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Riding On A Prayer: Pastor Snowmobiles To Build New Church

Updated: 02/09/2014 10:31 PM
Created: 02/09/2014 5:42 PM WDIO.com
By: Laurie Stribling
lstribling@wdio.com

It was the last supper before a long journey.

"We like to gather," church member Joanne Winship said. "We love food."

While members of the New Life Covenant Church in Twig loved the meal Sunday afternoon, it was not the focus of the gathering. The cramped room where the food was shared was one reason.

"It's a matter of space, but also accessibility," Pastor Brad Shannon said.

Shannon took off on a 1,500-mile snowmobile ride to Churchill, Manitoba. It's all in an effort to help build a new church right across the road.

"We really do need a new church and God willing we're going to get that," church member Pearl Harmon said.

Currently, worship gets underway in an old, one-room school house.

"We've raised...just over $17,000 so far," Shannon said. "We would love to see more funds come in. The idea is that we are this rural community, but the broader community around us wants to support us."

For each mile on his sled, people have donated money to the cause. Shannon's brother and uncle joined him for the first part of his journey to the Canadian border.

"I've been nervous all morning," Shannon's uncle Ron Anderson said.

While there's a little fear involved, the motto of the journey is "Faith Takes Risk". The riders said that's what will get them through the days ahead.

"The church we have is not large enough or satisfactory to support all the missions we have," Winship said.

"My kids would really love a new room where the table isn't tipping and crayons aren't falling off it," Harmon said.

Shannon hopes to get to Churchill by the end of the month. The groundbreaking for the new church is set for this spring.

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