Focus Scripture: Acts 1:8 "But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth."
The Lord instructs us to go be missionaries to all people groups and language groups. In the United States many of these language groups have come to us. Therefore, the opportunity to share the gospel and start new churches among them is at our door step. One such language group is the Spanish speaking people known as Hispanics or Latinos. Most are from Central and South America. In Buncombe County the U.S. census tells us that between the year 2,000 and 2010 the Hispanic population grew from 5,730 to 14,254. This is an increase from 2.8% to 6% of the county’s total population. This is a 149% increase over this time period. The estimated Latino population in 2014 was 16,210. It is increasing rapidly. Latinos are the largest minority group in Buncombe County. We must have vision and strategies in place to reach this people group for Christ! New Hispanic works are needed in several areas of Buncombe County. Strategies are being implemented for churches and individuals who both speak Spanish or do not speak Spanish to be involved and to make a difference. You and your church can be involved. Contact the Buncombe County Associational office to receive more information of how you can be involved.
PRAYER: Lord, open our hearts and eyes to see what you see. Show me how I can be involved in reaching the rapidly growing Hispanic population for you. Lead me to the right people to help me to be involved. Thank you Heavenly Father for this opportunity. I ask this in the powerful and incomparable name of Jesus. Amen
Submitted by: Gary Odom– Associational Hispanic Church Plant Strategist; Pastor, Antioch Baptist