A little less than two years ago, Dr. Randel Everett, the newly appointed Executive Director of the Baptist General Convention of Texas challenged the Texas Baptists to share the gospel with every man, woman and child in Texas while striving to make sure every hungry person in Texas would know where their next meal would come from by Resurrection Sunday 2010. These goals appeared to many to be impossible goals–possibly even insane. Yet, Texas H0pe 2010 became the rally cry across the state for many of us.
This big hairy bodacious goal challenged me and my church to do things that were off the radar for us. Since Randel called us to action, we have prayer walked every street in our city more than once. We have sent prayer teams to knock on the door of practically every house in Canyon. We are delivering the Texas Hope 2010 CD’s as a means of planting seeds of the gospel. This Saturday we will send out teams to make a final push toward reaching our goal. Vision does make a difference.
Texas Hope 2010 has changed the conversation among Baptists across the state. Don’t get me wrong we still have issues that divide us, and we are an extreme diverse people, but our hearts beat as one when it comes to sharing Jesus and meeting human need. Who can argue that our heart beat ought to be evangelism and compassion, it seems to me that these priorities were the same priorities Jesus instilled into His devoted followers.
So in the next four days will we accomplish our Texas Hope 2010 goal? Probably not, but I can assure you that we are better off for attempting the impossible, and doing all that we have done. It is my prayer that Texas Hope 2010 will only be the beginning of a new day in Texas Baptist life. A day colored with a creative passion to do whatever it takes to reach our state and to touch the world.
Thank you Randel for your leadership. Your vision from above has inspired us to a better people for the glory of God.