February 23, 2021 | Montemorelos, Nuevo Leon, Mexico | Keila Urbano and Inter-American Division News
Several Seventh-day Adventist Churches in Sonora, in North Mexico, have been remodeled and new structures built thanks to an unprecedented initiative by the state government to support religious organizations that are providing a positive impact on society. The plan, led by Sonora’s Municipal Council of Agreement for Public Works, has already benefitted the expansion of 11 churches since 2018. Several more churches will get help in the coming months.
“This has been the only church conference which has received this support on behalf of the government throughout North Mexico,” said Carlos Flores, treasurer of the church in the North Mexican Union.
The support for the construction and remodeling projects is a recognition of the Adventist Church in the community, said Pastor Guillermo Mendez, president of the church in Sonora. “The Adventist Church in Sonora is known for its impact with the I Want to Live Healthy community initiative and the I Want to Grow Healthy school initiative, as well as ongoing pathfinder clubs across churches, he said. “They [municipal leaders] take it as an important work and that is why they are willing to invest in the church.”
Four churches in the City of Obregón have benefited from the construction of two multiple-use rooms and rooms for children’s departments. In Hermosillo, five churches have been able to build children’s rooms, remodeled the sanctuary, bathrooms, a pastoral room, and multiple-use rooms, while in Navojoa, a center of influence was remodeled and the sanctuary remodeled in Benito Juarez, added Méndez.