SBTC staff, El Paso pastors reflect on prayer rally

EL PASO – “God truly showed up,” at a prayer rally in a banquet setting Aug. 22 at Immanuel Baptist Church in El Paso, said Jim Richards, executive director of the Southern Baptist of Texas Convention. He and other convention staff and El Paso pastors reflected on the event SBTC sponsored event:

Jim Richards, SBTC executive director: The SBTC staff was privileged to minister to those who are serving a hurting community. Through prayer and fellowship, all were encouraged. God truly showed up!”

Chuy Avila, SBTC church planting specialist: “I think the event covered a real need raised up in the last few weeks … for unity and to prove we can do something together: to reach El Paso with the power of the gospel. The rally helped us to [move out] of our comfort zones into team-working.”

Ted Elmore, SBTC prayer strategist: “I think it was a very blessed night in which we encouraged ourselves in the Lord.”

J.C. Rico, pastor of Immanuel Baptist Church: “I believe the pastors were very appreciative [about] coming together, hearing from Dr. Richards, praying together, and knowing we are on the same page when it comes to ministering to those in grief and need. It was a good night.”

Sergio Lopez, pastor of La Verdad Community Church: “It was refreshing that so many pastors came together to pray and to see many staff from the SBTC and our director Dr. Richards bringing such an uplifting message.”

Jorge Diaz, pastor of Semilla de Mostaza Baptist Church and SBTC Reach El Paso strategist: Complimenting the bilingual structure of the evening: “It was a good meeting. Very encouraging. It went well.”

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