Cards for the Kingdom
ALBUQUERQUE – One of the greatest blessings we have as shepherds of Christ’s flock is seeing the faithfulness of church leaders who seek to contribute to motivate members and share Christ’s love through their ministries.
On Nov. 20, 2022, the Women’s Ministries team from the Los Ranchos Seventh-day Adventist Company hosted a fun holiday card making class. My wife Yessica, my two children and I, joined approximately 20 women and children for the successful event. Members, Deborah Zapata, her daughter Jolene and granddaughter Jasmine led the class, and taught participants how to design beautiful, personal cards that are to be used as evangelistic tools in reaching others for the Kingdom. Vicky Lores, a member of the Los Ranchos Company, has always had a wonderful card ministry, but now because of the class, more women and children are equipped to share in the personalized card ministry, too.
I have experienced the effectiveness of using cards throughout my ministry. Many thanks to sisters like Miriam Martinez from the Dixon Bilingual Seventh-day Adventist Church who have a passion for card making, and have provided me with encouragement, prayer, get well or missing you cards for my pastoral visits.
As a pastor, it can be challenging to enlist each member in active service for the winning of souls for God. Perhaps that is why I was touched to see the Women’s Ministries group motivating us to use this modest, yet valuable, approach. Sharing Christ’s love goes beyond preaching and giving Bible studies. Yes, these aspects of ministry are critical, but let us all remember how versatile sharing the Gospel is. For some members, creating a card and expressing the love of God through their creativity, may be the simplest, yet most powerful, way to fulfill the commandment of evangelism. “Go ye unto all the world.”
By Jerry Pinzon and Roxanne Smyth