Last month, 110 Spanish-speaking individuals were baptized and 50 more made decisions for Christ during an evangelistic campaign here in the Chesapeake Conference that featured pastors from the East Colombian Conference in Colombia, South America.
The meetings were part of an exchange partnership. Earlier this year 14 Chesapeake Conference pastors traveled to Colombia and held meetings. There more than 230 souls were baptized and more than 100 decisions were made, says Orlando Rosales, Chesapeake Conference Multilingual Ministries coordinator.
In May, 14 Colombian pastors conducted meetings in the Spanish churches in Chesapeake Conference resulting in 160 decisions for Christ.
"I want to thank God for this evangelistic exchange with the East Colombian Conference—for their pastors and for the wonderful team of pastors of Chesapeake,” says Rosales. “It has been precious to let us be used by the Holy Spirit and with our hard-working brothers of the church to see so many souls reach the feet of Jesus. We hope that in 2017 for the first time we can realize more than 200 Hispanic baptisms in Chesapeake. May all be for the glory of God."
Six candidates take their baptismal vow prior to baptism on Sabbath, May 13, at the Baltimore Spanish church. From left: Andy Cruz, Camilo Diaz, Lorena Bonilla, Yamilet Cristales, Yassmin Cruz and Irma Cruz. Irma was baptized with her son. “I am very happy to have renewed my pact with God,” she says. “With His help, I hope to serve Him with all my heart.”
For a year, Emanuel Isales, 17, has been helping in the children's department in the Aberdeen Spanish group that meets near Baltimore, Md., for a year and does an excellent job. His parents, José and Yanira Isales, were baptized last year and have been supporting their son. After his baptism Isales said, "I have worked with the children with great care and passion in the last 12 months, and have seen them grow. The joy of working with them motivated me to take the next step toward baptism to seal my covenant with God and continue to work for His cause.”
Anita Torres, 72, cannot read, but learned about God because Emilia Roman read the Bible to her. Today Anita Torres says, "In my advanced age I have known God through the lips of my best friend Emilia Roman. I thank her for her patience and love in bringing the Light into my life. I decided to be baptized to join my brothers and sisters, and one day, very soon, to go to heaven with my brothers and sisters, where a beautiful mansion awaits us.”