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Hasta Siempre!

Editorial by José H. Cortés Sr., president of the New Jersey Conference

I remember when my family moved to the New Jersey Conference 30 years ago. My wife, Celita, two sons, Jose Jr. and Josue, and I came after ministering in the Euro-African Division. We carried four nearly empty pieces of luggage, but our hearts were lled with dreams. Now as we look back, we only have expressions of gratitude. The Lord’s hands have been upon us! God took our dreams and multiplied them infinitely. Through our sons, He brought us daughters: Joanne and Joyce. He also blessed us with grandkids: Jose III, Nadia, Joel and Emma. God has given us much more than we deserve, and His blessings keep raining upon us.

Thirty years have flown by, and here I am today, writing my official farewell editorial as the president of our beloved New Jersey Conference. The time has come to start a new phase in my life. I will be officially retiring January 1, 2018. But this doesn’t mean the end of my active ministry. I will continue writing articles and books and serving our church through evangelism seminars and training in different areas under the North American Division.

Dear brothers and sisters, I have no words to describe my gratitude. Thank you so much for all the love you have demonstrated to my family and me! God loves our dear New Jersey Conference because we are His church and we belong to Him! God bless you, my dear New Jersey Conference! I love you very much! See you soon!

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