Life Changing Opportunity

Adult ChangersLast week about 30 adults joined in what we call Adult Changers and got a taste of what Kentucky Changers is all about.  While some of the participants were regulars with Changers, others were new, experiencing the fun and hard work for the first time.

The Adult Changers stayed at Richmond First Baptist Church who provided sleeping space and meals. They worked at the Gilmin Home, a ministry for boys and others led by Travis and Christie Lynch. Gilmin stands for God Is Love Ministry. The Lynch family opened their home several years ago to begin this ministry when they felt God’s prompting to help boys and others who needed a place to live and learn. The ministry has touched many lives and grown to the point that another building is needed.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAKentucky Changers worked at the Gilmin Home this past summer, building a deck on the back of the house. This was a needed addition which made the home more enjoyable for the family and guests. Adults Changers came to complete some finish work on the steps, put siding on the new building, add electrical wiring, and do some painting in the Gilmin Home and for a neighbor  is caring for an ill family member.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAPeggy Murphy, Kentucky Changers Coordinator, has even bigger dreams for this project than the work done for the Gilmin Home. Her dream is to see many of these volunteers come back next summer to help us with Kentucky Changers. Changers will work in four locations next summer and do about 25 projects per site. That means we need 100 crew chiefs and 100 assistant crew chiefs for each project. That’s 200 volunteers PLUS people to cook, serve as runners, and a host of other tasks. And then of course, every church needs adult chaperones to come along and work along side the students.

10649899_10152679438212834_5523562800521635176_nKentucky Changers is a life changing experience for students. But it is also life changing for adult volunteers. Not only do volunteers see the impact on a family, but the week is an investment in students. Today we have students who are faithful servants in their churches, in leadership, in ministry, serving as missionaries, and making a difference in many ways because of what they learned and experienced through Kentucky Changers. God has used Kentucky Changers for 20+ years and the ministry is still growing.

Kentucky Changers is a life changing opportunity. Learn how to be involved as a volunteer or by bringing students at Sign up now and get ready for a ministry that you will want to be part of over and over again!

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Helping a dying man find peace

Bob Perkins served as a crew leader with Kentucky Changers in Frankfort/Lawrenceburg this past summer.  His crew worked on a house owned by Gillford and Martha, an older couple in Frankfort.  Bob recently shared the impact of Kentucky Changers on this couple and himself.

Bob said, “We cleaned up their yard, rebuilt their deck/porch which was falling in, installed lattice panels and did some gutter work. We had information that the city of Frankfort had issued an order that could condemn the home without these repairs.”

Frankfort porch teamBob was especially concerned for Gillford who had serious health issues and stayed in his pajamas all week. From their conversations, the deck/porch was the primary issue between the couple and the city. The deck served as a main point in their lives, bringing them happiness through all the days they would entertain family and friends.  Bob’s primary concern was that this gentleman was “mad at his church.” The couple had been very active in their local church in years past and for some reason the relationship had soured.  “Our crew prayed several times while at their home that week,” said Bob, “that God would restore their faith and attitude towards their church and God.”

A teenage girl on the crew also spent time talking with the couple during the week. This girl also made a profession of faith that week and was sharing her new faith with Martha and Gillford.  On the last day that the crew worked at this home, the couple invited the crew in. Gillford picked up his guitar and the couple sang several songs for the team. “There wasn’t a dry eye in the crowd,” said Bob. The couple “also became emotional upon giving us the pleasure of hearing their testimony of how they were ‘lifted’ by our faith, work and friendship.”

After the Kentucky Changers week working on this home, Bob continued to talk with Gillford and Martha. On September 5, after returning from a mission trip in Alaska, Bob had a phone call from Martha. “I started not to take the call because it was late and I was tired. But I took the call and and on the other end was Martha.” She told Bob that her husband was near death and would not make it through the night. She complimented the Changers team and especially the young teenage girl and Bob. She told him that their contact with Kentucky Changers had “softened” her husband’s heart toward God and His church. In the last few months all he talked about was the young kids who had come and rebuilt his deck. He spent many of his remaining days on the porch and enjoying his time outside. Bob prayed with Martha on the phone, asking God for His love and peace for the family. Gillford died that night.

On Friday after Gillford died, Bob talked again with Martha. She repeated her praises for the Kentucky Changers team and spoke of the joy the team brought to the couple. She was so happy that her husband had made peace within himself and with God in the weeks since the Changers team was at their home.

In reflecting on the summer experience with this couple, Bob said, “What price can any of us place on helping a dying man find peace in the final weeks of his life? Who would have thought that the conversations of a fifteen year old teenager and a handshake from me would change the heart of this man. God is so great.”

Cost of a week at Kentucky Changers for a student – $200.  Helping a dying man find peace – priceless!

Collections that Count

Churches enjoy collecting items that meet a ministry need. There are many opportunities to collect items for ministries in your own community and when you do, please deliver them in person and spend time with the people at the ministry site.  Be sure to take pictures and share the experience with your church. Before sharing, have the next ministry project or a return visit to the featured ministry planned so that you can immediately offer an opportunity for involvement when people show interest. The involvement of your church in the local ministry will make the collection of needed items more meaningful both to your church and to the local ministry.

Backpack Video picAnother opportunity for collecting and making an impact in Kentucky is through the LoveLOUD Christmas Backpacks. The North American Mission Board is seeking to collect 40,000 backbacks for children to be distributed through Appalachian Regional Ministry and Mississippi River Ministry. Both of these ministries touch Kentucky. If your church would like to participate in the backback collection, visit the web site ( to learn more. There are specific instructions on the web site about what each backpack should include. To partner with a ministry for distribution of backpacks you collect, please fill out and submit the Partnership Agreement on the web site. The collecting and delivering date will need to be coordinated with the ministry site you partner with for Christmas. All backpacks need to be collected by and delivered to the site no later than December 10, 2014. Please preview and download promotional materials and participation forms from the web page. If you have questions, email Bill Barker: [email protected] or call 606-316-4298.  Be sure to see the video about the Christmas Backpacks that features Keith Decker, Kentucky Missionary of the Year for 2014.

10636756_754039074642682_325525768514784248_oThe Bucket Project with Baptist Global Response is a collection project that will touch many lives in Sub Sahara Africa.  While you may not have the opportunity to personally take a bucket to a person suffering with AIDS, you can know that every bucket is being delivered by a Christian believer who will share a gospel witness.  A great opportunity to participate in the Bucket Project will take place on November 11 at the Kentucky Baptist Convention.  We will have a truck at the convention and we have a goal of 800 buckets, enough to fill another shipping container for Africa.  Lori Funderburk, Bucket Project Prayer Coordinator, will be with us at the state convention.  There are promotional videos about the bucket collection available which you can download and show in your church.

Bucket Project video by Dr. Paul Chitwood
Bucket Project video by Joy Bolton

If you would like someone to come to your church to share information about the Bucket Project, we have people available. Kentucky WMU sent a team to South Africa last December to lead Bible Clubs and deliver buckets. Experience 1:8 college students went to South Africa in July and delivered buckets that had been collected at the Kentucky WMU Annual Meeting in April.

Collections that count include prayer and a gospel witness. Pray over the items you collect, asking that they be used by the Lord to meet needs and share Jesus with the lost or bring a word of encouragement to a believer in need. Pray for those who will use the items in ministry and for their witness. Pray for opportunities to share the good news of our Savior and for the boldness of those who witness. Pray for your own opportunities to be part of these ministries and for your personal witness every day.

Power to Serve

Power to Serve textIt does not take being in ministry very long to realize that we do not have the wisdom or energy to do all the needs to be done. There are demands that are far greater than our knowledge or skill can handle. There are situations that require greater expertise than we can offer. There are needs to meet that require longer hours than we have stamina. Yet, over and over, ministry leaders go above and beyond to serve and share Jesus. The power to serve comes from the Holy Spirit who grants ability and strength far beyond what we could ask or imagine.

Our 2014 state missions emphasis focuses on ministries and people who testify to the Holy Spirit’s work in providing the power to serve. We invite you to pray daily for state missions using the following verses from Acts 1 and prayer requests.  As you read the verses and requests, look to see the connections between them.

Sunday (Acts 1:1-2): In the gospels we read of all that Jesus “began to do and teach.” In Acts we are reminded that the power to serve comes from the Holy Spirit. Pray for Kentucky missionaries  and for their reliance upon God for the power to serve. Pray for ministries that intentionally take the gospel into Kentucky communities.

Monday (Acts 1:3):  Pray for Affinity Evangelism efforts to bring “the kingdom of God” to people who have no spiritual connections and for believers who are sharing Jesus through  personal interest outreach efforts.  Pray for the KBC Evangelism and Church Planting Team and RISK evangelism ministries. (RISK – Reaching Into the State of Kentucky.) Pray for RISK Bowling Green as Kentucky Baptists share the gospel in the weeks leading up to the Kentucky Baptist Convention Annual Meeting in November.

Tuesday (Acts 1:4): Give thanks for the vision of Eileen Mullins to “wait for the Father’s promise” to redeem a tragedy and create a ministry to the families of inmates at the Big Sandy Federal Prison. Pray for Harold and Joyce Scroggs and Robin and Becky Botkin as they lead Haven of Rest Family Ministry in Inez following Eileen’s retirement.  Pray for other ministries across Kentucky that share Jesus with inmates and their families.

Wednesday (Acts 1:5):  Give thanks for the indwelling of the Holy Spirit in the lives of believers and church planters who have responded to God’s prompting to start new churches to share the gospel. Pray for Crossroads Community Baptist Church in Stearns as they share the gospel and meet human needs through The Lord’s Café and other ministries. Pray for new churches in your community and for more new churches to be started.

Thursday (Act 1:6-7):  Pray for  those who have no understanding of the gospel message. Pray that their minds and hearts would be opened. Pray for Kentucky Baptists to trust God’s timing as He opens doors for ministry. Pray for Teresa Parrett as she links those who want to serve with ministry needs and locations. Pray that more people will volunteer for both short-term and long-term missions ministries.

Friday (Acts 1:8): Pray for churches working together though local, associational, regional, and state missions. Pray for ministries in your community and other parts of Kentucky to share Jesus. Pray specifically for the KBC Missions Mobilization Team as they train leaders and work with ministries across Kentucky and around the world.

 Saturday (Acts 1:9-10): Pray for IICE (Innovative Intentional Community Evangelism) led by Van and Marjorie Yandell, whose outreach efforts include block parties, motorcycle rides, prison ministry, and evangelistic services at a rescue mission and other locations. Pray for those who will receive EBO ministry grants this year, including each of our 70 Baptist associations. Pray that they will share the gospel creatively.

Sunday (Acts 1:11): Pray for the LoveLoud Backpack outreach to children this year through Appalachian Regional Ministry and Mississippi River Ministry who will distribute the backpacks to children and share the gospel with their families. Pray that Kentucky Baptists will take the initiative to meet this need, and that all efforts will be used of God to reach Kentucky and the world for Christ.

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Thank you for praying and giving. Your faithfulness in prayer and your financial support provide resources that are multiplied by the Lord as He provides the power to serve across Kentucky!