Our nation was built by them.
For centuries, people of all walks of life, from all of the nations of the world, from all tribes, and tongues, have immigrated to the United States. Some sought religious freedom, some freedom from tyrannical dictators, some for a better life for their family.
All had an impact on the “American” culture.
Today, a new culture is growing.
A culture so powerful, and growing so quickly, that it will change the way we, and generations to come, live our lives. This new culture brings with it centuries of tradition, a centrality of family, a different language, and deep-rootedness in religious tradition.
These are Hispanics.
Few other ethnic groups have influenced life in the U.S. as extensively as Hispanics.
Initially concentrated in the greater Southwest, Hispanics can now be found in every state of the Union.
Many first-generation immigrants from Mexico, the Caribbean, Central America, and South America are resistant to giving up their native language, the customs of their former country, and their family traditions.
And rather than their learning English and attempting to integrate into the general culture of the United States, the United States has adapted to them. The famous “Press 1 for English, 2 for Spanish” is just one example.
Yet many second, third, and fourth generation Hispanics have moved into the mainstream of American culture.
By 2050, it is estimated that
1 in 3 Americans
will be Hispanic.
This growing ethnic group will impact the politics, economy, culture, and spiritual values of our country, which will impact your life and mine!
How will they affect us personally?
What is our responsibility as Christ's Church?
The Great Commission
Jesus said, “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.”
God has brought the mission field to our doorstep
As members of Christ’s Church, and as members of the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA), we live in exciting, yet challenging times! Over the past forty years, we have done well in sending out missionaries to proclaim the “Good News” of Jesus Christ to all parts of the world.
But the PCA as a denomination, in all its richness, is falling behind in its ability to respond to these demographic changes in the United States.
How will we take the gospel to this great harvest field?
Who can bridge the gap between the PCA culture and the Hispanic culture? Language ability alone is not enough.
We need to find men and women within the Hispanic community who are bicultural and bilingual, and then train them to become leaders within the PCA, ministering through PCA churches to all generations of Hispanics.
The Hispanic Leadership Initiative (HLI) was formed to do just that!
“We will be accountable to the Lord, and we will be accountable to Christ Himself one day, when we are before Him and He asks us, ‘What did you do with this generation of people?’”
Pastor Victor Martinez
Redeemer PC, San Antonio, TX