Attendance at the Southern Baptist church on Scenic Drive had dwindled to about 15 most Sundays. The potted plant by the pulpit was from yet another member’s funeral. There was $5,000 in the church bank account and $6,000 in bills when Larry Montgomery, a deacon, reached a conclusion once unthinkable in the heart of the Bible Belt. “We’re just not going to make it,” he announced to the members of Scenic Drive Baptist, and then he told them he might have found a solution. 

There was another congregation, he said, a small one that had been meeting in living rooms and whose pastor carried business cards that quoted from John 4:35: “Look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest.” Maybe they wanted to buy the church. And so phone calls were placed, and a few days later, the prospective buyers held a prayer meeting about what to do. “Abuna Semawi, nashkurak,” the pastor began in Arabic. “Heavenly Father, we thank you.” FULL REPORT