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Lookout Mtn. plans outreach at World’s Longest Yardsalecomment (0)

August 4, 2011

The World’s Longest Yardsale will stretch 675 miles from Gadsden to Hudson, Mich., Aug. 4–7.

And what about temperatures this year? They’re expected to be in the 90s. That’s why Lookout Mountain Baptist Association will once again be doing its Water of Life Outreach, handing out a cool drink in Christ’s name, along with a gospel tract. It also provides the avid yard salegoers with contact information for local churches.

Volunteers from all 16 Lookout Mountain Association churches and other churches — like Second Boaz Baptist Church in Marshall Baptist Association — set up two tents along the yard sale path with signs that read, “Free Ice Water.” They serve either half-day or whole-day shifts and have opportunities to share their testimony and the gospel.

Director of Missions Lloyd Borden said that is the goal of the outreach, which was created six years ago. “[The association] learned from previous years to not let the water be the main point of why we are talking to people. We move as quickly as possible to the main key: the gospel,” Borden said.

In order to achieve that goal, the logistics must be handled first. That’s where George Cagle comes in. Cagle, a member of New Bethel Baptist Church, Collinsville, has served as coordinator all six years. He assists with the tent setup, coolers and ice supply, water bottle supply and volunteer sign-up.

“It’s a blessing to see new volunteers and see them take a hold and do new things they’ve never done before and have an opportunity to tell about Christ,” Cagle said.

He keeps serving year after year because it allows him the opportunity to share his faith and be a good example for Baptists, he said. But that doesn’t mean it’s an easy job.

“If I didn’t enjoy it, I wouldn’t do it. It’s work,” Cagle said with a laugh.

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