One of the most poverty-stricken areas in the United States is the Appalachian coalfields. The closure of many coal mines over the past few years has affected many families. The people of eastern Kentucky were some that were hit the hardest, leaving many jobless and hopeless. WE have a chance to reach out to the people of the area with Jesus' hope and love.
In 2012, a new mission outreach to eastern Kentucky was begun. It is called "Hope Boxes." It is similar to Samaritan's Purse's Christmas Shoeboxes, but instead of it being done at Christmas and delivered to children in foreign countries, it is done at Easter and is delivered to children in Eastern Kentucky. The venue through which the boxes are delivered are through the schools areas.
In 2018, approximately 8,000 shoeboxes were delivered to children in ten different schools. The goal this year is 18,850 shoeboxes to be delivered to children in 54 different schools. The need is real. The opportunity is great.
To find out more, you can call Dudley Shoals Baptist Church at 828-396-7300