1,200 Baptisms and Counting: Hispanics Gather for Lay Evangelism Festival
By Celeste Ryan Blyden
Recently, 1,400 members from Potomac’s 50 Hispanic churches gathered in Ocean City, Md., for their 10th Lay Evangelism Festival. For four days they worshipped, attended seminars, celebrated their evangelism successes for 2006, and set goals for 2007.
The conference’s Hispanic Evangelism Committee, led by Hispanic Ministries coordinator Ruben Ramos who will soon begin coordinating Multilingual Ministries for the entire Columbia Union, plans the annual festival. This year, as they bid him a fond farewell, they had much to celebrate. First, the event has gotten so big that they’ve had to move from a hotel to the Ocean City Convention Center where on Sabbath they filled the second-floor auditorium. Secondly, the many Bible studies, evangelistic campaigns, and small group meetings (“hogares iglesias”) led by dedicated pastors and members yielded 1,200 baptisms in 2006. And thirdly, they announced the opening of a new $1.8 million evangelism center in Maryland.