Cañon City, Colorado… Participants of “Called and Chosen,” a youth rally that takes place at the Cañon City Adventist Church, were blessed by a warm and vibrant breeze from Honolulu, Hawaii, said Linda Benningfield-Hashman, church correspondent. A truly Hawaiian flavor came with Pastor Diamond Garcia, a special presenter who flew-in for a weekend of inspiration, October 4-5.
In his messages, he challenged the congregation and visitors to actively understand who they are in Christ, and in the Seventh-day Adventist Church. His words were powerful and direct, explaining the special purpose and ministry that the Adventist church has in the world today, Benningfield-Hashman reported. Several young visitors from the community joined the rally, some of who are regularly attending the church and taking Bible studies.
Diamond was born and raised in the beautiful islands of Hawaii. His early years included drugs, alcohol, and abuse. He found himself headed down a destructive path. At age 12 he found a book entitled The Great Controversy and read it in three days, he said. This led to him becoming a Seventh-day Adventist, engaging as a colporteur, and at age 17 joining the ministry. Now at 22 he pastors two churches in Hawaii. Diamond also travels internationally sharing the gospel with thousands of people on different continents, and shares his sermons and personal testimony on YouTube.
In his testimony, Pastor Diamond shared how he got involved with the political arena for the State of Hawaii. He uses his faith in God and his unique testimony to reach many people working in politics in Hawaii through prayer and education about the Adventist health message and Christ’s soon return.
Cañon City was beyond blessed with the message and testimony he shared. It was an amazing weekend!
—Linda Benningfield-Hashman; photo supplied.