Or­ga­niz­ers Share Gospel Over Plate Of Bar­be­cue

HIS TA­BLE VOL­UN­TEERS PLEASED WITH TURNOUT FOR IN­AU­GU­RAL ‘SHINE THE LIGHT’ EVENT

McDonald County Press - - RELIGION/COUNTY - Sally Car­roll

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.”

Josh Wag­ner

Event or­ga­nizer

COUR­TESY PHOTO

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.

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