LOUISVILLE, Ky. (KT) – Kentucky Baptists are impacting lives every day through missionaries and ministries funded through the Cooperative Program, which has been described as “the greatest evangelistic initiative of our time.”
The Kentucky Baptist Convention is joining Southern Baptists around the world in celebrating Cooperative Program month in October in recognition of the important work being done to share the gospel in Kentucky, throughout the United States, and around the world.
To help churches celebrate the work of the Cooperative Program, the Kentucky Baptist Convention released two additional promotional videos for use in worship services.
Some 750,000 Kentucky Baptists in 2,400 churches have joined together through the Cooperative Program to fulfill the Great Commission by funding 3,600 international missionaries, 10,000 North American missionaries and 100 Kentucky missionaries while also working to strengthen and revitalize local congregations, educate pastors at colleges and seminaries, care for children at Sunrise Children’s Services, and minister to college students.
Through the Cooperative Program, Kentucky Baptists are helping to train the next generation of church leaders at Clear Creek Baptist Bible College, the University of the Cumberlands and The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, helping to support Oneida Baptist Institute, which is literally reaching the world without having to leave the southeastern Kentucky campus. Students from two dozen countries are enrolled at Oneida.
The Cooperative Program helps to fund Crossings Ministries, where more than 14,000 students heard the gospel at summer camp this year and hundreds professed faith in Christ.
More than 1,300 hurting kids feel the love of Kentucky Baptists through the ministries of Sunrise Children's Services, the orphan care arm of the Kentucky Baptist Convention. Sunrise is the largest private provider of foster care in the state and every year increases the number of children who find forever families through adoption.
Through the Cooperative Program, Kentucky Baptists are helping to fund the work of campus missionaries who offer the hope of Christ to thousands of students on more than 20 college and university campuses in the state. By some estimates, fewer than 6 percent of students on these campuses are professing Christians, so the work is absolutely vital.
The Cooperative Program also funds the work of Kentucky Baptist Disaster Relief, which helps victims of natural and man-made disasters across the state, nation and beyond.
One of the latest Cooperative Program videos highlights the work of Haven of Rest, a ministry reaching out to family members of inmates at a federal prison near Inez in the mountains of eastern Kentucky.
"We have people coming from all over the United States to visit their loved ones here,” said Haven of Rest Director Joyce Scroggs. "We are here to provide for their physical needs, but we reach out to them spiritually, too.”
The second video highlights the work of the Appalachia Ministry Center in Ashland, which provides meals to the hungry in the impoverished mountain region.
KBC Executive Director Paul Chitwood said Kentucky Baptist churches can be encouraged by stories, like Haven of Rest and the Appalachia Ministry Center, that show the Cooperative Program in action.
“Thank you for your commitment to working cooperatively to reach Kentucky and the world for Christ,” Chitwood said. “Together, we can accomplish far more than we could ever do individually.”
For more information and resources about the Cooperative Program, go to kybaptist.org/cp. Download and share the Kentucky Baptist Convention videos mentioned above by going to vimeo.com/292729145 for Haven of Rest, and vimeo.com/292729076 for Appalachia Ministry Center.