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On the Mission Field in Rural America

  ON THE MISSION FIELD IN RURAL AMERICA WHEREAS, Scripture declares that Christ commands his church to make disciples of all nations and that we are called to be witnesses to the ends of the earth (Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 1:8); and WHEREAS, Southern Baptists have endeavored since 1845 to spread the gospel across North America and around the globe; and WHEREAS, Jesus regularly identified himself with rural and small places like Nazareth (Matthew 2:23); and WHEREAS, Over 75 percent of all towns and cities in the United States are small nonurban communities of no more than 25,000 people; and WHEREAS, Approximately 19 percent (or 60 million people) of the population in the United States resides in rural areas; and WHEREAS, Rural church pastors often suffer from isolation and loneliness, lacking ministry partnerships and resources; and WHEREAS, Every person in a rural community is made in the image of God and needs to hear the gospel; now, therefore, be it RESOLVED, That the messengers to th