Some of the volunteer Bible study instructors grade lesson sheets together: (from left) Mel Kohltfarber, Linda Winner, Connie Rhoden, Vianney Fernandez, Denise Cheshire, Brenda Bellizio, and Connie Davis.

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Denise Cheshire

writes from Okeechobee, Florida, where she resides with her husband, Eric, and their two children.

Willing Hearts

Small church makes huge impact at local prison

A church congregation doesn’t have to be large in number to influence a community. Instead, it takes a heartfelt commitment to serve, as well as faith in the Holy Spirit’s power.

The approximately 50 attending members of the Okeechobee, Florida, Adventist Church—my home church—have learned this firsthand. Although small in number, we currently are giving almost 270 Bible studies—more than five times our weekly church attendance. In November 2012 we conducted a baptism for 54 new believers!

So how could this happen?

“When we opened our eyes to the mission possibilities that God had before us, our lives began …

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