Back from St. Louis.

I went to St. Louis to complete an assignment with the Blue Ribbon Task Force on Hispanic Ministry and we presented our recommendations to the president of our Synod.  Our most urgent request was that an Executive be appointed as Director for Strategic Development for Hispanic Ministry.  Economic times are a bit tough but it is all about priorities.  Please pray that this will also be a priority for our church leaders.  After all, in another two generations, a third of our national population will be Hispanic and we need to make the present time count in serving and valuing the Hispanic community NOW.  I also met with the National Hispanic Convention team to plan the next national convention.  For a variety of reasons, there is a very late start on this project and a hotel is being chosen next week in Orlando.  Please pray for those preparations. 

Thankfully, even though 200 flights were cancelled with American Airlines, mine was not cancelled neither going nor coming!

I didn’t get a chance to meet up with my friend Jamie who moved to St. Louis last year.  I was hoping to see her “baby bump”…..(next time Jamie!) 

 I did get a chance to spend some time with my young friend Rev. Samuel Gomez (soon to be Rev. Dr.) who is working very hard in Hispanic Ministry in Escondido at Grace Lutheran.  He has more than 300 members in two services and booked solid for baptisms, XV años and Weddings.  This Saturday he has 5 (1 baptism, two XV años and two weddings!)  I am praying God continues to give him health and stamina for the good work he is doing there.


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