The Compton Group

…is an offspring of a WMU mission group that began about 50 years ago. We are named for Peggy Compton and her daughter in law, Joanna, who served in Costa Rica and Thailand respectively.
The Compton women are dedicated to serving the Lord and are committed to supporting Southern Baptist Missionaries through prayer and specific areas of need. In addition, a valued function of our group is the support we have for each other.
 
We undertake many projects throughout the year, such as:
  • Opportunities for service in our Baptist Nursing Homes
  • Volunteering and financially supporting area programs
  • Turfway Chapel Program
  • Sunrise Children Services 
  • Backpack Buddies
  •  Baking and delivering Christmas cookies for shut-ins
 

 

Below  The WMU Compton Group (and other FMBC ministries) supports a number of ministry events at the “MAC” center located by Southside Baptist Church.  The MAC is a focused ministry to the residents of inner-city Covington.  We are pleased to join the Kentucky Woman’s Missionary Union in recognizing the efforts & dedication of Amy.

MAC Director Amy Wihelmus

         Amy Wihelmus accepts the Missionary of the Year Award at the Kentucky Woman’s Missionary Union annual meeting in Corbin on Saturday. She was honored for the work she has done in former Salty Dog Saloon that was converted into a ministry center. (Kentucky Today/Brandy Crase)     
 
 
This article appears in “Kentucky Today“.
http://kentuckytoday.com/
CORBIN, Ky. – With her decision to become a missionary, Amy Wihelmus’ one request to God was to send her anywhere on earth — except to her northern Kentucky hometown of Covington. But as Wilhelmus says, God’s plans are perfect.

So, she stood on the stage at Central Baptist Church in Corbin on Saturday to be honored as the Kentucky Baptist Convention’s Missionary of the Year her work as a missionary – in Covington.

She joked at the Kentucky Woman’s Missionary Union annual meeting where she was honored that accepting the award on April Fool’s day seemed appropriate.
Wilhelmus had grown up at Southside Baptist Church in Covington, her mother an inner-city missionary there. As she began to learn more about missions, she said she couldn’t visualize how the things God had taught her could add to what her mother was already doing.
But Wilhelmus said God had a plan. She had seen her childhood pastor, Harold Pike, pray for decades for God to give their church the bar next door with a promise of using the building for the good of people and the Glory of God.
“Seventeen years ago today, Southside Baptist Church bought the Salty Dog Saloon,” Amy said to the laughing crowd. “A church buys a bar? That’s very appropriate for April Fool’s Day, right?”
Wilhelmus said her plans to “go anywhere but home” were thwarted just as she was finishing seminary when she received a call from her pastor asking her to “come home and run the bar.” And she did just that, though, of course, it went from serving alcohol to sharing the gospel.
Wilhelmus is director and inner-city missionary of the Moore Activity Center, which is housed in the former Salty Dog Saloon.
A graduate of Cumberland College, Wilhelmus formerly served as missionary in Binghamton, N.Y., before graduating from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.
Under her direction, the Moore Activity Center is reaching thousands of people in the downtown Covington area using tools such as tutoring, family fun nights, Bible programs, community service events, recovery programs, and summer programs to share Christ’s love.
Wilhelmus has developed a reputation over the years for being a woman with a servant heart and for living a life of sacrifice and discipline.
“She has a great compassion for those she serves,” said Teresa Parrett, Kentucky Baptist Convention’s Mission Mobilization Coordinator.
Eric Allen, Kentucky Baptist Convention’s Missions Mobilization Team Leader, said Wilhelmus is a worthy recipient of the Missionary of the Year Award.
“It’s so inspiring and challenging to see Amy’s dependence upon God and to hear how He has faithfully been at work through the ministry of Southside,” Allen said.
Although her hometown was once the only place in the world she did not want to serve, Wilhelmus said she now believes she is exactly where she is called to be.
“God used each place I traveled to prepare me for what I am doing now,” she said. “I love watching God at work.”
Also recognized in Saturday’s celebration were eight of Kentucky’s newest missionaries, all with a call to reach across the state in the name of Christ to make a difference in the lives of those in need.
In a missionary commissioning service, the new missionaries made the promise to dedicate their lives to serving God and to fulfill the Great Commission by sharing the gospel. Those commissioned during the ceremony include:

• Damon & Yolonda Armstead, executive director and director of Weekday Ministries at the Baptist Fellowship Center in Louisville.

• Cory Bledsoe, executive director of Louisville Rescue Mission.

• Joanna Mack, executive director of Grace & Mercy in Hopkinsville.

• Renee Parsons, director of Hope Central, a ministry of Central Baptist Church in Ashland.

• Teresa Purichia, I executive director of Crossroads Life Center, a pregnancy care center in Glasgow.

• Twyla Sheffield, KBC Northern Region Missions Mobilization Consultant.

• Kendra Smallwood, director of “A Chosen Sisterhood” women’s ministry of Rockhouse Baptist Church in Hyden