“Whatever happens, give thanks, because it is God’s will in Christ Jesus that you do this.”

~1 Thessalonians 5:18 GW~




Linda Callihan had a problem and spend some time in the ER this week.  I think it has been worked out now.




Pray for Sylvester and Shirley Humphrey as they make important medical decisions concerning Sylvester’s health.



We had a phone call at 5:45 last night, Saturday.  The infectious disease doctor thinks he has found something in some previous blood work.  David will have extra blood drawn when we are at Ochsner Monday morning and will probably go  back in the hospital for antibiotics when the doctor gets the new results for the lab work.  Please keep praying.



Operation Christmas Child Collection Time Today – 4-6 P.M. at FBC, Kentwood




Read the Bible

  • Ezekiel 39-45
  • Psalm 131
  • Proverbs 14
  • Luke 12-13



This is a good day to give thanks!

Anna Lee





2 My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? 

3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. 

4 You know the way to the place where I am going.”



Darryl Bridges had a four wheeler accident.  Despite a number of broken bones, the doctors have decided he will not need surgery.  Pray for Darryl and his caregivers during the time when he will be wearing a brace and a sling.  He is hospitalized in New Orleans.




Jules Tanksley is still in Children’s Hospital of New Orleans.  She is doing well.  Pray for her and her family as the doctors make sure her heart is “good to go” to the Sixth Ward where she will live.  Thank God for her progress and for the medical staff who have given her such good care.




Robert Strickland is doing well following his recent nose surgery.




Pray for Phillip Strickland and his family.  Phillip and his mother have had a number of medical issues.




Linda Callihan will be traveling to MD Anderson every four months for follow-up visits.




Brian Tate is home again from Houston.



Buddy Morris is getting a break from his treatments.  He’s feeling pretty well.



Theople Hurst is doing well following her procedure.  She is working to regain her strength now.  Keep praying for her.



Read the Bible

  • Ezekiel 33-35
  • Psalm 130
  • Luke 10




L.E. Toney

October 17, 1926 – November 13, 2018

And a resident of Pine passed away early Tuesday morning November 13, 2018 at his home. He was retired after a career of over 40 years at the bag plant of the Bogalusa Paper Mill. During this time, L.E. also operated a successful dairy farm and later raised beef cattle. He was a United States Navy veteran of World War II and a member of Pine Missionary Baptist Church for 67 years while acting as the music leader for 65 years.

Survived by:

Son and Daughter in law: Tommy and Gail Toney of Lacombe

Daughter in law: Viviana Toney of Pine

2 Grandchildren and Spouses: Jennifer and Mike Beninato of Varnado,
William Scott and April Toney of Pine

6 Great-grandchildren: Anna Beninato,
Will Toney,
Grayson Toney,
Hannah, Haley and Hayden Jacobs

Great-great-grandchild: Evelyn Duvall

Brother: Harlon Toney of Kentwood

4 Sisters and a Brother in law: Louise and L.H. Turnage of McComb, MS,
Elnora Melear of Franklinton,
Agnes Smith,
Genevieve Koch both of Lexie, MS

Sisters in law and a Brother in law: Juanita and Johnny Ramshur,
Nell Crain all of Pine

Also numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends.

He was preceded in death recently by his wife of 67 years Burnettie Crain Toney and son James Edwin “Jim” Toney, his parents Jessie and Charlotte Toney, brothers John Ellis Toney, Angus Toney and sister Lucille Grace.

Visitation will be at Crain Funeral Home Wednesday November 14th from 5:00 pm until 9:00 pm. Visitation will continue Thursday at Pine Missionary Baptist Church from 9:00 am until 11:00 am. A funeral service will be held in the church at 11:00 am Thursday with Eld. Adam Luper officiating. Burial with military honors will follow in the Pine Community Cemetery.

Pallbearers: Will Toney, Bruce Stogner, Terry Toney, Roger Stephens, Jeff Smith, Regan Knight

Honorary Pallbearers: Bennie Crain, Kenneth Gerald, James Slocum

Obituaries can be viewed online at

Glenn Lee Husser

August 04, 1960 – November 14, 2018

A resident of Husser, passed away on Tuesday, November 14, 2018 at his home. He was born August 4, 1960 in Baton Rouge, LA and was 58 years of age. He was a loving husband, father, and grandfather. He is survived by wife of 40 years, Karen Husser; Daughter, Daphne Husser Reid and Husband, Kevin; Son, Shelby Husser and Wife, Shannon; 6 grandchildren; Sister, Beverly Husser; Mother, Parmys Husser Smith. Preceded in death by father, Larry Husser; and Brother, Richard Husser. McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, in charge of arrangements. For an online guestbook, visit


Wayne Jenkins  –



Operation Christmas Child Drop-off Kentwood Location – 10-12  this morning



Our friends have been encouraging during this time.  They have found various ways to help us get through this time.  We are most appreciative.

Anna Lee








For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God.

He was put to death in the body but made alive in the Spirit.

~ Peter 3:18 (NIV)~



Josiah Huckaby is home and doing well.  Thank-you for your prayers for Job, K,K., and Josiah.




Sylvester Humphrey Update:

Please continue to keep the Humphrey’s in your prayers. Here is an update on Mr. Sylvester from Mrs Shirley:

“The good news is the suspicious area in the hypo pharynx that was biopsied is negative for cancer cells. Sylvester will need an esophagectomy. The cancerous tumor causing the esophageal stricture is close to the larynx (voice box). Dr Pou said his larynx will probably have to be removed because she probably won’t be able to get enough margin removing all cancer cells. She consulted Dr McWhorter and he said the larynx would probably have to be removed which means a permanent hole in his throat. She is meeting with the Oschner & Mary Byrd Perkins tumor board this Thursday to discuss all options; surgery, radiation, chemo etc. Dr Pou said she would also have his case reviewed with Our Lady of the Lake tumor board as a second opinion if we wanted her to and we agreed. Dr Pou is to call us Thursday with all options. Please pray for discernment for the tumor boards and for Sylvester in making his decision about which option/options to make. We love all of you and need your prayers.”

(Many of you know Sylvester from his many years of working at the Amite Post Office or his retirement dream, The Hope Center.)




Read the Bible

  • Ezekiel 30-32
  • Proverbs 12
  •  Luke 9




Operation Christmas Child

  • FBC, Kentwood collection hours today – 4-6 P.M.
  • Thanks to our church friends who stepped up to work this week for David and me.




As you dress warmly today, think of someone who might need warmer clothing.  Can you meet their need?

Anna Lee



“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace.

In this world you will have trouble.

But take heart!

I have overcome the world.”

~John 16:33~



Pete Gill continues to need our prayers.   He will have a pet scan today and a biopsy on November 29th because he is still having breathing problems.  Your prayers are greatly appreciated.




Mrs. Theople Hurst needed to have a pacemaker out in yesterday.  She’s doing well now.



Today is the second collection day for Operation Christmas Child.  First Baptist Church, Kentwood will be accepting filled boxes from 2-4 P.M. today.  They were busy yesterday and received about 600 boxes in two hours.  Pray they have another good collection day today.



Read the Bible

  • Ezekiel 27-29
  • Psalm 128-129
  • Luke 8



Enjoy the crispness in the air today.  I love the signal that summer is over.

Anna Lee





“News about Jesus spread even more.

Many people came to hear him and to be healed . . . but Jesus often slipped away to be alone so he could pray.” 

~Luke 5:15-16 NCV~




Newborn Jules Tanksley has had heart surgery is is doing well under the watchful care of the staff at Children’s Hospital of New Orleans.  Please continue to pray for the parents as they fight for good health for their baby.



Mrs. Theople Hurst will be having a pacemaker implanted Wednesday at St. Tammany in Covington.  Please pray for her.



Renee’ Terrell will be having a procedure on her back in Brandon, MS on Tuesday, November 27th.  Add her to your list of people to pray for.



Buddy Morris had a sudden new problem this week.  Pray for him and his family.



David is home from Ochsner where he spent the last week.  Because of a blood disorder, he blood was drawn numerous times a day.  The first thing David said this morning was that it was nice not to sleep without being disturbed.  While in Ochsner, numerous tests were done.  The final diagnosis is that the new problems are related to his MDS.  Today, he will have an injection, his fourth, of procrit at Ochsner on O’Neal.



Ann Hyde Ballard

February 11, 1933 – July 17, 2018

A resident of Roseland passed away on Tuesday, July 17, 2018 at her home surrounded by her loving family and friends. She was born February 11, 1933 in Chesbrough and was 85 years of age. Ann was a loving mother, grandmother, great grandmother, and friend to all she knew. She began her career as a nurse and later went on to own and manage numerous family businesses. She is survived by her daughter, Renee Ballard Durio and husband, Russell; 2 sons, Jimmy Ballard and wife, Aimee, and Freddie Carl Ballard and wife, Pearl; 12 grandchildren, Rachel Ballard, Robert Ballard, Leslie Cuti, Trenton Ballard, Jennifer Davenport, Keri Thornton, Bryan Saint, James Ballard, Josh Ballard, Logan Ballard, Baylor Blanchard, and Emilee Edwards; 14 great-grandchildren; brother, Bill Hyde and wife, Mary; sister-in-law, Sally Higgins. Preceded in death by husband, Freddie Ballard; parents, Charles and Ethel Hyde; 2 sisters, Rita Lea and Elizabeth Stevens; 2 brothers, Charles and Johnny Hyde. Visitation at First Baptist Church of Arcola from 9 a.m. until religious services at 1 p.m. on Friday, July 20, 2018. Services conducted by Rev. Bob Simpson. Interment Spring Creek Cemetery, Spring Creek. McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, in charge of arrangements. For an online guestbook, visit



Read the Bible

  • 10th
    • Ezekiel 23-26
    • Proverbs 11
    • Luke 7
  • 11th – Reflect on God as “Maker”




Operation Christmas Child Collection Week

Today is the first of eight days set aside to turn in the many “shoeboxes” that we have been lovingly packing during the past months.  You can check Samaritan’s Purse website for the location of a drop off site near you.  FBC, Kentwood will again serve as a collection site.  I am so thankful to say some friends at FBC, Kentwood will take over that responsibility so David and I can focus on his health this year.  Remember that each box not only has gifts, but also an opportunity to learn about Jesus.  It is estimated that each box will impact an average of seven people.  What an impact each box has.  What an opportunity for us “tell” children about Jesus!




It has been good to know The Prayer Link was missed on the days I didn’t get it published.  I only do the publishing from home.  It’s good to be back at home and doing one of may favorite things.

Anna Lee






6 Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. 

7 Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. 

8 Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.





Danny Farris is improving from his fall from a deer stand.  He is in rehab and now well enough to have brief visits from friends.  Please continue to pray for Danny and Joanne.



Mrs. Mildred Birth fell and broke a hip.  She has had surgery.  She is now in rehab at Greensburg where she has three one-hour  sessions of rehab each day.  Her spirits are good, as always.  Don’t think a broken hip and 88 years of age will slow this spunky lady down for too long!



David is and has been in Ochsner on O’Neal in Baton Rouge since Monday.  He received four units of blood and has been carefully monitored.  He has undergone a number of tests in addition to all the the blood work to help identify the cause of his anemia and weight loss.  So far, that still has not been identified.  Testing will continue this morning with part two of a nuclear scan checking for infection somewhere in his body.

The last few days of Bible readings have covered:
  • Ezekiel 4-22
  • Psalm 122-127
  • Proverbs 9-10
  • Luke 2-6



Don’t forget the OCC shoeboxes.  They can be turned in Monday, November 12 through Monday, November 19.  FBC, Kentwood is a collection site and will be open two hours each day.  Refer to a previous post of The Prayer Link or check the collection sites listed on Samaritan’s Purse.



Thanks for the many prayers for David.  Please continue to pray.  He is just a medical mystery some times!

Anna Lee


“God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts.

Use them well to serve one another.” 

~1 Peter 4:10 NLT~

Danny Farris is recovering from rib surgery.  He is not up to company yet.  Hopefully, he won’t need hip surgery, but is up for whatever come.  As you pray for Danny, please also pray for Joanne.



The Two Rivers WMU will meet this morning at Kedron for the World Day of Prayer.  It will be a good meeting. FBC, Amite will be in charge of the program because Cora Morris is not up to it this year.  Meet at ten.  Share a meal before you leave.




The Two Rivers WMU is again participating in collecting stamped, religious, Christmas cards.  Bring your cards with the stamps affized to the envelopes to the Lottie Moon Tea the first Sunday of December.




Read the Bible – Medicate on God as the “Beginning” and catch up on any readings you missed this week.


With God’s help, make this a wonderful week.

Anna Lee