“We know from the data that the best way to move the mission forward is to plant churches.”
Members also celebrated two baptisms following a recent evangelism series.
The day featured music, testimonies, and a retelling of the church’s history. Members also celebrated two baptisms that resulted from the congregation’s recent evangelistic series, which ended the previous evening.
Javier Scharon, Dover First pastor, says it was great to spend a day reflecting on how God has led the congregation for over a century. “Throughout the years and through different leadership, the values of Adventist education, evangelism, and discipleship never changed,” he says.
The day was marked by celebration and thanksgiving as members recounted how God had led the congregation over its 23-year history. Several former pastors of the church recorded video greetings and offered congratulations. A mass choir shared musical selections and led the congregation in corporate worship.
One major highlight of the service was witnessing the first baptism in the new building. During an appeal from the baptistry, several youths responded to an invitation to begin taking Bible studies.
Marco De Faria Filho, pastor of Capital Brazilian Temple, says finding a permanent property for the congregation has been a “great journey” and credits God for leading them to this new location. De Faria Filho says he’s excited that the church’s activities will no longer be limited by their rental agreement and looks forward to the church being “a place where people want to be.”