A Texas church has launched an outreach ministry called the Barbecue Baptist Church. The goal is to bring the Gospel to first responders and medical professionals while also delivering some of the best smoked meat imaginable.
Just Add a Barbecue Pit
Believe it or not, the Barbecue Baptist Church was birthed from the toilet paper crisis at the onset of the coronavirus pandemic in March.
A few members at First Baptist Church in Navasota, Texas outfitted a trailer with a sound system, an air compressor, and a pair of pneumatic guns. Operators would then shoot rolls of toilet paper wrapped in Scripture to those in the community who were in need.
What happened next was completely unexpected.
Chad McMillian, one of the pastors at FBC, somewhat jokingly suggested to “add a barbecue pit” to the trailer. This small joke quickly turned into reality.
“We were given the use of an amazing catering trailer complete with a charcoal grill, deep fryers, and a barbecue smoker. A dream was starting to come to life,” McMillian said.
Offering ‘Bibles & Brisket’
From June 11-17, 23 members of the church will make 17 stops in Texas, Mississippi, Tennessee, Missouri, Arkansas, and Oklahoma. According to their Facebook page, they will serve the following dishes:
- Bibles & brisket
- Prayer & Pulled Pork
- Redemption & Ribs
- Church & Chicken
- Salvation & Sausage
Prior to its weeklong missions road trip, Barbecue Baptist Church visited homes and businesses at no charge. They provided brief worship services and free barbecue dinners. The ministry quickly grew, operating four days a week with four stops each day.
Thanks to the contributions from the Navasota community, the church has been able to cover all expenses. The Barbecue Baptist Church will travel a total of 2,000 miles to serve the Gospel and barbecue to those in need.
“People are fearful and have lost their jobs. People have lost loved ones or even lost their own lives because of the pandemic,” McMillan told local reporters.
“And then, with the incredible tension and anger and frustration out of the tragedy that happened in Minnesota, people are struggling. We believe the Bible gives people hope through Jesus Christ.”
Cataloging the Adventure
A skilled member of the youth group will help catalog the entire 2,000-mile missions trip. He will capture video and photos throughout the journey to share on the Barbecue Baptist Church Facebook page.
The church set up a donation page for those that want to contribute financially to the mission. With the publicity that the Barbecue Baptist Church has already received, any amount will certainly go a long way.
Pastor McMillian also listed his email address (firstname.lastname@example.org) for those who would like to receive a daily prayer guide.
“We are trying to share with people, God loves you, and we love you, and we came to tell you that and share the Word of God with you and some delicious food,” McMillan said.