Application due: Contact Project Leader
- OK, TX, KS, OH
- May-June 2016
- Approximate Cost
- Approx. $675
- Leader Contact(s)
- Jim Weaver email
Vision for Rural Missions
For so long, rural communities were considered the heartland of America, the moral bedrock of our culture. Those days are gone. One example of the moral and spiritual decay that is rampant in these communities is drug abuse. According to a report by the National Survey of Drug Use and Health, meth use was twice as prevalent among 18-25 year olds in rural communities as it was among their urban counterparts. But this is only one piece of the fractured mosaic.
Many churches in these communities are struggling to survive. They need hope; a vision for the future, beginning now. How do they bridge the gap between the faith of their fathers and the doubts of their children? How do they respond to the burgeoning and diverse needs of their communities with the love of Christ that results in transformed lives and thriving, missional churches? R.A.M. has an answer.
R.A.M. stands for ”Rural America Ministries.” It is a ministry recently born out of the awareness of the increasing spiritual decline of rural America and the power of Christ’s love to reverse it. Part of R.A.M.’s vision is to recruit Christian students from state and Christian universities and form short-term “mission teams” that bring the grace and truth of Jesus into these rural communities during a 30 day mission and ministry training experience.
Join Our Rural Missions Team!
R.A.M.’s Summer Missions opportunity is much more than a brief mission to Rural America. It is also an intensive ministry training experience that will better equip you for ministry wherever you go in the future.
As a RAM team member you will experience ministry training that is extensive, intensive and spiritually transformative. RAM emphasizes “7 Practices of Ministry” throughout your 30 day mission. You will experience these as you practice them in the field and discuss and explore them in discipleship groups and in your own personal devotionals and study time. These practices are: Perspective (Knowing the Scriptures), Power (Relying on the Holy Spirit), Service, Evangelism, Discipleship, Prayer, and most importantly, Being Still (before God).
These practices of ministry are applied as you come alongside local church leaders and the churches they lead in a partnership of ministry to their communities. What does this look like? It can be as diverse as painting a widow’s home to visiting inmates in the county jail. It is signing up children for VBS to leading one-on-one or group bible studies, to serving as counselors at church camp. When the Spirit is leading the possibilities are many and sometimes unexpected!
50,000,000 Americans live in Rural America. It is a nation within a nation! RAM’s mission is to bring the grace and truth of Jesus Christ to this greatly overlooked mission field through His word and compassionate action. You will get a taste of this mission that we hope will turn into a desire to be a part of RAM’s future church plantings in Rural America!
One thing you can most definitely expect during your 30 day Mission & Ministry Training experience is to learn how to live and minister outside your comfort zone while relying on God’s power to do it! When these two things intersect God is glorified (made manifest) and people come to know Jesus through your faith in action.
We believe we are standing at the edge of a great opportunity! Rural America is ripe for the harvest. If you believe God is calling you to be a part of His work in rural America through R.A.M. then download an application and submit it today or contact us with any questions at: firstname.lastname@example.org . You may also visit our website at: http://raministries.com/.
For His glory and the salvation of as many as possible,