Faith In The Trenches

John M. Perkins

The theme of this year’s Christian Community Health Fellowship conference is “faith in the trenches.”  And no one has more experience in maintaining faith in adversity than civil rights activist, John M. Perkins.  In 1960 Perkins and his wife, Vera Mae, founded Voice of Calvary Ministries. They started a church, health center, leadership development program, thrift store, low-income housing development, and training center in New Hebron, Mississippi.  In 1978 he helped start the CCHF as a place where people of faith who wanted to “live out the gospel through healthcare among the poor” could connect with others like them.  On Thursday Perkins shared his memories of Christian activism with Recollective producer Jeremy Helton before leading the first plenary session of the conference entitled “For Those Who Would Be the Future of a Movement” in which he addressed the next generation of caregivers.

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