Paula Settle

Location: Eastern Kentucky

Commissioned: 2007

Paula Settle serves in eastern Kentucky with Mountain Hope, the Kentucky Baptist Fellowship’s rural poverty effort in three Kentucky communities: Owsley County, McCreary County and Powell County’s community of Nada. Her work is part of Together of Hope, CBF’s rural poverty initiative in 20 of the poorest counties in the United States.

“I am working with individual families, reading to children in the local elementary school, working in a food pantry, a clothes closet, women’s groups, summer mission teams, housing repairs, senior adult assisted living center, and being an advocate for the poor with the school system and government agencies. I have opportunities to share God’s love with individuals and in group settings,” Settle said.

One of Settle’s ministry goals is to expose children and teens to other areas of the United States since many of them have never traveled outside their county.  One annual activity includes taking groups of youth and women to another state to get them out of their community and expose them to other areas of the country.

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• 2011 April/May fellowship!: 'The whole Baptist village'

Related media: 
• Photos: Being the Presence of Christ in Appalachia
Audio interview with Paula Settle

• Video: Together for Hope in Kentucky

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