A Kentucky church has used an attention-grabbing drama to reach thousands of people over the past 17 years.
Carl Sparks has served the same church in Rumsey for 50 years. He started his ministry in 1961 and in 1965 settled in as pastor of Pack Baptist Church.
Red Hill Baptist Church in Vine Grove celebrated its 65th anniversary July 12, not only as a congregation, but also with the same pastor, James Royalty.
Rob and Renee Parsons have been on a Vacation Bible School mission this summer. Parsons, the pastor at Central Baptist in Ashland, and his wife, Renee, have taken mission teams to several churches in the Greenup Baptist Association to put on VBS.
One of North Carolina's newest churches meets in the famous Joe Gibbs Racing shop in Huntersville, N.C., just north of Charlotte.
Kentucky Baptist Disaster Relief crews worked in Rowan, Johnson and four other counties, helping clear flood-damaged homes of drywall and insulation to prevent the spread of mold.
Nearly 21,000 volunteers from 41 Baptist state conventions participated in Baptist relief efforts that began after Hurricane Katrina's Gulf Coast landfall on Aug. 29, 2005, and continued through March 2006. Another 26,000 volunteers would participate in Operation NOAH (New Orleans Area Homes) Rebuild from March 2006 to April 2009. The influx of new volunteers—by far the most who would ever participate in a single SBDR response and rebuild effort—transformed future disaster relief efforts by Southern Baptists.
Around 1,000 students paid $200 to spend a week sweating in the heat, working to share Christ's love through repairing houses with the Kentucky Changers. They worked at four locations across the state: Richmond, Marshall County, Maysville and Henderson.