Rainsville church returns from missions in Uganda and Kentucky
January 20, 2017 Share

Rainsville church returns from missions in Uganda and Kentucky

PHOTO: Brother Gary Hartline and members of the Rainsville Community Church recently returned from mission trips to both Uganda and Kentucky. (Gary Hartline)

By C. Campbell, Staff Writer

cody@southerntorch.com

RAINSVILLE, Ala. In the Book of Acts, the followers of Christ are called upon to go forth and spread the gospel everywhere they can. Often referred to as “The Great Commission,” it charges the members of the church to not only preach the word throughout Jerusalem, but also across Judea and Samaria, and even to the ends of the Earth. Some of the members of Rainsville Community Church have taken these verses to heart, having recently returned from mission trips both in the United States and abroad.

Gary Hartline, who took part in both trips, detailed the experiences he and Cates Noles, the preacher at Rainsville Community Church, had in the field. The first trip involved crossing the Atlantic to perform work in Uganda. According to Hartline, the week spent in Africa revolved mostly around ministering in a handful of towns throughout Uganda.

In addition, they provided equipment that churches in these locales, which they had helped to start during previous trips, were in need of. For one of these churches, they were able to give the pastor a motorcycle. At another, the church received a power generator, along with a sound system and keyboard. All of the sites the team visited during this trip also had wells dedicated. Hartline explained that some of the funding for what this trip was able to accomplish came from the Run for Uganda 5K race the church puts on each year.

The second mission trip brought them a little closer to home. Working with Wolf Creek Baptist Church in Williamsburg, Kentucky, the team from Rainsville Community Church’s mission there was roughly the same as what they’ve done in the past. Hartline explained that the town of Williamsburg has a serious drug problem, leaving many of the children living there to be raised by members of their extended families. During their three days there, they put on a fun-filled day for the approximately 150 children who attend Wolf Creek.

“We take inflatables up, order pizza, and pretty much just give these kids a day of play and love,” he said. Similar to their trip to Uganda, the team also provided Wolf Creek with items essential to their outreach programs.

“Three times a week, the church sends vans out, picks up the kids, brings them to the church, and provides them with a meal,” Hartline explained. To aid in this regard, Rainsville Community Church helped purchase two deep freezers to store the large amounts of food, as well as a stove with a double oven.

Going forward, Rainsville Community Church has big plans for continuing their outreach and support, both in Uganda and Kentucky. Plans have been drawn up to construct a mission building at one of the Ugandan churches, which would provide a residence for the pastor on one side, and allow missionaries visiting the church a place to sleep on the other. In Williamsburg, they are working with Wolf Creek Baptist Church to build a new facility, giving them more space to reach greater numbers of the children in the area, as well as helping grow the other outreach programs Wolf Creek conducts. 

Big church or small church, each one is called upon to do what they can to further the message contained in the gospel. At Rainsville Community Church, their work goes far beyond DeKalb County and the state of Alabama. With their support flowing to Kentucky and Uganda, Rainsville Community Church has truly seized upon the charge to go even unto the ends of the Earth.

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