The week of the chicken BBQ is one of the busiest weeks of the year for our high school students, leaders and myself. It takes time, planning, organizing, coordination and patience. Through the years it has gotten easier to “pull off” and the Lord has given me new perspective as to what the BBQ is. It is more than just a tradition that we have kept for 54 years now! It is the coming together of many people to support our youth and one of the largest opportunities for fellowship and evangelism that we as a church hold during the year.
This year especially, we as leaders stressed to our students that we weren’t just trying to get though the day or put food on a plate to our “customers,” but that we were trying to show the love of Christ in everything we did. We reminded our students that our “customers” were family members, church members, people who had supported us all year through our fundraisers, people who had donated pies, invited their friends and neighbors and donated more than the cost of a ticket. The more than 900 people we would come in contact with over two and a half hours were believers, non-believers and people everywhere in-between on their faith journey in this life.
Titus 2:7-8 says “Show yourself in all respects to be a model of good works, and in your teaching show integrity, dignity, and sound speech that cannot be condemned, so that an opponent may
be put to shame, having nothing evil to say about us.” We went into Friday desiring to display this to everyone we came in contact with. Our goal was not only to serve food but to also minister to people though our words and actions and to create an atmosphere that gave you the opportunity to do so as well. We sought to be efficient but we also saw lines and limited seating as opportunities to connect with people who we may not regularly interact with. We realized that the Chicken BBQ was more than a fundraiser.
We pray that you were blessed by fellowship and the opportunity to minister to others. We hope you all enjoyed the food and took advantage of the opportunities that the Holy Spirit provided. Last but not least we THANK YOU for your support! We do not take it for granted!