ASHTABULA — Sam Vicente has a vision. He and his wife, Sheri, have moved their Pentecostal ministry, The MOVE Ministries, from Main Avenue to Park Avenue.
And at 10 a.m., and again at 6 p.m. Sunday, the pastors will give a sermon in their new building at 4540 Park Ave. Previously, The MOVE was renting a building on Main Ave with the first service held almost a year ago on Jan. 19.
“After years of sitting in church waiting on the Lord, the Lord spoke to me when I was in prayer asking Him why He was not moving in my life,” Sam Vicente said. “He told me what happens in my prayer closet needs to leave my prayer closet and He will move when I move, which birthed The MOVE Ministries.”
The Vicentes have the 2,720-square-foot, brick building, located to the north of Windstream, under a land contract and have done some extensive remodeling.
“We took down a wall, painted and installed new carpet throughout the building,” he said.
In addition to Sunday services, The MOVE offers discipleship training at 6 p.m. Tuesdays, Overcomer Bible study at 6 p.m. Wednesdays, a prayer service at 6 p.m. Saturday and, on the first Friday of every month, all-night prayer.
Vicente said it wasn’t until he had a personal encounter in January of 2017, when he was “hit with the fire of God and received a burden for souls like never before,” that he started going out and evangelizing in the streets.
“Our mission is Mark 16:15 for individuals to be saved, have an encounter with the Holy Spirit for themselves, not to receive religion or tradition, but to have an experience for themselves that will change their lives forever, so they can be mobilized and sent out,” he said.