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Church plant, food ministry grow together through pandemic

MIAMI (BP) – Nueva Esperanza (New Hope Ministries) is bringing people to Christ through its food distribution ministry.

La iglesia Allapatah ayuda con la distribución de alimentos

MIAMI, Fl.— New Hope Esperanza, está sirviendo a su comunidad de Allapattah a través de un ministerio de distribución de alimentos que satisface las necesidades esenciales, lleva a las personas a Cristo, mientras sirve como centro de distribución para otras iglesias en el área de Miami.

El enfoque de iglesia en Texas en la calidad construye un ministerio bilingüe sólido

ARLINGTON, Texas (BP) – A medida que la ciudad de Arlington ha crecido, su cultura se ha transformado y sus calles y edificios se han modernizado, también lo ha hecho la Iglesia Fielder junto con ella, asegurando que la iglesia de 63 años siga reflejando la comunidad a la que sirve.

Texas church’s focus on quality builds strong bilingual ministry

ARLINGTON, Texas (BP) – As the city of Arlington has grown, its culture has changed and its streets and buildings modernized. Fielder Church has adjusted too, ensuring that the 63-year-old church continues to reflect the community it serves.

Answers in Genesis reaches out to Hispanic community with ‘Día Latino’

WILLIAMSTOWN, Ky. (BP) -- As part of its mission to bring the Gospel to all nations and cultures, Answers in Genesis plans to host Día Latino (Hispanic Day) this fall. Answers in Genesis (AiG) is an apologetics ministry dedicated to helping Christians defend their faith and proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ effectively. It focuses on providing answers to questions about the Bible -- particularly the book of Genesis -- regarding key issues such as creation, evolution and the age of the earth.

Pregnant woman with COVID-19 ‘asked God to do His work’

FRANKLIN, Tenn. (BP) -- Rocio Martinez was 20 weeks pregnant when she had to drive herself to the emergency room at 3 a.m. because she was barely able to breathe. Martinez had been diagnosed with COVID-19 a few days prior -- as had her husband, two sons and members of their extended family.

Workshops help Hispanic men learn what God says about fatherhood

Through the Spanish-language arm of the ministry Abiding Fathers, Rafael Gutierrez helps Hispanic men learn about the role of fathers in the Bible. "Due to [Hispanic] culture and religious influence, the role of the father is seen only as protector and provider," Gutierrez said. "There is a lack of verbal expressions of love from Hispanics fathers towards their children. Raising the children has been a duty left almost exclusively to mothers in Hispanic households."

Georgia Hispanic churches grow in unity during pandemic

GAINESVILLE, Ga. (BP) -- Though they haven't met physically in more than a month, Georgia Baptist Convention (GBC) Hispanic churches continue to be strengthened through training and fellowship opportunities the convention began more than a year ago. They are just doing it in a different way. "Because we have become a united church, we have been able to face this COVID crisis," said Javier Chavez, vice president of the Georgia Baptist Convention (GBC) and pastor of Amistad Cristiana Internacional in Gainesville, Ga. "We have stopped being many Hispanic churches and have become one Hispanic church."

Online Hispanic gathering asks ‘Are These the End Times?’

NASHVILLE (BP) -- While churches everywhere are adapting and learning how to disciple and evangelize in a post-COVID-19 world, the Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee created a space for Hispanic Baptists to ask questions and discuss ideas. Julio Arriola, executive director of Hispanic relations and mobilization with the Executive Committee, hosted a Facebook Live conference call Tuesday (April 7) asking "Are These the End Times?" He was joined by Bobby Sena, director of Spanish studies at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary; Evis Carballosa, author and speaker; and Efrain Salcedo, director of Hispanic initiatives and professor at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

North Carolina sees Hispanic church planting boom

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (BP) -- In the last seven years North Carolina has been experiencing a Hispanic church plant boom, with 150 new Hispanic churches. And the growth shows no signs of stopping, even amid the COVID-19 pandemic. "There has been a spiritual awakening that has led to planting of Hispanics churches across the state," said William Ortega, consultant of Hispanic church planting for the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina.