Miss. River Ministry seeks to impact lives
Savannah Cyree
August 23, 2011

Miss. River Ministry seeks to impact lives

Miss. River Ministry seeks to impact lives
Savannah Cyree
August 23, 2011

In January, Mississippi River Ministry (MRM) announced their

newest regional coordinators, George and Cathy Chinn. For the past several

months, the two have traveled and established relationships within the

ministry’s eight state region. MRM serves to impact lostness by ministering to

those in poverty and connecting them with churches.

“There is a great need out there,” said George Chinn. “We

find that there is not only a large percent of lostness in poverty, but a lot

of lostness in general.”

The Chinns say only God alone could qualify them for such a

task. With a heart for missions and having collectively been involved in more

than 30 international missions trips and countless domestic efforts, they

believe their commitment to missions and sincerity comes through. The couple

has spent the last several months using that sincerity while familiarizing

themselves with the regions MRM serves, which spans from Iowa to Louisiana.

George and Cathy Chinn are the newest regional coordinators for Mississippi River Ministry.

“If there is one thing we’ve learned,” Cathy Chinn said,

“there are a lot of really committed people out there.”

George Chinn tells of a church which planted a seven-acre

garden that distributes food to local ministries. Currently, half of the garden

is open to the general public to work so that those affected by poverty have a

source for fresh food. The garden has provided nourishment to a community along

with celebrations of marriages and salvations.

During their travels, the couple also learned of a local

farmer in one region who refurbishes bicycles to give away to children so they

may have one growing up. “It’s just pretty amazing how God works through some

of these people,” Cathy Chinn shared.

As coordinators for MRM, the Chinns hope to get church and

associations more involved. Many living within the 196 counties served by MRM

suffer from inadequate health care. The area has the highest infant mortality

rate in the United States and the lowest ratio of doctors and nurses per 1,000 of

the population.

Founded more than 20 years ago, MRM is a Southern Baptist

ministry in partnership with the region’s eight Baptist state conventions, the

North American Mission Board, and national WMU. The ministry focuses on

responding to the physical and spiritual needs of those impacted by poverty

along the Mississippi River. MRM seeks to evangelize, strengthen existing

churches and start new churches.

The Chinns will continue their travels as they encourage those

in MRM’s region. They hope to see a greater number of volunteers in the region

and to have opportunities to share the stories, needs, and callings of

missionaries with churches and associations to help them be more


George and Cathy Chinn welcome invitations from any church

or state convention to share about MRM.


George Chinn

(270) 256-1451

[email protected]


Cathy Chinn

(270) 298-7570

[email protected]


(EDITOR’S NOTE – Savannah Cyree, a senior at Samford

University in Birmingham, Ala., is working this summer as an intern at national

WMU. She will graduate in the spring with a degree in English.)