Cris is a Rural Church Story and a Redneck Missionary

This is Cris.  Pretty aint he?  Cris is an diesel mechanic by trade.  On a regualar basis he keeps a huge fleet of trucks running and on the road for one of the largest employers here in our part of the world.  He is a self-professed redneck who loves his Harley, his guns, his wife Donna and his truck . . . not necessarily in that order.  More than anything though, Cris loves the Lord.  His love for Christ drives everything he does.  Cris sings in our church choir (bass section) and he teaches our youth Sunday school class.  Cris is a rural church story because he was saved, discipled, and has served our church faithfull for many years.  Of all the accomplishments I could list about Cris, one stands out above the rest.  Once a year Cris dons his mechanic hat and becomes a hero to two missionaries and a church full of deaf people in Puerto Rico.

David and Marsha Mitchell founded and run the Puerto Rican Deaf Ministry.  They have been there for more than 20 years serving faithfully.  Cottage Grove Baptist Church has supported them over the years in various ways, but no one has caught a vision for our involvement there more than Cris.  Cris visited there serveral years back and saw the vast need among the deaf there.  Puerto Rican deaf are basically outcast.  They don’t have widespread access to an education, jobs, or even something as menial as driving.  Because the deaf don’t drive, the Mitchells must go to them.  This means that they must keep and maintain a small fleet of cars and vans.  Enter Cris.

Once a year Cris transforms himself from paid mechanic into volunteer missionary mechenic.  He gathers enough money and supplies to work on the Mitchell’s entire fleet.  In one week Cris and one other mechanic do a years worth of maintenance for a fleet of vehicals.  They then pray that these cars and vans survive the brutal road conditions found in Puerto Rico for one more year.  Cris always comes back home amazed at how God used him and how God made the monetary resources stretch just far enough to do the job.  What Cris does once a year challenges me and the rest of our church to dig a litter deeper for Christ.  Cris is our redneck missionary.  Cris is a rural church story.       



Published in: on April 14, 2008 at 11:50 am  Comments Off on Cris is a Rural Church Story and a Redneck Missionary  
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