By Daniel Brunty
The Choctaw Plaindealer
Rev. Jerry Lawson and wife Debra Lawson are spreading the love of Jesus around in the form of promotional buttons this holiday season.
Rev. Lawson, who is pastor of Enon Cumberland Presbyterian Church of Ackerman, began his mission to spread Jesus to all by purchasing 2500 Christmas buttons from the American Family Association. The AFA, which was founded in 1977 Southaven, is one of the largest and most effective pro-family organizations in the country with hundreds of thousands of supporters. During the holiday season, the AFA has churches that annually use its Christmas buttons for a major evangelism push during the Christmas season.
Once receiving the buttons, Rev. Lawson began to distribute the buttons all across Choctaw County and surrounding areas. Wanting to extend their reach, Rev. Lawson and a group of friends planned a trip to distribute buttons in Branson, MO.
Rev. Lawson and his wife and three other couples all made it part of their daily routine to give away as many buttons as they could in Branson. In total, the group passed out over 80 buttons during their time in Branson.
After the trip, Rev. Lawson and Debra received an email from their friend Buddy Smith, Vice-President of AFA. Smith had received an email from a person who was in Branson during the time the Lawsons made their trip. The email read:
This is not a prayer request but I don’t see another option for contacting you. We are vacationing in Branson, MO. We ate breakfast today at Denney’s. How delighted I was to see the waitress staff wearing your Christmas pins!!! A girl said that someone came by & gave the pins to everyone. How delightful! Also, I saw a pin on one of the greeters at the show we attended last night. Keep Up The Good Work!
Both Rev. Lawson and Debra want others to realize that these buttons are more than just simple buttons, but it is the sharing of the love of Jesus Christ with others year round, especially in this season, in which hopes are shared.
If you are interested in how you may get your own Christmas button for the season, you may visit the AFA website at www.afa.net.