Recently I spent a few days in the Smokies. While there, my sister and I visited a couple of Christmas shops. There was Christmas music playing and we saw all types of neat decorations and gifts. My favorite decoration is the nativity, and they had some neat ones. I sang along with the Christmas carols and, for a few minutes, found myself in the Christmas spirit, even in June.
With bright, sunny skies, and a current temperature of 90⁰, it’s hard to think about Christmas, but someone reminded me on Facebook last week that Christmas is only six months away. My reply was, “Is your Christmas shopping half done?”
The KBC Missions Mobilization Team has been preparing for the Christmas Backpack Initiative for a couple of months now. Applications requesting backpacks are coming in from ministries across the state and a few churches have already committed to fill backpacks. We are asking Kentucky churches to commit to pack 10,000 backpacks to meet these needs. While we will receive requests for far more than that, we are thankful for partnering states that also bring backpacks to help meet our needs.
Statistics show that one in four of Kentucky’s children live in poverty. So, for each of these children, a backpack from Kentucky Baptists may be all they will get for Christmas! Would you or your church commit to filling one, five, fifty, or perhaps a hundred or more, backpacks? It is not too early to get started. Remember, Christmas is only six months away.
Instructions for filling the backpacks can be found at www.kybaptist.org/backpacks. Once there, you can download a promotional bulletin insert and poster. Also, check out our new “Christmas Story” leaflet. And, don’t forget to register to your backpacks.
This year the North American Mission Board is offering churches up to 72 free backpacks which can be ordered and used for ministry. Additional ones can be purchased for only $3.00 each. To take advantage of this offer, go to www.sendrelief/backpacks and order yours today.
Let’s exceed the goal of collecting 10,000 backpacks from Kentucky Baptist churches! Many of the backpacks collected will be distributed directly to children living in poverty in Kentucky, while others will go to needy children in our partner SEND City, Cincinnati.
Thank you for helping a child this Christmas. To learn more, contact the Missions Mobilization Team at 502-489-3403 or email [email protected]
“Let’s not neglect to do good and share what we have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.” Hebrews 13:16