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Okla. Baptist 'Find it Here' in Colorado
By Byron Vinson
Crowley- God answers prayer.
After a team of volunteers prayerwalked and handed out 500 “Find It Here” response cards in Crowley, one woman responded to the gospel. Her card was received by the Colorado Baptist General Convention and indicated a need to make her faith public and a desire for more information about how the grow as a believer in Jesus Christ.
Members of Center Point Baptist Church, in Wilburton, Okla., distributed the 500 response cards as door hangers in Crowley and La Junta March 19. Team members were: Nathan Cook, Mitchell Cook, Ashton Forwoodson, Cord Forwoodson, Tracey Howk, Ginny Justice, Jeff and Eva Pate, Tony and Dale Randol, John Savage and Byron Vinson.
Through church prayer, support and a church commissioning service, team members were prepared to serve the people of the community. They also served members at church plants in Sugar City and La Junta. What the volunteers expected was to demonstrate love through working side-by-side in their ongoing food ministry. What they did not expect were the big hugs, smiles and friendships. Volunteers shared in the common bond of Christ while working with each other and participating in Sunday services. Relationship have continued to grow by “friending” one another on Facebook.
The cities of Crowley and Sugar City are situated in Crowley County in the southeastern part of the state. Crowley County has the highest poverty rate in Colorado. Residents come to the food distribution monthly for groceries. Often they will find church planter Eddie Nicandro presenting the gospel. On Sundays, the center is transformed into a worship area where weekly services are held.
Nicandro is the pastor of both church plants in Sugar City and La Junta. He also is a pastor of a church in Colorado Springs. Each Sunday, he preaches at the Colorado Springs church at 11am., then drives an hour and a half to Sugar City to preach at 2:30 p.m. By 5 p.m., Nicandro reaches La Junta just in time to lead the evening service.
To learn more about how you can get involved visit the Colorado Partnership Missions Page.