“Together for Hope” • McCreary County, Ky
Launched in 2001, “Together for Hope” (TFH), the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship’s “Rural Poverty Initiative,” is a long-term commitment to work with people in the nation’s 20 poorest counties to affect change and break the cycle of economic disparity. The ministry is about establishing long-term relationships, listening, learning, and walking alongside local leaders. The hope is that communities will be transformed as will the churches and individuals who live in these 20 counties.
Trinity has committed to serving in McCreary County, KY, the closest of the 20 counties to Raleigh.
We partner with a local missionary and his wife Jim and Rita Cmolik, whose non-profit ongoing organization is called Hills & Hollers Ministries. They seek to establish relationships with families in this impoverished former coal mining region and bring the message of God’s love through Jesus by discerning how best to assist those families who need a little hope and help to get their feet under them.
Most of their efforts focus on supporting new mothers through counseling, supplies, and gospel-centered community.
Our newest partnership in McCreary County connects our missions teams with the ministry of the Kentucky Baptist Convention, Crossroads Community Church, and the ministries of Grant and Gina Hasty. Through this partnership Trinity supports The Light Community, a tiny house community providing care and support to those in recovery, and The Lord’s Cafe, a ministry that feeds body and soul.
Trinity’s National Mission Team plans several trips to support these wonderful missionaries, ministers, and ministries throughout the year.