BALLINGER – The Lake Ivie Baptist Association purchased 10,000 multimedia gospel compact discs to help area churches move forward with Texas Hope 2010 in the seven-county area. The churches then can purchase CDs from the association to use in individual city and county outreach efforts.
The CD, which is on evangelism tool promoted by the Texas Hope 2010 campaign that is focused on helping Texas Baptists share the gospel with every Texan by Easter 2010, includes gospel presentations and a link to download the New Testament in more than 300 languages. Texas Baptists are attempting to place Scripture into all 8.8 million homes in Texas through this endeavor.
“In our association, there are 17,139 households within seven counties,” said Barry Taylor, director of missions for the Lake Ivie Baptist Association. “We have been going county-to-county having meetings with our pastors. We voted to at least have an initial purchase of 10,000 CDs to make available to the churches in our association.”
Taylor already delivered CDs to seven churches that have purchased CDs from the association. These churches are First Baptist Church of Brady, First Baptist church of Rochelle, Mercury Baptist Church in Mercury, First Baptist Church of Santa Anna, First Baptist Church of Mason and First Baptist Church of Menard. These churches and the association sit within Coke, Coleman, Concho, Mason, McCullough, Menard and Waddles counties.
First Baptist Church in Ballinger as well as others in the area are in the process of purchasing CDs to use in outreach ministry taking place later this year.
Gregg Fletcher, pastor of First Baptist Church in Brady, distributed CDs to some of his church members last week, telling the congregation to share them with their friends and neighbors.
“We hope people will respond whether it is a salvation or it is just getting into contact with them,” Fletcher said.
The church is assembling packets that include the CD, a New Testament, a tract and information on their church. In September, the church hopes to launch a door-to-door endeavor so that all the people in their county will receive a visit.
“There are a lot of churches working together to make sure that our county is covered with the gospel,” Fletcher said. “It’s a joint effort. We had a countywide meeting Aug. 10 and had great feedback. It was great to hear that they were excited.”
Bobby Broyles, pastor of First Baptist Church in Ballinger and second vice president of the Baptist General Convention of Texas, said his church voted to purchase 1,000 CDs to use in their Texas Hope 2010 efforts. First Baptist is partnering with Hopewell Baptist Church and Seventh Street Baptist Church, both in Ballinger, to deliver a CD to every home in their area. The three churches are discussing the best method of delivery at this time, but will begin distribution in coming months.
“We’re hoping we’ll get prospects for church and have evangelism opportunities,” Broyles said. “As we deliver, we’ll ask if they have prayer needs to find ministry opportunities in the area. Then we can help with that.”
Although these churches are hoping to complete their CD distributions by Easter Sunday 2010, Fletcher feels that the delivery should not be rushed.
“It’s important that we have a well-planned, meticulous effort so we have a positive influence for Christ,” he said. “It’s important that we have clear communication of the gospel.
“If we get into this and realize that we can’t get to every home by Easter Sunday, we will make this Texas Hope 2011 or Texas Hope 2012. We will continue on until we finish the task. I just keep telling the church that it is important that we do a good job and properly represent Christ as we go door-to-door and deliver these CDs.”
For more information about Texas Hope 2010 or to order CDs, visit www.texashope2010.com.