Martin Jacks, Missions Director for the Webster County Baptist Association said each Baptist church in the county was asked to find a home of a neighbor that needed some light work done either inside or outside. With their permission, the names would be given to the Association and under the direction of the Missions/Evangelism Team, and work teams would be formed from volunteers from each church. Plans are to work a half day Saturday, April 4 at sites throughout the county.
“To my knowledge, this is the first time anything like this has been done on the association level here,” Jacks said. “The inspiration was to act as ‘the hands and feet of Jesus,’ at least in a small way and to share the gospel and the invitation to worship in our risen Savior this Easter. The mission of the project is two-fold: an active demonstration of Jesus’ love by His disciples to evangelize our county and communities and to strengthen the relationship of churches to churches.”
The teams will be composed of members from different churches. No team will be composed of members of just one church.
Rev. Buddy Pepper of Crossroads Baptist Church in Mantee said as part of the Weekend of Encouragement, the guest speaker, Dr. Jeff Iorg challenged Webster County churches in three stirring messages to be encouragers, to encourage each other in church, and for churches to encourage other churches.
“Small projects such as yard work and spring cleaning chores that are difficult for elders or widows will be given to pastors and volunteers as part of this Mission Work Day,” Pepper said. “The objective is to get churches interacting with other churches to spread the gospel of Christ more effectively. This is an encouragement to the non-churched to see the church at work and hopefully reach out to those in need.”
Volunteers from churches throughout Webster County will meet at the Family Life Center of First Baptist Church of Eupora at 7 a.m. Saturday, April 4 to get job site assignments. Work will be done from 7 a.m. until noon.
Rev. Josh Bingham of Fellowship Baptist Church of Bellefontaine said he is looking forward to the Mission Work Day and being involved in the County-wide Work Projects.
“Our plan for the day of ministry is to bring our churches together as an association to meet the needs of the individuals in our county that need a little extra help,” Bingham said. “Whether it be big or small, so that the love of God can show forth thru us.”
Rev. Wade Stevens of First Baptist Church of Mathiston said it is his hope that this Mission Work Day will be an opportunity to send a special message to Webster County.
“We hope this will be a way to say to the people of Webster County that we love you, Jesus loves you, and we’re here to be the salt and light,” Stevens said. “The Easter season is a time of year when people seem to be most open to the gospel. There is a curiosity about the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. We’re hoping that these small projects will open doors for evangelism as well as encouraging participation in local churches.”
Volunteers will work throughout the morning, then invite the homeowners and their family to an Easter worship service in their neighborhood.
“Easter is a time that reminds us of what Jesus did for us,” said Rev. Travis Gray of First Baptist Church of Eupora. “Through Him, we learn what life is all about. He came to seek and save the lost. He took on the very nature of a servant. On April 4, we have an opportunity to follow His example…this is an opportunity to work together as an association and to care for others. Our goal is to be a blessing to others.”
For more information or to volunteers for the Webster County Baptist Association’s Mission Work Day, call the Webster County Baptist Association office at (662) 258-5611 or a Webster County Baptist Church to volunteer April 4.
See this story in the April 1, 2015 edition of The Webster Progress Times at http://websterprogresstimes.com/2015/04/01/mission-work-day-set-for-saturday/