About 14 years ago, Baptist Church Planters had a vision and desire to see a church plant in Lorain, OH. At one time there were five fundamental churches in Lorain, but one by one, four of the five churches closed their doors. As of 2011 Fellowship Baptist Church was the only existing OARBC church in Lorain, and it was also struggling to stay open. In 2012, the church approached BCP to inquire if they were eligible to go under the mission’s Refuge/Rescue Work agreement. After several meetings, it was determined that they did indeed qualify. In February 2013, the church voted to return to mission status under BCP and on Sunday, April 28, 2013, Pastor Orlando Collazo was installed as the new pastor of Fellowship Baptist Church.
Since then, many exciting things have happened! Attendance has grown, despite several members being “promoted” into the presence of the Lord. There were eighty females that attended the mother-daughter banquet, about twenty men attend the monthly prayer breakfasts, and approximately twenty youth attend the open gym community outreach activities. This summer, Vacation Bible School averaged sixty children and resulted in five salvations, two affirmations of faith, and six of these have gone through the discipleship classes and joined the church! The Backyard Bible Clubs averaged about twelve neighborhood children and also resulted in many great contacts. The children’s program was restructured, and a rotation schedule was implemented. There have been four baptisms, thirteen new members and a baby dedication. God also sent us a godly engaged couple with great references from two sister OARBC churches to lead the new youth group. Praise the LORD!
As funds were provided, much needed repairs to the physical structure of the church were made. Many neighboring churches helped with different aspects of the repairs, as well as evangelism and outreach. Thank you to all who worked and helped grow the ministry to reach the International City of Lorain, Ohio.