Need a Ramp? Applications are available at Multipurpose Community Action
207 Washington St
Shelbyville KY 40065
In August of 2021 we celebrated 12 years of service in this Ministry. So, I ask as you begin reading this article, please join with me as we say, “Thanks be to God for leading us in this Ministry”. With the resources God has provided we have truly answered the question Jesus asked in Luke 10, when in the parable of the Good Samaritan he asked, “Now which of these three would you say was a neighbor to the man who was attacked by bandits?”. While the people we assist were not attacked by bandits, their bodies have been attacked by other means. I think our church has answered this question by assisting well over 125 “neighbors” not only in our community but in surrounding counties. Also, in Eastern KY where our youth helped another youth group from Chicago complete a ramp for a lady. Our youth also traveled to Tennessee where they built two ramps in four days. I can only imagine the blessing these ramps are for the people receiving them. Many have just wanted to be able to get out of their homes on their own. To do things such as go to the mailbox, see their flowers, sit under the shade tree, or take out the garbage by themselves. The guiding scripture we have accepted for this Ministry is Galatians 6:2 “You obey the law of Christ when you offer each other a helping hand” (CEV). I believe CUMC is truly living this scripture through the Ramp Ministry.
What joy it has been to see adults working with the youth to show them how to use tools and build. Then to see the smiles on the youth faces as they stepped out on their own to do the work. To watch adults as they fellowship together while reaching out to help our “neighbors”. Many of you have not only helped build, but you took time to be with the people and share the love of Christ by sitting with them and listening to them. Not only did the people receive a blessing by your work but, you have also been blessed as noted by some of the comments you made. Such as, Dr. Jim Coots saying, I have never been so tired but felt so good at the end of the day or as Jan Huggins stated, it is just like an old barn raising, what a great time of fellowship we have. While these may not be the exact words, the meaning is true. Several of our workers and “neighbors” have passed but the need for this Ministry continues. New workers have joined to fill these voids and ramps no longer needed have been removed and reconstructed as a blessing for someone else. The need is still there as we continue to receive requests. Currently there are over five requests with assessments to be completed.
Over these past 12 years we have made new friends by being a “go to” resource for others. We have assisted other churches, organizations, and business in building ramps. They came to us for assistance as they had people for whom they wanted to build a ramp but didn’t know how and asked for our assistance. In these cases, they provided the materials and volunteers, a few of us worked with them as they built the ramp.
I want to say THANK YOU to the prayer warriors that have lifted this Ministry in their prayers, to you that have made donations, and to the volunteers doing the work. All these components help to keep the Ministry going.
As I end this reflection on the past 12 years, hopefully what I’ve mentioned has brought back some good memories for you personally.
The pictures below are a few of the “neighbors” you have helped. They represent all the many “neighbors” where you have offered a helping hand.
There is a place for everyone in this Ministry. You don’t have to have any special talents to be involved. Just let us know you want to join in this Ministry, where you will be a blessing to our “neighbors”.
Written by David Pratt
If you want to have fun while serving consider joining the next Ramp build by contacting David Pratt.
If you wish to support this ministry, please send donations to Ramp Ministry, Centenary United Methodist Church, PO Box 38, Shelbyville, KY 40065.