Convoy’s Rural Initiatives Reaches Out in Small Towns
Part of Convoy of Hope’s mission is to reach people exactly where they are. Through Rural Initiatives, we resource, empower, and partner with rural churches through training, mentoring, and coaching. We believe their increased presence and partnership with local leaders will help strengthen and enrich communities.
“People don’t want to show that they have that need,” said Tiffany Wisdom, volunteer at The Well Rural Resource Center. “[But] we want to help you! This is why we are here.”
Chip Sanders is the pastor at First Assembly in Iberia, Missouri, and is CEO of The Well. He said, “For me personally, Convoy of Hope really kind of changed my perspective on the way we do ministry.”
Like Convoy of Hope, Chip is committed to meeting people where they are. He and his wife, Rebecca, are using the supplies Convoy of Hope provided to connect with people in their community. Surrounding community leaders also come to them for supplies to do the same in their rural communities.
“It [Rural Initiatives] just helped us to crystallize our thinking as far as compassion — being the heart of what we do as a church in our community. Partnerships and relationships are really the heartbeat of what we do. Our goal is to bring change, and we can’t do it by ourselves,” said Chip.
Close to 350 counties in the U.S. are considered low-income. Of those counties, 300 are rural. With partners like The Well, Convoy of Hope will continue its mission to help people in need — both worldwide and in rural America. Thank you for helping us bring hope to the hurting.