A Plea For Adan Pena
This instrument is prepared in behalf of brother Adan Pena, Spanish speaking preacher of Pecos, Texas. Brother Pena is known to us to be a faithful evangelist. He is suffering now as many of us have in the past, and as many more will undoubtedly suffer in the future, because of his stand for the truth, especially as it pertains to the organization, work and worship of the Lord's church.
On June 11, 1959 Brother Pena received a letter from the English speaking church at Fourth and Bois D'Arc in Pecos. This church had supported him for some time. The letter said in part, "It is with much regret that we have concluded to dispense with your services as evangelist for the Latin American Church . . . Your support will be discontinued by this church as of July 5, 1959." In the last paragraph the letter states, "We will of course expect possession of the residence you now occupy by July 5, also."
All of this is the result of standing opposed to modern innovations and defending the all sufficiency of the church in doing her work. In view of what the Scriptures teach it is strange indeed that the elders of one church would dare to take it upon themselves to hire and fire an evangelist working with another congregation, but that is exactly what these elders have done. The Spanish church requested that brother Pena stay and work with them. This he has decided to do at all costs. Although he has lost his salary, his house and the right to preach in the meeting house where the Spanish brethren assemble, he has determined to work with his hands if necessary, acquire another meeting place and continue to preach the Word.
We unreservedly recommend Brother Pena to sound churches and individuals as one worthy of support. Our prayer is that those of like precious faith will communicate with him as concerns giving and receiving. Those of us who prepare this letter have experienced the same difficulties in time past that brother Pena is now undergoing. Brethren came to our aid. The Lord provided. We are confident that the same will be true in this instance.
Numerous indeed are the Christians of both Anglo and Spanish descent who can testify to brother Pena's soundness and ability. We think that his determination and courage speak for themselves.
To communicate with brother Adan Pena, write him at P. O. Box 651, Pecos, Texas.
Earl Dale P. O. Box 1244, Harlingen, Tex.
Don Atherton P. O. Box 1123, Harlingen, Tex.
Wayne Partain, Harlingen, Tex.