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Campaign for Christ: Black, white, Hispanic churches in Houston area ‘come together as one’



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For months, nearly a dozen billboards along busy Houston thoroughfares have promoted the Churches of Christ Campaign for Christ.
This week, 70 area congregations — black, white and Hispanic — are joining together to share Jesus and worship God in English and Spanish. On Sunday, about 4,000 men, women and children worshiped at the George R. Brown Convention Center downtown, just down the street from Minute Maid Park, home of baseball’s Astros. At least 11 new brothers and sisters in Christ have been baptized.
The nightly gathering continues through Wednesday and can be viewed live online at 7 p.m. Central through the Church of Christ Broadcast Network. Search hashtag #campaignforChrist for Twitter posts.

A new sister in Christ is baptized at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston. (Photo by Bobby Ross Jr.)

Two years ago, the campaign involved primarily black churches. But this time, organizers have worked harder to cross racial boundaries and involve a diversity of colors and ethnicities, campaign co-chairman Gary Smith said. The theme is “Coming Together As One.”
In a “Day of Good Works” on Saturday, hundreds of church volunteers distributed backpacks and school supplies to 3,000 children and families who started lining up outside the convention center hours before the event started. Free English and Spanish Bibles were given away, while services offered included vision and diabetes screenings, spiritual counseling and immigration legal assistance. More than 500 Christians signed up to donate blood.
Featured in the above video describing the campaign plans are Smith, minister for the Fifth Ward Church of Christ; David Duncan, minister for the Memorial Church of Christ; and Cruz Hernandez, minister for the Hidden Valley Church of Christ.
Look for full coverage of the campaign in an upcoming print edition of The Christian Chronicle.

Christians fellowship at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston. (Photo by Bobby Ross Jr.)

  • Feedback
    Im so proud of this, & im hoping here in florida, we can do the same thing. In fact, this should be something that maybe i look into. I wouldve loved to be in the presence of all my fellow church of Christ family. God bless
    Brother Ricky Cheaves
    August, 7 2012

    Jesus, THE CHRIST, came into this world to show men that “he” needed an example to follow. Jesus was a perfect man-no sins. Men everywhere come to him by their own choice and are saved through baptism which is only the beginning of a Christian Birth. Then they live according to THE FATHERS WILL. Heaven is where we are all headed if only WE SUBMIT to THE WILL of GOD. The Church in Houston is to be commended for their efforts to reach the LOST.
    Jerry Wheeler
    August, 8 2012

    To God be the Glory! I am so happy to read of such a great and needed event to happen. It is time for us to come together to win souls no matter what the status, race, etc. I Commend the brothers and sisters in Christ located in Houston, TX to put on this event. May it be modeled by the rest of the nation, including Tennessee/Kentucky, where I reside.
    All praises give Jehovah!! The gates of hell will not prevail against His church.
    Willette Carlyle
    August, 8 2012

    Houston is my hometown and 5th ward Church Of Christ where I obeyed the Gospel over 40 years ago. I hope for the best for this campaign. Wishing you all the best in the years to come. Praise the Lord.
    Oscar York
    August, 8 2012

    I really enjoyed everything It was very uplifting to see everyone participating Heavenly Father thank you for such a program as this continue to bless each member so we can spread the gospel to every creature , and continue to be a light to the world so you can get the Glory and Praise bless each member each congregation each minister each lost soul to understand and do the will of God in Jesus name we pray amen
    Minister Leroy Burton Jr
    August, 8 2012

    Very nice, the trhuly New Testament church are composed for every race, and nation!!! Is multicultural, the church in this country needs to learn more about diversity.
    Blessings to Cruz Hernandez he represented the 2nd and 3rd spanish bilinual generation, a third culture with a powerfull chalenge!!!
    Omar Corpus
    August, 8 2012

    This reminds me of the national Crusade for Christ. The next one is scheduled for June 23 in Montgomery Alabama. They have a web site that you can visit, it is www.cofccrusade.org
    Airdean Russell
    August, 9 2012

    The brothers & sisters in Houston are to be commended. Having billboards, television broadcasts and Twitter posts for the cause of Christ is awesome! We’ve been doing something similar in Michigan for a few years now called “Love in Action”.
    We sing “When we all (or when the saved) get to Heaven” and sometimes I wonder if we realize that it will be intergrated. Events like this give me hope that we’re finally believing Gal 3: 26-28 and Eph 4:4.
    Monique M. White
    August, 10 2012

    SO THANKFUL TO GOD for this great news. Christ our Savior died for us all. Let us join IN the truth and in love, in obedience as “CHRIST’S” church, the one church he died for.
    READ ALL OF EPHESIAN’s 4:
    Unity of the Spirit
    1Therefore I, the prisoner of the Lord, implore you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling with which you have been called, 2 with all humility and gentleness, with patience, showing tolerance for one another in love, 3 being diligent to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. 4 There is one body and one Spirit, just as also you were called in one hope of your calling; 5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism, 6 one God and Father of all who is over all and through all and in all.
    Debora Sperry
    August, 21 2012

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