Mississippi River Ministry - Christmas Backpacks
The Mississippi River Ministry is a Southern Baptist ministry that focuses on helping feed and clothe children and families throughout the region. This ministry is a partnership of the area's eight state conventions, which include Arkansas, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Missouri, Mississippi, and Tennessee. It provides ministries, evangelism, and strives to start new churches in 220 counties and parishes of the MRM region (third world country along the Mississippi River). It also tries to get the community involved and strengthen the existence of new churches.
The MRM strives to fight against poverty. With statistics like: 1 out of 5 people in the Delta Region (Mississippi River) live in poverty; 1 out of 4 children go to bed hungry each night; young mothers struggle to provide the essential needs for their babies; and more than half the people in the area are un-churched.
Thousands of backpacks are provided each year from the eight state convention's WMU organizations and churches for children and teens in need. The backpacks are filled with a variety of items such as: hygiene/toiletry items, toys, clothing, flashlights/batteries, candy, food with pull top lids, Bibles, and a copy of the Christmas story. These backpacks will be the only Christmas many of the children will receive and the only food they will have during the holidays.
The WMU ladies and their churches, from Jackson and Winn parishes have participated in this outreach ministry. The NCBA WMU's have contributed around 200 backpacks which are filled to capacity each year for Christmas distribution.
Bro. Marshall and Janell Ingle of Many, LA, are the Mississippi River Ministry Coordinators. Their contact information is as follows:
Bro. Marshall - ph. (318)-315-0743 or
Mrs. Janell - ph. (318)-315-0744 or