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We love to tell stories of Kentucky Baptists

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Looking for some good news in what seems like an endless cycle of news that seems to leave you more depressed than encouraged?

Kentucky Today has you covered.

The stories of what Kentucky Baptists are doing not only in the commonwealth but throughout the world for the cause of Christ are inspiring and endless. We are blessed to be the messenger of such beautiful accounts that show the power of Jesus Christ and how this world can be a much better place.

We love to tell the stories of our Kentucky Baptists, these world-changers who are so good at pointing the way to the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Within the last week we introduced you to a 94-year-old woman who only last week retired from teaching Sunday school after 67 years because most of her class had “graduated to heaven.” She has been a mission hero through the WMU for most of her life, served in state offices for the Kentucky Baptist Convention and is an inspiring role model well into her nineties.

And we showed how Kentucky Disaster Relief workers not only desire to help with difficult situations here at home but also aboard, like the two volunteers who were instrumental in bringing clean water to African villages that are 8,000 miles. One of those workers was making his 19th international mission trip in the past 10 years to use his skills to further God’s Kingdom. Many of our favorite stories come from interviewing Kentucky Disaster Relief volunteers who are recognized as some of the best in the world in dealing with natural disasters.

Or you may have read about an evangelist from India who has led crusades of 20,000 people in India and Africa and throughout the world now turning his attention to Kentucky to share the gospel here and also equip new evangelists for the revival that needs to take place in America.

We reported on the Kentucky Baptist Convention’s Annual Meeting where our new executive director-secretary shared his vision for baptizing more believers than ever before and planting more churches throughout the commonwealth. We also celebrated incredible achievements from our Kentucky Baptist churches in number of baptisms and giving to the important Cooperative Program that sends missionaries around the world.

There are stories on how our Kentucky Baptist churches are making a more concerted effort to share the gospel, including an Owensboro church who took the gospel message to the riverfront in a tent revival where thousands showed up to make an impact that could only be measured eternally. And the church in Bowling Green who reached their goal of 600 baptisms in one year! Wow!

We’ve seen churches that are failing, where many have already given up, have a sister church come along for incredible support and encouragement. The once-failing church was given another chance of making a difference in a neighborhood that needs Jesus more than anything else. Encouraging and inspiring are the words that come to mind.

There are so many more of how Kentucky Baptists are standing fearlessly and faithfully in difficult circumstances on the mission field and even here at home where it has become more of a cultural battle than ever before. Our Kentucky Baptists have taken on abortion and gambling issues with strong stands in the face of political fire.

As your messenger of news every morning, through the popular Morning Briefing (all we need is your email to register you for the free service), we are thankful for the devoted readers who have become our lifeblood by making us their first look at news of the day.

We also fairly and evenly report on the other news of the day and some of it can be quite discouraging. That’s just the way it is. We strive to keep you informed on what our state lawmakers are doing and even how your Kentucky Wildcats and Louisville Cardinals are performing.

There’s a little something for everyone. Our prayer is that you leave our website each day a little more hopeful than hopeless.

Thank you for letting us be your messenger. And if a Kentucky Baptist individual or church is doing something you believe we should know about, send us an email. We love to tell the stories.

MARK MAYNARD is managing editor of Kentucky Today. Reach him at mark.maynard@kentuckytoday.com

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