Story by Mario Thorp
In just one week during the New Jersey Conference 2018 Fall Evangelism series, more than 134 individuals chose to be baptized. More than 40 churches participated in this special evangelistic program, themed “Sharing Hope: Jesus Is Coming,” that included guest speakers, local pastors, administrators and conference departmental staff.
“During the week, we saw miracles. It was a great joy to baptize a lady who grew up in church and never wanted to be baptized until today. More than 50 years later, Yolanda Nolasco, decided to surrender her life to Jesus,” says Jorge Aguero, conference president. In an emotional gesture of gratitude toward heaven, sibling Beatriz Nolasco, member of the Port Elizabeth Spanish church, raised her voice in a song of praise as Yolanda was submerged into the water. Ten others became members through baptism.
In 2018, conference administrators focused on these four pillars:
1. Reaching their communities by any means possible.
2. Working with departments to strengthen and inspire members, children, youth, women and couples.
3. Training members to accomplish the mission of the Lord. Since June 2018, lay members have received classes on how to preach and share the hope of Jesus Christ’s return.
4. Preaching and proclaiming the gospel of Jesus Christ. The conference exists to fulfill this mission.
“Not only are the churches doing the mission of baptizing; our schools are doing the mission of the Lord,” adds Aguero. “We are so thankful for our lay members, leaders, pastors, lay pastors, teachers and our guest speakers for this special week. But more than that, we are so thankful to our God for helping us to be focused on the mission of our Lord.”