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"And he said to them, 'Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation.'"
In today's issue, you can read a story about Zion Separate Baptist Church and their support for the Village of Nassian on Africa's Ivory Coast.
Although the congregation is fairly small, with about 70 who attend every Sunday, their donations have funded 95 percent of the construction of a new church in Nassian.
You may also be keeping up with our coverage of the new Habitat for Humanity house that is being built on Wickliffe Avenue. A nonprofit Christian housing ministry, much of the organization's donations come from local churches.
No matter what affiliation, I think one would be hard pressed to find a local church that doesn't actively support missions locally and overseas.
On a national level, it's an ugly truth that bad news is the media's primary selling point. Thankfully, I work for a community-focused newspaper that allows me to cover all of the positive things going on in our community in addition to the negative. And let me tell you, Taylor County is full of Christian people who actively support missions through financial support and sometimes organizing their own mission trips.
Unfortunately, I have had a few conversations with people who don't participate in mission work and question others for doing so.
"There is so much need right here in our own community, why not just help the ones here?" they'll say.
And then it becomes clear that they really don't know much at all about missionary work. Take Operation Christmas Child for example. So many churches, civic groups and schools participate in the shoebox ministry that brings Christmas and the story of Jesus to needy children worldwide. And then look at our community's strong support of Toys for Tots and Toys for Kids that bring Christmas to local children in need.
Yes, there are children and others right here in Taylor County who are in need. But no matter where they live, what they look like or what language they speak, a child in need is a child in need.
I think what's so great about Taylor County is that we are so balanced in our support of charity. We have helped people in need in our own neighborhoods as well as those we'll likely never meet.
No matter what type of mission work your heart is being led to do, one of the best ways to get involved is to join a local church. Pooling the funds together will help your donation go further, and you may even get the opportunity to go on a mission trip.
Watch for more upcoming stories about the mission work that is changing lives here and all over the world through our own churches and individuals.
If your group is participating in mission work and you want to share your story, we'd love to hear it! Call us at (270) 465-8111 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.