On Saturday August 27, over 800 United Methodists from all over the commonwealth of Kentucky ventured to the mountains of Southeast Kentucky for a day of work as the body of Christ. The IMPACT event took place in Lee, Owsley, Jackson, Laurel, Clay, Leslie, Perry, Harlan and Bell Counties. These volunteers worked on a wide variety of projects that ranged from small construction or destruction jobs, children’s programs, health fair, wood cutting, carnival, community visitation, landscaping, work on churches, a motorcycle prayer ride and other community projects. The evening concluded with a meal and a worship service at Red Bird Mission School. The worship service included the choir from Red Bird School, a video presentation of photos from all the work done that day, and a message from Bishop Lindsey Davis, the resident Bishop of the Kentucky and Red Bird Missionary Annual Conferences.
The IMPACT Appalachia event is just one of the ways that the partnership between the Kentucky and Red Bird Missionary Annual Conferences of the United Methodist Church is bringing together United Methodists as Brothers and Sisters working side by side as the Body of Christ at work in Kentucky.
In Leslie County, groups worked on a variety of projects in the Phillips Fork, Jacks Creek, and Thousandsticks communities. These projects included work on churches, community playgrounds, work on homes, and work at a local elementary school. The work done by these groups made a difference in these communities and will affect many who utilize these places the work was completed at.
Next year, the Kentucky and Red Bird Conferences will come together for a day of work once again at IMPACT Louisville. Thanks again to all those who volunteered to make a difference in these counties as the people of Christ carrying out the Great Commission by living out the Gospel as the hands and feet of Christ.