Small Ministries Huge Impact

January 2011 - Cover Story
by Deena C. Bouknight

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January 2011 - Cover Story

In the hymn “Jesus Bids Us Shine,” lyricist Susan B. Warner writes:

Jesus bids us shine with a pure, clear light,
Like a little candle burning in the night.
In this world of darkness so let us shine –
You in your small corner, and I in mine.

There are great national and global ministries that reach the masses and garner much attention. And then there is the “little candle.” The smaller ministry may reach only a handful of lost sheep, but they are sheep who find their shepherd because of the efforts of those who love Him.

There are many “small corner” ministries in Columbia. One of those is HIS (Helping International Students) International. Founded in 1991 by Pete and Pat Cannon, HIS International grew from their desire for outreach. The ministry shares the message of Christ with USC students from about 88 countries. They come to the HIS headquarters at 1711 Pendleton Street for meals and fellowship, says Diane Mull, who, with husband Andy, has been involved with the ministry since 1995. Although it was founded in Columbia, there are now HIS International ministries at Virginia Tech and the University of North Carolina-Charlotte.

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