August 13, 2013
Recent data from the United States Census Bureau points out that the Hispanic population in the US tops 52 million, representing more than 16 percent of the overall population.
As part of the My Hope America with Billy Graham evangelistic campaign, we’re preparing resources in Spanish and reaching out extensively to Hispanic churches across the country. With less than three months until the project culminates in November, nearly 1,500 churches have already requested Spanish-language resources! They will participate in the Hispanic mobilization effort Mi Esperanza America con Billy Graham (“My Hope America with Billy Graham” in Spanish).
“Having relevant and accessible resources is an essential component for getting Hispanic churches and Spanish-speaking people involved,” said Preston Parrish, Vice President for My Hope America with Billy Graham. “We are eagerly anticipating what God will do as people – both English-speaking and Spanish-speaking – actively reach out in their communities.”
A special program in Spanish is under development that includes a new message from Billy Graham, which will be overdubbed by a Spanish speaker. Music and testimonies in Spanish will also be included. This program will be available to be shared in homes through Mi Esperanza America con Billy Graham. In addition, preparation and follow-up materials in Spanish are available.
“For our churches, it’s an avenue for not only reaching the community with the Gospel, but also for training and counseling new believers,” said Dr. Eliu Camacho-Vazquez, the National Coordinator for Hispanic churches for Mi Esperanza America con Billy Graham. “This is the greatest impact in our churches.”
“Hispanic believers in churches across the nation are anxious to do something,” Camacho-Vazquez added. “They just need leadership in casting the vision and putting them to work.”
My Hope began in 2002, with the first projects conducted in Central America. To-date, the project has been implemented in 20 Spanish-speaking countries and more than 2 million people in those countries have registered a commitment to Jesus Christ.
Camacho-Vazquez has worked alongside BGEA for more than 15 years, playing a role in Billy Graham’s 1995 Crusade in Puerto Rico, assisting in the implementation of Mi Esperanza Puerto Rico in 2010 and launching My Hope Houston, a localized effort in 12 Hispanic churches that saw more than 200 people make commitments to Christ.
This year, thousands of pastors and church leaders of various languages have attended more than 1,000 preparation meetings, which have taken place across all 50 states. Scores of the sessions have been offered in Spanish. At these meetings they have come together to learn more about how to maximize this nationwide evangelistic outreach in their own congregations.
For more information, you can visit our Spanish-language website at www.es.myhopewithbillygraham.org.