12.6 percent of the U.S.and Canadian population speaks
Nevada/IdahoPaul and Narcedalia (Nancy) Rodgriguez are helping
to plant churches in northern Nevada and southern Idaho. Paul, a church
planting consultant, works with churches and church planters who want to start
new congregations among Hispanics. The most recent successes include a new
pastor at a church plant in Twin Falls, Idaho, and a church plant that recently
constituted in the area. As a mentor, Paul provides and schedules training,
develops would-be pastors and directs pastors to areas of need.
Pray for the couple for strength, for more pastors to mentor
in reaching the Mexican, Salvadoran, Guatemalan and Peruvian populations.
Pray for Frank and Nancys daughter Bobbie, granddaughter and
son-in-law as he goes to Iraq this year.
TexasPatty Villarreal works with about 4,000 churches
among 17 associations in the southern half of Texas. She consults churches on
negotiating the legal system as they often minister to non-documented
immigrants from Mexico as well as Central and South America. For many
immigrants it will take months for them to be processed, Patty says. For
others, they are hidden and want to remain unseen. Patty has helped form an
immigration task force that helps churches use the resources they already have
to reach immigrants. Churches are in the best position to assess their
communities, she says. They know the people and their needs better than anyone
outside their communities. Pray for Patty as she helps
churches and laypeople see the crucial role in reaching immigrants in south
OntarioCesar and Mary Parra work with Hispanics
from Middle and South America, as well as Pakistanis, Filipinos and Italians
living in North York and Mississaugatwo suburbs west of Toronto. Because of an
influx of Hispanic and Latino musicians to the area, Cesar, a church planter
missionary, wants to see their church plant, Emmanuel Baptist Church, become a
missions center where musicians can use their talents as outreach. They already
are playing in local clubs and weddings, Cesar says. I want to help train them
to share their faith in the places they play. Cesar says that several of the
musicians are Cuban and had to leave their instruments there when they came to
Canada. Cesar and church volunteers are also developing soccer training, art
classes and music classes as a way of developing serious athletes and artists
while also taking the opportunity to share Christ. Pray for
the Parras that God would help them develop a band of musicians who can go all
over the world to Spanish-speaking countries and minister through music. Also
pray for Gods provision of musical instruments and resources for sports and
VirginiaMarisa Sanchez works to reach Hispanic migrant workers in
Northampton County in Virginia. Northampton has 20 migrant worker camps that
house 4,000 to 6,000 planting, harvesting and cleanup personnel at any given
time. Because migrant workers only stay in Northampton up to three months
during peak season, Marisa says her biggest challenge is trying to do so much
in so little time. We had one worker recently who wanted to be baptized, Marisa
says. But hell be moving out before we have a chance to really disciple him.
They do what they can though. Last year during the peak three months 78 people
came to Christ through Vacation Bible Schools, Adult Bible studies and inviting
workers to church. So far this year, more than 30 have made decisions for
Christ. Pray for Marisa and her husband, Pedro.
Pray for a fulltime minister to help them in their work.
GeorgiaDennis and Rossy Rivera work with Hispanics in south
Georgia as church planting missionaries. The majority of people in south
Georgia come from Mexico, but there are also pockets of Guatemalans,
Salvadorans and Hondurans. They also have people groups that speak dialects,
and Spanish is their second language. Many of the people who were farmers in
their home countries are attracted to the fields of south Georgia. The area has
24 Hispanic congregations reaching out to these people groups. Dennis helps
coordinate two Church Planting Networks that allow church planters in southeast
and southwest Georgia to come together for a time of fellowship, idea sharing
and skill development. Pray that God will send church
planters to the area. Please pray for the Hispanic pastors in
the area for their health and strength in ministry.
FloridaSylna and Marcus rego work in the Gulf Stream
Association just north of Miami near Ft. Lauderdale and Pompano Beach, Florida.
She helps facilitate outreach among churches serving 14 different language
groups, including Haitians, Russians, Filipinos and Hispanics. The biggest
challenges for Sylnas ministry are reaching the working poor including
immigrants and single moms with two, three and four children. By helping
churches assess the needs of their area and helping reach immigrants through
medical clinics and food pantries, she is able to see more people hear the
gospel and accept the gospel and fewer people slip through the cracks. Marcus
is pastor of Brazil Baptist Congregation in Margate, Florida.
Pray for Sylna and her family as they work in Broward County
and surrounding areas. Also pray that God would send more
medical professionals to serve in the medical clinics.
5.7 percent of the global
population speaks Spanish
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