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Q&A with Scott Speer, senior pastor of First Baptist Church Richmond Hill
Speer family - photo by Photo provided.

Q: When did you first hear of Faith Force?

A: I first heard of Faith Force through a good friend and team member of Faith Force, Cesar Arocha. Four years ago we had a similar team, Team Impact, come to FBCRH and do a similar event, so we were already familiar with the format. Cesar came by my office this summer and told me that someone in the community had gifted Faith Force with funds to do some school assemblies in the community, and he asked us if we would be interested in hosting nightly crusades. We were so glad to partner with them on this.

Q: What made you decide to open the doors of FBC for this type of event?

A: Two things helped us decide to open our doors to this type of event. First, our positive experience with Team Impact, a similar group, four years ago, and second, our desire to bring the Gospel to the community. Even though this isn’t your typical “church event,” we knew it was an event that was successful in bringing the community out and would give us a chance to share the love of Christ with people. We knew the school assemblies were so valuable in connecting with the community and encouraging them to attend the nightly crusades.

Q: Overall, what was the experience like?

A: The experience was wonderful. The athletes talked to over 10,000 students in the schools, and we had over 2,000 attend the five-night crusade, with over 200 people responding during the invitation. We also had over
200 of our own church members serving in various ways. It was a great church and community event that had a great impact! We are still following up with people that had questions about Jesus, our church or the Bible.

Q: What kind of an impact does this kind of assembly make?

A: There are several different ways this event has made an impact. It impacted the students in the schools through a positive message of hope. It impacted the community through many people hearing the good news of Jesus Christ with many responding by trusting in Christ. It impacted our church by bringing unity through all of us serving the community together for the purpose of the gospel. There’s no greater thing that builds a group of people than serving others for the purpose of the Gospel, and our church experienced that in a great way this week. It was Romans 1:16 lived out in front of kids at the schools, but also men, women, boys and girls at the crusade: “For I am not ashamed of the Gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.”

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