Published June 21, 2007
SAN ANTONIO — Georgia Baptists joined 1,000 other volunteers from around the nation for a weeklong Crossover emphasis prior to the annual Southern Baptist Convention meeting in mid-June. The evangelistic event culminated in a massive two-day soul-winning extravaganza on June 9-10.
Volunteers ministered in 20 block parties in stifling 90-degree weather, distributing thousands of free water bottles along with healthy doses of food, tracts, and a gospel invitation.
Roland Lopez, Hispanic church planter coordinator for the San Antonio Baptist Association, said the over-arching goal was to win souls to Christ, rekindle the fire of evangelism in the lives of local believers, and start at least 25 churches.
Nearly 1,000 guests attended the largest Crossover event on June 9, the Festival de Alabanza (Festival of Praise) in Guadalupe Plaza west of downtown San Antonio.
Charles Price, director of missions for the association, said about 600 professions of faith had been recorded in the week leading up to the massive block party roll-out. Up to 40 churches were involved in the June 9 event.
While Crossover was directed to all unchurched groups, it did have a decidedly Hispanic flavor to attract the 65% of the city’s population which is of Hispanic descent, Price added.
Ray Jenkins of Fayetteville, who served as parliamentarian of the Conference of Southern Baptist Evangelists last year, ministered at two of the block parties and praised Crossover as a way of energizing people to share their faith.
Jenkins, a member of First Baptist Church of Jonesboro, has attended every Crossover but one since it was launched at the SBC meeting in Las Vegas in 1989. More than 38,000 people have prayed to receive Christ as a result of the annual evangelistic campaign.
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