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Pastor Marco Estrada baptizes a new member at Vineland Caravan of Compassion stop.

More Than 300 Baptized in New Jersey Conference's Caravan of Compassion

Story by Juliana Savoy/ Photos by Jorge Pillco

Earlier in the year, members from across the New Jersey Conference started praying for their friends and reaching them by showing acts of love and compassion. Members then invited their friends to more than 200 small groups, where they studied about God’s compassion and faith. By April each of the small groups held a week of evangelism, led by lay evangelists.

In May and June, most of the churches held a reaping week. Conference leaders and invitees from other conferences in the Columbia Union and beyond preached during the reaping weeks of evangelism. The conference then hosted “Caravan of Compassion” events in each region of the state, in which 305 people were baptized. Jose Cortes Jr., associate ministerial director of Evangelism for the North American Division, spoke at the events. The initiative ended with a finale celebration, uniting members from across the conference at the conference’s camp meeting in Elizabeth.

Rubén Ramos, vice president for Multilingual Ministries at the Columbia Union Conference, who also preached a series in Bridgeton, says he is proud of the conference’s efforts. “They not only planned effective meetings, but were active in friendship evangelism, cultivating small groups and then held evangelism efforts in the churches,” he says.

Events like the caravan help get the whole constituency excited. “To see and experience the transformation of people when they experience salvation is the greatest joy for a church,” Ramos adds.

Five hundred and nine people have chosen to be baptized in the New Jersey Conference in 2017 so far.

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