Summer missionaries play key role in Hispanic ministry

Summer missionaries are playing a major role this summer in advancing Hispanic work in Kansas and Nebraska.

The Hispanic summer missionaries include 10 from Puerto Rico and nine from Rio Grande Bible Institute in Edinburg, Texas. Summer missionaries from RGBI have been serving in Kansas-Nebraska for several years.

Abraham Arevalo, Hispanic church-planter strategist in Wichita, Kan., and his wife, Ester, are 1993 graduates of Rio Grande Bible Institute. They help recruit summer missionaries from RGBI.

The Puerto Rican summer missionary connection began developing in 2011 when four young men came from Glenview Baptist Church in Ponce, Puerto Rico.

Two groups of Hispanic summer missionaries are working on laying the ground work for new Hispanic ministries in Hastings and Lincoln, Neb. Four Puerto Ricans are serving in Hastings. Two Puerto Rican summer missionaries are in Lincoln along with one student from Rio Grande Bible Institute.

The other four Puerto Rican summer missionaries are serving in Wichita, Kan., with the three Hispanic churches there.

Summer missionaries from Rio Grande Bible Institute are working in a wide geographic area—from northeast Nebraska to southwest Kansas.

In Garden City, Kan., they helped lead an outreach Vacation Bible School in the park at Richardson Zoo. The event attracted a high attendance of 150 children.

All but two of the Hispanic summer missionaries helped with Hispanic Super Summer June 18-22 at Webster Conference Center, Salina, Kan. Two of the Puerto Ricans stayed in Lincoln, Neb., to lead outreach Bible studies that had just been started.

Hispanic Super Summer attracted more than 130 people who came from as far away as northeast Nebraska and the Oklahoma Panhandle.

Daniel Puerto, another graduate of Rio Grande Bible Institute, was the camp pastor. He is a pastor in California, Mo., and a student at Midwestern Seminary, Kansas City, Mo.

“I don’t want you to waste your life,” Puerto told campers. “I want you to use your life for the glory of God.”

In 25 years, one in three people in the United States will be Hispanic, he said. “Where will you be? Dream big for Christ.”