Whitesburg KY

Tim Shepherd is a true champion of the year


Greetings to all from the Eolia Christian Community Outreach Center.

“And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for He shall save His people from their sins.” Matthew 1:21.

This has either been the most hectic December I can remember in the history of ECCO, or I’m really feeling my age. Every week has been filled with projects, guests, parties, and gift wrapping.

This summer ECCO sponsored a center for GED classes and three people graduated, including Tim Shepherd. Tim is presently attending Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College where this past semester he has excelled in all his classes.

Tim has been selected by the Letcher County Adult Education Program as the champion of the year for the program. Beginning January 2014, details about Tim and his accomplishments will be available on the website ky.adultedu.com.

We are so proud of Tim because it’s a victory for us to see that when we help, even in a small way, it can encourage those to help themselves. This inspires and encourages us to forge ahead, and hopefully someone else will follow in Tim’s footsteps and advance themselves toward a better life. Tim, you are my hero.

A women and her teenage daughter living in our community were without water for two or three weeks, but thanks to the help of Forrester Dickerson for installing a new electrical breaker and water tank she now has water and no longer has to carry water from the creek.

Another big thanks to Rodney Sturgill for noticing something amiss in our truck and after checking, saw it was out of transmission fluid, saving us from a possible huge mechanic expense.

Another big thanks to our Bible study teacher, John Doug Hays from Pikeville, for writing a wonderful Christmas message. He printed over 200 beautifully decorated copies to be used for many of our projects.

I’ve heard it said that if you need something done just ask the busiest person you know and you’re likely to get results. I’ve found that to be true. When we witness the selfishness and greed that is so often seen in our society, the kindness of these folks is like a healing balm to the soul.

With that I’ll close with this thought for the day: The smallest good deed is better than the grandest intention.

Community Bulletin Board: Sunday evening worship service at ECCO’s Chapel at 5 p.m., all welcome. Cumberland River Volunteer Fire Department meets the second Sunday of each month at 11 a.m. at the Partridge Station, volunteers are welcome. Partridge Lions Club meets the first and third Thursday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at the Ovenfork Senior Citizens Center, come and bring a guest. Bible Study each Monday evening at 7 p.m. at ECCO, all are welcome.

Our prayer list includes Dudley Short, June Maggard, Gracie Mast, Leonard Smith, Gloria Beachey, Pearl Baker, Betty Maggard, Allen Profitt, David Combs, Carolyn and Garland Couch, Gay Sturgill, Hannah Burke, Betty Terry, Ted and Judy Corder, Don Brown, Marie Snell, Ruby Sturgill, Nora Walker and Brenda Gross.

Also lift up in prayer those struggling with alcohol and drug addiction, may they be delivered; our military troops around the world; our President and the leaders of our country; the United States; all the children hurt by war; and the ministry of ECCO.

Until next time from the folks at ECCO, God bless.

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