A new census report lists Effingham County, Georgia as the 28th fastest-growing county in the United States, 7th in Georgia, and first in south Georgia (the faster-growing counties in Georgia are all in the Atlanta and Athens area).
Effingham County, of which Rincon is the largest town, grew 5.4% in one year, from July 1, 2005 and July 1, 2005. This represents 2,409 new residents in one year.
My wife, who is registrar at Effingham County High School, can vouch for the rapid growth. In four years, she has seen the high school's enrollment go from about 1200 to nearly 1500.
In this environment, our church MUST put a heavy emphasis on evangelism. To fail to emphasize evangelism where so many new people are moving would be a sin! That is why we do dramas like "Heaven's Gates and Hell's Flames," and have regular outreach programs called F.A.I.T.H. and G.R.O.W. We have been criticized for our aggressive evangelism at times, but to quote D. L. Moody, "I like the way I do evangelism more than the way you don't do evangelism."