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Road to Hope: Jesus is resurrected during annual production

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    Bradley Baptist depicts the tomb where Jesus Christ was resurrected after He was crucified. ALAINA CLARKE/Staff
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    A depiction of Jesus Christ on the cross during Road to Hope at Bradley Baptist Church. ALAINA CLARKE/Staff
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    Road to Hope displaying a scene from Jesus’s life and His experiences He went through. ALAINA CLARKE/Staff

Bradley Baptist Church presented their production of Road to Hope March 12-14, this time as a drive-thru event, showing the life of Jesus Christ and His resurrection.

Amy Johnson, the wife of Pastor Steve Johnson and the leader of Road to Hope, said there was a lot of excitement leading up to the production. She said Road to Hope is always a special performance.

“Road to Hope was a short drive-thru that took you on the life experience of Jesus,” she said. “It started with John the Baptist coming in through the new testament, all the way to the resurrection. It’s just a small glimpse of His life and what happened to Him.”

She said years before they started Road to Hope, people wanted to do some sort of outside ministry to share His story She said a group came together and presented it to Bradley Baptist, and they jumped in. She said the first year they put together Road to Hope was in 2009.

“The last year we did Road to Hope was 2017. We were going to do it last year but had to close it down due to the virus. We weren’t prepared to do Road to Hope as a drive-thru, so we put it on hold,” Johnson said.

The leader said this year was a challenge because it is the first time they did the drivethru version of Road to Hope instead of the walk-thru. She said they had to redo lines and make things shorter, while making sure the staff was taken care of.

She said they had 105 cast members, which was less than years past.

“As Christians, we want to get the message out. He died for all of us, not just for me or you. He would have died just for one,” she said. “Because He died for all of us, we want to share His good news that we have eternity if we are Christians.”

Johnson said they always try to do Road to Hope close to Easter Sunday. She said they were concerned with the time change, so they picked dates closer to the middle of March. She said Road to Hope was better at dark.

“People should come out and see this because they can get a glimpse of His suffering and what He went through. He went through this for us, and His love is so deep and genuine. No matter what He loves us, and He died on the cross for all of our sins,” Johnson said.

She said Bradley Baptist wants to be the lighthouse into the community. She said Road to Hope is just one of the things the church does in the community, and even though COVID-19 slowed them down, they are now back to doing events.

The leader said Bradley Baptist provides two church services, one at 9 a.m. and the other at 11 a.m. She said Sunday school starts at 10 a.m. She said the reason they have two church services on Sunday is because some people like to get up earlier, while others like to sleep in a little later.

Johnson said her favorite thing about Road to Hope is the fellowship. She said they start working early in January to prepare everyone. She said it’s a good time to get to know people since it’s hard to do that during service.

“Easter is just a special time here at Bradley Baptist,” she said. “We get to look into Jesus’s resurrection, and that’s just the peak of it. He is eternity.”

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“We want to give everyone a chance to come learn about Christ and see how much He loves you,” she said. “We want church to be fun and not so routine, and we hope people will visit Bradley Baptist at some point.”