Many think that the water crisis is only a problem for Third World countries on the other side of the globe, but there are many water needs right here in the United States. Salmon, Idaho, is a small, rural town in isolated Lemhi County. They have a population of less than 200 that mostly consists of ranchers. The town is so remote that there is no municipal water system and, up until recently, no churches.
Salmon Valley Baptist Church planted Lemhi River Cowboy Church in east Salmon, trying to reach the spiritual thirst of this secluded people group. Last summer, they began constructing a building to house the church. The pastor of both churches, Mike Palmer, saw that the physical need of water was also an issue for the people to whom he was ministering. Palmer applied for a grant and, with the help of Pure Water, Pure LoveSM, was able build a portable water well for the community.
Palmer reports, “The gift of this well provides both clean drinking water to those who attend services and community events and the double blessing of water for our geothermal heat pump.” Giving the gift of water has not only quenched the thirst of the people in Salmon but also lit a fire for other cowboy church plants. Cowboy churches seek to do what Jesus did in his three years of ministry—meet people where they are and serve their physical and spiritual needs.
Palmer says to all the churches and Christian organizations that contributed to PWPL, “Thank you for helping us reach our culture for Christ.”
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