Kairos News Student provides 50 Bibles and hymnals for small church in Kentucky
April 17th, 2012
You wouldn't think there would be a church in the south that didn't carry a hidden stockpile of pristine Bibles and hymnals. But they're out there. One such church is Booneville United Methodist Church in Booneville, Kentucky.
Recently, Dana Ebb, a senior at Franklin High School, visited family in the area. She stopped by this particular church because of its rich history—her great-grandfather had once pastored there for 11 years. While there, she realized they were in desperate need of new Bibles and hymnals.
"They didn't have enough, and the ones they had were taped together," she said. "They can't afford to purchase new ones because they're just trying to get by in everyday life. So the Bibles there are used in every service."
Their situation inspired the 18-year-old to act. At home, she began searching for ways to get them newer Bibles and hymnals to fill their pews again.
"My goal was to get them 50 of each within a year," she said. "I'd originally planned to raise money for them on my own. I knew it would be a long process, so I started taking clothes to Plato's Closet to sell. And I'd wanted to have a bake sale."
By the time she contacted Meredith Graham, the Connection Coordinator at Kairos, she'd already raised $100 toward the cause. But she didn't have to look further than that. The Music & Worship Ministry and Missions Ministry of Brentwood Baptist jumped on the opportunity and immediately donated 50 New International Version Bibles and 50 Celebration Hymnals to the cause.
Recently, Dana stopped by to pick them up and deliver them herself to the unknowing, small-town congregation. Before this happens, however, a sticker will be placed in each Bible and hymnal that says they're dedicated by Brentwood Baptist and Dana Ebb, and in loving memory of their former pastor, her great-grandfather.
"The hymnals all match and the Bibles are in tact!" Dana said. "I believe this will be a huge blessing for this church."
It's not often that you hear of such selfless acts of kindness and love being poured out from young adults. But they're out there—sometimes covert and hidden from plain sight. And this kind of thing is growing rampantly among us.
During everyday life, when Dana isn't providing the essential needs of congregations in Kentucky, she volunteers at Kairos, serves on the Student Leadership Team in our Student Ministry, goes on mission journeys, and hands out Bibles to students on her own campus.
This fall, she'll attend Western Kentucky University in hopes of eventually going to medical school and becoming a full-time missionary to unreached people groups. Hopefully, we'll see more evidence and hear more stories of how God's using her in other areas throughout Kentucky—and eventually around the world.
"I'm just trying to be a missionary wherever I am at the moment."
Story by Staff Writer, Kaylan Christopher