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FBC Sulligent RAs cook burgers to raise money for tsunami reliefcomment (0)

May 12, 2005

By Sondra Washington

Alabama Baptists realized the desperate needs facing survivors of the tragic tsunamis last year, and many responded by sending money and donations. Some even traveled overseas to administer first-hand care.
Concerned for the countless children left homeless and orphaned by the disaster, a Royal Ambassadors (RA) group from First Baptist Church, Sulligent, held a fund-raiser to live out their weekly pledge and “carry the message of Christ around the world.”
While planning yearly activities for the 10 first through sixth grade boys, leaders looked for ways to help them understand the RA pledge. “We were reciting it every week before class, but we wondered if the boys really understood what they were saying,” director Lee Mosley said. “We took each line and asked the boys what they thought it meant and to give us some examples. Then we discussed it with them.”
Looking for ways to put feet to their faith, group leaders found an article in The Alabama Baptist about Southern Baptist disaster relief efforts. 
They read the article to the group and asked them to pray about how they could help. “It was great to hear these young men expressing their faith in prayer,” Mosley said. “Then there was a sense that they wanted to do more, that they wanted to be personally involved.”
After some discussion, the group organized a hamburger cookout and donated more than $900 to the Alabama Baptist State Board of Missions international disaster relief fund.
“We are proud of them,” said brotherhood director Barry Carruth. “We felt like they got the message … that even though they are in a small town, they can still make a difference in the world. I hope that they can see they are not limited to their local community.”
Pastor John Nicholson was happy to see the church and community come together to support the group’s efforts. 
“I was very grateful for Barry and the men that work with our Royal Ambassadors (for) really helping our whole church to respond in a very practical way to a need that we were all concerned about,” he said. “By the boys taking this project on, it gave our church the opportunity to be involved directly in tsunami relief.”
Carruth believes the boys were also deeply affected by this experience. “We are seeing that even now, when we do our prayer requests, that they still request prayer for the victims,” he said. “It’s still there on their minds.”
Mosley added, “We are glad the boys had this hands-on opportunity to have an impact on the ‘uttermost part of the earth’ as we are directed to do in Acts 1:8: ‘But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.’”

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