Rural church learns about ministry in inner city in the USA.

By July 19, 2004

USA (MNN) — As Vacation Bible Schools are being held all over the United States, one rural church in Michigan took it on the road.

Ann Bishop is brand new with Mission Network News. She handles our short-term mission trips on our web site. She was a sponsor, joining the youth from her home church, the 1st Baptist Church of Saint Johns, Michigan on a short-term trip — taking the Gospel to inner city Philadelphia. Bishops says, “We did VBS for an inner city church day care every morning. We went to different organizations to pass out food to the homeless.”

Bishops says this was truly a cross cultural experience for the church. “We were coming from a very small rural church and ministering to people (in an area) a lot larger than what we were used to.”

Churches around the United States take teams all over the world. Bishop says as you go it’s important to remember one thing. “If they can just see one person, Jesus, in all of us it can be more coherent in the ministry that they have.”

While no children came to Christ during their time away, Bishop believes seeds of the Gospel were planted. Perhaps this will be the beginning of a heart change in some of these children’s lives.

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