An estimated 2,000 Southern Baptist volunteers will join forces for “Crossover San Antonio” prior to the Southern Baptist Convention’s June 12-13 annual meeting at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center.
Texas (BP) – An estimated 2,000 Southern Baptist volunteers will join forces
for “Crossover San Antonio” prior to the Southern Baptist Convention’s June
12-13 annual meeting at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center.
Crossover – now
in its 19th year – officially is June 9-10 and will be a comprehensive campaign
to reach a significant segment of San Antonio’s unchurched population, said Don
Smith, national Crossover coordinator for the North American Mission Board.
NAMB is jointly
sponsoring Crossover San Antonio with the Southern Baptists of Texas
Convention, the Baptist General Convention of Texas and the San Antonio Baptist
During the week
and weekend leading up to the SBC’s annual meeting, volunteers representing
dozens of SBC churches in San Antonio and around
the nation will take the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the streets, parks and
plazas of San Antonio, a city of some 1.8
million people and the second-largest city in Texas. About 60 percent of the population is
Despite a rich
religious history, four out of five San
Antonio residents do not attend church regularly and
two-thirds have no church affiliation, according to Charles Price, director of
missions for the San Antonio Baptist Association, which consists of 259 churches
big for us, and we’re getting a good response from our area churches,” Price
said. “We pray that God will give us an infusion of new believers into our
churches and that we would be able to start three or four new churches as a
result of Crossover.
“We need a
cross-cultural witness. San Antonio
is a mission field with 45-50 people groups, and we have to approach it like
that,” Price said.
outreach efforts will include door-to-door evangelism, block parties and an
international festival featuring dozens of ethnic groups showcasing their
cultures, food, dress, music, dance and art.
people are expected to come to ‘Festival de Alabanza’ (Festival of Praise), a
massive block party and concert planned for the plaza on
Guadalupe Street,” Smith said. The
festival will include sharing the Gospel in English and Spanish, the
internationally known “Campanas de America” mariachi group, praise and gospel
music, food and other entertainment.
of the Crossover volunteers, meanwhile, will be involved with “Kindness
Explosion,” a ministry of random acts of kindness that will take place in the
River Walk and The Market areas of San
Antonio. Their activities will include the
distribution of cold water in bottles imprinted with the Gospel message.
beginnings at the 1989 SBC annual meeting in Las Vegas, nearly 38,000 people have prayed
to receive Christ as a result of the annual evangelistic effort. Thousands have
participated as Crossover volunteers and dozens of new Southern Baptist
churches have been planted under the program, Smith said.