A recent WMU newsletter from Ten Mile Association included reports of WMU at work in the association and through the churches. Let these inspire you!
From Pat Callan, WMU Director: I …enjoy working at the Racetrack on race days. In my wildest dreams, I would never have thought so years ago. I knew nothing about racing and really saw no sense in racing a car around and around a track to just see many of them tare to pieces. But you know, when I read the article in Missions Mosaic about Raceway Ministry and knew that a track was coming to the county where I live, I just knew God would use this venue for His kingdom work. I told about this article as I did the Prayer Calendar one Sunday morning at Paint Lick and John Roberts thanked me for mentioning it after services. He told me God was calling him to this ministry. At that time, however, he did not think he had long to live. God had other plans and he got a new liver and lived long enough (14 years) to not only see it started but developed it into a wonderful ministry with people trained to take over his job when needed. We will all miss John at the track this summer. God again has however provided J.T. Marsh to be our new director, and lead in a mighty way. Many of our churches are involved in this ministry by providing volunteers and cookies. Pleasant Home Church is joining are ranks this year and will be working at a campground and providing ministry there. We still have another campground with no ministry if you are interested. Volunteers are always needed. Come join us there on race week.
Cookies, Volunteers, Bibles, Hot wheels needed for Raceway Ministry at Kentucky Speedway in Sparta. Every church is asked to make cookies this year for Raceway Ministry. We will need them to be brought to the Ponderosa Campground by Wednesday, June 25th…. We also need VOLUNTEERS. We have trainings available for all volunteers as follows: May 17th for general training and for trauma response, at 1:00, May 31 for general and guest services, and June 14 for general training. All these trainings are at Glencoe Baptist Church and begin at 8:30 until around noon each day. We also need Bibles and they are cheaper this year and printed with drivers testimonies and a page as a tribute to John Roberts for $80.00 a case of 50 Bibles. We need some refrigerators and freezers if anyone has one they can donate. Hot wheels are always needed as well. We need a church to do ministry and be in charge of Hawks Landing Campground also. [See ministry photos on Facebook]
GA Day Camp at Eagle Valley is June 24, 25, 26. This camp is for girls, ages 6-12 or in grades 1-6 and do not have to be presently in an active GA group, and their adult leader. It starts at 9:30 each day, Tuesday, Wed. and Thursday but it would be good if you could come at 9:00 on Tuesday for registration. Each girl is to bring her Bible, a towel or blanket to sit on and a sack lunch. Leaders are to bring a gallon of Kool-aid and cookies each day as well as paper towels, band aids, toilet paper and hand soap. The cost is $10.00 per girl and a dollar for the leader. The theme this year is, “Set your GPS” and should be an interesting one. Each church should come prepared to do a variety show skit, musical, comedy, interpretive movement, puppet show etc. for a ten minutes performance. Please make an effort to bring girls from your church and community to this camp. You will be glad you did. If you have questions, please see Becky Purcell, 859-428-7725
Upcoming Associational WMU Meeting: Our next associational WMU meeting will be held on July 8 at Glencoe Baptist Church and will be a GA Birthday Celebration with praise songs from GA Day Camp and Anita Wainscott from Dallasburg will be speaking about her trip back to Africa. It will begin at 10:30 and everyone is asked to bring a covered dish to share. I am asking each GA group who attends Day Camp to come to this meeting and share something they learned and enjoyed at camp. Also if you were a GA, you might want to share an experience.
Glencoe Baptist News – Our children love visiting with residents of Gallatin Health Care as part of a continuing Children’s Ministry activity. And, for the past 25 years Louise Roberts and ladies from various churches in the area lead a hymn sing at the health care on the 4th Monday of each month. The youth group had a lock-in March 21. The church worked together to purchase items to fill two Buckets of Hope which were delivered to the annual WMU meeting in Winchester. (We’re working to fill two more buckets before the annual KBC meeting in November.) The North American Mission study was taught on March 6 for our members and those of Oakland Baptist. We met our goal for the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering. We are participating in the Mother’s Day Offering for Sunrise Children’s Services and we will begin collecting baby bottles filled with change until Father’s Day for Care Net Pregnancy Services. Our girls are looking forward to GA Day Camp in June. Our ladies and girls will soon be busy baking cookies for Kentucky Raceway Ministries to give away at Kentucky Speedway. Our church was very blessed to have members of Sparta Baptist and Paint Lick Baptist to come on Saturday, May 5, to help us with some repairs and maintenance. Several projects were taken care of including adding a new double door and two single entry doors to our educational building; new electric outlets and switches were installed.; the front porch steps, posts, and floor were scraped and painted; and, the entry was repainted. Cleaning and straightening up in classrooms and library were done, too. There are still items to be taken care of, if someone else is looking for a mission activity. By Dona Roberts
Paint Lick WMU: Paint Lick ladies have been busy. We have continued our Wednesday night Kids Club and this week, April 14th will be our last session for this school year. A couple of us ladies went to our Gallatin County Community Baby Shower and gave away wipes with a scripture verse on it and a flyer inviting the young mothers to church. Our Acteens met on March 13th at my house and made pull string bags to be filled with items for homeless youth. We had five girls and five ladies. We also attended the Ford Fan Free Day at Ky. Speedway and helped children do a craft. Five of us attended the State WMU meeting at Winchester and five of us attended our last associational meeting. We collected around $750.00 for Annie Armstrong Easter Offering. By Pat Callan
Vine Run Baptist Church WMU promoted the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering during March and April. Our offering total was $1,032. The WMU also sponsored a Dessert Auction to benefit a youth from another church going on a mission trip. Church members donated homemade desserts and then bid in a silent auction for those desserts before and after church. Winning bidders took home their tasty treats after church. We raised nearly $400 for this cause. The WMU also collected items for care packages for our church and community college students to send during “Finals Week”. We also sent packages to our members in the military. Along with notes of support and encouragement we included lots of goodies to share with their friends when pulling those all-nighters. From Rhonda Wilhoite
Ten Mile Baptist Church ladies met with Pat Callan on March 6th to discuss starting a Women on Missions group in their church. Since then, they have met on April 10th and on May 8th and are already very busy planning and doing projects. Frances Bayes and Vesta Moore went to the Senior Celebration at Lawrenceburg and also to the State WMU meeting. They took three buckets of items for their thrift store. Frances reports that they need small appliances, pots and pans and men’s items such as fishing poles. They also take books and clothing. They have decided that their goal is to be missions minded in their community and that’s what we are all about!!! Hurrah for Ten Mile!
These and other news items from Ten Mile Association WMU are a great encouragement to everyone. WMU organizations involve churches in missions! Doing missions locally, learning about God’s work around the world, giving to send missionaries, praying for missions and much more is what WMU is all about. Contact the WMU leadership team in your association or Kentucky WMU for help in starting or strengthening WMU work in your church or association. And Hurrah for Ten Mile Association WMU!