Monday, July 11, 2005

Hispanic Southern Baptists thank God in Nashville convention

The Baptist Press reports that Hispanic congregations from across the U.S. met and evangelized in Nashville last month:

"Gerald Davidson, first vice president of the SBC and a Missouri pastor, was present on behalf of SBC President Bobby Welch to bring a word of greetings from the SBC. Davidson thanked God 'for what is happening in the Hispanic fellowship and how it is growing in the SBC.'"

"Hispanics, Davidson said, are 'the largest ethnic group in the land and we need to give attention to reaching these people for Jesus Christ.'"

"Carmelo Arias told participants at the annual National Fellowship of Hispanic Southern Baptist Churches' annual reunion June 18-19 he went with several local leaders in an 'expedition of door-to-door witnessing that God richly blessed.'"

"The week prior to the meetings, five local Hispanic churches participated in a special evangelistic crusade, 'Hay Vida en Jesus' (There is Life in Jesus), during Crossover Nashville. More than 250 professions of faith were recorded as a result of door-to-door witnessing and nightly revival meetings."

The Tennessean reported that a church planting celebration attracted Hispanic Southern Baptists from across the country:

"The celebration was at The People's Church in Franklin, where hundreds of Hispanic churchgoers filled up the auditorium inside the worship center. Eighteen states were represented, [program coordinator Bobby] Sena said."

"He said a lot of people in the Hispanic community are not involved in any church and that it's important to plant churches because it cultivates the community and allows them to know Jesus Christ."

"After praise and worship and music entertainment, the Lifetime SBC Hispanic Church Planting Award was presented to missionary Mauricio Vargas."

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