News 12 at 6 o'clock, November 12, 2007
AUGUSTA, Ga.---Thousands are expected to gather at the James Brown Arena for the 186th session of the Georgia Baptist Convention. This year's theme is "Back to the Basics."
Bobby and Ruth Henton have been coming to the Georgia Baptist Convention for over 40 years. Some of the highlights include music, ministry, and even a little shopping. But it's not all fun and games.
Mr. Henton says, "This is a democratic convention. You get the chance to vote on things. They don't just tell you this is the way it's gonna be."
This year the Hentons will vote on whether to approve a co-operative program budget of 52.3 million dollars in an attempt to get a message out. "We're hoping to reach our state which is about 70% of our state is unchurched and we're hoping that we can penetrate that with a gospel message."
2000 people will fill the seats. The expected impact to the city is over $200,000.
"Certainly, hopefully, while people are out and about they're sharing the message of Christ with others as they're eating a meal, at their hotel with the workers there, and sharing the good news about the gospel while they're out and about," says Eddy Oliver.
The Georgia Baptist Convention is just one of several events in Augusta this week. The Convention and Visitors Bureau says it could all together generate over $1.5 million dollars.
Startling numbers? Ruth's not surprised. "You know you try and stand alone, you don't do a good job, but if you band together you can see accomplishments done."
As one more year draws to a close the Hentons are already looking forward to the next time...."As long as we're able we're going to come."