‘God Still Writes Straight in Our Upside-Down World’

In the U.S., Rocky Mountain Conference churches are embracing an influx of immigrants.

Rocky Mountain Conference News
‘God Still Writes Straight in Our Upside-Down World’

The immigration rate has increased in the United States. Currently, the U.S. is receiving nearly 260,000 immigrants a month. 

Such volume creates issues in communities where the local infrastructure cannot support them and they have become viewed as an unwelcome burden, with few job opportunities, not enough housing, or not enough “good Samaritans” to sustain that high number. 

As Seventh-day Adventist churches in the United States, we are not ignorant about these issues. Each Saturday (Sabbath), the Denver metropolitan and mostly Spanish-speaking churches receive people from Nicaragua, Honduras, Mexico, Ecuador, Colombia, and from Venezuela. All are in need of financial help to pay the debts they left behind or current basic needs, such as eating. 

Looking at the recent situation, the congregations help the immigrants with some basic resources: paying for food, providing housing, offering rides, and supplying clothing. However, due to the high demand, churches are struggling with fulfilling their needs. Hispanic pastors and their congregations have also been engaged in allowing some immigrants to stay at their homes, even for months, teaching them how to live in this new land and for eternity. 

Lately, we can report good news. It is a pleasure to see new conversions — people who once were desperate but now are living with hope in our Lord Jesus. 

The family of Luis and Nancy was embraced by a local church, and after they attended meetings, they accepted Jesus and were baptized. [Photo: Rocky Mountain Conference News] 
Luis and Nancy answered an altar call and decided to get baptized at the 2023 Rocky Mountain Conference Hispanic Camp Meeting. [Photo: Rocky Mountain Conference News] 

Luis and Nancy, a couple from Colombia, after struggling for many years in their native country, decided to take the risk. Luis had built up savings of 30 million Colombian pesos (around US$7,650), enabling them to travel. Together with their nine-year-old daughter, Luciana, they spent two months crossing through Mexico. 

Emmanuel and five relatives left Cuba behind. They spent five days crossing the Darien Gap, a remote and dangerous jungle area between Colombia and Panama. “It is not uncommon to see people dying from exhaustion, others just being abandoned by the group, and yet others drowning in the mud,” Gerardo shared. After five months of searching, Emmanuel and his family arrived in the Loveland Hispanic Seventh-day Adventist Church in Loveland, Colorado, and gave their lives to Jesus. 

John, Walter, and Christian are three young men, 22, 23, and 28 years old respectively. They were seeking a place to sleep when they were befriended by a pastor and were invited to live in his house for four months. During that time, they learned about Jesus and his love for humankind. To God be the glory that, while they were eating the spiritual bread, the Creator provided them with food, jobs, and everything else according to His promise. “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well” (Matthew 6:33). 

It was at South Aurora Hispanic Seventh-day Adventist Church in Aurora, Colorado, named as “El Refugio del Amor” (Refuge of Love), where Luis, Nancy, Luciana, John, Walter, and Christian met one Sabbath of last summer. Describing their journey with tears and hugs, they gave courage to each other. 

José David Rodríguez, lead pastor at El Refugio del Amor church, recalled one special evening. “Luis met Jesus at Pecos church, where, after one night, he finally decided to enter with his wife, Nancy. That night when an altar call was made, Luis came to the front, and I could see the Holy Spirit was upon him. That night was his best night yet, and he knew it. I did too.” 

It was at the 2023 Rocky Mountain Conference Hispanic Camp Meeting at Glacier View Ranch in Ward, Colorado, that Nancy, Luis, and Christian were baptized and became an active part in the kingdom of God. 

There are many stories we can witness around us. We certainly know that, even in this upside-down world, God continues to write in straight letters. 

The original version of this story was posted on the Rocky Mountain Conference news site. 

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