Small churches in particular can benefit from the free evangelism outreach My Hope 2014 with Billy Graham, releasing the new DVD “Heaven” in advance of Graham’s 96th birthday Nov. 7, said Southern Baptist church planter Terry Dorsett.
“All churches are struggling with evangelism. How do we get our friends and neighbors to listen to us share the Gospel? Most of us are scared to do it. We’re afraid to be rejected,” Dorsett said. “It gives us an opportunity to do what we should be doing already, but we don’t really know how to.”
Dorsett is a joint My Hope coordinator for the northeastern U.S., working in Connecticut, Rhode Island and a portion of New York. He’s serving in conjunction with Bruce James, evangelism director for the Baptist Convention of New England, who is concentrating on other New England states.
“A lot of the churches in this area … are very, very small,” Dorsett said. “They don’t have a lot of money. These pastors are bivocational. We’ll actually give the churches in this area up to five DVDs for free … and then we give them the follow-up materials for free.
“We give them the prayer cards for free, all the promotional materials for free. If they were trying to buy all this from somewhere, they’d spend $300 or $400. So for a small church, with a tiny budget that’s struggling to figure out what to do, this just sounds like a Godsend to them,” Dorsett said. “And that’s what we’re seeing. A lot of them, that’s exactly how they feel about it.”
Heaven is the latest DVD in the My Hope evangelism series and includes a new message from Graham, with stories of hope and faith from author Laurie Coombs and California firefighter Cheyane Caldwell, according to the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. The Christian outreach is multidenominational and multiethnic.
“Heaven is going to be an incredible resource for the church to use to present the Gospel,” My Hope Vice President Steve Rhoads said. “The trailer only gives a glimpse of the importance of this film in proclaiming the peace that only comes from knowing Jesus Christ. As wonderful as this program is, it is only made truly effective when we pray and ask God to prepare the way.”
The DVD and promotional materials are offered in English and Spanish. The Heaven trailer is available at www.MyHopewithBillyGraham.org/programs, along with ordering instructions. Orders will be fulfilled shortly after Oct. 31, according to the website, and the film will be shown on numerous television stations in November.
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SOURCE: Baptist Press