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Colossians 1:4 -6 - "Because we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love you have for all the saints - the faith and love that spring from the hope that is stored up for you in heaven and that you have already heard about in the word of truth, the gospel that has come to you. All over the world this gospel is producing fruit and growing, just as it has been doing among you since the day you heard it and understood God's grace in all its truth."
From its small beginnings the church at Southwest, Pueblo has been opening its doors to the lost and believers since Sunday morning, November 26, 1967. Many good works have developed from this inauguration.
Casa de la Esperanza
One such work is Casa de la Esperanza, an orphan's home in Anahuac, Mexico. Southwest has had the home since 1994. Gil and Becky Sanchez have worked there since 1999. When they took over the home, it was in very poor condition. It has now become recognized by the brotherhood and by the local officials in Chihuahua as one of the best children's homes. They have 65 children.
On an average, 24 different congregations visit regularly. Various groups of youth and adults come throughout the year with the purpose of aiding and helping in any capacity needed.
The CASA ministry is underlined with a strong emphasis on Christian education.
Casa has had many medical missions over the years, serving many people in the outlying areas. Areas include medical, dental and eye.
Casa has provided food to needy communities in the area. One house was built for a woman with three children. They previously lived in a hut with a dirt floor and no running water. They now live in a modest two-bedroom home. They also plan to have a local clinic in town with x-ray and dental labs.
Another outreach program is the one called, OPERATION ECUADOR. Kent Marcum, graduate of Lubbock Christian University and Sunset International Bible Institute, Lubbock, Texas serves as the Director of the Quito School of Biblical Studies in Quito. Kent and his family arrived in Quito, Ecuador under the oversight of the Southwest church of Christ, Pueblo, CO in 1989. He and his wife, Sharla, along with their adopted son, James, continue to serve under the oversight of the Pueblo church. His children, all now married, Joshua and Julie living in Cochabamba, Bolivia, Jauna and Justin living in Ecuador, and Jenny and Erik living in Sucre, Bolivia.
God has blessed this work with over 900 baptisms in its history. Most are still faithful with attendance over 500. Quito School of Biblical Studies began in 1997 with 14 full time students. Presently it has enrolled 35 students from 6 Latin American Nations with a goal to enroll 15 students in each year's class.
Ecuador Medical Missions began through churches of Christ in 1998. Since that time several thousand Ecuadorians have been treated without charge and thousands of dollars worth of medicines have been distributed. With each effort to heal broken bodies there is always the offering of the GOSPEL to heal the soul so that the complete person is served. The mission is a cooperative effort of North American doctors, nurses, pharmacists, other medical personnel and hard workers who man the many support responsibilities along with the students of Quito School of Biblical Studies who do the outreach with the GOSPEL. The campaign is conducted in January each year for one week and serves different towns and villages throughout Ecuador. They are always looking for medical personnel who will donate their time to this effort as well as translators in Spanish and other workers from the USA. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you have an interest in helping. The Southwest church has also been involved in the work in Portoviejo since 2000. The membership in Portoviejo is now over 45 souls. Recently a new work has begun in Los Chillos, a suburb southwest in Quito. The first meeting of the church was in 2007.
The little group that began worship in a house on the south side of Pueblo, CO on November 26, 1967 became the Southwest church of Christ as we know it today. Vaughn Graham, Bob Diller, Marshall Cowan, Wayne Bacon, Greg Dwyer and Roger Nickels are the elders who serve and shepherd the flock. There are eleven deacons who oversee various programs of work. Gary Aragon is the evangelist/minister who leads a vigorous program of evangelism and Darrin Bible is the youth minister. Southwest employs two regular secretaries who keep everything running efficiently. Brenda Medina and Carrie Diller have been with the congregation many years. Southwest is a congregation that is known for its love and care for family. You are always welcome.
I Thessalonians 1:3 - "We continually remember before our God and Father your work produced by faith, your labor prompted by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ."
Prayer Theme for the Week
Pray that we will grow in our faith, and that growth will be evident in all areas of our lives: in our service, in our attendance, in our giving and in our love for the body of Christ. Pray for the success of the No Debt, No Sweat! Financial Seminar and that many will be blessed by it.