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FBC Tillman’s Corner reaches Nova Scotia families through music campscomment (0)

August 28, 2008

By Greg Heyman

More than 100 members of First Baptist Church, Tillman’s Corner, in Mobile traveled to Halifax, Nova Scotia, June 7–13 to host music camps for children, which provided opportunities to share Christ with a population that largely wants nothing to do with Him.

The missions team, which consisted of people from the Mobile Baptist Association church’s choir, orchestra and drama team, worked with about 80 students, teaching them Christian songs and leading them through a study of Christian character traits.

Bernie Carbo, a former major league right fielder/designated hitter and member of First, Tillman’s Corner, also shared his testimony with the youth.

A concert was held June 12 so that parents could hear the songs their children had learned.

“It was a great week,” said Wes Dykes, associate pastor of praise at First, Tillman’s Corner, who believes the team’s efforts had an impact on the people in the area.

As evidence, he cited the roughly 10 decisions made as a result of the music camps.

Senior Pastor Greg Pouncey said the decision to conduct music camps was made after Living Hope Community Church, Halifax, conducted a survey that revealed music training was something residents wanted for their children.

“We decided to match their need with our strength,” Pouncey said, praising his church’s music program.

In addition to the music camps and performances by the choir, team members were involved in door-to-door witnessing, visiting many people who were dealing with medical, financial or other problems but told the team not to pray for them.

The reactions were disturbing to Pouncey.

“I’ve been to a lot of places around the world, and there’s not any place I’ve ever been to that was quite as resistant to hearing the gospel as they were,” he said. “They were very nice people, but when you mentioned Christ or offered to pray, they backed up and didn’t want anything to do with it.”

The attitude “is one of fear because of ignorance,” explained Ian MacFarlane, pastor of Living Hope, which hosted the team from First, Tillman’s Corner. “In Halifax, it’s very common for people to be born, live and die and never even think about God. God is not part of our culture — He is someone shunned rather than embraced.”

MacFarlane estimated that evangelical Christians represent only 2 percent to 4 percent of Halifax’s population.

Shay Gautreaux, a member of the choir and drama team at First, Tillman’s Corner, hopes her efforts and those of others on the trip encouraged those Christians in Halifax to be bold in reaching others.

“I feel that it helped them learn to shine a light in a dark area and convinced them that they can come together and be free to express their faith,” she said.

MacFarlane said his church has already seen some response to Christ’s love shared by the team from First, Tillman’s Corner, and predicts an upcoming harvest.

“It planted seeds of Christ’s life and love that we believe God will grow and bless in the future,” he said.

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