It’s called a One Day Mission trip and it is designed for one church to come along side another church to assist them in sprucing up the church and more importantly joining together to outreach the local community. CrossPointe Community Church of Fontana did just that with Unified Baptist Church this past Saturday, May 31, 2014. This was a unique ODM in that the three ministries that operate on the property at Unified all participated. The Hispanic Church Iglesia Bautista Emanuel de San Bernardino and Set Free Highland also jumped in to make it a Godtastic day of outreach for the Lord. The day called for prayer walking the neighborhood around Unified Baptist, followed by a big church clean-up and finally a block party in the afternoon.
The day began with the arrival of CrossPointe’s Senior Pastor Brian Simms and more than 25 volunteer missionaries at Unified. Following a brief time of introductions and coffee, juice, bagels, and doughnuts (we are Southern Baptists after all) everyone gathered together in the Worship Center to plan for the prayer walk. Five prayer walk teams were formed and it was off to pray for the neighborhood and let the people know about the block party.
Nearly 500 block party flyers were handed out to the homes on the streets adjacent to Unified Baptist Church. Numerous personal contacts were made with personal prayers added along the way. One quick story; one team had finished handing out flyers and came across a home with a couple sitting on the porch. The team told the couple about the block party and then they asked the woman if they could pray for her. She said yes and when the team had finished praying for her, she asked “how did you know that I needed prayer?” They told her that the Holy Spirit had led them to pray for her. There were several stories like this from just the prayer walking.
After everyone had a chance to catch their breath and hydrate, it was cleaning time. Everyone jumped right in and gave Unified Baptist a cleaning like it has not had in years. From the basement, to the baptistery to the bell tower and everywhere in between the church was cleaned. Pews were vacuumed along with the floors, side note, nearly fifty cents was found in the pews for Sunday’s offering. Everywhere you looked, people were working hard, sharing their abilities for the Lord house.
Lunch time, then another few moments to rest then it was time to get ready for the block party. Set Free Inland Empire provided their event trailer which is a block party on wheels with everything you need for fun and outreach. The Set Free team set up the bounce house and most importantly, the cotton candy, popcorn and snow cone machines. Guess which one was the most popular?
IIglesia set up some games along with the carnival type games provided by Jim Tinker. The games were very popular and provided the players with the opportunity to win goldfish. It looked like a few kids were going home with a readymade aquarium. The Unified ODM was specially blessed with a performance by Christian Pop Artist “Corie”. She was fantastic and really provided a first class show. The crowd loved her. Her witness is something that every young woman should hear…
Following Corie’s performance, Senior Pastors Bill Peters from Unified Baptist Church and Pastor Elias from Iglesia Bautista Emanuel de San Bernardino presented the Gospel message from John 3:16 to those attending the block party. An invitation was given and four people prayed for the re-dedication of their lives to Jesus Christ. Then, it was time for the hot dogs and hamburgers. All in all, more than 100 people attended the block party and it was a great day for the Lord.
To participate in your own One Day Mission event or volunteer your church to provide the missionaries to another church in the Inland Empire contact Bill Peters at email@example.com