Argentinean Pastors Dante and Liliana Gebel for three years now have been renting different facilities as they have been founding a new Spanish speaking Assemblies of God church in Anaheim, California. Next week they should close escrow purchasing this River Arena seating 3,000! This picture was taken yesterday. Already they have had to use overflow space in the vestibule with a large screen.
Several months ago they invited me to give the closing message for their first all day workshop for their team of 80 volunteer Sunday School teachers on Saturday, July 18. This Argentine couple is very serious about planting a church that will lead little children, youth and adults into a true relationship with Christ as His fervent disciples.
During the Sunday morning service they brought in several hundred kids to meet Felipe.
Look at this group of kids almost halfway around the circular platform!
Felipe thought he was in heaven.
After Felipe, Pastor Dante asked the children to open their hands to receive a blessing from heaven…
And he asked me to I pray for them.
Then came the surprise. Pastor Dante and Liliana honored me with a beautiful plaque. The text in Spanish reads: To Ambassador from Heaven, Rafael Hiatt for his love, integrity, leadership and perseverance in the work of the Lord. “No one has greater love than this, than one who gives his life for his friends.” John 15:13, Pastors Dante y Liliana Gebel. July 19, 2015, River Church.
I refuse the title of “apostle” or “prophet”… but cannot think of a higher honor than to be considered an “ambassador” representing God’s Kingdom. 2 Cor. 5:20
Thank you, Dante and Liliana and River Church! You have blessed me!