Beautiful but Struggling
Atlanta, Michigan is located in the northern Lower Peninsula and has a population of about 800. The area suffers economically, as well as from crime and cults.
Village Missionaries Ron and Lynette Larsen arrived at Atlanta Bible Church in May, 2016, with a hope to see the area changed by the Gospel.
The Larsens moved to Atlanta from New York City, and while the problems in Atlanta are on a smaller scale, there is still a huge need to reach the children of the area.
“Families are broken. The football coach told me that only one of the kids out of 13 that graduated high school last year came from a family that was intact.”
Looking for Open Doors
Since arriving in Atlanta, Ron and Lynette have been praying and looking for opportunities to reach the next generation with the Gospel of Christ.
“I feel the greatest need in Atlanta is to reach the young people in their teens and to reach the younger couples. We have been making connections and trust that the Lord will open more doors.”
While Ron and Lynette are still new to the area, they have already begun finding ways to reach out to the local kids. To create opportunities to reach the youth over the long, cold winter months, Ron and Lynette were able to place foosball, air hockey and ping pong tables in the church basement for youth nights. They will be hosting Saturday afternoon youth activities this winter and hope to add youth nights this coming summer.
A Bright Future
Across North America are places like Atlanta, with kids and families who have no hope – who desperately need someone to tell them about Jesus Christ. That is why we are committed to sending Village Missionaries to these rural locations. If these local churches close, who will share the Gospel?
With nearly 90% of people coming to Christ before the age of 19, it is absolutely imperative that we reach rural children today!
There is a bright future that awaits these children, a life so much greater than the hopelessness they face in their communities, but they need someone to stand up for them.
They need you.
Before the Larsens arrived in Atlanta, there were absolutely no kids in the church. Since last year, not only have local kids started attending, they are becoming involved as well.
That is the goal of Reach 19. When you give to Reach 19, you help provide necessary resources for reaching rural kids, like those in Atlanta, MI. Your gifts help rural churches connect with youth and train them in the Gospel.
“Will you help reach the forgotten children of rural North America? Your gift will provide churches with the resources they need to help reach children with the love and hope of Jesus Christ!
Yes, I want to give hope to a rural child today!