Recently, youth ministers Lisa Wood, from Immanuel Baptist Church in Frankfort, and Amanda Phelps Taylor, from Mt. Vernon Baptist Church in Morgantown, collaborated on a project that brought three churches together to partner in ministering to "the homeless and hopeless" in Owensboro. The idea was planted last winter when Wood and Taylor planned a joint ski-trip between their youth groups, and took root when the youth "hit it off" and formed genuine friendships.
The 3-day mini-mission trip held July 13 - 15, included working at the Pitino Shelter, which helps folks transition from homelessness to self-sufficiency, and Habitat for Humanity, where they built a barn-like shed. Youth from Third Baptist Church, in Owensboro, were also welcomed to participate, and the three groups rotated work sites as well as participated in devotionals led by Lisa and Amanda. On Sunday, they worshipped and had Bible Study together at Third Baptist. A fall retreat is already being planned where the groups will participate in more contemplative activities.
Lisa Wood has remarked, "...[the youth] seem to respect each other and are open to each other's perspectives on community, God, and finding purpose in life." These groups seem to have experienced the blessing that is working in partnerships with other churches and/or organizations. They have found common ground although they have diverse backgrounds, learned to appreciate different perspectives, and perhaps most importantly, bonded together to bring the good news of Christ's love to those who are poor and hurting. As an organization that is very familiar with the "miracle of partnerships," the KBF looks forward to seeing what these youth accomplish together in the future, and hopes other groups are encouraged to do the same.