‘By All Means’ get involved in missions, Ky. women urged

Originally published in Western Recorder – www.westernrecorder.org

CORBIN–“God’s will is for the lost to hear and be won. We must all be engaged in winning souls, and as we are, we will experience intimacy with Christ,” Katie Orr, author and speaker, said at the Kentucky Woman’s Missionary Union annual meeting and missions celebration in Corbin on March 31-April 1.

“Paul won souls for the sake of God’s glory,” Orr continued, sharing three motivators for Paul’s ministry that should motivate Christians to share the gospel, too. They were: “stewardship, urgency and obedience.”

Orr challenged attenders to reflect on “how am I stewarding the gospel, my time, talents and money for the gospel?”

“Am I in labor for the lost? Do I care that souls are dying without the gospel?” she asked. “Do I live in an urgency of their reality? Am I working out my salvation though sharing the gospel?”

Approximately 550 people attended Kentucky WMU’s 114th annual meeting, with the theme “By All Means.”

More than $7,600 was collected for Kentucky WMU ministries to missionaries, which include an online subscription to the Western Recorder, Christmas gifts to international missionaries from Kentucky, gifts each fall and spring to Kentucky international missionary children enrolled in college in the state, among other ministries.

Throughout the weekend, Orr continued her theme interpretation from 1 Corinthians 9:19-27. She shared not only Paul’s motivation, but that his method was being “sacrificial, strategic and single-minded.” Paul’s perspective, she said, was to, “keep his eyes on the prize, keep his body under control, and keep his flesh crucified.”

The annual meeting also highlighted mission throughout the state and included the Eastern Kentucky Missions Extravaganza after the morning session on Friday.

Ministries highlighted included the Haven of Rest, Cedaridge Ministries, the Freedom Center, God’s Appalachian Partnership, Kentucky Sacks of Love, First Priority, Tri-County, High Mountain Horsemanship Outreach, Central Baptist Church Mission House, BREAK Bus, Matthew Clothing Ministry Manger Ministry and other various Eastern Kentucky ministries.

Bill Barker and Keith Decker explained the importance of the Christmas Backpack project, an initiative that Paul Chitwood, executive director of the KBC encouraged all Kentucky Baptist churches to get involved in.

Various other missionaries and ministries, overseas and in Kentucky, presented their ministries and encouraged Kentucky Baptists to get involved “By All Means.”

In the business portion of the meeting, nine new board members were installed, and those who were rotating off the board were recognized. New board members include: Ruth Gray, Deanna Smith, Robin Warren, Sharon Taylor-Carrillo, Lisa Salyer, Rachel Dermon, Diane McDaniel, Dawna Clark, and Melanie Jones.

Susan Bryant was re-elected to her fourth year as president; Cathy Terrell was re-elected to her third year as vice-president; and Marcia Ballard was re-elected to her second year as recording secretary.

Joy Bolton, executive director or the Kentucky WMU presented an update, along with the office staff, on the work that Kentucky WMU is doing and how they are continuing to facilitate missions.

Additionally, nine new Kentucky missionaries were commissioned for service on Saturday morning. They were Damon and Yolanda Armstead, John Barnett, Cory Bledsoe, Joanna Mack, Renee Parsons, Teresa Purichia, Twyla Sheffeld, and Kendra Smallwood.

“We appreciate you, we thank you for promoting our work (through the Eliza Broadus Offerings), and we thank you for what you do. We thank you for seeing fit to value the work that God has called us to do, and we believe it’s worth it. We believe it matters,” said Todd Gray, evangelism and church planting team leader of the KBC.

In bringing greetings from the KBC to the meeting, Gray recognized the work that the KBC and Kentucky WMU are doing together through the Eliza Broadus Offering.

“I hope that because of something you’ve heard, something you’ve done, something you’ve read this weekend, that has changed you, your heart is bigger when you walk out this door than when you walked in,” Susan Bryant added in concluding to the meeting.

The 115th annual meeting of the Kentucky WMU will be held at Buck Run Baptist Church in Frankfort. (WR)