American Bible Society is partnering with the National Hispanic
Christian Leadership Conference to increase Bible literacy among
The two organizations joined forces after a study by Barna
Research found 87 percent of Hispanics own a Bible but only eight
percent read it regularly.
Emelio Reyes, who heads multi-language
ministries for the ABS, says the organization was "alarmed at the
fact that only eight percent of Hispanics residing in the USA
actually engage with the Bible on a daily basis."
That figure compares to 21 percent of the general population
that reads the Bible at least four times a week.
The initiative kicks off in September as "Mes de la Biblia"
(Month of the Bible) with a challenge to Spanish-speaking pastors
and leaders to encourage their communities.
"The challenge," says Reyes, "is that many, many Hispanics come
to the U.S. in search of a better life and, unfortunately, when we
get here, many of us tend to become materialistic or just focus on
making money, on reaching that better life."
So they stop attending church and reading the Bible, when the
abundant life is really found through Jesus Christ.
"Hispanics stand recognized as people of faith and family," says
Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, president of the NHCLC. "Yet it behooves us
to similarly stand recognized as people of the Word."
Free resources and materials are available at the ABS
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