As a volunteer Evangelism Catalyst with the Mission Service Corps (MSC) of the North American Mission Board (NAMB), Diane Smith serves through the Calhoun Baptist Association in Anniston.
Evangelism Catalysts are qualified men and women connected to and sent from a local church, focused on sowing the Gospel among a people group, strategic place or affinity group that is unreached or under reached. The goal is to lead those in the community to faith in Christ, help them become reproducing disciple-makers and connect them in a vital relationship with a local church or church plant.
Diane states that during her 14 months of service she has faced many challenges and feels truly blessed to be the “hands and feet of Jesus.” She has built relationships in government communities, served the homeless, worked with children and started a “Hope for Women’s Group.”
Working also through “multi-housing strategy,” Diane works with area church members who share the Gospel into settings such as gated communities, trailer parks, government communities or an apartment complexes.
Noting that 57 percent of people in the USA live in some form of multi-housing and that many of these residents aren’t likely to attend existing churches, Diane stated that we need to take the church to them by building relationships, sharing the Gospel, training leaders and loving like Jesus first loved us.
Diane expressed gratitude for the Alabama Baptist State Board of Missions and NAMB for supporting this type of ministry.