Scarlette Jasper serves in 10 counties of the Lake Cumberland Development Area of South Central and Southwestern Kentucky. She serves among the homeless population and working poor, families in medical crisis, victims of domestic violence, and families in financial crisis. Scarlette’s ministry interfaces with CBF’s Together for Hope Initiative. Scarlette has been involved in this type of ministry for many years, and is excited about the ways that this work can connect with CBF constituency through Together for Hope.
Scarlette is married to C. Brian Jasper, a songwriter and musician. They have three children; Roger (and Jessica) Jasper, Pastor at Living Faith Baptist Church in Elizabethtown, Layla (and Aaron) Padgett, AmeriCorps members serving in Somerset, and Amoreena Jasper, a junior in High School. They are the proud grandparents of Paul and Anna Jasper. Scarlette was born in Fayetteville, North Carolina, but has lived from Florida to Alaska. After living here 28 years, she considers Kentucky her home.
Scarlette has been involved in non-profit work for nearly 25 years. She has served in leadership positions locally and nationally for various organizations. She has also served in various positions at church including Sunday school and VBS teacher, ACTEENs leader and Sunday morning youth leader. Scarlette is the Director of Olive Branch Ministries, Inc. and is a student at Baptist Seminary of Kentucky.
Steve Clark and Annette Ellard minister in Louisville, KY, among Karen refugees from Burma. The Karen, who began resettling in the United States from refugee camps in Thailand in 2006, have suffered through nearly 60 years of civil war and persecution at the hands of Burma's military rulers. Due to the historic influence of Baptist missionaries, about forty percent of the Karen are Christian. Steve and Annette--along with Crescent Hill Baptist Church where they are members--are welcoming a growing group of Karen refugees and helping them adapt to life in the United States.
Also, Steve and Annette use their professional skills in video production to produce video resources that help share the gospel, support the work of other CBF field personnel and communicate the missions story to CBF partner churches.
"Everyone has a story to share. We often have been amazed at how a video camera and a notepad convey our genuine interest and invite people to openly tell us about themselves. This creates an opportunity for us to talk about our faith and God's love for them," Steve and Annette said.
• Video: The Plight of Karen Refugees
Steve and Annette are self-funded CBF field personnel. As self-funded affiliates, they are responsible for raising their own support to minister among the Karen refugees. If you would like to make a pledge toward that support, call (800) 352-8741 or pledge online.
After you make a pledge, you can mail your contribution to:
Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, P.O. Box 101699, Atlanta, GA 30392.
Include “Steve Clark and Annette Ellard ” on the memo line.