Index Managing Editor Joe Westbury is in Fort Worth, TX, this week to provide stories of Georgia Baptists serving as volunteers for Crossover Dallas. Next week Index Senior Editor Gerald Harris and Editor Scott Barkley will be on site to bring daily stories of events beginning with Sunday’s Harvest America revival and continuing with news of Georgia Baptists from the floor of the Dallas convention center. Check back for their daily updates from this years’s annual meeting.
NORTH RICHLAND HILLS, TX — The official temperature was 98 degrees on Thursday as David Williams and Deani Gaskins walked around the Arts Apartments complex in the North Fort Worth suburb.
In three days they had knocked on 90% of the nearly 300 doors in the housing complex, but this afternoon the heat made it more difficult. The steady, hot wind blew across the asphalt parking lot, making the heat index feel every bit of the 104 the weather station was broadcasting.
As they finished one witnessing encounter, ready to move on to another location, a woman from the catwalk above called out in friendly conversation.
Williams, pastor of Iron City Baptist Church near the Georgia-Florida state line, was paired with Southwestern Seminary student Gaskins for an afternoon of sharing their faith. Along with that invitation to eternal life was an invitation to attend the upcoming Harvest America evangelistic event at AT&T Stadium in nearby Arlington.
This Sunday more than 100,000 people are expected to pack the stadium, home to the Dallas Cowboys, to hear California Pastor and Evangelist Greg Laurie share the gospel. As of Thursday more than 200 individuals had made professions of faith.
Williams and Gaskins are part of the foot soldiers of Southwestern Seminary who are fanning out across the Metroplex to reach Dallas-Fort Worth for Christ and build attendance at the revival. They have been assigned to help extend the ministry of Kevin Ulmer, pastor of Maplewood Baptist Fellowship, and his congregation.
And the woman on the catwalk is representative of those who have had a spiritual seed planted in their hearts.
The following is a visual record of how that encounter progressed and its outcome.
Former Index managing editor Joe Westbury served with the news journal for 20 years before retiring earlier this year. The career journalist with the Southern Baptist Convention for 42 years has traveled extensively telling the story of Southern Baptist missionaries at home and around the world. He is a 1974 graduate of Union University. Westbury served as a career journalist at The Jackson (TN) Sun newspaper, the former Baptist Brotherhood Commission, the former Home Mission Board, and the North American Mission Board before joining The Index in January 1998.