I’ve noticed that a number of people on Facebook are posting things for which they are thankful. The hymn “Count Your Many Blessings” reminds us to “name them one by one.” So in this short blog, let me name a few.
I am thankful for the privilege of leading Kentucky WMU and of being a spokesperson for missions education and involvement. I am grateful for opportunities to promote state missions and the Eliza Broadus Offering. I appreciate Kentucky Baptist leaders who value the offering and our emphasis on state missions. I give thanks for WMU leaders and churches who faithfully give, pray, and get involved in ministries across our state.
Thank you Kentucky Baptists for the largest month ever in EBO history. We received a total of $541,986.82 in October, bringing the two-month total to $558,403.58. This is well on our way to reaching our goal of $1,250,000.
Does our giving make a difference? It did to over 300 students who attended Engage, the international student retreat, held November 2-4 in Cave City. During this event, international students, many who are still adjusting to life in the United States, find a place to gather with others. They are welcomed, affirmed, and loved during the weekend. They have fun and hear the gospel from other students as well as program presenters.
It made a difference to the 500 girls in grades 1-6 and their leaders who attended our state GA JAM event on November 9. JAM stands for Jesus and Missions. It is a day-long interactive missions learning experience and provides many opportunities for girls to hear, see, touch, and taste missions. With the theme “City Jam,” participants learned about missions in cities including many in Kentucky.
EBO is still making a difference to people affected by Hurricane Sandy. EBO funds for disaster relief help to put gas in vehicles, provide supplies and purchase equipment used in disaster responses. Most importantly, people are hearing the gospel from disaster relief volunteers.
The Eliza Broadus Offering year is September 1 to August 31 and contributions are received all year long. It’s never too late to give and for that I give thanks. I thank the Lord and I thank you!