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For the second consecutive year in the history of Tioga, a “Cinco de Mayo” event was held, commemorating the victory of the Mexican army over France in the Battle of Puebla in 1862.
And just as God prepared a planet, a garden, and all the necessary conditions before creating mankind, He continues preparing the environment, opening pathways and generating opportunities so that His gospel can penetrate places like Tioga. It was definitely God who gathered many Hispanics around the drawing cards of authentic Mexican food, Mariachi music, and family recreational activities to unify an ethnically diverse community and draw people’s attention to the plans He has through the establishment of a Hispanic church.
It was inspirational to witness the emotion that the soon-to-be Vida Victoriosa Church (Victorious Life Church) generated among families living close to the church property. They gathered in front to see the banner and asked many questions, as though they had been waiting for this for some time and now it was becoming a reality. Word of mouth spread the news quickly. Hispanics at the event from surrounding towns told us that they had heard rumors of the church and were anticipating its beginning.
We made many contacts. Collin Baptist Association provided their block party trailer, and we shared snow cones, popcorn, and handed out Bibles and evangelistic tracts while parents watched their children enjoy the activities. Members of our current church in Prosper shared the gospel with them, and I witnessed how our people vibrated as they witnessed the effervescence produced by the power of the gospel touching those they spoke to. The receptivity of both Hispanics and Anglos to a Hispanic church in Tioga is strong.
I am finding it very hopeful to see what God is up to in Tioga. As Jesus said in John 5:17, “My Father is always working, and so am I.” How can we not join Him in this work? Happy Cinco de Mayo, Y’all!