By Pastor Nelson Madrigal
The year 2020 surprised us all. Even though no one was prepared for a health emergency, it helped us find strategies on how to pastor the church from home with technology. One of the challenges we faced was uncertainty and fear, but we managed to eradicate it through micro-teachings that shared through virtual platforms.
Another critical element for effective ministry was prayer from home. We stood firm in our faith, and as a result we were given the opportunity to help people emotionally and spirituality who did not regularly attend the church. Praise God that most of them are now part of our community of faith! You can say that this pandemic process made us stronger in faith, spirit, unity and love towards others.
The Word of God says, “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.” (Romans 8:28)
Crucifixion, Death, and Resurrection
During our Easter celebration earlier this month, I want to share a little of what we experienced that day. On Friday and Saturday, we were reflecting on the last words that Jesus Christ spoke before dying. It was very emotional for everyone, and each of our brothers shared words of gratitude for the passion of Christ. God met us and filled our hearts with his love and grace of Him.
On this day, God clearly shared a message to the whole church entitled “Crucifixion, Death, and Resurrection, Victory in Christ, and the Defeat of Satan” as told in Luke 24. It mentions 10 important aspects of the resurrection of Christ, and I could perceive that the church enjoyed this sermon very much.
The Lord deposited in our hearts a living hope that lies in salvation and eternal life that Jesus Christ has given us through the cross, and it was a new and pleasant experience everyone which we had not felt during the three years since founding our church. Special thanks to Dan for encouraging us and giving us Insight to talk about this special topic. I honestly continue to learn and grow from the ministry that God has entrusted to me, and I encourage the entire team to continue working for this unshakable Kingdom where we know that it is not in vain.
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