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Chesapeake Spanish Group Celebrates First Anniversary

Story by Chesapeake Conference Staff
Published 11/15/11

It was with much emotion that on October 29, the Chesapeake Conference’s Spanish-speaking group in Columbia, Md., celebrated their first anniversary in the gym of the Atholton Adventist Academy.

This special occasion included a celebratory benediction that established the first Hispanic Seventh-day Adventist group in Columbia. Members of the Baltimore Spanish church, the group’s mother church, and the Dundalk Spanish group also joined the celebration.

Pastor Eduardo Muñoz, the conference’s Hispanic Ministries coordinator, spoke with great power and motivation that Sabbath. As they reminisced, the group realized they had many reasons to celebrate and give thanks to God. A year ago, Pastor Kleyton Feitosa, the conference’s evangelism coordinator, joined them at their first meeting where they had four newly baptized members. Over the last 12 months, they have baptized eight new members and another three were baptized after they attended a series of evangelism meetings where evangelist Alejandro Bullón preached. There are now 17 members and two children who regularly attend Sabbath worship, which means the church has grown by 275 percent! Moreover, some 20 others are currently studying the Bible.

Orlando Rosales, who pastors the Baltimore district, says, “We trust that God will continue showing His favor to this wonderful new congregation that continues to grow as a result of preaching the gospel in this city where the Hispanic population is growing.”