Houston Maranatha Welcomes New Young Member
HOUSTON – Embracing the call to preach the Gospel and hold in-person meetings, the Houston Maranatha Seventh-day Adventist Church embarked on its evangelistic adventure, joining the initiative of Adventist World Radio, the Southwestern Union and the Southwest Region Conference.
The youth of the church actively participated and demonstrated their leadership skills. They invited their friends to the meetings, took the lead and participated in the praise teams and were instrumental in reaching others and bringing them to the experience of salvation. One of our young ladies invited Carlos, her boyfriend.
Carlos and his girlfriend attended together the first two nights; He did not miss a single night. When the evangelist made an appeal in the middle of the week, my eyes focused on Carlos. Moved by the spirit of God, I approached and said to him, “If you want to go forward, I will go with you.” Carlos jumped to my side and hugged me, and this was the beginning of a personal relationship with him.
On the day of the baptism, Carlos confirmed his desire to give his life to Christ and be a member of the praise team and the Maranatha Multi-Media Ministries (MMM).
Carlos now travels from Austin to fulfill his obligations at church. His mother has turned him away from the house, but his faith has been affirmed even more in the Lord and often brings a family member or friend to the church. Carlos has more than just a voice to sing in the praise team—he has a powerful testimony in Jesus.
By Kessle Hodgson, Pastor