by Alfredo Campechano
College Place, Wash., August 15, 2013 - More than 1,200 church members attended the Upper Columbia Conference Hispanic Campmeeting held at Walla Walla Valley Academy in College Place, Washington from June 26 through 29.The guest speaker was writer and pastor Hermes Tavera-Bueno, who spoke about “Prosperity in Christ." Five speakers ministered to the youth, who camped on the grounds of the Walla Walla Valley Academy and enjoyed the exciting sports, social and spiritual activities. The guest singer at this occasion was Hugo Yin.
In addition to the devotionals and worship services, there were training seminars to help with the spiritual growth of the attendees. David Paczka, Oregon Conference Hispanic Ministries Coordinator, presented the seminar “More than Rich,” based on the book of the same title, which he wrote in collaboration with Pastor Roger Hernández. The seminar presented by Pastor Hermes Tavera-Bueno was “Christ: Believe Him, Experience Him, Enjoy Him.” Simultaneously, Pastor Gerizín De Peña presented a seminar “Lay Evangelists,” and the seminar presented by Pastor Alvin Payne was “Sons in the faith.”
At the conclusion of the Sabbath, there were recreational activities in the academy gym.
The campmeeting was organized by Walter Pintos-Schmidt, Hispanic Ministries Coordinator of our Conference. Pastor Paul Hoover, UCC Conference President, was present during the Sabbath morning meetings. Pastor Pintos-Schmidt counted on the help of Vania Schimpf, administrative assistant, of pastors Claudio Díaz and Austin Nystrom with the youth ministry, and of the eight Hispanic pastors of Upper Columbia Conference.
Written by Pastor Alfredo Campechano, district pastor for the Hispanic churches in Spokane and Othello, Wash.