Be strong and courageous.

Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”

~Deuteronomy 31:6~





There are a number of Kentwood folks fighting big battles today.  Please say prayers for them.  Ask God to help the families stick close to Him.




Read the Bible

  • Psalm 57:1
  • Psalm 57:7-9




Pray for many of our college age students who will be beginning a new semester of college or trade school.




FBC, Greensburg started their own senior adult ministry similar to “Young at Heart” at New Zion.  Greensburg’s group is named “Just Older Youth – JOY” . Kentwood’s “Young” Ladies Birthday Party will meet January 22 at the Burger Basket in Oyska.




The associational WMU meeting will be a week from today at East Fork.  The meeting will honor WMU ladies who passed away during 2018.   The meeting will begin at 10:00, with the leadership meeting at 9:00.  A covered dish meal will be enjoyed by all at meeting.





Operation Christmas Child needs can be purchased in January.  The organization suggests  hat, scarves. and gloves for January purchases.  Of course, any items you find for a good sale price are always accepted and appreciated.  Items can be brought to my Sunday School classroom, next to thee choir room, during the week or before Sunday School.  Thanks for helping in 2019, just like you have done in all previous years.




The Youth on Mission will be collecting cans of soup the day of the Super Bowl.  The soup will be given to the Hope Center for their pantry so they can meet emergency needs.



Thanks for supporting the ministries mentioned today.

Anna Lee










He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God.

Many will see and fear the LORD and put their trust in him.

~Psalm 40:3~



Today, we have a prayer request for Charlsee Hawkins, a classmate at AHS.  Charlsee fell yesterday morning and broke her hip.  Pray with me that her recovery time will go smoothly.



Read the Bible today – “I wills….” found in Psalms.

  • Psalm 51:6
  • Psalm 51: 13-14
  • Psalm 52:9




Make your plans to attend the associational WMU meeting a week from next Monday, January 21st at East Fork Baptist Church.  It will be the annual memorial service.




The next “Young” ladies’ birthday party will be on the 22nd at the Burger Basket, formerly Nyla’s,



Operation Christmas Child – January collections – hats, scarves, and gloves!


As I have recommended before, be a Christian encourager.

Anna Lee


22 Because of the LORD’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail.

 23 They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.

~Lamentations 3:22-23~




Thanks for prayers for Dayna Baker. She is out of ICU and in a regular room. I really appreciate all of you!!!




Pray for Phillip Strickland.  One of his cousins said Phillip is hospitalized in Covington.




Yesterday was seven years since Koltyn Gafford had half his brain removed to prevent his almost constant seizures.  It worked like a charm!  Thank God for all the improvement Kolton has been able to make since then.




Pray for Glen Magee, Sr. as he goes for pre-op work tomorrow and surgery Tuesday.  The surgery is tentatively set for 1 P.M.




Owen Wilkinson, the son of Shane and April, is in Children’s Hospital, New Orleans with very high sugar count.  Pray for Owen and his family as they await a diagnosis and treatment plan.




Mr. John Bond of the Gillsburg area fell.  After some stitches, he stayed overnight for observation.  Pray for the Bond family while Mr. John is recovering.




Dee Dee Stokes Gill continues to recover from the stroke she had Christmas Day.  Please keep praying for her.





Read the Bible – “I wills…. of Psalms”.

  • Psalm 43:4
  • Psalm 45:17
  • Psalm 45:3-4



Don’t forget the WMU meeting on the third Monday at East Fork Baptist Church honoring out WMU ladies who passed away during 2018.  The meeting begins at 10, but leadership will meet at 9.  A covered dish lunch will follow the meeting.  Girls who are out of school that day are invited to attend with their mothers and grandmothers.




I love to hear people say they believe in the power of prayer and say the specific time of day when they regularly pray.  Prayer is real to them!

Anna Lee




“People do not live by bread alone,

but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.” 

~Matthew 4:4 NLT~



Comment: please add Dayna Baker to your prayer list. She is in ICU in St Louis with a blood leakage and heart problems. She’s had 4 units of blood so far. They are doing a scope and EKG today. pray that they find the source of the bleed and that her heart is ok. Thanks .                                                                                  Pam Sellers, formerly of Kentwood



Please keep Frances M. Gay in your prayers as she prepares for knee surgery.




Nita Hayden Lea

March 12, 1933 – January 05, 2019

Nita H. Lea, a resident of Amite, passed away on Saturday, January 5, 2019 at North Oaks Medical Center in Hammond. She was born March 12, 1933 in Independence and was 85 years of age. She was a member of Mt. Nebo Baptist Church and loved teaching Sunday School. She is survived by her daughter, Gloria Lea Frazier and husband, Bill; granddaughter, Kami Frazier Bourque. Preceded in death by parents, Arthur and Orval Hayden; husband, Charles Frank Lea, Sr.; son, Charles “Chuck” Lea, Jr.; sister, Rose Fagan; brothers, Carl, Billy, Steve and Ronnie Hayden; grandson-in-law, Steven Bourque. Visitation at McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, from 11:30AM until religious services at 1:00PM Wednesday, January 9, 2019. Services conducted by Rev. Randel Camardelle. Interment Amite Memorial Gardens, Amite. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Leah Wilkinson Memorial Foundation at For an online guestbook, visit




Elmer “Rip” Rohner

February 13, 1934 – January 5, 2019

And a resident of Kentwood died early Saturday morning January 5, 2018 at his home. He was the owner/operator of Amite Sign Company for 43 years and the owner of The Pines in Kentwood for many years. Rip loved to play his bass guitar at home and often played during services at various churches that he attended in the area. He enjoyed fishing and liked to keep a well landscaped and manicured lawn. Rip always enjoyed spending time with his family.

Survived by:

Wife of 30 years: Debbie Goings Rohner of Kentwood

5 Children: Ashley Rohner of Baton Rouge,
Alex Rohner of Kentwood,
Jeannie Watkins of Missouri,
Diane Rohner of Amite,
Dorinda Rohner of Kentwood

8 Grandchildren: Danny Watkins,
Timmy Lawrence,
Misty Nicolosi,
Jason Lawrence,
Scarlett Sigrest,
Melvin Battles,
Mike O’Hara,
Nicole Watkins

20 Great-grandchildren

4 Great-great-grandchildren

Sister in law: Carol Rohner of California

Also numerous nieces, nephews, other family members and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his daughter Cathy O’Hara, parents Murphy Rohner and Mary Bridges Rohner, great-granddaughter Mia Ruth O’Hara, a brother Jesse Rohner and sister Stella Frances Rounsaville.

Visitation will be at Crain Funeral Home (1109 Bene Street, Franklinton. LA) on Tuesday January 8th from 5:00 pm until 7:00 pm. A funeral service will be held in the funeral home chapel at 7:00 pm Tuesday with Rev. Clay Spinks officiating.

In lieu of flowers, the family prefers memorial donations to, or to a church of your choice.

The family wishes to express a sincere thank you to Dr. Dale Tate and the staff of Heart of Hospice for their care and support.

Honorary Pallbearers are Danny Watkins, Mike O’Hara, Nick Savarino, Chuck Harrell, Dan Slocum, Alan Goings, B.J. Goings.




Read the Bible and mark the “I wills….”

  • Psalm 30:1
  • Psalm 30:12
  • Psalm 32:5




The next associational WMU meeting will be Monday, January 21st at 10 A.M. at East Fork Baptist Church to honor WMU ladies who passed away during 2018.  There will be a leadership meeting at 9 A.M.  The meeting will be followed by a covered dish lunch.  Any girls who are having a school holiday that day are invited to participate with us.

What would WMU be like without very dedicated women?





As you read The Prayer Link each day, remember to add your own requests.  There are always others to pray for,  but for one reason or another, it was not feasible to list all of them.

Anna Lee





As a shepherd looks after his scattered flock when he is with them, so will I look after my sheep.

I will rescue them from all the places where they were scattered on a day of clouds and darkness.

~Ezekiel 34:12~





My unspoken request – Continued prayers needed for pain relief and a good report on latest treatment.




Prayers for Cal Schuler’s family.  He passed away suddenly yesterday.  He and I have mutual relatives in Shreveport and NE Texas.




Obituary for Wayne Langley

Wayne Lavelle Langley
  • July 18, 1939 – December 26, 2018
  • Arrangements for Mr. Wayne Langley are at Bailey’s Funeral Home, Springhill, LA Monday December 31st Visitation 10a-12p. Service to follow. Burial will be at Old Sarepta Cemetary, Sarepta, LA. (northeast of Shreveport).




Read the Bible 

  • Zech 13-14
  • Psm, 149
  • Matt. 25-26




Read the Bible in 2019 – We will be following Biblical themes in 2019.  In January our theme will be “I Wills” from Psalms.

You have options of how you will follow this in 2019.  One, you may read the verses and focus on the “I Will”.  Second, you may choose to write the verses in a notebook or even make a computer file and underline all the “I Will”s.  Copies will be available at FBC, Kentwood to those who wish for a hardcopy.  You may also ask me to send you an email.

This will require less time than most Bible reading plans and will be an option.  Of course, you are welcome to follow any plan you choose.  This is one of the options provided by Sweet Blessings.

I think you may enjoy checking out the web site to see all the things they offer.




FBC, Kentwood will have their annual march for the Lottie Moon Christmas.  You can participate if:

  • You are putting in your gift Sunday
  • You a have already given.
  • You plan to give next week.
  • You are not giving, but will support the fund given through your prayers.




Thank-you for checking in and praying today.

Anna Lee




Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”

~Luke 2:13-14~


I hope each of you had a joyous Christmas and centered some on your attention on Jesus, the true focus of the Christmas holiday.




Thank-you for praying for Fannie Seal as she had knee replacement surgery Monday.  She is up and walking.



Nancy Pledger is thankful for your prayers for her family at the time of her sister’s death this past week.  Please continue to pray for them today and in the days to come.



Say special prayers for those who are hospitalized during this holiday week and for their caregivers as they balance home and hospital environments this week.



Pray for families going through the holidays without loved ones who passed away in 2018.




Read the Bible Today

  • Zech. 7-8
  • Prov. 30
  • Matt. 22



FBC, Kentwood will celebrate the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering Sunday with a missions march during morning worship Sunday.



Thank God for the little things that have made your life so special in 2018.

Anna Lee













Merry Christmas

“Out of sheer generosity God put us in right standing with himself.

A pure gift.

He got us out of the mess we’re in and restored us to where he always wanted us to be.

And he did it by means of Jesus Christ.

He sacrificed Jesus on the altar of the world to clear that world of sin.”

~Romans 3:24-25 The Message~



Pete Gill’s procedure went well.  Now, treatment will begin.  Pray for this family during this Chirstmas Day.




Another Spring Creek family is in the hospital.  Jimmy Rufus Williams may get to come home today.  I know the family will celebrate being at home together and the birth of Jesus long ago.



David found some Christmas spirit in the good news he received yesterday and was able to attend the service at FBC, last night.  It was beautiful from the beginning to the end.  I know there were other special services last night.  I hope you were able to attend one.  We are extra thankful not to be going to Baton Rouge for a unit of blood today.




Mary Jo Gauthreaux Childress

February 5, 1950 – December 23, 2018

Mary Jo Gauthreaux Childress

Mary Jo Gauthreaux Childress, 68, of Laurel passed away on Sunday, December 23, 2018, and
is in the arms of Jesus after a lengthy battle with Alzheimer’s Disease.
Mrs. Childress was a dedicated and loving wife, mother, daughter, sister, and friend. She was a
member of First Baptist Church of Laurel where she served as a Sunday School teacher and
Bible Drill leader for many years. She adored children and was a teacher for Jones County
School District’s Star Reach Program.
She was preceded in death by her father, Joseph E. Gauthreaux of Biloxi, and her grandparents
John and Mary Gates of Pensacola, FL, and Joseph and Theresa Gauthreaux of Biloxi.
She is survived by her loving husband, David Childress of Laurel; her two daughters, Molly
(Carson) Humphries of Richardson, TX, and Mary Katherine “Katie” Childress of New York, NY;
her mother, Mary Helena (Gates) Gauthreaux of Biloxi; her sister Nancy (Jim) Pledger of
Natchitoches, LA; and four grandchildren, Hannah, Lydi Kate, Wiley, and Ellis Humphries.
Visitation will be held at 9 a.m. at Memory Chapel Funeral Home in Laurel on Wednesday,
December, 26, 2018, followed by services at 11:00 a.m. Graveside services will be at 1:30 p.m.
in Mendenhall.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to First Baptist Church Foundation of Laurel, Inc.
First Baptist Church Foundation of Laurel, Inc.
P.O. Box 4452
Laurel, MS 39441-4452




Read the Bible today.

  • Zech 4-6
  • Psalm 147
  • Matt. 21

Read about the birth of Jesus today.



Today is the day we celebrate the birth of Jesus.  That’s amazing, but not the end or the story.  He left heaven to live on earth and prepare the way for us to have salvation and to eventually live with Him forever.  That’s the greatest story ever told.  I hope you get to tell this story to someone today.



Happy birthday to our daughter.



Katera McMillian shared the following pictures and stories with me.  I’m passing them on.  Then, I’m going to get my “Christmas arch” out for this special day.  It was a gift a number of years ago.

Merry Christmas Around the World

The story is the same even though the celebration is different in other countries.  Focus on the meaning of Christmas as told in the Bible.

Anna Lee