Church celebrates major milestone

In January 2008 the Avalos family opened their house for worship. Just four years and that small gathering has grown into a church of 60 adults and 20 children. 

To celebrate the blessings of these last four years Pastor Duglas Ayala and his wife Ana of Santaurio de Poder (Shrine of Power) threw an anniversary party. 

"We have not been without struggle," said Pastor Ayala, "death, theft and secularism have battled us, but in it all we see the glory of God and know he has much better in store for us later." 

Following a break-in in October 2011 the congregation moved to a bigger and cheaper location in an area full of physical and spiritual need. Since moving here Santaurio de Poder's worship attendance has grown and they are making an impact in their new community. The congregation is active in women's, men's and children's ministries. 

"What I admire of pastor Douglas Ayala is his spirit of teachability and commitment to the service of church planting ministry," said Rev. David Kim.

"His is a great example of bi-vocational and self-sustaining church planting models among LINC Church Plants."

Pastor Ayala, being a bi-vocational leader and not a "full-time" pastor, know he could not do this alone. As a testimony to this fact, one of the highlights of the 4th anniversary was the recognition of 7 leaders who give their time, talent and treasure and maintain the church with their faithfulness to the Gospel.

It is this team commitment to ministry that will sustain Santaurio de Poder into the future. 

Kim said, "I believe if any church can move forward it is by the Holy Spirit's work and these kind of unsung and faithful heroes of the Kingdom."