How One Alabama Pastor’s Mission Trip Led to Work Across the World

Sometimes God weaves stories in ways you never would have guessed. Michael Goforth says he’s seen it happen — in his family and on a global scale.

It all started with giving an evangelist a ride to the airport back in the early 1990s when Goforth was pastor of First Baptist Church, Arley.

Sharing the vision

“We had hosted an evangelist from Texas in revival, and on my way to take him to the airport he invited me to go with him and a team from South Carolina to Romania,” Goforth said.

The country had recently come out from underneath communism and the missions team just had a team member drop out — one spot had just opened up.

Goforth said yes.

And that one “yes” kicked off something he never dreamed. He kept going, started leading teams and after moving to Sardis Baptist Church, Boaz, in 1999, shared the vision with them too. Through the years in Romania, they carried out evangelism and helped 14 churches either construct buildings or add on.

Not only that — Sardis Baptist expanded its mission to other places including the Dominican Republic, hurricane-hit Florida, Maine, Michigan, West Virginia, New York, Mississippi, Ohio and the Amazon Basin.

That last one is something special, Goforth said. Some Sardis Baptist members were so moved by the needs in the Amazon that they started a nonprofit organization called Amazon Hope, which boats teams in to areas unreached by the Gospel.

“We’ve been tied up in missions in Romania and other places for years and years and years — the church has been very supportive of it,” Goforth said.

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Source: Baptist Press