On June 17-18, the choir from Westmeade Baptist Church came out to Clarkston to minister to the international refugees here. They assisted in prayer walking, Backyard Bible Clubs and house visiting. “I love the diversity and openness of the area,” said Carri, one of the members of the group. This group also got the opportunity to visit the large Hindu temple dedicated to Swaminarayan, one of the many Hindu gods. Their eyes were truly opened to the stronghold the devil has over so many people in the area.
While participating in the Backyard Bible Clubs, the group from Westmeade presented the story of the feeding of the 5,000, and brought goldfish snacks for the children after the story. Most of the people seemed to be very receptive to hearing the word of God. At the end of the story, one of the children was talking to Roger, another member of the group, about Jesus, and eventually, Roger was able to present the gospel to this boy who said that he would consider giving his life to Christ. This trip truly touched the hearts of the members of Westmeade Baptist Church. “I felt guilty for not sharing enough,” Said Roger when asked why he chose this trip, “I don’t do enough for others outside my comfort zone. I felt like I needed to get out and share with people who are not like me, but now, I’m leaving with a sense of love for people I don’t even know.”
As the weekend progressed, the choir’s impact crescendoed. During the last prayer walk of the weekend, Ali, a Muslim man who had also prayer walked with the international missionaries from First Baptist Church Montgomery, met up with the team and ended up following them back to the church. Ali wept as possibly for the first time in his life, he was prayed over in the name of Jesus Christ. Like many, Ali had a deep need for Christ that he didn’t quite realize, but he was greatly touched by the gospel. This choir showed that no matter who you are or how old, being flexible and persevering can accomplish great things.