PERRY — Every October the Agricenter in Perry transforms into the annual Georgia National Fair – hosting over 501,628 visitors this year. The fair features concerts, horse shows, carnival rides, livestock competitions, all kinds of food including everything from beignets to filet mignon, and a fireworks display every night.
The Georgia National Fair also has a tent where faithful Christian witnesses share the Gospel. Several years ago The Christian Index reported about the witness of Lynn Koonce and her extraordinary work of telling the story of Jesus by using the Wordless Book.
This year Fred McCoy, pastor of Houston Lake Baptist Church in Perry, reported, “Lynn and her team of workers continued their faithful ministry at the fair. This year there were 5,338 people who heard the Gospel presented through the Wordless book.
“There were 1,578 individuals who trusted Christ for salvation: 326 were children, 955 were youths, and 299 were adults.”
McCoy was on duty for on entire day sharing the Gospel and encouraging the other workers. Koonce, who is a member at Houston Lake, assembles a significant number of individuals who come to the fair for the express purpose of proclaiming the good news of Jesus Christ.
Typically, those who come to the fair are intent upon having a good time and enjoying the sites and sounds of the midway, but each year thousands of them hear the Gospel and return to their homes with something far greater than anything they expected to receive – a relationship with Jesus Christ. That one unexpected feature of the fair makes it rather extraordinary.