(UC-News, by Jamie Suiter) – This past June 42 members of the Madison Alabama church of Christ flew into our nations Capitol with intent of sharing the gospel of Christ.
Several years back Kyle Massengale worked with the late Jerry Jenkins and Jerry impressed on him the idea of all the members of the church being involved in evangelism. They have adopted that model and put it into practice at Madison. Brother Jenkins, was the minister for the Roebuck Parkway church of Christ for 44 years and was host for “The Living Word“, television program which aired all over the state of Alabama and was also picked up in later years by the Gospel Broadcasting Network.
Although the Madison congregation supports brotherhood works all over the globe, the elders also set aside funds for their members to engage in evangelizing here in the United States. Madison is very big on encouraging all members on being teachers and doing something that will “create opportunities to evangelize”.
The campaign group focused their work at the 16th and Decatur church of Christ to encourage and assist in reaching out teaching and hopefully adding to their number. Kyle D. Massengale , Madison’s Evangelism Minister had ties with 16th and Decatur going back to when he was in college.
The nearby Georgia Avenue congregation assisted in providing support and meals for the Madison group while in Washington.
Well known gospel preacher Willie Franklin was recruited, former member of the Baltimore Colts to speak during the campaign.
(Above, Willie Franklin discussing the thief on the cross with a group after a nightly meeting.)
They rented buses to go out into the community and quickly mingled with the crowds. One morning they gave out bagels along with an invitation with scripture and cheery note to come and study with the church.
(Above photo of team members teaching the homeless.)
With the local church they built a tremendous bond shared knowledge and experiences in a different cultural setting as 16th and Decatur is a predominately black congregation.
The Fishers Of Men presentation was used to create curiosity with the approach, “would you like to see how the Bible answers differing questions”, as the conversation flows with each contact and door knock. If a study was declined they asked to pray with contacts and got a good positive response.
One of the cooler evenings they all went to the National Mall and sang praises to God. They found other members of the church of Christ in D.C for different reasons who joined in along with others. They also did this at the Jefferson Memorial with people joining in till it reached hundreds singing songs like “There is a God”, with no one taking an issue to the group.
Stops ranged from Bus Stops, various Washington sites and an Adult Day Care along with door to door evangelism.
A total of 5,000 doors were knocked on which resulted in 30 Bible Studies and 5 making the decision to be baptized. More are continuing bible studies with the local church. Juan Garcia is having studies with those who were Hispanic.
Kyle says the members at Madison after engaging in such efforts in other areas of the USA are much bolder on reaching out in their own community. This helps spread the gospel in other areas and trains well equipped workers in the Kingdom of Christ at home.
Check out the website and all the good works going on at the Madison Church of Christ –