“I have heard the reports about You, and I am in awe when I consider all You have done. O Eternal One, revive Your work in our lifetime; reveal it among us in our times.” (Habakkuk 3:2; The Voice).
For more than seven years we have had a Church with more than 120 members on records with zero attendance. The building was closed because of the lack of members. We are talking about Weiser Hispanic Seventh-day Adventist Church. More than three years ago, when I arrived as Hispanic Coordinator for the Idaho Conference, I met Elder David Prest, and he delegated me the responsibility to present a plan to REVIVE Weiser Hispanic Church. After praying, I discussed with the Payette Hispanic Church, the closest church to Weiser, an initiative to employ a part time Bible Worker. They took an action, and Fredi Vásquez, was hired as part time Bible Worker. At this point, the Church has been reopening its doors and have reached the following important points:
- December 12th, 2015, we celebrated the first service with a full Sabbath program: morning and evening meetings. The attendance was 6 people including 1 non-Adventist.
- From December 12, 2015 to January 9th, 2016, the Church celebrated their first evangelistic campaign. As a result of this effort, a couple from Payette, members of a Pentecostal Church in Ontario, attended the whole series, and they decided to join the Seventh-day Adventist Church by Profession of Faith.
- January 27th, 2016, the Church started serving hot meals every Wednesday at noon to share the love of God in a “tasty” manner to the community of Weiser.
- February 131th 2016, the Church started their second evangelistic meetings with a series of message on emotional health according to the Gospel and the 28 beliefs of the SDA Church. On the same date, they held a bazar of clothing where the guest attending the campaign can stop by after the meetings and get some items for their families.
- February 27, 2016, the Church concluded the series and four new souls were added to the Kingdom of God. Two of them, the Calderon family, who are former members of the Church, renewed their covenant to Christ through the Communion Service during the morning service. And, two of them were baptized at Payette Spanish Church, following a supper of welcoming for the new members.
- The attendance of February 27h, 2016, was 16, 12 of them living in the city of Weiser. Two couples with their kids. Two of these three families are former Adventists. Because of the list these families have been visited and now they are open to reignite their faith.
- Weiser Hispanic Church had young people attend the Youth Evangelism Workshop held on March 4th and 5th, 2016, at the GSA.
- Being that evangelism is not an event, and instead is a lifestyle, now the Church is got ready for the next evangelistic campaign from March 26th to April the 9th, 2016. Followed by a series of evangelist meetings with young people in charge of from Caldwell Hispanic Church, from April 10 to April 16.
- While this all happened, a special task force team, from Payette Hispanic Church and Weiser Hispanic Church, organized SANIDAD 2016. On Sunday, May 1, a variety of medical providers, which include, family practitioners, optometrists, chiropractors, and nurses, serrved the community showing them the love of God in a unforgettable way: providing help for their medical needs.
- What does REVIVE stands for? RE-aching out to the community to provide help for their needs. VI-brant small groups giving Bible Studies, V-isiting former members, knocking on their doors to let them know that their Church is now active. E-vangelistic meetings.