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Before school students at Trewyn.

South Side Mission offers a before school prayer ministry in five Peoria area public schools each week during the school year!

This voluntary “club” opens up a rich time of prayer to students, staff and faculty; helping the attendees to start their day in a quiet place.  We pray and praise, eat and visit, bringing hope and Truth to each person present.

Please be in prayer support of this vital ministry!  We have more schools in our area that deeply need the intervention of warriors who are willing to fight on their knees!

Would you like to be a part of this precious ministry?  Click here!


Bessie Rush – Pastor Bessie Rush and her late husband (Rev. Tonny)  celebrated 43 years of marriage. They have 3 three children and 7 seven  grandchildren and two great- grandchildren. Bessie worked for Counseling & Family Services (now known as Family Core)for over ten  years. Bessie has worked with struggling families in many different capacities throughout her years in Peoria.

In 2005 she received the Governor’s Award for the Casey Foundation’s  Family To Family Initiative in collaborating with the community to reduce the numbers of children going into foster care in  Peoria County. As a Community Liaison for the Family –To- Family, she has worked with families in crisis involved with the child welfare system. Bessie also served as the Site Coordinator for one of the United States Justice Department’s National Weed & Seed program in Peoria, which was also nominated for a national award.  She was also was an  Christian air radio personality for eleven (11) years called “Ebony Gospel.” Bessie is a much sought after motivational speaker in the Christian community.