Thursday Addition

Lou Miller sent this to me.  Angie lost part of her leg in a hunting accident.  We have prayed for her before, but it is time to pray again.

Comment: Update on Angie Lamb
Trey and Rachael Buckley’s friend in Missouri who lost her leg in a hunting accident.

Update: I had my follow up appointment earlier this afternoon with my surgeon. I’m so disappointed that I wasn’t up to giving an update and then I realized it’s not really fair to those of you texting and asking how it went. I had hoped to be able to make it to my appointment with the prosthetic facility following my appointment with the surgeon. Instead I was made to cancel because my leg is still not healed to his satisfaction. After a mini breakdown session, I left his office feeling completely dejected. Stump shrinker comes off, yet again, and I can only wear it for a couple hours a day. One of the wounds has healed nicely, the other one still needs time. His concern is it could tunnel into a deeper wound and then I may require another surgery which would entail amputating above the knee. This is something we want to avoid at all cost. Without the shrinker, my leg swells easier. When it’s swelled, the pain is harder to manage. Because of this, I’ve got some decisions to make regarding my hours at work. Frustration is one of many feelings I’m experiencing right now. You would think I would have learned a little patience at this point. I’ve come to realize that its just not something I was blessed with, or apparently the ability to learn lol. Thanks for all the continued prayers and support.


“Everyone will know that you are my disciples,

if you love one another.”

~John 13:35 NIV~





Please continue to pray for Paul and Sandy Morgan.  Paul is slowly recovering from his heart surgery and is now in a regular room.  He is able to sit up some, but still has a high heart rate.  Sandy requests your continued prayers for Paul.




Once again, the doctors say Donald Alford may get to go home today.  Angela, Donald’s wife, and his three children, Janet, Willie, and Julia, have all been very faithful to stay with him and assist him as needed.  I know Donald is thankful for them.




Bro. Don Meadows of Taylor Creek Baptist Church and our associational compassion minister announced Sunday that he and Tammy will be moving to Florida next month.  He has completed his studies at NOBTS and will get to serve in his home state.  He will be missed by many, but not forgotten.




Yesterday, I learned a couple from Chesbrough who are not members of our church donated LOTS of items for Operation Christmas Child.  David and I got them moved and have started to go through them.  What a blessing they will be to boys and girls as they receive the shoeboxes.   We are so thankful for all the wonderful things Vernon and Linda Russell brought.  Vernon is David’s cousin.

My sister, Julie, is making the cutest owls for the boxes for ages 2-4 children.  They are beautiful and will be wonderful treasures for the children who receive the shoeboxes.  Julie got in over a hundred more colorful t-shirts yesterday, so she has already started adding the cute designs to the shirts.

Thanks too the Sunday School classes that are bringing in items for the “shoeboxes”.  We are making lots of early progress this year!  David and I are thankful.




Read the Bible in 2020 – February 19

  • Leviticus 7:28-9:6
  • Mark 3:31-4:25
  • Psalm 37:12-29
  • Proverbs 10:5

Don’t forget you can also listen to these Scriptures daily  at




Love multiplies as you give it away.

Anna Lee














The LORD gives strength to his people;

the LORD blesses his people with peace.




Update on Smiley Conerly: Port this week and treatment begins next week.




My classmate, Georgia, is with her husband, Joe, at the hospital in Hammond.  He is having seizures and kidney issues.  Please say a prayer for Joe and Georgia.




David’s brother-in-law, Bonnie’s husband, Harold Newman, passed away in Bay Saint Louis.  The services for him will be February 1 at McKneely’s in Hammond.




Read the Bible in 2020 – January 22

  • 2 Genesis 44:1-45:28
  • Matthew 14:13-36
  • Psalm 18:37-50
  • Proverbs 4:11-13



Julie and I have made over 400 washcloths for OCC.  I also have fifty more marble bags to add to our stash.  David and I will continue to work in the OCC room, but not on a regular schedule.  Call to check on when you might want to work with us or just catch us working at the church.

Anna Lee


1 God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. 

2 Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, 

3 though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging.

                                                                             ~Psalm 46:1-3~





I will start with Operation Christmas Child this morning.


Join us in praising God for the 8,950,144 shoebox gifts packed in the U.S. in 2019!
Together with all the shoeboxes collected globally, that’s more than 10.5 million Gospel opportunities now on the way to children in more than 100 countries around the world!





Dr. Anjanette Varnado has been discharged.  She is sore, but “on the mend”.  Thank-you for praying for her,




Sherill Caraway was still having some heart issues, so he stayed in the hospital overnight.  Pray he is better today.




Christian Ratliff has had some hearing tests and will possibly have ear surgery.  Please continue to pray for this family.




Margaret Elaine Burgess

March 14, 1934 – January 15, 2020

Margaret Elaine Burgess passed away peacefully on January 15, 2020. During a life that began in Winthrop, Arkansas on March 14, 1934, Margaret was a consummate servant, friend, and strong believer in Jesus. She grew up in Texarkana, Arkansas and along the way developed a desire to communicate her love to others and an immense work ethic, both of which were displayed often. Upon marrying Gordon, she embarked on a life of being a consistent supporter and tireless companion that included unquestionable love and sacrifice.

A devoted wife, mom, grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend, Mrs. Burgess always placed others before herself. She enjoyed playing – whether it was games with family and friends or the piano at her church or the assisted living facility where she resided the last six months. She was always eager to share the gift of music and will be remembered for her positive attitude and a constant desire to lend a helping hand.

Margaret was preceded in death by her father Curtis Morgan and her mother Mary Sharp Morgan;  in-laws A. J. Burgess and Estelle Duke Burgess; and husband Gordon Burgess. She is survived by her son Wade, wife Amy and grandson, Alex; brother Curtis Buck” Morgan, two daughters and their families; sister Joyce Johnson, two children and their families; brother-in-law Paul Burgess; sister-in-law Linda and husband Galen Russell; nieces, nephews and a host of grand nieces and nephews.

Visitation to be held on January 18, 2020 at McKneely Funeral Home in Amite, Louisiana from 911am with a funeral service to follow. Interment Amite Memorial Gardens, Amite. To continue the Burgess legacy in Tangipahoa parish, in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Gordon and Margaret Burgess Endowed Scholarship Fund at Southeastern Louisiana University.  Online at (select “Other” for fund and indicate Burgess scholarship in the field) or by calling (985) 549-5356.

My fondest memories of Mrs. Burgess are when she was an itinerate teacher.  She began her day at Loranger High School and completed her day at Independence High.  I’m thankful I got to know her many years ago.



Read the Bible in 2020 – January 17

  • Genesis 35:1-36:43
  • Matthew 12:1-21
  • Psalm 15:1-5
  • Proverbs 3:21-26




Today will be another work day for family and a friend to work on some OCC projects.  My sister, Julie, my cousin, Naomi, and Julie’s friend, Lynette, will be helping today.  I look forward to getting a lot accomplished and having a good visit while doing so.  Pray for God to lead you to want to have an OCC work day at FBC, Kentwood or at your own church.  In 2019, FBC, Kentwood turned in 415 of the 8,950,144 shoebox gifts sent out from the USA.  We are now working on the 2020 boxes.

Anna Lee


Please excuse the weather delay.  I’m going to try again.





1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 

2 He was with God in the beginning. 

3 Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.

                                                                             ~John 1:1-3~




Scripture Writing – December 10 – Psalm 72: 15-20





While living in China, Lottie wrote letters to the Foreign Mission Board (now the International Mission Board) and to Baptist women. She asked for more missionaries and for money to grow her work among the Chinese.

Because of Lottie’s determination, WMU collected a Christmas Offering to give to the Foreign Mission Board. In 1919, Annie Armstrong suggested that the offering should be named for Lottie Moon.

Today, we still give to the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering in honor of her work and sacrifice to keep our missionaries on the field.

One hundred percent of the offering goes to the missionaries, none to administration.




5 facts about the International Mission Board (IMB)

Dec 6, 2019

This week SBC churches across the globe are holding a week of prayer for the International Mission Board and the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering.

Here are five facts you should know about one of the world’s largest missions organizations.

1. The IMB was originally called the Foreign Mission Board (FMB) when it was formed in 1845 to manage the sending of missionaries to foreign countries. Based out of Richmond, Virginia—where the IMB still resides today—the FMB oversaw missionary work and served as a liaison between missionaries and the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC). Within four months of the founding of the SBC, the entity had appointed two missionaries to China and assumed support for a third missionary that was already serving in that country. Over the next few decades, the board expanded its work to include Africa, Brazil, Italy, Mexico, and Japan.

2. In 1873, the FMB appointed the woman who would become the entity’s most famous missionary—Charlotte Digges “Lottie” Moon. Moon became the first American woman to attempt to live exactly as the Chinese did, adopting their dress and language and showing a greater appreciation for their culture. The effort helped to connect with Chinese neighbors. As Moon told the FMB,  “I am more and more impressed by the belief that to win these people to God, we must first win them to ourselves.” In 1888, a handful of women dedicated to the cause of missions founded the Woman’s Missionary Union. Moon suggested they take up a Christmas offering to send missionaries to China and to help her and support her work. That initial Christmas offering collected $3,315 (roughly $95,000 in 2019 dollars) and was named for Lottie Moon in 1918. Since its inception, several billion dollars has been collected for the fund, including $157.3 million in 2018. The Lottie Moon Christmas Offering for International Missions funds more than 50% of IMB work.

3. Despite the efforts of missionaries like Moon, significant growth in overseas work did not occur for the FMB until after World War II. By 1955, though, the FMB was able to support 1,000 missionaries in the field. Another boost came in 1964, when the FMB began a new effort to send single missionaries called the Missionary Journeyman Program. Modeled on the Peace Corps and Baptist colleges’ summer missions programs, the Journeyman Program provided young adults the opportunity to both on a mission field and explore the possibility of lifelong service as a missionary. Since the program’s launch, about 6,000 people have served as journeymen, and more than 1,000 went on to serve as career missionaries. Currently, over 200 journeymen serve overseas.

4. The Southern Baptist Convention voted in 1997 to change the name of the Foreign Mission Board to the International Mission Board. The IMB has also shifted its focus from geographic countries to people groups, with a concerted effort to start church planting movements among “unreached peoples,” (i.e., ethnolinguistic groups in which the number of evangelical Christians is less than 2%). The current vision of the IMB, rooted in Revelation 7:9, is a “multitude from every language, people, tribe, and nation knowing and worshiping our Lord Jesus Christ.” The current mission of the IMB is to partner with churches to “empower limitless missionary teams who are evangelizing, discipling, planting, and multiplying healthy churches, and training leaders among unreached peoples and places for the glory of God.”

5. As of Dec. 1, 2019, the IMB has a total of 3,656 field personnel. In 2018 the entity had engaged 847 people groups (out of 3,176), planted 13,898 churches in foreign countries, and trained 18,428 pastors overseas. The IMB also recorded 52,586 baptisms and 77,605 new believers overseas. Slightly more than 50% of all Cooperative Program contributions received on a national level are directed to IMB work. Approximately 83% of the IMB’s budget is used for overseas purposes.

We’re had a number of deaths in our area this year.  That means many families will be celebrating their first Christmas without a loved one.  What can you do to make this holiday season a little merrier for them?

This year most of our international missionaries and military members will not be “at home for Christmas”.  What can you do to make the holiday season a little merrier for them?

Anna Lee