Colossians 3:15 And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful.
I am so thankful! The Lord has blessed me so abundantly the last few months and I needed to share with you! As you know I have been struggling with transportation for over a year with my cars having so many issues. The Lord blessed me with a 2010 Toyota Prius! What a blessing! It is a Hybrid and it great on gas and with all of my travels that is certainly an added bonus! Thank you for all of the prayers that I know have been lifted up regarding this issue because they were answered in a big way!
Here are a few ministry updates:
I have continued advocacy efforts with state and national partners to stop usury in Kentucky through the Payday Lending industry. Please continue to contact your state representatives and inform them that we are against extended payday loans in any form and continue to advocate for a interest rate cap on existing Payday Loans. See the CBF Kentucky article by Sharon Felton regarding other ways to advocate and make a difference! The time to act is now! www.lendjustly.com
I recently provided emergency shelter at the Olive Branch Ministry Mission Office for a woman and her two children who were in a domestic abuse situation and I hosted an Extreme Build partner overnight at the mission office facility during Extreme Build.
It was a pleasure to get to see some of you at CBF Kentucky Spring Gathering! I was able to have a display table set up and share my ministry with some individuals who I had not had the pleasure of meeting before!
I was blessed to be Ordained on May 21, 2016 at Cornerstone Fellowship Church in Monticello, Kentucky. Thankful for those that prayed, called, emailed, and attended this very special day.
The 11th Annual Extreme Build was a huge success. It takes a lot of people to make it happen and I can't thank each person enough who had a part in this miracle of partnerships. We are looking at some exciting new developments in McCreary Co, I will keep you posted!
I was blessed to be able to attend General Assembly in Greensboro . It was an honor to serve on a discussion panel regarding the new proposed funding model for field personnel that was to be voted on by the fellowship. I was able to share some of what it is like to be partner funded and have to struggle day to day to stay on the field to do the work that God has called me to do. The fellowship enthusiastically voted for the new funding model. Basically this means that the presence for all field personnel will be funded with housing, salary, and benefits. All field personnel will be required to raise their ministry funds including program/projects funds, travel, equipment, all ministry related expenses. For field personnel like me, this is a huge blessing. Many field personnel over the years have had to leave the field due to lack of financial support. This is a great change, but it will not take effect until October 2017.
As always, I would love the opportunity to come and share my ministry work and vision with your congregation, Sunday school class, women’s group or anyone else who may want to know more. Please feel free to call or email me to schedule a visit! There are several ways that you can partner with Olive Branch Ministries.
*School supplies for schools in McCreary Co as well as other families I work with- Collecting items now!
*Personal Care and Household items for monthly support groups and devotional groups.
*Shoe Boxes for children in need at Christmas, currently providing these to Wayne, Pulaski, and McCreary Co.
If you are interested in any of these mission partnership opportunities, please contact me.
Philippians 4:6-7 Don't worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God's peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.
Please pray for me as I continue my studies this fall at Baptist Seminary of Kentucky. These studies help me to be more equipped to meet the spiritual and emotional needs of the families I serve. Please pray for mission teams in advance of their coming. Pray for the Together for Hope partnerships that are developing, pray for the individuals and families in need that I serve and please pray for the financial wellbeing of Olive Branch Ministries.
Specific prayers for individuals I am currently working with:
T- housing, employment, and relationship issues
A T- addiction, housing, and financial stability
Medical Patients I am working with- cancer and other health issues(one is a 10 year old little girl with cancer).
T, M, S, C, J- financial issues
W, M, J- family issues
Prayers for Amoreena (my daughter) and myself as we recover from surgery.
Additional Ministry Needs
* Book shelves for the ministry office.
*Large clear plastic totes to store workshop material in.
*Washer and Dryer for ministry office- there is not a laundry facility close by for when I am providing shelter here, often they need a way to wash their clothes.
*A handicap ramp built at the ministry office to make it more accessible as well as some small repairs and yard work.
Financial Partners Needed
First I want to thank those of you who currently support this ministry. Without you none of this work would be possible! As a CBF Partner Funded Field Personnel, financial partners are how my ministry is solely funded. This includes ministry office expenses such as utilities, ministry supplies, and other expenses including travel and salary. Currently I raise enough to pay most of the ministry expenses, but not enough for a salary. This is a financial hardship on my family as we struggle each month to pay our personal bills. Monthly sponsors are needed and appreciated. Olive Branch Ministries has received the 501 C (3) non-profit ruling from the IRS and your donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. If The Lord is calling you to be a part of this ministry, here is howyou can give:
To make a tax deductible donation, you may send your contribution to:
Olive Branch Ministries
104 Oakdale Drive
Somerset KY 42503
You may also donate online through the Olive Branch Ministry website here.
Connect with us! Check out our website if you haven't recently, we have updated it, and we have a new Facebook page so be sure to "like" it!
It is a Blessing to serve through the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, Together for Hope , and CBF Kentucky.
Thank you and many Blessings!
CBF Field Personnel
Director- Olive Branch Ministries