The Pimentel family brings fresh skills to the task of sharing the gospel with the elite in our nation’s capital.
by Rachel Perry
“Hartland offers me the ability to do what I enjoy—creating a program, implementing it, and then seeing it flourish and continue to thrive,” says Gabriel Pimentel. “Better yet, I get to do outreach and community service as part of my position instead of trying to make it fi t into what I do.”
As CEO of an organization working with urban Native Americans in Southern California, Gabriel loved his job, yet he and his wife, Nannette, felt convicted that something was missing. “We had a good church, a well-paying job, and a nice home,” says Gabriel Pimentel, “but we wanted to pursue the [country-living] lifestyle that we knew was important for raising our children.” He also yearned to have more opportunities for witnessing. “Since I worked in a federal, off -reservation institution,” he explains, “I couldn’t openly share Jesus.”
In his work as Hartland’s new director of Advancement and Development and the marketing director for our Lifestyle Education Center, Gabriel’s previous experience is a great asset! Having worked on Capitol Hill as a legislative associate, Gabriel maintains collaborative connections and understands how wealthy and powerful people think.
“All my education and work experience seem to tie in here,” he observes. “Most of what I do is what I’ve always done— connect people, find resources, and share our programs in a positive light. Now I can also partner with the Holy Spirit in sharing our beliefs with the world.”
For years Hartland has attempted, but struggled, to reach Washington, D.C. Ellen White wrote, “We are many years behind in giving the message of warning in… the capital of our nation. Time and time again the Lord has presented Washington to me as a place that has been strangely neglected….” The Review and Herald, August 20, 1903. We are so thankful that the Lord has brought Gabriel and his family to help us in achieving our goal to reach Washington, D.C.
“My wife and I had always talked about serving as missionaries, but with two young children it seemed nearly impossible. Now we’ve realized, Wow! We’re becoming those missionaries we always wanted to be—but right here in the United States!”