SOME OF THE CHILDREN OF THE YOUTH CHURCH AROUND PASTER AVELINO OF CIUDAD DE REFUGIO
La Finca Naranja, Cocales YOUTH CHURCH
La Finca Naranja is a small section of the city of Cocales. While we bring Jesus into every event and conversation we participate in, Los Cocales is probably our most evangelical mission.
Pastor Feliciano, a mechanic by trade, started out preaching to his own children. Other children started showing up to listen. He started spending more time planning lessons than he did repairing cars.
Now he has what I like to call a youth church, attended by about 50 children and teenagers each week. The children formed a worship team, using an old keyboard and drum set, and supplementing it with an array of homemade instruments.
There are 600 children within the boundaries of what the pastor calls “the neighborhood”, although, in the oppressive heat of the area, it is difficult for us to walk the entire area in one try.
Our role here is twofold. First, the pastor and his wife offer us a mutually beneficial source of Bible study and discussion. He asks us for faith and emotional support. We find the more we give, the more we get from this amazing couple.
Second, we all have a dream of 600 children and their children eventually joining the church. This is a rare under-served area of the country. We look forward to spending a lot of time in this big residential community of day laborers and farmers.
The Youth Church is included in all our special events, like "Boot Out Infections" and the Christmas Project. They also receive the same children's ministry materials as the children in La Cuchilla.
We provided children and adolescent Bibles for each of the 50+ members of the youth church, as well as dozens of adult BIbles for their parents and other folks around the neighborhood.
MCUGuatemala provides some food support for the pastoral family. We were also happy to match funds and help Pastor Feliciano put new paint on the church and new chairs in the sanctuary.
PASTOR FELICIANO OF THE LA NARANJA CHURCH RETURNS TO HIS MECHANIC SHOP & CHURCH.