June 17: Matt & Stephanie Van Gorden, Bruin, PA
Nestled in Petroleum Valley about equal distance from Erie to the north and Pittsburgh to the south, Bruin is a small town with a changing population. Our area is economically depressed and the elementary school in town is closing after this school year, but we do still have a bowling alley, a small trucking company, and a gas station/deli in town. There are several small towns surrounding us, and major shopping is available about ½ hour in every direction. Our church has had a long history, beginning in the late 1800’s, and Village Missions has served here since 1999. Please pray for wisdom and that the Lord would help us maintain a sense of mission and purpose during this time of community transition. Pray that we would experience greater commitment and unity in our local body and then be Christ’s hands and heart to our community.