While at the annual conference for the Alabama-West Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church June 7-10, our table was located across from a snack bar operated by the Alabama Rural Ministry.
Besides the obvious commercial benefit of being across from the snack bar, where they had $5 infinitely refillable coffee mugs, it was a real pleasure to have a chance to encounter these enthusiastic young people and hear about their ministry.
Alabama Rural Ministry, according to their literature, has a number of different ministries designed to serve the rural poor. One of the brochures I picked up was about the Walk Across Alabama, which was designed to raise both awareness and money. On the front of that brochure they list these goals: Eliminate poverty, Repair homes, Share Christ’s message of compassion and home. On the front of the other brochure they have: “Whatever you do in word and deed, do everything in the name of the Lord.” — Colossians 3:19.
That’s some good advice, and a fine ministry, displaying all the marks of the gospel message. Check them out.