50 UMC leaders from across the South Central Jurisdiction were in the Rio Grande Valley at Encuentro on Oct. 13 to learn about Hispanic culture and issues facing this rapidly growing demographic.
This group of folks included most of the bishops of the South Central Jurisdiction. They came with a wonderful spirit of openness to new possibilities regarding Hispanic ministries and a desire to see with new eyes.
They listened and learned from social scientists, medical professionals, local clergy, advocacy groups, and community center leaders. They visited different locations along the border, including a special worship service and meal at Los Naranjos colonia.
We celebrate this wonderful Encuentro experience and it gives us hope!
Creo que los posibilidades son grandes porque fue un Encuentro de esperanza!
A follow-up Encuentro meeting will be scheduled for Spring 2018.
Written by Robert Lopez, District Superintendent for the Coastal Bend and El Valle District.