Every second week in August, the small town of Britt grows
in size in observance of its National Hobo Convention. A week
before the event, Pastor Greg Baum and intern Tim Newman
were working at Bethel Baptist Church when a Coke distributor walked in. He wanted to donate some bottles of Coke to the
church. “Could the youth group use them?” he asked.
Bethel Baptist, Britt, Iowa, offers free Coke at its town’s National
When Greg and Tim went to the grocery store to claim
the Coke, they discovered approximately 200 bottles—much
more than the youth group could consume! So Greg and Tim
thought of a better way to use them.
Weeks before Hobo Days, the congregation began praying
that God would help them be creative in reaching out to their
community during the event. They decided to set up a table
to give away their Coke. On Saturday at noon they placed the
bottles beside the mulligan stew, a traditional hobo meal, that
townsfolk made and served for free. In addition, the church
gave away a Bible through a drawing. The man who won, a
Christian, came from North Carolina with his wife. He had
heard of the Hobo Convention and decided to make Iowa one
of their points of destination while traveling the country.
“This Bible will be put to work,” he said. “It won’t just sit on
Clear Lake, Iowa
More than 150 teenagers met at three locations in Iowa to be
challenged to go—go with the Good News of Jesus Christ to
their friends, family, teammates, coworkers, and schools.
Teens at the Go! Conference in Iowa learn to go with the Good
News of Jesus Christ.
Speakers at Iowa Regular Baptist Camp in Clear Lake,
Harvest Baptist Church in Williamsburg, and Faith Baptist
Church in Carroll challenged teens to reach people around
them with the gospel. The Go! Conference equipped teens with
methods to effectively share the gospel in a onetime setting and
taught principles for building relationships in order to share the
gospel multiple times with the same individual.
The goal, says the Iowa Association of Regular Baptist
Churches state youth committee, was to “present the practi-
cal side of personal evangelism,” addressing questions such as
“What about my public school?” and “How do I overcome fear?”
By hosting the event in multiple locations, they hoped to “make
it easier for more churches to attend.”
God has a heart for those who are lost in darkness and sin,
the teens learned, and they themselves are tools He uses to
share His love.
Iowa City, Iowa
Imagine moving to a different country and all you have is
what you packed in your suitcase. Incoming students from
around the world have little with which to set up a household,
so Faith Baptist Church provides household goods to show
Faith Baptist Church, working with Campus Bible Fellowship International, arranged for buses to drive the students
from the University of Iowa to the church for its 11th International Giveaway. For months people had been collecting
furniture, kitchen items, linens, and other household goods to
give to new international students.
Arriving at the church, 200 students representing 32 countries registered. Then they gathered in the sanctuary to receive
instructions—and the gospel. Back outside, the students picked
out the items they wanted, which were loaded onto trucks for
delivery. While waiting for the bus ride home, they enjoyed
refreshments, met folks from the church, and received literature
concerning CBFI activities and studies.
Faith Baptist Church counts it a privilege to welcome these
students, not just with their words, but also with their actions.
At Faith Baptist, Iowa City, Iowa, international students choose
household items to set up their new homes.
More than 500 women explored “The Heart of Friendship”
at the Iowa Association of Regular Baptist Churches Ladies’
Retreat held at Iowa Regular Baptist Camp.
The theme came from the book Getting to the Heart of
Friendships by Amy Baker. Amy led a workshop and spoke on