"...Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven." - Matthew 19:14. The outreach ministry of Love Valley Baptist is diverse. Throughout the week, members visit the sick, representatives of the church follow up on the visitors. However, the special forces team of the outreach ministry is the Bus Ministry.
Bus workers are special people. The bus workers team up to bring hundreds of young people and adults under the sound of the gospel every week. They start their Saturday's with an encouraging meeting which is followed up by visits. Lot's of visits. Many bus workers spend their entire Saturday traveling from door to door convincing children from four years old to adults to come to church. Sunday's are long for the bus workers. The bus workers are faithful members of the church. They attend their own Sunday school class and Sunday morning preaching. From there, some of the ladies immediately begin preparing lunch for the workers, some begin preparing for their Bus Sunday School class and some workers climb on their bus. In all, eight buses leave the church property to pick up their precious loads.
Around 3:00 PM on Sunday, the buses return. Everyone, from four year-olds to adults, attends a class appropriate for their age. After their class, everyone attends the bus preaching service where one of the many preachers of Love Valley preach the Word of God and deliver the Gospel of Christ to the 250 - 350 people in attendance. It is not uncommon for someone to be saved every week during the afternoon preaching service.
The bus rides are not boring either. Each Bus Captian is encouraged to have a program which includes music, games and of course, preaching. Often, different buses have themes such as Tacky Day. Becca was kind enough to model her "Tacky Day" outfit for you!
There are many people who have a passion for the Bus Ministry at Love Valley, but none more than Bro. Rick and his wife, Mrs. Evelyn. Bro. Rick is the Bus Director. He is the one who makes the whole operation run smoothly. He deals with some of the kids who misbehave,. He makes sure all the buses are staffed and properly maintained. He keeps the Children's Church and Bus Sunday School classes staffed with plenty of workers and occasionally even drives a bus. Ultimately, if there is a problem, or a question he is the one to go to.
Of course, it is all about the kids. Many of these kids are in homes most of us could not imagine: homes where arguing, fighting and cursing is the normal conversation; homes where drug transactions take place as the church bus pulls up and homes where one or both parents are missing. For these children, the Gospel of Christ is their only hope and a few hours at church is their only escape. For these children, the love of Christ shown through a bus worker is the only pure love they may ever see.
"And the lord said unto the servant, Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled." Luke 14:23