National Fellowship of Hispanic Southern
PHOENIX (BP)--The 16th Annual Reunion of the National
Fellowship of Hispanic Southern Baptist Churches will celebrate
the theme "There is Life in Jesus" as they conduct a week-long
evangelistic crusade in Phoenix and surrounding areas.
The crusade, which begins Monday, June 9, will feature
evangelists and lay leaders from Hispanic churches nationwide who
will visit neighborhoods and lead evangelistic services in local
Workshops and a concert featuring Miguel Angel Guerra,
Miguel Cejas and others will be held at North Phoenix Baptist Church
June 14-15. Workshop titles include "Foreign Missions,"
"Faith," "Leadership," "Financial Healing,"
"Youth," "Fighting Pornography" and others.
The business session will be Sunday at 4:30 p.m. followed by special
The Hispanic fellowship's concluding session will
be June 15 at 7:30 p.m. with a message from the fellowship's president,
Augusto Valverde, pastor of Resurrection Baptist Church in Miami.
The national fellowship was begun by 14 Hispanic
leaders meeting in Las Vegas in 1987. The founders wanted "to
bring about an awareness of Hispanic needs," said Bob Sena,
who was elected by that group as their liaison to Southern Baptist
Convention entities. Sena currently is manager of the Southern Baptist
North American Mission Board church planting group's Hispanic unit.
"It was observed that Hispanics and other ethnic
Baptists should be given more representation and participation in
the planning of their future within the Southern Baptist Convention,"
At the same time, the founders were committed "to
motivate Hispanic congregations to be more involved in and cooperative
with ... all levels of the Southern Baptist Convention: association,
state and national," Sena said, and they rooted their doctrinal
stance in the SBC's Baptist Faith and Message statement of beliefs.
Hispanic churches interested in being a part
of the fellowship may contact Julio Fuentes at (305) 978-5253 or
|Now It is the Time
|Monday, June 9 - Friday, June 13
||Evangelistic Crusade: "There is Life in Jesus"
|Saturday, June 14
||Concert (Miguel Angel Guerra and Miguel
|Sunday, June 15
||Congregational Praise and Worship
||Legislative Session (Augusto Valverde, president)
||Celebration of Worship
|Monday, June 16
||Hispanic Church Planting Leadership Convocation
||Supper and Sixth Annual Celebration