23 Aug Evangelistic Campaign at the Barrio Belén Church
On July 10th we kicked off an evangelistic campaign in a very “dramatic” fashion. With the help of our DESEO team, Dakota Nowell and Caleb Gossett put on a one-act play about the lies that Satan is constantly trying to sell us. Over 300 people attended that night, a great start to the weeklong campaign. We invited Juan Meza, originally from Mexico but currently residing in Memphis, TN as our speaker for the week. Juan’s nightly lessons were based on the widely-known story of the prodigal son. Juan did an excellent job delving into the details of this already well-known parable. He helped the congregation understand that there are two types of people in this story; the oldest son, and the youngest. He explained that the attitude of the older son is just as bad (if not worse) than the sins of the younger.
Juan’s words, in conjunction with the work of the Church Planters, led to eight baptisms throughout the week. Three of the people who were baptized are members of our Deaf community and students at ESPERO, our school for the Deaf. Darlin, a 22-year-old ESPERO student, responded to a question that Juan had asked during his sermon to make the church reflect on their personal lives. In the middle of the sermon, Darlin told Abbie (the interpreter) “I want to be baptized”. “Ok we can do it later tonight,” responds Abbie. To which Darlin replies, “No, I want to be baptized right now, I am tired of living in sin and I need to come back to the Father”. So right then, in the middle of Juan’s lesson, the two left to prepare Darlin for his life-changing decision. We praise God for the success of yet another Evangelistic Campaign and we pray that we will continue to see the fruits.