From the Heart of Washington

“Then the master said to the servant, ‘Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled” (Luke 14:23, NKJV).

Jesus’ challenge resonates with all those who are part of the body of Christ. He doesn't make distinctions of any kind as He invites us to join Him in reaching the hearts of people from all nationalities and classes who need the Hope of Christ.

The unique challenges presented in 2020 and 2021 have created a need for rapid adaptation and creativity. The Hispanic churches of White Center, Burien and Renton District accepted the mission to share the hope of Christ as part of the sisterhood of churches in the Washington conference.

We experienced a range of ministry opportunities, from anointing a COVID-19 patient in the Intensive Care Unit to providing ongoing support and hope to our communities and brotherhood of believers.

A variety of outreach strategies and approaches to these communities have helped to continue the mission to share the Good News message of salvation in Jesus. 

District churches continued their Sabbath worship services, Wednesday prayer meetings, Sabbath receptions, small group, youth services, Adventurer and Pathfinder Clubs. Hybrid community outreach activities included both in-person and online services through platforms such as Zoom, Facebook and YouTube.

Many miracles have been witnessed. 

One of those miracles is Leopoldo. He was recently baptized thanks to the combined efforts of church leaders and members in constant prayer and perseverance.

During one of our virtual evangelistic efforts, Leopold's sister invited him to watch the series virtually because he was living outside of the country. He did watch. Six months later, Leopold was baptized.

The White Center Hispanic Church is scheduled to return to in-person services. The Burien Church has been holding in person services for several months already and the Renton church continues to prayerfully search for a building to meet in.

We continue to teach and preach that each church member is part of one larger body of believers. We praise God for igniting and sustaining a burning desire to share the hope of Christ to human hearts without distinction or prejudice.

Jim León, White Center, Burien and Renton District pastor

Featured in: September/October 2021