Outreach planned to increase Bible literacy among Hispanics

Thursday, June 20, 2013
Charlie Butts (OneNewsNow.com)

American Bible Society is partnering with the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference to increase Bible literacy among Hispanics. 

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.

Reyes, Rev. Emilio (American Bible Society)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 website

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