CHARLOTTE, N.C.– As a part of the My Hope America with Billy Graham evangelistic campaign, the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association is preparing resources in Spanish and reaching out to Hispanic churches across the United States.
With less than three months until the project culminates in November, nearly 1,500 churches have already requested Spanish-language resources, which allow them to participate in the Hispanic mobilization effort Mi Esperanza America con Billy Graham. Overall, more than 18,000 churches nationwide have registered to participate in the My Hope campaign.
A special program in Spanish is under development that includes a lip-synched new message from Billy Graham. This program will be able to be shared in homes through Mi Esperanza America con Billy Graham. In addition, preparation and follow-up materials in Spanish are available.
“For our churches, it’s an avenue for not only reaching the community with the Gospel, but also for training and counseling of new believers,” said Dr. Eliu Camacho-Vazquez, the national coordinator for Hispanic churches for Mi Esperanza America con Billy Graham. “This is the greatest impact in our churches.”
According to recent data from the United States Census Bureau, the Hispanic population tops 52 million, representing more than 16 percent of the overall population. More than 75 percent of Hispanics age 5 and older speak Spanish at home and among friends and family.
“Hispanic believers in churches across the nation are anxious to do something,” Camacho-Vazquez added. “They just need leadership in casting the vision and putting them to work.”
“Having relevant and accessible resources is an essential component for getting Hispanic churches and Spanish-speaking people involved,” said Preston Parrish, vice president for My Hope America with Billy Graham. “We are eagerly anticipating what God will do as people – both English-speaking and Spanish-speaking – actively reach out in their communities.”
My Hope began in 2002, with the first projects conducted in Central America. To-date, the project has been implemented in 20 Spanish-speaking countries and more than 2 million people in those countries have registered a commitment to Jesus Christ.
Camacho-Vazquez has worked with BGEA for more than 15 years, playing a role in Billy Graham’s 1995 Crusade in Puerto Rico, assisting in the implementation of Mi Esperanza Puerto Rico in 2010 and launching My Hope Houston, a localized effort in 12 Hispanic churches that saw more than 200 people make commitments to Christ.
This year, thousands of pastors and church leaders of various languages have attended more than 1,000 preparation meetings, which have taken place across all 50 states. Scores of the sessions have been offered in Spanish. At these meetings, they have come together to learn more about how to maximize this nationwide evangelistic outreach in their own congregations. There are still additional meetings scheduled. For the upcoming list, visit www.MyHopewithBillyGraham.org.
About My Hope America with Billy Graham
My Hope America with Billy Graham encourages participants to reach out to people they already know and engage in meaningful conversation and connections as a catalyst for sharing the hope and love found in a relationship with Jesus Christ. While one-on-one conversations will be the root of this outreach, there will be special evangelistic programs available in a wide range of formats including TV, DVD and Internet that people can share to reinforce the message. The programs will feature life-changing testimonies and powerful messages from Billy Graham. A new program, subtitled in 12 languages, is being prepared featuring new footage of Billy Graham and scheduled for release the week of his 95th birthday on Nov. 7.
For more information on My Hope America with Billy Graham, including preparation meeting dates, news articles and evangelism resources, visit www.MyHopewithBillyGraham.org.
About the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association
The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA) proclaims the Gospel of Jesus Christ throughout the world by every effective means available. From its headquarters in Charlotte, N.C., the BGEA directs a wide range of domestic and international ministries, including: large-scale festivals led by evangelists Franklin Graham and Will Graham; The Billy Graham Library; The Billy Graham Training Center at The Cove, located outside of Asheville, N.C.; SearchforJesus.net, an Internet evangelism project reaching thousands of people for Christ online; and many others through print, television, telephone, radio and the Internet. For more information, please visit www.billygraham.org. Get news updates on Twitter at www.Twitter.com/BGEAnews.