By Makenzie McNeill, Staff Writer/Stewardship Assistant
If you stuck with me through my What is Village Missions blog series, first of all…thank you!
I really appreciate that you took the time to learn about my story of how God unexpectedly plucked me from my home state and dropped me off in the Pacific Northwest to begin my journey with Village Missions.
Another Facet: Rural Ministry
Now that this part of my story has been told, I want to tell you about another side of the story.
This time, I will take you on a voyage through the challenges I wrestled with during those weeks when I first heard about Village Missions.
I briefly touched on them in some of my blogs. But I don’t want to just leave them there untouched, unexplored. Rather, I want to lead you to the microscope for a deeper look into the misconceptions I had about missions in rural America.
I will examine all of my misunderstandings with the tools of honesty and transparency. And I will tell you how my arrogance and naivety painted the world I lived in. Which, in effect, left me color blind to the spiritual needs that exist right here in America.
Why Address Misconceptions About Rural Ministry?
The reason why I want to discuss the erroneous views I held onto for so long is because I know I am not the only one who believed them.
I want to talk to the person just like me. Maybe you are reading this blog right now.
Or, perhaps you know somebody who has well-intentioned, but misguided views on what “missions” should be about, and how “church” should be a certain way.
“…[He] desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.” – 1 Timothy 2:4 (ESV)
God has shown me that He loves and cares about all people, no matter where they are on this planet – whether they be in a forgotten town here in America or in a city in some far-off distant land.
Whoever you are, and whatever you may believe on these topics, I invite you to embark on this expedition with me.
VM Board Member Glenn Daman wrote an excellent book called The Forgotten Church. I was asked to read this in preparation for joining Village Missions. His book really helped address most, if not all, of the misconceptions I had about rural ministry and missions in North America. I will be quoting from his book throughout this blog series.