A church congregation doesn’t have to be large in number to influence a community. Instead, it takes a heartfelt commitment to serve, as well as faith in the Holy Spirit’s power.

The approximately 50 attending members of the Okeechobee, Florida, Adventist Church—my home church—have learned this firsthand. Although small in number, we currently are giving almost 270 Bible studies—more than five times our weekly church attendance. In November 2012 we conducted a baptism for 54 new believers!

So how could this happen?

“When we opened our eyes to the mission possibilities that God had before us, our lives began to change in ways we never imagined,” says church pastor Rafael Fernandez. “We found people who were literally waiting for an invitation to study the Word of God—and they were all housed at our local ... »
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