The heart of God is at the center of all we do in missions. “For God so loved the world…” is such a familiar verse that we can quote it without even thinking about what it means. Yet, it is the heart of the story of missions and why we learn, pray, give, go, and send.
As you read this column, summer ministries with children and families are taking place across Kentucky to share the love of Jesus and EBO is at work to help. Let me mention just a few.
Amy Wilhelmus, director of the Moore Activity Center (MAC) in Covington uses EBO funds to provide meals, snacks, crafts, recreation equipment, and Bible materials for ministries with children and youth. Her accountability form for last year’s grant included the story of Susan, grandmother to some of the kids who come to MAC. On her deathbed Susan said, “Amy, please make sure my grandkids keep coming to the MAC once I pass away.” This grandmother had no doubt that God was using MAC for the good of her grandchildren. Praise the Lord that the grandfather is still bringing the children, allowing MAC to continue ministry to the family. www.facebook.com/MooreActivityCenter.
This week students in Little River Baptist Association are engaged in community service through Camp Cadiz. EBO funds are assisting with the purchase of materials for home repairs, food, water, VBS materials, and other supplies. Last year the students completed 105 projects in 76 locations. Over 250 vehicles were washed or had their windows cleaned. Youth passed out over 150 bottles of cold water as well as hundreds of cookies in the name of Jesus. And they cooked meals for over 25 elderly and shut-in persons. Each day students participated in morning devotions and evening worship services. Four students accepted Christ and several dedicated their lives to Christian service.
During the week of July 11-15, Christian County Baptist Association will reach out to their community through Operation Love in Action, a mission trip at home. During the week EBO will help with expenses for Back Yard Bible Clubs, block parties, construction projects, sports camp, and other outreach ministries. Last year over 200 people were involved in this effort.
EBO is at work all summer long and gifts to the offering are received all year! Pray for these and many other summer ministries. Give now at www.kywmu.org/ebo.