KINGS MOUNTAIN—Sixty-two members of South Union Mount Zion Baptist Association recently got their hands dirty while displaying some real servant evangelism in central Kentucky.
Volunteers from five Southern Baptist churches spent June 16-20 helping to ready the South Lincoln Memorial Community Center in Kings Mountain for an upcoming state inspection. They painted, laid flooring, repaired windows and upgraded the playground at the former school building. Lincoln County community members have used the old school for a variety of purposes since it closed several years ago–from addiction recovery group sessions and Boy Scouts meetings to wedding receptions and high school reunions.
Mission team leader Randy Hamilton told the Interior Journal, a newspaper in Standford, that he learned about the missions opportunity on the Kentucky Baptist Convention website.
“Generally we work on churches, but we also do community centers,” Hamilton, a member of Buffalo Baptist Church in Buffalo, said. “We follow the Lord in prayer and he guides us in the direction he wants us to go.”
Plans are to expand the usefulness of the building by using the second floor as a branch site for the Lincoln County Public Library. The local YMCA also has expressed a desire to use a portion of the building for an after-school program—but first it must pass inspection.
“It’s a blessing to have them come do this,” said Josh Jacobs, the community center’s director.
Jacobs said the inspection will likely occur at the beginning of next month, just in time for the after-school program to open in August.
“God’s timing is perfect, in my opinion,” Jacobs said. “We’re getting a lot of things done that needed to be done. These guys are tremendous.”
South Union Mount Zion Director of Missions David Aker described volunteers as “expect-nothing-in-return missionaries” and said this was not the first time members of his association flexed their muscles for the Lord.
“We first began this work along with an association in Alabama,” Aker said. “We teamed with them five summers ago to drywall a large, new church in Illinois. Succeeding summers we helped frame and drywall two church buildings, one in Ohio and another in Indiana. Then, last summer we remodeled the interior of Sharpsburg Baptist Church in Kentucky.”
And since its inception, the mission team has doubled in size.
Regardless of what town the team serves, Aker said the purpose of the group is to help people who are spreading the gospel to have adequate resources to do their job.
“Along the way we endeavor to show a sweet spirit, permit people to ask why we are giving so much,” Aker said, “and then respond that it is a part of our helping to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ.”
Is your church looking for missions opportunities in Kentucky? The Kentucky Baptist Convention website has a running list of service projects for individuals and groups.
Portions of this story were used with permission by the Interior Journal.