As my namesake Daniel was called to the superpower of his day, so I have been called to New York City.
by Daniel Miranda as told to Betsy Mayer.
I never thought that God would take me from my humble home in Barcelona, Colombia—a town that does not even appear on the map—to the so- called capital of the world—New York City! I am working in the borough of Queens as assistant pastor for the largest Spanish church in the Greater New York Conference. Everything in this experience has been new to me.
My main focus is Bible work. I now have 34 weekly Bible studies, and I am praying I can reach my goal of 40. Among those 34, there are two group Bible studies, one in an adult day care center (10 people) and one with an entire family (14 people).
Besides Bible studies, I am the director and coordinator of small groups. We are using this strategy to set the church members to work, bring revival and reformation, and generate Bible studies. Right now, we have 13 small groups, all of them in the evenings, and the pastor and I rotate in the groups. I also do pastoral work by phone to encourage church members and friends, give counsel, pray, and so on. I have been able to use many of the things I learned at Hartland, especially the things taught in the Bible classes, outreach classes, and evangelism class.
I now have a missionary partner! A few months ago we had an evangelistic campaign with “La Voz de la Esperanza” (The Voice of Hope), and two of the people I worked with were baptized—praise God! One of them, Diego, is 17 years old and wants to become a pastor. He accompanies me on Bible studies and visitations, and I am trying to teach him what I know. He is growing a lot!
The prophet Daniel’s example has been an encouragement to me. As he was called to be a witness in Babylon, the great superpower of his time, so have I been called to be a witness in NYC, the heartbeat of the United States. This text has become especially meaningful: “My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness.” 2 Corinthians 12:9.
Thank you for all your prayers and support, and for granting me the opportunity to receive an education to work for God. Please continue to pray for me and for the souls under my charge. Jesus is coming soon; we need to finish this work!