By Message Staff
RAPID CITY, South Dakota – A Lakota tribe member had just received a Gospel tract when she enthusiastically asked Northshore Baptist Association mission team member Jackie Morton how she could find the hope found in Christ.
Through a subsequent 15-minute conversation between the two, the Indian woman finally said yes to a relationship with Jesus.
“Jackie explained how God thorough His grace redeems us from sin through the blood of Jesus,” said Josh Dickson, team leader for the Northshore Baptist Association team. “God began to work and the lady confessed Jesus as Savior that day. She was joyful beyond belief and exclaimed that she was going to go tell her sister what happened. The lady came back the next day excited about what she shared with her sisters. Her joyful, stress-free demeanor radiated through her face. As team member Jackie Morton exclaimed, ‘It was a blessing just to see life change as a result of Jesus.’”
Morton, who is a member of Double Branch Baptist Church in Poteau, Oklahoma, was part of a Northshore Baptist Association team that took a trip June 23-30 to Rapid City, South Dakota. Team members included participants were from First Baptist Church in Ponchatoula, First Baptist Church in Covington, Old Zion Hill Baptist in Albany, Woodland Baptist in Lizard Creek, Eagle Heights in Tickfaw and Pine Grove Baptist in Verdin. First Baptist Church in Midlothian, Texas, and Double Branch Baptist Church in Poteau, Oklahoma, also sent members to serve on the team.
During their time in Rapid City, the team hosted a Vacation Bible School for Hills of Grace Fellowship that drew 48 children each day. The effort ended with 12 new families contacted for follow up.
“As Hills of Grace Fellowship Pastor Jimmy Dettman exclaimed, now the work of discipleship and follow up begins as this team gave of their week so that Hills of Grace can further love God and love the hills of Rapid City,” Dickson said. “The majority of this team did not know each other prior to arriving in South Dakota. To see God form a team together and then see him work once we arrived in South Dakota was an awesome experience. Everyone was prepared to for fill their role and we saw God work during the week.”