Ambassador Baptist Church in Windsor isn’t moving any time soon.
They love their city.
Last year, Ambassador Baptist Church was contacted by Sue Keddy of the PAOC who extended an invitation to show the love of Jesus in tangible ways to their neighbours. Ambassador responded to the invitation with enthusiasm. They opened the doors and lawn of the church and threw a funfair for the neighbourhood. Early last June, their church was home to a barbecue, bike clinic and bouncy castles. By the time the fair was over, they had served around 800 hot dogs – a warm welcome for many who perhaps had never been to a church in their lives. After the first successful year, which was funded in part by the PAOC, the leadership torch was passed to Ambassador’s lead pastor, Scott Dakin, who is ready to show his city the love of Jesus once more.
After last year’s success, Ambassador is throwing another funfair this year featuring live music and some humour from a local Christian comedian. On top of their random acts of kindness, they’re also looking at ways to include sharing the Gospel with their neighbours.
Pastor Scott has also been connecting with Pastor Mark Hazzard from Parkwood Gospel Temple (PAOC) who initiated a prayer walk initiative. His vision is that Christians in our city will walk all 1800 km of Windsor’s streets ahead of We Love Windsor day, June 13. On May 1, they met together for prayer. About 700 people came out to pray for the city, lifting up their home and their neighbours to God.
With a passion for partnership, Pastor Scott has been encouraged to see Anglicans, United, Baptist, Pentecostal, Catholic and others come out to share the love of Jesus, and help their communities to see Christ in their actions. What they most want people to know is that churches are for the good of the city.
In addition to the annual event, Ambassador is finding regular ways to reach out to their community. One of those ways is through a dinner held every Wednesday night. About 40-50 people from the church and the surrounding areas come out regularly to enjoy some free food, devotional time and warm company. Through their openness, the church building is reclaiming its birthright as a community hub – a place where people live their lives together, accepted and loved by their spiritual family.
God is working in Windsor through Pastor Scott and the amazing people at Ambassador Baptist Church.