Students play key roles in Hispanic work

This summer marks the third year that Hispanic work in Kansas-Nebraska has benefitted from summer missionaries from Rio Grande Bible Institute, Edinburg, Texas.

RGBI helps equip Hispanic church leaders in fulfilling the Great Commission. Abraham and Ester Arevalo of Wichita, Kan., are RGBI alumni. They are now Hispanic church planters in Heart of Kansas Southern Baptist Association.

Hispanic Super Summer 2010 found the Rio Grande students providing key assistance in running the camp. The annual KNCSB Hispanic youth camp was held June 21-25 at Webster Conference Center, Salina, Kan.

The RGBI students are serving in these communities this summer:

  • South Sioux City, Neb.
  • Dodge City, Kan.
  • Garden City, Kan.
  • Emporia, Kan.
  • Kansas City
  • Wichita

The partnership is now bearing even more fruit as former RGBI summer missionaries come back and take full-time ministry positions.

Carlos and Victoria Carreón serve at Iglesia Bautista Nueva Vida in Wichita, where Carlos became the new pastor in January 2010. They served as summer missionaries in Kansas in 2009. After they were married in December 2009, the couple moved to Kansas three weeks later.

Abraham Arevalo previously served as pastor of Iglesia Bautista Nueva Vida. He transitioned out of that role to start other Hispanic churches in the Wichita area.

Other former RGBI summer missionaries now serving full time in Kansas are Daniel Diaz and Axel Centeno.

Diaz is pastor of Iglesia Bautista Buenas Nuevas in Wichita’s Planeview community. Centeno is starting a new Hispanic church in Emporia, Kan.