Hispanic ministry kicks off radio program (Jan. 14, 2004)

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Hispanic ministry kicks off radio program

Jan. 14, 2004    News media contact:  Michael Wacht*   
mwacht@flumc.org, Orlando  {0005}

By J.A. Buchholz**

ORLANDO - The Florida Conference's Hispanic Ministry is once again taking its message to radio.

The Hispanic United Methodist radio program "The Upper Room" began airing in November and can be heard every Sunday in Spanish at 3 p.m. on Radio Luz 1270 AM.

The program operates as a mini-worship service with music, scripture reading, a prayer for those who are sick and a sermon. Five United Methodist Hispanic missions in the Central Florida area rotate responsibility for each week's program.

The Rev. Edwin Santos, director of the Conference Council on Ministries' Hispanic Ministry team, said the radio program is another venue for the church to reach the increasing number of Hispanics in the Orlando/DeLand area.

"It's for the family," Santos said. "We are very excited about it."

This new program complements the "Nueva Vida" Hispanic United Methodist radio program that has existed for 10 years in Miami. Together the programs form a strategy to reach the Hispanic community, according to Santos.

"We are thankful to the Lord for allowing us to have a forum where we can impact the Hispanic community in Central Florida with the good news of salvation," Santos said.
The Rev. Jose Carrion, pastor of First Hispanic Mission at First United Methodist Church, Kissimmee, said he hopes radio programs will be added in Jacksonville, Tallahassee and Tampa in the coming months.

"This is a great way to reach the unchurched and to have a more visible presence," he said. "It's also a great way to communicate with Hispanics in their language."

The Hispanic Ministry office hopes churches involved with Hispanic ministries will publicize this resource in their worship service bulletins.

For more information contact the Hispanic Ministry office at 1-800-282-8011, extension 182.


This article relates to Hispanic Ministry.

*Wacht is director of Florida United Methodist Communications and managing editor
of e-Review Florida United Methodist News Service.
**Buchholz is a staff writer for e-Review Florida United Methodist News Service.

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