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Keizer Friends Find Faith Together

In the heart of Keizer, Oregon, amidst the bustling routines of daily life, a remarkable story of faith and friendship recently unfolded.

Renato Torres and Edmundo “Epe” Selvas are best friends whose journey began with a simple invitation to the Keizer Hub from Vivid Adventist Church, a gathering where young adults from all backgrounds dig into the Bible and engage in meaningful conversations. 

Over time, Torres and Selvas became fixtures in this community, forging deep friendships and embracing the teachings of the Bible. Both young men are dedicated to personal growth and sharing the joy they've found with others. While working with their study group, they have extended invitations to friends and siblings to join, fostering an inclusive environment where everyone feels welcome to participate and share their unique perspectives.

As they dived into the book of Romans, Torres and Selvas felt a profound transformation taking place within them. They took to heart the words found in Rom. 8:1–2, ”Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death."

Together, they embarked on a journey of reflection and discernment, leading them to make life-altering decisions rooted in their newfound faith. Their commitment to spiritual growth didn't stop at weekly study sessions. Torres and Selvas hungered for more knowledge and connection with Jesus, leading them to join Friday night studies and house study groups with their church community. Despite the demands of their business, they made the decision to honor the Sabbath, dedicating it to worship, rest and acts of service.

This dedication will culminate in a significant milestone as Torres and Selvas prepare for their baptism alongside two other friends. Their journey is not just one of personal faith, but a testament to the transformative power of the community and the unwavering support of those who walk alongside them. 

As they take this profound step of faith, lift them up in prayer and ask for blessings upon their lives. May their journey inspire others to seek a deeper relationship with God and may they continue to be beacons of light in their community, spreading love, hope and the message of salvation to all they encounter.

Featured in: May/June 2024