On Sunday, February 12, I was asked to be the guest speaker for the Focus on WMU observance at First Baptist Church, East Bernstadt. Located just north of London, Kentucky, it is a small community in Laurel County. My husband was aware that this was the home town of Kentucky comedian, Carl Hurley. I had to look up both the community and the commedian!
First Baptist Church of East Bernstadt has a lovely building and is obviously reaching children. They were everywhere! As the service began all of the leaders with Mission Friends, Girls in Action and Royal Ambassadors were recognized. There were quite a few of them, too!
During the service, a report on the start of a new Baby Boot Camp ministry was shared. The Women on Mission are taking materials from Kentucky Baptist Nursing Fellowship and implementing this ministry in the community. They are working with area heath care providers to make this part of a comprehensive approach to working with teen moms.
My message was based on our WMU “Unhindered” theme utilizing Hebrew 12:1-3. I shared three main points and told about Kentucky missionaries who personify aspects of this passage.
– Throw off what hinders – Eileen Mullins & Haven of Rest
– Run the race and persevere – Lee Bean & Open Door of Hope
– Consider the example of Jesus who endured the cross – Robin Reeves & Christians By Choice Creative Ministries.
At the end of the service, Pastor Norm Brock encouraged all of the ladies to be involved in Women on Mission and the work of WMU. He emphasized what an important avenue WMU provides for connecting and ministry. Wise Men Understand!
I learned after the service that the church records (audio) the messages and posts podcasts. If you’d like to listen go to: fbceastbernstadt.com.
It was a good day in East Bernstadt. WMU is making a positive impact in outreach to children, missions support, and mission action. I was honored to be in their midst.