(Argentina NCNSAM). May 6, 2012, the Church of the Nazarene of Merlo, Buenos Aires Province, celebrated 80 years of existence at a wonderful site, the city’s Municipal Theater.
A truly festive atmosphere was shared among attendees who were specially invited due to capacity. On Sunday morning Nazarene pastors from the area, pastors from sister denominations and national leaders were present at the celebration. The program included a variety of worship styles from the harmonica to various church bands. Children and youth participated by giving a survey of the history of this church that began 80 years ago at the hands of two ladies, Soledad López and Lucía de Costa, who had the vision to take the gospel to this place. The message from Superintendent Dr. Jorge Durán was a real challenge to continue the founders’ dream and culminated with the presentation of a plaque to the current pastors, Reverends Marcelo and Mónica Correa.
The Church of the Nazarene of Merlo was the first non-Catholic church in the entire Partido, one of the largest in the city of Buenos Aires. It was one of the first churches to plant the vision of “Each One Win One” having reached nearly 60 prayer cells in different neighborhoods. It was the first Church of the Nazarene in Argentina to surpass a membership of 500 persons. As a mother to many churches it continues the challenge to win Merlo for Christ.
Source: Rev. Mónica Correa, Pastor Church of the Nazarene, Merlo, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Translator: Scott Meador.