Ponca City Adventist Church Rises Stronger After Setback
PONCA CITY, OKLA. – The Ponca City Seventh-day Adventist Church faced a challenging situation when burst pipes left their building in disrepair, rendering it unusable. However, this resilient community, which has been steadily growing in attendance over the past two years, turned adversity into an opportunity for renewal and growth.
After months of soul-searching and prayers, the congregation gathered at the warm and inviting home of Renee and Dub Lee for a prayer meeting. Despite arriving with differing ideas about the church’s future, the power of collective prayer and discussion led to a transformative Pentecost-like experience for those attending. By the end of the meeting, unity prevailed as the congregation decided on a two-fold plan: repair the current building for immediate use and draft plans for an additional building on the lot adjacent to their church that would be large enough to meet their needs and still leave room for God to work!
In a heartwarming display of community spirit, Kenny Moreno, a recent addition to the church, offered to take charge of all the necessary repairs through his construction company, volunteering his services for free. The church, in turn, pledged to provide the necessary supplies. With enthusiasm and determination, members and attendees rolled up their sleeves and got to work. Their hard work and dedication paid off. The first Saturday in October marked a momentous occasion as the church congregation returned to their beloved building for their first service. The icing on the cake? They were joined by 10 enthusiastic visitors, a testament to the community’s resilience and the power of faith.
The Ponca City church is an inspiring example of a congregation that, even in the face of adversity, can come together, find a common purpose and make things happen. With their foundation strengthened, they now set their sights on an exciting new chapter: raising funds to build an additional church building.
Please remember the Ponca City church in your prayers as they embark on this journey toward an even brighter future. Praise God for His guidance in bringing this resilient community back together.
By Ashley Alipoon