Mt. Washington man’s life changed through faith-based recovery

Originally published in Western Recorder –

Mt. Washington–Mike Chisolm knew he needed help. He was deep into drugs and had been since he was a teenager. His relationship was in shambles. But, as what he describes as a backslidden believer, he knew the answers to his problems were found in his faith. So that’s where he turned.

Over a decade’s time, he’d slowly gotten clean. He’d given up his use of crystal meth and cocaine, mainly for his daughter. But in his closet at home, he was growing a marijuana plant.

After a particularly rough argument with the woman who is now his wife, he went to seek counsel from his Sunday School teacher. “Do you remember the first time you got high?” his teacher asked.

“Yeah,” Chisolm responded. Continue reading “Mt. Washington man’s life changed through faith-based recovery”


Louisville church taking VBS ‘to the streets’

Originally published in Western Recorder –

LOUISVILLE—This year, Westport Road Baptist Church in Louisville took a new approach to LifeWay’s “Game On” VBS theme. They “took it to the streets” by providing six backyard Bible club-style VBS events in neighborhoods throughout Louisville.

The neighborhoods included Westwood, Sycamore, Crosby Park, Hillcrest, Maples Park, Murray Hill and Portland. Events were held in public places such as the new Maples Park in Crestwood, Portland Promise Center in Portland, and even church member’s backyards. Continue reading “Louisville church taking VBS ‘to the streets’”

Tiny houses make big impact: Appalachian church plant builds homestead as a sanctuary

Originally published in Western Recorder –

MCCREARYY COUNTY—In the rural Appalachian county of McCreary, Ky., the Light Community, a homestead-in-progress consisting of a 20 tiny houses, is seeking to provide, shelter, skills and dignity—all while shedding the light of Christ on the community.

The idea for the homestead began in the hearts of Grant and Gina Hasty, church planters in the mountains of Eastern Kentucky nearly two years ago. “We began having individuals and families come up that needed a place to land,” Grant shared.

One couple needed a safe space to live before they could regain custody of their kids. Another man was a recovering alcoholic and lived on the back porch of another ministry that the Hastys oversee, the Lord’s Café. Yet another family was seeking shelter after their home burned down. Continue reading “Tiny houses make big impact: Appalachian church plant builds homestead as a sanctuary”