As I reflect upon this year, there is a sense of deep satisfaction and gratitude that a project we embarked on this year was embraced by so many Kentucky Baptists. Over 8,000 backpacks filled with underwear, food, clothing, school supplies, and toys were collected and distributed to ministry centers in Kentucky and Cincinnati. Backpacks were distributed at events which included a gospel presentation. Thank you for blessing children and families at Christmas.
Children are at the heart of many ministries which receive funding from the Eliza Broadus Offering.
For instance, Ohio River Association used their association grant of $500 to help with a mission trip to Blackey, Ky., last June. The association team conducted three VBS events with over 150 children, feeding the students each day because many do not get regular meals when school is out. They also conducted two Center Shot camps and worked with two small churches in the area. Eight professions of faith were recorded.
Knox Baptist Association shared their grant with First Priority Tri-County which saw 127 students saved and 27 rededications. Little River Association used their grant to help youth attend camp. Nelson Association replaced their popcorn machine which is used at block parties and other outreach events.
Muhlenburg County Association held their 5th Annual Kid Fest, where 286 children and 152 adults heard the gospel presented by Tim Wilcher, who spoke to groups of about 40 children and adults every 10 minutes. Local churches followed up on registration cards and have reached a number of families through this effort.
Ohio Valley Association sponsored “Family Day at the Park” utilizing Christian clowns to share the gospel. Churches in the association worked together to provide music, booths, prizes, game stations, etc. Pike Association used their EBO grant to help with community service projects through LoveLoud. Simpson Association’s Disciple Now event reached 100 youth in a weekend event that included Bible study, music, and service projects. Approximately 40 students made decisions during the weekend.
Grant applications for this year will soon be reviewed and the dollars stretched as far as possible. Due to the number of 2017 hurricanes and the outpouring of support for Disaster Relief, EBO needs another push to reach the goal for this year (2017-18). Give through your church or online at www.kywmu.org/givenow.