Green River Memorial Baptist team hits 'financial peace' jackpot

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Ashley Holt, Campbellsville University

Green River Memorial Baptist Church was one of three winners in the Dave Ramsey Financial Peace University Great Giveaway Challenge.


Aaron Gabehart, youth minister of GRMBC and coordinator of the class, received an e-mail with the news of Dave's Great Giveaway Challenge. The challenge offered $5,000 to three groups, to be given away $1,000 at a time to five causes.

The group's first task was to create a video briefly describing the causes they chose and how the money would be given.

The group created its video entry for the competition featuring the donation of diapers and wipes for mothers in the community, firewood for the elderly, laundry supplies for the residents of Campbellsville Manor, school supplies for an orphanage in Afghanistan (through a member of the church serving there,) and finally, $1,000 to the daughter of Sarah Gardner. Gardner died a few months after her baby was born.

After the video entry was created, eight days of voting followed. Two days later, Gabehart received the news that they had been picked as one of the top three entries. From there, the group launched into two weeks of videoing and recording their giveaways. The videos showing the groups' giving are featured on the website at www.daveramsey.com/specials/giving-challenge-winner/name/grmbc-fpu-class.

"It's been a lot of hard work, but it's been a great opportunity to show others the love of Jesus Christ," Gabehart said. "It's been great for our community at large and our church community has grown together as a result as well. We appreciate the chance to give like no one else by Dave Ramsey and we consider it a blessing from God that he's using us to bless others."

Jamie Bennett, pastor at GRMBC, said his church members are working to become a church with an outward focus.

"I'm so proud of the way they have pushed themselves through the course of the Great Giving Challenge with late nights, early mornings and literally hours on the phone trying to get it all arranged. They have progressed to a church with a ministry that reaches from Green River Lake to Kandahar."