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About 45% of the world live in rural areas, with China, India and Africa having the largest rural population. Statistics show that about 60 million Americans in the United States live in rural areas , about 17.16% of the UK’s population live in rural United Kingdom, about 34.58% of Europe and Central Asia live in rural communities and about 19% of the Brazilian population live in rural Brazil.
Jesus admonished us to go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature and the rural communities are a significant part of the world the Lord admonished us to go into and make the gospel known.
Small and rural towns were important when the Lord Jesus carried out ministry in his day. Firstly, he was born in Bethlehem, which was a small community in his day(Micah 5:2). After his family returned from Egypt, He was raised in Nazareth, which was a small city nestled among the hills (Luke 4:29, John 1:46). During His ministry, He preached in towns and villages(Mark 1:38, Luke 13:22). He taught that the gospel of the kingdom was to be heralded even to all creatures(Mark 16:15).
In reading the Gospels, it is undeniable that Jesus had a heart for ministry in rural and small towns and we should too.
This is why at the International School of Ministry(ISM), we pay attention to developing Pastors and ministries in the rural communities.