Volunteers hand out New Testaments to Miami fair-goers
Apr 11, 2014

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MIAMI (FBW)—During the 17 days ending March 30, scores of volunteers from Miami Baptist Association churches will man a booth during the Miami-Dade County Fair and Exposition. 

It is the 23rd year that the association mounted an evangelism effort during the event that annually draws thousands to the fair where the association has a booth that provides information about area churches.

Churches chose one or more days to provide volunteers who greet fairgoers and distribute free New Testaments in English or Spanish.

More than 20,000 New Testaments are typically given away during the 17-day fair, adding to a total of more than 500,000 distributed in 23 years. 

Some gifts are distributed in bags, according to Gary Johnson, director of missions of the Miami Baptist Association. 

Christian T-shirts and Evangecubes, “excellent for witnessing in any language,” are also sold at the booth.

Johnson said the association chose to rent a vendor booth since the free booths reserved for non-profits are available on a limited basis. All sales are at cost, and the booth is always able to “break-even” financially.

Church and Community Ministries Director Mike Daily has headed the fair ministry since he arrived in Miami in 1992 after graduation from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Kansas City, Mo. 

Daily, who speaks three languages, is supported by the association, Florida Baptist Convention, and the North American Mission Board.

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