By Julie Duvall, Director of Deep Creel Resort Ministry & Sharon Mager, BCM/D Correspondent
DEEP CREEK, Md.—Deep Creek Resort Ministry workers were busy throughout the annual Western Maryland Autumn Glory Festival. They manned a children’s ministry tent with a baby comfort station. Throughout the day festival goers stopped by with their kids for face painting, temporary tattoos and crafts. There was also a clown making animal balloons, witnessing around the tent with compasses and witnessing beads and goodies such as hot chocolate, and popcorn.
“Usually, I am trying to find enough volunteers to help right up until the end, but this year God blessed us with more than enough which allowed us to provide more ministry opportunities at the tent,” Julie Duvall, Director of Deep Creek Resort Ministry said.
“Everything is always free and allows us an opportunity to share that God’s love is free and just as easy to accept. We also had chances to let our lights shine by having volunteers help with a local craft show, as parade spacers, and a volunteer to help with relaying messages during the parade between the Grandstand and radio announcer spot. We had the opportunity to share Christ with over 240 people that day.
Mission teams from: Smithsburg Valley Church, Oak Grove Church, Bel Air; LaVale Church, Grace Church, Cumberland Community Church, and students from Frostburg State University, worked during the festival.
“Probably the one ministry of the day that people expressed their gratitude most was our hand-washing station placed right outside the port-o-pots. It was a reminder of first needing to meet the physical needs of others before being able to meet the spiritual needs.
“All in all lives were changed! Please continue to pray that the seeds planted will continue to be watered, grow and eventually harvested,” Duvall said.