New Hispanic church plant launching

Posted: January 13, 2012 by efenster in Information

Last week I mentioned a new church planting effort in the City of Gary.  Nearby, the Indiana Conference–in partnership with First United Methodist Church in Hammond–is launching a new Hispanic United Methodist Church called Iglesia Torre Fuerte (Strong Tower Church).  The church is being planted by Esequiel & Suri Becerra and is now meeting in the chapel of First UMC. 

Last November, the Becerras and twenty others who are apart of the congregation became members of First UMC.  Eventually, however, the new Hispanic congregation may become a separate chartered United Methodist Church.  Within five miles of the church there are 50,000 Hispanic individuals!  This is the highest concentration of Hispanics in the entire Indiana Conference.

The project has received a $110,000 Church Development grant, which will be paid out over two years.  Rev. Sergio Reyes, from the conference Church Development staff, is serving as the Becerra’s coach.

PLEASE PRAY FOR THE BECERRAS!  Last week, Pastor Esequiel Becerra’s health mysteriously began to fail and he in now in a hospital in Chicago.  Pray for his complete healing.  Pray for Suri and their family too… 

— Ed Fenstermacher

  1. Roberto Espinoza says:

    Estamos orando por la recuperacion del hermano Becerra y familia, saludos de Douglas PK Church Familia Espinoza.

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