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  • Baptists stepping up efforts to help Appalachia

    by Mark Maynard/Kentucky Today, posted Monday, March 12, 2018 (6 days ago)

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    ASHLAND, Ky. (BP) -- In the Appalachians, unemployment, poverty and drug abuse remain rampant. But Southern Baptists are stepping up their efforts to help residents impacted by the stark conditions.

    They are opening an Appalachia Ministry Center that will distribute food and other supplies throughout the central Appalachian region of eastern Kentucky, West Virginia and southern Ohio. Read More

  • Appalachia: Preachers 'doing what Jesus would do'

    by Roger Alford/Kentucky Today, posted Wednesday, August 23, 2017 (7 months ago)

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    PRESTONSBURG, Ky. (BP) -- Some people come to Appalachia to test their mettle in mountain climbing or bear hunting. Lifelong friends C.B. Scott and Tim Searcy came for a different kind of challenge.

    The Southern Baptist preachers arrived in the mountain region to offer help and hope in communities where a collapsed coal economy has spawned widespread unemployment, poverty, and rampant substance abuse.

    Now in their 60s, both men have spent their lives in ministry and academic roles ... Read More

  • Food pantry keeps going as coal industry struggles

    by Kristen Lowry/ Kentucky Today, posted Friday, April 01, 2016 (one year ago)

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    WHITESBURG, Ky. -- A middle-aged woman rushes through the door of the Letcher County Food Pantry just before closing time.

    "I thought I was too late," she says, with obvious relief. "I really need my box this month."

    She's not the only one.

    "We have a lot of people who will tell us, 'There's no food in my pantry; I have nothing to eat,'" said Vicki Holbrook, co-director of the Letcher County Food Pantry in Whitesburg, Ky. "If not for what we do here, we'd have a lot more people going hungry in Letcher County." Read More

  • Appalachian students receive 30,000 school backpacks

    by Kristen Camp, posted Monday, January 26, 2015 (3 years ago)

    ALPHARETTA, Ga. (BP) -- Weeks after the holidays, backpacks filled with school supplies given by Southern Baptist churches continue to bless students in Appalachia.

    Teams from Appalachian Regional Ministry (ARM) traveled all along the East Coast in December to deliver Christmas backpacks to 30,461 students in all grade levels. After receiving a backpack, the students had the opportunity to listen to a Gospel presentation, resulting in 701 salvation decisions. Read More