Recently, several of the church members in the Raleigh and Durham, N.C., areas had the opportunity to participate in an evangelistic crusade entitled “Tenemos Vida” (We Have Life). As a school of evangelism, it provided the churches with the opportunity to learn firsthand how to prepare their members to reach others with the Gospel of salvation. Through the practical training and community work, along with the ministry of intercessory prayer, members learned by experience the method of Christ to reach souls for the Kingdom.
After participating in this school of evangelism, they decided to put what they had learned to use. Joining several other churches from the South Atlantic Conference, they began to plan the evangelistic crusade. The preparation process began on August 29, 2015, and included instruction, community work, and a march against female violence called “End It Now.” At the heart of this process was the spiritual preparation of participating churches. Through small group meetings, prayer ministry, and 40 days of devotional conference calls at 6 a.m., the churches prepared themselves for the upcoming crusade.
The meetings were led by Roger Hernandez, ministerial and evangelism director for the Southern Union, along with his wife and assistant, Kathy. The meetings took place in the ARC (the multi-use facility for the Raleigh Church), and were held from March 19-27, 2016. As a result of the crusade, 30 people were baptized! Seventeen of these new believers joined the Durham Spanish and Raleigh churches of the Carolina Conference. Along with the 30 who were baptized as a result of the crusade, 50 more have cumulatively joined these churches through baptism and profession of faith since August 2015 (the beginning of their ministry). The group continues to pray as the Lord is working on the hearts of the people in the Raleigh and Durham areas, and praises Him for those who have already accepted His call!
Carolina | December 2016