What kind of trip covers 585 miles in two days, includes meals with several people you’ve never met before, makes stops in small rural towns as well as four of Montana’s largest cities, and includes a stop along the interstate to take pictures of five big horn sheep? This briefly describes one of the two Vision Tours that took place July 11-12.
Nine people from various states spent two days exploring ministry opportunities in a variety of locations in Montana. Michael Liner, West Region Church Starting Missionary, hosted six guests as they traveled from south of Missoula to Kalispell, visiting communities along the way and hearing the needs of church planters, pastors, partnering churches, mission teams, etc. The highlight and most informative part of the trips took place when planters, pastors, and MTSBC staff met with the group to share their stories and the needs of spreading the gospel throughout the state.
At the same time, William Johnson, Church Starting Team Leader, hosted three guests as they toured Bozeman, Butte, Helena, Great Falls, and almost every community in between.
The purpose of the tours is to expose people who are interested in ministry opportunities in Montana to a glimpse of the vastness of the state, the cultural diversity between communities, and the need for an impacting gospel presence in each town or city. In the past, we have had participants to move to Montana and start churches after attending the Vision Tour.
We have already received correspondence on how helpful the tours were in affirming what participants have believed is their next step is in following God’s call for their lives. Please pray, “the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest” – Luke 10:2.