By Riley Manning
PONTOTOC – Missionary Skip Bondur has not left the roof of a big yellow school bus to sleep, shower or even use the bathroom since Oct. 18.
Parked at Piggly Wiggly grocery store in Pontotoc, Bondur’s goal during the day is to gain the attention of passersby and prompt them to donate items to the Pontotoc Food Pantry. At night, local church groups gather in the parking lot for quite the unconventional worship service.
“It’s amazing the attention you get when you leave the ground,” Bondur said. “It also gives you a radically different perspective on people. We’re so self-absorbed and constantly distracted, and not focused on much of anything. Hopefully, by being up here, we can hopefully help people focus on this cause.”
Bondur, who started with REVOLT Ministries while in Oklahoma, travels in the bus full time as an evangelist with his wife, Leslie, and their 2-year-old son. He was brought to Pontotoc through fellow missionary Murray Collum, a teacher at Pontotoc Middle School who is also with SonBurned Ministries. Partnering with local businesses and churches, Collum said he hopes the event will raise awareness about the poverty that exists right in their backyard.
“You think about serious poverty in far away places like Ethiopia, but those situations are present right here in Pontotoc,” he said.
Collum and Bondur’s goal is to stock the Pontotoc Food Pantry for the next year. Though the bus is filling up, Bondur said items were still desperately needed, namely flour, shortening, sugar, macaroni and cheese, and peanut butter and jelly.
Services at the bus will start at 6 p.m. and will continue through Friday.