Posted: Mar 4, 2013 6:23 PM by Morgan Frances - email@example.com
Updated: Mar 5, 2013 10:34 AM
TILDEN - The Eagle Ford Shale has brought tremendous job opportunity to towns throughout South Texas. The tiny town of Tilden has seen growth in jobs and people.
"Everything is booming," said Tilden Baptist Church Pastor Jim Furgerson.
He said when rigs began popping up and people started flooding small Tilden, he saw it as an opportunity; a responsibility to help bring religion to oil field workers who are away from their families like Gib Smith, an oil field welder.
"I was kind of nervous about going because I didn't know anybody but I wanted to make friends," Smith said.
There were some challenges; many oil field workers don't feel a sense of community since many of them aren't from the area. Also, it's hard to make time for church so Furgerson and his congregation decided to spread the word...literally.
Church members started placing religious magazines and Bibles called God's Word For The Oil Patch in laundry mats, restaurants and basically anywhere they thought oil field workers would frequent.
God's Word For The Oil Patch takes the traditional scripture and translates it into a language that's understandable for the common man. For instance in John 3:16, instead of saying "His only begotten Son," God's Word For The Oil Patch says "His one and only Son."
"I think a lot of them like the fact that they can read it and understand it and it doesn't have all those "thees" and "thous" in it and all those big words that don't make sense to us today," Furgerson said.
The church and its members have handed out over 1,500 Bibles to oil field workers and they're finding they're not only taking them, but they're reading them and showing up to church on Sunday. "If we can get these in the hands of everybody that it'll have an affect on their lives," Furgerson said. "It could be life changing."
Oilfield Christian Fellowship is the group that makes thee Bibles. They contain testimonies from oil field workers and reference specific scriptures that helped them get through some tough times.
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