This past Sunday after our morning worship, the congregation had a meeting in regard to the future of the church here in Marsh Harbour. Specifically, we discussed things that we can do to reach local people with the Gospel of Christ.
First, I must say I was very encouraged by the members here. Even though the preacher preached 20 minutes past 12:00 PM, (they didn't get mad at me about that), EVERYONE gladly stayed and enthusiastically participated in the meeting.
Also, the many ideas that came out and were discussed and elaborated on, were ideas that most everyone was willing to help with. The church here is excited about reaching out to the community and reaching the souls of men. Like Marvin Phillips used to say, "If that doesn't light your fire, your wood must be wet!"
Some of the ideas we discussed were as follows, (but not limited to):
Putting "Marsh Harbour Church of Christ" on our van so the local community can see us out and about working in the area. (We'll include phone number and website also).
Repainting our roadside sign... the lettering is too small, too much, and too busy.
Installing a tract rack in the foyer of the church building, where visitors can easily obtain information regarding the teachings of the Restoration Church.
Initiating a benevolence program to feed and clothe the poor and needy of Marsh Harbour. (This will include participation from members here as well as members from stateside churches).
Door knocking and neighborhood walks passing out information regarding the Restoration Church, Undenominational Christianity, as well as invitations to study the Bible and visit the Marsh Harbour church.
A Tuesday or Thursday night EVANGELISTIC Bible study held in a member's home on a weekly basis, (the emphasis is to bring non-members and the unchurched).
A late Fall Revival, (November), in a facility or tent away from the church building. (This will include stateside church member participation prior to and during the four night revival to help with door knocking and community outreach). (Due to the shortness of time, this may turn to an early Spring Revival in 2018).
A public debate on topics such as "Faith Only" vs. The New Testament Plan of Salvation. (This is something that worked in the states back in the 60's & 70's and most members here think it would work here... the local people love to turn out for events).
A possible newspaper "Dear Abby" type column or a Q&A column.
Church business/invitation cards with the plan of salvation on the back, (ordered this morning and should be here in less than two weeks).
Possible free radio spots or a program, (select members are investigating this possibility).
A re-work of the Jule Miller film strips to be installed on laptops/pads to use in one on one Bible studies.
A wayward member list of approximately 20 plus members who still live on the island but no longer come to the Marsh Harbour church... lost sheep that need to be found.
There are so many things we can do that cost little or no money, but they do involve organization and participation. The members here are ready and willing to engage in both... that is a breath of fresh air!
Needless to say, I am excited about the plans and even more excited about the execution of those plans.
If you are a stateside church connected to the Marsh Harbour church or connected to me and my mission work... get ready!
We are going to fleshing out these plans and some of those plans may require you to come and help us.
Some of those plans may involve you sending a small box of dry foods every month at your expense.
Some of those plans may involve the sending of clothes that you no longer wear or need, (or can fit into).
Remember the words of Jesus, "I was hungry and you fed me... I was naked and you clothed me..." Matthew 25:35,36.
Please pray with us and for us as we labor here in Marsh Harbour to reach the lost of this area.
God bless you!
P.S. If you are willing to come here and help for a few days in the Fall or Spring and/or if you can help regarding the sending of food and clothing, drop me a note below or in an email. I'm curious how many will help from stateside churches. Thanks again, and God bless you.