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Lookout Mountain churches reach out, open doors for community evangelismcomment (0)

December 18, 2008

While most Saturdays in the middle of fall are sanctioned for lazy days and football games, members of Lookout Mountain Baptist Association churches had other plans Oct. 18.

It was Outreach Saturday, a day for churches in the rural, unincorporated towns in the Lookout Mountain, Little River Canyon and Blue Pond Valley areas to embrace door-to-door evangelism efforts for the sake of souls.

Established two years ago for the purpose of community evangelism and congregational encouragement, Outreach Saturday has become an annual event, held the third Saturday of October, showing that even the smallest of churches can make a difference in their communities.

“It’s been a very good thing for us to do, and we know definitely that there’s been some permanent results from this across the association,” said Lloyd Borden, director of missions for Lookout Mountain Association, adding some churches have seen an immediate surge of people coming in because of the event.

Of the association’s 16 churches, about 10 participated in Outreach Saturday this year, contacting nearly 150 homes with the gospel, Borden said.

Six people on three teams from Yellow Creek Baptist Church, Leesburg, which normally runs about 80 in Sunday morning worship, made contact with 98 residents within its community.

“Even though we didn’t see anyone saved that day, we did present the gospel about 30 times,” Chad Brown, Yellow Creek Baptist’s pastor, said.

Brown called it a great event in which churches could participate.

“It actually fulfills the commands from Scripture about evangelizing and going to the ends of the earth to reach out and to do what the Lord did and tell people about Him and share His love to a lost and dying world.”

But for Yellow Creek members, the day developed into more than just conversations.

“We helped one family with some home improvement,” Brown said, adding “anything for the furtherance of the gospel.” (TAB)

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