Published April 21, 2011
RINCON — Calling the event “Love Out Loud,” First Baptist Church of Rincon sent more than 350 volunteers into the community on Sunday, Feb. 20, to perform 16 service projects to show the love of Christ in practical ways. Whenever possible, they gave away New Testaments, Gospel tracts, and a personal witnesses. More than 1,124 lives were touched.
Volunteers washed and detailed 41 cars and one Rincon fire engine on the church grounds, refusing to accept donations. Vehicle safety checks were done for 11 cars and trucks. When people asked if they could give money, volunteers explained that it was like God’s grace: “It’s free. We receive God’s grace as a gift.”
Other ministry projected included, said Pastor Bob Rogers …
• Goody bags were made and delivered to 120 staff at Lakeview Retirement home and Effingham Nursing Home in Springfield. Members visited 31 people who are homebound and nursing home residents. Another group visited with 17 people at the retirement home.
• Groups did repairs and painting for a widow, a single mother, and for the Pregnancy Care Center. A group repaired and painted rooms at the Treutlen House home for boys in the Ebenezer Community, and another group did repair and yard care at seven homes and three vacant lots.
• A party was given for seven special needs children at the church’s new children’s building.
• About 390 handmade cards were prepared to send to the military and homebound. Another group wrote letters and poems and children drew pictures for 135 deployed military and for prisoners.
• Nearly 110 free box lunches were distributed all over Rincon, offering free food at gas stations, parking lots, and wherever they met people. One grateful man immediately stopped what he was doing to sit down and eat.
• Prayer requests were solicited by a group who drove around the community. This group prayed with more than 100 people in spontaneous encounters and gave away many Bibles.
• Volunteers went to laundromats in Rincon and Springfield and offered to put money in the machines, paying for laundry and offering Bibles in English and Spanish. Maribel Cortes, who participated in the laundromat project, met a fellow Hispanic who said that in the 17 years he had lived in America, nobody had offered him a Bible until that day.
• About 176 English and Spanish Bibles were given away. A team of volunteers met a man on the sidewalk who asked for a Bible in Spanish and when he received it immediately began to read it as he walked away.
Many members echoed the sentiments of member Marilyn Sulak, who said, “I’m so blessed that God allowed me to be a part of this.”
This was the second year for the church’s “Love Out Loud” day of ministry. To see a music video of the day’s activities, go to the church website at www.fbcrincon.com and click on the slide that says, “Check Out the Love Out Loud Video.”
For more information, contact First Baptist Church of Rincon at (912) 826-5536, Hispanic pastor Francisco Rodriguez at (912) 313-7333, or on the Web at www.fbcrincon.com.
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