It is back to school this week for students, faculty, and staff all across the Bluegrass even though it seems they just got out for the summer break. With the beginning of school many Kentucky churches, associations, and ministries held Back-to-School events to provide some fun activities, food, help with much needed school supplies, and to share the Gospel message. Thousands of students were served through these events.
One Back-to-School Bash that I visited was at the Freedom Center Ministry in Cumberland (Harlan County), KY. Six mission teams from South Carolina, one team from Alabama, and two teams from Frankfort, KY came to assist with the outreach where over 400 students and families were served. The children were given one new and one used outfit, new socks and underwear, had their feet washed and were given new shoes. They were then prayed with and given school supplies and hygiene items. Some of the girls received manicures and pedicures, while some of the boys received free haircuts. Games, crafts, and food were also available for the students. It was such a blessing to hear one of the preteen volunteers share with the children that the reason they were washing their feet was because Jesus had washed the disciples’ feet. He asked each one, “Have you heard that story?” then proceeded to tell them. A future minister or missionary I am thinking.
Similar events were held in lots of other locations as well. Many ministries placed a Bible in each of the backpacks. Some of the churches gave gas cards to the college students.
A big thank you goes out to all of those who helped the students to begin the 2014-2015 school year. And, a big thank you to those ministries that will provide food backpacks to needy children all throughout the year.
Please commit to pray for the students, administration, faculty, and staff. Say special prayers for the bus drivers who, day after day, have those precious lives on such dangerous roads. Pray for students to get involved in Christian organizations such as B.R.E.A.K., First Priority, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and others. Especially pray for those going away to college for the first time to get connected to a good campus ministry and stay committed to their faith.
May this be a fun, safe, and EXCEPTIONAL year!!