Church Planting – New Field

“Now give me this hill country that the LORD promised me that day. You yourself heard then that the Anakites were there and their cities were large and fortified, but, the LORD helping me, I will drive them out just as he said” (Joshua 14:12, NIV). With these words, Caleb asked Joshua the opportunity to possess a new territory, even though, it was a difficult one. In the same way, a group of believers from the Spanish Churches of Kennewick and Pasco decided to possess a new territory. That Territory is the city of Richland with its neighbor cities, in the State of Washington.

This year, the new company planned to have three evangelistic campaigns. Two of these three evangelistic campaigns were held in a conference room in the Red Lion Hotel in the city of Richland. As a result of these evangelistic cycles, we had baptized 3 people. After the first cycle of evangelistic effort, we started having some difficulties with the place of meeting. The conference room in the Red Lion Hotel was not always available, so, the new company began their journey from place to place.

During the last campaign, the company put emphasis on prayer. So, every day the company prayed to find a comfortable place to worship, to serve to children, teenagers, and adults, was an everyday motive of prayer.

Interestingly enough, after the week of prayer, a pastor from a Baptist church, which had been contacted during the week of prayer, called Pastor Jaime Flores, for an interview. As a result, the Baptist pastor and his board, allowed the Seventh-day Adventist Company of Richland to use the temple with its sanctuary, rooms for kids and youth without charging anything!

The work in Richland just began on January 14, and we see clearly that the Lord has a wonderful plan for this new congregation. In addition to Richland, the company has entered to West Richland and Benton City. The territory is huge, but, as Caleb said, “[with] the LORD helping me,” this new company is going forward in gaining souls for Christ in those difficult territories.

Now, the company is preparing for the next evangelistic campaign to add more people to its ranks. Please, pray for this new congregation that has been tested and also blessed in its short time of existence.

Jaime Flores
(Pastor of the Spanish District of Tri-City)

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