Thursday

If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.  

For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.

~Romans 10:9-10~

 

 

Amber Prine Ragan

I am writing this post as we are driving back from Houston. Amber had her post-operative visit today. We met with Dr. Lang and Dr. DeGroot. They were very pleased with Amber’s progress. She was able to get the staples and sutures removed today. Their recommendation for treatment is to start with proton radiation followed by 6-9 months of a chemotherapy treatment called PCV (combination of oral and infusion treatments.). The chemotherapy can be monitored by her neurologist in Baton Rouge. This will allow her to return back to work during her chemo treatments. She will do the radiation treatments at MD Anderson. Unfortunately, we were not able to meet with the radiologist today. We will return back to MDA on Monday to meet with her radiology team to get more information on when everything will get started (we are thinking within the next week or two). Dr. Lang seems to think she will do radiation for six weeks – 5 days a week, we will know more after we meet on Monday.
Once again, we are amazed how everything seems to work out. Amber received a call yesterday on our way to Houston about housing for patients receiving treatment at MDA. We will also meet with this organization on Monday. They have an apartment available that is very close to MD Anderson.
Of course, there are lots of other logistics that we have to work out before our six week stay in Houston. We are very thankful to have the family support that we do that will help us take the next steps.
Please continue to keep Amber in your prayers as she begins her treatment journey. Never doubt the power of prayer!

Amber had to bring her t-shirt today to show Dr. Lang. Needless to say, he loved it! Also  pictured is Dr. Lang’s assistant, Cheryl. She has been in communication with Amber since April. She has been an awesome support resource for all of us.  (The shirt said,”My neurosurgeon did my hair”.  – ala)

 

 

Two Kentwood ladies who recently had surgery have bodies that are healing.  Glenda Harrell and Yvonne Birch have improved.  Glenda’s next surgery has not been rescheduled yet.

 

Pray for students and faculty members starting another year of school last week, this week, and next week.  Pray for college students who will be getting in the routine soon.

 

 

Read the Bible

  • Isaiah 18
  • Psalm 96
  • I Thessalonians 4

 

Mission Project Day

  • Making items for Operation Christmas Child Shoeboxes
  • Saturday, August 18 from 9 A.M. – Noon
  • Fellowship Hall of FBC, Kentwood
  • Everyone is invited to participate
  • Items you may want to bring:
    • Bars of bath soap
    • Yarn, any amount
    • $1.00 calculators
    • $1.00 flashlights
  • Adults, if you can come, please let me know by Wednesday.
  • Participants will have an opportunity to get free show boxes and some items to place in them.

 

There is great power in prayer.  Thank-you for praying today.  

Anna Lee

 

 

 

 

Monday

Read the Bible

Reflect on God as Father.

Catch up on any reading you missed.

 

 

So go and make followers of all people in the world.

Baptize them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.

Teach them to obey everything that I have told you to do.

You can be sure that I will be with you always. I will continue with you until the end of time.”

~Matthew 28:19-20 Easy-to-Read Version (ERV)~

 

This is the Great Commission in an easy to read version.The words “Great Commission” help us to understand this is what God has for us to do.

Yesterday, at church, I shared that one part of our mission purpose in working with children on Wednesday nights is to “DO” missions!  We did just that by painting rocks and placing them around the church on cement or bricks where they would be easy to find and out of the way of lawn mowers.  The rocks had crosses, flowers, hearts, “Jesus Loves You”, etc. on them.  We call our rocks “Witness Rocks”.  Personally, I have plans/permission to place them in some other special places.  People were asked to take them and either keep them or pass them on to others.  I hope our rocks travel far and reach many for Jesus in their simple way.   The children loved doing them!

One way we can “DO” missions is to attend the Mission Project Day on Saturday, August 18th.  Show up and find everything ready for you to help create items that will be used in Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes.  On the 18th, we meet in the fellowship hall from 9 A.M. to noon.  I encourage you to participate with us.  By the way, it is also fun!
Yesterday morning, when I arrived in my Sunday School classroom, I found a lady getting some shoeboxes.  She said she was getting them to fill, just as her mother had packed a shoebox in honor of each of the grandchildren, she was now going to continue doing that for the family.  She left with boxes, instructions, and labels.  That is another opportunity to “DO” missions.
I also found some unbraided jump ropes in my room that one lady cut and prepared for braiding.  She told me another lady was coming to get them to braid this week.  I won’t call either name, but the younger lady was 80!!!  This goes to show that there is something for everyone.
Two ladies asked me if we are still collecting T-shirts.  They will be bring me some so more jump ropes, headbands, belts, bracelets, etc. and be cut out.  This means all these items we are sharing with boys and girls are given to us, free!
There is a young lady who told several of her co-workers about Operation Christmas Child.  They brought her bags and bags of items we will be able to share.  She is changing her job location, but said she would still be telling the original co-workers about what is happening next year.  I think her new co-workers will also learn about our mission projects and have the opportunity to help.  Have you shared opportunities with family members and co-workers?
When we remember that that printed materials in the appropriate language are added to the shoeboxes, we know boys and girls, and other family members will have an opportunity to learn about Jesus.  I cannot imagine a child who receives a shoebox who wouldn’t want to return to the same location to see some of the same people who gave them the shoebox to see what else they might have to offer – Jesus! 
Shoeboxes can also be packed by school students, civic organizations, other churches, etc.  If you know someone who needs more information, I will be happy to help them or to send someone else to do so.
Last night, after church, a younger lady asked me if we really needed Vienna sausage for the collection for Friendship House in New Orleans.  She said she just wanted to ask before she purchased some this week.  That and other items have been requested by Kay Bennett, the director there.  That will be used with homeless people and to help in getting young ladies off the streets and into better situations, often returning them to families who are so happy to have them back at home.  Kay Bennett will be speaking at our next associational WMU meeting.  Check a bulletin board at church to learn what other items we will be giving them.  You may also have read the front-page article about this ministry in a recent Baptist Message.
We are always collecting new and used Bibles for assisting a team that does the parish prison ministry in Amite.  I do not have clearance to participate, but see my mission as a provider.  If you have or would like to purchase any Bibles, you can drop them off at the church.  Regular or large print is desired because many of the people in the jail who need glasses do not have them.  The team always tells me how eager the inmates are for the Bibles.
At Christmas, we take Christmas cards with stamped envelopes to the inmates at Amite and Greensburg parish jails.  This gives them an opportunity to communicate with family members.  As the Christmas season draws closer, don’t forget to bring some cards with stamped envelopes.to the church.
We always help the Louisiana Baptist Children’s Home collect food each year.  This year, we also helped by having a special collection for other items they need.  We will soon begin the fall food round-up for them.
Can you guess which Sunday School class does the most for missions?  It is the class of older ladies who meet in the fellowship hall.  Virginia McKenzie teaches the class.  Theople Hurst is the unofficial missions leader/shopper for them.  How I wish other classes would realize the importance of missions.  This class certainly sets a good example!
In a previous post, I told you about the lady who gave us some beautiful quilts to share with those who are presently taking chemo or radiation.  I want to report that all the quilts have been delivered.  Now, I hope we can help the lady as she makes more quilts which can be used in such a special way.  If you would like to participate periodically, please let me know.
Just as I encouraged the children to “DO” missions, I encourage you to “DO” missions too. All mission work is not overseas!  There is much we can do!    These are some of the ways we are currently carrying out the Great Commission.  If you are not participating yet, I hope you will start to realize our purpose should be to take as many as we can to heaven with us one day!
I’ll get off my missions soapbox today, but this won’t be the last time I tell you about mission opportunities.
Anna Lee

Saturday

If you do what is right, will you not be accepted?

But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must rule over it.”

~Genesis 4:7~

 

 

I started to tell you yesterday that Operation Christmas Child suggests purchases of school supplies during August.  Prices are cheaper now and supplies are greater.

 

 

See me if you would like shoeboxes to pack. 

  • Will you pack one for each child or grandchild in your family?
  • Will you pack one or two each month?
  • Will you pack as many as you can?
  • Will you provide postage money for shoeboxes someone else packs?
  • Will you provide items for others to use as they pack?
    • Soap
    • Hair brushes
    • $1.00 calculators
    • $1.00 flashlights with batteries
    • Crayons
    • Pencil pouches
    • Scissors and other items for sewing kits
    • Watercolor paints
    • Highlighters
    • Small dolls
    • Small cars and trucks
    • Yarn
    • Headbands
    • Safety pins

 

 

Plan to attend our next project day.  It will be from 9 A.M. to noon on Saturday, August 18th in the fellowship hall of FBC, Kentwood.  Come with a willing heart and a desire to help with shoeboxes.  Everything will be provided and ready.

 

 

Read the Bible

  • Isaiah 14
  • Psalm 94
  • Colossians 4

 

 

Pray for people who need to meet Jesus.

Anna Lee

 

 

 

 

Saturday

My server works briefly in the early morning hours and suddenly goes off, so this will probably be it for the day.  It will be some time next week before we get the problem corrected.

 

“Where your treasure is,

there your heart will be also.”

~Matthew 6:21 NIV~

 

 

Read the Bible

  • Isaiah 8
  • Psalm 91
  • Philippians 2

 

There are many people with health issues.  Here is a list of some of them.

  • Glenda Harrell came home, but still needs surgery.  Prayers are needed and appreciated.  She came home yesterday afternoon.
  • Rev. Bobby Spinks has done the pre-op work and is waiting for surgery next week.
  • Linda Callihan is scheduling her treatment (5 days a week for 5 weeks).
  • Buddy Morris has three days of chemo next week (Wednesday – Friday) in Covington.
  • Phillip Strickland continues to need our prayers.
  • Continue to pray for Jacob Yarborough’s family,
  • Buddy Waller needs our ongoing prayers.
  • Yvonne Birch is doing very well.

 

 

Of course, there are many who have issues other than health issues.  Please pray for God’s watch-care over each one of them.

 

Summer vacation is almost over for teachers and students.  Do your part to help a child/family who is struggling to prepare for the new school year.  Say special prayers for students who will be in a different school this year.

 

 

The Children in Action have learned there are several things we can do for missions – study, pray, give, and do.  During the month of July, we focused on “do”.   It has been a fun and productive month.  You may soon see some of the results of our efforts to share Jesus in Kentwood.

 

 

Tomorrow is God’s Day,  Be sure to give Him His day.

FBC, Kentwood

  • 9:15 – Sunday School for all ages
  • 10:30 – Morning Worship
  • 6:00 – Evening Worship and special classes for children and youth
  • Nursery always available during church services

Anna Lee

Tuesday

                 “If God gives us wealth and property                                                  and lets us enjoy them,                                                              we should be grateful and                                                    enjoy what we have worked for.

It is a gift from God.”

Ecclesiastes 5:19 GNT

 

 

Bro. Justin Craft and his family have moved in as the new pastor and family at Line Creek Baptist Church.  Pray for them and the church in this new ministry.

 

Howard Williams has had ups and downs the last couple of days.  Keep praying for him and his family.

 

Update on Buddy Morris (Caring Bridge)

Chemo round 1…Done ✅

Journal entry by Ellen VandeVuss — 

Chemo round 1 is done.  Last week Daddy got chemo 3 days in a row, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday.  Thankfully he has had no side effects from it yet.  In fact on Wednesday he seemed to have more energy and was very talkative.  The nurse told us on Thursday that there were steroids in the first day medication.  Regardless it was a welcomed change and we all enjoyed the afternoon.  After the second and third day he did not have the burst of energy, but he had no complaints.

He does not complain of being in as much pain now, and we are thankful for that.  He is having a little trouble walking because of his leg that is swollen.  The swelling in his leg did seem to improve after chemo but has not gone away completely.

We plan to enjoy the next two weeks with only one doctor appointment and weekly blood work.  The second round of chemo is scheduled for August 1,2,3.  This is what we know for sure.  We have learned that things can change quickly.  For now the plan is for him to have another scan after the second round of chemo and see how the chemo is working.  We will have an appointment with Dr. Rameriz (the neuroendocrine specialist) after the scan to determine the next steps.

We cannot thank you enough for all of your prayers.  Please continue, and join us in thanking God for the good days that he is having.

May the Lord bless you.  May you enjoy the good things that come all the days of your life.  
Psalm 128:5

Yvonne Birch‘s by-pass surgery is scheduled for 7 A.M. tomorrow.  Please be in prayer for her.
Linda Callihan is scheduled to learn her treatment plan today.  Please pray for Linda and her family.

Rebecca Kay Forman

November 29, 1946 – July 14, 2018

Rebecca Kay Forman, a resident of Kentwood, passed away on Saturday, July 14, 2018 at Kentwood Manor Nursing Home. She was born November 29,1946 in Hattiesburg, MS and was 71 years of age. She worked as a bookkeeper for Garner Trucking and was a member of First Baptist Church of Kentwood. She is survived by her brother, Bill Prine (Jeanette), Clarksville, TN; sister, Rena Prine Bufkin (Jimmie), Wesson, MS and numerous nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by her husband, Noel Forman; son, Shannon Forman and her parents, Wesley and Lorena Prine. A Memorial Service will be held at 10 AM on Saturday, July 21, 2018 at First Baptist Church of Kentwood. Services conducted by Rev Darryl Miller. McKneely Funeral Home, Kentwood, in charge of arrangements. For an online guestbook, visit http://www.mckneelys.com.

 

 

 

 

Read the Bible

  • Esther 5-6
  • Ps. 87
  • Gal. 4

 

 

 

Saturday, we will be working on mission projects at FBC, Kentwood from 9 A.M. to Noon.  The is no membership or age requirement.  I hope to see many of you there.  We will be in the fellowship hall.  You may want to being a few rocks, some hotel soap, yarn scraps, or narrow ribbon with you.

 

 

May your day be blessed as you bless the life of someone else!

Anna Lee

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday

 This day I call the heavens and the earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses.

Now choose life, so that you and your children may live

~Deuteronomy 30:19~

Bible Reading Plan
  • Esther 3-4
  • Job 29
  • Galatians 3

 

Please continue to pray for Yvonne Birch as she “does nothing” for a few more days while waiting for by-pass surgery Wednesday in Covington.
Robbie  Lynn C. Kirby sent me this update on her mom, Linda Callihan.  She also posted it.  I’ll share for those who may not have seen it.
Mom has been healing and resting. The hardest part has been finding how to function while taking it slow. Those who know mom can chuckle at this. We have learned that after care is better by comparing week by week and not day by day. We are preparing for the next step of care per MD Anderson and radiation. The prayers, meals, donations, and other support has been amazing. Thank you.

 

 

 

Devon-and-A Shoebox

 

 

 

Reminders

  • Today is the day to announce the WMU “Show and Tell” meeting at Spring Creek Baptist Church tomorrow at 10 A.M.  We will all learn more about how we can be hands-on with our mission activities.  There will be crafts that everyone is capable of doing.  Come find the ones you want to do for missions.  The meeting will be followed by a covered dish lunch.
  • Saturday, we will have another project day for missions from nine to noon.  At the end of the meeting, you will be about to get a “shoebox” and get five items my out “stash”, including some of the items we have crafted on our project days.  You may want to bring some of the following items: medium size rocks to paint, clean, used t-shirts, highlighters, pony beads, hotel soaps, scissors, and pens.
  • The following Tuesday, July 24th, we will have out monthly “Young” Ladies’ Birthday Party at The Cafe.  Ladies being honored this month are Bobbie Magee,Barbara Erwin, Janice Hornsby, Martha  Griffith, Debbie Bales, and Anne Hurst.  Please make a special effort to contact some ladies to remind them of our gathering.
  • The children who meet for missions on Wednesday nights are spending July doing mission projects.  They are enthusiastic about missions and about making things to share.  We meet at 6 P.M.  This Wednesday, they are encouraged to bring rocks which they will paint for a local mission project.

 

 

Have a wonderful day today studying God’s Word and worshipping Him with others.  Sunday School begins at 9:15 and worship at 10:30.

Anna Lee

 

 

Tuesday

“I’m a mess.

I’m nothing and have nothing; make something of me.

You [God] can do it; you’ve got what it takes.” 

~Psalm 40:17 The Message~

 

 

Two messages from Haiti this morning telling out local team hopes to return today.  Be praying!

Good morning from Haiti. We will be remaining here in the compound again today. This trip did not go as planned but the Lord has been faithful to bless in so many ways. Our original plans to return home tomorrow evening are still in place. The city is showing some signs of normalcy. Please pray for our flight to leave on time and for the process of leaving the country to be smooth and timely.

My Parents and other family will be trying to travel to the Airport early tomorrow morning… 35 people in 2 ten Passenger vans… it will be a long day for them… please pray for safety as they travel home!!!!!

 

 

Update on Buddy Morris

Two Weeks…

Journal entry by Ellen VandeVuss — 

Two weeks… it has almost been two weeks since we heard the words cancer.  Two weeks is how long it took us to find the doctors that we liked to treat this rare and aggressive cancer.  Two weeks is the time from diagnosis to start of treatment. Two weeks that were filled with countless tests.  It seems like it has been an eternity.  These two weeks had highs and many lows.  We met many wonderful people who showed us kindness, patience, and compassion.  There were others we encountered that didn’t have these qualities, and those were the days with many emotions and tears.  We saw 4 different doctors, 2 of them were not the right doctor for us, and the other two will be a team and work together.  Daddy will be seeing Dr. Carinder at St. Tammany Hospital and Dr. Ramirez with Oschner in New Orleans.  Dr. Carinder is a general oncologist that has practiced oncology for many years, and Dr. Ramirez specializes in Neuroendocrine Tumors.  Today we saw Dr. Ramirez and got the results from all of the many tests.  It is hard to believe that all of these tests in the past two weeks were condensed into one appointment that lasted about an hour.

What we learned today…  We learned that the cancer has spread.  We knew that it was in some lymph nodes, but we learned today there are a few spots on his bones.  This is not uncommon for this type of cancer.  It is very rarely diagnosed and not spread to some extent at the time of diagnosis.  We are thankful that it has NOT spread to other organs.  His liver, lungs, and brain did NOT have any signs of cancer.

The plan… Dr. Carrinder and Dr. Ramirez agreed on the same treatment, which is chemotherapy.  Tomorrow, Daddy will get his port, and Wednesday he will start the first round of chemo.  He will have three days of chemo and three weeks in between rounds.  He will have two rounds and then have another scan to see how he is responding to chemo.  After the two rounds of chemo and another scan he will go back to Dr. Ramirez to determine the next steps of treatment.  During this time he will also have appointments with Dr. Carrinder to monitor the progress.  We are thankful that he will be able to do the chemo in Covington, and we will not have to drive to New Orleans each time.

Prayers and Praises… We are so thankful to have found these doctors.  It was a huge burden lifted once this decision was made, and we felt at complete peace in choosing this team of doctors.  Please pray that Daddy responds to the chemo.  We have been told these tumors respond well to chemo, and he will feel better after the first round.  We are so thankful for everyone that has called, texted, and visited in the last two weeks.  Thank you to everyone that has been there as a listening ear.  It means so much to us.  Most of all thank you for your prayers, we have surely felt them and are very grateful for all of the prayers that have been lifted up on our behalf.

Let us keep running the race marked out for us.   Hebrews 12:1b
Let us approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace in our time of need.  Hebrews 4:16
When all seemed hopeless… Abraham believed God and continued hoping.  Romans 4:18   

Linda (and Robert) Callihan will be spending a couple of days in Houston to get biopsy results and a treatment plan.  Keep praying for Linda’s health and strong faith.
Please continue to pray for our children and adult helpers who are at camp this week.  I heard yesterday that the children were having a great time.  I trust the adults were too!
Read the Bible
  • Neh. 4-5
  • Job 27
  • 2 Cor. 12

 

 

Prayer Meeting and Children’s Missions tomorrow night at 6 P.M. at FBC, Kentwood.

 

 

I will be working on Operation Christmas Child at church tomorrow.  You can choose your own hours.  If  anyone would like to help, please let me know today.

 

 

I am in need of lots of bars of hotel soaps of a special project I’ve been working on.  If you have some to share with OCC, please let me know.  If you have shampoo and conditioner, I will put it with the items we are sending to the Friendship House in September.  Thanks for helping.  I am also using lots of yarn, so if you have any scrap yarn or purchase some new yarn, please give it to me or leave in the church office.

 

 

Shoeboxes are available so you can pack them yourself.  I have painted the inside on some boxes, so if you are going to pack a box for a young boy, you will have a racetrack ready to go with your hot wheel type cars.  I’m going to be working on painting some boxes for other groups too.  What do you want for your packing?

 

 

Another item I am using now for mission projects is rocks.  I need rocks 2″ x 4″  or slightly smaller or larger and rather flat.  What do you have?  These will not go in the shoeboxes!  Stay tuned and see the latest mission project….

 

 

Thank you for supporting our friends in prayer and for supporting the missions involvement of our church!

Anna Lee