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SBC DIGEST: Kentucky ministries get needed funds; Tennessee disaster relief plans 250th response

KBC Mission Board allocates funds to ministries in need

By Brandon Porter/Kentucky Today

OWENSBORO, Ky. (BP) – Several Kentucky Baptist Convention agencies and institutions will receive much needed financial relief thanks to funds designated to them by the KBC Mission Board on Monday.

James Carroll, chairman of the Kentucky Baptist Convention business and finance committee, addresses members of the KBC Mission Board Monday (Nov. 9). Photo by Robin Cornetet/Kentucky Today

“This will help get us through the year until we start having guests on the property again, which is really needed,” said Lance Howerton, president of Crossings Camps. “It means much more than people realize.”

More than $1 million was allocated based on the recommendation of the KBC business and finance committee. The budgeted funds were available because of the termination agreement initiated by the University of the Cumberlands.

James Carroll, chair of the KBC business and finance committee and pastor of Parkway Baptist Church in Bardstown, said committee members are grateful to help ministries who have faced tremendous hardship in 2020.

“We’re blessed to have a million dollars to divide among our agencies and institutions in a year when so much has happened,” Carroll said.

The agencies and institutions were asked to specify how the funds would be used if approved.

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Ice storm will be Tennessee’s 250th disaster relief response

By Baptist and Reflector Staff

MOUNT JULIET, Tenn. (BP) – Most people were expecting one of this year’s hurricanes to be the 250th disaster relief response for Tennessee Baptists since their first response in 1978.

Wes Jones (left) disaster relief specialist for the Tennessee Baptist Mission Board, joins Butch Porch (center right) disaster relief unit leader for Woodland Baptist Church in Brownsville, Tenn., and other DR volunteers from across West Tennessee as the group serves in Louisiana after Hurricane Laura. Photo by Lonnie Wilkey

Instead, it will be a response to damages caused by the recent ice storm in Oklahoma.

“We thought Hurricane Zeta would be response No. 250; however, to this date no states have asked for assistance,” said Wes Jones, disaster relief specialist for the Tennessee Baptist Mission Board.

“On the other hand, at the same time Zeta was coming, an ice storm was hitting Oklahoma and fires continued to rage in Colorado and we have been invited to respond to these,” Jones said.

“We have a team made up of DR volunteers from Woodland Baptist Church (as well as other churches in the West Tennessee area) and JST Association that will be leaving Nov. 15 to go to Oklahoma. When they do, Tennessee Baptist Disaster Relief will have responded to 250 recorded disasters.

“I am so grateful for the work that God has done through the disaster relief volunteers from Tennessee,” Jones added. “For 42 years they have worked to share the Good News of Jesus Christ with those who are going through a disaster.

“They have responded by providing food, comfort, physical help, encouragement and a myriad of other ways, but the most important thing they get to do is be used by God to see someone become a follower of Christ by trusting Him as Savior.”

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