Ethnic Ministry

ETHNIC MINISTRY UPDATE

Opportunities to be involved with churches and communities in Greater Charleston continues to grow:

· 2 circuits of Celebrate Recovery at Portside Baptist Church and
College Park Baptist Church - starting soon

· 2 classes of Spanish as a Second Language at Northwood Baptist Church and College Park Baptist Church - starting soon

· 2 ESL classes in the North Charleston area

· 5 church planters in the evaluation process with the State Convention preparing to plant new churches

· Guatemalan Consulate at Portside Baptist on July 13-14th; expecting around 1500 people

· 4th of July celebration, connecting with the Ethnic Community
representing different countries with 2000 in attendance.

· Prayer walking neighborhoods and leaving contact information with each home so they can connect with prayer team members - goal of 1200 homes prayed for by year end

 · We are connecting with all the ethnic pastors at the association facilities in the month of August to invite them to the table and to be part of the Saturate seminar

· Our Center of Capacitation for Pastors and Leaders is discussing the possibility with Dr. Daniel Sanches and Southwestern Baptist Seminary to have the certification for our 28 students in the future from SWBTS and BTCP, as our students have been in our Center for the last two years

· We are exploring a partnership in the cities of Hilton Head and Bluffton, where we help pastor Lievano and church planter Silvano to start two new groups which meet in two different local churches

· The future of planting churches in our greater Charleston region looks fantastic. We are extending our reach into the cities of Summerville, Ladson, and Goose Creek, Hanahan, and North Charleston, where we have 5 life groups meeting currently. The attendance for these life groups is between 50 to 70 people, with a huge community from Honduras and Venezuela

· We are thankful for the great blessings of the Lord and great possibilities for new churches in our area. Ladson has a great number of Brazilians and we ask for your payers as we need leaders for this ethnic group

God has been good to our Ethnic Ministry, we praise the Lord for allowing the Charleston Baptist Association to make a difference in our State.

The very best to you all!!

For more info, contact:  Jerry Zapata
Ethnic Ministry Associate  - 
jerryz@charlestonbaptist.net

 

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Culture and Language Training Update

Our pilot 6-week Culture and Language class is completed. King’s Cross’ trip to Panama was a success and the members of the team have come back different than they left. Their hearts and eyes have felt and seen more things in a week than they most likely have for years. And these moments are opportune for reevaluating how our short lives can have a lasting impact. As we met with this team, we constantly reminded them that their mission isn’t over as soon as they step off the plane on US soil. On the contrary, it has just begun. This team gets it and it is our prayer and desire they are inspired to live as missionary leaders in their church and in their neighborhood. Seeing with fresh eyes the individuals that have been intentionally placed all around them.

Charleston Churches Collaborating to Reach their Neighbors

This has been exciting and full season as God has been calling the hearts of churches to reach the nations that are living in their neighborhood and beyond.

Various churches have felt the pull to join in on what God is doing in the North Charleston area. Over 5 churches from different backgrounds have joined in on the efforts to pour into the neighborhood where Adrian and Lindsay live in order to build relationships and strengthen community for the sake of the Gospel going forth to all of the nations. Despite their differences, churches from various denominations see that on their own they cannot reach everyone, but through the strengths that each bring to the table people can be reached and Jesus can be shared.

Creating events such as Vacation Bible School, Kids & Youth Summer Clubs, Yard Sales, and Carnivals creates an excuse to bring people together. Bringing people together allows for trust to be built and friendships to form. Friendships that acknowledge Christ as Savior lead to discipleship and discipleships leads to missionary leaders. And missionary leaders disciple others and this cycle changes the world.

Without collaboration one man’s efforts are futile. But when the Holy Spirit works in the hearts and members of local churches calling them to love their neighbor, we can experience radical transformation.

Our missionaries have a heart to reach the divided and almost hidden Latino community that is blossoming in the Charleston Farms Neighborhood. This area happens to have a diverse mix of race, age, language and social economic status. These differences easily divide a community, but when the Holy Spirit is working, there are no barriers.