ARAB, Ala. (BP) – The small town of Arab, Ala. has no connection to the 22 nations of the Arab League, other than the missionary interests of the pastor of Gilliam Springs Baptist Church located there.
Pastor Jamey Pruett and his wife Ashleigh served one tour as missionaries to the Middle East through the International Mission Board before moving to Arab three years ago.
"I have a sensitivity to the Middle East," Pruett said. "I learned [while serving there] that Arabs in general are beautiful people and they have as much right to hear the Gospel as anyone, and I learned Jesus died for Muslims as well."
Pruett is focused on bringing people to Christ wherever they may be found, and the Cooperative Program allows him to extend the reach of the church beyond its northern Alabama hometown of about 8,000 people. The church gives 10 percent of its undesignated receipts to the CP.