Late Sunday afternoon, as the sun began to set, members of churches belonging to the New South River Baptist Association gathered for a groundbreaking ceremony that has been in the making for more than two decades.
According to Dr. James Dees, Jr., pastor of Clement Baptist Church, the Mingo Baptist Spanish Mission has been a working project for the last 23 years. Dees, along with more than 20 other committee members, took part in a groundbreaking ceremony held at the new church’s location, 2971 Tew Road, Godwin.
“Many of us have dreamed about this for over 20 years,” the Rev. Louis Strickland, pastor of Mingo Baptist Church, said as he welcomed the crowd Sunday afternoon. “It was a vision from God that lead to its (the Spanish Mission) beginning.”
Dees, who shared scripture from Psalm 127, shared his appreciation for all those who have been instrumental in the opening of the mission. The project has been funded through generous donations.
The pastor of the Spanish Mission will be the Rev. Cirilo Sanchez.
“We are promised that our labor in building this house is not in vain,” Sanchez shared. “Our faithfulness in watching over this for more than 20 years has not been in vain either. It has truly been a joy to watch God at work in the building of this house.”
The many members of the Mingo Baptist Spanish Mission committee have worked hard over for more than two decades to make the Spanish Mission a reality. The work, Sanchez said, has been hard, but through the process God has provided the mission with its needs and promises to continue to provide.
“This is truly a work of God.”
Services at the Spanish Mission will be taught and preached in Spanish. The purpose of the mission, according to Dees, is to spread God’s word and love to everyone.
“I am glad we are finally starting the building so the Hispanic community can come together and worship God,” Sanchez said. “Because of the many efforts, support and participation, you have all made this possible.”
During Sunday’s ceremony, Sanchez’s daughter, Ahira, sang “Great is Thy Faithfulness” in Spanish. While the many attending couldn’t understand, Dees said it was still touching to hear of God’s promises.
To date, the mission is sponsored by Autryville Baptist Church, Baptist Chapel Baptist Church, Clement Baptist Church, Mingo Baptist Church, Mt. Elam Baptist Church, Snyder Memorial Baptist Church, Union Grove Baptist Church and the New South River Baptist Association.
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