Having served for seven years as Associate Pastor at Barrington Baptist Church, Jim and Gail's prayer was to return and minister in the city where Jim grew up. They've been appointed to work with the people of Faith and Hope Baptist Church in Providence, Rhode Island, building upon and expanding the ministry John and Sue Slaiger began over 32 years ago. Faith and Hope Baptist Church ministers to the poorest of the poor in that community.
Jim grew up in a very low-income family himself. At the age of 13, he was involved in a serious boating accident that claimed the life of his brother. It was while Jim was struggling in the water that he was saved both physically and spiritually. Gail met Jim as a teenager shortly after accepting the Lord as her Savior and has worked in ministry with him ever since.
Jim and Gail have been married since 1975. They have 4 adult children, a new daughter-in-law and have been blessed to have had opportunities to serve as foster parents - presently to a young boy. They love family time, walks on the beach and caring for others. Isaiah 58:7-8 Is it not to share your food with the hungry and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter - when you see the naked, to clothe him, and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood? Then your light will break forth like the dawn, and your healing will quickly appear; then your righteousness will go before you, and the glory of the LORD will be your rear guard.
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In colorful communities and along scenic highways, diverse people and landscapes span coast to coast
Iconic American traditions include Thanksgiving dinner, jazz music and the Super Bowl. They meld with eclectic examples of multicultural heritage: numerous local Chinatowns, family-owned taquerias and even cowboy boots, which originated among the nomadic Huns of eastern Europe.
The nation's landscape shows just as many contrasts — sandy beaches and rocky coastlines, open plains and vast deserts, rugged mountains and winding canyons, and abundant rivers and lakes.
The ideals of life and liberty that founded the United States have made the country one of the world's most prosperous, though not without dark chapters and present troubles. Crime, discrimination and ethics violations make regular headlines, and many people live below the national poverty level.
Families view education as essential to the pursuit of happiness, if not also a path to wealth and power for the most ambitious. Yet Americans also demonstrate a charitable spirit of generosity toward neighbors and nations in need.
Freedom of religion grants opportunity for all faiths, but Christianity holds particular influence in country's history and daily life.
Your participation with Missions Door supports ministry in the United States among college students, including many international students, in collaboration local churches. It also enables social outreach, church planting and leadership development in a wide variety of communities — among Native Americans and other cultural groups, and in urban and suburban settings where growing and changing demographics create new opportunities for the Gospel.
Aside from the Native American, Native Hawaiian and Native Alaskan populations, nearly all Americans and their ancestors immigrated to the United States.
In a 2013 survey, 56% of Americans said that religion played a "very important role in their lives” — a larger number than any other wealthy nation.
Population: 320 million
Major Religions: 47% Protestant, 23% unaffiliated, 21% Catholic, 6% other
Languages: 82% English, 11% Spanish, various others
Ministry service area:
Rhode Island, United States