Light Up Louisville With Hope: Kevin & JoRae Bayless
“Staying is the new going...” Kevin Bayless
Moving into refurbished Beechmont house begins a new chapter
They say the best journey takes you home.
When Kevin and JoRae Bayless packed belongings in Kansas to move to a simple, refurbished home on Southside Drive in Louisville, hidden perks made it exciting.
Neighbors from more than 40 people groups who speak 100 languages. It’s knowing they can be part of new stories, one house, one street, one neighbor at a time.
Kevin is a new project manager at ServeLouisville- part of CrossRoads Missions. The goal is to refurbish some of the 5,000 abandoned homes in Louisville for families ready to live with neighbors in mind. It may mean house church, Bible studies, coffee, picnics, knowing their stories and their dreams.
Kevin and JoRae are ready to live chapters of this new story of ServeLouisville.
That means volunteering and getting involved with new friends. With longtime experience as a pastor and contractor, Kevin sees what he knows about God, the Bible, people and construction coming together for this new assignment at ServeLouisville that is more than a job.
This year, the theme of ServeLouisville is “Light up Louisville” as teams renovate homes and welcome new families to the community. Missional Living is the goal.
“The mission field has come to us,” Kevin said. “Staying is the new going. You hear people say ‘God called me to Africa or Asia, but you rarely hear, God called me to stay home. That’s what God has done with us. He’s called us to this neighborhood.”
Written by: Ruth Schenk