The results from the 2010 Census confirmed the trend: Hispanics are the largest minority group in the United States of America. There are over 50 million people living in this country who are of Hispanic origin. That means that Hispanics or Latinos constitute 16.3% of the total United States population. (See a full report here).

Obviously these figures have huge implications for the Lord’s people living within the United States. ‘The possibilities for starting new Hispanic or Latino churches in . . .  the United States is staggering,” says Geoff Giesemann, author of the book, Hispanic Ministry in the USA.

According to the 2009 edition of Churches of Christ in the United States there are 241 independent Hispanic congregations in the United States. Another 287 congregations offer Spanish-speaking Bible classes or worship assemblies. This latter group of churches—ones offering classes or services in Spanish—represents a 20% increase since 2006. A step in the right direction.

However, Abel Alvarez estimates that 90 percent of all Iglesias de Cristo have only 35 to 75 members. Even with 241 congregations nationwide there is still a huge need to reach out to the over 50 million Hispanics living among us!

The numbers for Virginia are as sobering as the national statistics: Hispanics are the second-largest and fastest-growing minority group in Virginia. The latest Census, conducted on April 1, 2010, counted more than 630,000 Hispanic residents in Virginia. With a total state population of just over 8 million, this means that 8 out of every 100 Virginians are Hispanic.

Even more sobering is this: the Hispanic population in Virginia has increased 92% since the 2000 census.

Something must be done-and quickly! But what? How can a small group of Christians meeting in Richmond, VA make a difference?

Beginning on Sunday, February 19, 2012, the Church with which I am affiliated began offering Bible study, worship assemblies, and Christian fellowship in Spanish to the community. Again, a step in the right direction.

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