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Photo Friday: Evangelism Goes Up, Up, and Away!

In 1950, Beulah Chapel (Springfield, Ohio) celebrated a Sunday school milestone by releasing balloons tied to Bible tracts -- an illustrative (and unique) example of the denomination's emphasis on youth evangelism in the 1950s and 1960s. Courtesy of the Brethren in Christ Historical Library and Archives.

In early 1951, a member of Beulah Chapel — a Brethren in Christ congregation in Springfield, Ohio — sent a report to the Evangelical Visitor, announcing a special celebration at the church:

Our Sunday School Supt., Glendon Snider, planned a balloon ascension for October 22 [in 1950]. Each Sunday School attendant was given a card with a tract attached to a string. They lined up as the balloons were filled with gas, then they each tied their cards and tract to them and at a given word they let them all go. A large crowd was attracted and [we] also had police to direct traffic.

The report (and accompanying photo) demonstrates the way in which the Brethren in Christ Church as a denomination emphasized youth education and evangelism together during the 1950s and 1960s.

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