by Hugo Villalobos
Hermiston, Ore., Posted March 9, 2016 -- Mauricio and Maria are a young couple that were invited to our evangelistic meeting in February. Maria used to attend our services in the past I was told. She didn’t miss any night of our series. A sister from our church saw the family at our local Walmart a week before the series began and gave them a flyer of our meetings.
Every night Maria came with her husband and her two young daughters. She began to express happiness and joy in her face as she told me that she had been praying that her husband could start congregating with us. She told us that her husband never found interest in coming to church before, but now she has seen a change in him. I asked for their contact information and went to visit them at their home. I began to ask him what he thought about the series and he began to tell me that he felt as if all the messages were directed toward him. I told him it was the Holy Spirit who was beginning to work in his heart.
On the final night Mauricio went up to me and said “Pastor, I want to get baptized!” There was peace in his heart that night. He had accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior. We planned a date for the coming month for his baptism ceremony and invited him to join one of our small groups. He gladly accepted the invitation and once again this lovely new family is evidence that God is mighty to save and is working powerfully in our city.