And many nations shall join themselves to the Lord in that day, and shall be my people. (Zechariah 2:11)
Ministering to all cultures across the United States is of vital importance to the ELS. This is not unlike starting outreach activities in a foreign mission field. In this case, the foreign mission field has relocated to the United States.
Proposed site: Bell Gardens, California
- Ethnic makeup of population – 96% Hispanic
- Population of Bell Gardens area – 882,000
- Primary language of population – 83% Spanish
- Christ the King Lutheran is located in the heart of Bell Gardens. The congregation has no debt and is in need of a pastor.
This mission project will need $100,000 per year.
Our goal is to support a Spanish-speaking pastor to serve Christ the King and reach out to the Hispanic community in particular. This concept of cross-cultural ministry can be used in other areas of our synod. Some congregations—perhaps even your own—are already close to large multicultural populations. Bethany Lutheran Theological Seminary is helping to prepare men for this work through cross-cultural training. Your support is vital to expand these efforts within our synod.