Hispanic Ministries

Jorge P. Soria, director   
 

Bienvenidos a las páginas de Ministerios Hispanos de la Unión del Pacífico.

Most of the 172 Hispanic churches and groups in the Pacific Union held evangelistic campaigns during the past five years, keeping in mind the ever present mission to bring others to the loving arms of our Lord and Savior.

I am so thankful to work in such a blessed union. We have an army of 145 consecrated and dedicated Hispanic pastors and 50,441 lay members. Together we work to accomplish the mission given to our church; we obey and trust in His power and stregth.

To promote evangelism, the Pacific Union Hispanic Ministries Department has identified three areas to highlight throughout the past five years. The focus of all planned activities has been nurture, training and equipping. With this in mind, the following initiatives were launched:

  • Seminars — For couples and families, lay leaders, elders, women and men’s ministries, pastors’ Health Seminars, etc.
  • Youth Meetings — Congresses, Bible bowls and mini Olympic activities.
  • Ministerial Meetings — A time of encouragement, evangelism planning and fellowship.


Evangelism Activities

For the last five years, the Southeastern California Conference has been doing evangelism by counties. All the pastors of the counties work together with Alberto Ingleton, vice president for Hispanics, and Yohalmo Saravia, conference evangelist, preparing their churches. Then they invite an evangelist to have a campaign for one week. At the end of the meetings, they rent portable pools to baptize those who decide to give their hearts to Jesus. Hundreds have been already baptized.

A Dream Leads to Salvation

About two years ago, Maria Heredia had a dream where she saw a man coming down from heaven and people on earth running from side to side, screaming in fright and shock. In her dream, she saw herself hiding under a rock with her daughter, Angelina, but could not find her other children. Suddenly she saw her husband, Leonardo, and asked him if he had seen the rest of her children — Martin, Mario and Guillermo. When he said that he hadn’t seen them, she began to mourn inconsolably. Mario had to wake Maria when he heard her crying. This dream deeply impressed Maria. She woke up wanting to know the truth about Jesus. She thought it was time for them to seek spiritual guidance from a church.

During that time, her husband brought home a piece of paper that he found on the floor at work. It was from a company called "Glory Star" featuring a satellite with more than 50 religious programs. Maria decided to order the satellite. That was how the family found the channels Esperanza TV and 3ABN. So they began to hear the third angel’s message through them.

After watching one of the programs on Esperanza TV, Maria called to ask for the addresses of churches close to their home. They gave them three, including the San Jose Spanish church. So on a Sabbath morning, the Heredia family visited the church in San Jose. When they learned that the church was Seventh-day Adventist, they thought: "Then we actually are Adventists." They left the church with great joy, because they had found the church that keeps the commandments of God and has the testimony of Jesus Christ (Revelation 12:17). The family has since opened their home to host evangelistic meetings.

A Special Challenge

There are about 15,000,000 Hispanics living in the union territory, and these huge numbers are a challenge to our churches. Of the 10 U.S. cities with the largest Latino concentration in 2010, five are inside our union. Here's a look at the stats from the past five years:

Membership:

2005 — 43,522
2010 — 50,236

Baptisms:

2005-2010 — 15,427

Tithes:

2005-2010 — $105,730,577

It is our desire and prayer that our Lord will continue blessing the Hispanic membership in the Pacific Union.

Contact: hispanic@puconline.org

 Phone: 805-413-7384

High resolution photo of Jorge Soria


Ruth Collins, administrative assistant