Churches Planting Churches

Previously we had shared about our new Hispanic work in Brooks, Alberta, Canada. The work there has grown and God has blessed it abundantly. A few weeks ago they held a “Fiesta Latina” dinner and worship service afterward on a Saturday evening at Lakewood Community Church. Close to 70 adults and children attended, and four made first time professions of faith. That’s exciting in itself because the church is only months old, but there’s another part to this story which is even more exciting.

Fiesta Latina in Brooks, Alberta, Canada

Fiesta Latina in Brooks, Alberta, Canada

This new work is the outcome of the combined efforts of South Calgary Community Church, Temple Baptist in Medicine Hat and other churches in the Alberta Baptist Association. In various ways they have all helped to get this new church started. The Hispanic Ministry of South Calgary Community Church even sent some of their people to help with the event. Everyone involved shares in the blessing of seeing God form a new community of believers among Hispanic people in Brooks. But, that’s not all!

Antonio Lopez (Alberta Field Coordinator for HFC) recently met with leaders at Temple Baptist to begin plans for starting another congregation in Medicine Hat. With a population of 63,000, there are a little more than 1% who identified themselves as Spanish speakers. This provides more than enough incentive to start a work in Spanish to reach out to these people with the Gospel. The conditions in Alberta are definitely ripe for a harvest.