Praise the Lord for the two years of ministry here in Oregon! On April 27th, we celebrated our second anniversary and were encouraged to have a record attendance of over 100. Brother Elias Contreras preached for the services and three people trusted the Lord for salvation! Since then, three more families have begun to attend. Please pray they will remain faithful and grow in the Lord.
Since the start of our ministry, we have been praying for the area of Bend, Oregon; and several have mentioned the need for a Spanish work there. Last month, Iglesia Bautista de Riverview sent out Pastor Herberto Carbajal to begin a Spanish church north of Bend in Redmond, Oregon. What a blessing to have this brother as our neighbor in the ministry!
Last Sunday, the Lord blessed us with a special addition to the church—Juan Antonio was born to the Martinez family. Nearly two years ago during a follow-up visit a week after we had left a tract at their door, the Martinez family responded to the Gospel and were saved and baptized. Since then, they have been faithful to the Lord in their commitment to His Word. Praise the Lord for what He is doing in their lives!
We are grateful to the Lord for the families and individuals who formally joined Iglesia Bautista Westgate at our first membership service held last month on April 13. It was exciting to see thirty people dedicate themselves to serve the Lord through Westgate as their local church.
We thank the Lord for every remembrance of you, and pray that the Lord would increase your faith and your joy as you serve with us in our Samaria. Please begin praying for our second missions conference this July and for that the Lord would increase our influence in reaching people for Christ.
Laboring together in His Harvest,