Kentucky Changers – Answering the Call

Changers4For 20 years, through Kentucky Changers, students have done exterior home repairs for low-income families across Kentucky. Initially modeled after World Changers, Kentucky Changers goes way beyond the typical “summer camp” experience.  Participants are challenged to become “On Mission” Christians as they live out their faith while getting dirty doing hard work.  A week with Kentucky Changers changes communities, students, and homeowners.

KYWMUChangers logoIn 2013, Kentucky WMU agreed to take responsibility for Changers  and called Peggy Murphy as the Kentucky Changers Coordinator. We are excited to have such a tremendous ministry in the WMU family. Changers is a great opportunity for churches that would like to involve students in a mission trip experience at an affordable cost. Kentucky WMU does the planning and all the arrangements.   Churches simply register their students for the date and location that works best, then start the pre-trip preparation that is vital for students to get the most out of their Changers experience.  Participants  prepare themselves spiritually, physically and evangelistically before the Changers week.  Youth groups need to plan and carry out a pre-project mission event in their own community which helps them learn about team work.

The cost per person for Saturday to Friday projects is $200  and $190 for Sunday to Friday projects.  The fee includes food and lodging, T-shirt, discipleship materials, worship leaders, as well as all project work site preparations.  Designed to be a hands on mission trip experience, students can enjoy hard work, Spirit-filled worship, great fellowship and lots of fun.  Each church group will need one adult chaperone per five students of the same gender. Adults are assigned to a crew as crew encouragers and work with students on the job site all week.

Kentucky Changers 2014-page-001The 2014 Kentucky Changers theme is Answering the Call. Help students this summer have the experience of Answering the Call through ministry to people in need. It’s an experience that continues to have an impact on students long after the summer is over. It’s an experience that lasts for eternity when homeowners and/or students commit their lives to Christ.

It is to God’s glory that we will be in five locations this summer.  (One more was added after the publicity piece was printed!) With getting a late start on preparations for 2014, we would have been happy with three weeks and locations this first year of Kentucky WMU responsibility for Changers. To have five locations is outstanding and we are already being contacted about 2015 as well.

Registration is now open!  Sign up your middle school, high school, or college students today.


Focus on WMU – A Personal Word of Thanks

As we observe Focus on WMU this month, it is an appropriate time for me to pause and say thanks for the WMU heritage that influences me to this day, to say thanks to the countless leaders who have shaped my life, and to say thanks for the life-long missions experiences that have come my way through WMU.

I have been a part of Woman’s Missionary Union as long as I can remember and the WMU tagline “missions for life” describes my WMU experience. My mother took me with her to circle meetings and associational WMU events. She was WMU director in our church and taught Intermediate GA (Girls’ Auxiliary) in our home.  The girls gathered around our dining room table and I listened to every word of what was being taught to those girls who were a few years older than I. She was also the associational GA director and missionaries often had supper at our home before we went to a quarterly GA Rally.  I like to say that because of these experiences, I learned missions at my dining room table!

In Mobile, Alabama at the West End Baptist Church there was Mrs. McFadden, my Junior GA leader.  There was Patsy McLeod and Janet Moore who taught our group for a time (they were among the Intermediate GAs and later YWAs that mother taught). In high school, we moved to Gretna, Louisiana and Mrs. Fortenberry was my GA leader.  I was part of the organizational change in 1970 and was an Acteen, too.

Joy QueenIn GA I not only attended weekly meetings where we learned about missionaries, but I also participated in Forward Steps, an individual achievement plan.  Through the steps of Maiden, Lady-in-Waiting, Princess, Queen, Queen-in-Service, Queen with a Scepter, and Queen Regent, I memorized scripture, read missions books, learned to prepare missions displays, wrote my testimony and an essay on why I was a tither.  I learned about the Cooperative Program and how Southern Baptists appoint, send, and support missionaries.

In Mobile, I went to Citronelle to GA camp every summer, often twice – once for Junior GA Camp on my own and once to Intermediate GA Camp where my mother was the camp director and my dad was the camp pastor.  In Louisiana, I attended camp at Tall Timbers. Camp was a special place to me where I spent time with missionaries as well as had all the fun that girls will have during the week.

Joy Queen Regent2In 1969, the Southern Baptist Convention was held in New Orleans. WMU enlisted girls who were Queen Regents from the area to serve as pages at the WMU Annual Meeting.  I remember the thrill of sitting on the stage between Miss Alma Hunt and Dr. Claude Rhea.  My parents were so proud.  I never dreamed how important the “sitting on the stage” lessons that my mother gave me would be!

In college I led Acteens one year and then in seminary, served as a summer intern in the National WMU office.  Beverly Sutton, Evelyn Blount, Bobbie Sorrill, Sheryl Churchill, Catherine Allen, Carolyn Weatherfield and a host of others invested in me.  I began to write for WMU and many opportunities came because of that internship.  A second summer was spent in Birmingham, and this time, my husband Lee was along with me. He worked as a truck driver for WMU that summer and in the warehouse.  He is one of the men of WMU!

After seminary, Lee and I served in Pennsylvania for 10 years. Two were spent in Pittsburgh where I was the associational Acteens leader. Then in Reading, I was asked to serve on the State WMU Council.  Thank you, Peggy Masters, for giving opportunities to a very young leader.  In 1990 WMU published my first book, Ideas for Nursing Home Ministries, a dream come true for a young writer.

In Annapolis, Maryland, I kept writing for WMU and my second book, Ideas for Community Ministries was published.  I served as associational WMU director and on the Maryland/ Delaware WMU Executive Board.  Thank you, Wilene Pierce for giving my first state WMU job, a part-time position in publications.

I owe a big thank you to Evelyn Blount who had gone from national WMU to serve as WMU Executive Director in South Carolina. In 1995, she gave me the opportunity of a lifetime and invited me to join the staff there as the Women on Mission/Adults on Mission Consultant.  I had been doing WMU work all my life and now I had a job!  Thank you, Lee and my family, for making the move possible.

Bill Mackey became a trusted co-worker while in South Carolina and it was he who encouraged me to apply to Kentucky to serve as WMU Executive Director. No one was more surprised than I when he told me that he was going to Kentucky, knew the WMU director position was open and hoped I would apply.  Though that process ended up taking a little longer than expected, when I finally arrived on September 1, 1999, he was a great friend to me and to Kentucky WMU.

Thank you WMU for the missions opportunities that I have been given.  I have been on overseas mission trips to Rwanda, Kyrgyzstan, Romania, Poland, Brazil, Tanzania, Korea, Indonesia, Puerto Rico, Malawi, and South Africa. My work with Kentucky WMU gives me the privilege of encouraging missions across our state and helping to provide prayer and financial support through the Eliza Broadus Offering.

Houston 2013Thank you Kentucky WMU staff, Executive Board, and church and association leaders who have encouraged, guided, and prayed for me.  My life has been enriched by each of you.  I am also grateful to Wanda Lee and all of the national WMU staff. They, too, have been wonderful co-workers providing insight and help in so many ways.  I am grateful for the friendship of our national WMU leaders and the leaders of WMU in other states.

What is your WMU story?  Who has been an influence on you? What have you learned through WMU? What missions opportunities have changed your life?  The answers represent an investment that God has made in your life.

In the parable of the Talents found in Matthew 25:14-30, the faithful servants in the story doubled the investment that the Master has entrusted to them. The Lord invested in my life through WMU.  It is my prayer to double that investment in the lives of others.

How will you double the investment?

Focus on WMU and EBO

SMALLState Missions graphic 2013Since 2007 Kentucky Baptist gifts to the Eliza Broadus Offering have been amazing. That offering year we exceeded the million dollar mark and have never looked back! In response to the great needs across our state and your generous giving, we kept raising the goal so that we could do more for Kentucky missions.  More Than Ever, Jesus calls us to pray for laborers in the harvest, pray for the lost to hear the gospel, and give to provide missions ministries. More Than Ever we each need to be personally involved in ministry and telling people about Jesus.

While our state missions emphasis is held each September, gifts to the Eliza Broadus Offering are received all year.  We are grateful for the contributions that come in each month.  Any time you would like to know how we are doing in reaching our goal for the year, just go to  There you will find the current year graphic that changes from grayscale to color to represent our progress towards the goal.

The Eliza Broadus Offering funds missions across our state through the Kentucky Baptist Convention, by grants to Kentucky Baptist Associations and Special Ministries, and through the work of Kentucky WMU in missions education.

The Special Ministries portion of the offering provides grants of $500 to each of our 70 Baptist associations ($35,000) as well as grants to various ministries that apply directly to Kentucky WMU.  Last week our Executive Committee approved grants totaling $95,000 to ninety different ministries. Letters and checks to these ministries will go out in the next few weeks.

The Eliza Broadus Offering helps Kentucky WMU provide missions education resources and events including things like RAMCON, GA JAM, camps, overnights, retreats, and much more. The impact of missions education in the lives of children lasts a lifetime! Who knows what will happen in the future of Kentucky missions because we touched the lives of children today!

Because the Eliza Broadus Offering is sponsored by Kentucky WMU, make EBO a part of your Focus on WMU observance. If you take an offering among WMU members during Focus, give it through the Eliza Broadus Offering to support Kentucky missions as well as Kentucky WMU ministries.

If you have not shown the More Than Ever DVD, Focus on WMU is a wonderful time to have a state missions emphasis. Contact Kentucky WMU for copies of the DVD, additional prayer guides and offering envelopes. All videos and print materials are also available online at

Gifts for the 2013-14 Eliza Broadus Offering will be received through August 31, 2014. Please make checks payable to the Kentucky Baptist Convention, notate EBO on the check, and mail to Kentucky WMU, PO Box 436569, Louisville, KY  40253-6569.

As Kentucky WMU members,  let’s do More Than Ever to reach the $1,250,000 goal for state missions.