Cups of hope

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AMARILLO – At a recent fair, Texas Baptists handed out cold water as well as living water.

Volunteers working with the Cup of Cold Water Ministry of the Amarillo Area Baptist Association served up roughly 7,300 cups of water and 325 Texas Hope 2010 multimedia gospel compact discs as well as other evangelistic materials during the Tri-State Fair in late September.

The CDs are one of the primary tools of Texas Hope 2010, an initiative of Texas Baptists to share the gospel with every Texan by Easter 2010. The CDs contain audio and video testimonies, gospel presentations and links to download the New Testament in more than 300 languages. Texas Baptists are seeking to place Scripture in each of Texas’ 8.8 million homes.

Terri Powell, director of the ministry, said the CDs were distributed by members of First Baptist Church in Vega and seemed to be well received. People appeared to be reading the CD covers and looked interested in finding out more about the CD.

“A lot of those went home with people who came to the fair and don’t go to church anywhere,” she said. “I thought it was a great opportunity.”

The distribution of water opens up avenues for people to share their faith, Powell said. It easily allows Christians to interact with people who have yet to accept Christ as Lord.

“Most of the work we do is sowing the seed and watering,” she said. “We do have people who come by every year and say ‘Thank you for being here.’”

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