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Alabama’s Liberty Baptist, Painter, highlighted in NAMB reportcomment (0)

June 24, 2010

By Jennifer Davis Rash


When Roger White, pastor of Liberty Baptist Church, Painter, used a 5-year-old and 9-year-old to demonstrate how to prepare and hand out the evangelistic material he had ready for Easter, many church members said, “I can do that!”

And for some of those members, it was the first time they had ever been involved in a visitation program.

“We were able to find a lot of places for people to work,” White said, noting more than a third of the 100-plus active members took information to more than 1,000 homes. “We found our people are willing to work if we just show them a place and show them how.”

But Liberty Baptist wasn’t alone. Thousands of Southern Baptists across the nation were preparing the same packets and anticipating the new believers to come.

The effort — God’s Plan for Sharing (GPS) — was highlighted June 16 during the North American Mission Board report to the Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting in Orlando, Fla. Alabama’s participation in GPS (Across Alabama) was also highlighted, and White was part of the NAMB presentation.

Also present in Orlando telling the story of what GPS has done in a small town in the South were Jerry and Barbara McGowan.

The McGowans’ grandson Robbie is a member of Liberty Baptist and asked White to share Christ with them. They accepted.

“I felt something just washed through me,” Barbara McGowan said. “It was a wonderful feeling to know Jesus was going with me.”

Jerry McGowan said, “I’ve been wanting to be a Christian for years. … My grandson and daughter both encouraged me to go to church. When I did, I met Brother White. … Brother White made the difference. … When I stepped into Liberty Baptist Church, I knew it was where I wanted to be saved and baptized.”

And when Jerry McGowan was baptized so was Barbara McGowan, Robbie (who renewed his relationship with Christ through this experience) and Robbie’s mother, Rhonda.

“So many people assume their neighbors, parents, brothers or sisters are saved,” White said. “But we can’t assume anything.

“If we just reach one, we’ve accomplished what GPS was designed for, which is to reach the lost with the gospel of Jesus Christ.”

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