We are delighted to announce that the Agape Company in Tupelo, Miss., has achieved church status as of August 13, 2022. The ceremony was attended by many church members and church officials who gathered to dedicate the new enterprise, whose official name is now Tupelo Hispanic Adventist Church.
After the service, members spoke to Martin Fancher, Gulf States Conference executive secretary, who confidently affirmed that “the best days of this church are still ahead.” His statement resonated with Gulf States President Brian Danese’s sermon that urged the church to be a lighthouse in the community.
“Now our responsibility is that this place becomes a place where the community can come for help,” said Edgar Maldonado, Tupelo’s first elder, continuing, “a place where broken families can find in Christ a restoring solution, a place where those in need who wander in the streets can find the peace and refuge that this church can provide them. It is a great responsibility that we are taking upon ourselves, but we’ve only taken it because we are holding Jesus’ hand.”
Tupelo Hispanic, which began as a group, became a company, and moved to church status thanks to the New Albany Church that nurtured and supported it, both spiritually and financially, as it matured.
According to Jorge Belisario, district pastor, “This has been a long and challenging path, but we can say that ‘thus far the Lord has helped us.’” Please continue to pray for Tupelo’s continuous growth.
Gulf States | December 2022