Testimony of New Beginnings Church Columbus Ohio Pastor Mike Ortega

Testimony of New Beginnings Church Columbus Ohio Pastor Mike Ortega

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On behalf of National Missions, we give glory and honor to Jesus Christ for what He has done for the Church of Columbus, OH. Rejoice in the Lord as you read their testimony.

Praise the Lord! It is with great Joy that we announce to you that our members in the National Missions New Beginnings Church in Columbus, Ohio have purchased their Church Building. The temple has 23,000 square feet, with a seating capacity of 300+, 20 rooms and a dining hall with a seating capacity of 400. The pastoral family, Mike, Teresa, Kalista, Seth and Jordan are excited to share what God has done since arriving in 2008 to the National Missions Field Church in Columbus, OH, which at the time had 30 members.

unnamed(3)In 2011 God opened doors for New Beginnings to open a lease, with an option to purchase this property for $435,000. During this time we have experienced baptisms after baptisms every year and have seen a growth to a current membership of 260 members. In 2017 Pastor Mike Ortega placed an offer of $200,000 to the property owners, The Greater Ohio Wesleyan District, for the building, which was agreed upon. After further negotiating, we settled on a purchase price of $182,400 (Only God). The Greater Ohio Wesleyan District was so amazing in helping the Ortega family achieve this dream. They even sent their Chief Financial Advisor, who told Pastor Mike Ortega that God showed them that He sent the Ortega family to this place and that he was appointed to be here, and that they would do everything possible to help them.

Amazingly, in the process of trying to purchase the building, the Real Estate Department of the Apostolic Assembly did two comparable assessments through 2 banks to determine its value. They valued the building at $750,000, which makes the purchase price a great deal. Because of the good care provided by New Beginnings Church, the building had gained equity. unnamedThe General Board, along with the Treasury Department, and the Real Estate Trust Fund, were able to process a loan of $200,000 so that New Beginnings could immediately pay the entire mortgage and pay the loan to the Real Estate Trust Fund at a 4% interest rate. The monthly payment has been reduced by $800, and New Beginnings Church is now the property owner at 120 S. Burgess Ave, Columbus Ohio 43204.

We rejoice in this testimony and know that many more souls shall encounter the presence of God in this place.

To God be the Glory!



The Herald “History in the Making” – Apostolic Assemlbly

The Herald “History in the Making” – Apostolic Assemlbly

herld Cover Covention Cover3Esteemed Bishops, Pastors, Brothers and Sisters, ¡Paz de Cristo!

The Apostolic Herald is the official publication of the Apostolic Assembly of the Faith in Christ Jesus. We would like to announce that the new Herald is now available in digital form for your viewing convenience. You can access it by following the link provided.

This Herald contains important articles and memorable photos of our convention held November 2016 in Long Beach, California. The memories that we experienced will be relived anew through this publication. The theme of the convention was United in the Power of the Holy Spirit. Our hope is that you will enjoy the articles as well as all the information provided.

United Expecting the King,
Bishop José G. Zúñiga
Secretary of Christian Education

View the New Herald: http://theapostolicherald.com/

Department of Social Assistance has made efforts to help our brothers in Christ.

Department of Social Assistance has made efforts to help our brothers in Christ.

Praise the Lord Apostolic Assembly,

As the news rolls in day after day reminding us that the coming of Christ is soon, now more than ever, we must reach out into the world and shine as a beacon of light. Cries of desperation can be heard around the world as the earth trembles. During these desperate times the Department of Social Assistance has made efforts to help our brothers in Christ. At the moment, we are in Mexico with their leadership providing help and supplies to those affected by the tremendous earthquake that shook Mexico City only days ago. The catastrophe claimed the lives of over 200 civilians and caused years of structural damage to the city itself.

In Puerto Rico, the situation has only escalated because of the desperation that the inhabitants of the island have developed. The entire island is without power and citizens are forced to stay indoors in hot buildings with no air conditioning. The airports in Puerto Rico are barely functioning, and citizens are desperate to leave the island and begin their restoration process.

Unfortunately, our churches have been greatly affected by the category 4 hurricane that began on September 20th. We have sent over 450 lbs. of supplies and 3 generators to Puerto Rico to help members of the Apostolic Assembly in need. The situation is extremely challenging, but we will do everything in our power to make sure our pastors, their families, and their members are covered with our prayers and support.

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Bishop Steve Moran, Caribbean Region.

Bishop Steve Moran, Caribbean Region.

Esteemed Bishops, pastors and Apostolic Assembly brethren: ¡paz de Cristo! Please keep our congregations and people of Puerto Rico in your prayers and send your love offerings to help them, to our Headquarters. This is the last report from Bishop Steve Moran:
Here is the latest notice from our brothers in Puerto Rico. There is no electricity in all the island including none for our brethren. there is no water in many places neither for drinking or for bathing. There is scarcity of food and gasoline. Today one sister shared that she with her 4 children had gone to get water but when she went there none was to be found. No one has showered there for 7 days. She went to her house not knowing what to do when a man showed up giving her some milk, cookies and some other food(surely an angel as the Lord takes care of his own). This is the fruit of the fasting and prayers of everyone. Brother Rosado says that there a lives of 300 cars waiting for gas only to receive a gallon a piece. Bro Chan says that he was finally able to come down from the mountain where he lives but has not been able to find water or food. With the desperation the people have begun to steal food from the stores. The people are becoming agitated and desperate. Thank God that a few brethren were able to meet this past Sunday to celebrate a service of thanksgiving that God had kept them with live and health.
We are waiting for permission to go and distribute food and generators but our flights have been changed now 3 times. We pray that on Sunday we can finally go.
Bishop Steve Moran,
Caribbean Region.


People of the Lord, praise the Lord!

As you all know, we have been plagued with catastrophes of incredible proportions. Even experts in the field are surprised by everything that is happening. The Church knows that all this is part of the signs of the end time (Matthew 24), and that we must all be prepared.

On the other hand, we have many people who are suffering and as a people of the Lord, we must help them. We cannot sit still and do nothing in the face of these tragedies. The Church has always gone forward in the midst of the calamities of life, and now is when it should shine the most.

Therefore, I am calling for a general fast this Sunday, September 24, so that the peace of the Lord would fill the hearts of the brethren who are suffering the loss of loved ones, temples, houses, etc. I want all of them to feel the love and support of the brethren in all parts of the world. Also, on Sunday the 24th, I would like all the Churches of the Apostolic Assembly in the world to collect a love offering to help them.

I thank all those who have helped us with emergency offerings this year, may God bless you and help you cover your own expenses. Although you have already helped, we must understand that we have never experienced so many tragedies consecutively. That is why, once again, according to your ability, we ask you to help us to care for the brethren of Mexico and Puerto Rico.

All this that has happened during this year has led us to think about the creation of a National and International Emergency Committee (CENI) that will be immediately helping in future cases like these.

Dear Brothers, we must be united and face these tragedies. God is with us and we will soon tell the testimony of victory. My family and your servant withstood Hurricane Irma at our home. It was a unique experience, but your prayers and words of encouragement helped us enormously.

Now more than ever: United expecting the King!

Bishop J. Fortino


Esteemed Bishops, Pastors, Brothers, & Sisters, ¡Paz de Cristo!

We ask for your prayers for all our churches and people in:

1. México.
At 1:00 PM in the afternoon local time, Mexico’s central region, which includes the City of Mexico, and the states of Puebla, Morelos, Oaxaca, and Michoacan, suffered a strong 7.1 magnitude earthquake. More than 50 buildings collapsed and there are more than 100 reported dead by the authorities.

2. Puerto Rico.
Hurricane Maria is predicted to make landfall tomorrow Wednesday, September 20 in Puerto Rico, striking the island with winds of up to 165 miles per hour. Let us intercede for them, and our brethren in the Dominic Republic who will also be affected.

3. Aid continues to be provided in Texas and Florida, we shall inform you about any new development. God bless you all.

Fraternally in Christ Jesus,
Ismael Martín del Campo,
Bishop Vice President.



Esteemed Bishops, Pastors, brothers and sisters of our Apostolic Assembly, ¡Paz de Cristo!

1. We ask you all to unite in prayer asking for God’s protection over our Bishop President John Fortino, his family, and all our churches and pastors in Florida, Georgia, the Carolinas, and adjacent states. Hurricane Irma has already entered southern Florida.

2. We also inform you that Bishop Joseph Rodríguez has been appointed as Aid Coordinator for Florida and neighbor states. He is already in communication with all the bishops of the region.

3. Joyfully we inform you that our brothers in Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, and Mexico are safe and sound after hurricanes Irma, Katia, and the past earthquake. We thank God that only two of our temples have sustained minor damages.

Let us continue to pray for those who have lost loved ones in Texas, the Caribbean, and Mexico, and let us help in every way possible those who have lost their homes and jobs.

Fraternally in Christ,

Bishop Ismael Martín del Campo, Vice President.



Esteemed Bishops, Pastors, Brothers, & Sisters,

¡Paz de Cristo!

1. We share with you that Bishop Steve Moran,
Caribbean Regional Supervisor, has informed us that all our brothers and sisters in Puerto Rico are safe and in good health after the hurricane’s pass. Please continue to pray for them and we shall inform you soon about the temples.

2. We also continue to pray for our congregations
and the people in the Dominic Republic, Haiti, Cuba, and for all our churches in Florida.

3. We inform you that Bishop Misael Zaragoza (Southern
California District) is in a stable health condition and that he will probably be home very soon in National City, California. Please pray for him and his family.

Fraternally in Christ Jesus,

Bishop Ismael Martín del Campo, Vice President.



Esteemed pastors and members of our Apostolic Assembly,
¡Paz de Cristo!
On behalf of our Bishop President John Fortino, we ask for prayers from the whole Assembly in favor of the churches and inhabitants in:

1. Puerto Rico, Hurricane Irma arrives Wednesday.
2. Dominican Republic & Haiti: The hurricane arrives Thursday.
3. Florida and neighboring states: The hurricane probably arrives Saturday.

We continue to pray for our pastors and congregations in Texas. We thank God that the aid to our churches there has been both inspiring and constant. However, the needs continue there, especially for all those who have not been able to return to their jobs given Hurricane Harvey’s destruction.

In your prayers, we ask you to also include the congregations that have been suffering from the impact of all the wildfires taking place on the West Coast of the United States.

Finally, we inform you that the hurricane that struck Los Cabos, México, some days ago, only damaged the homes of two of our Apostolic families. At this moment the México Apostolic Assembly is providing them aid.

Let us keep in our prayers our Bishop President, his family, and his congregation.

Fraternally in Christ Jesus,
Ismael Martín del Campo,
Bishop Vice President.



Praise the Lord members of the Apostolic Assembly,
On August 25, Hurricane Harvey made its way through the Texas coast which caused historic flooding and destruction in more than 50 Texas state counties. So far, around 13,000,000 people have been affected by the hurricane, 30,000 have been displaced, and at least nine people have lost their lives. It is believed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency that as many as 450,000 individuals will feel the effects of this hurricane for years to come. Unfortunately, we have brothers and sisters in Christ who were also affected by the record high flooding; which has paralyzed the state of Texas. In these difficult and challenging times, it is our duty to extend a helping hand to our neighbors, so that the weight of this disaster can be lifted. Your donation will serve to benefit members of the Apostolic Assembly who have been left without a home, and many without food, water, and clothing. We ask that donations be collected in your local churches and sent to the Apostolic Assembly headquarters with “Texas Offering” in the memo.Alternatively, you can visit http://www.apostolicdsa.com/make-a-donation/ to make a donation online, or call Brother Moises Ramirez at (909) 987-3013 ext. 2626 to make a donation over the phone. An update will be provided after relief and aid has reached our pastors, churches, and many families. Thank you in advance for your kindness and generosity, and may the Lord bless you for your compassion and prayers.

“For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was in prison and you visited me” Matthew 25:35-36

Obispo Joseph Rodríguez,
Secretario de Asistencia Social