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Appalachia mine closures strain ministry centers

[QUOTE@left@200=Coal miner layoffs elevate need for food, clothing, school supplies in hard-hit communities.]PRESTONSBURG, Ky. (BP) -- Ministries in Appalachia are bracing for a tough winter as hundreds of residents have been furloughed or lost their jobs because of cutbacks in coal production amid the nation's changing energy industry.

Appalachia mine closures strain ministry centers

[QUOTE@left@200=Coal miner layoffs elevate need for food, clothing, school supplies in hard-hit communities.]PRESTONSBURG, Ky. (BP) -- Ministries in Appalachia are bracing for a tough winter as hundreds of residents have been furloughed or lost their jobs because of cutbacks in coal production amid the nation's changing energy industry.

Tornado victims offered childcare help

WEST LIBERTY, Ky. (BP) — Kentucky Baptists are providing families affected by the March 2 tornado in West Liberty a nurturing place for their children during the day. An emergency childcare unit has opened at the Red Cross shelter in the tornado-ravaged town. Trained Kentucky Baptist volunteers are providing activities and care for the children, […]

200 years after Lincoln’s birth, his pilgrimage still fascinates enthusiasts

HODGENVILLE, Ky. (BP)–As Kentucky launches a two-year bicentennial celebration of the birth of Abraham Lincoln, Lincoln enthusiasts are sharing their views on the president’s spiritual journey — a journey that, like the man, began in the commonwealth of Kentucky. Born three miles south of Hodgenville on April 12, 1809, Lincoln was only 2 years old […]

Lincoln bicentennial kicks off Feb. 12

HODGENVILLE, Ky. (BP)–During the next two years, an array of activities across the nation will mark the 200th anniversary of the birth of Abraham Lincoln. Kentucky hosted the inaugural event the morning of Feb. 12 at the Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historic Site near Hodgenville. Invited guests included President Bush, U.S. Secretary of the Interior […]

Housing ministry helps struggling families

CRESTWOOD, Ky. (BP)–The house is the gift, Eddie and Amy Buck told their five children in the days before Christmas. After nearly two years in a Baptist-sponsored transitional housing program, the first-time homeowners moved into a split-level house last spring — complete with mortgage payments. The new arrangement did not permit many Christmas gifts, the […]

Ministry at Ironman competition gains an open door in Idaho

HAYDEN, Idaho (BP)--Earlier this year, as plans for the Ironman triathlon were taking shape in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, members of NorthStar Church found themselves in a familiar spot: out of the loop.

Teen who sought foster care finds community love, support

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (BP)–When Chastity graduated high school this spring, she did so with many members of the local community cheering her on. When Chastity needed help, she reached out to people in her high school and the community — Bowling Green, Ky. — who in turn helped her connect with Lanise Herrington as a […]