|Praying before baptism|
Dusty Selig, left, prays with Jason Lockhart before baptizing him in a portable baptism tank June 12 during the Jesus Family Picnic at Garfield Park near downtown Indianapolis. Photo by Bob Carey
INDIANAPOLIS (BP)--Blaring rap music, yellow crime scene tape, open-hooded vehicles on ramps and young children playfully running through the streets is an all-too-common scene throughout much of inner city America.
A similar scenario played itself out June 12 at the Cloverleaf Terrace apartments in Indianapolis during the community's annual luau festivities. This year, however, Southern Baptist volunteers from across the Southeast joined the Cloverleaf celebration.
|Checking the oil|
Steve Tarpley, left, and Richard Leach, center, both of North Guinette Baptist Church, Atlanta, check oil and other automotive vital signs for a resident of Indianapolis’ Cloverleaf Terrace Apartments during the Pit Stop ministry event June 12 at the apartment complex. Photo by Brittany Schultze
They hosted children's games and crafts and provided free car washes, oil changes and other maintenance. The rap music was of the Christian variety, and the yellow tape sectioned off part of the parking lot where groups of Baptist men serviced the vehicles while sharing the Gospel.
The Cloverleaf outreach was just one of nearly 40 evangelistic block parties held June 11-12 throughout metropolitan Indianapolis as part of Crossover Indiana. Crossover is an annual Southern Baptist evangelistic effort held the weekend prior to the Southern Baptist Convention's annual meeting in the host city.
LaShaun Murry, 4, waits his turn for cotton candy at the Jesus Family Picnic June 12 at Garfield Park near downtown Indianapolis.Photo by Bob Carey
Statewide, 100-plus churches were part of 75 Crossover events scheduled June 7-19, including block parties, street evangelism, neighborhood prayerwalking, door-to-door spiritual opinion surveys and more than 40 revival crusades.
More than 1,100 professions of faith in Christ had been recorded as a result of the Crossover efforts through June 12, according to reports submitted to the Metropolitan Baptist Association office in Indianapolis.
Nearly 1,000 volunteers -- about half of whom are from out of state -- participated in the outreach, reported Doug Simpson, director of missions for the Metropolitan Baptist Association and block party coordinator for Crossover Indiana. Read More