Barry Chesney, minister for local missions at Idlewild Baptist Church in Lutz, shared some stories of Gospel impact with me recently as we talked about Idlewild’s One Day churchwide local missions initiative.
Twice a year, members participate in projects to serve the community and spread the Gospel message through acts of service.
Barry told me about a project Idlewild did last year where a team washed school buses and left gift bags for the drivers. One driver was so touched by the gesture that she looked up the church online, discovered it has a recreation ministry and signed up her son.
“We always share the Gospel during practice or games so her son will hear the Gospel because we washed a school bus,” Barry said.
We’ll have more information on the strategies Florida Baptists use to get their people involved in missions in our March print edition.
Nicole Kalil is the Jacksonville-based reporter for the Florida Baptist Witness, the official news source of the Florida Baptist State Convention.