For a number of years in the 1950s, Burr Oak families went to Rehoboth Mennonite Church near St. Anne, Illinois to help them with building projects. After one of these building projects produced a community hall the Rehoboth congregation decided to name this building the “Rensselaer Hall”. They were so grateful for all the help from the Burr Oak congregation which was near the town of Rensselaer.
Today the legacy of these early mission-minded Burr Oak families continues to infuse the mission emphasis of our church. Burr Oak people have reached out through mission projects or mission trips to Russia, Ukraine, India, China, Mexico, Haiti, Paraguay, Jamaica, Vietnam, Granada, Nicaragua and in the southwest region of the United States.
At the local level Burr Oak has helped many families in need in a variety of ways. And each summer the Youth Pastor organizes the Youth to participate in TMJC, Teen Mission Jasper County. It’s another way to pass on the torch of reaching out to others, giving of yourselves, being mission-minded.