TAKING INSPIRATION from the event’s namesake Scripture passage, Arkansas Baptists came out in force Sept. 12 for an Acts 1:8 One Day Mission Trip held throughout the Red River Baptist Association – recording 80 salvations.
More than 1,500 people attended the event, which took place in parks, nursing homes, churches, schools, neighborhoods and businesses in and around Arkadelphia, Hope, Prescott, Bismarck and Gurdon.
Activities and outreaches included block parties complete with bounce houses, face painting, crafts, games, hamburgers and hot dogs, cotton candy and snow cones; medical and dental clinics in which 185 patients were served; nursing home ministry, and prison ministry.
In all, 80 people accepted Christ during the area-wide outreach, including 18 inmates at two local jails and two nursing home residents. In addition, 17 people rededicated their lives during the event.
Jennifer Bryant, a member First Baptist Church, Fordyce, along with her husband, Keith, and three children, made the Acts 1:8 One Day event their family’s first mission trip together.
“We had a great weekend showing God’s unconditional love to others,” she said. “We came home to celebrate with our church family over answered prayers inside the church. We finished with the Lord’s Supper – a great way to finish a mission day! If we obey God and do what He has called us to do, His blessing are without limits. Acts 1:8 mission day is a blessing for Keith and I.”
According to Breck Freeman, Arkansas Baptist State Convention community missions strategist and missions team member, there were multiple instances in which God moved in the lives of the men and women involved in the event.
Freeman said a 28-year-old man, who was a Jehovah’s Witness, was saved and told volunteers that he wanted to have a “real relationship with Christ”; one little girl got down on her knees in the street to pray to accept Christ, and a senior adult woman who accepted Christ said she had been sitting and waiting for someone to share Jesus with her.
“The Acts 1:8 One Day Missions Trip was a great success in the Red River (Baptist) Association. We rejoice in the over 1,500 missionaries who came and the 80 people that received Christ as personal Savior in those communities,” said Freeman, adding:
“We now are looking forward to the Acts 1:8 One Day Mission Trip in Greene County (Baptist Association) on Oct. 3. May God continue His mighty work across our state.”