Honoring Persevering Leaders

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by Mario Vega

In 2011 Elim Church celebrated 25 years of cell church ministry. To mark this anniversary I thought it would be a once-only occasion in which we could give recognition to those leaders who had been consistent and persistent throughout the 25 years of cell church ministry.

Thinking that I wouldn’t find very many, I planned to print out some diplomas made of a special costly parchment. This particular type of parchment is a delicate material that must be printed one by one in special presses. We had several weeks to have them printed, so I asked the district pastors to make a list of those people.

A couple of days later, I was amazed to discover that the total number of leaders who had persevered in cell ministry for 25 years was 200. It was impossible to print parchment diplomas for all of them, not only for the amount of time it would take, but also because of the cost. In the end, we decided to hand out a medal of perseverance to each one of them.

It was an impressive to think that more than 200 people had faithfully persevered for 25 years of cell leadership! This meant that virtually all 200 leaders were pioneer leaders of the cell work in our church. A quarter of a century of loyalty to the cell work! We were so privileged to honor them for their faithful service.

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Honrando lderes perseverantes.

por Mario Vega

En 2011 la iglesia Elim cumplió sus primeros 25 años de haber completado su transición para convertirse en una iglesia celular. Con motivo de ese aniversario pensé que era una ocasión irrepetible en la cual podamos entregar un reconocimiento a aquellos lderes que haban sido constantes durante todos esos años.

Pensando que los lderes perseverantes por 25 años eran unos pocos, planeé enviar a imprimir unos diplomas en pergamino para entregar a cada uno de ellos. El pergamino es un material delicado que debe ser impreso uno a uno en prensas de presión. Tenamos varias semanas para que fueran impresos as que solicité a los pastores de distritos que elaboraran el listado de esas personas.

Mi sorpresa sera unos das más tarde al darme cuenta que el total de lderes perseverantes ¡eran más de 200! Era imposible poder imprimir pergaminos para todos ellos. No solamente por el largo tiempo que eso supondra sino también por su costo. Al final, decidimos entregar una medalla a la perseverancia a cada uno de ellos.

Era impresionante. Más de 200 personas que haban perseverado fielmente por 25 años en su función de lderes. Eso significaba que prácticamente todos aquellos que fueron los lderes pioneros del trabajo celular en nuestra iglesia continuaban en sus funciones. ¡Un cuarto de siglo de fidelidad al trabajo celular! ¿Cómo no habramos de honrar a tales personas?

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