Photo submitted by Justin Childers
The Rock Spring Church participated in the Freedom Festival in nearby LaFayette, Ga., June 30, 2017. This evening event offers people the opportunity to sell food, and arts and crafts. Local businesses and churches also set up tents to advertise their product or church. It is always the weekend before July 4th, so in the evening, fireworks finish the festival.
The Rock Spring Church had not participated in this event before, but decided while the movie Hacksaw Ridge was still fresh in people’s minds, they would give away Desmond Doss books. Two Conscientious Objector DVDs were given away as prizes, and the church borrowed the life size Desmond Doss statue to attract people to their booth. Members of the Battlefield Community Church Pathfinder club also came in full dress uniform, and demonstrated the knot that Doss used to rescue those 75 men from enemy fire.
The church provided people the opportunity to sign up for Bible studies. Two people have already signed up. Justin Childers, Rock Spring Church pastor, also sent each person that registered for the drawing a letter advertising an upcoming meeting, a one-week seminar on last day events in August. He believes that the booth was good for the community and the members, and that it is good to participate in community events, as it provides an opportunity to meet people in the community.
Childers said the members plan to make the Freedom Festival booth an annual outreach, adding that consistency is important.
Next year the members will give away some of the same books and new ones as they continue to reach out.
Georgia-Cumberland | October 2017