by Jay Wintermeyer
PASCO, Wash., February 9, 2017 - Can you imagine an outreach event that lasts for more than 40 days? That’s exactly what happened with the 2017 Upper Columbia Conference Hispanic camp meeting this year, but it probably isn’t exactly what most people might imagine.
The annual gathering of Adventist members from across the Inland Northwest began in December with a special 40-day season of prayer and fasting. During the lead-up time, members prayed and fasted for specific people — people they wanted to reach for Christ.
At the end of the 40 days, these prayed-for individuals were invited to attend special meetings in the local church districts. Seven leading Hispanic evangelists held meetings for one week in every Hispanic church district in the conference.
Following the week-long meetings, members from across the region gathered in Pasco, Wash., for the annual Hispanic Camp Meeting, held Jan. 28, 2017. In spite of the snow and cold temperatures outside, the special day encouraged all who attended.
As is always the case, powerful preaching accompanied the elevating music and joyful fellowship. This year, Hispanic camp meeting featured four main speakers: Alejandro Bullon, José Rojas, Cecilio Clayton and Liz Enid Polanco. Members were deeply blessed as the speakers touched on the key areas of this year’s theme, "Following the Lamb."
Not to be left out, the children enjoyed an amazing program that transported them back to Bible times and taught them about the fruits of the Spirit. In addition to the important spiritual lessons, the children enjoyed lively music, crafts, snacks and Bible games.
The camp meeting may have been held in winter, but the frigid weather didn’t keep people away. More than 1,200 members and guests packed the Pasco venue. Walter Pintos, Upper Columbia Conference Hispanic ministries coordinator, says, “I’m thankful for God’s blessing at camp meeting this year. I praise God for how He worked to bless people and bring souls closer to Jesus Christ.”
Hispanic Camp Meeting is an event of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Upper Columbia Conference. To learn more about what Seventh-day Adventists believe go to: http://www.mywaytojesus.com/article/2/did-you-know.
Photographs by Jay Wintermeyer