PIKEVILLE, Ky. (KT) —Evangelist Jon Reed will meet with Kentucky Baptists in eastern Kentucky later this month to discuss ways to get local folks to attend the Hope for the Mountains crusade that will be held at the East Kentucky Expo Center on Nov. 11.
Reed has meetings scheduled at First Baptist Church in Pikeville on Sept. 23, at Fitzpatrick Baptist Church in Prestonsburg on Sept. 24, at Smithboro Baptist Church in Vicco on Sept. 25, and at Unity Baptist Church in Ashland on Sept. 26.
Fitzpatrick Baptist Church Pastor Tommy Reed said the preparations are similar to those that were used by famed evangelist Billy Graham for the crusades he led.
“Please be praying for this incredible opportunity that God is setting before us,” Tommy Reed said. “Pray that churches will be faithful to attend and serve. Pray for our KBC leaders as they plan, prepare and organize this holy event. Pray that people will be inviting people to come hear Good News. Pray for the music to prepare the heart of every person that hears. Pray for the evangelist to be anointed and speak the very words for this appointed time. Pray for an outpouring of the Holy Spirit like we have never seen in our lifetime, that we will see a brokenness among God’s people, and a harvest of lost souls that will be unimaginable. And pray that God will be glorified like never before.”
Hope for the Mountains is a cooperative effort involving the support of 2,400 Kentucky Baptist Churches, the leadership of several pastors, community leaders, and associational missions strategists in eastern Kentucky, as well as the Kentucky Baptist Convention’s staff. Kentucky Baptists from across the state are encouraged to volunteer as ushers, greeters, decision counselors and choir members. Training for those roles will be held the day of the event.
“If someone asked me why we are doing an evangelistic crusade in Pikeville, the answers are simple and straight-forward,” said Todd Gray, evangelism leader for the Kentucky Baptist Convention. “First, because Jesus commanded us to be intentionally evangelistic.”
Gray said Evangelist Jon Reed will be casting his vision for the crusade and encouraging eastern Kentucky church members to invite their friends and family members to the event.