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First Assembly to make first foreign mission trip

By Staff
PREPARING FOR A MISSION The Rev. Robert Null, left, Brad Carter and Mark Carter all pose for a photo outside the First Assembly of God Church on Highway 19 North. Photo by Kyle Carter / The Meridian Star
By Ida Brown / religion editor
September 4, 2004
After more than 10 years of providing financial support to a Noxapater couple's mission work in Africa, First Assembly of God has made a more active commitment to the crusade.
In November, 14 First Assembly members will travel to The Gambia to assist in the building of a new church. It will be the Meridian church's first group mission trip.
The Reeds have lived in The Gambia for about a year. In addition to building clinics and schools, the family's missionary work also involves establishing churches. The country has an extensive Christian following, however places of worship are few and usually exist under unfavorable conditions.
Unique way of building
The new church has been described as a "relatively simple structure." Its simplicity, however, lies not in its appearance, but its construction.
Once the framework is done, the other building components roof, walls, floors, bricks, etc. are completed by laborers and volunteers (such as missionary groups).
For more than three decades, Carter has designed and assisted in building small and large churches for ministries in 29 countries on five continents. He began designing churches for Africa in the late 1980s.
All about timing
After years of providing financial support to the Reed family's mission, what prompted First Assembly to become more actively involved?
The missionary family is one of 15 such causes First Assembly supports. The church also sponsors several outreach programs, as well as community missions.
In November, 14 members of First Assembly of God will travel to The Gambia to help build a new church. Each member has to raise money for transportation and other expenses. To make a donation, contact the church office at 483-4591 or send mail to: 1929 Highway 19 North, Meridian, MS 39307.

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