Outreach Kentucky is an effort of the Indiana District to plant a new town and gown ministry in Richmond, Ky. Richmond is the home of Eastern Kentucky University, which has a total enrollment of 15,816 students in 2020. Richmond is located in Madison County and has a population of 35,894 residents (Madison County has a population of 92,987 residents). There is great opportunity for outreach in Richmond and beyond.
The Indiana District has been raising funds for this new start since 2015. Many LCMS congregations, LCMS schools and individuals have given to help fund this mission. God has blessed the effort! Congregations, schools and individuals have contributed $117,128 in donations. The district Board of Directors has matched $100,000 of that with a New Ministry Initiative matching grant. So the total amount raised at this point is $217,128. We praise and thank God for the generosity of all who have participated in this mission endeavor.
The Board of Directors is presently developing a call list and will issue a call in the not-too-distant future, when it is prudent to do so. The hope is to have a missionary working this mission field in the fall of 2020.
There is more to be done. The initial goal was to raise $250,000. Please pray for this mission and please consider participating in the support of placing a pastor/mission developer in Richmond.
For more information and to contribute to the effort, visit in.lcms.org/outreach-kentucky.