During the Mississippi’s state fair in October, more than 140 Mississippi Baptist volunteers shared the Good News of Christ with some 2,520 fairgoers, of whom 269 made professions of faith.
For fun, food and fanfare, a variety and diversity of people from Mississippi’s rich cultures crowd the midway of the state fair every year. For the last three, Mississippi Baptists have taken the opportunity to reach out with the gospel, partnering with Don Lum, director of evangelism for the Mississippi Baptist Convention Board.
“It was in 2021 when we had our first opportunity to come to the state fair following the COVID times,” Lum reflected. “We can definitely see the rewards of it in the time that we’ve been there, in a number of ways. First of all, this year we shared Jesus with 2,524 people, and that’s the people that filled out cards; that doesn’t include the number of times we talked to people who chose not to fill out a card.”
The MBCB evangelism department strategically sets up a tent in the midway where thousands pass by. Those who come into the tent are asked to fill out a card and hear a three-minute gospel presentation from volunteers.
“We [also] shared Jesus with a lot of people who didn’t fill out cards,” Lum noted. “We had a lot of good gospel conversations with folks outside the tent.
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EDITOR’S NOTE — This story was written by Lindsey Williams and originally published by the Baptist Record.