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Prayers answered for pastor’s wife; Bowling Green church embraces Congolese friendships

By Mark Maynard Kentucky Today A few years ago, with her husband’s church struggling, a diligent pastor’s wife prayed a simple prayer. She asked God to bring the church 10 families. God answered her prayer, but it was far different than she expected. More than a dozen Congolese families joined Forest Park Baptist Church in Bowling Green and now make up the largest part of the congregation. Pastor...

Shaping Our Appalachian Region organization launches statewide search for next executive director

Shaping Our Appalachian Region, Inc. (SOAR), a nonprofit and non-partisan organization that champions the future of Appalachia, is launching a statewide search for its next executive director. Jared Arnett, the founding executive director of SOAR, has announced his intentions to leave his position at the end of his current contract (October of 2020). After leading the organization for nearly six years,...

Rural Blog: Central Kentucky mourns loss of church pastor, rural newspaper editor Larry Rowell

To some, the simultaneous roles of rural newspaper editor and church pastor might seem incompatible, but some have done it successfully. This week, Central Kentucky said goodbye to another who did: Larry Rowell. Larry Rowell and Abigail Whitehouse before a dove hunt (Photo from Rural Blog) Rowell, 63, died of brain cancer Jan. 25. He had been editor of The Casey County News in Liberty, interim editor...