On Aug. 3, Highland Baptist Church hosted its ninth Youth Challenge Mission Rally. There were approximately 250 youth and adults in attendance.

There were 15 groups participating including: Bainbridge Grove Baptist, Calvary Baptist, Cedar Bluff Baptist, Eddy Creek Baptist, Highland Baptist, Lebanon Baptist, Mercer Baptist from Muhlenberg County, Midway Baptist, Pleasant Grove Baptist, Pleasant Hill Baptist, Richland Baptist, from Hopkins County, Sinking Fork Baptist, from Christian County, Sugar Creek Baptist and Unity Baptist. A group from Bright Life Farms also participated.

The day's events began with groups arriving at Highland Baptist at 7:30 a.m. and an opening celebration at 8:00 a.m. with From Dust To Nations band member Benjamin Harp performing, Bobby Wallace welcoming the groups, and Kathy Wallace telling about the day. The groups were then commissioned to their sites by Pastor Jason Scott, of Highland Baptist.

Each group then left for a predetermined work site for the day. The following projects were completed:

Bainbridge Baptist, worked at two locations on Jacob drive; doing yard work, repair to concrete steps, and building of a deck extension to cover a slanted sidewalk to prevent the lady living there from having a fall hazard. They also completed other projects at this location.

Calvary Baptist, first year participants, worked at the Lyon County HOPE Food Bank in Eddyville, alongside a group from Bright Life Farms. They then went to help another group with their project.Cedar Bluff, worked at three locations. They did a free car wash at Eddyville Food Giant and handed out free backpacks with school supplies, did yard work at a location in Princeton, and their men's group worked on two decks at a trailer park in Princeton.

Eddy Creek- worked at Joseph's Storage Bin and also worked upstairs doing construction projects in the H.R. Ministries' office.

Highland Baptist- did yard work at a location on Harrison Street; the men built a ramp, and also built new steps for another location on Harrison Street.

Lebanon Baptist- did yard work for an elderly lady, and power-washed her house.

Mercer Baptist- went to Princeton Manor apartments and did a Walk of Love handing out bags of food to each apartment. They also had a Backyard Bible Club for the children in the complex and gave out free backpacks with school supplies.

Midway Baptist-went to Hillview Court and also did a Walk of Love and Backyard Bible Club giving our free Backpacks to those in attendance.

Pleasant Grove Baptist-did a free car wash at Princeton Food Giant and handed out free backpacks with school supplies.

Pleasant Hill Baptist--the ladies went to Joseph's Storage Bin to work while the youth leaders and youth went to a location in Dixie Heights to do yard work and power-wash a driveway.

Richland Baptist -went to Hyacinth Village apartments and also conducted a Walk of Love and Backyard Bible Club and handed out free backpacks at this location as well.

Sinking Fork Baptist, also first time attendees, went to a house on Jefferson Street, and removed vines from the stone house, and uncovered the massive growth which had hidden the sidewalk to this house, trimming shrubs, etc. and also mowed.

Sugar Creek Baptist- did yard work, including making a flower bed and also power-washed the garage at their location.

Unity Baptist- mowed, painted porch railings, and yard work at their location.

As a result of generous donations from businesses and people in the community, there were 100 backpacks filled with school supplies to give out this year.

Several businesses in Caldwell and Lyon counties donated money to receive a yard sign or a window decal to show their support. Some donated even though they may not have taken the sign (so they could be sold again).

Also, churches donated school supplies and gave cash donations to help with this year's event as a whole. Organizers of the event send out their many thanks to everyone that donated for this cause.

The day then continued at First Baptist Life Center.

"Thanks goes out to them for allowing us to use their beautiful facility," Bobby and Kathy Wallace said.

Groups arrived at this location for lunch (a thank you to Mallory at Hancock's of Cadiz for her food and bottled water donation and to RC Cola of Madisonville for their donation of canned drinks), praise and worship was led by From Dust To Nations, guest speaker Mike Morris from Compass Ministries spoke to the group about missions and about Compass Ministries, Bro. Bobby Wallace, youth pastor at Highland Baptist Church spoke on prayer, since this year's theme was Pray Without Ceasing, I Thessalonians 5:17, then Alexis Wallace gave her testimony and there was also a youth talent time.

One final mission that was conducted by all the groups was a surprise Walk of Love for Dave, Amy, and Chase Smith who recently lost their home and all their belongings to a house fire. Every group participating that day brought items for the Smith family to replace items they had lost and were in need of, and some brought gift cards or donated monetary gifts.

When the time came for this Walk of Love, the Smith family were called up on stage and were able to witness the love of God from all of these groups as they began walking toward the stage (from behind a curtain) with all the items the churches had brought. They were surprised and blessed!

The church groups then were dismissed to return to Highland Baptist Church's field for Wayne's Water World, so dubbed by Bro. Bobby Wallace! There were two inflatable slides, over 5,000 water balloons, water cannons and everyone had a wonderful time. It was the perfect end to a wonderful, God-filled, blessed day.

For those interested in participating next year in the 10th Youth Challenge Mission Rally, put it on your calendars now for Aug. 1, 2020! For more information, contact Kathy Wallace at 270-871-8597.