In the Spring of 2017 Faith Bible Church launched a brand new ministry/evangelism tool, the Ice Cream Truck. The idea behind this came first from our friends at Compass Bible Church in Huntington Beach. They have had an ice cream truck for a few years and our leadership thought that it was a great outreach tool. The ice cream truck allows us to tell people about our church and ultimately bring the Gospel to others.
As one of our deacons, Greg Baird, said in a recent interview by Air1 “If you try to stop people on the street to talk about God, at least in our area, some might stop. If you have an ice cream truck, a lot more are going to stop. It’s a great conversation starter. Some people say they don’t like cold evangelism. We love it, it doesn’t get any colder than the ice cream truck.”
Why we have an ice cream truck:
We do lots of good works in the name of Christ, not to earn our salvation, but as a result of salvation. The ice cream ministry is a good work; it’s showing kindness to our neighbors; it’s a way to step out of our comfort zone and meet the people around us who need more than anything else in life, to know God. If we can help facilitate a meeting between our neighbors and God, we’re all for it. The truck is just another thing we use to reach out to the people around us.
Where can you find the ice cream truck:
Our church is on the border of Murrieta and Temecula and we are there a lot. We are in the process of building a new facility in Wildomar near Clinton Keith and the 15 fwy, we’ve been going into that area more. We also serve Menifee, as we have a church plant in Menifee. We find local events events like Movies in the Park, City Celebrations, and Independence Day Parades. We will go to some schools and support some Christian clubs where we have FBC students on campus.
What kind of ice cream we have:
We have ice cream bars and sandwiches, fruit bars, and kid friendly comic pops. We also carry ice cold water bottles for parents and others who may not want the calories of an ice cream. We have about 20 varieties and we try to keep all them all in stock. So in our first two years of ministry we have given out about 12,000 ice cream and who knows how many water bottles.
Why ice cream, why not some other food?:
Everyone loves ice cream. Even people who are lactose intolerant want it, so we have dairy free fruit bars. Nobody listens for the pizza truck or the hot dog truck, but when they hear the ice cream truck coming, people lose their minds! Ice cream is like instant happiness.
Our goal with the ice cream truck is that the Gospel would be proclaimed. We don’t have a dramatic story to tell of someone whose life was dramatically changed by the ice cream truck, but lives have definitely been impacted by the the Ice Cream Truck Ministry. The truck brings a new level of attention to our church and our ability to get into conversations with the unchurched. We have had many people attend our church services after receiving ice cream and an invitation. We always teach biblical truth including the gospel at every service. The Word of God does not return void so we are confident that lives have been impacted one way or another. Our desire as a church is to take the gospel to Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria, and the uttermost parts of the earth. So starting with Jerusalem, we would like to eventually cover every neighborhood in our Valley with a stop by the Ice Cream Truck.