The summer of 2017 was filled with sports, swimming and kids enjoying time away from school. Many Jackson County residents made time to travel on mission trips to spread the gospel.
    One group, spearheaded by the Remmel Church traveled to Tegucigalpa, Honduras with an organization called Breaking Chains Ministry. Breaking Chains works with the homeless and poverty stricken. The trip consisted of many tasks to accomplish. First, the group built and painted a house for a single mother of two children, who is also caregiver to a disabled mother. Second, the group visited two orphanages to spend time playing with the children and getting to know them. Third, the group fed the homeless on the streets of downtown Tegucigalpa, as well as took sandwiches and feed lunch to the people that work at the dump. Fourth, a VBS was held in a small community for about 60 children. Next, the group visited a place called Mi Esperanza, which means My Hope. The goal of Mi Esperanza is to teach women in poverty the skills to enable them to provide for their children. The time was short, but the group was successful is their mission.
    The First Baptist Church of Newport gathered a team and traveled to Western Nebraska. According to Don Moore, “The trip was awesome and eye opening. There are no Southern Baptist churches in the Western Nebraska area and very few active, soul winning churches.” The group from FBC joined with FBC Beebe and did block parties (the gospel was shared, the crowds were fed) in Alliance, Scottsbluff, and Terrytown, Nebraska. FBC Newport did a VBS in Alliance, Nebraska.