What a joy it was to see God's plan unfold in the ordination of Claudio Perez to the office of Deacon on Sunday. 

Claudio and his family came to us in September of 2019. They completed their membership process in less than a month after arriving. Since that time, they have treated this church with great care and devotion.

The Perez family has given their lives to the church. They have given their resources to the church. They have given endless amounts of their time to the church. All without expecting anything in return.

No matter what is happening in the church, the Perez family chooses to align themselves enthusiastically behind it. Whether it is a church yard sale, men’s ministry, FOF class, the marriage retreat, baptisms…it doesn’t matter—If you lift your head you will see the Perez’s not only present, but actively serving.

Often, I will have a practical need at the church, like putting up a poster, fixing a toilet, installing fluorescent light bulbs, moving something heavy, or re-organizing the storage unit. I know I can always call on Claudio for anything.

But apart from all of that, the spiritual encouragement has been immense and immeasurable. A Pastor cannot shepherd a church alone.

Exodus 17:10 Joshua did as Moses told him, and fought against Amalek; and Moses, Aaron, and Hur went up to the top of the hill. 11 So it came about when Moses held his hand up, that Israel prevailed, and when he let his hand down, Amalek prevailed. 12 But Moses' hands were heavy. Then they took a stone and put it under him, and he sat on it; and Aaron and Hur supported his hands, one on one side and one on the other. Thus his hands were steady until the sun set. 13 So Joshua overwhelmed Amalek and his people with the edge of the sword.

Claudio has definitely assumed the role of Aaron and Hur in our church. The main function of the Deacon is to help the Elders. I never really understood the totality of what that meant until I met Claudio and his precious family.