Caracas University was recently the host of a rally held by a 106-year-old Venezuelan church. The Seventh-Day Adventist Church held the rally in April, 2016 at the stadium of Estadio Universitario de Caracas where over 20,000 worshippers gathered together after an 8-month long outreach across eastern Venezuela.
Some believers like Mr. Jose Manuel Gonzalez traveled as many as 36 hours by way of boats, cars, and buses in order to be able to attend. President of the Adventist Church’s East Venezuela Union, Josney Rodriguez, was quoted as saying “I am moved beyond words at the dedication of our church leaders, pastors, and members just to be here”.
During the festivities, the attendees were delighted to watch a mass baptism of new members of the faith. 4,012 new members of the body of Christ received the rite of baptism and joined their fellow Christians as new members of the Seventh-Day Adventist church in Venezuela.
At a time when church membership has been dwindling throughout most of the world, the people of Venezuela continue to lead the world by continued growth. 5,000 small groups including Jose Manuel continue to grow in the Eastern Venezuela Union, with 800 of those in Caracas alone. These groups continue to thrive and often lead to the creation of new churches and communities.