Ken and Pat Grimes left their business careers and joined UIM in 1996. For several years they worked in California with several Hispanic Bible studies and participated in Hispanic churches, teaching Sunday School and AWANA, leading music and playing the accordion.
In 2004 they moved to Guadalajara, Jalisco, MX, attended language school, and for almost three years taught a 10-week evangelism course to various small churches in poor villages in surrounding areas of Jalisco.
They trained teams and went with them to present the Gospel to people in their neighborhoods. They also were invited to teach a condensed three-day evangelism course in Queretero in the state of Queretero and in San Miguel de Alllende in the state of Guanajuato.
Feeling that the Lord was leading them to plant a Hispanic church, Ken and Pat returned to California in 2008. After much prayer and demographic research, they determined that the area of Beaumont and Banning in California was an area with many Hispanics and a need for an evangelical church. They put their Westminster, CA, house on the market and purchased a home in Beaumont in 2009.
Ken and Pat immediately became involved with an English church that had a very small Hispanic work and needed help. After about six months, it was determined that this ministry was not productive and God-honoring. That group was disbanded and a new work was begun.
A church-planting team was formed with a couple, Guillermo and Lilian Hurtado from Guatemala, and a man from Mexico, Arnuldo Vazquez, all strong believers and able to teach. This ministry began with Bible studies; it now has a Sunday evening service with an attendance of 35 to 45 people and children's Sunday Schools for two different age groups.
There is a Wednesday night Bible study, and Ken and Pat are teaching new believers a discipleship course in their homes.
The Lord has been working in the hearts of the people. Many have received Christ as their Savior and Lord and they are growing in their faith. Several are participating in the services, leading prayer, reading the Scripture passage, leading worship music, etc. May the Lord be praised for what He has done and is continuing to do as He builds His church!
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