Kentucky writer keeps telling missions stories

The writer information in the July Missions Mosaic  simply says, “Shirley Cox, Mission Service Corps missionary, writes from her home in Mt. Vernon, Kentucky.”  What an understatement!  After working with Shirley both as a writer and as a member of the Kentucky WMU Executive Board (2006-09), I know Shirley as one who is making a difference in missions by telling missions stories, prayer, and personal ministry.

An early opportunity for Shirley’s writing to have an impact on missions came when she wrote about Bessie McPeak, better known as “the diaper lady.”  That feature story in Missions Mosaic brought volunteers and all kinds of help for Bessie’s ministry in Jenkins, Kentucky.  Since then, Shirley’s articles have appears in places like the North American Mission Board On Mission magazine, SBC LifeWestern Recorder, and Altitude (Contemporary Mountain Living magazine). Four of Shirley’s Missions Mosaic articles have been featured on the magazine cover.  She has also written missionary focus feature articles and book reviews for Mosaaic, website articles for Adults on Missions and Women on Mission, as well as articles for Appalachian Regional Ministry and MSC Newsletters.

Shirley’s recent articles in Missions Mosaic include “Merciful Healing” in the June issue and “Disaster Relief Volunteers” in the July issue.  The ministry in Haiti of  Baptist Nursing Fellowship nurses is the subject of the June article.  The work of Jim Richards and volunteers from the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention is featured in the July article.  The stories are inspiring and challenge readers to get involved in ministry.

Shirley has also been the writer of our Kentucky state missions Master Article for the past several years.  Each year Shirley interviews people whose stories challenge us to pray, give, and go.  Her writing helps us to tell the story of Kentucky missions in a print articles that complement the videos produced by Larry Brannin, award winning Media Associate for the Kentucky Baptist Convention.

Perhaps you remember some of Shirley’s stories for state missions.  “Follow His Lead (2005), “Be Utterly Amazed” (2006), “Celebrate God’s Love (2008), “It’s Harvest Time (2009), and “Why?” (2010).   They are still good reading about Kentucky missions!  Likewise, the videos are still good to use in your church!

Shirley’s “Chain Reaction” article is a key part of the 2011 state missions booklet which will be sent to WMU directors and pastors in July.  In the meantime, read Shirley’s articles in Missions Mosaic  and pray about your response to the missions needs all around us.  God has used Shirley Cox to start many a missions chain reaction.  Read, respond, and be a part of the continuing missions chain reaction in Kentucky and beyond!

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Joy Bolton is a life-long WMUer! Through Woman's Missionary Union, Joy has has served as a church, association, and state leader. She has coordinated many international missions teams and is available as a conference leader, speaker, Bible study leader. Joy is now retired and lives in Summerville, SC.

8 thoughts on “Kentucky writer keeps telling missions stories

  1. Yeah for Shirley. She always does an excellent job. Kentucky should be proud.

  2. I forgot to add that Shirley is now writing the Mosaic articles for the 2012 Week of Prayer for North American Missions. Please keep her in your prayers as she writes.

  3. Thanks, Joy, for your article about Shirley. She is a vital link in missions as she shares the stories of our missionaries. Many people have felt called of God to serve (both short-term and long-term) after reading her stories. She is truly a blessing and is one of our own.

  4. Thanks Joy! Shirley is a great gal as well as Jewel Hansel :)) Are u talking about this July’s issue of Missions Mosiac? If so I will be watching for it..

  5. Shirley, I am so proud that you are passionately sharing the “good news” through your writings! So many are reading and understanding what a difference is being made when God uses a willing vessel! I am so proud and thankful that you always give God the Glory and Praise in all your writings and experiences! You are an encourager to so many individuals and groups! You won’t really know the impact that your writings are accomplishing in “The Kingdom” until you meet God face to face and hear HIM say “Well done my good and faithful servant!”

  6. Great to see what mighty work God is doing thru you Mrs. Shirley. Very good job. We love you lady and are very proud of you!

  7. Thanks, Shirley, for sharing your talent with all of us. You always say just what we want to say!

  8. Thank you for being so instrumental in your writing about missions and as of late your daily devotions.Also thank you for your commitment to our local Sew Beautiful for OCC at First Baptist at My. Vernon. Blessing in Jesus Name . Dolores A. Morris

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