Ministry day at Reidsville ignites First Baptist
    November 3 2009 by Norman Jameson, BR Editor

    Someone to check their teeth.

    Someone to cut their hair.

    Almost more than the food boxes and used clothing available to hundreds of families in Reidsville during a September “Faith, Hope and Love” ministry day by First Baptist Church, people sought dental care and a haircut.

    Reidsville is in Rockingham County where unemployment reached as high as 14 percent, First Baptist conducted the ministry day intentionally on the weekend of Sept. 11, giving hope on the anniversary of the day in American life when so much hope collapsed in dust and broken steel girders.

    Pastor Bill Duke said a deacon initiated the ministry day, after learning about a similar day conducted by Rich Fork Baptist Church in Thomasville. Other deacons immediately responded positively, although “with some fear and trepidation,” said Duke, pastor at Reidsville four-and -a-half years.

    “When they decided to do it, they just trusted the Lord was really in this,” Duke said. “It was a great, great experience, both for the folks who received assistance and for those at church. It has spurred us on to be reminded that when you bless someone else you end up getting blessed yourself.”

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    Many participants at the Faith, Hope and Love ministry days at First Baptist Church, Reidsville, sought a hair cut and dental care.

    Duke said the ministry day prepared people for the revival meeting conducted in mid-October. He was “amazed” at the revival turnout, especially of the elderly.

    Each evening began with “Dinner for a Dollar” at 6 p.m., a time when anyone could get a soup and sandwich dinner for a dollar and have an hour of fellowship around the table before evening services began. The typical crowd of 125 was three or four times the normal Wednesday crowd, Duke said.

     During the ministry day, Duke said people came from all over the county. Most of the 400 boxes of food the church had prepared were received. He said remaining boxes are being delivered to needy families the church learns about.

    Christians from other area churches were involved, and the Salvation Army brought its feeding truck to provide a hot dog snack to everyone.

    Special offerings in the church covered most of the $12,000 cost of the food boxes and holding the event.

    “I didn’t want us going into this thinking it was something we were going to do so we could get something back,” Duke said. “Our people demonstrated that ‘I serve you in the name of Jesus’ and we shared our faith and prayed with people.”

    The following day four families that had been served attended services to thank the church. One family had been homeless for two years and is just moving into a place that the church is going to help them furnish. The church already is planning to participate in the statewide Operation Inasmuch to be held next April 24 and May 1.

    And from the excitement of this project, they are hoping to repeat the event next September and involve 25 to 100 other churches in the county, holding a ministry day simultaneously at sites all over, providing “caring service in the name of Christ.”

    “Can you imagine what it would be like if believers came together to do a day of service in the Kingdom of God?” Duke asked. “God would be honored and people would be touched with the love of Jesus.”

    At the “Faith, Hope and Love” Reidsville event, more than 400 individuals, representing twice that many family members, received food, clothing, school supplies, welcome bags, pet food and diapers. Twenty-nine received dental services, including some prescriptions, 97 received haircuts and 18 cars had their fluid levels checked.

    And a church was ignited.

     “We are seeking new dreams and visions from God,” said Duke. 

    11/3/2009 11:16:00 AM by Norman Jameson, BR Editor | with 0 comments

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