Russell Baptist Church hits county streets with Mission Possible'

By Staff
STUFFING HANDOUTS Karen Knight, right, of Russell Baptist Church, helps put together information packets for the church's upcoming mission in Lauderdale County. Mission Possible is a program in which church members will attempt to knock at the door of every home in Lauderdale County. Photo by Kyle Carter / The Meridian Star.
By Ida Brown / religion editor
July 10, 2004
When an out-of-the-country mission trip became impossible for members of Russell Baptist Church, a more possible solution unfolded.
Each summer, members from the Highway 11 &80 church have ventured on a week-long mission out of the country. Just last year, a group witnessed to residents of a small village in the Bahamas.
Mexico was to be the setting for this year's mission trip. However, plans were thwarted by a number of roadblocks.
After much prayer, Chancelor said a mission more possible for the church to complete was revealed to him.
The idea was applauded by the church's members and plans for "Mission Possible" went into effect. On Monday, the six-day, door-to-door mission will begin.
Impossible feat?
The "Mission Possible" theme was inspired by some reactions to the church's plans to spread the word to more than 30,000 residents in one week.
His congregation thought differently.
Clement White agreed.
And while the neighborhood mission may seem unique to some, Chancelor said the church is simply following the word.
Still, Chancelor said there is a price to a door-to-door mission compared to one out of the country. And it is much more than expected.
Spreading the gospel
From 8:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m., about 100 teams will go door-to-door each day talking to residents. Packets have been prepared and will be given to the resident or left on the doors of those not home.
It also includes a sheet with a listing of area churches and the telephone number of the Lauderdale Baptist Association, plus a flyer about Russell Baptist Church. The week-long door-to-door mission campaign will conclude July 17.
In preparation for their visit to more than 30,000 residences, several members began going door-to-door this week.
Response from residents has been positive.
Participation in Mission Possible is not limited to members of Russell Baptist Church. Those interested in joining the door-to-door mission can call the church at 482-3577.

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