What God is doing in the Silver City church is nothing short of amazing! He is bringing soul after soul into the church. New converts are bringing friends and family to church, and we are just standing back and watching God do what only He can do.
We continue faithfully to evangelize our city in every way possible. In October we did our annual haunted house. “Horror of Horrors” was based on the crucifixion of Christ and His power to bring salvation and deliverance. Over the course of three nights, 533 people went through! What’s even better, 358 made decisions for Jesus. We have never had many people come to church from the haunted house experience, but it is still the best outreach of the whole year. There is no other event to which hundreds of people turn out, knowing they will hear a Gospel message, yet willing to pay the price of admission. People in town still talk about the haunted house experience.
The Main Street Project banned us from the Lighted Christmas Parade in 2015 because we went beyond playing Christmas music. We had the audacity to quote Scripture and play recorded commentary, prompting some unnamed person or persons to complain that they were disappointed with our presentation. It made a big stink in the city: letters to the editor were published, and Silver City citizens voiced their concern over the fact that a church could be banned from a Christmas parade for talking about Jesus. We placed a cartoon in the local paper protesting the decision. Pastor Zamora met with the officers of the Main Street Project and the decision was made to allow the church to enter the parade this year.
After our October haunted house we had back-to-back revivals in November, December, January and February with evangelists Del Franklin, Mark Benavidez, David Solano and Alfredo Barron. Every one of them was an outstanding time that really helped and encouraged the congregation. In April we held our annual Harvester’s Homecoming Rally and had the Grand Opening in our new building with Pastor Ray Rubi, followed by revival with Evangelist Frank Escobar.
Memorial Day weekend we held our first church picnic/baptism at which nine converts were baptized. Another picnic/baptism is planned in mid-summer. God is really helping us in Silver City, New Mexico!
Pastor Andrew Zamora