STUTTGART – Plan B doesn’t mean second best.
When another church in the state was unable to host CONNECT an annual student missions experience sponsored by the Arkansas Baptist State Convention (ABSC) First Baptist Church Stuttgart stepped up to host and help organize the event.
In all 260 students from 21 churches from across the state participated in CONNECT April 13-15.
Participants completed 38 service projects including providing free laundry services a free car wash a block party a food and diaper drive and landscaping light construction and painting at multiple homes J.B. Bryant Park John Cain Park the Reinsch Sports Complex and the Holman Heritage Community Center.
CONNECT participants also prayer walked and visited shut-ins throughout the city.
“We worked at JB Bryant and John Cain Park painting the playground equipment and fixing a few structures” Brad Morgan First Baptist Church’ Stuttgart’s pastor of students told the Stuttgart Daily Leader.
“We painted the bathrooms and gates at the baseball field we worked at the food pantry we played bingo and hung out with residents at the nursing home at the Holman Center we built a wheelchair ramp redone the garden cleaned the bleachers and painted lockers” said Morgan.
Arkansas Baptist churches that participated in CONNECT include: Central Baptist Church Newport; First Baptist Church Clinton; Crosspointe Church Bryant; First Baptist Church England; Faith Baptist Church DeWitt; Friendship Baptist Church Springdale; Heber Springs Baptist Church Heber Springs; First Baptist Church Hector; First Baptist Church Hope; First Baptist Church Lake City; Lake Street Baptist Church Paragould; First Baptist Church Lepanto; First Baptist Church Morrilton; New Hope Baptist Church Pollard; River Bible Church Mountain Home; First Baptist Church Royal; First Baptist Church Scranton; First Baptist Church Stuttgart; Sugarloaf Baptist Church Heber Springs; Three Creeks Baptist Church Junction City; and First Baptist Church Wooster.
“There are churches that love Jesus and love our city and First Baptist is one” Morgan told the Daily Leader. “We want people to know about the love grace and mercy of Jesus Christ.”
For more information on CONNECT visit absc.org/connect.