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Reach Out

Our church looks for ways to gain an audience for the gospel. Recently we hosted our first Cruise-In, a Saturday afternoon classic vehicle show. We invited people to display their special cars and motorcycles on our church parking lot from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Events like this attract car lovers who attend auto shows every weekend to look at cars and to talk to the people who fixed them up.Thirty-three vehicles were displayed at our first Cruise-In and over 150 people attended. We made food available, distributed gift bags containing auto-related coupons and appropriate gospel tracts, and awarded hourly door prizes. Visitors looked at the vehicles and voted for their favorites in four categories: Street Rods, Classic Cars, Antique Cars, and Cycles. At the end of the day, winners in these four categories received trophies. Before the trophy presentation, a man who is involved with hot rods and classic cars shared a brief gospel presentation. We gave people cards to fill out to indicate their decisions for Christ. Though we are not aware of any salvation decisions made that day, we know that visitors were exposed to our church and its ministries, and the event gave us new prospects for our church’s ministry.

We are now looking forward to our second Cruise-In and are eagerly awaiting the opportunity to present the gospel to people who might not otherwise walk through our church doors.

Brad Quick, Pastor
First Baptist Church
Elyria, Ohio