By Lee Kemp
This past weekend 1,800 people came to partner with many local churches in Fort Smith for the Acts 1:8 One Day Mission Trip. We saw 67 people pray to receive Christ on Saturday! I wanted to take a moment and just share four quick highlights of what I saw God do in the hearts of those from Fort Smith who served that day.
1. Realized the need to minister outside the walls of a church
One of things I heard at a luncheon with Fort Smith pastors after the event was that “we have people ready and wanting to continue serving our city like we did this past weekend.” Most pastors have a desire to serve outside of the church, but when people tell their pastors that they want to do more for their city, that is on another level!
2. Reminded to serve alongside each other as the body of Christ
The church culture in Fort Smith is sadly one of a “competitive nature.” It is rare that churches come together to serve as co-laborers in the Gospel. Last weekend, we saw many churches work alongside each other and have a great time doing it, too. Hopefully God will continue to work in our hearts to focus on impacting lost-ness in our city!
3. Challenged to share the Gospel for the first time in their locale
I heard one pastor share about how a lady in his church was so excited because she shared the Gospel for the first time. It is always exciting when we see someone overcome their fear of sharing how Christ has impacted their life!
4. Accepted Christ as Savior
We had two ladies visit Forefront Church this past week because they came to the block party at Stephen’s Boys and Girls Club. The coolest part was that one of them prayed to receive Christ Sunday morning! I am praying more and more stories will trickle-in the next few weeks about how people are going to church for the first time and finding hope in Christ. (I know we have several families coming to visit Forefront this coming Sunday!)
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Please be in prayer for the churches in the Fort Smith area as they continue to follow-up and connect with the 1,200 families who have expressed interest in a local church. Even more, be in prayer for the 67 people (and growing) who are coming to know Christ, and that they will get connected with and be disciple by a local church.