Nestled along a winding creek in the valley and foothills of the Coastal Mountains sit two small towns–Paskenta and Flournoy, CA. Only about 500 people call this area home, but the locals like it that way.
For many ranchers, commuters, loggers and families looking to live quieter lives away from the hustle and bustle of city life, Paskenta and Flournoy fit the bill.
Others take refuge in the rural area, clinging to a forlorn hope that a change in location will produce a change in their heart issues.
Beneath the quiet escape found in Paskenta and Flournoy are the same problems, doubts, fears and crisis as any other rural community. Yet, at the core of each individual lies one urgent need.
People need Jesus.
Having been a Village Missions church in the 1960s and 1970s, a few individuals recalled the leadership Village Missions provided and reached out to the ministry for help.
District Representatives Joe and Jenny Murrell presented Village Missions and explored whether the need was there. They found great need and a small group passionate to share Jesus.
Shortly after, the church was approved to receive Village Missionaries–their first full-time leadership in years!
But the story was not over. God had other, unexpected things in mind for the church.
Due to health reasons, Joe and Jenny had been considering changing from their District Representatives role to becoming Village Missionaries once again.
“As we began to pray and seek the Lord for where we might go, He put Paskenta on our hearts,” said Joe.
So, when Paskenta Flournoy Bible Church received the letter introducing their new Village Missionaries, they already recognized the names: Joe and Jenny Murrell.
“We are excited about the community and the people,” said Joe. “We like them and feel like we can fit here and be a significant part of the community in the years ahead.”
For the people of Paskenta and Flournoy, the arrival of Joe and Jenny provides hope for a bright future.
“Now we have someone living here who will interact with the community and be a presence, both in the church and community,” said one church member. “When someone has a need, there will be someone here to help and care who has training and understanding.”