We have been traveling around the state seeing town churches that cooperate together with Hope Baptist. So far, we have visited 4, all with different interesting and moving stories. We also saw a newly purchased camp and retreat site on beautiful land with a pond, wildflowers and a forest edge.
I could write paragraphs about each church but I’ll try to hit a few highlights.
The churches do struggle with discrimination, so that they need their own land and building to do much ministry. One home church, dating from the days of true persecution, just constructed a good-size two-story building from ground to roof — all done by Christian brothers from around the state in one season!
Another church just starting to grow had their donated space destroyed by fire one month ago. They have purchased land in the town center but need prayers to help them overcome problems with commercial pipelines on the property.
One older woman sums up the attitudes, saying, “We trust the Lord; in the face of evil, we respond with good.”