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Summer 2013 Highlights

Tuesday, November 5 7:30 PM -- An Evening with CBF and Suzii Paynter Third Baptist Church, Owensboro Wednesday, November 6 Noon- Lunch with CBF and Suzii Paynter St. Matthews Baptist Church, Louisville Wednesday, November 6 - An Evening with CBF and Suzii Paynter Broadway Baptist Church, Louisville, 5:00PM - 7:00PM Thursday, November 7 Noon- Lunch with CBF and Suzii Paynter Calvary Baptist Church, Lexington Thursday, November 7 through Friday, November 8 KBF/CBFCurrent Retreat with Suzii Paynter, Faith Baptist Church, Georgetown Sunday, November 10 - Sunday Morning with CBF and Suzii Paynter Highland Baptist Church, Louisville, 8:30AM - 12:30PM Why you need to attend a Suzii Paynter Tour meeting? You need to get to know Suzii. A fresh wind of the spirit is blowing through Cooperative Baptist Fellowship. With the adoption of the 2012 task force report, significant changes have been made and continue to be made in CBF. As the third Executive Coordinator of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, Suzii comes to this position with responsibility of implementing the vision outlined in the 2012 report. Additionally, she brings her own unique personality, gifts and vision to this role. Attend one of the Suzii meetings and discover Suziis vision for our common future. Suzii needs to get to know you. Suzii is no stranger to Kentucky. She lived here during the years her husband, Roger, was a student at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. But that was a different daya time that pre-dated Kentucky Baptist Fellowship and Cooperative Baptist Fellowship. Suzii has a good understanding of CBF and needs to grow in her awareness of the unique contribution KBF makes to this movement. Attend one of the Suzii meetings and help Suzii get a picture of you, your church, and our common future together through KBF and CBF.

featuring Suzii Paynter, CBF Executive Coordinator November 7-8, 2013 Faith Baptist Church, Georgetown, KY

2013 CBF/KBF Current Retreat

A retreat for young Baptist ministers, leaders, and divinity students who seek to connect with other young Baptists through the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship/Kentucky Baptist Fellowship. The retreat will begin at 3:00PM Thursday and end with lunch on Friday. Registration Fee: $30 ($15 for Seminary students) Includes dinner Thursday and lunch Friday. Online registration available soon at www. Fairfield Inn & Suites 200 Tiger Way, Georgetown, KY 40324; 502-868-9955 Hotel Group Code: KBF Hampton Inn 128 Darby Drive, Georgetown, KY 40324; 502-867-4888 Hotel Group Code: KBF

KBF Partnership Update

CBF Field Personnel for Eastern Kentucky (Paula Settle)
2013 was another busy summer as eleven churches with some 280+ volunteers came to serve in Nada and/or Booneville. We had our first Catholic group from Morris, Illinois, and our largest group was FBC Jasper, Georgia, with 80 members. The states represented were Kentucky, Illinois, Tennessee, North Carolina, Virginia and Georgia. Volunteers assisted with numerous repairs, a VBS at Lerose Baptist Church in Booneville, a Backyard Bible Club in Nada, a High School Graduation Celebration event, and a college visit to the University of Kentucky. Over twenty Owsley County High School students had four days of fun and instruction with the Providence Baptist Church group from Charlotte, North Carolina. The big project of the summer was adding on two new bedrooms and a bath for a family who is adopting three children. Work was done on this project by FBC Jasper, Georgia; FBC Augusta, GA; Ball Camp Baptist Church, Knoxville, TN; Calvary Baptist Church, Ashville, TN; and Providence Baptist Church, Charlotte, NC. Baby gifts were brought by three churches since we have seven new babies who have arrived or will be arriving in the Nada community by mid-November. Three more churches from Virginia, North Carolina and Tennessee, will be coming in the fall to complete some projects and provide ministries to the women and children. Three churches provided school backpacks for Nada and selected Owsley County High School students.

Owsley County (Kristin Belcher and Chris Liles) Emma Quire Mission Center, Owsley County, KY
By Kristin Belcher First Baptist Church Frankfort spent a few days at the Emma Quire Mission Center in Owsley County in early July. The focus was on education and missions. Backpacks were packed with school supplies for 16 different children in the Owsley County and Nada communities. The group watched Beyond the Poverty: Challenges and promise in one of the nations poorest counties, a series of videos, produced by Don Weber at cn2 network. These videos helped inform the group on the education systems and commerce of Owsley County. FBC Frankfort left Owsley County with prayers of hope and a sense of challenge to do what we can to make the world better for all people. By Chris Liles July 11th through 13th, the youth from Broadway Baptist Church, in Louisville, took a trip to Owsley County for a mission retreat. The theme of which was learning to look for and see God in everyone around us. To put these learnings into practice, the youth spent time working at Eastside Apartments, a retirement community in Booneville. While there, the youth played Bingo with residents, helped wash windows, weeded several gardens, and helped clean-up trash and landscaping. They were also invited to a delicious potluck luncheon and poetry recitation, hosted by the residents.

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KBF Partnership Update

CBF Field Personnel for Karen Population in Louisville (Steve Clark & Annette Ellard)
In our ministry among refugees from Burma, some things slow down in the summer while others speed up. And this summer was filled with usual things like graduations, CBF meetings, and summer camps as well as the usual varied demands of helping folks working to rebuild their lives in America. No sooner had we attended the graduations of more than a dozen students (including four from our own Hope Academy), we were accompanying them to college orientations, helping gather documents for finalizing financial aid, and waiting together in line to register for classes and hopefully get everyone classes with at least one of their friends! This fall, in addition to our continuing work with high school students, we hope to start weekly tutoring and enrichment opportunities for our college students. And were looking to match each with an American grandma or grandpa for encouragement throughout the school year. If you are interested in participating in any of these activities, or if you have skills in art, piano or counseling to share, please contact us at or (502) 500-1172.

McCreary County
KBF built its eighth Extreme Build home this June for the Barnett family. On Thursday, June 6th during the Pre-Build portion of the build, KBF welcomed dignitaries from Extreme Build partners Kentucky Highlands Investment Corporation, McCreary County Housing Development Corporation, and the USDA Rural Development. Also present were representatives from Senator Mitch McConnells office, Senator Rand Pauls office, McCreary County Judge Executive Doug Stephens, and Shannon Ricketts with Kentucky Congressman Hal Rogers. USDA Rural Development State Director for Kentucky Tom Fern gave a short speech and congratulated KBF volunteers for their continued service to the community. He presented Leah Norvell of KHIC with a certificate of appreciation for their ongoing partnership. He also presented Josh Speight of KBF with a certificate of appreciation for their ongoing partnership (pictured at right).

Partnership Trip To Morocco

Kentucky Baptist Fellowship, Kentucky Baptist Women In Ministry, and The Eglise Evangelique au Maroc will partner together in October to lead the first multicultural womens experience for Kentuckians and Africans in Morocco. Lead by Karen Thomas Smith and Becky Caswell-Speight, this trip seeks to build relationships between women of the EEAM and women of the KBWIM. The group from Kentucky will travel (caravan) across the country of Morocco with women of the EEAM developing partnership, discovering ways to work together, and encouraging each other in their own cultures and contexts. The Caravan will pass through eight cities in Morocco where participants will meet EEAM women and discover womens initiatives there. Highlights include dialogue with Muslim women in Ifrane, meeting the EEAMs Pastor-in-Training - Miora Andriatsimalia in Agadir, and connecting with migrant women in Rabat. Please be in prayer for the group listed below as we prepare to travel in October: Paula Dempsey - Mars Hill Baptist, NC (representing Alliance of Baptists); Becky Caswell-Speight - Broadway Baptist, Louisville and KYBWIM; Reba Cobb - Broadway Baptist, Louisville; Susanne Jenkens - Woodland Baptist, Louisville; Kristin Belcher - FBC, Frankfort and KBF; Felicia von Hellens Biggerstaff - Georgetown Baptist, Georgetown; Sierra von Hellens - Georgetown Baptist, Georgetown; Donna Whitehouse - Georgetown Baptist, Georgetown; Martha Robertson - Lexington Avenue Baptist, Danville; Sharon Price - Lexington Avenue Baptist, Danville; Keith Stillwell - Lexington Avenue Baptist, Danville; Callie Minks - Lexington Avenue Baptist, Danville; Josh Speight - Broadway Baptist, Louisville and KBF.

Passport Camps brings M2 Experience to Louisville

KBF partner Passport Camps held three weeks of camp at Broadway Baptist Church in Louisville this June. The Missions2 camp experience devotes the most time to hands on missions service in its schedule in more urban environments. Over 300 youth participated serving more than 15 Louisville agencies. Passport M2 will be back in Louisville in 2014. Numerous KBF congregations attended Passport camps across the country. Here are some group pictures from their time at camp.
Living Faith Youth

Broadway Baptist Youth

FBC Frankfort Kids Broadway Baptist Kids

Ridgewood Youth

Lexington Avenue Baptist Kids FBC Corbin Kids

FBC Middlesboro Youth Crescent Hill Kids Buechel Park Baptist Youth

Crescent Hill Youth

FBC Frankfort Youth

Highland Youth

Calvary Youth

General Assembly, Transition Reections

by John Lepper Cooperative Baptist Fellowship experienced significant changes in the past year. The CBF General Assembly held in Greensboro, NC a few weeks ago, focused on moving forward with the recommendations of the 2012 Task Force Report. The 2012 Task Force report set in motion some significant changes. Previously, the coordinating council was a representative body made up of 64 members. These people were sent from states and regions and served as the governing body of CBF. Now we have four smaller, more efficient groups to lead and guide the Fellowship. These are: the Governing Council, the Ministries Council, the Missions Council and The Nominating Committee. During the business sessions in Greensboro, the body heard motions that amend the Constitution and Bylaws in ways that create and implement these changes. Recommendations were also received and acted on for persons who will serve on the four new bodies. We took the steps necessary to put the 2012 recommendations into action. In the Moderators report, Keith Herron offered what he called a punch list of all weve done this past year. This punch list (printed at right) captures the essence of the transition we witnessed at this years CBF General Assembly in Greensboro.

Moderators Closing Words At CBF General Assembly, Greensboro

By Keith Herron Last year in Fort Worth, we approved the 2012 Task Force Report In approving that report, you authorized the Coordinating Council to move forward in developing a plan that would implement those recommended changes. We celebrated the ministry of our retiring Executive Coordinator and gave thanks to God for Daniel Vestal as our leader for the past 15 years! We watched with anticipation the work of the Executive Coordinator Search Com mittee and waited patiently for the announcement of the news of our new leader. We have celebrated our good fortune and are grateful to God for Suzii Paynter and look forward to working closely with her. Over a period of a few months, we received the news of several unexpected resignations of senior leadership personnel, each moving in new directions, none of whom were forced out or asked to leave = it was a sign that he had high-quality leaders and those outside the Fellowship saw the wisdom in hiring them. We created an Implementation Team and asked them to flesh out that report and to create an identified path for us to follow they have reported their progress several times to the Coordinating Council and have asked & received the approval of their recommendations as that work progressed now those motions have been presented to you. The Coordinating Council approved a plan that asked the state/regional coordinators to act as an Interim Nominating Committee to provide leadership in populating the Governing Board, the Missions/Ministries Councils, and the Nominating Committee all groups newly formed, all needing to be named in this first year. The Coordinating Council approved the decision to relocate our offices to a new location in Decatur, GA a new organization, a new leader, a new glimpse of ministry its a custom space that fits our organization, to help it achieve its purposes. And so we accept the challenge of the day as we journey together with God and with one another. To that good day we turn together working for the good of Gods kingdom.


September 15-18: Together For Hope Council Meeting, Flagstaff, Arizona October 3-14: KBF/EEAM Partnership Trip Experience, Caravan of Empowerment: Encouraging Womens Ministries October 24-25: Kentucky Council of Churches General Assembly November 5-7: Suzii Paynter Kentucky Church Tour November 7-8: KBF Current Retreat of Young Baptist Leaders, Georgetown, special guest Suzii Paynter January 2-5: Festival of Preachers, Indianapolis, Indiana March 1: KBF Winter Coordinating Council Meeting, 10:00am 2:00pm April 25-26: KBF Spring Gathering with Suzii Paynter, Broadway Baptist Church, Louisville

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Extreme Build

Reections from our Summer Missions Intern, Phillip Davis

Asset Map
The goal of the Asset Map has been to highlight Gods work through churches by identifying the passions, abilities, and gifts of Gods people. We have asked simple questions like How is God moving among your congregation? which has allowed us to begin to see through renewed vision that God has. This transformative process to recognize Gods good gifts began just a few years ago with the launch of the Missions Asset Map, but that work is far from finished. Through my time as the Summer Missions Intern, my goal has been to compile the information we have collected over the past few years, collect new information from churches to expand the asset base we already have, and to present the information in a very useable way to allow the continued growth of the map. One of the primary goals is sustainability. I have seen that the Asset Map is like a living creature: it constantly moves and changes. It serves as a reflection of the work of the Holy Spirit flowing as it will through the hands, feet, and mouths of Gods servants. It has become clear to me that the work of the Asset Map never ends, thanks be to God, because Gods work never ends. I am hopeful for the continued growth of the map as the KBF and our partners continue to grow in the grace of Christ and be transformed to see Gods work in new ways.

Though it was my first build of its kind working at Extreme Build this summer, it is so clear to see the Miracle of Partnerships that God works through the people that participated. Each year Extreme Build serves as an example of Gods call for people to invest in something greater than themselves, to bring together meager resources and a passionate heart, and to let Gods grace multiply it into something truly amazing. As an ongoing ministry, it was inspiring to see the kind of continued impact Extreme Build and our partners have had in the community. Although the goal of building a physical house is clearly one of the primary reasons for embarking on such a project, it is the relationships that are built that create the lasting bonds that people speak of when recalling the work God did through Extreme Build. This years build marked the eighth successful year of the project not only because another family received a home that will allow them to pursue Gods calling in their lives, but because another family has joined our family in the KBF and new relationships have formed and strengthened with our brothers and sisters in McCreary County.

KENTUCKY BAPTIST FELLOWSHIP 4000 Brownsboro Road, Louisville, KY 40207

KBF Coordinator John Lepper - KBF Associate Coordinator for Missions Josh Speight -

KBF Administrative Assistant Kristin Belcher -