The Need for Rural Ministry

from Aug 15, 2017 Category: Tabletalk Magazine

Here’s an excerpt from The Need for Rural Ministry, Kyle Borg’s contribution to the August issue of Tabletalk:

The twentieth (and now twenty-first) century had a devastating effÂ’ect on the regions of Appalachia in the East, the farms of the Midwest, and the fishing and forestry areas along the coastlines. Mechanization and industrialization have motivated a rural exodus, leaving depleted populations, economies, and communities. But the social realities confronting these places pale in comparison to the spiritual crisis of these rural communities. Substance abuse, poverty, suicide, broken families, tragedy, and danger—at rates that are proportionally higher than in the city—betray a shared sense of fear, pessimism, and discouragement.

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