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Baptists knock on community’s hearts

SAN ANTONIO (BP)–Hearing a prayer request for a Spurs victory in the NBA Finals wasn’t quite what volunteers expected in door-to-door evangelism.

Nonetheless, when pastor Gene Nagy led 49 volunteers through a comfortable neighborhood of two-story brick houses in the Stone Oak community of north-central San Antonio, a team of three met a woman who listened politely but didn’t want to respond openly to the Gospel. Nagy asked her for a prayer request and she quickly suggested that they pray for the San Antonio Spurs to beat the Cleveland Cavaliers.

“We shared a lighthearted moment,” Nagy chuckled, adding that before the day ended, three people made decisions to receive Christ as their personal Savior.

At each house, a team of three, often two students and an adult, presented a survey on ways the church can better serve the community. Many people weren’t home and, in some cases, believers answered the door and encouraged them in their outreach.

Volunteers from Parkhills Baptist Church, Eisenhauer Road Baptist Church, Kirby Baptist Church and Mighty Fortress Christian Fellowship, all of San Antonio, along with West Jackson Street Baptist Church in Tupelo, Miss., were involved in Crossover San Antonio June 9-10 prior to the Southern Baptist Convention’s June 12-13 annual meeting.

Jacob Flores of Eisenhauer Road Baptist Church said since entering the ministry 18 months ago, he and his wife Rachel wife have made a commitment to actively demonstrate their faith.

“Being a Christian is more than sitting in a pew,” Flores said. “A lot of Jesus’ ministry was personal contact. It’s wonderful to be able to share with others what God has shared with you.”

During Crossover the Flores had an opportunity to speak to a woman named Rosa who told them about her health problems. The couple told Rosa that Jesus is concerned both her physical health and spiritual well-being.

Jacob Flores said Rosa accepted Christ.

“You can see the Holy Spirit getting them,” Flores said of new believers, “and you can see the shift.”
Sara McCarthy, a sophomore at Campbell University in Buies Creek, N.C., is a journalism intern with Baptist Press during the Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting in San Antonio.

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