There are many ways to be on mission in Kentucky. Opportunities are available to serve through Vacation Bible Schools, Backyard Bible Clubs, block parties, work in food and clothing ministries, prayer walking, sports camps, door-to-door evangelism, serve in free medical and dental clinics, equestrian ministry, prison ministry, racetrack and resort ministry, and outreach with all ages from preschoolers to senior adults, just to name a few. Appalachian Regional Ministry has a brochure that shows 102+ ways to serve in missions.
One great way to serve is through construction. Many times a person feels he or she cannot participate in missions because they are not good at teaching, preaching, or sharing their faith. I recall a story told about a man who came up to a missionary following the missionary’s sharing about ways to serve. The man had tears in his eyes and said that before that time he did not think he could do missions. That night he came to realize that he could use his skill of painting in ministry.
Lots of projects are posted on the Kentucky Baptist Convention website and construction teams are needed across the state. Teams are needed for church repairs and/or renovations, new church construction, home repairs, and work on associational and ministry buildings. There are opportunities for those with skills in carpentry, painting, electrical, plumbing, laying tile, putting up handicap ramps, and the needs just go on and on. These “support” type roles are important so that the churches, associations, and ministries can do their job of reaching people with the gospel.
Many of these projects can be done in one or two days and many are in areas near where you live. Others may be week-long projects or projects that one team can follow another until the work is complete.
If you have skills in construction consider using them in service for our Lord. Go to the Kentucky Baptist Convention website (http://old.kybaptist.org/mission-opportunities/project-type/construction-maintenance/) to see opportunities available. The projects have now been updated for 2017 and are just waiting for teams to respond.
For more information contact us at [email protected]. We will be happy to help connect you to a construction opportunity in 2017.