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This past February Lauro accepted a job as the Worship Arts Pastor at Thrive Church in Lake Nona, Florida. We believe that God has called us to this church and this community to show them the love of Jesus, not only through worship and the arts, but through our relationships and everything we do day to day. Lake Nona is a suburb southeast of Orlando that is currently experiencing a growth explosion. Thousands and thousands of people are moving there every single day. Its current population is approximately 50,000 people, and that number is expected to triple over the next ten years. That’s a population of 150,000 people by 2027! This is so exciting to us because so many people will be coming to us from many different states, countries, and cultures, and we foresee huge opportunities to share the Gospel message with them. Every single one of those 150,000 people will need Jesus. They will need a church that will provide for the spiritual needs of every generation through preaching, teaching, community, worship, and the arts. We believe that through God working through us and Thrive Church, Lake Nona can experience the love and life found in Jesus in ways that would not be possible through man alone.

Thrive Church is a brand new church plant that opened its doors in December of 2016. One of the many things they value is transforming the next generation because not only are kids the future of the church, they are the church right now! They also desire to see the Gospel message spread to the Orlando area by equipping people with Bible-based teaching, authentic community, and the arts (worship, music, theater, etc.). Because Thrive is such a new church, we have to raise a portion of Lauro’s salary. We must have $6,000 raised before we move to Lake Nona at the end of May, and another $6,000 by the end of this year. Furthermore, we must raise $12,000 each year for the next two years starting in 2018. We believe that through God working through generous donors that this will all be provided because our God is the ultimate provider!

Will you prayerfully consider partnering with us and our mission with Thrive Church? We are looking for monthly donors to commit to giving for the next three years. If you would like to partner with us, please visit https://www.orchardgroup.org/donate/orlando/ and select “Lauro Soto” under the “Designation” drop-down menu. Any and all amounts are greatly appreciated! Even the smallest amount or your prayers will make a difference. Also, if you would like to receive a support and vision letter that gives more details about our community, Thrive Church, and what Lauro will be doing, please contact me. From the bottom of our hearts, we thank you so much for your support of our future ministry with Thrive Church!
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