PIKEVILLE, Ky. (KT) – The numbers for the fifth annual LoveLoud project of the Pike Association of Southern Baptist churches was astounding.
How about 317 cars washed – for free – or 300 hot dogs given to residents at no cost. Thirty dozen donuts were also handed out to local businesses.
But the sweetest number of all was the seven people who made public professions of faith to Jesus Christ.
“That was a new LoveLoud record for us,” said Jason Lowe, an associational mission strategist of the association and event coordinator. “We also had thousands of other gospel seeds sown. LoveLoud was a great example of cooperative spirit of our churches, showing that we can accomplish much more for the kingdom of God when we work together.”
Seven teams of volunteers worked throughout the community from Monday to Friday with a giant block party in the Pikeville City Park on Friday bringing it all to a close.
There were a dozen construction projects completed, including roof repairs, wheelchair ramps, porch repairs, and other home repairs, all completely at no cost to the homeowner.
“The event was another opportunity for the churches of our association to partner together to be the hands and feet of Jesus in our local communities,” Lowe said.
A Free Yard Sale was held at different local churches each week with clothing and household items, shoes and hundreds of toys.
Other service projects including washing 317 cars, doing some painting and landscaping at a Christian school and assisting local small businesses with odd jobs, Lowe said.
It was five days of sharing the love of Christ including services each night at local Kentucky Baptist churches. It was another rewarding experience for everyone involved, Lowe said, adding the event is something that benefits the community in so many ways.
Everything that was done came with the intention of pointing people toward Jesus, Lowe said.
“That’s our aim, that’s our goal,” he said.
There were 800 Bibles and 1,500 gospel tracts passed out during the five days as the churches saturated the area with the gospel message.