Church Team Offers Warm Place During Bitter Cold (+podcast)

Monday, January 01, 2018

(Air1 News – Adam Russell) – Christians in Kentucky are offering warmth – and hope – to those who might not have a suitable place to stay during a major cold snap.

When the temperature in Corbin, Kentucky, drops below 29 degrees, or is expected to do so, the First Baptist Church flies a white flag in front of its building. That means a warm meal and warm bed await those who have no place to turn.

Senior Pastor Austin Carty tells WKYT-TV the church activity center doors open at 5 p.m. People can come in, get a warm meal, and take whatever warm clothes and toiletries they may need. Volunteers will then drive them to a hotel where a voucher will allow them to spend the night for free.

The church has had about a dozen White Flag Nights since the program started about three weeks ago. Church leaders said so far they've rented out 88 hotel rooms to help 55 different people.

It means a lot to folks there, who have already come to recognize the white flag outside the church as an invitation and a symbol of hope.

One man who’s received services from the church says it shows church members care and that they open their hearts and doors.