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Mountains to the Mississippi

Here's what's going on across Kentucky this week.


WEEK OF PRAYER: Music helps missionaries break barriers

Good values weren't enough for Linda Hamfors of Stockholm, Sweden. Hamfors, who grew up in an atheist family, believed Jesus was "a really amazing guy" and learned values from her parents like forgiveness, acceptance and love.

But, good values couldn't sustain the singer/songwriter through the tumultuous years when her parents began drinking more and pursuing materialistic gain.


WEEK OF PRAYER: Church planting fire burning in S. Asia

For Mitch Englehart*, it's a beautiful sight that's taking place in some very dirty water. The South Carolina native watches from the bank of a stagnant canal as six new believers are baptized outside a small village in the South Asian countryside. Dhanwan is one of them.


Church remains key part of Christmas

Most Americans believe Christmas goes better with a visit to church, religious Christmas songs in public school concerts, and more focus on Jesus, a LifeWay Research survey shows.


UC's Mountain Outreach hosts shopping spree for area children

University of the Cumberlands' Mountain Outreach brought volunteers to the Williamsburg Walmart at midnight for their annual shopping spree. Every year, Mountain Outreach buys thousands of dollars worth of Christmas gifts that are distributed to local children at its annual gift day.


Little River camp instills discipleship, lessons as youth serve community

The cost of camp should not be what keeps a child from having a Christian camp experience. That is the conviction of Little River Baptist Association Director of Missions Mike Rust and a team of caring leaders who organize the annual, local missions experience known as Camp Cadiz.


Dynamic father and son duo serve churches in East Region

Paul Schmidt is pastor of First Baptist Church of Grayson, and his son, Sam, is pastor of First Baptist Church of Inez. Both father and son are experiencing a time of church renewal in a region that has experienced population decline during the past decade.


Mission Board retains Campbellsville's funds, gives nod to sell BCM building

During its Dec. 8-9 meeting, the Mission Board of the Kentucky Baptist Convention approved retaining nearly $1 million in escrowed funds that had been earmarked for Campbellsville University and placed one of its campus ministry facilities up for sale.