The members of the Bordeaux Church in Nashville, Tennessee, wanted to engage in outreach by providing their community with the Word of God. They had to get creative in order to reach the people who are behind closed doors in their community. Collectively they began to pray about it. One of the church members received an answer to their prayers! The Lord revealed that the key to reaching the adults inside the homes was through the children. The Lord also inspired a blueprint for what was later known as “The Bordeaux Children’s Pack.”
The child’s pack was easy to create, and consisted of a gallon-sized plastic storage bag containing items that are Christian based and child friendly. In each child’s pack, you would find 10 to 15 items, with a label on the exterior giving the church contact information, and a Scripture. Each month a group of members from the Bordeaux Church would select a low-income housing neighborhood. They would pray and then begin knocking on doors and distributing the children’s packs. Immediately, church members discovered that there was little resistance to learning what they had to offer once the residents found out there were free children’s packs for their little ones. The church members were amazed that the simple act of putting together children’s packs opened more doors to them than ever before. The positive reactions were overwhelming, so much so that not only were the members able to reach the children, but their parents as well!
In addition to the children’s packs, the adults were offered a tract and a Christian book with an Amazing Facts Bible Study offer inside. The once guarded individuals felt at ease sharing their problems. As a result, an opportunity presented itself for church members to offer a word of prayer. To make the experience even more exciting, the residents began recognizing the church member who knocked on their door because of all the children behind them.
Recent current events tell us that our time here on this earth is short, and the church members at the Bordeaux Church feel a sense of urgency to get God’s Word into all the homes throughout Nashville. Ellen White says, “The work which the church has failed to do in a time of peace and prosperity, she will have to do in a terrible crisis, under the most discouraging, forbidding circumstances,” Christian Service, 159. People today are suffering, and what better way to alleviate their pain than to share Christ with them. They need to know that there is a Father in Heaven that loves and cares for them. Like the leaves of autumn, it is the goal of the Bordeaux Church to use these children’s packs to open doors throughout all the neighborhoods in Nashville!
Christine Lukwiya serves in the Community Services Department at the Bordeaux Church in Nashville, Tennessee.
Kentucky-Tennesese | October 2020