Louisiana Church Embraces Mission to ‘Love the Locals’

The sounds of hammers pounding and electric saws buzzing were music to the ears of Pastor Jason Cole as he surveyed members of the First Baptist Church in Simsboro tirelessly refurbishing a home in their community.

Some installed shingles on a roof while others painted the siding and the porch on a home they have been remodeling for nearly four months. The members are there to renovate the house, he offered, but also to build a Christ-centered relationship with the homeowners through project Mission Simsboro.

“We do this because we want people to see doing missions is not just foreign, national or state,” Cole said. “It’s local and all of the above.

“We want people to be involved in missions as much as possible and have a chance to tell the good news of Jesus with those around us and encourage believers that we run into,” he emphasized to the Baptist Message.

Since 2013, as many as 40 members from among the 90 persons who attend Sunday morning worship services have participated in various acts of kindness every fourth Sunday through Mission Simsboro, Cole said. They have hosted backyard Bible clubs, visited prospects and prayer walked neighborhoods, all of which have resulted in people repenting to turn their lives over to Christ.

“It’s a way for us to put feet to missions, and try to reach our community as we’re reaching our state, nation, and world,” Cole emphasized. “This is more of letting people hear the Gospel, see the Gospel and give us a chance to live out the Gospel.”

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Source: Baptist Press