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The Harvest is Plentiful, The Laborers Are Few!

Don’t you have a saying, ‘It’s still four months until harvest’?
I tell you, open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest. John 4:35

Today, 53 million people or 17% of the total United States population, identify themselves as Hispanic, making Hispanics the second largest people group in the United States, and making the United States the second largest Hispanic nation in the world!

God has brought the mission field right to our doorstep! All we must do is seize the opportunity! How? By identifying, encouraging, supporting, and launching Hispanic men and women into Presbyterian Church in America (PCA) churches and church plants! But history has proven that traditional methods of preparing PCA leaders have not been effective with Hispanics. Today, the PCA has less than five Hispanic-majority, self-sustaining churches! And only a handful of Hispanics graduate from reformed theological seminaries. HLI is committed to preparing Hispanic men and women for ministry in the PCA. We utilize seminary and pre-seminary apprenticeships, Summer Youth Corps internships for high school students, and collaborative retreats where potential Hispanic workers can rub shoulders with men and women already involved in Hispanic ministry. This short-term exposure can lead to a life-call to ministry.

The harvest is ready! The Lord of the harvest is using HLI to prepare Hispanic men and women to go into the harvest fields. We invite you to partner with us in this effort through your prayers and financial giving. How will you respond?

Our Calling

  • Identify

    Hispanic men and women who show potential as ministry leaders among Hispanics

  • Encourage

    those individuals to consider a call to ministry and to begin actively preparing for ministry

  • Support

    those individuals with the training, encouragement, and financial resources necessary to develop their gifts for service in Christ’s church

  • Launch

    those trained and qualified individuals into Hispanic ministry using the connections and resources within the presbyteries and church planting networks of the PCA

Recent news

2013 Leadership Retreat

One of HLI’s goals is to encourage those who are already involved in ministry to Hispanics within the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA) and challenge those who are wondering if God is calling them to ministry. Forty-seven people participated in our second annual Leadership Retreat, held at the T bar M Resort in New Braunfels, TX, which included numerous testimonies, singing, fellowship, prayer, and worship.

Semi-Annual Board Retreat

For the very first time, the complete HLI Board met for our semi-annual retreat in Boerne, TX. Our goals: Get to know each other better; Clarify our Vision and Mission; and develop clear action steps for the next 18 months. Thanks to the help of Jeff Marlowe of the Global Training and Development arm of Mission to the World, we were successful on all counts! Please pray that God would continue to lead us in this ministry.

Testimonials

Victor Martinez

There’s no greater joy in my life than to grow closer to others, in transparency and honest brokenness, to edify each other in the power of the Gospel.

Curtis Castleberry

My HLI apprenticeship has challenged my family and I to evaluate the ways in which we are called to do ministry in the Hispanic context.

Vicente Jaime

I’ve been greatly encouraged by the fact that Redeemer Presbyterian Church in San Antonio, through my brother and friend Pastor Victor Martinez, has taken seriously my desire to explore the call of God to my life.

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