Spanish Group Experiences Growth
Tualatin pastor Perry Melnychenko baptized five members into the Canby (Ore.) Church Spanish group on March 8, 2003. “We found the right church,” said new members Ema Morales, father and daughter Siliberto and Laura Valentin, and spouses Jesus and Fanny Valdez.
These baptisms followed a series of evangelistic meetings held by Rafael Ordonio three evenings a week in February at the church. Six more people are waiting to be baptized.
The group was formed June 15, 2002, with four members from the Milwaukie (Ore.) Church and with the support and encouragement of pastor Ramon Canals and his wife, Aurora. A few weeks later, members from the Woodburn (Ore.) Spanish Church came to support the Canby group. They began doing missionary work from house to house. “This is a very important part of our work for the Lord,” said founding members Oscar and Dolores Aguayo.
The group now includes 22 adults, nine children and six young people. Nineteen regular visitors assist with the Sabbath and Wednesday evening services, Bible studies and visitation.