Perhaps some think of “the church” as simply the building where they worship. That term has taken on new meaning as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. A building is not necessary for ministry to take place.
Leaving the country during a global pandemic might have seemed like a crazy idea, but, at the time, we didn’t have any idea how extensive the coronavirus pandemic would become when we—students and staff from the Mountain View Conference (MVC) schools—hopped on a plane for a mission trip to Monteverde in Costa Rica.
Chris Trent, a former tattoo artist and now the pastor of Mountain View Conference’s Grace Outreach church in Logan, W.Va., and the Grace Community church in Williamson, W.Va., shares how God transformed his life.
With the support of its school board and church family, this year Mountain View Conference's Parkersburg Academy is offering a non-conventional kindergarten through second-grade education called “Forest Classroom.”
“We believe in sharing God’s blessings with our entities,” said Columbia Union Conference Treasurer Emmanuel Asiedu. “[We] want to give $550,000 back to our entities to support the mission. [We’re] giving the money now so we can share the blessings now.”