Missions has been in full swing this week in three western Kentucky associations as WMU’s FamilyFEST and Christian County Baptist Association’s Operation Hopkinsville events have been going on.
FamilyFEST brought in 73 persons to serve in the Paducah, KY area and 82 in the Henderson, KY area doing all types of mission projects. Participants came from 12 states plus 19 different Kentucky locations to minister through Vacation Bible Schools, Backyard Bible Clubs, sports camps, block parties, prayer walking, working in food & clothing ministries, construction, baking cookies & cupcakes for service agencies, health fairs, nursing homes & elder care, homeless shelters, women’s addiction recovery, and on and on.
At this same time, in Christian County approximately 270 persons participated in Operation Hopkinsville Love in Action. This is the 3rd year of this community outreach where local persons saturate Hopkinsville and surrounding areas with evangelism and love in action. Events in Hopkinsville included community block parties, free yard sales, health clinics, car washes, vouchers for oil changes, Backyard Kids’s Clubs, puppet shows, work in food & clothing ministries, concerts, construction/renovations, cookie ministry, haircut ministry, hospital & nursing home ministry, jail ministry, prayer ministry, etc.
Thousands in WKY saw God’s people express love and kindness and hear the Gospel message of Jesus Christ in one week’s time. The reports are not in, and we will never know the impact this week has had this side of eternity, but we do know of at least one profession of faith from a block party in Hopkinsville and 5 or 6 from ministries in the Henderson area. Arlene Miller, Director of Christian County’s Impact Ministry said, “I am worn out, but it is a good tired.”
Thank you volunteers for your service this week, for the love and kindness you showed, and for your testimony. May God bless you richly but, most of all, may many come to know His love through your efforts!! Add, as a side note, WMU’s FamilyFEST has plans to be in Kentucky again in 2014. Make plans now to be a part of sharing God’s love in deed and truth. Whatever gift, skill, or talent you have you can be a part of His great work.