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June 23, 2014

First Baptist Hunger Mission halfway to goal

LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. —

It has been six months since First Baptist London began their journey to raise $100,000 to combat world hunger.

As of mid-June, the church on Fifth Street looks to be right on the mark.

According to Sandra Huff, who is in charge of finances at First Baptist, the church has already raised $56,282.43 in the name of charity.

Huff said it was hard to predict how much the church was going to raise from month to month, as the amount donated always changes.

“[The amount] changes from week to week,” Huff said. “A lot of people will wait to donate until the first of the month, some will donate every week.”

First Baptist Pastor Terry Lester said that the entire fellowship at First Baptist has been doing their part in finding new ways to raise money. This has included gatherings at the church as well as the implementation of social media.

“It’s been very positive. There has been a lot of creative involvement,” Lester said. “One of our families did a cookout on a Sunday evening, donating food and giving all proceeds to the hunger project. Our student minister Ryan Coffey did the cold water challenge, and we’ve been able to raise some extra funds through that – a lot of good videos, too.”

The First Baptist pastor described the next large fundraiser to be a sanctuary choir concert in August. He said there would also be a meal that can be purchased on donations.

Lester previously attributed the church’s ambitious goal as nothing more than a close biblical reading.

“We studied the scriptures and saw in Jesus’ teachings to honor the less fortunate,” Lester said. “Kentucky has a lot of hungry people. We started talking to our congregation about meeting needs locally.”

Lester also said First Baptist is merely fulfilling their role as active Christians, a role that supersedes the tough economic climate most Commonwealth citizens currently  find themselves in.

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