Allendale’s history consists of a booming tourist industry in the 1960s. Prior to the construction of Interstate 95, Allendale was the midpoint for vacationers making the journey from the Northern United States toward Florida along US 301- the only route available for the travelers. Due to this traffic flow, the tourist industry was the main economic support for the small town. However, after construction of Interstate 95, the traffic was routed away from Allendale, leaving the town with only agricultural means of financial support, such as producing cotton, soybeans, watermelon and cantaloupe.
Today, Allendale County is one of the poorest counties in South Carolina. It is characterized by:
Simply put, the goal of Grace Church’s work in Allendale is to equip and empower the local churches. We believe that communities are best transformed through the gospel-centered work of its own local churches. We are working to support the local churches, Fairfax First Baptist Church and Nazarene Baptist Church, because they are pursuing a sustainable vision for their county. The leaders of these churches have the vision to invest in the youth of the area to create a self-sustaining community. To do this, they are focusing on opportunities for children to know Christ, know Scripture, and become leaders in their areas of influence through community events and a summer camp program.
Camp Staff Experience – The partnership with the local churches provides Grace Church interns an opportunity to participate in domestic missions. Summer staffers have the opportunity to work with church partners to organize and coordinate summer camp, while also attending missions-based training and equipping classes to assist in processing the “missions experience.”
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