On a day when the local temperature would reach the century mark, 20 evangelists launched out of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Burns Flat, Oklahoma and trekked 6 miles to the metropolis of Dill City.
Actually, Dill City falls just short of metropolis status. It has no traffic light and very few stop signs. The grass grows under the police car that has been parked in the same spot for 2 years and the senior citizens center might just be the social and cultural center of the town.
But early today these men and women who were young and old and everything in between, invaded this town with good news. They delivered a Gospel of John to every doorstep, told those they encountered that God loves them, and in some cases gave children blue wristbands that read: GOD LOVES YOU - LOVE ONE ANOTHER.
By 11:00 a.m. about 250 gospels had been delivered and the group returned to Burns Flat where they delivered the section of town known as Bryan Acres and to houses and apartments along State Highway 44. These houses had not been included in the Walk A Block for Jesus conducted earlier this year in Burns Flat.
By 11:30 everyone had returned to the Cumberland Presbyterian Church and enjoyed a feast for the faithful. Yes, followers of Jesus are commissioned to go into the world with good news. Disciples are Christ’s letters, ambassadors, and his messengers of hope, and today they were also delivery agents of small gospels with messages of how the church is reaching out in the days to come—helping with school supplies and hosting a back to school splash so community members can beat the heat by swimming with the saints on 2 August 2014.
Today’s brief excursion was a ministry titled Walk A Block for Jesus: Dill City Edition. This is the 5th year for this old school evangelistic ministry. This is the second year in which the church has conducted 2 such walks in the same year.
What’s next for this Walk A Block for Jesus ministry? Perhaps 2015 holds a Walk A Block Canute and a Walk A Block Foss somewhere on the ever so busy calendar.
Don’t be surprised if there might not be something similar headed to Mangum before the end of the year. In any case, the folks at the Burns Flat Cumberland Presbyterian Church take their commission to heart and today they took it to the streets, driveways, and front porches of Dill City, America.