"MORE THAN WE CAN IMAGINE" was chosen as the theme for our Capital Campaign. The actual campaign began in the Fall of 2006 AND it was the continuing theme for our three-year campaign during which contributions were received for our facilities enhancements. This theme was based on Ephesians 3:20 "Now to him who by the power at work within us is able to accomplish abundantly far more than all we can ask or imagine" (NRSV)
To expand God's kingdom in our community, we felt that God was leading us at this time in our history to enlarge and improve our facilities. During the previous fifty years, the congregation had the foresight to acquire land and built facilities. This land and facilities were resources to use to "Connect God and People in Christ.." Although this campaign logo was not developed until 2006, it was the non-articulated theme that motivated the people of Providence for many years.
God has accomplished more than we could have imagined at Providence. Lives have been changed, ministries have flourished, and God's message of love has been shared around the world. The people who today consider their home church to be Providence Baptist have benefited from generations of faithfulness. .
2012--THE NEXT STEP: "FROM IMAGINATION TO MISSION!" After the buildings were occupied and being utilized for ministry and missions, we considered our next step. As anticipated, we had a residual debt of approximately $1.3M to be addressed. As Dr. Cadenhead stated in a letter to the congregation, "Because God has blessed us with such incredible buildings, we can serve in ways that before were not available. Our goal is to pay off our debt in three years." Every dollar that is received through the "From Imagination to Missions!" campaign will be applied directly to principal. We have budgeted funds through our annual budget to service the interest on the debt.
These are exciting days at Providence. We have more space than ever before. More ministries are occurring than ever before. More missions are engaged than ever before. Our Division I Adults are in a more safe environment for Bible Study. We are seeking to serve God and the people that God loves through our buildings, ministries/missions/programs, and personal involvement. We invite you to be a part of our present and future.
During the spring and summer months of 2012, Providence sponsored five mission trips. We have truly moved "from imagination to mission." The Mission Trips were: Young Professional, under the direction of our Ministry Resident - Andrew Herring, made a journey to New Rok City to make repairs to the Metro Baptist Church. The reparis improved the accommodations of the temporary residents of that congregation AND individuals who travel to NYC to minister through this church that is adjacent to the area known as "Hell's Kitchen."
The Middle School Missions Trip was to Atlanta, Georgia. Our youth worked with the Atlanta Park Avenue Baptist Church and CBF missionaries Jennifer and Trey Lyon. Several of the mission projects in which the youth were engaged were: "Project open Hand," "Safe House Outreach," "Cafe 458," "Atlanta Union Mission," "Street Grace," and Sweet Auburn Market."
Our ninth "BOOK BUDDIES" trip to Kentucky was June 18 - 23, 2012. Hundreds of books have been donated by PBC members that will be sorted and transported to Owsley County in Kentucky to be distributed to the children and adults. Because of the financial challenges in that county, many children do not have books and any thing to do during the summer months. These books will give them the opportunity to read and become involved in "activity" books during their school vacation. In addition, books for adults are distributed as well in order to better inform the residents of that county.
Other mission trips were conducted in 2012 and a report of those events will be shared later. Please refer to this section to learn of more mission endeavors conducted by Providence.