The eighth Master’s Plan International Convention was held September 24 through 27 with the theme “Renewing your Vision.” The event was held at Casa de Oración (House of Prayer) Church of the Nazarene.
It featured conferences with Church of the Nazarene General Superintendent Jerry D. Porter, Casa de Oración Pastors Adalberto and Nineye Herrera, and Pastor Ruddy Gracia from Segadores de Vida Church in Florida, USA, a church with more than 6,000 members. Pastor Marcos Barrientos led the time of praise and worship, accompanied by Casa de Oración’s worship team. The convention was attended by more than 1,800 people.
Each year the convention closes with a large-scale evangelistic event. This year’s A Smile for Cali event took place at Pan American Courts and featured two well-known comedians, Juan Lozano and José Ordoñez. Organizers asked attendees to bring a pound of non-perishable food to donate to the poor, and approximately 10 tons was collected from the 60,000 attendees.
About 4,800 people responded positively to the gospel message, accepting the Lord as their Savior. Casa de Oración’s follow-up process included a text, an email, a phone call, and if possible, a personal visit to the new converts during the following week.
Casa de Oración currently holds six Sunday morning services, beginning at 6:30 a.m., in order to accommodate an average of 16,000 attendees each week.
“Please pray for this church as they attempt to obtain the city permits to build a worship center,” Porter said. “The city has not approved their request for an auditorium for 12,000 because of the congestion it will represent in the neighborhood. They are negotiating to see what seating capacity the city will approve. We praise the Lord for the vision, sacrifice, and fruitful ministry of this Nazarene church!”
The church also holds a Saturday night service.
“Every service is evangelistic with scores of persons finding the Lord in each service,” Porter said. “Pastors Herrera insist that this church is healthy and growing because of their emphasis on personal and corporate prayer. They also emphasize intentional discipleship and spiritual encounter weekends where believers are led into the experience of entire sanctification.”