Day 2: GENEROUS through Hope
Backpacks – Changed Lives
When Flat Creek Baptist Church in Fayetteville prepared backpacks to benefit the physical and spiritual needs of Appalachian children, only God knew the impact of their journey made to Roan Creek Baptist in Mountain City, Tennessee. C.J. was like most of the other children – poor, needy, and expectant. Every backpack given through Georgia Baptists is filled with school supplies, clothes, hygiene products, toys, candy, and a Bible. C.J. got his items, just like the other dozens of children, except he got more.
The Appalachian Region of North America is one of extreme poverty, having 37 of the 100 poorest counties in the USA. For several years, Backpacks of Hope have been packed, transported, and received in East Kentucky, North Georgia, West Virginia, and East Tennessee.
The response of Georgia Baptists has been phenomenal, with 126,709 Christmas backpacks packed, delivered, and given to needy children over the past five years. The 2017 goal for Georgia is 35,000 backpacks. Including other participating states, the total number of salvation deci- sions last year alone was 1,531.
Frank Nuckolls, Georgia Baptist state missionary, heads up the effort and directs the ministry, reaching over 61,000 children and adults last year. Frank is also a member of Flat Creek Church where the journey began. He met C.J. as one of the recipient children in TN. What happened next was a God-directed plan.
The Gospel was shared with the children at Roan Creek, where C.J. then accepted Jesus as his personal Savior. In 2016 he was baptized on Christmas Day and is now growing in the Lord. His story has been multiplied through hundreds of other children and adults receiving the generous gifts in backpacks and the gift of eternity through Jesus Christ.
• Ask God to prompt Georgia Baptists to respond in even greater ways, with more backpacks in 2017 than ever.
• Plead with our Lord to begin preparing the hearts of Appalachian and Georgia children to be open to the Gospel of Jesus Christ.