Organizers Share Gospel Over Plate Of Barbecue
HIS TABLE VOLUNTEERS PLEASED WITH TURNOUT FOR INAUGURAL ‘SHINE THE LIGHT’ EVENT
Volunteers with His Table ministry are calling Saturday’s fundraiser a success.
Lots of people enjoyed delicious barbecue, listened to a variety of top-notch bands and donated money toward raffle items.
Most importantly, event organizer Josh Wagner said the Gospel was shared.
“It was 110 percent successful,” he said. “By every standard, it was a success.”
The first-ever “Shine the Light 2017” took place Saturday at the Goodman ballpark. Despite cold temperatures and competition from opening day for youth gun season, hayrides and Trunk or Treat activities, Wagner said several people came to enjoy the day.
Organizers hope to raise money for a $5,000 smoker, which will enable them to seamlessly travel to various locations, providing barbecue, showing neighborly love and spreading the Good News.
Volunteers are called to many locations and provide a hot meal, sometimes to the homeless or a community that needs extra neighborly love.
“Our goal is to share the Gospel with the community,” Wagner said.
Volunteers consider themselves fortunate to be able to borrow a smoker from several sources but eventually would like to have equipment of their own.
Wagner estimates that the community raised about $2,000 toward that goal on Saturday.
Our goal is to share the Gospel with the community . ... These are our brothers and sisters. If we don’t tell them the Good News, who’s going to?
Event volunteers from at least 15 different churches helped out.
Providing delicious barbecue and traveling a great deal absorbs volunteers’ time.
People have asked Wagner why he gives of his time to help others.
He says he is merely following what he is called to do.
“These are our brothers and sisters. If we don’t tell them the Good News, who’s going to?”
Saturday’s highlight took place around mid-day when nearly 100 people gathered to hold hands and pray for the community and for the county, Wagner said.
This winter, volunteers plan to serve soup and chili, as well as possibly hosting a sleeping bag drive.
They also plan to travel to the capitol again this year, sharing barbecue and the Gospel.
His Table volunteers hope to make the “Shine the Light” event an annual event which will continue to build and grow.
Though they’re only halfway to their monetary goal, Wagner is not worried.
“God is going to do amazing things. God will have the perfect smoker for us,” Wagner said, “at the right time.”
A crowd of people attending the “Shine the Light 2017” event in Goodman on Saturday gathered together to pray for the community and the county.