by Scarlette Jasper, CBF Field Personnel
What a wonderful time of fellowship we had at KBF Spring Gathering! I was blessed to make new friends and get to connect with some I had gotten to see in awhile. I also had the opportunity to share the missionary work I do through Olive Branch Ministries. For those of you who couldn't make it here is a recap of what we covered.
As CBF Field Personnel my work aligns with the work of the KBF as well as CBF's Together For Hope initiative of building relationships and partnering with communities in the poorest counties in the United States. As part of my ministry I have a special focus on McCreary County. According to USA a Today Money (January 2015) McCreary County was the poorest county, not only in Kentucky but in the nation. I do not only minister in McCreary County but I have a special focus there.
The theme for the workshop was "Connect-Serve-Transform". The goal for OBM as well as Together for Hope is to support the existing resources that are already in the communities we serve. Our goal is not to take over a community and tell them what they need it us to support the priorities that the community identifies as needs. You can serve the communities by getting involved in the service work that I do through Olive Branch Ministries. You can do this by praying for the people and communities that are being served through my ministry as well as the other ministries serving through KBF and CBF. You can also become a financial partner. As a non employee partner funded field personnel the work that I do through Olive Branch Ministries is funded by individual and church partnerships . Without you this work would not be possible . Last but not least you can get involved with the projects and programs of Olive Branch Ministries. These include financial counseling and advocacy, self help workshops, help and advocacy for the homeless, the elderly , victims of domestic violence, low income families and those in medical crisis . There are also opportunities to help through a clothing closet , ministry to children and youth including school partnerships and a shoe box delivery at Christmas.
As we serve these communities they will be transformed. The individuals, families and children will be transformed . The most important transformation however will be within ourselves a we strive to be the hands and feet of Christ among the most neglected and marginalized . " Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it" 1 Corinthians 12:27.
If you would like more information about any of these mission opportunities or to donate please feel free to contact me by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or 606-305-3134.