Dotted throughout the Midwest are old Methodist Church buildings. Should you travel through the many small country villages, more often than not, you will see a simple white building close to the main intersection of the town. The presence of these buildings is a testimony to the work of the Methodist itinerant preachers during the early days of our country.
Because there were so few people in the country, it was difficult for the people to support a pastor. So, itinerant preachers would ride their circuits on horseback. They would stay a few days and preach the gospel in one town. Then, they would continue on to the next village, preaching the same messages. Eventually, they would make their way back again.
Over the years, the few pockets of believers in these villages would often come together, pool their resources, and build their own buildings as resources would allow (often taking years). So, when you see these buildings, think of the men on horseback, who endured great hardship to bring the good news of Jesus Christ to those in the country.
How lovely on the mountains
Are the feet of him who brings good news,
Who announces peace
And brings good news of happiness,
Who announces salvation,
And says to Zion, “Your God reigns!” (Isaiah 52:7)