A woman on a mission

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‘I felt a call from the Lord ... to do something for others.’

By Becky Cassell, Editor

Judy Draper felt a call from the Lord in 2004. She answered. And many others have answered the same call since.


Just last week, more than 330 "love bundles" and another 100 backpacks full of school supplies were on their way to children in Haiti.

Draper started a missions project 11 years ago. She began making AIDS kits for patients and expanded that to lap quilts for nursing home residents. Her friend Wanda Spires soon began helping, and she has since recruited members of her church, East Campbellsville Church of God.

"I felt a call from the Lord," Draper said. "I just felt led to do something for others."

And those first few smaller projects have progressed into multiple larger projects. Their mission work has traveled as far as Africa and as near as Campbellsville's pregnancy support center.

"We've helped abused children, flood victims in Pike County and even Green River Ministries," she said.

Last week's "love bundles" included clothing, personal hygiene products, peanut butter, a towel and a toy. The backpacks were filled with notebooks, pencils and more. Each package also included a Bible tract.

In a small room last Thursday, Draper, Spires and elementary student Madison Jones loaded 100 bright green backpacks into a large box. Draper said Jones has been helping with the backpack project for nearly two years.

Just outside that room was another room piled high with "love bundles." And waiting outside the door was an empty trailer and a bunch of helpers.

Draper and her friends took a few moments for prayer before getting to work.

"OK, let's get these on the trailer."