EBO accountability forms from associations and other ministries that received EBO grants this year are starting to come in. Seymour Wattenbarger, Director of Missions for Knox Association, wrote across the top of his forms: The Story Lives On!
Knox Association used their EBO association grant of $500 and an additional grant of $1,000 to help provide expenses for a Love Loud Block Party with 114 volunteers (including 10 pastors) from 14 churches serving. There were doctors and nurses doing health screenings and four dentists extracted 30 teeth and filled many more. There were four barbers and beauticians cutting hair all day. They served 400 families 41,000 pounds of food.
During the block party they gave out English and Spanish Bibles, cases of shoes and clothes, and 400 new dress shirts. The block party also included clowns and inflatables for the kids. The best part of all was that they held the first service of a new Hispanic church plant the next day which was Easter! Through the block party and the new church, the association witnessed to hundreds of people. Two pastors said “I haven’t witnessed this much in years!”
Rev. Wattenbarger wrote on the accountability forms: “Thank you so much for sharing in our ministry and for the Eliza Broadus Offering. Thank God for the WMU and the Eliza Broadus Offering funds for His ministry in Knox County.”
Summer mission camps and overnights are underway. We are currently in our second week of three weeks of Mission Adventure camp. Our second Mother/Daughter, Father/Son overnight will take place this coming weekend. July 12-13 we will have Overnights at the Creek (Mother/Daughter, GA, and Acteens Splash). Camp Courage for Royal Ambassadors, Challengers, dads, and leaders will take place August 2-3 at Laurel Lake Baptist Camp in Corbin. EBO funding helps keep camping costs lower for participants.
July is also a busy month with FamilyFEST, July 13-18 in Paducah and Henderson. EBO funds are helping to provide ministry supplies for projects, including some led by Baptist Nursing Fellowship.
On July 27, Excel WMU leadership development, will take place in Shelbyville and Central City. EBO plays a part in providing missions education leader training and resources.
Thank you, Kentucky Baptists. Your gifts are making an eternal impact!