The Kentucky Baptist Convention, Kentucky Woman’s Missionary Union and Baptist Global Response are calling Kentucky Baptists to be “champions” in 2014!
How? By filling 5,000 buckets with items that will provide comfort to people in Africa suffering with the AIDS virus.
The Kentucky BGR coordinators are Herb and Wanda Edminster.
How does it work? Simple:
1. Decide you/your mission group/your Sunday school class/your church will participate. Visit the BGR bucket project page for more information, including planning and promotional ideas and detailed instructions and shopping lists.
2. Download and review the detailed shopping list available from BGR. Please note that participants MUST NOT deviate from the instructions; not adhering to the instructions will jeopardize shipping and distribution of the buckets.
3. Carefully pack your bucket as instructed in this training video.
4. Drop off buckets at a designated collection site. Contact the Edminsters for complete information; you can also check the BGR website for a list of collection points by state.
Baptist Global Response (BGR) has found that sharing a five-gallon ‘bucket of love’ may be the most effective way to open doors to share the love of Christ with these folks who are at death’s door. BGR has researched and worked with partner organizations to determine the best resources to include in the Hospice Kits. One kit costs around $85. A detailed shopping list is available and nothing more or less should be included for the sake of customs regulations and a need for uniformity. A step-by-step guide for assembling the Hospice Kit is also available so that all items will fit properly in the five-gallon bucket. You may also shop online for bulk items or an already packed bucket to be shipped to one of two storage facilities.
Items found in the bucket are helpful for the comfort of the patient as well as an aid to the caregiver(s). For example, drinking straws are provided as, many times, patients in the last stages of a terminal illness are unable to sit up to take medication or drink; and a bendable drinking straw can assist the patient in swallowing medication and life-giving water. Multi-vitamins are provided to bolster the immune system of the patient. Latex-free disposable gloves are provided to protect the caregivers from bodily fluids so that they do not contract HIV.
Why Sub-Saharan Africa?
Sub-Saharan Africa is more heavily affected by HIV/AIDS than any other part of the world. Nearly 23 million people are living with HIV in the region. In 2012, 1.2 million people died from AIDS there and 1.9 million people became infected with HIV. Since the beginning of the epidemic, 14.8 million children have lost one or both parents to HIV/AIDS. The HIV prevalence rate now exceeds 20% in a number of countries.
In many countries of sub-Saharan Africa, AIDS has erased decades of progress made in extending life expectancy. Average life expectancy in sub-Saharan Africa is now 54.4 years and in some more heavily affected countries is below 49 years. Households are severely affected by: loss of income earners, necessity to provide home-based care for sick relatives, and orphans left behind who must be cared for by members of extended family or siblings as young as 8-years-old.