Friday, March 23, 2012

Pastors Unite; "Let's Praise God Together"

This week Centro Cristiano's Lead Pastor, Gollo, and Youth Pastor, Luis, and I went to visit another Pastor, Israel, in a small town called, El Tigre (The Tiger).  Both Gollo and Luis have met him before.  It was my first time to visit this town and meet Pastor Israel.  We spent over three hours just talking about our ministries, personal lives, and God.  It was a really good time.

One of the things that we've been praying about here is the possibility of extending our ministry presence as a church and also as a mission base.  This meeting confirmed our prayers as doors were opened to help Pastor Israel and his congregation reach his town.  He has invited our youth to do an open-air evangelistic outreach in the center of the town and is eager for help in other aspects as well.  We are eager to help.  He is a Pastor that has a lot of work as he also preaches in two other towns where there are no churches.  Jesus said it perfectly, "The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few."  In the future, we hope to be able to work together and see God's Kingdom advanced.

As we were stepping out the front door of Pastor Israel's house, another local Pastor rode by on his motorcycle as he was helping the government with a short seasonal job.  When we called to him and greeted him, he said to us that he was about to go visit us in Cofradía.  Pastor Samuel has been to Cofradía on two occasions to preach; one time during our huge Youth Event "EL RETO."  We, as well, have taken a Short-Term Mission team to do an open-air evangelism in the town he pastors, San Vicente.  When he came to speak at EL RETO, he was so impressed with the impact it has in youth's lives that he started one with a bit of a different twist in purpose with his youth.  He will be meeting with us here next week to talk about ideas and where to go now that he's started it.  Pastor Samuel is another who would like to work together and we are eager to help!

On our way home, we stopped by Pastor José's church in Rosamorada to talk about his invitation to speak in Cofradía on April 6, Good Friday.  As we talked with Pastor José, he mentioned that in his conversations with other pastors in the region, there is a mutual agreement to unite.  Pastors from different denominations are wanting to set aside their doctrinal differences and come together united to what we have in common, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and "Praise God Together."  This is something that really excites me as we've been praying for the same.  We want to extend the Kingdom of God, help the churches that need help, and Praise God Together!

Please join us in prayer for Cofradía and this region.  "The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few.  Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field." (Matthew 9:37-38)

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