Evangelism kindled among Piney Woods
FORT WORTH, Texas (SWBTS) – Southwestern students faithfully preached and visited door-to-door in support of local churches in the East Texas Piney Woods, Oct. 22-25. Through their efforts, churches connected with their neighbors and welcomed new believers into their congregations.
“It’s amazing to experience how the Lord pieces events together like a puzzle,” says David Barker, whom God led to the home of a new Christian who was looking for a church. Barker’s wife, Danielle, served alongside him and gave her testimony during a Sunday morning service. “The Lord reminded us of why we are here at seminary, and how a lot of people at church are desperately needing discipleship,” Danielle said.
Six people received Christ during the course of the weekend and were left in the care of local churches of the Rusk-Panola and the Shelby-Doches Baptist associations.
During Saturday’s visitations, Southwestern Ph.D. student Madison Grace met a woman as she was in the process of leaving her home. Undeterred, Grace shared anyway. “She told us it was an appointment of God for us to be there that day,” he said. The woman expressed interest in visiting the new church plant, Heritage Parks Baptist Church, which Grace was supporting.
Buck Zion had a similar experience of God’s leadership. Though initially hesitant, he took a poorly maintained country road to visit a secluded home on his list, and the couple who lived there excitedly received his invitation to visit the church plant, feeling like God had sent him to them.
Plans are in the works to do similar evangelistic emphases throughout different parts of Texas, says David Mills, evangelism professor and one of the coordinators for the event.