By Cynthia Laird, Senatobia District
Saturday, July 20, 2013 -- The Senatobia District of the Mississippi Conference had a land dedication for a new church for all people -- the church that welcomes every racial and cultural group with open hearts, open minds and open doors.
When the Senatobia District laity and clergy began to survey the community around the new church property, they discovered that
|Left to right: Rev. Greg Hazelrig, Rev. Goyo De la Cruz, Rev. Luz Campos and Erin Beasley|
It was very fitting that Bishop James E. Swanson, Sr. would give the message for the Festival de Verano (Summer Festival) since he has experienced first-hand what it is like to
|Bishop Swanson at land dedication during the Festival de Verano.|
"This ministry is not about us," said Swanson. "It is about putting our energy into the work of the Lord Jesus Christ, and experiencing the powerful, wonderful and miraculous things He will do in our midst."
The land in the Senatobia District for the church was purchased 20 years ago, and the dream of the church lay dormant all these years. Swanson declared that God was working to prepare for this church and people are now witnessing what God can do even before we begin to dream a dream.
Swanson referenced John 10 and discussed how Jesus told His disciples about sheep recognizing their master's voice. Christians are called to follow the example of Jesus to seek out the other sheep and bring them to Jesus, the true shepherd. Swanson emphasized, the message to the community should be "Come on up in here! Everyone is welcome in this place!"