Rex Campbell and I had the wonderful opportunity to spend part of the afternoon yesterday with First Baptist Church in Garland, who participated in the Texas Hope 2010 Commitment Day. Ed Jackson, a BGCT Executive Board member and member of FBC Garland, introduced himself to me and told me something that’s important about Texas Hope 2010 — in order for it to work, we need to put feet to pavement and engage our neighbors with the gospel.
First Baptist Church in Garland did just that Sunday, distributing Scripture and information about the church to 408 homes around the church. Volunteers split into teams of 2-3 people and divided the area into easy-to-handle sections, asking the groups to pray as they went. A few families took on a section by themselves.
I know a lot of people believe folks won’t open their doors when strangers knock on them, but they did yesterday. No, not all of them, but plenty of them. Relationships were started, ministry opportunities were ascertained. Most importantly, the hope of Christ was shared.