Potosi church ‘mugs-it-up’ in sharing the love of Christ
November 15, 2005
POTOSI – Five hundred area families were mugged at their front doors after dark Oct. 31. No, it wasn’t hoards of out-of-control Halloween hoodlums, it was the members of Potosi Southern Baptist Church and they are proud to plea “guilty.”
The church’s Women on Mission led the congregation in embracing the innovative “mugging” ministry. They purchased 500 coffee mugs with the church’s name and a Scripture verse and filled it with church information, a tract and – it being Halloween – candy.
“The people in the community were overwhelmed,” said John Edwards, pastor. “After going to the door time after time to give out candy to trick-or-treaters, they were the ones who got the treats.”
The mugs not only gave a treat and invitation to visit the church, it also gave recipients a good story to tell the next day.
“Tomorrow when you go to work, let the world know that last night you got mugged!” members told the recipients.
Police patrolling for real mischief makers weren’t immune either. After giving one of the mugs to the officers, “I told them that tomorrow I’m going to tell people that I mugged three policemen,” Edwards said.