Monday, January 08, 2007

I forgot to tell you... I love my church

Somehow I forgot to share this here on my blog. I think I e-mailed it to several friends and such but I love how our church is reaching out to the community...
From the Baptist Standard:
Encounter may not have had Spanish-speaking Hispanics as its target audience, but now that a couple of dozen attend, the congregation is excited at the opportunity God has given for ministry...
The congregation has now grown to number about 200 in attendance—mostly 20- to 50-year-olds and their families.
But a few months ago, the church began to draw from a new demographic group—Hispanics, some who spoke limited English and others who spoke almost no English. And several of them older than most of Encounter’s Anglo worshippers.
A scheduled testimony by a young English-speaking Hispanic couple in the church sparked the Hispanic infusion, Pastor Brian Treadaway said. The couple’s family and friends came to hear them share how God had reclaimed their lives after sin had stripped away from them everything they held dear. That group continued to attend, and other family and friends also joined them.
The funniest part of the article is a quote Brian (pastor) supposedly gave. He didn't. "We are Baptists in our core—in what we believe we are Baptist through and through." (Dang - even the Christian media can't get quotes right.)

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