Thirsty For Truth
BROWNSVILLE, TEX. – I was at the door greeting people following the worship service at the Brownsville Seventh-day Adventist Church in Brownsville, Tex., a few months ago when a young man asked, “Are you the pastor?” After confirming I was, Ivan Guajardo (left) asked permission to attend our worship. “Of course!” I replied. What he didn't know was that we had been praying as a church for more young people to start attending.
Seeing that he was alone, I asked if someone invited him. “No, sir,” he replied. “I was just reading my Bible and found out about the Sabbath and wanted to start keeping it.”
We started studying the Bible together and before his baptism, he faced some challenges. First, a great opposition from his parents, who set up a debate between the local Catholic priest and I, in an attempt to prove that their theology was the truth. After a few hours of friendly and respectful debate, Guajardo looked to me and said, “Pastor, I’m more confident now that the Seventh-day Adventist Church has the truth.”
Since Ivan’s baptism, he has invited everyone he knows to learn about the truth. One of his managers, Adalberto Mendez (right), was baptized last month and is also active in bringing others to study the Bible, among them his best friend, Jonas Vergara. Both of them are very determined to become pastors of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.
It is incredible to see how God is actively calling people of all ages and different walks of life to hear His call, “Come out of her my people.”
By Marlon Wallace, Pastor