Good Shepherd Church expands Latino Ministry

Good Shepherd Church expands Latino Ministry

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by AMY COWMAN / NBC Charlotte

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Posted on February 22, 2013 at 5:39 PM

Updated Friday, Oct 18 at 1:49 AM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Latino community is growing everyday in Charlotte and one Steele Creek church is expanding their Latino ministry, now offering a service in Spanish as well as outreach.

Last December Good Shepherd United Methodist Church began a new Sunday celebration—it  was completely in Spanish and is fulfilling their church mission.
 
"Inviting all people into a loving relationship with Jesus Christ, and what does that mean, it means all people, all different races all different languages," said Pastor Samuel Gonzalez.
 
So with Pastor Gonzalez's leadership, they've permanently expanded their Latino ministry across the street from their main church. They have bibles, literature and even their bulletin all translated into Spanish.
 
"It makes a whole difference to be able to hear the gospel and be able to experience the full feeling of service of a Sunday morning gathering, in your heart language," said Pastor Gonzalez.
 
And they work closely with the Latino community like Cuban restaurant A Piece of Havana, where owner Belkis Plasencia is a devoted member.
 
"I cannot miss on Sunday to go to church.  That's how beautiful it is,” said Plasencia.
 
Pastor Gonzalez says with their Latino members doubling in just two months, they have high hopes for the future.
 
"Our hopes and dreams and prayers are that we continue to grow and eventually use this whole facility," said Gonzalez.
 
The Spanish service is every Sunday at 11:30. The church also visits local schools for international events and donates items for kids in need.

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