January New2016

Cumberland Mountain Outreach Ministries Incorporated is a faith based nonprofit organization (mission) 501/c3 for children at risk in impoverished counties in the Appalachian Region. We demonstrate Jesus’ teaching through the many facets of this mission, feeding the hungry, clothing the less fortunate, offering part time jobs, home repair, conducting kid’s camps, all the while sharing the love of Jesus. We believe that many will come to know God in a greater way because of the unconditional love that is shown through the work campers and volunteer staff. 

  As you may know Lee County is located in rural Eastern KY which has a very high poverty rate. According to the latest stats from the US Census Bureau Lee County has about an 11.8% unemployment rate with the median household income being about $18,000. When compared to the state unemployment rate of 5% and median income of $42,000 it is easy to see why so many of our families are living in poverty and can’t event meet their basic needs such as food, clothing and shelter. The stats census show that 42% of children under the age of 18 live in poverty, that 80% of the children live with their Grandparents, and the school has an 80% rate for free lunches.  

  We receive 35 Home Repair Applications in the early spring. The Home Repair Applications are for families needing help with basic home repair.

We interview all the families, make a folder for each of them and post that on Face book (Cumberland Mountain) in photo albums’. Teams select families to serve the week they are in KY.

  In the summer months, 8 Churches / Youth groups register to come to C.M.O., to work and bless these families.

 

   At the same time some of groups help host five weeks of Kid's 3 day, day camp, Vacation Bible School programs, jointly funded by American Helping Americans. About 20 to 30 mountain Children attends the Day Camp a week. We know that these children are eating well, getting exercise, and growing in the education and social skills. We are hoping to receive an AHA grant for 2015, as for right now it is unclear if that will happen. Even so, we will do the best we can with the resources we have. This is the foundation for the Teen leadership program, and the children are too important to give upon.

 

 One of our favorite ministries is to participate in five public events in Lee County. We love the heart to heart fellowship with the people we have grown to love. It’s also to remind the children, that they are unconditionally loved and are not alone.       

 

   Celebrate The Light (JESUS), is one of the largest Christmas celebrations in the area. Starting with CMO’s award winning Christmas lighting displays (First place in the 2015 Spirit of Christmas Award). The light bill was $2,000.00 last year for Nov. and Dec. but with creative lighting LED lights discounted from Winchester’s Lowe’s, the utility bill for the camp is about $750.00 for the two months. We give Christmas gifts to the jail, Head Start Program, Shoppers at the Second Hand Rose.


The Christmas party was Dec.20th, at 10:00am. 70 guests come here to C.M.O. for our annual Christmas party. Thanks to AHA and Savanna Club Worship Service Inc. in Port St. Lucie FL. And a team of 20 volunteers that come from Georgetown/ Cynthiana area.  Children received a hot lunch, gifts, play games and free pictures with Santa.  We spent $983.85, a team from Cynthiana, brought gifts as well.

 
The 5th annual fire fighters/ volunteers appreciation dinner will be January 30, at 6:00 pm.

 This year we worked with the Fire fighters to raise funds for new equipment and training. This we hope will help save lives. If we have leftover blankets we give them to the Fire Department, to give to the families that have just lost every- thing.  

 

   The Second Hand Rose (thrift store) where the clothing are priced: kid's clothing .50, all tops .50, pants $1.00, coats and nice dresses $2.00, but to the truly needy (homeless and burned out) it's all free. The Rose is our biggest financial supporter, bringing in about $9,500.00 a year. That’s a lot of clothing at these prices. Thanks to all that give and shop, so we can keep on giving.

 

   Working with the Lee County Ministerial Assoc. we provide a food pantry for families in need of emergency food. So far we average about 25- 30 families a month. The food and money is given to us by AHA (frozen food), churches, and the fifth Sunday Hymn Sing. When the pantry is empty because of the need has been so great, Its hurts for me to see the look on a fathers face when “I say the pantry is empty.” His head drops down, as if to say “What will I do now to feed my children?

 

    Americans Helping Americans (AHA) gave us a $4,000.00 grant for utility assistances for families needing it. We can give a onetime aide of $20.00 for 200 families. This gives the families time to raise the rest of the monies needed, before the service is turned off. As of January 7th we have helped 29 families keep their heat on.

   Americans Helping Americans gave a $4,000.00 grant to Lee County Family Resource Center at Beattyville Elementary School for new shoes for the Children and 2 tons of school supplies this year.

 

 AHA sends us about 2 tones of frozen food twice a year, to give out to families in need.

Because of the income for our County, there is much hunger. When you have to choose between food, and a bill, you give up on the good food and make bad cheap food choices, so you can pay the other bills. The frozen sandwich and hot pockets where a big blessing for so many. There where countless times people would say,” Thank you so much! I know what we will be eating for dinner tonight”, as they are starting to eat a sandwich right there.

 

AHA sent 336 turkeys to Lee County that we gave out to Churches to give in food boxes, to the needy in our community. I never relished the need for turkeys, till I received so many thank yous with stories of what Thanksgiving would have been like without a turkey.

AHA through CMO has teamed up with PEP, UK’S Lee County Extension Agents to provide 27 families with supplies, and six months of training from seedlings to canning.


This photo is of Willie preparing his soil for the next big crop. Willie and his wife Julie are just an example of the good hearted people here in the mountains. Willie has brought little bunnies for the children to hold at the Christmas Celebration for the past 10 years.  I can’t say I don’t get kickbacks, because Willie will bring me 2 or 3 zucchinis in the summer, and sometimes I share them with the work campers. But seriously if I were in need, I know Willie would do his best to be here for me.

Where did the time go!!!

I can’t believe it, but it’s true, 15 years of serving the Lord here in Lee County.  Excuse me or will I ramble: First of all, to all naysayers that said I would never be able to do this kind of missions/ office/management work. To them I say your right I can’t. But God can through a willing heart and a team of like believers. You see I believe I can do all things, through Christ who gives me strength and wisdom. (Spell-check helps, till I choose the wrong word.) Seriously it’s not about me; it’s all about God and the team he has given to the mission.

Rose Roberts at 85 years old manages The Second Hand Rose Thrift Store, She has done so for the past 8 years, and before she was the grounds manager for two years. That is when the pond and garden were started.

We have worked with many work programs from K- tap ( food stamp program) to Green Thumb (Seniors Citizen work program) Ready to work  (summer teen program) But when we found Rose without help we prayed and God sent  Four young woman Pam, Dianna, Laura ,and  Julie that worked off and on for years. Now God has sent Laura Jones 73 year old, and Don a past worker to assist Rose.

 

Chris, Andrea, Morgan, and Mandy Williamson are my back up team. When I’m in need of help or shorthanded one if not all will be here to pick up the slack. We also take care of the Jr. Church program at Community Christian Church.

 

There is no way CMO would be here without the prayers and support of people that believe in us, and the work teams that come to KY. The lee County fiscal Court for the camp grounds on which we sit.

God is so good, putting us in the hearts of so many, about 45,000 people have come to Ky. in the 15 years.

 

Last but not least by any means, is my husband David. When my friend and long time supporter Joanna prayed God would send me a good godly man, she said Jaybez but she really meant David.  He is a man after Gods heart and mine. If I can’t fix it he can if I break it he is right there picking up the pieces and putting them back together. He will read over this news letter for errors. (So if you find a mistake it’s his fault). He really has my back and I love the way we grow together in Christ.

 Pray with me.

Thank you Father for sending Jesus to show us how to live love well. Thank you for willing hearts to share your love, to a cruel and dying world.


Thank you, for putting this letter in the right hands, so your servant will know the work that’s being done in your name. Lead us in the way you would have us to go. In Jesus’ name Amen!

 

Cumberland Mountain Outreach Ministries Inc. 

606-464-8134 cmoky@ att.net,  www.cmoky.org