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Our History

Rice Memorial Mission came into existence as a result of God's wishes and the efforts of the Mission Committee of South Main Street Baptist Church in March of 1965. The first meeting place was the Woodlawn Grange Hall on Grange Road. Several weeks later, an old farmhouse on Chinquapin Road was secured as a more permanent location of worship.

The group spent more than two years looking for property on which to locate a church building. This search climaxed with the present location being secured. The Mother Church for the mission program purchased the property. After three and a half years of meeting in a farmhouse, the people of Rice Mission moved into their building on the Abbeville Highway which was financed by the sale of $160,000 worth of church bonds, an indebtedness for which the group would be responsible. Upon completion of the new building on the Abbeville Highway, the people of Rice Mission moved to occupy a much-needed facility in September 1968.

Rice Mission actually began with twelve people who transferred membership from other Baptist churches to join with eighteen members, which included seven children from the Mother church, for a total of thirty people.

Rice Mission was conceived in the mind of God. It was aided by the work of many unknown hands and personalities and guarded by the providential protection of its Author. It is a living testimony of the mystery and might of God and the power of a people who walk in the will of God. It is evidence of the strength found in faithfulness on the part of God's people. It is the product of vision and sacrifice, tears and heartaches, dark and dreary days. It is the fruition of yearning hearts that wanted to do more than just "warm a pew". It is the culmination of the desire that other people know Christ as their personal Savior and serve Him in a place of opportunity for the Christian.

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