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Crossover Triad

The North Carolina cities of Greensboro, Winston-Salem, and High Point will be teeming with Southern Baptist volunteers June 10-11, when Crossover Triad 2006 comes to the area the weekend before the Southern Baptist Convention's (SBC) annual meeting in Greensboro, June 13-14.

Thousands of volunteers representing hundreds of SBC churches will blanket the three-city area, taking the Gospel outside church walls and into the streets, according to Don Smith, national coordinator for Crossover. The campaign is jointly sponsored by the North American Mission Board, the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina, and the Southern Baptist churches of the Piedmont, Pilot Mountain, and Central Triad Associations.

North Carolina's "Piedmont Triad" area includes about 1.5 million people in Greensboro, Winston-Salem, High Point, and the surrounding areas. Geographically, it lies between North Carolina's mountains and its coast, and is a significant crossroads for national travelers — easily accessed by Interstates 40 and 85.

"Many wonder why — with the nearly two hundred churches and missions in the three cities — Southern Baptists will plan and execute such an intensive evangelistic effort," Smith said. "It's because more than two hundred thousand persons in the Triad have no church relationship."

Crossover is a comprehensive campaign to reach a significant segment of that unchurched population, Smith said. According to Smith, about one-half of North Carolina's eight million people are unreached by the Gospel. He said another Crossover goal is to plant nineteen new churches in the three-city area.

According to Smith, 2006 Crossover events will include witnessing by college students on area campuses; sports clinics designed to teach basketball, baseball and football skills; block parties with food and games, hosted by participating churches; door-to-door witnessing; and "Kindness Explosion," an effort to present the Gospel through random acts of kindness.

Crossover activities will also include evangelism teams carrying the Christian message to high-crime areas where gangs, drugs, and prostitution are common; an international festival to be sponsored by area ethnic churches; the arrival of Christian bikers, who will ride their Harleys into town and share the Gospel; and a rodeo sponsored by a "cowboy church."

Since Crossover originated during the SBC annual meeting in Las Vegas in 1989, almost thirty-seven thousand persons have prayed to receive Christ as a result of this annual evangelistic effort. Thousands have participated as Crossover volunteers, and dozens of new Baptist churches have been started under the program, Smith said.

In connection with last year's SBC annual meeting in Nashville, Crossover 2005 recorded more than twenty-five hundred professions of faith, recruited almost seven thousand volunteers, and enlisted the support of 243 Tennessee churches.

For more information about Crossover Triad 2006 or to register as a volunteer, go to www.crossovertriad.org.

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