out with donated CD, recycled buses
a teenager’s guitar have in common with old buses?
They each play a part in the outreach ministries of
the Willmar (Minn.) Assembly of God. Jesse Baker and
Tom Palke are leading the ministries while using their
talents for the Lord.
plays his guitar and sings for church and school variety
shows, plus as a fund-raising tool for Speed the Light,
the A/G student-initiated ministry that provides transportation
and communications equipment to missionaries in more
than 150 countries.
a long time, the Lord has put a burden on my heart toward
missions,” Baker says. “At a rally, I made
a pledge to raise $500 for missions.”
Baker set up his own recording studio and made a compact
disc of the songs he has written. Since then, he has
raised more than $2,000 from sales of the CD for STL.
a Willmar farmer, fixes old buses as his ministry. Up
to 20 men from the Willmar A/G help in overhauling the
vehicles, which are donated by a bus contractor.
church pays for the parts and other materials. Palke,
48, and the weekend mechanics take it from there. Most
of the donated vehicles are school buses, which need
lights removed and a different color of exterior paint.
donates the buses to churches to transport children
and adults to meetings. Other congregations use the
buses to pick up the homeless off streets so they can
sleep in a church facility during the cold Minnesota
is one small part we can have in God’s kingdom,”