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Rick Warren's Saddleback Church baptises 50,000th person
Rick Warren's Saddleback Church has marked the 50,000th person to be baptised in the Californian church since it was established 38 year ago.
In an email sent to members, the pastor said: "Imagine all the amazing personal stories of changed lives behind that number! 50,000 individual lives transformed by Jesus since Saddleback Church began.
"This is unprecedented in history! You are likely one of those stories of a changed life.
The popular international church has 16 locations throughout Southern California. It also has affiliated churches in Berlin, Hong Kong, Buenos Aires and South Manila in the Philippines.
Expressing what is behind the number of people dedicating their lives to Christ at Saddleback Church, Warren added: "I'm often asked 'Why has this church, by God's grace, been able to bring so many unbelievers to Jesus?' Because of your love.
"You genuinely love people and you want them to go to heaven with you! Every day, you bring your friends, co-workers, and family to Jesus.
"Honestly, I've never seen a group like you anywhere else in the world. I'm humbled to be your pastor, and I could not be more proud of you."
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