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Hispanic fellowship slates crusade, worship & workshops


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)–The 18th Annual Reunion of the National Fellowship of Hispanic Southern Baptist Churches, encompassing various meetings and events prior to the SBC annual meeting in Nashville, will begin with a simultaneous evangelistic crusade across Tennessee.

Organizers report that nearly all of the state’s Hispanic Baptist churches have committed to participate in the June 12-19 campaign under the banner of “There Is Life in Jesus.”

Personnel from the Tennessee Baptist Convention, local Baptist associations and pastors and lay leaders from Hispanic churches across the country will assist in the outreach to the ever-growing Hispanic population in Tennessee.

On Saturday, June 18, hundreds of volunteers and SBC attendees from Hispanic churches across the country will join in the Crossover Nashville evangelistic thrust to children, youth and adults in the mid-Tennessee region.

That evening, Hispanic fellowship participants will begin gathering at 6 at Tulip Grove Baptist Church, 563 Shute Lane in Old Hickory, northeast of Nashville, for registration, fellowship, music, worship and praise, and time for participants to view exhibits from different ministries and sponsors.

A mega-concert and worship celebration will follow from 7-9 p.m., sponsored by Baptist Spanish Publishing House in El Paso, Texas. This event will feature the musical talents of Erick Mondragon, the fellowship’s music director from Texas, and three Floridians, contemporary Christian artists Pedro Neira and Jacqueline Becerra and concert and opera tenor Moises Hernandez.

Organizers selected “I Will Seek Your Face” as this year’s theme emphasizing the importance of a closer walk with the Master in order to be effective in evangelism, discipleship and fellowship.

On Sunday morning, June 19, fellowship participants will worship in Nashville-area Hispanic churches, followed by a session at 1:30 featuring various conferences led by Hispanic leaders, including:

— “The Family Today,” led by Samuel Otero, an evangelist and psychologist from San Antonio, Texas.

— “Ethics Today,” led by Rudy Gonzalez, vice president of student services at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas.

— “Worship Today,” led by Erick Mondragon.

— “Missions Today,” led by Jason Carlisle, director of Hispanic mobilization at the Southern Baptist International Mission Board in Richmond, Va.

— “Evangelism Today,” led by Augusto Valverde, pastor of Resurrection Church in Miami.

— “Woman of Today,” led by Nellie Torrado, executive director of Woman’s Missionary Union in Puerto Rico.

— “Publications Today,” led by David Fajardo of the Baptist Spanish Publishing House.

The program will continue from 3-5 p.m. with a business session. Fellowship President Heberto Becerra, pastor of First Hispanic Baptist Church in Plantation, Fla., will preside as various reports are presented and new officers are elected.

On Sunday night from 6-8 p.m., the 8th Annual Church Planting Celebration sponsored by the North American Mission Board will be held at Haywood Hills Baptist Church, 255 Haywood Lane in Nashville.

In addition to Becerra, the fellowship’s officers include Julio Fuentes of Florida, executive director; Damaris Medina of Mississippi, national secretary; Joel Medina of Mississippi, treasurer; and Augusto Valverde of Florida, director of evangelism.
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Additional information about the National Fellowship of Hispanic Southern Baptist Churches may be obtained by contacting Julio Fuentes at (305) 206-7575 or julhist@aol.com or going to www.confraternidad.org.

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  • David R. Lema Jr.