BENTON, KY - A Marshall County church swarmed the community with service projects Saturday as a way to meet the practical needs of others.
Pastor Don Wilson of Benton's First Baptist Church said the Kentucky Baptist Convention began promoting the Operation InAsMuch events as opportunities for their churches a few years ago, using the words of Jesus from Matthew 25:40 as inspiration. In that Bible verse, Jesus says in the New King James Version, "And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.'"
Wilson said they've been planning for the weekend's work for 6-7 months, but serving others isn't new to them.
"Almost everything that we're doing on this particular day, we do it almost weekly, at least in one of these areas. Helping, providing assistance, things like that. But what this really does more than anything else is try to get as many of your folks involved as possible just on that one day, to really have an intensive kind of effort to get it done," Wilson said.
On Saturday, about 75 skilled members went to the homes of 7-8 families to do construction, painting, replacing windows, etc.
Meanwhile, several other projects provided opportunities for families to work together:
Wilson said a Sunday School class provided for the Kids Against Hunger project, but everything else was funded by people who contacted the church individually to donate.
He said, "We've been given another $3,000-4,000. So, all the projects that are being done, nobody's having to pay for anything,"
After a brief devotion, teams split up and got busy.
Wilson said a committee went to a training session to learn about how to plan, and they set a date on which to do the work. The opportunities for projects just kept coming up.
More than 200 people participated on Saturday.
For churches who are interested, the Kentucky Baptist Convention has already set dates for Operations InAsMuch training sessions in 2017. You can see that information at http://kybaptist.org/inasmuch/.
This article was reprinted with permission from West Kentucky Star (http://www.westkentuckystar.com/News/Local-Regional/Western-Kentucky/Church-Members-Serving-All-Over-County-on-Saturday.aspx).