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A few years ago, leaders of Ada (Mich.) CRC wanted to do a special project to teach kids about recycling and get them excited about supporting missions.

Starting with a summer vacation Bible school project, the leaders encouraged kids to collect pop cans and bottles. Since the church already had a mission partnership with Rev. Paul Mpindi, Back to God Ministry International’s French ministry leader, the profits of the recycling project were given to support Mpindi’s Marketplace Ministry in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo.

Then the whole church (and some neighbors) got excited about fundraising through recycling and put a “Paper Gator” bin in the church parking lot for paper recycling. A local recycling company pays the church for the paper collected.

In addition to the pop can and paper recycling projects, the church sponsored a health walk to raise support for the ministry in Africa. So far, the church has raised $7,000 for Mpindi’s ministry. For more information on how to get involved in missions projects, check out

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