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FIRST-PERSON: Church member sends photo truly worth a thousand words

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)–A picture is worth a thousand words. I know it’s a cliché, but take a look at this one. How many words come to mind? Love, appreciation, missions, kindness, squeezing, praying, serving? We received this photo by e-mail from Glenn Raley, a member of First Baptist Church, Sylacauga, Ala. “Thought ya’ll might like to have this pic that says it all,” he said. “We truly are blessed and have a right to be proud of our youth today and their efforts in the mission fields at home and abroad.”

I was indeed blessed by the photo, so much so that I have it hanging on my copyholder by my computer. (I even shared the picture with several folks in our office — hoping they would receive the same blessing I did.) The pure love and appreciation shown on the little boy’s face is such a great picture of how one young person allowed Christ to work in his life. Without knowing many details of the mission trip, it was obvious God touched many lives through this youth group’s ministry.

When I replied to Glenn asking for more information, he wrote back with incredible details of just how many lives God did touch — 300 people accepted Christ when this small band of 27 youth and adults journeyed to San Pedro Sula, Honduras. From June 16-23, they sealed and painted several storm-ravaged churches, went to a school and witnessed to 800 students, were allowed several opportunities to witness to factory workers and participated in one-on-one witnessing in the streets. They also distributed Scriptures, sang and performed in churches and local town squares.

How is God at work in your life today? Will people be touched as they see snapshots of Christ’s love for them as he works in your life?
Rosson is Baptist Press’ operations coordinator and a member of Judson Baptist Church in Nashville, Tenn. (BP) photo posted in the BP Photo Library at http://www.bpnews.net. Photo title: MISSIONS PHOTO, FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH, SYLACAUGA, ALA.

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  • Tammy Rosson