Cornersville Baptist heads off to mission work in Montana

Thursday, July 13, 2006

This Saturday, 10 members of the Cornersville Baptist Church will board a plane headed for Montana and their final destination, the Fort Bellknapp Indian Reservation.

Bro. Bobby Fralix, pastor of the Cornersville church, said each year the regional Baptist Association, comprised of 41 churches, adopts a state. This year, Montana was chosen. The church association looks for worthwhile projects, then spends the year fundraising. The group has managed to raise more than $5,000 through local events and sponsorship.

This will be the first mission trip for most of the Cornersville group, said Fralix, who has participated in many mission groups. Fralix said he knows, firsthand, that the experience will be "fulfilling" but also "draining."

The church group has a busy schedule planned for its one-week stay in Montana. Fralix said their goal is to frame out a partially constructed children's ministry center on the reservation. At the same time some members are engaged in construction work, others will conduct a Vacation Bible School reaching 50-100 children. The reservation has a small Baptist congregation of approximately 30 people currently, but Fralix hopes this will grow with new facilities.

Although Fralix knows they will experience a different way of life that includes poverty, he said it has been experience that mission workers usually return home feeling they have been blessed.

"You make connections," said Fralix. "You just hope that for one week you make a difference."

The work is backbreaking at times, said Fralix, but also heartwarming.

"You know why you're there, and that gives you energy,"Fralix said.

The Cornersville Baptist Church members have agreed to share their photographs and memories with Tribune readers upon their return to Marshall County.