Friday, August 2, 2013
Members of the First Baptist Church dedicated their time to travel to Romania to teach people about the gospel, but they also had a chance to learn from the experience as well.
The team worked with one church in the East and one in the West, held services went door-to-door to talk to the people. They led children ministries and had evening worship services for some who had never heard the gospel before.
Patrick Harmon works alongside the youth of the church, and the experience was a chance for him to create memories that could stay with him for years to come.
“As a youth pastor, it was a joyous occasion,” Harmon said. “It was a great pleasure to see my students grow in boldness and conviction and love for people they had never met.”
This was a first-time experience for North Augusta High School senior Drew Huskey, and he said it was great to be able to share his faith to the people in Romania.
“We would go in groups of two people and a translator, and go door-to-door to talk to people and ask if we could share our beliefs,” Huskey said. “Many would talk to us for hours.”
According to Huskey, there were about 15 people who were converted over the course of the experience, and 30 people came out to the church service.
He said he took away a greater knowledge of his own faith and that it is not difficult to spread the gospel to others.
“It’s a lot easier than we think to share the gospel,” Huskey said. “All it takes is a knowledge of the gospel and a willingness to walk up to someone’s door.”
Harmon said that he hopes they left a lasting impact on the area and that programs like this can continue to happen so that people can receive this message.
“The churches in the area gained a greater presence in the community they reside in,” Harmon said. “I hope to see this continue in North Augusta. I’d like to thank the community for taking part in our fundraisers. We appreciate the prayers and support to help get us to Romania.”
Heather Wright is a reporter for the North Augusta Star. She is a North Augusta resident, and earned a degree in communications from USC Aiken.