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Rev. Antoenette Fernandes’ Address to the North District Conference 

by | Feb 7, 2017 | North District Newsletter, North District Web Page

Good morning, my name is Antoenette Fernandes and I am the pastor in charge of Global Community United Methodist Church. . .Our Vision is:  To plant a Hispanic/multicultural ministry in North Las Vegas to serve as a road map for other Hispanic/multicultural ministries. Our Mission Statement is to invite the community of North Las Vegas, to make disciples of Jesus Christ, and to multiply groups to plant the first church.

The core of the new Hispanic multicultural ministry is focused on a call and response to Jesus’s exhortation to make disciples. I believe the Scripture given for this ministry is in the Book of Isaiah 43:18-21. We see God doing a “NEW THING,” making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland where new leaders are raised and an ever-growing community of men, women, children are committed to reach and be in relationship with unchurched people in all corners of our community to bring them into a transforming relationship with Jesus Christ.

Right now we are working with five groups of people, 2 in my house, 1 in my brother’s house and working on gathering 2 more groups. We are reaching: first, second and third generation of Hispanic/Latino population as well as African American, Hawaiian and Anglo brothers and sisters. The NEW THING that God is doing in our community is to reach as much as we can all unchurched people and work with passion offering the bread of life, our Lord JESUS.

We visit our community door to door. We visit the park and approach people in a very respectful way and invite them to meet with us, as we spend time with our community, we discuss what we find and experience. We do walking prayers with the prayer warriors of the group, we offer small group opportunities for people to study the Word, pray with one another, and provide another entry point for new people into the spiritual life of our church.

Our focus is not on traditions, processes and procedures, but rather in what it takes to creatively reach people and help people grow in their relationship with Jesus. There is an intense focus on providing opportunities for people to discover the joy of knowing Christ. The NEW THING that God is doing in North Las Vegas is supported by all of you with all your prayers. There is nothing more appealing to unchurched people than a whole community of churches not competing with one another but working together to offer help and hope for people’s lives.

I would like at this moment to ask our churches to pray for the new things that God is doing in Las Vegas, please continue praying for Global Community UMC and for one another and consider to be part of this new movement if you can help us with a special offering we are going to be greatly blessed by all of you. Thank you

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