Posted on : Tuesday August 26, 2014

By Sharon Mager, BaptistLIFE Correspondent

GREENSBORO, Md.—Greensboro Baptist Church, partnering with Iglesia Bautista Greensboro stuffed 600 backpacks with school supplies for elementary through high school age students for the church’s “Loving Our Community” event at the church. Transitional Pastor Mitch Dowell said about 40 people, many seniors, were shopping at midnight to gather the needed school supplies in time for the event. Three hundred children were served.

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Rosetta Dowell prays with visitor at Greensboro Church’s “Loving Our Community” outreach

“The doors opened at 10am on Saturday morning. The line of people was already out to the street,” Dowell said.

The local community is heavily Hispanic, Dowell said. Members of the Hispanic church canvassed the local communities meeting neighbors and sharing about the event.

“Daniel Santillan, pastor of the Iglesia Bautista Greensboro, played a vital role in getting the word out to the Hispanic community,” Dowell said. Santillan often helped with translation during the outreach for those unable to speak English.

Throughout the day members from both churches, along with a mission team from First Baptist Church, Easton, mingled with guests, gave away snow-cones and cotton candy and shared as the Holy Spirit led.

The remaining back packs will be given to local schools.

“This event served as a great opportunity to connect with the people of Greensboro, and especially the Hispanics,” Dowell said.