Rural Compassion volunteers load trucks with food and supplies to be shipped to rural communities. Rural Compassion volunteers load trucks with food and supplies to be shipped to rural communities.

A heart for rural America

Today, leaders from 25 rural communities around the U.S. met at Convoy of Hope’s World Distribution Center in Springfield, Missouri, to attend community outreach trainings through our Rural Compassion Initiative. Attendees drove upwards of 400 miles to receive training and resources to bring back to their communities. The summer heat didn’t stop these leaders from loading up more than four semi-truck loads of goods to distribute in their towns.

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Richard Ross of Holbrook, Missouri, says his community is very poor and overrun with a methamphetamine epidemic. He says his solution to reaching out to those in need is simple.

“We accept them as they are,” he says bluntly, noting how his involvement with Rural Compassion has greatly influenced his community.

“Becoming involved with Convoy of Hope was a watershed moment for us,” says Ross. “We went from struggling to make ends meet to prospering. It started a chain reaction. When we started taking the ideas that Convoy of Hope had given us…other doors began to open. We began partnering with a food bank and others who helped us reach out to the community.”

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Rural Compassion’s Senior Director and Convoy of Hope Co-Founder, Steve Donaldson says the training sessions are critical in the initiative’s effort to engage with community leaders in impoverished rural towns. Convoy of Hope is committed to help these leaders for years to come.

“We resource leaders and interlink them with each other,” Donaldson says. “We’re bringing people together who are focused on making their communities a better place for children and families to flourish.”

  • Richard Ross of Holbrook, Missouri, says working with Convoy of Hope's Rural Compassion Initiative has opened many doors to help others in his community. Richard Ross of Holbrook, Missouri, says working with Convoy of Hope's Rural Compassion Initiative has opened many doors to help others in his community.
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