Published November 19, 2009
WOODSTOCK — Sammy Simmons, pastor of Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church in Ringgold, had decided not to attend the GBC annual meeting. Then he heard about the LoveLoud ministry emphasis.
“I was going to blow off the convention until I heard about LoveLoud. Instead of passing resolutions on what we’re against, I saw that we were going to do something [positive]. So, I came on down,” said Simmons, 32.
He worked alongside some of his church members as well as other Georgia Baptists painting cabins at a Canton YMCA camp.
Despite a steady, heavy rain – five inches fell throughout the day – 969 volunteers worked at dozens of ministry sites. While many of the volunteers were messengers from the annual meeting, others came for the ministry, including students from Truett-McConnell College, Shorter College, and the University of Georgia Baptist Campus Ministry.
Several projects were cancelled at the last minute because of torrential rain from the remnants of Hurricane Ida, while others moved indoors or went on as planned.
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Volunteers worked in eight ministry areas – visiting at assisted living homes; cooking and serving meals at fire stations; distributing boxes of food to needy families; providing free haircuts; working at homes doing cleanup, repair, or light construction; landscaping and cleanup projects in public areas; prayer walking; and car cleanup. The original plan was to provide free car washes, but those projects were cancelled due to rain. However, some volunteers were able to clean the inside of cars during the afternoon.
The afternoon of ministry was the brainchild of GBC president Bucky Kennedy.
“Georgia Baptists have always been about missions. It made sense for us to be on mission. There was a sense of anticipation that drove everybody today. There was an excitement,” he said.
“It was awesome. Even in a downpour, nearly 1,000 soggy saints did phenomenal ministry and nearly two dozen people were saved. It was a great day.”
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