Pastor Jorge Oregon Gives His Personal Testimony
Sabbath services on December 31, 2016 began with a piano introit by Penny Thomas. Angel White led the song service, accompanied by Penny Thomas on the piano. The opening song was “I Surrender All”. Juanita Smith welcomed everyone and mentioned that the opening song was written when the composer surrendered his all to God.
Pastor Jorge Oregon gave his personal testimony.
Juanita Smith then called for the Laurelbrook Missions Offering, which was collected by Terrence White and Ben De La Cruz and which goes to support Laurelbrook mission trips. She mentioned that the Mexico Missions group had built five churches. Juanita Smith then closed the program with prayer.
- His father would come home every Friday and placed the money he had earned on the table. With all the family present, he would take out the tithe and give the children’s allowances to them.
- One day his mother cried all day. That evening his mother came to the table and asked the family’s forgiveness because the family was worshipping on the wrong day – Sunday.
- 14 years later Pastor Oregon came to the U.S. from Chile. His wife had died and left him with three little children. These children had to be left behind in an orphanage.
- He got into a singing group. This group sang for a Seventh-day Adventist college group and was asked to represent the college due to the intervention of a Seventh-day Adventist lawyer.
- He met and married his second wife.
- He wrote to his mother and sent her a cassette and literature containing information about Seventh-day Adventists. His mother attended a nearby church and said that this was the church the family was looking for.
- The family moved to Arkansas to help build a church.
- It took a year to get the children into the United States due to the immigrant paperwork. His boss got a newspaper to interview him. The church pastor made an appeal to the congregation to help him bring the children to the U.S.
- Immigration turned him down. He was left with all this money and left to plead with the Lord for His help.
- In a dream, he talked with an angel, telling the angel about his children, his need for a car to replace his wrecked one, a place to live, and his parents becoming Adventists.
- His wife couldn’t believe what he had seen in his dream. But he determined to tell the church about his dream. A rich church member gave them $1100 and talked to his congressman about the children. The congressman talked to the man in charge of immigration.
- His children arrived on Thanksgiving Day. The Lord gave him a new car, the last car on the lot. The dealer sold the car they had taken to the dealer but asked for $200. The owner worked it out so he didn’t have to pay the $200.
- He is very grateful to God for what God has done for him.
- Matthew 6:33 “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.”
- God put him through trials to teach him to be faithful in his duties as a church member.
- Revelation 20: “And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is [the book] of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.”
- All of us will need to face our Maker some day and need to remember that God will hold us accountable for what we knew and did or did not do.
The congregation then became one Sabbath School class taught by Clayton Brandt on some lessons we can learn from the book of Job.
Personnel Other Than Students:
Ben De La Cruz – works in maintenance
Clayton Brandt – works with Laurelbrook’s heavy equipment and with Laurelbrook’s general maintenance
Juanita Smith – Laurelbrook Academy registrar
Pastor Jorge Oregon – father of Erica De La Cruz, wife of Ben De La Cruz, who works in general maintenance