Black Maryland Church Saw 50 Come to Christ at Thanksgiving Service

BALTIMORE, Md. (BaptistLIFE) — Christian Liberty Church (CLC) may be the catalyst that God uses to revive West Baltimore. The church had their fifth “O’ Give Thanks” annual Thanksgiving worship service and dinner for their community on Nov. 18 at Frederick Douglas High School. Eighty missionaries helped, 53 people came forward to accept Christ as savior — 23 of those people joined the church — and 14 requested baptisms. Many others came forward for prayer for various needs.

In addition to a catered Thanksgiving meal to the more than 600 people who showed up, the church gave away 430 turkeys, of which 350 had baskets attached filled with Thanksgiving “fixins.” An army of volunteers assembled the food and served guests.

“When we first did this, we gave away about 20 turkeys,” Pastor Wayne Lee says. “Each year it has been doubling and doubling. We had a few left over after the service this year, and my wife, Pasche, Brother Terry Frieson, who is our missions director, myself and about four others went to Gilmore Homes on Pennsylvania Avenue and ‘love bombed’ people with turkeys. It was a glorious time.”

The church had help — much help for the dinner. Mission teams from six churches arrived to pray, evangelize and help prepare for the massive event. Churches that sent teams included Hephzibah Baptist Church Wendell, N.C.; The River Community Church, Fayetteville, N.C.; Center Baptist Church, Wade, N.C.; Bethlehem Baptist Church Knightdale, N.C.; Elizabeth Baptist Church, Roseboro, N.C.; and First Baptist Church of Longwood, Fla.

CLC has been partnering with many churches on the East Coast, helping to build up the body, through evangelism, and with disaster relief. Pastors and church leaders have shared pulpits, helped each other with missions and regularly pray for each other. They’ve built strong relationships. Lee says they’ve become family.

He especially experienced that over the Thanksgiving weekend. “When you have missionaries crying because they don’t want to leave it means more than serving string beans and giving out turkey.”

Lee acknowledged members of the CLC’s “O’ Give Thanks” Committee, who spent many hours in planning meetings, and he thanked the Baptist Convention of Maryland/Delaware, for the partnership and support.

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Source: Baptist Press