Benton church members serve Marshall County as part of Operation Inasmuch

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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:

  • A team made packets of quick-and-easy food packets with the local branch of Kids Against Hunger.
  • A group went to Marcella's Kitchen to do some work. The kitchen provides hot meals to those who are in need.
  • Another team helped the Marshall County School System's resource center by making gift baskets full of cleaning supplies for families who may need them. This will free up those family budgets to cover other expenses like groceries or utilities.
  • A team put together gifts for the several hundred teachers and staff at Marshall County Schools, just to let them know they are appreciated and are being prayed for. 
  • A group went to the high school to make bags for the charity Bags of Love, which contain clothes, toiletries, and usually a toy for children who are quickly removed from their normal home environment due to a crisis situation.
  • A free car wash was held at the church, manned by the youth group.
  • A team went to Hope Clinic, a crisis pregnancy center, to do some painting inside their building.


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).

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