The Smokin' For Jesus event was a great time for over 100 volunteers to join in loving our friends at the Westside. The first picture below is of volunteers praying before the event--a shot which omits those at the serving lines. We had a lot of fun together, with excellent ministry, music and the message of Christ going out. Nine churches, including charismatic Baptists, Presbyterians, Baptists, Bible Church and Independent churches came together as one, together with a half-dozen parachurch ministries. The Bride of Christ looked great! Here is a page of event photos on the Westside Ministry Network Facebook page.
Our eighth ministry trip to South Sudan is scheduled for July 12-26, 2014. We have longstanding relationships with S. Sudanese friends since at least 2006, and partner with the Presbyterian Church of S. Sudan, as well as other churches. Builders, medical personnel, evangelists, those with gifts of helps/service and Bible teachers for men and women and various age groups are welcome. The vast majority of short-term trips are to areas easier and less costly to access than South Sudan. A leader in Juba asked me in February 2013 why no missionaries have come to the Presbyterian Church in S. Sudan. I laughed. The last time I checked, the highest missionary-to-population ratio was in the Caribbean (it is now Oceania). RMNI's focus is upon under-served areas and S. Sudan is such a nation. Why not serve where few go? NOTE: We are far away from the violence in Jonglei State, or Darfur. Our teams have not experienced any security problems.
If you think that short-term trips waste money, check this article: When Helping Helps. Do contact us if you're interested.