By Brian Blackwell, Baptist Message staff writer
VIDALIA, La. (LBM) – Pastor Glen Harrigill can attest that God is on the move in a mighty way at Riverside Baptist Church.
Last year, the Vidalia church, which averages 70 for Sunday worship service, witnessed 10 people profess Jesus as Lord, and six already have been baptized. Harrigill said his congregation has embraced the Holy Spirit’s call to reach the lost.
“It’s 100 percent pure excitement,” Harrigill told the Baptist Message. “Our members are reaching out to others and bringing them in. With this church family, it is unlimited what God can do through our congregation.”
In early 2020, the congregation moved Sunday assembly from the 1,680-sq.-ft. worship center to the 4,000-sq.-ft. family life center. Since then, members have recreated the space for worship services and Sunday school. Bobby Mulvihill said working alongside other members on the construction project has created an even stronger bond within the congregation.
“We all have pitched in to help make this building happen in some way,” Mulvhill said. “Jesus has truly blessed our church. We are small in numbers but huge in heart.”
Willie Gillespie, a member of the building committee, said the congregation is excited about how God will use the multi-purpose facility to build His Kingdom.
“The people are excited and that is the key,” Gillespie said. “The Lord is allowing us to come alongside Him and be a part of His story at Riverside. When we open this up, we are praying and believing that God will send even more folks our way who need to hear about the Good News they have through His Son.”
Harrigill believes others are hungry for truth and Riverside Baptist hopes to continue providing them with the answer which is hope in Jesus.
“I think our country needs to hear the Word of God,” Harrigill said. “Our people are pointing folks to Jesus and letting them know how they, too, can have a relationship with Him.”