Jimmie and Debbie Rivera planted City Limits Assembly of God in Allentown, Pennsylvania, in 1994. After pastoring the church for 26 years, Pastor Jimmie Rivera began to struggle with how the church was doing under his leadership. He wondered if he should retire. But when his district sent him an invitation to an Acts 2 Journey seminar and he attended, he recognized this could be the tool to help strengthen the church and instill new vision in himself and the congregation.
Allentown, with a population of nearly 126,000, is the fastest-growing major city in Pennsylvania and the third largest behind Philadelphia and Pittsburgh.
The congregation at City Limits Assembly is actively reaching out to their community and tangibly loving people in ways that will impact their lives for the long term. They host block parties, help clean the streets, provide bicycles for kids, distribute food and water to those in need, provide a turkey dinner at Thanksgiving, and give out Christmas trees in that season.
“These outreaches offer many opportunities for us to share the gospel and help people find the peace, love, and acceptance that only Jesus can give,” Pastor Rivera says.
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