In 1988 the work of Rural Mission Solutions began as an offshoot from another organisation specialising in rural evangelism. Monica Cook, who co-founded the work was responsible for the children and families aspects of the ministry. He was aen extraordinary and gifted visionary and peioneer.
She believed passionately that children needed to hear the gospel and be encouraged to become disciples of Jesus. She believed that Christian children were part of the Church of today and that they should be encouraged to grow in the faith and relationship with Jesus. She believed that they ought to seek the same enablement of the Holy Spirit that adult Christians need. She demonstrated through her ministry that God uses children and adults, gifting and calling them to specific ministries within the Body of Christ.
We value and respect the role of children in society and in our churches. We note the value that Jesus placed on chldren and commit ourselves to help children discover a meaningful relationship with Jesus by sharing the gospel in an appropriate and unpressured way. Christian children are so much more than the church of tomorrow. We believe in helping children grow in faith and discover all the joys of discipleship.
Following Monica's sudden demise in 2015, the trustees determined to use funds held for her ministry, together with income from her supporters to continue the work she began. However these are slender resources and an initial programme started in 2016 failed in 2015.
The failure was partly due to a large vision producing a challenging task where time resources were extremely limited. This produced somee management problems. Undiscouraged we continue to seek to fulfil this vision for today and tomorrow.
The Way Ahead
We estimate that there are two million children living in Uk villages, scattered housing and small market towns (maximum population 5,000). Most of the approximately 5,000 churches in these rural areas do not have an effective and appropriate programme for sharing the gospel with children and developing discipleship.
We wish to help as many rural churches as possible to develop and maintain appropriate programmes. As part of fulfilling such a vision, there is a need for such programmes to be modelled and for the principles and best practise to be taught. We have online resources for teaching and training and already have some publications.
Ideally we seek to do this through partnerships either with existing denominational human resources or possibly through a partnership with other organisations with a similar vision. We welcome contact from any individual, church, groups of churches, or organisation that would like to explore this further.