For several years, we've teamed up with Club 180 Ministry to reach out to the young people of Cumberland, KY in order to develop Kingdom-builders & world-changers. Through tutoring, art classes, cooking classes, book clubs, and providing hot meals for kids that may not have access to meals at home, Club 180 has become a haven for children in need. Club 180 also reaches out to parents that are struggling to get their children out of foster care, by supplying court-ordered parenting classes.
As we drove back to Illinois, we sat and reflected over the week we just had in Cumberland. Terry and Angie Burkeen, Club 180's directors, are amazing Christians who love God and others unconditionally. We learned so much from their leadership and example during the week and had the opportunity to witness, first-hand, the amazing impact they have in the Cumberland community. This trip wasn't just about what we could do for the community, but what the community could teach us about love and compassion for others! God's presence was evident inside the walls of Club 180 and you could feel it daily as Terry and Angie ministered to all those who entered the doors. Their goal is to host more block parties in various communities around Cumberland and Harlan County in order to reach everyone in the community and teach them about salvation. Terry lead a devotional the last night we were there and reminded us that ministering to all nations includes your own backyard! It reminded us of all the great opportunities that we currently have where we can pour this same love into our own FBMaryville community through our church plants in Collinsville and Fairmont City! It's important that we join, either through prayer or physically being present to help, these two churches to help them reach others in that community for the Glory of God!