Mission: Winston-Salem was a massive ministry outreach July 13-18 involving hundreds of members of Calvary Baptist Church in Winston-Salem.
But church leaders hope the effort will further a larger initiative to “Love Winston-Salem.”
Alexandra Milner, director of community ministry at Calvary, said this was the third year the church held Mission: Winston-Salem. She estimated nearly 1,000 members participated in the project, which is part of the church’s overall emphasis called Love Winston-Salem.
“Really, our hope is it will build a foundation for community partnerships,” she said.
Milner said the missions event seeks to involve church members in the community with hands-on experiences, which will lead to their involvement in long-term ministry.
This year, the church launched a community-based approach, focusing on two areas — Southside and Kimberly Park. Church members held a cookout for the communities, serving 750 hot dogs at each.
The church hopes to connect with families in the two neighborhoods. They plan to help students in elementary schools in each community.
Mission: Winston-Salem also included four Vacation Bible Schools, two sports camps, construction projects and prayer walks. One of the Bible schools was for 70 Karenni refugees.
A couple who worked in Burma for Wycliffe Bible Translators was in Winston-Salem on furlough. They had just completed a New Testament translation in the Karennis’ language.
The translation allowed Bible school leaders to share the gospel with the Karenni children in a way they understood. Two were baptized at the end of the week.
In all, the church partnered with several dozen ministries and organizations.
The church also sponsored the largest community blood drive in the state.
“A lot of people were hearing the gospel and seeing it lived out,” Milner said.