Connecting Columbia Union Seventh-day Adventists
- Hispanic Ministries
Five churches. One city. Nearly 240,000 people in the Hispanic community. “‘Jesus Loves Philly’ is a movement created by Hispanic Ministries as a strategy to share the gospel in Philadelphia,” shares Saud Elias, Pennsylvania Conference’s Hispanic Ministries coordinator.
This year, the Ohio Conference’s Hispanic Ministries Department has initiated a strategy called “2023 Miracles” with a goal to baptize 1,000 people during 2023.
After a two-year hiatus of public Youth Ministries events, Ohio Conference’s Hispanic Ministries recently hosted the 2022 “Día de la Joventud Adventista de Ohio” (Ohio Adventist Youth Day).
It seems as if the jungle, the mountains and rural areas are favorite destinations to send new ministers. I was no exception. My first district was in the deep forest of Nicaragua, surrounded by rushing rivers and deep lagoons. Our congregations resided in small communities nestled around these lagoons. Ninety percent of travel between them was by river, so we used an outboard motorboat to carry out pastoral work.
Dressed in very humble clothes, rather ragged, with a tanned complexion and a wrinkled face, the poor, old man approached all those who parked on the church’s street, offering to watch their cars for a few coins. I will never forget this kind, old man and the lesson he taught me.
This past January, the Hispanic churches of Ohio joined the Ohio Conference Presidents’ Bible Challenge to read the entire Bible in 31 days, using their own Spanish-language challenge: “Sanctified by His Word!”
In my 35 years of ministry, these verses have carried me through many storms and blessings. This passage became even more relevant when I got into a terrible car accident.
The Hispanic Ministries Department of the Chesapeake Conference recently started a weekly food bank, in partnership with 4MyCity, a nonprofit organization.
The 13th annual Women’s Ministries Retreat of the Potomac Conference’s Hispanic Ministries recently held October 21-23 in Arlington, Va., drew more than 1,000 women representing more than 60 Hispanic churches.
Potomac Conference Hispanic Ministries recently launched Caravan of Hope, a four-day intensive evangelistic outreach in the Washington, D.C., metro area.