the progress I have made so far.  We have read approximately 45% of the Bible in about five weeks!

KOM Pray (Kids on Mission Pray)

Baptist Press

Wonderful, timely articles that give much to pray about!
Spend some time with the Son today!
Anna Lee



“Come to Me,

all of you who are weary and burdened,

and I will give you rest.”

~Matthew 11:28, HCSB~

Conner Corkern (age 6)

90 Day Bible Readings: Day 36

Nehemiah 13:15 – Job 7:21

Pamela Ann Rousse
(July 30, 1964 – February 6, 2013)

A resident of Amite, she died at 7:11 a.m. on Wednesday, February 6, 2013 at Ochsner Medical Center in Jefferson. She was born July 30, 1964 in New Orleans and was 48 years of age. She is survived by husband, Carl Rouse, Amite; daughter, Jaci Rousse, Amite; 1 sister, Connie Noel, Larose; 2 brothers, Mark Brunet, Amite and Joey Brunet, Amite; step-father, Gerald Noel, Amite. Preceded in death by father, Herman Brunet, Sr; mother, Velma B. Noel; 2 brothers, Herman Brunet, Jr and Alfred Brunet; sister, Wanda B. Harden. Visitation at McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, from 10 a.m. until religious services at 2 p.m. on Friday, February 8, 2013. Services conducted by Rev. Jacob Williams. Interment Kedron Cemetery, Amite. For an online guestbook, visit

Baptist Press News


 Enjoy some sunshine and some Sonshine today!

Anna Lee



“Rejoice always,

pray without ceasing,

in everything give thanks;

for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”

~1 Thessalonians 5:16-18~



From Debbie Crawford

Bro. Ken Irvin is the pastor of Line Creek Baptist Church. His father, Kenneth Irvin, lives is Georgia and will be having surgery Thursday morning in Gainesville, FL. Please remember Bro. Ken, his mom and his dad as you pray. Thank you

Patrick Hoosier’s diagnosis is lung cancer.  Pray for him, the medical staff who will care for him. and for his sweet family as they begin an unexpected journey.

As far as I know, Dan Turner is still expected to be released from rehab on the 9th.  Keep praying for all involved in his care.

Emma Brabham is progressing nicely following her wreck two months ago.  The main concern is time for her facial paralysis to be gradually diminished.  Keep praying.  She’s still healing.

Nikki Miller is home from having knee surgery.  All went well.  The family thanks you for your prayers.

Continue to pray for Reesa B. DeLee as she receives treatment at home.  Keep praying for her.

Pray for Mrs. Carol Bridges as she continues rehab to continue her recovery from a stroke.  She has made good progress so far.

Pray for the family of Beverly Dyer as they have her memorial service today in Amite.  She fought a long, hard batter.  The family will benefit from your prayers now.

Missions Opportunities

The 2013 Korea Mission Trip has been scheduled and the dates confirmed by the Korea Mission Board—-October 24 – November 5, 2013.

As usual, there is some flexibility. You can depart the US on Oct. 23 and/or depart Korea Nov. 6 if you would like extra time in Korea. This year, we’re going back to the older schedule which will allow a full Sunday at each Church!

More information is to come, but I wanted to get you the dates ASAP.

If you have any comments, questions, or suggestions, as always, please let me know!

Together We Serve,
Dr. David E. Cranford

Pastor, First Baptist Church of Ponchatoula

Coordinator, Reach Missions Partnerships

325 E. Pine St.
Ponchatoula, LA 70454

(985) 386-3075 (office)

Another missions opportunity

Haitti Mission Trip

Date: Wednesday, March 20th through Wednesday March 27th

Cost: $1,600

Ministry Teams: Pastor’s conference, eye clinic, construction, children’s ministry and evening revival

We will be working in an area outside of Port Au Prince known as Canaan. This is a new development since the earthquake where many people moved. We are partnering with the CMBH (Confederated Missionary Baptists of Haiti) and several of their pastors who have planted new churches in this area.

Please contact me with any questions.

In Christ,
Kyle Sullivan
Pastor of Families with Young Children and Missions
Woodlawn Baptist Church
5805 Jones Creek Rd Baton Rouge, LA 70817
Office: 225-753-1667

90 Day Bible Reading: Day 35

Nehemiah 1:1 – Nehemiah 13:14

Baptist Press (Wednesday)

Luther “Peerod” Fairburn
(March 16, 1957 – February 5, 2013)

A resident of Tangipahoa, he died at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, February 5, 2013 at his home in Tangipahoa. He was born March 16, 1957 in Bogalusa and was 55 years of age. He is survived by 2 step-daughters, Blanche Wade, Liberty, MS and Pat Rape, Liberty, MS; 2 sisters, Shirley Simmons and husband, Alan, Amite and Cathy McIntyre and husband, Dudley, Amite; brother, Jerry Fairburn, Tangipahoa; 8 step-grandchildren; 13 step-great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews, Robert Crotwell and wife, Jennifer, Regina Basso and husband, Benny, Charles Lebo, Jr. and wife, Amy, Lacey Joiner and husband, Brandon, Jamie Simmons and Ashley Stilley and husband, James. Preceded in death by wife, Virginia Fairburn; parents, Luther and Louvernia Fairburn; brother-in-law, Richard Crotwell; nephew, Richard Crotwell, Jr.; sister, Alice Jo Picou. Visitation at McKneely Funeral Home, Kentwood, from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m., on Thursday and from 8 a.m. until religious services at 11 a.m. on Friday, February 8, 2013. Services conducted by Rev. Willie Westmoreland. Interment Lebo Cemetery, Chesbrough. For an online guestbook, visit

May you recognize God’s blessings in your life today!

Anna Lee


Continue earnestly in prayer, being vigilant in it with thanksgiving.

~Colossians 4:2~

Pray for Patrick Hoosier as he has surgery today to remove a place near his eye.  Pray for his family and the medical staff as you pray for him.  Thanks!

Mrs. Faye Faller is a cousin in Hammond.  She is hospitalized at North Oaks and undergoing tests.  Please pray for this sweet lady who served as secretary at FBC, Hammond for many years.

Please take time to pray for each member of the Jones family today.


Wouldn’t you love to be able to take a turn taking care of these babies?  I would, but would need one to two others to help me.  I’ve kept twins before (nieces).  It was so much fun, but I had to be careful not to get them mixed up!  That was with two, not five!

Rhonda Gayle Bridges
(November 6, 1952 – February 4, 2013)

Rhonda Gayle Bridges (formerly Dunn) stepped into eternal life on Monday, February 4, 2013 in Beaumont, TX holding the hands of her children, her sister and her brother-in-law. She was 60, a native of Greensburg, and most recently a resident of Holden. Rhonda’s children and their spouses, Joseph Bridges and Leslie Hirstius Dunn of Metairie, Kathryn Dunn and Kevin Forrest of Holden, and her beloved grandchildren, Hayden and Amelia Dunn, Trent, Dalton, and Elizabeth Forrest will hold her in their hearts forever. Also left to cherish her memory are her mother, Virginia Martin Bridges Thigpen (Louis), her brother, Cline “Bubba” Bridges (Betty), her sister, Tammy Bridges Boudreaux (Mike), and a host of nieces, nephews, relatives, and friends. She was greeted in heaven by her father, Tom Ed Bridges, Jr. and her adored grandparents, Tom Ed, Sr. and Flois Webb Bridges, and Ethel and Effie Miller Martin. Following the exhaustion of her medicare benefits and the lack of a Louisiana facility equipped to meet her needs, Rhonda gratefully spent her last weeks in the loving and compassionate hands of caregivers in Texas, first at Oakwood Manor in Vidor, then at Christus St. Elizabeth Hospital (where she enjoyed an ice cream party with her grandchildren and nephews in the ICU), and finally at Harbor House Hospice in Beaumont. In lieu of flowers, she urges her friends and family to contact legislators to impress upon them the critical need for funding to provide longterm, specialized medical services for Louisiana’s poor, elderly and disabled. Donations can be made in the name of Rhonda Bridges to the Anayat House, 2675 McFaddin St., Beaumont, TX 77702, or to Eagle Heights Community Church Hospice Outreach Program, 47318 Rufus Bankston Rd.,Tickfaw, LA 70466. Visitation at Greensburg United Methodist Church, LA Hwy 10, Greensburg, LA on Friday, February 8, 2013 from 6:00 – 9:00 pm; visitation will continue on Saturday, February 9, 2013 from 8:30 am until funeral services at 10:00 am. Burial in Pine Hill Methodist Church Cemetery, Greensburg. McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, in charge of arrangments. For an online guestbook, visit

Baptist Press

Check out this article on praying for missionaries.  Each missionary family does not go through the same difficulties, but be assured the devil likess to make things challenging for them at times, just like he does for us.


90 Day Bible Reading: Day 34

2 Chronicles 35:16 – Ezra 10:44

We are in the 15th book of the Bible!  Keep up the reading.  We are making such good progress.  The “story” flows so much better because we are reading it this way.

Do you want to be blessed today?  Take your focus off yourself.  Focus on God and others.  

Anna Lee


“And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should,

how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is.

May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully.

Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God.”

~Ephesians 3:18-19 NLT~



Nikki Miller, wife of Josh Miller, will have knee surgery tomorrow in Covington.  Please pray for a good outcome and a complete recovery.

Gordon Price is still at rehab in Kentwood.  Pray for him and for his caregivers.

Edward Bridges
(April 17, 1932 – February 2, 2013)

A resident of Kentwood, he died at 4:22 p.m. on Saturday, February 2, 2013 at AMG Specialty Hospital in Denham Springs. He was born April 17, 1932 in Kentwood and was 80 years of age. Visitation at Bethel Baptist Church, Kentwood, from 11 a.m. until religious services at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, February 5, 2013. Services conducted by Rev. Clay Spinks. Interment Pine Ridge Cemetery, Kentwood. He is survived by his wife, Carol Jean Bridges, Kentwood; daughter, Rene’ McDaniel and husband, Rodney; son, Richard Bridges and wife, Candace; sister, Mildred Emily Bridges; 2 grandchildren, Iley McDaniel, Madeline Bridges; 2 great-grandchildren, Austin L. McDaniel and Jonathan C. McDaniel; numerous nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by, parents, William Otis and Nina Young Bridges; infant brother, Frank Bridges; brother, William J. Bridges; sister, Virgie C. Bridges. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Bethel Baptist Church. McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, in charge of arrangements. For an online guestbook, visit

IMB – Coffee Cup O’Faith

90 Day Bible Reading

1 Chronicles 24:1 – 2 Chronicles 7:10

May you be able to see the many ways God has blessed you today!

Anna Lee