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Allegheny West Hispanics Encouraged by Cincinnati Outreach
Story by Allegheny West Conference Staff
Fourteen people prepare for baptism following an outreach led by young people at the Cincinnati Central Hispanic church.
Members of Allegheny West Conference Spanish-speaking churches in Cincinnati, Ohio, are rejoicing after seeing how the hand of God is working to open the doors for evangelism in that city.
Early this year, members of the church’s Cincinnati Hispanic district came up with several goals that they wanted to achieve in Cincinnati, one of which was to make the Seventh-day Adventist Church better known to the city’s residents. So, they started a radio program on the only Hispanic station in the city, La Mega 97.7 FM. The program, “Para Vivir Mejor,” (For Better Living) runs every Sunday at 10 a.m. and focuses mainly on the family. There are also segments on health and biblical reflection.
“This allowed us to make many contacts and several started to attend our churches in Cincinnati,” said Rafael Soto, pastor of the Cincinnati Central Hispanic and El Buen Pastor churches.
The Cincinnati Central church formed a “Jesús, la esperanza de vida” (Jesus is the Hope of Life) group where 36 young people from the Cincinnati Central Hispanic church spent two months reaching out to Hispanic families in the area with Bible studies, food delivery and special prayers. At the end of that project, 14 people surrendered their lives to Christ at an evangelism series featuring Rubén Ramos, assistant to the Columbia Union Conference president for Multilingual Ministries, and Winston Simpson, pastor for the Hispanic district in Philadelphia. This was in addition to the 42 people who made a decision for Christ earlier that year.
“We owe these wonderful results to the efforts of our members who dedicated their time and committed themselves to evangelism,” Soto said. “As a district, we glorify God for His guidance through the Holy Spirit and for the way He has opened the doors for the preaching of the gospel in Cincinnati!”