This partnership is plainly the work of The Spirit, which began and continues by a committed focus on prayer and communion with the Father through His magnificent gift and provision of Jesus’ sacrifice and blood at the Cross. We have listened first for HIS agenda before our own.
The local church, Fuerza de Calvario was led to step out of their very modest mobile-home church (no heat, two window AC units) to care for their town park. Their visible service and public worship caught the eye of community families and leaders, and the school principal, who subsequently invited them to run an annual school carnival for the community! Three churches blessed 120+ children and many parents with games, food and new relationships on Friday evening May 26th on the grounds of the Elementary school.
The unified body of Christ was clearly on display across language, economic and cultural barriers as Fuerza Calvario ran the games, provided by Riverpark Bible Church, while seven of us from FPC grilled and served hotdogs and drinks.
Fernando Napoles, the local Hispanic missionary really made the day of five fortunate children who won drawings for donated bicycles: all smiles!
The school principal (pictured below in white shirt) and some board members, after seeing the efforts and partnership at the carnival have thrown open wide the doors to the community, with very public thanks and invitation to undertake further activities at the school on behalf of the community. And planning is now underway in a joint effort between school, community and church to run a week long camp at the school! This means a great deal to the community, and is a real opportunity for development and sharing the Gospel.