Hispanic and the Gospel

January 15, 2016 by  

Book so much to be done brother Beaty (1)

I am here thinking about Godly things. I remember the time when there were so many missionaries going to the Spanish speaking countries to preach the gospel. I wonder how many brothers and sisters died with the desire of going to countries like Mexico, Guatemala, Dominican Republic or even Cuba to preach the gospel but could not make it due to lack of money to pay for the trip.

During the late 70s I got the opportunity to be a witness of the joy of receiving a missionary in our home. My father was a Pastor in the Dominican Republic, I remember a missionary sister that stay in our home with her teenage son; my sister and I were also teenagers and we giggle every time he was around us; sorry I got off the subject. What I wanted to tell you is this, the church, and even the neighbors were happy with the missionary visit.

In the last ten years there has been an increase of Hispanics moving to the U.S. some got here following immigrations laws and others for different reasons did not enter the U.S. the proper way, we call them, undocumented. In see it this way, the mission field has come to us.

As Christians we can’t think like the world does, we must continue to trust God’s word. Jesus gave us this mandate; Go therefore  and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,  teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and, lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”Amen(Mathew 28:19-20).

The mission field has come to us! If you live in the U.S. there is nothing stopping you to serve the nations. According to the U.S. Census as of July 1, 2014 the number of Hispanics in the U.S. is 55 million, 17% of our nation population. When the ungodly people see this numbers they get scare, and think, they are taking our jobs, and all our resources; but we the people of God, we see an opportunity to save souls. We must understand this message; what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul? For the Son of Man will come in the glory of His Father with His angels, and then He will reward each according to his works.  Matthew 16:26

The children of God understand that a person can be undocumented and redeem at the same time. We must remember that God’s mandate is above all human laws. We Christians don’t work for the government, we are disciples, servants working for the Savior, so let’s work together.

If you want to minister and serve the Hispanic community and the language is a barrier let me help you! I have been a Christian advocate for the Hispanic for several years and have been bringing the gospel in our community in the radio and in the streets. I believe that some Hispanic pastors with independent churches will be more than happy to connect with your church, to serve together in the community.

One of My goals is to be ready to provide Spanish classes for ministers in the next few months. Also I want to   be available to answer questions that you may have about how to ministry to Hispanics.

The under privilege Hispanic has all the needs that the poor in the U.S. has and sometimes even more; the areas where I am the most concern is Mental Health. In the U.S. 1 out of 4 has experienced with some type of mental illness, in Mexico is 1 out of 3. According to Mental Health professionals the most common issue connecting Mental illness and substance abuse is the intention of patients to medicate the mental health symptoms that they find disruptive or uncomfortable by using alcohol and drugs.  Alcohol abused is a major problem in some Hispanic communities. Alcohol abused is a major cause of domestic violence and child abused, as result families are destroyed. In some communities people that are not Hispanic are suffering for the same reasons; the church needs to be more involve in having bilingual centers to serve these families. Already there are churches that have freedom in Christ counseling ministries. Others are providing Christian support groups. I the next few weeks I will be blogging about some of those ministries and other resources.

We need to be in prayer asking the Lord to guide us on how to serve and save these souls. We know that the power of the Holy Spirit and God’s word sets the captive free. Mental illness and alcohol abused are consider a deceases just like diabetes, sometimes the Lord heals the illness completely and other times we need to have medical treatment. Our responsibility is to Go and save souls.

Note: Please let’s stay in contact; you can contact me at www.withoutlimitsministries.com or http://rosatoussaintortiz.com/

About the picture: The book, So Much to be Done was given to me as a present by brother James M. Beaty himself. The book is a glimpse into the early History of the church of God in the Dominican Republic, from 1939 – 1952.

Please forgive my grammatical errors, I am still struggling with the English language; I can’t allow my poor English to stop me from doing God’s will, John 3:16

The Lord blessed you!

Reference: Self-Medicationhttp://www.dualdiagnosis.org/mental-health-and-addiction/the-connection/

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