Three individuals were baptized and joined the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Guthrie Center, Iowa. Laura Smith, and Michael and Brenda Clouse were welcomed into fellowship as members with much joy and celebration.

Lay pastor Steve Goodenough performed the baptism and Bible worker Emily Goodenough gave a  message titled Invisible Realities based on 2 Cor. 4:16-18.

Several years ago, the Goodenoughs started prayerfully going door-to-door to ask local people in their town about their needs and interests and offering to pray with them. In the summer of 2019 they came upon a man on a riding lawnmower who smiled and stopped his work to talk. This gentleman was happy to accept Bible studies to learn more about God. After some time, his wife joined the Bible studies.

In early 2020, Pastor Steve, who is also among the chaplains serving the local sheriff’s department, was called to visit an inmate at the jail. That visit led to visiting a friend of the inmate. This person’s heart also proved to be “good soil” for the love of God through study and practical ministry.

By these means, God has grown the small Guthrie Center Church in Iowa with these three new members.

Visit the church website or Facebook page at GuthrieCenterSeventh-dayAdventistChurch.

—Emily Goodenough is an elder and Bible worker at Guthrie Center Church in Iowa.