|Dave & Sherry Harrison||
The Shoreline Community Church hosted a breakfast for pastors of some of our Intercultural churches in the area. Among those in the picture above are: Brazilian, Chinese, Fijian, Filipino, Indonesian, Romanian, Samoan and Latino pastors. Within a very short radius of the Shoreline church is a hodgepodge of ethnic diversity.
Besides the deaf ministry that they had launched, they recognized that they were being surrounded by immigrants coming from many nations, and that they were in a strategic location to missional not only Anglos, but to the diversity of peoples around them.
A number of years ago the Shoreline church began a deliberate effort to reach these immigrants with the gospel! They invited a Fijian group to use their facilities, and also reached out to a Filipino group. The Filipino church they helped establish has planted a branch church, and is preparing for another church plant this fall!
In November of 2013, they invited an Indonesian pastor to join with them! That church already has well over 100 regular attendees, and the majority are exchange students that will be carrying the Gospel back to their homeland!
We have been focusing much of our attention in recent months to the rapid growth of the Latino community. To put it simply we desperately need Spanish speaking church planters!
Several Anglo churches have expressed a desire for sharing their facilities with a Latino congregation. We have at least 8 communities with a high percentage of Latinos who are unchurched.
We are actively seeking more Spanish speaking workers, and we hope that you will join us in praying that "The Lord of the Harvest" will soon send us the leaders that He has chosen.
Dave presents welcome plaque to Spanish church
We sincerely hoped that we would be posting a new e-newsletter each month when we opened our web-site in May. We were doing well until fall when our schedule became more hectic than we had anticipated. That, and computer failure (in the shop twice), nearly kept us from any more posts this year. Thank you for being patient with us!
September was Latino ministries month. We preached in several Spanish churches, welcomed a new Latino church into our fellowship, and helped one of our Latino pastors become a A/G credentialed minister. Any of you who have ever had the blessing of worshiping with Latinos knows how joyful and exuberant their services can be! It was like being back in Brazil again!