Time for another update. This is very exciting! We are already seeing results as we begin to make phone calls.
Lindale Assembly held a special Compassion Outreach event on Sunday, May 18. Flyers were distributed through the local elementary schools and with the help of a community health services organization. Approximately 145 families attended the event. Each family filled out a visitor card and some of them responded during the altar service for prayer. On Monday, I was able to enter all of the data from the visitor and prayer cards. Tuesday evening, we held a training meeting for the purpose of teaching the volunteers to make phone calls for follow up and with the goal of being able to pray with each family again and invite them back for Bible Study.
The result - 17 volunteers made approximately 66 phone calls, resulting in several families and individuals returning for the Wednesday night Bible study and for this past Sunday's services! People are excited and ready to continue learning and, more importantly, applying what they are learning.
Imperial Valley Assembly - I was able to conduct the second in the training series last night. They are also getting excited about going out into the community. Some of their members are already thinking about how they might add some things to the ministries of their church, in order to be ready for the growth that will happen. Currently, there are no children or teenagers in their congregation. This is going to present some interesting challenges for us, because of the drastic ministry changes that are going to take place over the course of the summer. Please continue to pray for them.
Emerge Church - Pastor Jeff and I met yesterday to discuss how to proceed over the course of the summer. He is planning a "Welcome to the Neighborhood" type of service for some time in June. We will be inviting the residents of the surrounding apartment complexes, as well as the people who have recently moved into the neighborhood. (I get this list through the software company that provides our tracking software.) The idea is to invite them to a service where they are able to meet their neighbors, eat some Bar-B-Que, experience some worship and hear about the vision of the church. Remember, this is a new church planting project, so they are still trying to establish a presence in the community.
Alvin First Assembly - I will be returning to Alvin this weekend for the third in the evangelism training series. Getting closer to the visitation launch date during the second week in June. They are also planning a children's Day Camp program on June 14, which will help in "kick starting" our visitation effort.
I ordered the Bibles, books and supplies for the visitation effort this week. we should be receiving the materials during the first two weeks in June. The churches have provided the finances to be able to order enough supplies for approximately 560 packets.
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Looking forward to what God will do this week. Check back next Thursday for more Good News!!
Rev. Teddy Levron