Amid the man-made financial woes and natural disasters affecting Venezuela, the citizens of this small South American country are binding together through faith. Led by the Adventist World Church and many months of missionaries working tirelessly to spread hope across East Venezuela, this past Sabbath saw approximately 20,000 people gather to hear the president of the Adventist World Church speak and to witness 4,012 people be baptized. It was the largest number of baptisms according to Mr. Danilo Diaz Grandos in one gathering in the church’s 106 year history. New believers and old, some as far as 36 hours away, arrived by any means necessary to enjoy the music, fellowship, free skin care screenings, dental checkups, and worship. You can read more about this amazing day at: http://www.adventistreview.org/church-news/story3906-4012-baptized-at-historic-evangelistic-rally-in-venezuela.
Putting their worries aside for the day, the president encouraged them to share hope and encouragement in their communities. Many expressed their desire including Danilo Diaz himself, to continue sharing their stories and how their lives have been transformed.