June 25th, 2009 at 10:07 am
A pastor in Del Rio wants to meet his community’s spiritual needs in a recreational way.
Ruben Chairez, pastor of Primera Iglesia Bautista Del Rio, feels it is important to bring the community and churches together.
His church do this in part by holding a 3-on-3 basketball tournament. Groups drove in for the tournament from areas such as Hondo, and some groups came from as far as three hours away.
The church has also hosted other events such as concerts, workshops, block parties and soccer games for the community. Church members go on Saturdays to different schools to pray for students, teachers, parents and anyone involved with the school system, Chairez said.
The church uses these outreach tools to draw the community together and to draw them closer to Christ. Chairez said they teach seminars on family life, and the response to this and other events has been positive.
“They support it 100 percent,” Chairez said of the community’s reaction.
Chairez and his church are also able to share the love of Christ with these people. They have devotionals before the tournaments and events, and they also give out New Testaments and tracks to the people participating.
“We help anyone who has questions or wants to know more,” Chairez said.
Chairez and his church are doing these missions as part of Texas Hope 2010, a Baptist General Convention of Texas initiative encouraging believers to pray for those around them, care for those in need and share the gospel with every person in Texas by Easter 2010.