Blankets, Annual Meeting & EBO

The response to the appeal for blankets has been overwhelming.  As of March 19, we have received 4,745 blankets and we are still counting! Thank you so much.  Volunteers have been counting the blankets and sewing on labels which identify each blanket as a gift from Kentucky Baptists. Blankets were ready to go when the first teams went out to respond to the recent tornados. 

The first blankets went with Disaster Relief Chaplains who took them to give to children as they ministered to families who have lost so much.  Then our new Childcare Unit was called up to West Liberty.  It has been exciting to see pictures of children holding or laying down on a blanket that was sent by loving Kentucky Baptists.  Thank you!

Join us this weekend, March 23-24, at Beacon Hill Baptist Church in Somerset for the Kentucky WMU Missions Celebration and Annual Meeting.  A missions packed two-day event is planned.  The program includes international, North American, and Kentucky missionaries.  Fourteen missions conferences plus ministry projects will be offered on Friday afternoon.  The Kentucky WMU Annual Meeting is the gathering place for everyone who cares about missions.  Women, men, girls and boys are all invited. 

Tom Westerfield, President of Kentucky Baptist Men on Mission and KBC Disaster Relief Communications Leader, will lead a Disaster Relief conference during the Kentucky WMU Annual Meeting.  He will provide information on the ways you can be involved in Disaster Relief and give us an update on the work of the new Childcare Unit. For a schedule and other information, go to

Because of your gifts to EBO and the Cooperative Program, our Kentucky Disaster Relief units are ready to go when disasters strike.  While additional gifts for disaster relief are always welcome to meet overwhelming needs such as the recent tornados, EBO and CP provide foundational support that is vital.  This year’s Eliza Broadus Offering allocations includes $28,000 for Disaster Relief.  $7,000 of that amount was allocated for the new Child Care Unit.

 We have not yet reached the $1,250,000 goal for the 2011-12 Eliza Broadus Offering.  Your gifts will help support missions across Kentucky.  Start a chain reaction.  Give to the Eliza Broadus Offering and come to our Annual Meeting for a missions celebration!

PS: If you have access to a RA racer, bring it along to race against mine or others made by our WMU staff.  A RA racer track will be set up in the display area as we say “welcome home” to Royal Ambassadors!


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About Joy Bolton

Joy Bolton is a life-long WMUer! Through Woman's Missionary Union, Joy has has served as a church, association, and state leader. She has coordinated many international missions teams and is available as a conference leader, speaker, Bible study leader. Joy is now retired and lives in Summerville, SC.