FRANKFORT, Ky. (KT) – A generous anonymous donation of 75,000 masks to Kentucky Baptist Disaster Relief has in turn benefited Kentucky Baptist churches.
Kentucky Baptist DR Director Coy Webb said they were able to assist 19 associations and 31 individual churches and ministries with 54,750 masks to assist churches in reopening.
The 19 associations represented 788 churches so the total impact of mask distribution was 831 churches, Webb said.
The group provided the washable cloth masks that can be cleaned and reused.
“It was a very nice gift, a real blessing,” Webb said. “I honestly think before this is over we’ll give them all away. I’ve been shocked at how quickly they’ve gone out the door.”
When he first learned of the donation, Webb said he wondered if they could find enough who needed them. It turns out that wasn’t an issue.
“The Lord already knew what He needed,” Webb said. “I need to have greater faith.”
While masks can be readily purchased, it sometimes takes longer than they want to get them.
Eric Allen was on a Zoom call with associational ministry strategists and told them the KBC had the masks. The calls started coming in after that, Webb said.
“It took off from there,” he said. “They shared it with their churches and then some by word out of mouth, and it kind of exploded from there. Praise the Lord! God knew what He was doing too with us. We had already planned a work week at the warehouse (in Stanford).”
Webb said mostly churches have come to the warehouse to pick up the masks.
“I took two truckloads to Louisville but the vast majority have come to the warenhouse,” he said.
Webb said the donation came through relationships that have been forged through work with Kentucky Baptist Disaster Relief, which is one of the most respected organizations in the country.
“Relationships make a difference,” he said.