July 30 through August 1 were three busy days in eastern New Mexico. Regional Overseer Bishop José Rivera conducted the School of Practical and Advanced Studies (SOPAS) during those three days, plus the New Mexico State Convention which met for evening sessions on July 31 and August 1. Four SOPAS terms were completed. Four students met in the English SOPAS Term I class. In Spanish, all three SOPAS terms were conducted. 13 students completed Term I, 4 completed Term II, and 4 finished Third Term. Though classes were small, students in this area of New Mexico appreciated the opportunity to attend these classes. In total, 25 students received certificates. Students noted that the classes were a blessing and the information gleaned was applicable and helpful to their ministries.
The Spanish church in Clovis, New Mexico hosted the SOPAS classes and the state convention. Commendation goes to Pastor Leida Mazara and members of the Clovis church for providing a great place to meet for classes, including a beautiful, newly remodeled sanctuary. Pastor Mazara and her team provided great tasting lunches for the three day school. During the convention, singing filled the sanctuary, and we enjoyed challenging preaching, needful recommendations presented during the business session, and sincere times of prayer. A family of four came to salvation during the Friday evening service. All the convention attendees and SOPAS students left Clovis with a sense of purpose for the coming year of Christian ministry in New Mexico.