July 22, 2016
By Rachel Adkins
A group of local churches have banded together to expand the reach of their ministry to Hispanic families for the first time.
A Hispanic Vacation Bible School will take place at the Central Park Amphitheater July 31-Aug.4 from 6 to 8 each night. Children ages 4 through sixth grade are welcomed.
The VBS will be hosted by an outreach of the Greenup Baptist Association, a group that travels throughout the area to put on the school for churches. Renee Parsons, director of the group, explained her church, Central Baptist, had seen the need for a multicultural ministry in the community first-hand.
She said many church members will go to the Mexican restaurant Tres Hermanos after services and after talking with some of the Hispanic employees, discovered they were interested in VBS. Ever since, there has been an effort to reach the population.
“As we’ve gotten to know people we have been praying and it sort of happened,” said Parsons.
The school will be taught in English but there will be bilingual volunteers available to talk with parents. All registration forms will also be provided in Spanish.
Sarah Couture of Unity Baptist Church said the VBS will be the exact same as the others in the area under the theme of “Submerged.” Unity Baptist is another church that will be involved in the event.
Couture expressed her excitement for the local group of worshipers to come together for an effort that has been anticipated.
“God has put people here ... all these Christians want to reach all people,” she said.
Couture also mentioned there is rarely a ministry dedicated to just the Hispanic population in the Ashland area. According to the 2010 Census, 317 residents of Ashland are of the Hispanic or Latino origin.
Parsons described the school as a commercial for what is to hopefully to come in the future for Hispanic ministry and said it will allow the churches to reach out to the families.
“People are people and we need to meet their needs just like we need to meet [the needs of] naturalized citizens of America,” she said.
Source: The Daily Independent