RICEVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--Eastanallee Baptist Church is a "green" church, incoming pastor Ralph Jenkins says of the rural congregation that numbers about 350 in Sunday morning worship.
In this case, Jenkins
is not talking about the 40 percent of its "green" the church gives to missions.
talking about the spiritual growth steadily taking place among the outward-focused members of the 186-year-old church in Riceville, Tenn.
"We pray you will discover you have a place in this 'lighthouse' for the lost and 'greenhouse' for the saved," Jenkins
writes on the church's website, www.eastanallee.com.
"Our desire is, that as you visit us, you will find Eastanallee
is not about us or about buildings.
It's about Jesus!"
, who was called to the church in December 2008, is the fourth in a line of pastors who have led the congregation to a steadfast commitment to reach people throughout Tennessee and around the world through the Cooperative Program.
"The Cooperative Program allows us to be a part of something bigger than ourselves, and to do missions the New Testament way --together," said Mickey Basham, Eastanalle's most-recent pastor who shared in a transitional role with Jenkins during December.
Jenkins, Eastanalle's new pastor, knows about blessed lives and what happens when people get involved in going on and giving to missions.
"We just have the same heartbeat for missions, that's what drew me to Eastanallee
"I've been to Romania twice on mission, Jamaica twice, Hurricane Katrina recovery five times and Hugo recovery twice in the early '90s.
"Everyone who has gone on these missions with me, they have grown in their faith," Jenkins
"They have had to learn to trust the Lord, and they've seen God do things they can't explain....
"God will always bless your giving to missions," Jenkins