As a pastor who ministered many years in Montana, I also know what it is like to be a “mission project.” Churches on the sending end need to heed these words of wisdom. Those on the receiving end also need to look at themselves so they don’t become mere recipients of “church welfare” but develop true partnerships.
Perry County, Alabama is among the poorest counties in the United States.
Some studies say that 46.9% of Perry County’s residents live under the poverty line.
A study that was done just a few years ago showed 41% of the county, with 72% of all children in the county, are on food stamps, which is the 11th highest in the nation.
If you don’t live in Perry County, then these are just statistics. But this is my home. These are the people I go to church with and wave to every day. These are the people that ask me for a couple of bucks at the gas station just to get home. These are the people I’m in line with at the grocery store as they sift through all of there WIC stamps and EBT cards or sit beside at the doctor’s office. These are my friends and family whom…
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