A wife of noble character who can find?

She is worth far more than rubies.

She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness.

Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her.

— Proverbs 31:10, 27-28 (NIV)

Happy Mother’s Day weekend!



Our Mallory, the first grandchild, made it to Kentwood last night.  God has blessed us greatly by giving her to us off and on for the summer.



Arlene Rae Travis

May 09, 2018 – May 09, 2018
Arlene Rae Travis was born into the arms of Angels on Wednesday, May 9, 2018. She is survived by her parents, Mitchell and Amber Travis; sister, Adelyne Georgia Travis; brother, Matthew Vernon Travis; grandparents, Kenneth and Imelda Travis, all of Greensburg, and George and Jan Burch, Mt. Hermon; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. Preceded in death and welcomed into Heaven by her angel baby sibling. Graveside Services will be held at Greensburg Cemetery at 4:30 PM Saturday, May 12, 2018. McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, in charge of arrangements.




Read the Bible

  • 2 Samuel 15-16
  • Psm. 61
  • Acts 21



Have a wonderful Saturday!

Anna Lee






A wife of noble character who can find? She is worth far more than rubies.

~Proverbs 31:10~



Update on Josiah Huckaby written by his mom, KK

Update: Josiah is doing really good. They put him on the home vent Friday, and it’s the one we have been requesting. He’s doing great with it! They are going to start a very very slow wean of his steroids. The goal is to get back down to a dose that they know he has done well with. Cardiology came by while I was there Tuesday. His echo that was done last Thursday showed his pulmonary hypertension pressures were stable & pretty much the same as his April echo. So now we are looking at weaning off 1 of his pulmonary hypertension meds. Thanks for the continued prayer. God is so good!!!



Update on Joanne Seymour written by a friend, Charlotte Bryant

Hi my family and Facebook friends, a much better update on Joanne for today. She and I talked on the phone and she sounded great and said she was feeling much better. Becky (her sister) is staying with her and taking great care of her. They both seemed as if they are having fun in the big Apple. Please continue Joanne in your prayers, they are definitely being felt and we all appreciate them. Thanks



Rev. Lonnie Wascom, director of missions (DOM) for Northshore Association is retiring in a few months.  He is the only DOM they have had!  Pray for him and his wife as they peacefully move into retirement.





Read the Bible 

  • 2 Samuel 13-14
  • Job 1
  • Acts 2



Bible Study – Romans 8 this morning



Graduation season is upon us.  Please pray for all the graduates and their families.

Anna Lee




“Be still in the presence of the Lord,

and wait patiently for him to act.” 

~Psalm 37:7 NLT~



David and I just watched the homecoming of the hostages who were held in North Korea.  What great homecomings they will have during the next few days and weeks!



A missionary had a homecoming too.  She arrived in heaven.

‘Return to sender’: Casket proclaims life journey

by Diana Chandler, posted Wednesday, May 09, 2018 (11 hours ago)
Tags: Heaven

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (BP) — Retired Southern Baptist missionary Patricia Stooksbury wanted everyone to know her life’s journey. She had it printed plainly on her pine shipping-crate-modeled casket.

“Return to Sender.” “To: Heaven thru Jesus Christ.” “This end up.” “Fragile.”

John Green, pastor of Wallace Memorial Baptist Church in Knoxville, Tenn., described the casket as unique and unlike anything he’d ever seen.

“I was so impressed because it was such an interesting way to share about her faith,” Green told Baptist Press today (May 9). “Everyone recognizes a shipping crate is sending you to another destination. That’s the story she was telling, even in her death — the story she was telling all throughout her life, which is that through faith in Christ we can have another home where we’ll spend eternity.”

Stooksbury, of Powell, Tenn., returned to her eternal home April 29 at age 70. Her journey was recounted and celebrated May 3 at Wallace Memorial Baptist Church, named in 1953 for William Wallace, a medical missionary to China for 17 years until his death at the hands of the communists in 1951.

At her funeral, the custom-built casket was front and center. By then, many friends and family members had signed the casket with well wishes.

“God speed.” “See you on the other side.” “Thank God for missionaries.”

The International Mission Board commissioned Stooksbury for the mission field in 1976. She spent more than 36 years spreading the Gospel, first as a Journeyman in Ecuador, then as a missionary to Costa Rica and Bolivia. She took medical leave in 2010, returning to the U.S. with pulmonary hypertension and stage 3 kidney failure.

She commissioned her casket in 2014 from Stevens Mortuary in Knoxville, the Knoxville News Sentinel wrote at the time.

“I think it’s appropriate for the occasion,” the News Sentinel quoted her as saying. “I want those at my funeral to notice my witness. I am going back to God, so I had them put ‘return to sender’ on top.

“On the sides, in English and Spanish, it says ‘To Heaven [thru] Jesus Christ,’ because it is because of Him and what He did that I can get there.”

Friends who spoke at her funeral, including her Knoxville pastor Mark Sasser, said she relished heaven.

“Here’s what I learned about Pat over the years that I’ve known her — she was ready to go,” said Sasser, pastor of Callahan Baptist Church. “She was ready to go. She had made her preparation.”

Stooksbury accepted her call to missions while a teenage member of Wallace Memorial Baptist, under the tutelage of former and longtime pastor Jim McCluskey. She joined Callahan Baptist after retiring from the mission field.

Retired Southern Baptist missionaries Carter and Charlotte Davis, longtime friends of Stooksbury, also noted her eagerness for heaven.

“Why isn’t the Lord calling me home?” she asked Carter Davis two months before her death, Davis said at the funeral. Davis didn’t know what to tell her, he said, other than God still had use for her on earth.

Bringing greetings from IMB to her survivors, Davis read from Ecclesiastes 7:1.

“A good name is better than fine perfume, and the day of death better than the day of birth (NIV),” Davis said. “That’s the way Patricia viewed death, something to behold and celebrate. Patricia, we love you and we miss you. We return you to sender.”



We may not have a homecoming to our country like the hostages did, but we can all have a sweet homecoming like Patricia Stooksbury!


Read the Bible 

  • 2 Samuel 11-12
  • Ps. 60
  • Acts 19



Let’s all get prepared for a heavenly homecoming!

Anna Lee

Mansell’s Obituary

Mansell Ira Stinson

August 02, 1951 – May 07, 2018

A resident of Kentwood passed away on Monday, May 7, 2018 at North Oaks Medical Center in Hammond. He was born August 2, 1951 in New Orleans and was 66 years of age. He was a member of First Baptist Church in Kentwood. He is survived by wife, Jackie Pierre and many loving friends. Preceded in death by parents, Ira James Stinson and Beatrice Lewis Stinson. Memorial Services will be held at 3:00PM on Sunday, May 20, 2018 at First Baptist Church, Kentwood. McKneely Funeral Home, Kentwood, in charge of arrangements. For an online guestbook, visit


LORD, you establish peace for us;

all that we have accomplished you have done for us.

~Isaiah 26:12~



Pray for Gloria Gill.  Her doctors have decided it is time to do a second ablation.  This will be in about three weeks.  Pray for Gloria and her family as they go through this process.  Pray she is soon out of A-fib.



Mr. Red Pittman is home.  Let’s continue to keep him in our prayers.


Irene Shirley Vinet

AUGUST 29, 1940 – MAY 5, 2018
Irene L. Vinet entered into Eternity with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on Saturday, May 5, 2018 at the age of 77. The family is so thankful for the mercy that God displayed to their mother. She was the mother of Gordon Donnalley (Judy), Mark Vinet (Sheila), Wayne Vinet (Patty), Cindy V. Camardelle (Randel), and Wendy V. LeBlanc (Kevin). Also survived by 15 loving grandchildren, 24 loving great-grandchildren, 1 great great grandchild on the way, and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends. She will be greatly missed. A celebration of her Heavenly home-going will be held in the Chapel of Westside Leitz-Eagan Funeral Home, 5101 Westbank Expressway, on Saturday, May 12, 2018 at 11:00 AM. Visitation will begin at 8:30 AM. Interment will be in Restlawn Park Cemetery. Express condolences at


(Rev. Randel Camardelle is pastor at Mt. Nebo Baptist Church in Two Rivers Association.)




Baptist Friendship House & Kay Bennett (New Orleans)

Hey Friends: just wanted to let everyone know that things are going well at BFH. We ran into a few complications with our gym floor, but we are well on our way to getting things back going soon. A few prayer requests:
1. Our summer missionaries arrive towards the end of this month. We are so excited for them to get here to serve. Pray for safe travels for each and for a summer filled with growth and service.
2. Pray for our ladies attending Bible Study each week and our leader. Our ladies have stayed committed to attending even though our time has been outside each week.
3. Pray for the final aspects of the renovation to go smoothly so we can get back to full operations. It has been a pretty hectic time but we are so excited about the face-lift the building is getting. We can’t wait to share pictures with you all soon.


Heart of the City

April 2018
Volume 15 Number 4

The Calls Keep Coming
In April, we worked with 6 individuals who were either confirmed victims of sex trafficking or potential victims. All 6 of these women are survivors. 3 of the young women are still teenagers and they all had similar stories- grew up in foster care or in an abusive home, never felt wanted or loved, no one advocating for her, and then came “prince charming” to give her everything she ever desired- a stable home, love, and attention. None of the girls we worked with this month woke up and decided “I want to be a prostitute.” Each was lured by a predator away from her home and comfort zone only to be tricked into a life of greater pain and suffering. We are thankful each of these girls now has a second chance. Through your prayers, donations of backpacks and supplies, and financial contributions, we were able to provide transportation and support to 4 of the young women we encountered this past month. Continue to pray for the other two women who chose not to receive services at this time. Our hope is that one day soon we will receive a call from them.
Prayer Requests
  • Pray for the completion of the renovations on our building so that we can resume full time ministry to those in our community.
  • Pray for the two women who opted not to receive services from BFH as they are potential victims of human trafficking.
  • Pray for our summer missionaries who will arrive in May to serve.
Each April we host a Health Fair for our community. We provide an array of services from basic health screenings to foot care and hair care. We also have various give-aways and serve a meal. We would like to extend a sincere thanks to the 59 volunteers from multiple states who made this event possible.
Current Needs
  • Snack Pack Items (vienna sausage, protein bars, crackers, pudding, fruit cups, etc)
  • Bug Spray and Sunscreen
  • Women’s medium athletic pants/sweat pants
  • Gift Cards (Walmart, Lowe’s, Home Depot, etc.)
  • Kay’s mom has been released from the doctor to resume all her normal activities. Her swift healing is nothing short of a miracle.
  • E and her family welcomed a healthy, baby boy into their family this month and everyone is adjusting well
  • We have had a steady number of ladies coming for Bible Study this month even though we had to move it outside until renovations are completed

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Kay is speaking at an associational WMU meeting soon.




Read the Bible

  • 2 Samuel 9-10
  • Eccl. 12: 9-13
  • Acts 18



Make your plans now to attend prayer meeting at your local church.

Anna Lee




“You will know the truth,

and the truth will set you free.”

 ~John 8:32 NIV~



Out friend, Bobby Forbes, was able to be in his church Sunday.  We’re thankful for that.



Read the Bible

  • 2 Samuel 7-8
  • Ps 59
  • Acts 17



Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes will be available again Sunday.



Friday Morning Bible Study – Romans 8



Children in Action meet on Wednesdays at 6 P.M.



Young at Heart meets at 11 A.M. this morning at New Zion Baptist Church.  Rev. Gibby McMillian will speak about Disaster Relief.  A pot luck meal will follow.  Mr. James W. Frazier was a key factor in this program.  I’m thankful his church friends will continue the monthly gatherings.



Today is a new day.  What can/will you do to tell others about Jesus, perform a service to help someone, invite someone to your church, visit someone who is ill or homebound, etc.?

Anna Lee