The Cove Hosts Historic Hispanic Evangelism Summit

By Logan Ryan   •   March 16, 2022

From March 14-16, the Billy Graham Training Center at The Cove in Asheville, North Carolina, hosted a historic gathering of more than 140 Hispanic pastors and church leaders. The evangelism summit, "Summit de Evangelismo," was hosted by the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA) and Samaritan’s Purse.
With nearly 61 million Hispanics living in the United States, the BGEA expanded its ministry last fall to bring the Good News to Spanish speakers. >>Check out the BGEA’s new Facebook page for Spanish speakers.
Will Graham led a devotion time with a message from 1 Samuel on how sometimes we have open doors of opportunity which God didn't open.
Franklin Graham posted about the summit on his Instagram page, “I thank God for these men and women who are making a difference in their churches and communities!”
Participants enjoyed times of fellowship and joy, worship and prayer, as well as workshops to exchange ideas on how to better share the Gospel in their communities. Find devotions, ministry news and spiritual growth resources on BGEA's Spanish language website.
Social media influencer Esther Barranco uses social media as a means of discipleship, and with her beautiful Dominican accent and her sunny personality, she cheered up the gathering more than once. “I use my God-given talent for humor to catch the younger generations’ attention, to point them to the cross.”
Do you follow Franklin Graham's Spanish Facebook page? Check out the Franklin Graham en Español page, which launched last year.
Ángel Jordán, director of Hispanic Initiatives for BGEA and Samaritan's Purse, reminded the crowd: “No other country has received as much immigration as America. Nearly every nation on earth is represented in the U.S. By working in multicultural ministry here, in the power of God, we can reach the whole world with the Gospel.”
Surrounded by the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains, these women spent some of their free time visiting with each other on The Cove's deck.
Hispanic leaders enjoyed a sweet and intimate time of worship with Josh Morales, leader of the Guatemalan band Miel San Marcos.
Edward Graham welcomed the Christian leaders, reminding them that BGEA has never been able to do ministry without the local church. “I would love to preach the Gospel in Venezuela and Cuba, but this gringo might never be able to do that. But maybe your church has an open door to do that.”
Pastor Christian Allan from New Jersey fell on his knees in worship to God.
BGEA evangelist to Spanish-speaking countries David Ruiz reminded the public that “What matters is not the worker, it is the work; what matters is not the evangelist, it is the Gospel.”
In a symbolic moment, two generations prayed for one another, thanking God for the legacy that the older generation has left and praising Him for what He will do in the next.
Alexandra Hoover, author and North Carolina church leader, shared: “Young people are looking for honest and humble leaders that are willing to talk to them, open up to them, share their own struggles and have a robust conversation with them on any subject. If they don’t find that at the church they will look for it somewhere else.”
After listening to messages from renowned speakers, participants had the opportunity to interact and join in a conversation led by a panel of speakers.
Pastor Eli Bonilla shared, “My grandfather came to America as a missionary to work with the Spanish-speaking population when no one was sharing the Gospel with them. The Hispanic church is not here as a receiver, but as a giver. There are many specific values that God gave our culture and we need to share here in America.”