Hundreds of churches in the Lower Rio Grande Valley attract worshipers of many denominations.
Bibleville in Alamo offers some attractions that probably are unique with this unusual name, rules and history.
Surprisingly, I have lived in McAllen for 51 years, yet never had noticed the Bibleville sign on Cesar Chavez Road in Alamo, two miles north of Expressway 83, until last week.
Bibleville has some common rules, such as no children, and being at least one person 55 years old in a couple. All must be born-again Christians, and are from many religious backgrounds. They also must follow more rules than most to live in Bibleville.
Yet anyone from anywhere is welcomed to a staggering number of concerts and music of many kinds. Their 800-seat auditorium normally is packed for music twice on Saturdays. And it is free to everyone, although voluntary donations are welcomed.
How did this happen? This is what Dr. Ray Fuller, Bibleville committee chairman, commented when asked:
“The Eleventh Hour Mission began in 1975 with a Christian desire to minister to the Spanish-speaking world on both sides of the border. When the ministry grew we became known as Bibleville. The ministry drew Winter Texans from the Valley as well as local residents.
“Rio Grande Bible Institute of Edinburg became our parent organization in 1993. Bibleville is strongly involved in the education and spiritual needs of the students at RGBI, which is a fully accredited Bible College and Language School serving the Spanish-speaking world.
“Bibleville reaches out through musical concerts; Bible Conferences with outstanding speakers; ministry projects of clothing for all ages, warm quilts, Vacation Bible School materials for missionaries, and ministry to several Children’s Homes.
“We are not ashamed to tell the world that we love Jesus. We are not a perfect people but we worship the One who is perfect. The excitement of our day is when one person changes and receives Jesus Christ as their personal Saviour.”