Kentucky Mission Trip Fall 2022 | Update #2

October 7, 2022

By Linda Swanson & Donna Howe

Colossians 3:17
“Whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.”

Our first workday started off with an amazing breakfast provided by the kitchen crew headed up by Peggy. Addie’s encouraging devotion helped us get out the door for our long day of work. After a team picture in front of the church, we headed off to Dawson Springs.

Pairing the numerous projects with the many volunteer groups comes via the Long-Term Recovery Group. Our contact is Joe, a retired coal miner and barely adequate (his words) insurance salesmen, he overviewed our three projects – replacing a shower, repairing a house’s concrete block skirting, and vinyl siding, and installing a chain link and vinyl fence.

God showed up in so many ways today. He knit together this team with just the right talent (are we surprised?). Today, we began to see His work in action, with not knowing exactly what we would be doing before we left. Jesus sent us with a plumber, a team member who had experience laying block, and construction experienced members who could handle the big link fence job. Plus, and as important, many willing hands to learn and help!

The LORD showed up in other profound ways. A trailer to haul debris from the sites came from the backyard and eager willingness of one of the homeowners who lent us his.  Wood needed for the shower to make unexpected repairs came from a nearby new build site with scrap that was perfect. Two of the worksites involved people or families we had interacted with during our past trip in January.  Our shower team worked inside the house of a resident who had refused to pray with us back in January. That team knows their mission tomorrow is to break through that barrier and get prayer into and for that man’s life.

The Kitchen team remained at the church to ready our evening meal; but they also vetured out in the community to share the love of Jesus (and maybe to buy a candle) visiting the local stores and businesses, and praying for those whom Jesus put in their path.

Our first day of this mission trip was a wonderful success; with the anticipation for what the LORD has for each of us tomorrow!!