Eastern Kentucky Update: A New Preacher

The Lord is blessing our church planting ministry in Eastern Kentucky. New Hope International Ministries has partnered with local church planter David Spencer in this neglected area. A reliable survey of the area indicated that there were more than 690,000 unchurched people in the 42-county area our ministry is targeting. God is blessing the ministry in spite of an era of church closings and plummeting attendance.

We have experienced a problem along with our success. Where do you find Godly ministers to lead the churches? Small congregations in the Appalachian poverty pocket often struggle financially. Opportunities for work are scarce and unemployment rates are among the highest in the nation. Salaries for ministers are minimal at best. Attracting quality people to join our team is problematic when they have families to support.

The call of the Lord on potential ministers, the effectual fervent prayers of God’s people, and diligent searching for people to join us is our strategy. Our scriptural guide – “Trust in the LORD with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths” (Proverbs 3:5-6).   

Recently, we redeployed one our most successful pastors. We were faced with the need to find a new couple to lead the church that has been the hub of our church planting ministry. The Lord answered prayer. A graduate of Southern Wesleyan University, Jonathan Herron answered the call. Jonathan is an ordained minister with valuable experience. His wife, Celia, had served as a missionary in the Middle East under World Gospel Mission. She is a registered nurse that brings needed health care expertise as well as spiritual leadership to Bear Pen Community Worship Center. Is God amazing or what? Will you join us in praying for them?

May God be praised!

~ Brother Roy

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