Kentucky Baptists host discussion on care for displaced people

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (KT) - A large number of displaced people are making their way to Kentucky and the United States. Eric Allen, team leader of the Kentucky Baptist Convention’s Missions Mobilization team, says that’s the main reason more than two dozen ministry leaders gathered in Louisville on Thursday.

“We want to learn from others so we can be more effective in reaching displaced people in Kentucky,” Allen said. “We want to try to meet their needs and reach them with the gospel of Jesus Christ.”

Representatives from the International Mission Board, North American Mission Board, Baptist Global Response, Send Relief, National Woman’s Missionary Union, Kentucky Baptist Convention, Kentucky Woman’s Missionary Union, Southern Baptist Convention of Texas, Louisville Regional Baptist Association and more gathered for the discussion on displaced people.

“We hope there’s a voice coming from this meeting that can go to the Southern Baptist Convention executive level and say, ‘It’s time we have a more coordinated effort at meeting refugees and their needs around the world,” Jeff Palmer of Baptist Global Response said.

Baptist Global Response estimates there are 65 million displaced people around the world.

Allen says the meeting was aimed at helping Kentucky Baptists, but when they began planning, they learned there was interest in other state Baptist conventions and from national Baptist denominational organizations. “We’re talking about policies that the administration in Washington has put in place or removed. It’s impacting the ministry we’re trying to accomplish on every level.”

Palmer says the dialogue is beneficial. “How could we know what everyone else is doing? How can learn from one another? We work better when we work together to address this huge need around the world. It’s better for the refugees and it glorifies God.”

Many of the leaders in the discussion will participate in the KBC’s Mercy Ministry equipping event called 2M2E at Parkway Baptist Church in Bardstown on Friday and Saturday. More information about 2M2E is available at kybaptist.org/2m2e.

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