PORTALES (BNM) – On Saturday, July 30, Iglesia Bautista Cristo es La Puerta, Portales, saw five salvations at an event the church hosted in a city park.

The church planned the event to include their church members and others in the community. it The church posted event announcements on Facebook and spread the information by word of mouth to people in the community. When asked if the park where the event took place was in the church's neighborhood, Arturo Villa, the pastor, told the Baptist New Mexican that the park was on the other side of the city. Approximately 25-30 people attended the event.

The picnic included hot dogs and chili dogs for all attendees. Villa gave a short message after which five people accepted Christ as their Savior. The church followed up on each of the decisions. A baptism service is planned.

Children who attended received backpacks prepared by church members and filled with school supplies. Church members determined the number of backpacks to prepare by counting the number of children in the church and the children of students in their English classes.

The next day, July 31, Villa baptized seven people: Tanya Balbubna, Miguel Oquedo, Azul Oquedo, Ashley Oquedo, Uriel Solis, Fernando Bibalbuena and Josefina Bibalbuena.

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