MOUNT VERNON — The opportunity to teach biblical doctrine and instill leadership qualities was the recent mission for four local pastors on a trip to Africa on Oct. 21 through Nov. 6. Taking part in the trip were Paul Dove, Bill Lewis, Dave Gunther and Levi Hershberger.
The missions trip took the four men to the Republic of the Congo and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, a region ravaged with poverty and unemployment as high as 90 percent.
Participating in a similar trip in the past and arranging this recent trip was Lewis, pastor of River of Life Church in Butler. Lewis had been on other trips to the Congo, and Dove had attended similar trips to Albania.
On Dove’s trip to Albania, he described it as what the Bible refers to as the “Equipping of the Saints.” In the book of Ephesians, Jesus gave gifts to men — gifts of apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers. “It’s what we call a fivefold ministry,” said Dove.
“There is a need. They’ve been planting churches like crazy,” he said. “So Christianity is on the rise over there.” The need and the calling to teach and spread the gospel was realized by the four locals who then set out on another mission to the Congo, feeling very peaceful and at ease about their trip.
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