June 2, 1999
March backs prayers for Fruitvale
___FRUITVALE--First Baptist Church in Fruitvale took the gospel to the streets recently when the church held a "March for Jesus."
___Fruitvale is split by railroad tracks, so First Baptist Church took one side and Round Flat Pentecostal Church worked the other side in an effort to make sure that every resident of the East Texas town knew a church was praying for them.
___The congregations walked the streets praying for the inhabitants of the homes and any prayer requests the people who lived in those homes shared. The participants also passed out evangelistic fliers titled "Do You Have A Life Worth Living?"
___"It was the greatest day since I've been here," said David Yarbrough, pastor of First Baptist Church. "We've got to take action outside the church walls."
___Children from the churches made and carried signs down the streets that read, "Jesus loves you, and we prayed for you."
___Yarbrough said he and Homer Morgan, pastor of the Pentecostal church, often make visits together.
___"When folks see pastors from two different churches at their door, they know we're not interested in getting their money but are genuinely interested in their souls," he explained.
___Yarbrough was especially pleased so many from his congregation took part in the ministry.
___"It was a blessing to us as a church to have done this. I think everyone who took part feels that way," he said. "I hope this encourages pastors all over Texas to challenge their members to pray for their communities."
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