Several Mission Trips have focused on families and their homes in eastern Kentucky. For more information, email: BETH MCCONNELL.
The ninth annual "Book Buddies Trip" to Eastern Kentucky occured June 18 - 23, 2012. The objective of these annual trips is to distribute children's books and magazines AND adult books and magazines in the Nada community and through the elementary school in Owsley County. During May each year, members of the church are asked to donate new and "gently" used books to be by the "Book Buddies" participants. If you are interested in this project, please contact Cindy Brewer or Beth McConnell.
The annual KENTUCKY SUMMER MISSION TRIP was conducted July 17-23 2010. Since 2004, more than 115 different members of Providence have traveled to Eastern Kentucky coordinating their efforts through our missionary in the area, Paula Settle. Various activities and projects are planned to improve housing and provide positive activities for youth in the area. Members maintain connections with the students, often sending Christmas gifts each year.
The CBF's Rural Poverty Initiative "Together for Hope" was adopted by Providence in 2004 as a special 50th anniversary missions program. By design, Providence's participation was not intended to be a one-time event. Rather, it was visioned that our involvement in this missions endeavor would involve Providence members of all ages for years and touch many lives in this area of our country. The original objectives have been realized. Our church members have made many trips to Eastern Kentucky and we have taken a variety of materials to assist the residents. Some of the items include: school supplies, shoes, coats, luggage, toiletry items, clothes, books, and most of all, hope. Also Providence gave a van to the School Board of one county. In addition, many homes have been repaired, and some of the residents have acquired new skills that will improve their chances of securing employment.
For more information on the CBF's Rural Poverty Initiative, you may visit the CBF website: www.thefellowship.info/.