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‘A block party for Jesus’: Churches take worship to the parking lot

Chesterfield Observer- MAY 05, 2020 BY RICH GRISET Victor and Carmen Torres began their ministry on the rough streets of Richmond, spreading the good news and conducting outreach outside the strip clubs and biker bars of Grace Street in 1971. Nearly 50 years later, they’re back to preaching on the pavement. Standing on a raised platform above a sea of cars in the parking lot of New Life Outreach Church on Turner Road, Victor Torres addresses the ongoing hardships of the pandemic and offers a message of hope in his Sunday sermon. “It’s so good to get out and be here. The Bible says where two or more are gathered in [God’s] name, we are in his presence,” says the pastor as his congregation pou

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